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July . 1776. Resolved that Dr. Franklin, Mr. J. Adams and Mr. Jefferson be a Committee
to prepare a device for a Seal for the United States of America.1
1. This paragraph is interlined in the
and mistakenly placed between the last two paragraphs of the entry dated 1 July.
The editors have placed it where
no doubt intended to put it. This committee reported on 20 Aug., but its report was
tabled, and no device for a Great Seal of the United States was adopted until 1782.
See the proposals and report of 1776 and a summary of later developments in Jefferson, Papers, ed. Boyd, 1:494–497; also
, 14 Aug. 1776 (Adams Papers; JA-AA, Familiar Letters, p. 211). In his abstract of Congress' proceedings on 20 Aug.
overlooked the report of this committee.