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  1. Apr 2017
    1. Every quiet method for peace hath been ineffectual

      The Second Continental Congress adopted the Olive Branch Petition on July 5, 1775, in an attempt to avoid full-scale war, even though armed hostilities had already commenced at Lexington and Concord nearly three months prior. However, the next day the Congress issued the "Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms," which explained the reasons for the armed conflict, and it was clear that no reconciliation was possible.