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title:“Report of the Committee Appointed to Devise a Great Seal for the Commonwealth of Virginia”
authors:George Mason
date written:1776-7-5

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Mason, George. "Letter to Devise a Great Seal for the Commonwealth of Virginia." The Papers of George Mason. Vol. 1. Ed. Bernard Bailyn and James Morton Smith. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1970. 313-14. Print.

Report of the Committee Appointed to Devise a Great Seal for the Commonwealth of Virginia (July 5, 1776)

[5 July 1776]
TO BE ENGRAVED ON THE GREAT SEAL.
VIRTUS, the genius of the commonwealth, dressed like an Amazon, resting on a spear with one hand, and holding a sword in the other, and treading on TYRANNY, represented by a man prostrate, a crown fallen from his head, a broken chain in his left hand, and a scourge in his right.
In the exergon, the word VIRGINIA over the head of VIRTUS: and underneath the words Sic semper tyrannis.
On the reverse, a groupe.
LIBERTAS, with her wand and pileus.
On one side of her CERES, with the cornucopia in one hand, and an ear of wheat in the other.
On the other side ÆTERNITAS, with the globe and phoenix.
In the exergon, these words:
DEUS NOBIS HAEC OTIA FECIT.

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