The head of the Library of Congress wrote these instructions to the Marine Guard entrusted to protect the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Lincoln Cathedral’s Magna Carta at an exhibition in 1944. The Lincoln Cathedral’s Magna Carta had been in the United States when war broke out in 1939. Britain requested that it temporarily remain in America to avoid shipping it home during wartime.
Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States are the principal possessions of the people of this country. In them, if anywhere, the American Idea has its visible expression and its tangible form.