First Reading of the Declaration of Independence

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Public readings of the Declaration began as soon as they were printed. 
Reading, July 8, 1776
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Colonel John Nixon read the document outside of Independence Hall.
Reading, July 9, 1776
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The next day a copy of the was delivered to George Washington's headquarters at One Broadway. At 6pm that evening Washington ordered several of the city brigades to gather on the Common for a public reading of the declaration.  “The General hopes this important event will serve as fresh incentive to every officer and soldier to act with fidelity and courage as knowing that now the peace and safety of his country depends (under God) solely on the success of our arms.”  

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George Washington,Requested that the Declaration be read to his soldiers
Alexander Hamilton,He became George Washington’s aide and secretary and was there in "the Fields", now City Hall Park, when the Declaration of Independence was read for the first time in New York on July 9, 1776.

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