Gentlemen, I have just completed the second draft of the Great Seal, taking into account your suggestions. I think this version is a good marriage of your allegorical ideas and my heraldic design. Please take a look and send me any points of fine-tuning before we can submit it to Congress.
Dr. Franklin’s idea for the motto — Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God — certainly sends a strong message, and considering Mr. Jefferson’s enthusiasm for it, I have placed it on the reverse. The front, I think, should stick with E Pluribus Unum. The phrase has appeared in every periodical within the past few months and is very much in the public’s mind. Once the heat of Revolution has cooled, I suspect it will prove to be a more lasting choice.
You may notice that the American Soldier of my first design has been replaced by the Goddess of Justice, who now stands side-by-side with Liberty. I do agree that the pair presents a more unified image, but I am rather worried now that the seal does not have a distinctly American mark. Erudition does not always translate into design. As of now, it looks more like a collection of insignia than a representation of its motto. I do not know if the strength of its visual impact has matched Mr. Jefferson’s Constitution.