April 6, 1776


In Philadelphia, the Congress resolves to allow exports from the colonies to any part of the world not under British rule.  It declared all ports open to all countries except Great Britain.  It also voted to allow the importation of any goods except those grown, produced, or shipped from any country under the King’s rule.

Off Block Island, Captain Esek Hopkins of the USS Alfred met the HMS Glasgow.  The Americans had 24 killed in action while the British lost only 4.

Meanwhile John Page, Thomas Jefferson’s long-time friend, writes his a short letter with a specific request:  “For God’s sake declare the Colonies independant at once, and save us from ruin. Adieu…”

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