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    A Resolution by the Second Continental Congress, April 14, 1777 and printed by John Dunlap. One page, 8" x 13", Philadelphia. Signed in type by "JOHN HANCOCK, PRESIDENT", this rare resolution called for the substitution of the previous articles of the "Rules and Articles for the better Government of the Troops" with the four articles listed on this broadside. These articles allowed soldiers to bring their own provisions into American forts and garrisons; permitted officers to take complaints to the Continental General; allowed court-martials only be given after due process; and gave each states' Continental General the power to appoint military courts and pardon punishments (except for those sentenced to death).

    The Second Continental Congress was composed of delegates from all thirteen colonies and met from May 1775 through 1781, when, after the ratification of the Articles of Confederation, it became known as the Congress of the Confederation. Massachusetts delegate John Hancock was elected president of the congress on May 24, 1775. John Dunlap was a successful American printer who was given a lucrative contract in 1776 to print for the Continental Congress. He is perhaps most notable for printing the earliest copies of the Declaration of Independence. This very collectable broadside is age-toned with minor foxing and some separation at the folds. Contains one small hole in the center where two folds meet. Near fine.

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