[SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI-BROOKS, JOHN] The Institution and Proceedings of the Society of the Cincinnati, formed by the Officers of the United States, at the Cantonment of the Banks of Hudson's River, May 10, 1783: with the Proceedings of the Massachusetts State Society of the Cincinnati, from its Organization, June 9, 1783, to July 4, 1811.
Boston: printed by Thomas B. Wait and Co., 1812. First edition. Disbound and retaining the printed upper board only, the upper corner of the board with Major Brooks in ink, the text with ink marginalia indicating the deaths of original members and the admission of new members. 9 x 5 inches (23 x 13 cm); engraved frontispiece, 112 pp. Dampstained and worn but textually complete. Sabin 13124; Together with an engraved invitation to a meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati. Boston: 7 July 1825. The partially printed document accomplished in manuscript inviting Hon. John Brooks (this the elder Brooks, died March 1825) to that year's meeting. This invitation is accompanied by a letter from the Society's secretary admitting Major Brooks (this being Brooks' son Major Alexander Scammell Brooks) to the Society in the place of his "much lamented father." Puncture, stains, short tears, the certificate with a note on the verso regarding the funeral of Governor William Eustis in February 1825.
An interesting, albeit worn, group regarding the changing of the guard in the Massachusetts chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati. John Brooks had served with distinction in the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Battle of White Plains, the Battles of Saratoga, the Battle of Monmouth, and had trained troops alongside Baron von Steuben at Valley Forge. An original member of the Society, Brooks was chapter president at the time he was also governor of Massachussets before his death in March 1825. His namesake son John Brooks Jr. had died in the War of 1812. His second son Major Alexander Scammell Brooks would also serve in the War of 1812 and died en route to fight in the Seminole War in 1836. Major Brooks is here admitted a member in the Society in his father's place. The 1812 volume present here is scarce and offers an early history of the Society and lists its original members.
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