Declare Your Independence


Four years before he put a pen to paper and drafted the Declaration of Independence, twenty-seven-year old-attorney Thomas Jefferson attempted to secure the first divorce in Virginia for his client, Dr. James Blair from his wife Kitty.

It seems that Ms. Kitty was pussy footing around with the Earl of Dunmore, who was the British Governor of Virginia at the time.  Word on the cobble stone street was that the good doctor was unable to perform his manly marital duties.

The fact that Kitty and the doctor were childless was considered proof of her husband’s inability to perform, although tests were not available back then to determine the cause of the couple’s infertility.

Before they could head to divorce court Dr. Blair died and with that so did Mr. Jefferson’s case.  What does this have to do with the Declaration of Independence?

He applied the same principles he was going to argue before the court when he drafted the declaration, which became the mother of all divorces: the dissolution of the union between the colonies and Britain.  As  stated earlier he wrote:

“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…”

And the rest as they say is history.


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