George Washington Papers

To George Washington from William Jackson, 24 October 1785

From William Jackson

Philadelphia October 24th 1785.

Dear General,

In obedience to an order of the Pennsylvania State Society of the Cincinnati, I do myself the honor to transmit Two hundred and fifty diplomas for your Excellency’s signature.

Availing ourselves of General Knox’s presence in Philadelphia—we presumed to request that he would countersign the diplomas before they were sent to you—and, in order to secure the safe transmission of them, Captain Fullerton, the Assistant Secretary, does himself the honor to wait upon your Excellency in person.1

The enclosed address is intended as the prefatory introduction to a pamphlet, containing the general Institution and proceedings of our State-Society, which is now in the press—and which, when completed, I will do myself the honor of transmitting to your Excellency.2

We have good reason to conclude, from the present temper of our fellow-citizens, that the Assembly, which meets tomorrow, will grant a charter of incorporation to the Society. With the most respectful sentiments of esteem and affection, I am My dear General, Your obedient humble Servant

W. Jackson


1For the loss of the Society of the Cincinnati diplomas of the Pennsylvania members sent earlier to GW and signed by him, see Otho Holland Williams to GW, 20 April, and note 1 of that document. Richard Fullerton (d. 1792), who was brevetted captain in the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment in 1783 and was at this time the assistant secretary of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati, came to Mount Vernon on 31 Oct., at which time GW signed the new diplomas.

2The enclosed pamphlet, printed by John Steele in Philadelphia in 1785, is entitled: Proceedings of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati. To Which Is Prefixed, the General Institution of the Order, as Originally Framed, and Afterwards Altered at the General Meeting, in May, 1784.

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