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Trumbull, John (1756-1843) to Henry Knox

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.02171 Author/Creator: Trumbull, John (1756-1843) Place Written: Lebanon, Connecticut Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 June 1783 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 24.3 x 19.6 cm.

Summary of Content: The brother of George Washington's secretary Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., and the celebrated painter of the Battle of Bunker Hill and The Declaration of Independence, expresses his regret on failing to meet the three years service required to join the Society of the Cincinnati, but hopes that he might possibly be considered as an applicant anyway. Also writes in praise of the society and asks that if he is admitted, to have his brother sign on his behalf. Place was added in another hand and at a later date.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Sir,
It was with the most sensible pleasure that I lately read the institutions of the Society of the Cincinnati, & it is with no less regret that I find ...myself excluded from becoming regularly a member by that Article which requires three years service. - I serv'd but two years. - yet I flatter myself that the principle on which I quitted the Army, & which tho at that early day little acted upon, is now acknowledg'd to be the Basis of Military Character. will be consider'd as a full justification of my retirement. - I cannot therefore restrain myself from soliciting admission to the Society, since the letters rather than the spirit of the institution appears to exclude me.
If my wishes can be gratified, I have requested my Brother who delivers this to sign my name, & to include my subscription in his Draft on the Pay Master General.
In an institution so truly noble, a degree of dignity should be diffus'd thrg' all its parts. & I cannot reconcile myself to the Idea of a tasteless & ill executed medal. - I expect soon to see our justly celebrated countryman [Mr.] West & if the Idea meets with approbation, I will engage him to give the designs. & see the execution of the Dyes.
With much Respect. I have the Honor to be
Lebanon 20.th June 1783 Sir
Your most Humble Servant
Hon.b Major General Knox.
Jn.o Trumbull
[address]
Honorable Maj.r General Knox.
West Point.
Fav.d by,
Coll Trumbull

[docket]
From Colonel Jno Trumbull
20th June 1783
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People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806
Trumbull, John, 1756-1843

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Society of the CincinnatiRevolutionary WarRevolutionary War GeneralMilitary HistoryContinental ArmyFraternal OrganizationArt, Music, Theater, and Film

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