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Original Copy of Declaration of Independence to Be on View

Thousands have visited the museum, located in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, on July Fourth in recent years to view the document

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    Original Copy of Declaration of Independence to Be on View
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    History-minded revelers can celebrate the Fourth of July by checking out an original copy of the Declaration of Independence at Boston's Commonwealth Museum.

    The document was one of 14 original copies and was sent by the Continental Congress to Massachusetts during the Revolutionary War.

    The copy was printed in the Baltimore shop of Mary Katherine Goddard and bears the signature of Massachusetts' own John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress.

    Other items include letters from John Hancock announcing the Declaration of Independence and an account book from the War of 1812 with one of the earliest written references to the phrase "Uncle Sam.''

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    Thousands have visited the museum, located in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, on July Fourth in recent years to view the document.


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