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A letter dated July 21, 1794, describes a controversy over the election of George Clinton, who served
as governor of New York from 1777 until 1795, to the position of president of the Society of the
Cincinnati. The society was founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental army and navy and their
counterparts in the French army and navy who served in the American Revolutionary War.
“The time passed creates a kind
of distance between the modern
American and the Founding
Fathers,” says Raven Baptiste
Holder ‘12. “They seem almost
a part of lore instead of an
actual space in time, and so to
look on something as palpable
as a written letter is a lot like
traveling; it bridges the gap in
an unexpected way.”