Lee Resolution for Independence

Author:   Richard H. Lee

Annotation: The Lee Resolution prompted by Richard Henry Lee was put forth June 7, 1776. Three parts of the resolution included a declaration of independence, an outline for the organization of a confederacy, and the formation of foreign alliances.

Document: Resolved,

That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.

That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.


Source: Record Group 360: Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention, 1765 – 1821. Old Military and Civil Records LICON, Textual Archives Services Division (NWCTB). Series: Other Reports of Committees of Congress (part), 1775 – 1788. NAIL Control Number: NWCTB-360-ITEM23-ITEM23P11; NAIL Control Number: NWDT1-360-ITEM23-ITEM23P11.