America's 238-year-old tweet: Rare 1776 paper features brief mention of independence

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 5, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    Having lived in North America, 3 countries in Central America and 2 countries in South America, 1 country in Asia and one in Europe, I know July 1776 in the territory what would become the United States of America was important for freedom and expansion. Fathers Escalante and Dominguez were to start their trip on July 4th but were delayed until the end of July. Great to be a citizen of this country. We have so many blessings due to our country.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    July 5, 2014 6:23 a.m.

    History, good history is about communication. We want to know as much as we can and have documents that help in that process. Mr. Jacobsen mentioned it was as long as a tweet. We are so blessed to have people look for the good aspects of history. Those men and their wives and families that were involved in the plan to have a country with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is why so many want to come here over the centuries. I am grateful for my ancestors, some as early as 1619 to make the trip across the ocean to want a better life. They didn't have some of the conveniences of Europe back then but they had the opportunity to have free thought, even if they had to go to war to do it against oppressors of freedoms. We are truly blessed to live in the United States of America. Having lived in almost a dozen countries and traveled to 3 times that many and have 4 of our 7 children born in foreign countries, I really love our country and those men and women who made it so I can have freedom. God bless America.

  • william e. kettley SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 3, 2014 5:44 p.m.

    I am grateful to Brent Ashworth for your many years of collecting important historical documents. Your collection includes those areas of country and religion I also appreciate and hope to see "live" for generations to come. Thanks Mr. Ashworth for your sense of history and ability of expression through these ways of how you feel. I feel as you. You are a great American. William E. Kettley

  • hermounts Pleasanton, CA
    July 3, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    The declaration did not "lead to war." the war had already started more than a year earlier.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 3, 2014 12:19 p.m.

    John Adams was right and then again he was wrong. He thought July 2, 1776 would be the day Americans would celebrate Independence. That was the day the Congress voted in favor of Virginia's Resolution. The wording of the resolution was not very memorable. Few remember it. The Declaration of Independence struck a stronger chord. Indeed the very notion of equality and the inalienability of individual rights proved to be something even more important to celebrate than independence from Great Britain.

    Happy 4th everyone.

  • netsrik Draper, UT
    July 3, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    Oh, please. Nobody's "revising history" here. What's the problem with using a modern term to describe something? I think it would be interesting to read the whole paper. See what else was going on that day. The mundane stuff is just as interesting to me as the big stuff.

  • Swiss Price, Utah
    July 3, 2014 8:27 a.m.

    I don't know birds tweet. Birds are dinosaurs. Tweeting is probably the oldest form of communication extant on the earth. Electronic tweeting however is worthless and mind numbing.

  • Kings Court Alpine, UT
    July 2, 2014 9:42 p.m.

    Since Twitter didn't exist 238 years ago, it couldn't really be a tweet. Let's not revise history. Just because people were capable of writing a pithy comment 238 years ago, doesn't mean it a tweet.