"Declaraton of Indepedence"
by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston

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     He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

     He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

     For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

     For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from Punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

     For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:


     For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

     For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

     For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences:

     For abolishing the free system of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

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