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England's response to the Declaration of Independenc
The Court of King George III
July 10, 1776
Mr. Thomas Jefferson
c/o The Continental Congress
Dear Mr. Jefferson:
We have read your "Declaration of Independence" with great interest.
Certainly, it represents a considerable undertaking, and many of your
statements do merit serious consideration. Unfortunately, the
Declaration as a whole fails to meet recently adopted specifications
for proposals to the Crown, so we must return the document to you for
further refinement. The questions which follow might assist you in
your process of revision:
1. In your opening paragraph you use the phrase "the Laws of Nature
and Nature's God." What are these laws? In what way are they the
criteria on which you base your central arguments? Please document
with citations from the recent literature.
2. In the same paragraph you refer to the "opinions of mankind."
Whose polling data are you using? Without specific evidence, it seems
to us the "opinions of mankind" are a matter of opinion.
3. You hold certain truths to be "self-evident." Could you please
elaborate. If they are as evident as you claim then it should not
be difficult for you to locate the appropriate supporting statistics.
4. "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" seem to be the
goals of your proposal. These are not measurable goals. If you were
to say that "among these is the ability to sustain an average life
expectancy in six of the 13 colonies of at least 55 years, and to
enable newspapers in the colonies to print news without outside
interference, and to raise the average income of the colonists by 10
percent in the next 10 years," these could be measurable goals.
5. You state that "Whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or
to abolish it, and to institute a new Government...." Have you
weighed this assertion against all the alternatives? What are the
6. Your description of the existing situation is quite extensive.
Such a long list of grievances should precede the statement of goals,
not follow it. Your problem statement needs improvement.
7. Your strategy for achieving your goal is not developed at all.
You state that the colonies "ought to be Free and Independent States,"
and that they are "Absolved from All Allegiance to the British
Crown." Who or what must change to achieve this objective? In what
way must they change? What specific steps will you take to overcome
the resistance? How long will it take? We have found that a little
foresight in these areas helps to prevent careless errors later on.
How cost-effective are your strategies?
8. Who among the list of signatories will be responsible for
implementing your strategy? Who conceived it? Who provided the
theoretical research? Who will constitute the advisory committee?
Please submit an organization chart and vitas of the principal
9. You must include an evaluation design. We have been requiring
this since Queen Anne's War.
10. What impact will your problem have? Your failure to include any
assessment of this inspires little confidence in the long-range
prospects of your undertaking.
11. Please submit a PERT diagram, an activity chart, itemized
budget, and manpower utilization matrix.
We hope that these comments prove useful in revising your
"Declaration of Independence." We welcome the submission of your
revised proposal. Our due date for unsolicited proposals is July 31,
1776. Ten copies with original signatures will be required.
Management Analyst to the British Crown