Stubbins Watson & Bryan - July 2018



Mike Bryan

Every American knows that the Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 — it’s also called Independence Day, after all. The story behind the document, however, gets less attention than it deserves. It’s a fascinating tale, culminating with the birth of the United States of America as we know it. The Road to Declaration Even after the early battles of the American Revolution, which began in earnest during April of 1775, it was unclear what shape the rebellion would take. At that point, independence was still far from certain. As the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia in May of that year, two groups formed around polar opinions. “The fundamental issue between them was were they fighting for their rights as Englishmen within the British Empire, or were they going to fight for independence?” says historian Richard Slotkin. It was not an easy choice, and both sides held passionate opinions. As the calendar changed to 1776, those in favor of breaking from King George III began to gain momentum. The growth of the revolutionary movement had a number of causes, but two in particular stand out. In late 1775, King George III spoke to Parliament with the goal of enlarging the Royal Army and Navy to quash the rebellion. He went so far as to solicit help from foreign mercenaries. Word of this decision reached the colonies in January 1776, making reconciliation seem less likely than ever before. During the same month, Thomas Paine published his famous pamphlet “Common Sense,” which advocated for outright independence. “The custom of all Courts is against us, and will be so, until by an independence we take rank with other nations,” Paine wrote. “Common WEHOLDTHESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT The Story of the Declaration of Independence

Happy Fourth of July from Stubbins, Watson, Bryan & Witucky Co., L.P.A.! I hope that you are enjoying the warm weather. Within your busy schedules, be sure to take time off this summer and spend time with your family. I am happy to announce that if you visit you can see our brand new website. This website went “live” early last month. Please feel free to visit this site and send us your comments. We have had a wonderful response already. You should see some very useful information on our website that can be shared with family and friends.

Once again, I hope that you are enjoying the summer and I will see you again next month!

- Mike Bryan

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