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It’s July 4th ….Happy Independence Day!

Barbeques….picnics…..fireworks displays….summer fun on a hot July day & night.  It is great to be free to enjoy this time thanks to Congress adopting the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776,
In my travels on the Web, I found the complete text of the Declaration of Independence, not the shortened version in our school textbooks, complete with list of the King’s offenses that prompted the document.  They even kept the original spelling and capitalization to give a true historical feel as if reading it with Congress before signing.  How awesome is that?  Check out the link at the end of this blog post.
OK, you say.  What does this have to do with Tottenville? 
Does the date September 11, 1776 mean anything to you?  If Tottenville interests you, it should.  That is the date of the failed Peace Conference at the Conference to try to stop the Revolutionary War.  And a big factor in that failure was the refusal to take back the Declaration of Independence.
Representatives of the Continental Congress (John Adams, Edward Rutledge, and Benjamin Franklin) met with a representative of the King (Lord Richard Howe) at the home of Colonel Christopher Billopp (We know that as the Conference House today.) to try to end the war.  As they tried to negotiate peace, they were destined to fail.  The Continental Congress representatives only had the authority to work for peace through independence from England.  The King’s representative had instructions that the King would never allow the colonies their freedom.  War was the only way.
On Saturday, September 11, 2011, the Conference House will hold a reenactment of that Peace Conference. For more information, call 718 984-6046.
Complete text of Declaration of Independence
Soon to be released book
Stop the Revolution: America in the Summer of Independence and the Conference for Peace [Hardcover] by Thomas McGuire
Available for preorder on Amazon

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