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Stone, William James (1798-1865) Declaration of Independence [W.J. Stone facsimile on vellum]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00154.02 Author/Creator: Stone, William James (1798-1865) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Broadsides Date: 01 January 1823 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: The William J. Stone facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, printed on parchment, with Stone's imprint. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, upon discovering the fragility of the original Declaration of Independence in 1820, ordered this exact facsimile to be produced. It took Stone three years to exactly copy and engrave the handwriting on the original document. This image is the closest facsimile of the original document. As such, the Stone facsimile has become the basis for all modern facsimiles. Two hundred copies of this broadside were distributed to surviving signers of the original document (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Charles Carroll), members of the federal and state governments, and selected universities and colleges in the United States. Despite such wide distribution, only about 30 copies of this facsimile survive.

People: Stone, William James, 1798-1865.
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
Carroll, Charles, 1737-1832.
Adams, John, 1735-1826.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Declaration of Independence, Government and Civics, Revolutionary War, Military History, Global History and US Foreign Policy, President, Vice President

Sub Era: The War for Independence