onies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.
The phrase one people, applied to the people of the United Colonies, can leave no doubt of the view they entertained of their relation to each other.
They considered themselves united, as one people, and they referred to a Union then already in being.
Looking still further back in the record of events, we find that on the 5th of September, 1774, the Continental Congress, composed of delegates from all the Colonies except Georgia--which was afterwards represented — was convened in Philadelphia.
Though as far back as 1637 the idea of a confederacy between some of the Colonies had been presented; though a convention was held in Boston, in 1643, to form a confederacy among the New England Colonies; though in 1754 a Congress of delegates from seven Colonies was convened at Albany, and unanimously resolved that a union of the Colonies was absolutely necessary for their preservation; and a similar Congress of delegates