The Lee Resolution, first proposed by Richard Henry Lee upon instruction from the Virginia Convention, was the precursor to the Declaration of Independence. After this resolution was passed on June 11, 1776, a committee was appointed to document the reasons that the colonies desired separation from the British Empires. That committee included: Thomas Jefferson (Virginia), Benjamin Franklin (Pennsylvania), Robert Livingston (New York), Roger Sherman (Connecticut), and John Adams (Massachusetts).
The com. of the whole Congress to whom was referred the resolution and the Declaration respecting independence.———17
Resolved, That these ^united Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the british crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved
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Report July 2, 1776
The resolution for independence agreed to July 2, 1776