"Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof - Lev. XXV, v. X"
Inscription on the Liberty Bell, from Leviticus 25:10
"Thomas Jefferson still lives."
-- John Adams (after waking momentarily, afternoon July 4 1826)
"Is it the Fourth?"
-- Thomas Jefferson (evening July 3; Jefferson died the next
morning, July 4th 1826)
In what must be one of the most curious turns of events in our nation's history we find our 2nd President (John Adams) and our 3rd President (Thomas Jefferson), both signers of the Declaration of Independence, dying on the same day, July 4th 1826, the 50th anniversary of the signing. (see quotations above: h/t Patriot Post
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
(the preamble to the declaration attributed to Jefferson, read the whole document here)
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