American History Documents

John Hancock. Letter, Signed, to Governor Nicholas Cooke of Rhode Island. Philadlphia, July 6, 1776.

Lilly Library U.S. History mss.
Once written, agreed upon and printed, the Declaration of Independence needed to be disseminated throughout the American Colonies. In this letter, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, advises Governor Cooke of the decision to "dissolve all Connection between Great Britain and the American Colonies" and requests that the Governor make public within the colony of Rhode Island the enclosed "Declaration." Hancock also asks Cooke to engage ship carpenters for the construction of vessels required for the defense of the new American States.

click images for larger pictures

click here for the text

Stamp Act Stamp Act - American Printing Declaration of Independence
Paine: Common Sense Paine: American Crisis John Hancock Letter
George Washington Letter Peace Treaty U.S. Constitution
Acts of Congress (Bill of Rights) George Washington Survey Daniel Boone Land Deed
General Order No 9 Elizabeth Tuttle Certificate
American History Documents (Exhibition Home)

U.S. History collections  ·  Lilly Library home