"The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a Theatrical Show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that; i.e. all the Glory of it."
— John Adams (1735-1826) Letter to Benjamin Rush (June 11, 1811)
|Don't Sign That Declaration, Gentlemen! You'll Hurt Business! by Samuel D. Ehrhart, after John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence, from Puck (March 4, 1908)|