'''Nor''' have we been wanting in Attentions to our British Brethren. We have warned them from Time to Time of Attempts by their Legislature to extend an unwarrantable Jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the Circumstances of our Emigration and Settlement here. We have appealed to their native Justice and Magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the Ties of our common Kindred to disavow these Usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our Connections and Correspondence. They too have been deaf to the Voice of Justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the Necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of Mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace, Friends.
'''Nos''', igitur, '''foederatis Americae Civitatibus''' Reprasentantes, in Congressu Generali, Coeti, ad Iudicem Summum Orbi Terrarum de nostrorum propositorum Rectitudine appellantes, in Nomine, et sub Auctoritate boni Populi harum Coloniarum, solemniter in lucem Edimus et Declaramus, has Foederatas Colonias esse, et de Iure debere fieri, Civitates Liberas, Suisque Viribus Innitentes; absolutas omnium Foederum ...
'''We''', therefore, the Representatives of the '''united States of America''', in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the World for the Rectitude of our Intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly Publish and Declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political Connection between them and the State of Great-Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of the divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.