. This must have been a copy of the broadside printed by John Dunlap—the first published
text—of the Declaration of Independence, which was issued this day in accordance with
Congress' vote of 4 July, and a copy of which is wafered to the “Rough Journal” of
Congress as an official text. “You are still impatient for a Declaration of Independency,”
wrote Joseph Ward on this same day
. “I hope your Appetite will now be satisfyed. Such a Declaration passed Congress
Yesterday, and this Morning will be printed” (LbC
, Adams Papers
). (The Declaration was not printed in a newspaper until 6 July; see JA
's 1st letter to AA
of 7 July
, below.) See Michael J. Walsh, “Contemporary Broadside Editions of the Declaration
of Independence,” Harvard Libr. Bull.
, 3:31–43 (Winter 1949), which includes a facsimile of the Dunlap broadside and a
census of the fourteen copies known to survive; also Julian P. Boyd, The Declaration of Independence: The Evolution of the Text
, Washington, 1943, p. 8, 35, and pl. 10.