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    Society of the Cincinnati Badge With Related Materials. Documents and artifacts belonging to Society members John Patriot Wilson Neill and Richard Renshaw Neill. Includes:

    Society of the Cincinnati Badge. Circa late 1890s. Gold, 1.5" x 3". Manufactured by Bailey, Banks, and Biddle. Drop-winged eagle with sharply pointed gold wings and white enamel tail. The long neck joins a head with crest. The white legs rest on the green enameled wreath that rings the eagle's head. Gold-edged center discs are hand-painted deep blue and show three Roman Senators at the house of the Cincinnatus, begging him to lead their armies. The white outer band is inscribed OMNIA. RELINQUIT. SERVARE. REMPUBLICAM. The reverse shows Fame with trumpet honoring the hero who drops his sword to return to farming. Band bears the inscription SOCIETAS. CINCINNATORUM. INSTITUTA. AD 1783. A gold jump ring joins the light blue, white edged ribbon.

    Two Society of the Cincinnati Admission Certificates. Both one page, on vellum, 23.5" x 17", Wilmington. The first admits "James Patriot Wilson Neill, Brevet Major, U. S. A, a representative of Henry Neill, Colonel in the Second Regiment, Delaware State Troops" as a member of the Society dated July 4, 1898. Signed by Society President James Lattimer. Heavily stained along the right side with small holes which do not obscure the legibility of the text. The second admits "Richard Renshaw Neill, Esq.; a representative of Henry Neill, Colonel in the Second Regiment, Delaware State Troops" a member of the Society dated July 4, 1902. Signed by Society President Thomas Pearce. Also stained along the right, though not as heavily with some wrinkling of the material. Both admissions are accompanied by letters informing both recipients of their acceptance.

    Also included are: Henry Bellas Autograph Letter Signed to Major James Neill, dated July 7, 1896, informing Neill of his honorary membership in the Society; Two Philip White Autograph Letters Signed to Major James Neill, dated February 13 and May 21, acknowledging receipt of two payments of $100 to the Society; Henry Bellas Autograph Letter Signed to James Neill, dated August 15, 1900, regarding the tumultuous state of the Society under "the charlatan Secretary General."; Henry Bellas Autograph Letter Signed to James Neill, dated October 27, 1902, acknowledging receipt of money and detailing the goings-on of the Society; Henry Bellas Autograph Letter Signed to James Neill, dated July 5, 1902, acknowledging receipt of a photograph; The Sermon Program for the Funeral of Henry Neill, M. D. Twenty-eight pages, 5.5" x 9.5", First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, October, 1845; Two Copies of The Institution of the Society of the Cincinnati with the Proceedings of the General Society. Delaware State Society of the Cincinnati, 1901. Fifteen pages, 6" x 9", containing a general history of the Society; and The Roster of the Delaware State Society of the Cincinnati, 1907-1908.

    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.


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