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NOTES ON THE TEXT 8 A Youthful Attachment. The "picture and watch-
paper" was that of Rebecca Burwell, who is referred to also in the
letter which follows this on page 10. She was married in 1764 to
Jacqueline Amhler. 16 Declaration of Independence. The action of
the Continental Congress on the Declaration of Independence was as
follows. On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee, acting on instructions
from the Virginia Assembly, introduced a resolution that "these
United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent
States." On June 11 Congress appointed to draft a Declaration a
Committee consisting of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin
Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert A. Livingston. Jefferson
drafted the Declaration, which, after slight alteration by Adams
and Franklin, was accepted by the Committee. On July 2, Congress
adopted Lee's original resolution, and on July 4, Jefferson's
Declaration with some omissions and changes, the most important of
which were the omission of the denunciation of the British people
(page 21) and of the slave-trade (pages 19-20). The Declaration was
not signed by the Congress until August 2. 23 On Retiring from
Public Life. This letter seems to refer to Jefferson's refusal of a
reappointment to Congress in December, 1781. At that time he was
being very severely criticised for his conduct as Governor of
Virginia during the invasion of Cornwallis. 24 "Notes on Virginia."
This, the most extensive of the separate works of Jefferson, was
compiled in response to the inquiries of Marbois, the French agent,
as to the resources of the states. Written during Jefferson's
retirement (1781-2), the "Notes" are of a remarkable frankness and
freedom of expression, which make them invaluable as a revelation
of character. They were published...
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