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    Ancient Heraldic and Chivalric Order of Albion Medal and Related Materials. Awarded to Richard Renshaw Neill, the medal measures 1.25" x 1.75" (to top of the fixed loop). Tri-colored Seal of the Order of Albion, the outer black border bears the inscription DOCEBO. INIQUOS. VIAS. TUAS. ET. IMPII. AD. TE. CONVERTENTUR. The inner ring is in red with twenty-two gold heads surrounding a yellow center featuring the heraldic device of the Order. The reverse bears the number "39." A gold jump ring joins the red, yellow edged ribbon. It is accompanied by a letter, dated May 21, 1903, acknowledging the insignia has been sent.

    The Ancient Heraldic and Chivalric Order of Albion was founded in America in 1643 by Sir Edmond Plowden. Its original intention was the conversion of twenty-three Indian tribes found within the grant of New Albion. It evolved into a gentlemen's society and was reorganized in 1883.

    The medal is accompanied by an archive of materials related to the "Order of Albion" and "The Sons of the Revolution", a fraternal organization whose mission is to teach the public about the Revolutionary War, was founded in 1876. The documents date from 1884 to 1903 and includes:

    "History and Traditions of the Knights of Albion" Booklet, eight pages, with ownership signature on the cover, "Richard Neill/Lima. Mch 1902."; William Griffith Autograph Letter Signed and Typed Letter Signed, both dated April 30, 1902, informing Neill of his acceptance to and extending "an invitation to join the Order [of Albion]."; William Griffith Typed Letter Signed, dated July 3, 1902, acknowledging receipt of "$30 in payment of initiation fee and dues to Jan.1st.1903."; Henry Bellas Autograph Letter Signed, dated May 2, 1903, informing him of his appointment to "Councillor [sic] of this Commandery for the Ensuing year."; and Henry Bellas Autograph Letter Signed, dated February 26, 1902, extending an invitation "to join in a very exclusive, but not unduly aristocratic Order (of Albion)."

    Sons of the Revolution Admission Certificate. One page, on partially printed vellum, 24.25" x 16.5", Pennsylvania, April 4, 1903, admitting "Richard Renshaw Neill...a member of the Sons of the Revolution in right of the services or Col. Francis Johnston Lieut. Col. 6th Battalion Penna State Troops...in the cause of American Independence during the War of the Revolution." Features the seals of all of the original thirteen colonies. Heavily stained at the top right and around the edges and damaged with three vertical cuts where the seal once was affixed. Additional materials in this archive are listed online.


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    Additional documents include: Charles Henry Jones: Captain Gustavus Conyngham, a Sketch of the Services he Rendered to the Cause of American Independence. (Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, 1903). Thirty-two pages with illustrations on the life of Captain Conyngham; James Montgomery Typed Letter, undated, acknowledging the completion of the Certificate of Membership; Sons of the Revolution Receipt for "Initiation fee" for $18.00; and Pennsylvania Society Sons of the Revolution Election Notice, dated January 13, 1903, informing Renshaw that he has been "duly elected a member of the Society."

     

    Richard Renshaw Neill Appointment as Secretary of the Legation of the United States in Peru. One page, 12" x 18", Washington, July 15, 1884. Blind embossed Seal of the Department of State. Signed by Secretary of State Frederick Frelinghuysen.

     



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