Comment: Of course it was illegal...

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Of course it was illegal...

to the Crown!

It was legal to those who signed it. As such, there was a clash.

"Further, the principles contained in the DoI are NOT the principles upon which, ten years later, the United States was founded."

-That is partly true and partly false. The "United" part is true in that the union was largely formed later, but what came to be known as the States were already set in basic form, largely to be advanced into new legal form by that which was set forth upon declaring independence.

It was our last illegal writ as British citizens, but our first legal writ as non-Btritish citizens.