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Lost page of American history found at The National Archives

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Lost page of American history found at The National Archives

02 July 2009

A rare print of America's Declaration of Independence has been found among files at The National Archives at Kew.

Printed on 4 July 1776, the Dunlap print is one of only 26 known copies in the world and is named after John Dunlap, the printer whose name is at the bottom of each copy.

The last discovered Dunlap Declaration, found at a flea market in 1989, sold at auction in 2000 for $8.14million.

The newly discovered print was found, hidden among correspondence from American colonists intercepted by the British in the 18th century, by an American carrying out research at The National Archives.

The 26th Dunlap Declaration of Independence - Catalogue reference EXT 9/93

The 26th Dunlap Declaration of Independence - Catalogue reference EXT 9/93

A copy of this rare find can be downloaded free of charge from our DocumentsOnline service, or you can choose a colour image of all three copies of the Declaration held by The National Archives, the only copies held outside the United States, for 75 pence.

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