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In Their Own Words

August 08, 1776

Reading of Declaration of Independence Recorded

Georgia’s Council of Safety finally received a copy of an important document that had been adopted in Philadelphia the previous month:

“At a meeting of the Council of Safety, Aug. 8th, 1776… . The President laid before the Board a letter from the Honorable John Hancock, Esqr., together with a copy of the Declaration of Independency [sic], which being read it was agreed that it be proclaimed in this Town on Saturday next at eleven o’clock in the forenoon, and that orders do issue to the Commanding Officers of the Militia to assemble the people accordingly… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, (Savannah: Savannah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1901),Vol. V, Part 1, p. 89.