An exhibition featuring the
Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection
at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Most of the signers of the Declaration suffered significant losses in family and fortune as a result of their association with the Revolutionary cause. The Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection includes a set of autographed letters and documents representing all fifty-six signers. The signers' letters, many of which are on display, contain important details about military matters and wartime events. Early nineteenth-century letters document the discussions among the signers about the Declaration's legacy and their own place in history.

Letter from Hancock

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1. Letter from John Hancock to "The Honorable Convention New York," 11 June 1776, secretarial copy. (MSS 12579-a)

Letter from Rodney

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2. Letter from Caesar Rodney to Thomas Rodney, 4 July 1776. (MSS 12568-a)

Letter from Jefferson

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3. Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Peter S. DuPonceau, 28 December 1820. (MSS 12613-a)