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all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his assent to laws the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbid his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation, till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has uttar y neglected to attend to them. He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature-a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only,
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the repository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into a compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeaterlly, for opposing with manly firmness, his invasions on the rights of the people
He has refused, for a long time after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise, the state reriaining in the meantime, exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prerent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the laws of naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of laud.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws establishing judiciary powers, : He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers, to barrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us in times of peace, standing armies, without the consent of our legislatures.
He has effected to render ihe military independent ,of, and superior to the civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreigo to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation.
Fer quartering large bodies of armed troops among us.
DEOLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.
For protecting them by a niock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inbabitants of these States:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For depriving us, in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond the seas to be tried for pretended offenees :
For abolishing the free system of English laws, in a neighboring province, establishing therein au 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 :
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering, fundamentally, the forms of our government;
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatBoever:
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection, and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy, scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation. ·
He has constrained our fellow-citizens, taken captive on the high seas, to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their bands.
He has excited domestic insurrection amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers tbe merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguiabed destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms; our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince whose cbaracter is thus marked by every act wbich may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people, Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our British breth
We have warned them, from time to time, of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over
We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the
ties of our coramon kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connexions and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity. We must, therefor, acquiesce in the necessity which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind-enemies in war, in peace, friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world, for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connexion between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved; and that, as free and independent States, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish" commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent States
may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.