This Day in History, July 6, 2022 – “Take Up Arms”

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It was just 247 years ago today, July 6, 1775, when the Second Continental Congress made an appeal to King George III. We have just completed the celebration of our independence, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. However, even after the famous Battles of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, and the Battle of Bunker Hill on April 17 June 1775, our representatives still did not want to separate from England.

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On that date, Congress issued the little-known document called the Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms. True, it contains almost everything in the Declaration itself, but it was written almost a year ago, and by the same man, Thomas Jefferson. In fact, the document does not declare independence. It simply indicates why the colonies are upset and what they would like the King and Parliament to change. Just the day before, Congress had also drafted the Olive Branch Petition, which pleaded with the king for peace. However, George III would have none of this, and even before these two documents arrived, troops were landing, and even mercenaries and natives were being hired to fight and kill this new rebellion. 247 years ago today, our Founding Fathers tried to list their grievances against a tyrant, but only one thing would truly set them free, Revolution!

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Martin E. Berry