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WASHINGTON, George. Engraved document signed ("G:o Washington"), countersigned by Henry Knox (1750-1806), Mount Vernon, 4 July 1786. 1 page, oblong folio, (15½ x 21 in.), neatly accomplished in manuscript PRINTED ON FINE PARCHMENT. Accomplishment and signatures a bit pale as usual, minor chipping to lower right corner, but a good copy of a document usually found in quite mediocre condition. Matted and in a fine gilt-decorated frame.
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WASHINGTON, George. Engraved document signed ("G:o Washington"), countersigned by Henry Knox (1750-1806), Mount Vernon, 4 July 1786. 1 page, oblong folio, (15½ x 21 in.), neatly accomplished in manuscript PRINTED ON FINE PARCHMENT. Accomplishment and signatures a bit pale as usual, minor chipping to lower right corner, but a good copy of a document usually found in quite mediocre condition. Matted and in a fine gilt-decorated frame.

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WASHINGTON, George. Engraved document signed ("G:o Washington"), countersigned by Henry Knox (1750-1806), Mount Vernon, 4 July 1786. 1 page, oblong folio, (15½ x 21 in.), neatly accomplished in manuscript PRINTED ON FINE PARCHMENT. Accomplishment and signatures a bit pale as usual, minor chipping to lower right corner, but a good copy of a document usually found in quite mediocre condition. Matted and in a fine gilt-decorated frame.

SIGNED BY WASHINGTON ON INDEPENDENCE DAY, 1796: A SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI CERTIFICATE.

The document elaborately engraved by Jean-Jacques Andre Le Veau (1729-1786) AFTER A DESIGN OF PIERRE CHARLES L'ENFANT (1754-1825) as drawn by Augustin-Louis La Belle (1757-1841); with complex allegorical vignettes surrounding the calligraphic text: naval warships under sail, Brittania and a British lion fleeing bolts of lightning from an American eagle, and circular medallic emblems of the Society of the Cincinnati. Washington and his future Secretary of War Knox certify the membership of Abijah Savage, "Captain in the late Army of the United States."

The Society of Cincinnati, as the elegantly engraved text proclaims, was "...instituted by the Officers of the American Army, at the period of its Dissolution...to commemorate the great Event which gave independence to North America," and "for...inculcating the Duty of laying down in Peace arms assumed for public defence..." The Society, open to former officers of the Continental Army and its foreign allies, was founded with Washington's approval by Knox, Jedidiah Huntington and Baron von Steuben. The order was named after "that illustrious Roman, Lucius Quintius Cincinnatus," who had left his prosperous farm on two occasions to take up arms in defense of his homeland. Washington agreed to become president of the Society; Alexander Hamilton filled the post after Washington's death. Captain Abijah Savage (1744-1825) of Middletown, Connecticut, had served from 1777 in Colonel Henry Sherburn's regiment of the Continental Army.

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