Second, part of the Declaration was a statement of the specific grievances, designed to prove that George III had subverted American freedoms. This section was in accordance with the popular belief that ' Monarch himself had brought about the war by his tyrannical actions. Earlier Thomas Paine had published a pamphlet called Common Sense, in which similar attacks were made against George III. In the document some twenty five grievances against the British King were listed. Two of these prominent grievances said that the King 'has refused assent to laws necessary for public good' and 'imposed taxes on us without our consent'.
Third part of the declaration consists of the ringing statement of Richard Henry Lee's independence resolution.
"That these United colonies are, and of Right ought to be free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connections between them and the State of Great Britain is and ought to be totally dissolved, and that as free