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Vaughan, John (Creator)

Thomas Addis Emmet collection, [legacy collection]

Series VI. Declaration of Independence

Dates / Origin
Place: Philadelphia, Pa.
Date Created: 1841-10-05
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 927
United States. Declaration of Independence
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Physical Description
A. D. S., In. Vaughan, Librarian of the American Philos. Society. 2 pp. Fo
"Note [to J. K. Tefft] relative to the original draught of the Declaration of Independence . . . in the handwriting of Thomas Jefferson and now in the possession of the American Philosophical Society at Philadelphia." According to this statement Jefferson made two fair copies from his own rough draft; one was submitted to Congress by Benjamin Harrison, as the report of the committee on the Declaration; the other was sent by Jefferson to R. H. Lee together with a copy of the Declaration as agreed to by Congress; R. H. Lee and Arthur Lee compared the two, marking, on the original draft, the parts rejected by Congress; the copy so marked was printed by R. H. Lee in his Life of R. H. Lee [vol. 1, p. 275], and then given by him to the Society, in 1825; several editions of this proposed draft were published between 1825 and 1829, in which year a lithograph fac-simile was published by Randolph in his Memoirs of Jefferson [vol. 1, p. 146]; the copy of this draft that was presented to Congress can not be found; the engrossed copy is in the department of State.
Type of Resource
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11868616
MSS Unit ID: 927
Archives EAD ID: 275657
Calendar number: EM. 1521
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cb2c13a0-c52e-012f-c5ab-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1841: Place
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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