"We take the star from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty." - George Washington
Diplomatic uniform coat, 1790s, silk. "This blue silk coat belonged to Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825), South Carolina lawyer, statesman and politician. Pinckney was the son of Judge Charles Pinckney and famed Eliza Lucas. Although he fought in the Revolutionary War, it is more likely that this coat is from his service as Ambassador to France under George Washington and John Adams."