June 11

The Second Continental Congress forms a committee to draft a suitable declaration for the resolution of independence. The committee consists of John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut was formed. They are known as the Committee of Five. Thomas Jefferson is delegated by the committee to prepare the draft.

1780 French troops arrive at Newport, Rhode Island, to aid the American cause.

1780 The Massachusetts assembly adopts their new constitution asserting, “all men are born free and equal,” including men of all color and nationality. This ends slavery in Massachusetts.

1781 The Continental Congress appoints Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Jay to a peace commission to join John Adams who has been the sole negotiator with the British.

1782 The British leave the city of Savannah, Georgia.

Celebrated Birth:
Joseph Warren (b. 1741 – June 17, 1775) a Massachusetts doctor and soldier, drafted the Soffolk Resolves, President of the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, killed as a volunteer private soldier at the battle of Bunker Hill.

David Brearley (b. 1745 – August 16, 1790) His name is sometimes misspelled as Brearly. New Jersey member of the Continental Army, member of the Constitutional Convention, signed the Constitution of the United States.

For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period click: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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