On this, the 239th anniversary of the announcement of the creation of the United States of America, I got to wondering.
What happened to the one sent to George III? Unlike the “engrossed” copy we are all familiar with* it was signed only by Hancock as the President of the 2nd Continental Congress and Thompson as Secretary.
Was it torn up into little bits? Is it in residing the the UK archives somewhere? Is it hanging in Elizabeth II’s drawing room as a reminder that sometimes what seems bad works out in the end?
*That wasn’t written up until July 19th. Most of the signing was done in August and into September as various members of CC2 could make it to Philadelphia.