But now that their authority
Chap. LXIX.} 1776. July 1.
was communicated by the conference of committees, he stood on very different ground.
These are all the details of the debate which I have been able to find.
Others spoke; among them probably Paca
, Mackean of Delaware
, and undoubtedly Edward Rutledge
of South Carolina
; but I have not met with any authentic record of their remarks.
Richard Henry Lee
were both on that day attendants on the Virginia convention in Williamsburgh
Before the vote was taken, the delegates from New York, of whom all but Alsop
were personally ready to vote for independence and were confident of the adhesion of their constituents, read to the committee a letter which they had received from the provincial congress, explaining why their formal concurrence must, for a few days longer, be withheld.
The resolution for independence was then sustained by nine colonies, two thirds of the whole number; the vote of South Carolina
, unanimously, it would seem, was in the negative; so was that of Pennsylvania
, by the vote of Dickinson
, and Willing, against Franklin
, and Wilson
; owing to the absence of Rodney
was divided, each member voting under the new instruction according to his former known opinion, Mackean for independence and Read against it.
The committee rose, and Harrison
reported the resolution; but at the request of Edward Rutledge
, on behalf of South Carolina
, the determination upon it was put off till the next day.
A letter from Washington
of the twenty ninth of