George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Francis Johnston, 22 March 1784

To Francis Johnston

Mount Vernon 22d Mar: 84

Dear Sir,

Inclosed you have the Certificates for Captns Pashke, De Mercellan 1 & Le Roy returned, with my Seal & Signature; but if I recollect right, they must be countersigned by the Secretary General to give them validity.

They only came to my hands yesterday, or you should have had them sooner.2 With great esteem I am—Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

ALS, owned (1979) by Mr. Steve Barnett, Provo, Utah; LB, DLC:GW.

1Marcellin’s certificate (in DSoC), signed by GW, reads: “This Certifies, that Captain Claude Antoine Villet de Marcellin, of the Pennsylvania Line, being in virtue of his Services in the American Army, entitled to become a Member of the Cincinnati and having signed the Institution and complied with the Regulations therein specified, is accordingly admitted a Member, and is entitled to all the Rights, and Priviledges of the said Society of the Cincinnati. Given under my hand and Seal at Mount Vernon—this Twentieth day of March 1784.”

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