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    George Washington Society of the Cincinnati Membership Certificate Signed "G. Washington"; countersigned by Henry Knox ("H Knox") as secretary of the society. One page, 20.75" x 14.5", December 10, 1785, Mount Vernon, Virginia. This document announces "John F. Hamtramck, Esquire Captain in the late 2nd New York Regiment" 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 had served three years, or were officed 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 an emergency; once that emergency was over, Cincinnatus returned control to the Roman Senate and went back to his farm. The motto of the society reflects this tradition, "He gave up everything to serve the Republic." Capt. Hamtramck, noted as a disciplinarian, continued to serve following the Revolutionary War, winning distinction for his victory against the Miami Indian tribe in 1794. This certificate is browned and foxed. It is affixed to a stiff paperboard backing of equal size to the certificate. Both signatures have faded. Fair condition.

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