Below is a colourised version of the Medallion which “Sealed” the Report of the First Congress.
This is the first seal of the “united States of America”. The Seal is described, saved and passed on to us by Associate Supreme Court Justice Henry Baldwin.
The seal is sacred and in heraldry every spec, leaf, object, word and part has an absolute meaning. A meaning of which the person or persons who created it were trying to convey. In this particular seal we know that:
In the surround in Latin are the words “on this we rely” “this we will defend”. We see 12 Dexter arms (right arms) representing the 12 colonies in Congress Assembled, Georgia was not present. ( Left arms are called sinister and the meaning is dark ). An arm means a person with qualities of leadership. These arms are issuing forth from the surrounding clouds. Clouds represent mystery or obscured truth. The center column represents fortitude and constancy. On top of the column is the Phrygian Cap of Liberty and all of this is resting on a solid base covered by a white scroll with the words Magna Charta written on it.
The column and cap also represent the way and means for a human being to be conceived, born and capable of inheriting an estate and claim their status to the world. It was these issues the founding fathers were fighting for, and not particularly taxation without representation. The Right to inherit Freedom as their forefathers had done, derived from the Magna Charta of 1215. This pretty much lays out the intention and mind set of the assembly for those versed in such things.
Judge Baldwin's exposition is available -
A General View Of The Origin And Nature Of The Constitution And
Government Of The United States, Deduced From The Political History And
Condition Of The Colonies And States, From 1774 Until 1788.
Pub. January 1873. Linked to page 6 from Google Books.
In toto it's a pretty thorough treatment of the subject, although he does not go into the Heraldry to any degree.
Magna Charta was republished many times, 30 or so down through history. Different publications are often amended. If you check your STATES Statutes at Large you should find Magna Charta right up front. Same with the US Statutes at Large and US Code.
In the course of my own study I collected two different versions, one from US and one from California, that contained different clauses. As I recall, the US contained reference to prohibiting certain bankers and Calif. to the right to replace government. These clauses were not in both publications.
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