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    George Washington signs as the 1st president of the Society of the Cincinnati

    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, 19.5" x 14" (sight), Mount Vernon, Virginia, December 10, 1785. This document announces "Christopher Hutton, Esquire Lieutenant 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 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. This certificate, with attractive patriotic vignettes, is toned, and the handwritten text, including Washington's signature, has faded. It is matted and framed to an overall size of 27" x 21.5".



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