Declaration of Independence
The "official" copy of the Declaration arrived about July 15th in Boston. The patriot printer John Gill set it in type on the 16th of the month and printed it on the 17th. The declaration was ready for distribution on the 18th of July when it was read from the balcony of the Old State House for the very first time! This copy of the Boston Declaration is an exact replica of an original that is part of the permanent collection of the Old State House. The type was meticulously cast to match that of the original. On July 3rd of 2012, the Boston version of the Declaration of Independence was printed for the first time in 236 years!
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