Boston 20 July 1820
Is it perfectly agreable to you, that I should put, in my Report, the statement at foot?
Accept the renewed assurance of my respectful regard & esteem
P. P. F. Degrand
July 2. 1776
is the day on which the Resolve passed in Congress, declaring the U.S. a Free, Sovereign & Independent People.
July 3. 1776
is the day on which John Adams wrote the far-famed letter, which has been printed as dated July 5.
July 4. 1776
is the day on which the Declaration was adopted in Congress, founded on the Resolve of July 2.
This information, confirmatory of what has lately been published, I have derived; within a few days, from the venerable John Adams himself.
MHi: Adams Papers.