“The Escutcheon is composed of the chief & pale , the two most honorable ordinaries .The Pieces, paly , represent the several states all joined in one solid compact entire, supporting a Chief, which unites the whole & represents Congress.The Motto alludes to this union. The pales in the arms are kept closely united by the Chief and the Chief depends on that union & the strength resulting from it for its support, to denote the Confederacy of the United States of America & the preservation of their union through Congress.  

                                         Charles Thomson