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    George Washington and the Society of the Cincinnati. A rare June 2, 1784 4-page New Haven newspaper, with the entire front page and part of the second page devoted to the subject. As the first president of the Society of the Cincinnati, George Washington issues a most persuasive Circular Letter carried by The Connecticut Journal June 1784, to assuage criticism of this new organization: "Having now relinquished whatever has been found objectionable in our original institution; having by the deference thus paid to the prevailing sentiments of the community...let Heaven and our own conscience approve our conduct; let our actions be the best comment on our words; and let us leave a lesson to posterity, that the glory of soldiers cannot be completed, without acting well the part of citizens."
    Connecticut Journal, June 2, 1784, 4 pp. tall folio, containing a front page circular letter signed in print by George Washington as President of the Society of Cincinnati, establishing guidelines for the recently formed association and attempting to quell initial criticism. The Society of Cincinnati is the oldest military hereditary society in the United States, and it laid the foundation as a model for most hereditary societies which came after it. The basis for the creation of the Society of Cincinnati (derived from the story of the Roman farmer Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus), was to provide a means of ongoing fellowship for the officer of the Continental Army, and to develop charitable funds to assist families of original members. The Society also acted on behalf of the Army's officers in an effort to secure military pensions for surviving Revolutionary War veterans. George Washington was elected the first President General of the Society and he served from December 1783 until his death in 1799.
    Typical minor edge roughness, almost complete separation at spine, and light aging. Very good condition overall, 10" x 16".

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