Printing the Declaration of Independance, July 17, 1776!
On the afternoon of July 4 John Adam’s was tasked by congress to oversee the printing of the Declaration as edited by Congress on the 3rd and 4th. He carried a fair copy to the print house of John Dunlap and printed about 200 copies. The following day John Hancock began sending copies to the various states mostly by horseback. It took 10 days for the Declaration copy to reach Boston on the 15th, it was set in type on the 16th by John Gill and printed today, July 17, 1776…. It was ready for distribution on the 18th and was read from the balcony of the Old State House on that same day for the first time in Boston!