posted on Jan, 2 2014 @ 02:06 AM
This is perhaps a history-changing discovery in terms of authorship. What a twist of fate that such a document destined for destruction in the 1970s
was inadvertently filed with some old doctors' bills in the museum attic!
...the document was the draft of an urgent plea for reconciliation from the Continental Congress. It was addressed to the people of Britain, not
King George III and his government, and began by mentioning “the tender ties which bind us to each other” and “the glorious achievements of our
That was followed by a long list of complaints about the infringement of colonists’ rights, the restrictions on trade and the “rigorous acts of
oppression which are daily exercised in the Town of Boston.”
“That once populous, flourishing, commercial Town is now Garrisoned by an army sent not to protect, but to enslave its inhabitants,” the document
According to a consultant at Yale, the author of the document was a New York jurist named Robert R. Livingston, who had been on the fence about
whether to support independence.
The following year, Congress tapped Livingston to draft the Declaration of Independence along with Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin
and Roger Sherman. Livingston went on to swear in Washington as the first president. Other historians who have reviewed the document Ms. Gruchow found
say her discovery explains why he was chosen. It could also change the perception of Livingston’s role in the push for independence because it had
always been assumed that the document at the mansion was the work of another prominent colonial figure, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia.
The museum believes there is no proof the king of England ever saw the document. The draft document will be put up for auction on Jan 26th and is
expected to sell for between 1-4 hundred thousand.
edit on 2-1-2014 by aboutface because: (no reason given)