Resolution - Delay Vote on American Independence

Richard Henry Lee's Resolution, declaring that the American Colonies were no longer subject to British control, is one of America's most-treasured documents. 

Before the delegates voted on Lee's Resolution, however, they needed time (three weeks) for a drafting committee (of five men) to prepare a formal document announcing the separation.  The text of that delay resolution reads, as follows:

Resolved that it is the opinion of this Com th[at] the first resolution be postponed to this day three weeks and that in the mean time a committee be appointed to prepare a Declaration to the effect of the said first resolution

Written along the side of the delay-resolution are these words:

Resolution moved June 7th 1776

resolved for consideration till tomorrow

respecting Independence of the [illegible]

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