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tude, love and reverence for the great Father of our country, we beg leave simply to submit to your consideration, the annexed Plan for erecting a Monument, to perpetuate the remembrance of his glorious achievements, and to transmit to distant posterity, the grateful expression of a people's love.
PLAN. “ First. In order to make the proposed Monument a peculiar testimony of the veneration in which our immortal patriot is held, by the Citizens of this Commonwealth, it is the intention of the Cincinnati, not to solicit contributions from persons who do not reside in Pennsylvania ; but to make
application to the citizens of this state as particularly as is possible, and to give to every one an opportunity within his own county, of offering his donation to persons acting under the appointment of the Society. With this view, books will be sent to two or more persons in each organized county in the state, with a request that they will receive subscriptions for the object. Subscription books will be cominitted, with a like request, to several of the citizens of Philadelphia ; and after the books are closed, which will be on the 5th of July, 1812, they will be deposited among the archives of the Society, as a perpetual memorial of such of the citizens of this state, as had virtue to honour the illustrious character of General Washington, and gratitude to consecrate a portion of their means, to this lasting commemoration of his services.
“ Second.-Subscribers under Twenty Dollars, will pay their subscription at the time it is made--for, or above that sum,
they may pay it either when it is made, or when they shall afterwards be called upon for that purpose.
“ Third. All monies received will be forwarded or handed over to Charles Biddle, Esq. Treasurer of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania, and by him be deposited in one of the banks of the City of Philadelphia, subject only to the draught of a majority of the Committee.
“ Fourth. As soon as the books are closed, and the amount of the donations ascertained, the Committee will proceed with the utmost promptitude to carry the Resolution into effect. The splendour of the Monument must depend essentially upon the extent of the subscriptions. But the Committee have no doubt, that neither the affection nor the pride of Pennsylvanians, will be satisfied with any memorial which shall not be worthy, in some small degree, of the hero it is to commemorate.
“I certify, that at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Pennsylvania
Society of the Cincinnati, held on Monday, the 15th of July, 1811, the preceding plan was submitted to the said Committee, and unanimously approved.”
HOR BINNEY, Sec. of the Pennsylvania Society of the Cincinnati.' We will now proceed briefly to investigate the primitive and present power, of royal princes. Their origin we have already pointed out; and their power is the same now, as it has been ages past; I mean ABSOLUTE, in many parts of the world. But of all the absurd pretensions of monarchy, none is more ridiculous than hereditary succession. A man, if he happens to be born the eldest son of a king, (though a rogue or a fool) can, at the age of 18, ascend the throne, and rule a nation of wise men, although not qualified for the office of constable, or even herdsman. Thus we see in monarchical countries, the son of a king inherits a nation of rational beings, in the same way a young man
in America, inherits, his father's herd of cattle, with this difference ; in the latter case, he cannot come to his inheritance till he is 21 years of age ; but in the former case, at 18 years, and without
reference to his mental or moral character. And yet there are people in America, enjoying the precious sweets of liberty, who vindicate such a ludicrous system! Although one is led to suppose, that any people who would endure such an outrage on society, invert the order of human nature, and thus insult common sense, deserve to be slaves;* yet it ought to be remembered, that the people have from time to time, struggled against the arbitrary power, and absurd pretensions of their kings; which has for many centuries produced the most sanguinary civil wars, and also foreign wars: For where can there be any security for the peace
• The servile wretch who winks at wicked laws, Free men may pity, but they must despise.