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    George Washington Society of the Cincinnati Membership Certificate Signed "Go:Washington" as the society's president and countersigned by Henry Knox ("Knox") as secretary. One page, 21.25" x 14.5", Mount Vernon, Virginia, January 1, 1784. This document announces "William Ennis a Lieutenant in the late Armies of the United States," as a member of the select society. A patriotic organization with strict entrance rules, the Society of the Cincinnati only allowed entrance to officers from the Continental and French armies who served at least three years, or were officers at the time of the war's end. After that, membership was passed down to the eldest son. Washington was the society's first president and Knox, who likely originated the concept of the society, was its first secretary.

    The society took its name from the Roman farmer Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus, who secured complete control of Rome during a military emergency. Once that emergency was over, Cincinnatus returned control to the Roman Senate and went back to his farm. The motto of the society - "He gave up everything to serve the Republic" - reflects this tradition.

    Condition: This certificate is backed with linen and stretched onto a wooden stretchers using carpentry nails. Although the engrossment has faded, both the Washington and Knox signatures remain bold.


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