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Security, surveillance and a mistake

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By Jay Miller

Last week, I wrote about the signers of the Declaration of Independence. In the column, I mentioned that the signing took place on July 4, 1776.
I should have said the Continental Congress voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence on July 4. It was signed only by John Hancock, the president of the Continental Congress, and Charles Thompson, the secretary on July 4.
Congress also voted on the 4th to have the Declaration embossed on parchment. The embossed copy was signed by 50 members on Aug. 2.
This mistake was pointed out to me by the respected Librarian Emerita of the Alamogordo Public Library, June Harwell. I apologize for the mistake. I knew better because Harwell had contacted me about the same mistake before. I had no reason to slip up again.
To all my readers, please take the time to point out my mistakes, or to disagree with my opinions. For 25 years, I listed my contact information at the end of my columns. At the urging of family members, I discontinued the practice about a year ago for security reasons.
Actually, I never received anything I would call a threat during all those years. While covering the tumultuous effort to dig up Billy the Kid and his mother 10 years ago, I received an odd phone call from someone who was completely unfamiliar.


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