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Sunday Edition. November 13
H. W. JOHN W. SIMO3S, P. fl. H., Editor.
To Masonic Advertiskbs. Adyer
tieements to appear under the Masonic heading must
be handed in before six o’clock on Saturday evening,
as the rapid increase of the circulation of the Dis
patch compels us to put the page on which tho Ma
sonic matter appears to press at a much earlier hour
than heretofore.
Recognition Again.
We give to tho following communication from our*
e stoemed friend, the R. W. and’respected Grand
Secretary of Missouri, and editor of the St. Louis
Freemason, the post of honor, as an evidence of wel
come to our columns, though not necessarily of our
agreement in his conclusions:
JOHN W. Simons, Esq., Masonic Editor New York Dispatch
M. W. and Dear Brother.—l have read with more
than ordinary interest your reply to the Keystone, of Phil
adelphia, upcn the question of “recognition,” and I de
sire to submit a reply to your readers, through the col
umns of the Dispatch, on your position. Ido so for two
reasons. First, your readers fully understand the ques
tion without any farther publication, as you have gen
erously quoted the Keystone in full, and socondiy, I will
not have to discuss the question with those who know
nothing about its merits.
I shall be brief. The question of work or the manner
and form of conferring the degrees has nothing to do
with the question. The whole question is resolved into
a nutshell of authority to confer degrees and issue charters.
You have truly set the fact forth in your concluding sen
tence, viz.: “ Our contemporary and all others may de
pend that the true test of individual regularity is in the
standing of the Masonic power under authority of which
he has been admitted to the mysteries.”
This is tho “law and the gospel,” and well stated, but
right on it I am compelled to take issue with the preface
of your argument. lam a York Rite Mason, made in a
duly constituted lodge of such, and under a charter or
warrant from a regular Grand Lodge, and I am cove
nanted to hold Masonic intercourse with none others.
John Smith comes from Rio Janeiro, made in Brazil
Lodge, No. 1. I ask who made him, ho replies as above.
I ask who organized such lodge? He says, Illustrious
Brother John Brown, Grand Inspector General 33d,
holding his warrant from Albert Pike, Sovereign Grand
Commander of the Southern Supreme Council of the
United States, who was authorized by his constitution
to issue such patents, whereby Ero. Brown made fifteen
or twenty citizens Masons (there being no lodge in our
city), and these citizens afterward formed the lodge by
which I was made, and he here presents their seal and
Now, the question arises, “Was this a regularly con
stituted lodge?” It was, undoubtedly, under the rite
under which it was made, but was it so constituted un
der the law under which I was made? I most emphat
ically say NO I Because he can answer all my questions,
and do ah the work according to my ritual, amounts to
nothing in the argument. The only question is the reg
ularity cf his making. I hold that no power on earth
can legitimately grant a charter except a regularly con
stituted Grand Lodge, or by its authority; for if wo
deny this premise, then anybody can do it. If any body
can, then any individual can. If so, I may, and if I can,
and my acts be recognized as legal by all the craft, then
I want no softer thing for my fortune than to engage a
printing house to turn out charters for one year, and I
will retire on my fortune and visit the battle fields of
France and other curiosities of the world.
Any rite on God’s earth may issue charters just as any
man may gather herbs for a drug store, but the drug
gist who will buy all the roots brought to him on the
say so of the peddler, will most surely poison half his
customers; and so will any lodge which receives Tom,
Dick and Harry, who has picked up degrees here and
there, take them for what they say. I lay this down as
a fundamental rule, that, as a York Rite Mason, I am
not allowed to receive any man as a York Rite Mason,
who has not been made according to and under the
York Rite system; that, as an A. and A. Rite Mason, I
can only receive those of that rite; so of the Memphis
Rite, and the thousand and one other rites of the world.
I hold that every man is a Mason according as he has
been made, and if he accepts any man as a Mason ex
cept under his own rite, that he may just as well accept
a man who has been made a Mason by having his head
rubbed in red clay. If the word Mason signifies that
every one who claims its name is entitled to recogni
tion, then I want to be excused, for I have holped to
kick several whom, on strict examination, I found to be
mere impostors. lam not one of them, nor do I recog
nize the right of any set of men to set up a Masonic
shop, and turn out degrees just as Crispins will paper
soled shoes and sell them to me as genuine articles.
We have been through that mill, and know just what
sort of cogs there are in the wheels. No, no I none of
that for “Joseph.’’ Come, Bro. Simons, you know that
a York Rite lodge cannot consistently and honestly ad
mit any who are not made in that rite, unless you force
the examining committee to violate their O. B.’s—it is
an utter impossibility. Let every rite stand on its own
bottom—if it has a bro’ad one, well and good, it can
stand the better; if not, let it shake from one side to
the other, and finally come down.
Ever fraternally yours, Geo. Frank Gouley.
Although the premises of our respected friend are
somewhat different, his conclusions are substan
tially the same as those put forth in the Keystone,
and which we put to rest in a former article. Bro.
Gouley, like our Philadelphia contemporary, over
looks the point that we insist upon the regularity of
the authority under which a profane is made into a
Mason, as being the governing idea, without the
slightest regard to the particular formula of words
used in the process, which formula is usually
termed a rite, or, in other words, that if the Grand
Lodge of Missouri maintains correspondence and
fraternal relations with a Masonic power in Europe,
Bay, for instance, the Grand Lodge of the Three
Globes, at Berlin, it must, as a natural sequence, ad
mit the subordinates of that power to be just and
duly constituted, and the individual Masons to be in
all respects regular, without any regard to tho rite
practised by those subordinates in making Masons,
One proposition is the logical result of the other,
and neither can be maintained without the other.
Now, while the Grand Lodge of Missouri professes
and teaches, through its subordinates, tho York
Rite, the Grand Lodge of the Three Globes neither
practices nor knows anything about the York Rite,
but has a system of its own.
Suppose that a person hailing from one of the sub
ordinates of the said Three Globes, and bearing its
seal on his diploma, should present himself at the
door of a lodge in St. Louis for examination. He
presents his diplomas, and upon its face it shows con
clusively that it Issues from a Grand Lodge, with
which the Grand Lodge of Missouri is in fraternal
correspondence and relation, and it must therefore
be respected. The next step is to ascertain whether
-the bearer is the person named in the diploma, and
■whether he is entitled to claim the priveleges of a
regular Mason, and we maintain that you are bound
to take him as you find him, and that the fact of his
having been made a Mason under a different rite
from that practiced in Missouri, has not, and cannot,
have anything to do with tho question you are called
to decide, which is, “Has he been made in a just
and duly constituted lodge, workmg under an au
thority recognized as regular by our Grand Lodge ?”
If upon examination he can prove this>you are
bound to admit him so far as any question of his
being a regular Mason goes. Put the boot on the
ether leg. A member of a lodge in St. Louis goes to
Berlin, and desires to visit Having been fully
posted by our zealous friend, the Grand Secretary,
that there is but one Masonry, and the York Rite is
its prophet, he enquires for some lodge working in
the York Rite. The parson questioned, tells him that
they have no such rite in Berlin; they have Feesler’s
anl Schroeder’s, and other rites, but nothing in the
way of York. Either of the existing rites, he is told,
Will bid him welcome, and open to him the doors of
its temples; but that is the best they can do. The
visitor knows that the Grand Lodge under which
these subordinates—which know absolutely nothing
©f the York Rite—work is recognized all over the
world as regular, and as having full and undisputed
authority within its jurisdiction to issue warrants,
constitute lodges, and. authorize them to make Ma
bods by some other process than that called the York
Bite. Must he decide in the face of the facts that
because they do not work the York Rite, they are not
Masons ? If so, on the same principle he may be re
quired to foreswear the sight of his own eyes, or
the hearing of his own ears. He will do nothing of
the sort; but will, on the contrary, visit one or more
of the lodges, just to see how they do it, and he will
find upon reflection that Masonry is not In the pecu-
Kar forms of any rite, but in the great immoveable
principles upon which it rests, and in the regularity
of the powers which administer It. We aver dis
tinctly, and most emphatically, that there is no
covenant resting upon York Rite Masons requiring
them to inquire into the rite under which one claim
ing to be a brother has been made, but only into the
fact that he has been made in a just and duly con
stituted lodge, which lodge can only exist by consent
of a lawful and recognized Grand) body, whether that
be termed a Grand Lodge or Grand Orient, makes
no difference, so long as the other admittedly regu
lar powers recognize and fellowship it
At the risk of wearying cur brother, will he permit
us to cite another example ? The Grand Lodges of
Missouri and New York are in close, friendly, and
fraternal correspondence and relation. Neither en
tertains the shadow of a doubt as to the entire and
absolute regularity of the other, nor will either per
mit the standing of the other to be attacked without
taking up arms in its defence, as it would defend its
own existence. Working under the Grand Lodge ot ,
New York, are some fifteen or twenty lodges, some
of them among tho oldest on its register—say Nos.
12,17, 54, 86, and others —which, from tho day of
their foundation up to their present writing, have
never made a Mason according to the York Rite, and
what is more, never have been and never will be ex
pected to do so. Will Bro. Gouley claim that if one
of these brethren should present himself in Missouri
io visit a lodge, he could be refused on the ground
of not having been made according to the York Rite?
If not, what becomes of hie assertion that, “Asa
York Rite Mason I am not allowed to receive any
man aa a York Mason who has not been made
according to, and under the York Rite system ?” If,
©n tho other hand, he Is boupd to refuse ex&joina*
tion on the ground staled by him, and the Grand
Lodge of Now York is bound to protect its own con
stituents, how are friendly relations to be maintained
with the Grand Lodge of Missouri, which denounces
Masons made under the direct sanction and authori
ty of tho Grand Lodge of New York as no Masons at
all. since they cannot be recognized by tho lodges in
Missouri? Brother G. must not attempt to answer
by saying that tho regularity of the Grand Lodge
covers tho acts of the subordinates, because that is
in fact ceding the whole argument, and will apply
just as well to Grand Lodges of undoubted regularity
which have never professed the York Rite at all. Let
him, on the contrary, select one of the two horns we
have just presented him, and see where he will land.
He will be forced to admit that a profane can be
regularly made a Mason by other than the York Rite,
and admitting him to be a regular Master Mason, he
must also concede his right to visit any or all regu
lar lodges, or, on the other hand, claiming that none
but York Rite Masons can visit York Rite lodges, he
must shut off relations with a majority of all the Ma
sons in the world, he needing not to be told that ex
cept in North America and England, the York Rite is
not practiced.
The supposed case of a person going to South
America, and armed with a warrant from the Grand
Commander of the Supreme Council making profanes
into Masons, is outside of the question, because we
do not admit tho possibility of making regular Ma
sons except in just and duly constituted lodges.
The fifteen or twenty citizens referred to, not being
lawful Masons, could not form regular lodges, and
the lodges they did form being ob ovo irregular,
could not make regular Masons. But we do affirm
that a lodge be ing composed of lawful Masons, and
holding its warrant from a governing body recog
nized by the other powers as regular, makes legiti
mate are entitled to recognition in all
regular lodges of whatever rite composed, tho test
being, not the rite under which they were made and
profess, but the regular 'standing of the Grand Body
to which they owe allegiance, or, to put it in other
words, that a person made a Mason in a regular
lodge, working the Scottish Rite, is just as lawful a
Mason as one made in a lodge working the York
Rite, and entitled to the same rights and benefits.
Up the River. —Every one knows
the story of how a chap escaped getting married.
When he popped the question the girl desired to be
excused, and he excused her. We asked to be ex
cused from participating in the visit to Stony Point
Lodge, No. 313, on Wednesday last, but they would
not take no for an answer. The occasion was an in
tended visit of M. W. John H. Anthon, Grand Mas
ter, who was, however, we are sorry to have to add,
prevented by illness from being present. There
went from New York R. W. Wm. T. Woodruff, W.
John C. Boak, Bros. H. D. Meyers, Oscar Woodruff,
and the representative of the Dispatch. On our ar
rival at Haverstraw we were met by Bro. H. Cos
grove, who bundled the party into carriages, and
drove us to the hospitable mansion of R. W. A. E.
Sufferns, Master of the lodge and District Deputy of
the district. After refreshing the inner man, we
were escorted to the lodge-room, one of the cosiest
and most comfortably arranged we have seen for a
long time. Nearly one hundred Masons, includ
ing R. W. Stephen S. Marshall, D. D. G. Master
Sixth District, W. Bros. Haring, Mack, Baker, and
others, were assembled to do honor to the Grand
Master. The third, degree was conferred in strict
accordance with the Standard Work, R. W. Bro.
Woodruff officiating as Master, and being ably as
sisted by Bro. Wm. D. Furman, S. D., and the other
officers. After the close of labor the brethren re
paired to a neighboring hotel, where a substantial
banquet awaited them. After tho edibles had been
been disposed of, a number of toasts were duly hon
ored in sparkling coffee, and appropriate responses
made by Bros. Woodruff, Marshal, Simons, and oth
ers. We copy the first toast as a specimen of the
whole: “ The M. W. Grand Lodge of the State of New
York and its honored Grand Master. In him we are
proud to recognize a brother who has wisdom to
rule, zeal to inspire, courage to protect, and elo
quence to defend the craft and all its interests within
his extended jurisdiction.”
Altogether, it was a most delightful reunion, and
bating the regretted absence of the Grand Master,
there was to better. We shall not soon for
get the pleasant emotions of our visit to Haverstraw.
The Freemason.—We call attention,
in another column, to the advertisement of this
flourishing Masonic periodical, and commend it to
the favorable consideration of the craft. It is a
twenty page quarto, published monthly, and edited
by the well known Grand Secretary of Missouri, R.
W. Geo. Frank Gouley. He entertains opinions, and
is never afraid to express them in plain hut cour
teous phraso. There is also in each number a well
prepared miscellany for the family, so that the wife
and children may be interested, and amused as well
as the Mason. Volume IV. is just beginning in a
new suit of store clothes, including type and all the
fixings for a first class paper, and just now is an ex
cellent time to subscribe.
Will our respected contemporary,
the Landmark, permit us to ask what it has done to
Uncle Sam, that he should make so much fuss about
delivering it ? The number for October 22, enclosed
in a wrapper with printed direction, reached us No
vember 11th, at 10:25 A. M., which is just about one
month from the receipt of a previous issue. News
papers, like pancakes, taste best when fresh. In the
number before us the editor speaks of throwing up
his venerable hat. Why don’t he get a new one ? or
does he keep that old fellow for the express purpose
of throwing it up when occasion requires something
to be projected into the atmosphere ?
M. E. Comp. David S. Battex. P. G.
H. P. of New Jersey, will accept our thanks for a
copy of the Transactions of his Grand Chapter for
the current year. It is one of the finest pamphlets
issued by a Grand Chapter, dur readers will have
opportunity to judge of the many good things in it
as time and opportunity serve.
A Visitor.—We had the honor of
welcoming to our sanctum on Tuesday last M. E.
Martin Collins, P. G. H. P. of Missouri, who is on a
flying visit to the metropolis. His many friends m
this neighborhood will be glad to know that he is in
the enjoyment of excellent health, and faithfully
laboring in the cause.
Fortitude Lodge, No. 19, turned
out in imposing numbers last Sunday, to pay the
last tribute of respect to the late John Stanton. D.
D. G. Master Jutison Curtis, Jr., was present, and
assisted in directing matters. W. T. C. May her con.
ducted the ceremonies at the grave.
The M.M. degree will be conferred
at Central Lodge, No. 361, F. and A. M., Brooklyn,
on Tuesday evening next. The ceremonies will be
Banner Chapter, No. 214, has an
entertainment at Washington Hall, Williamsburgh,
Thanksgiving night. We acknowledge receipt of a
complimentary ticket.
Which we wish to remark that the
Evergreen is considerably among the missing of late-
How is it, Bro- Guilbert ?
Some Points of Law.—M. W. Har
man G. Reynolds, in his annual address at the recent
meeting of the Grand Lodge of Illinois, submitted a
number of decisions, as follows:
1. The lodge found a brother guilty upon charges
preferred, and voted a reprimand; the W. M. neg
lected to perform the duty and removed from the
State; hold that the 6. W. should administer the
reprimand, or causa the same to be done.
2. An objection before balloting made to the Mas
ter is equivalent to a rejection, and the ballot should
be stayed until the objection is removed.
3. It is the duty of every non-affiliata to join some
lodge, but he is privileged to join such one as suits
him best, without regard to local jurisdiction.
4. The right to visit is not absolute, but condition
al. The right to ask implies the power to deny, and
the power to deny rests with any member of the
lodge, and must be respected.
5. Where a negative ballot is cast upon application
for initiation, advancement or affiliation, no brother
has any right to disclose how he voted, and any such
disclosure should be followed by effective discipline,
except in cases where it is clear that the negative was
the result of misapprehension or mistake.
6. The officers of a lodge named in a charter hold
their positions after installation, until the time set
for election in the by-laws, when an election should
be held, even if it should occur on the next day after
their installation.
7. A brother wishing to visit a lodge must first
satisfy himself of its legality by inspection of the
charter and the usual test; the Master of the lodge
must then require proof in the usual way that the
brother is a just and upright Mason.
3". The test should precede all examinations; two
brethren' may examine each other for their mutual
satisfaction, but they cannot vouch for each other
upon such an examination; the only cases where
vouchers are permitted are where the brethren have
sat in lodge together, or where a satisfactory exam
ination has been had by authority of the W. M.
9. It is unlawful to give a suicide Masonic burial,
unless the evidence of insanity is clear.
10. In the absence of any lodge by-law, a majority
vote is sufficient to grant a dimit.
These were submitted to the Committee on Juris
prudence, which approved all but Nos. 2 and 9. Of
No. 2 they remark:
Your committee are of the opinion that a ballot on
every application to a lodge for membership or a de
gree is, according to the landmarks of Masonry, and
the by-laws of this Grand Lodge, imperative, and
know of no authority of the Master to dispense with,
or needlessly postpone, such ballot in any case.
Of No. 9:
Your committee are of opinion that the right of
Masonic burial is the right of every affiliated Master
Mason in good standing at the time of his death,
without regard to the causd of his death or condi
tion of his mind, at the time of death.
We agree with the Committee on No, 2, and with
fija Grand Master on the others
The Amenities.—Last Friday even
iug there was a remarkable gathering of Masons, and
tho walls of the old Corinthian room looked upon
such an assemblage as has seldom been seen there.
In the East were all the local District Deputies, and
around the lodge about three hundred Craftsmen,
including many presiding officers, Past Masters and
R. W. Brethren. B. W. Reeves E. Solmes occupied
the East, and did tho honors with graceful elan, bid
ding welcome to the visitors with dignity, but with a
cordial warmth pleasant even to those who aro most
accustomed to compliments. Tho ostensible pur
pose of the meeting was to witness the third degree
conferred by R. W. Bro. Selmes, under tho eyo of
the Grand Lecturer, but tho real one was to put a
head on him—a little game which ho did not under
stand. At the conclusion of the first section, W.
Bro. Fitzpatrick temporarily assumed the gavel, and
presented a series of resolutions, beautifully printed
on white satin and gorgeously framed, to Brother
John J. Kelso, Superintendent of Police, the idea of
which was to congratulate him on his accession to
his present official position. Tho Superintendent
gracefully acknowledged the good wishes of his
brethren. Bro. E. Kennedy then addressed Bro.
Selmes, reviewing his labors and sacrifices as Master
of the lodge, and in conclusion presented him with
an exqusitely wrought jewel of gold, made more
brilliant by the lustre of diamonds, as a testimonial
of the gratitude and respect entertained for him by
the membership of Americus Lodge. This was the ’
bower which Bro. Selmes innocently supposed had
been dealt to Bro. Kelso, and he was naturally sur
prised. He, however, acquitted himself with great
credit in his response. We congratulate him and
the lodge upon this pleasant interchange of courtesy
and Masonic appreciation.
■Royal Arch. —At the meeting of
Zeruobabel Chapter, No. 147, cor. Grand and Centre
streets, Tuesday evening next, M. E. Comp. S. Fisk,
Past Grand Lecturer, will officiate. There wiil be a
full house.
Charter Oak Lodge, No, 249, will
work the First Decree on Tuesday evening next, at
their rooms in Irwin B ilding, corner of Bowery and
and Bleecker st The brethren are cordially invited.
Under this caption we shall, hereafter, in order to
economize space, and prevent, as far as possible, disao
pointment to correspondents, insert questions on Ma
sonic law, and other matters that may be sent us, as well
as suggestions, brief excerpts, etc., and we take occasion
to invite a free correspondence on all subjects of in
terest to the craft, requesting that, to insure prompt at
tention, they be sent to us on or before Thursday ot each
The following from the report of the Committee on
Jurisprudence to the Grand Lodge of Missouri, at its
recent session, covers some important decisions of
Masonic law to which we invite attention. We find
it reported in the columns of the Freemason:
We concur with the Grand Master in his decision
of tho case referred to him by the Master of Cali
fornia Lodge, that a Mason receiving the first degree
in another jurisdiction, and removing to and becom
coming a resident of this jurisdiction, betore he re
ceives the other degrees—and the lodge in which he
received the first degree transferring its jurisdiction
to the lodge in whose jurisdiction the party resides
in this State, thereby transfers the whole control of
the matter to the lodge in this State: and if the party
is rejected by the lodge in this State, and then ob
tains the degrees from the first lodge, without the
consent of the latter, such person is not to be re
garded as a regular Mason.
We <Uso concur in tae decision of the Grand Mas
ter, that a lodge has the right to remit the dues of
any member, and thia action of the .lodge may be
had on proper motion; and we also consider it the
duty of the Master of a lod- T e to entertain such a mo
tion properly made, and take the sense of his lodge
Your Committee agree with the Grand Master in
his decision, that no change of venue can be had in a
Masonic trial. The only remedy of the accused being
appeal to the Grand Lodge, in case he thinks injus
tice has been done him.
In regard to the question of preferring charges
against a Mason, we are of opinion that, according to
ancient usage, it was the duty of the wardens to pre
fer charges for unmasonic conduct—the J. W. for
acts committed while at refreshment, and the S. W.
for acts committed during labor; and we consider it
still their duty so to do; but it is also the right of an
individual Mason to prefer charges against another
Mason for unmasonic conduct. We think, however,
that this is a right to be exercised only by an affiliated
Mason, for the reasons so ably given by the Grand
Master in his address.
We agree with the Grand Master that according to
the old Regulations, a brother who has not been
elected and installed Warden is ineligible to the of
fice of Master of a lodge. We affirm this decision in
the absence of any legislation by the Grand Lodge to
the contrary. The oid regulations have always been
regarded in this Grand Jurisdiction as law, so far as
they did not conflict with the positive law of the
Grand Lodge, and we can see no good reason why
they should be departed from now. In fact, we are
of opinion that they form a better code of law than
the thousand resolutions continually being pushed
through the Grand Lodge declaring the opinion of
some brother as to what a law means.
There is no doubt as to the decision that every Ma
son, having the ability, should pay his dues. If he
is unable to pay, the lodge should remit them, but
if he have the ability to pay, no excuse of religious
scruples should be received to avoid the requirement
of a positive law.
Your Committee are of opinion that a Mason can
not be tried for offenses committed before he applied
for tho mysteries of Masonry. If, however, he fraud
ulently withheld from the lodge or the Committee of
Inquiry matters that would, if known, have resuitod
in his rejection at the time, ho has received his de
grees through traud and imposition, and for this of
fense he may be subjected to Masonic discipline; be
cause from the date of his filing his petition the lodge
has jurisdiction of him, and, If he receive the de
grees, the lodge can go back to the date of his appli
cation, and punish him for acts of omission as well
as commission, and if he omitted to put the lodge in
possession of a fact that showed him to be a man
who did not “bear the tongue of good report,” he
may be dealt with for the same. Further than this,
we do not think we are warranted in going. The
Committee on Inquiry should put a petitioner on trial
for his whole previous life and their report and the ac
tion of the lodge thereon should be final for past
acts, except in the cases above mentioned. And we
would here say, that if committees in the first place
would do their whole duty, there wouid be no occa
sion for decisions on this point.
The decision that an E. A. or F. C., moving from
the jurisdiction, is entitled to a certificate of dismis
sion and good standing, if there are no charges
against him, is good law, and approved by your
It is scarcely necessary for this committee to af
firm the decision that after a Mason has been tried
and fully acquitted by his lodge, that his standing
and rights in Masonry are unimpaired, notwith
standing a brother may have taken an appeal in the
case to the Grand Lodge, as every Mason who has
given the matter a thought knows this to be the law.
That no subordinate lodge shall be permitted to
appear in public procession, except upon strictly
Masonic occasions, your committee would, earnestly
recommend and urge the Masters of lodges to study
the Constitution, By-Laws, and standing resolutions
of the Grand Lodge, together with the ritualistic
landmarks of Masonry, and use a little judgment on
tneir own part, when some simple question arises,
and thereby take some of the burden from the
shoulders of the Grand Master. There are thou
sands of questions referred to the Grand Master for
decision every year, that have been settled for fifty
years, and any one can find the law on most of sub
jects referred to him, if they would take the trouble
to look carefully to the proceedings of the Grand
Lodge. Will the Masters of this Grand Jurisdiction
heed this request ?
D. E. B.—Can a deceased brother be interred with
Masonic honors it, while living, he had made no re
quest to the W. M., nor entered his name in a book
of remembrance to that eftect? 2. Was there any
alteration in the law with regard io striking from the
roll for non-payment of dues, at the last session of the
Grand Lodge ?
Answer.—ln the absence of a request by the de
parted brother, it is usual to consider the wishes of
his surviving relatives in the matter, and to attend
the funeral with the usual formalities or not, as they
may decide. It seems to he the general presump
tion that every Mason does wish to be interred with
the ancient formalities of the craft; and, therefore,
if, after the death of a brother, his family offer no
objections, his lodge proceeds with the ceremony.
We have never before heard of a Remembrance Book,
but the idea strikes us as having at least the merit
of being a constant monitor to remind us that death
stands ever beside us, and ready to strike us down
when we least expect it. 2. The affirmation vote of
the Grand Lodge was given to the following amend
ment to Section 49: “ Provided, however, that a lodge
may enact and enforce a By-law which will disfran
chise a member at an election for officers, without
striking his name from the roll,” It was made a
general regulation with immediate effect, and Is,
therefore, the present law.
Chataqua.—A candidate who had been rejected in
another lodge petitioned us for initiation, slating the
facts as they occurred. We examined the case, and
felt willing to receive him. We have twice written
to the rejecting lodge, but they pay no attention to
our communications. What can we do ?
Answer. —Two things. First—Wait. Second—lf
you think you have already waited long enough, ap
point some brother a committee, furnish him with
written evidence ot that fact over the seal of the
lodge, and sepd him tp the rejecting lodge to ask. for
the required permission. If they give it, well and
good; if not, return the candidate his proposition
fee, and discharge the subject from your order of
Information.—What authority has a Master Ma
son to impart the Standard Work and Lectures with
out infringing the following section of the Constitu
tion ol the Grand Lodge of the State of New York:
“Any Freemason, not duly authorized, who shall
impart such Work and Lectures shall be subject to
expulsion; but this shall not apply to the Master or
Wardens of a lodge, or any present or Past Master
or competent brother invited by them to officiate in
any lodge. (Sec. 111).”
Answer.—By being, in the first place, competent,
and then being invited by the Master or Wardens of
a lodge to officiate.
Many M. M’s.—Please answer the following ques
tion: One of a committee of three to investigate the
character and standing of a candidate for initiation
reports favorable, another reports unfavorable,while
the third does not report atralL Now, the by-laws
require a majority report, and does the above meet
with that requisition.?
Answer.— The above is the report of a majority,
and sufficient for lodge action, it being understood
that the lodge will act as it pleases, once the subject
is before it by the report of the committee.
Hudson River.—The proposed amendment requir
ing unanimous consent to yield jurisdiction over a
rejected candidate, was made a geneial regulation,
and ja. therefore, now in operation.
Origin of Masonbt in the State of
New Jersey. — (Continued from our last.)
At the formation of the Grand Lodge of New Jer
sey, St. John’s Lodge was represented by Moses Og
den. A warrant was granted to tho lodge, and it was
numbered No. 2, the lodge at Bedmiuster, m the
county of Somerset, being No. 1. The lodge at Bed
miEster having become extinct, St. John’s Lodge was
allowed to assume its number (1), and it has ever
since been so designated.
St. John’s Lodge, No. 1, is still in active operation,
and is enjoying a high degree of prosperity. In 1861,
the lodge celebrated its centennial anniversary with
great eclat, the oration upon the occasion being de
livered by the late Bro. Geo. M. Giger, D.D., Profosscr
of the Gieek Language and Architecture m the Col
lege of New Jersey.
On the 30th day of April, A. D. 1733, a dispensation
was granted by ’Lord Montacute (otherwise called
Montague), Grand Master of England, to Henry Price,
“ in behalf of himself and several other brethren re
siding in New England.” appointing him “Provin
cial Grand Master of New England aforesaid, and
dominions and territories thereunto belonging.”
Upon the receipt of this commission, and on the 30th
day of July in the same year, u Provincial Grand
Eodge was formed in Boston, with Henry Price as
Grand Master, by the title of “St. John’s Grand
Lodge.” This Grand Lodge was sometimes called
the “Grand Lodge of Modern Masons.” Henry
Price having resigned, R. W. Robert Tomlinson was
appointed Provincial Grand Master, by John, Earl of
Loudoun, Grand Master of England, and was duly
installed and invested April 20th, A. D. 1737. Upon
the decease of Robert Tomlinson, R. W. Thomas Ox
nard was commissioned as Provincial Grand Master,
by John, Lord Ward, Baron of Birmingham, in the
county of Warwick, &c., Grand Master of England,
and was duly installed March 6, 1744. Upon his de
cease he was succeeded, on October 1, 1755, by R. W.
Jeremy Gridley, who had received a dispensation
from James Brydges, Marquis of Caernarvon, Grand
Master of Masons in England, appointing him “Pro
vincial Grand Master of North America, where no
Grand Master is appointed.”
At the celebration of the anniversary of St. John
the Baptist, Juno 24, 1762, by the St. John’s Grand
Lodge of Massachusetts, under the Grand Mastership
of R. W. Jeremy Gridley, a dispensation was granted
“to Jonathan Hamptcn, Esq., to constitute a lodge
by the name of Temple Lodge, No. 1,” in Elizabeth
town, New Jersey.
On the 27th day of December, 1763, at the celebra
tion of the festival of St. John the Evangelist, a peti
tion was granted by the same Grand Lodge, under
the same Provincial Grand Mastership, “for consti
tuting a lodge by the name of St. John’s Lodge, at
Princetown (uow Princeton), in Now Jersey.”
No record of the transactions of either of these
lodges has been discovered. By personal inquiry at
the office of the Grand Secretary of Massachusetts, it
has been ascertained that they were both duly organ
ized and did Masonic work. The archives of tho Grand
Lodge of Massachusetts contained some documents
in connection ■with them; but these, with other valu
able Masonic papers, were unfortunately destroyed
by the fire which consumed the Masonic Temple in
Boston, a few years since.
On the 20th day of June, A. D. 1764, the Grand
Lodge of London, in Great Britain,- of which the
Right Worshipful and Right Honorable Thomas
Erskine, Earl of Kelley, Viscount Fenton, Lord Baron
of Pitten Weem, &c., was Grand Master; William
'Osborne, Deputy Grand Master; William Dickey, Se
nior Grand Warden; and James Gibson, Junior
Grand Warden, by a Provincial Grand Warrant un
der the seal of that Grand Lodge, constituted and
appointed R. W. William Ball, Esq., Grand Master of
Masons for the Province of Pennsj Ivania’and the ter
ritories thereunto belonging. This Grand Lodge of
London was known in the nomenclature of the day
as the “Grand Lodge of Ancient Masons,” in contra
distinction to tne Grand Lodge of England, from
which Henry Price, of Massachusetts, and George
Harrison, ot New York, obtained their respective
deputations, which was known as the “ Grand
Lodge of Modern Masons.” This warrant to R. W.
William Ball was the coruer-stoue of the Temp;e of
Pennsylvania Masonry, and, by vritue of its author
ity, several lodges were instituted in New Jersey.
The original deputation, together with an autograph
letter ot Lawrence Dermott, Grand Secretary, which
accompanied it, is btiil in the archives of the Grand
Lodge of Pennsylvania, in an excollent state of
preservation. Both of these papers are of great in
terest to the Masonic antiquarian, as relics oi the
olden time.
At some time in the year 1767, this Provincial
Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, thus constituted, un
der the Grand Mastership of R. W. William Ball,
granted a warrant for a lodge at Baskinridge, m New
Jersey, which was known as No. 10, on the Pennsyl
vania Registry. The precise date when, and the
names of the individuals to whom this warrant was
granted, cannot now be ascertained, as the records
of the Grand Lodge cf Pennsylvania prior to the
Revolution have been lost or destroyed. That such
a warrant was issued, cannot be doubted, as the
number is found on the Register of Pennsylvania,
and it is there mentioned as a lodge located in Bas
kingridge, Now Jersey. It was represented at the
convention which formed the Grand Lodge of New
Jersey, and its members then claimed affiliation with
lodge No. 10, of the Pennsylvania Registry.
The only reference to this lodge which can be
found on the Journal of the Grand Lodge of Penn
sylvania, occurs at the meeting held March 26th,
1781, at which is found the following entry:
“Bro. Gray informed the lodge (Grand Lodge) that he
had seen the Warrant of No. 10, in the possession of Dr.
Blatchley. Ordered, That the Grand Secretary be direct
ed to write to him concerning it.”
No correspondence, as a consequence of this reso
lution, appears either in the files or upon the Jour
nal of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
The Dy. Blatchley referred to in the foregoing re
cited resolution, was doubtless, the same whose
name was appended to the agreement by which the
Grand Lodge was constituted, and was there signed
by him as “ Ebenezer Blatchley, Junior Past Master
of Lodge No. 10.”
Tae Journal and other papers of Lodge No. 10 can
not be found, *nd it is impossible to state with auy
certainty, what were its operations and what its suc
cess, i tier to the institution of the Grand Lodge. At
that date it appears to have been in successful opera
tion, as the agreement by which the Grand Lodge of
New Jersey was formed, was more numerously
signed by the members of that lodge than by those
of any other. We find appended to that agreement,
the names of two Past Masters, the Worshipful Mas
ter, the Wardens, the Deacons, and sixteen of the
floor members of Lodge No. 1
This lodge is undoubtedly the same which is men
tioned in the proceedings connected with the organi
zation of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, as the
“Lodge at Bedminster,” and to which, by general
consent, the number “one” was assigned at the
meeting of the Grand Lodge, held at Trenton, Ai ril
7th, 1787. The lodge appears to have been first des
ignated as “Somerset Lodge, No. 1,” and afterward
as “ Solomon’s Lodge, No. 1.” It subsequently be
came extinct, and its distinguishing numoer was as
signed to St. John’s Lodge.
The Journal of the meeting of the Grand Lodge of
Pennsylvania, held on the 20th day of December, A.
D. 1779, contains the following entry:
“ A petition from Isaiah Wool and five other brethren
from moumouth county, in New Jersey, praying a War
rant for holding a new lodge was read;
“And the Petition was Unanimously granted, and a
Warrant will be made out when tney snail nave elected
the proper officers.”
Upon the minutes of a meeting of tho same Grand
Lodge, held on the 29th day oi the same month, is
found the following record:
“ Agreeably to the unanimous resolution of this Grand
Lodge to grant a Warrant for a new lodge to be held at
Middleton (now Middletown', in Monmouth county, in
New Jersey, Brother Wm. Bostwick, the Master elect,
received his Warrant, No. 23, and was accordingly in
stall’d Master <fc saluted in proper form—he was instruct
ed how to install Br Isaiah Wool, 8. Warden <fc Br John
John Motte, Jr Warden of the said Lodge.”
The foregoing is the only record, and all the infor
mation, which have comb to light in reference to
Lodge No. 23. It does not appear to have been sub
sequently represented at any of the communications
of the Grand Lodge ot Pennsylvania, from which it
received its Warrant; and it. is very prooable that it
never did any Masonic Work. At the foundation of
the Giand Lodge of New Jersey it was not represent
ed; neither do we find the names of either of the
brethren, to whom the Warrant was granted, in the
list of tne signers to the agreement by which the
Grand Lodge was constituted. Jonathan Rhea, to
whom the Grand Lodge of New Jersey granted a dis
pensation tor a lodge in Monmouth county, January
30th, 1787, represented himself as a member of Lodge
No. 19, of the Pennsylvania Registry, as also dia Col.
John Nobie Cumming, the first Grand Secretary.
From these facts it may reasonably be inferred that
No. 23 had become extinct prior to 1786.
Although not strictly connected with the history of
New Jersey Masonry, yet as the interesting events
about to be narrated took place’on JJow Jersey soil,
and within the Masonic jurisdiction of New Jersey, it
is deemed that a reference to them wiil not be inap
propriate in this sketch. They are inserted in this
place with reference to the date of their occurrence.
As has before been stated, the headquarters of
Washington, at the close of the year 1799, were at
Morristown, in this State. The American Union
Lodge, which was an army lodge, whose warrant had
been granted February 15, 1776, to certain brethren
of the Connecticut line, by Col. Richard Gridley,
Deputy Grand Master of Massachusetts, was at that
time with the army under Washington, at Morris
town. At the festival meeting of this lodge to celebrate
the festival of St. John the Evangelist, December 27,
1779 (being the same meeting to which reference has
been made in the sketch of St John’s Lodge, No. 1),
the record shows the presence of sixty-eight breth
ren, one of whom was George Washington. At this
meeting, “ a petition was read, representing the
present state of Freemasonry to the several Deputy
Grand Masters in the United States of America, de
siring them to adopt some measures lor appointing
a Grand Master over Buch States.” It was ordered
that this petition be circulated throughout the dit
ferent lines of the army; and also, “that a committee
be ai>pointed from the different lodges of the army,
from each line, and from the staff of the army, to
convene ©n the first Monday of February next, at
Morristown, to take the petition into consideration.”
This committee accordingly met at Morristown,
February 7th, 1780, with the following attendance,
as appears by an extract from a record oi their pro
“At a committee of Ancient Free and Accepted Ma
sons, met this 7th day of the second month, iu the year
of Salvation, 1780, according to the recommenaation of
a Convention Ixidge, hold at tne celebration of St. John
the Evangelist.
“ Present: Bro. John Pierce, M. M., delegated to rep
resent the Masons in tne military line of the State of
Massachusetts Bay, and Washington Lodge, No. 10;
Bro. Jonathan Hart, M. M.» delegated to represent the
Masons in the military line of the State of Connecticut:
and American Union Lodge; Bro. Charles Graham, F.
C., delegated to represent the Masons in the military
line of the State ot New York; Bro. John Sanford, Al.
M., delegated to represent the Masons in the military
line of tne State of New Jersey; Bro. Geo. Tudor, M.
M., delegated to represent the Masons in the military
line of tne State of Pennsylvania; Bro Otho Holland
Williams, M. M., delegated to represent the Masons in
the military hue of tne State oi Delaware; Bro. Mor
decai Gist, P. W. M., delegated to represent the Ma
sons in the military line of the State ot Maryland; Bro.
Prentice Brown, M- M., delegated to represent St.
John’s Regimental Lodge; Bro. John Lawrence, P. W.
M., delegated to represent the brothers in. the staif of
tne American army; Bro. Thomas Machin, M. M.,
delegated to represent the Masons in the corps of artil
Bro. Mordeeai Gist was chosen President, and Bro.
Otho Holland Williams was chosen Secretary of the
The loilowing address was presented by Bro. Wil
liams :
“ The subscribers, Ancient Free and Accepted Ma
sons, m convention, to you, as the patrons and protect
ors of the craft upon this continent, prefer their numble
Unhappily, the distinctions of interest, the political
views, and national disputes subsisting between Great
Britain and these United States have involved us, not
only in the general calamities that disturb the tranquil
lity which used to prevail in this once happy country,
but in a peculiar manner affects our society, bv separat
ing us from the Grand Mother Lodge in Europe, by dis
turbing our connection with each other, impeding the
progress, and preventing the perfection* of Masonry in
“We deplore the miseries of our countrymen, and
particularly lament the distresses which many of our
poor brethren must suffer, as well from the want of tem
poral relief, as for want of a source of light to govern
their pursuits, and illuminate the path of happiness.
And we ardently desire to restorq, if possible, that foun
tain of charity, froiruwhich, to the unspeakable benefit
of flows beuOYQleace and Ivv©; considering
with anxiety these disputes, and the many irregulariti es
and improprieties committed by weak or wicked breth
ren, which too manifestly show the present dissipated
and almost abandoned condition of our lodges in gen
eral, as well as the -relaxation of virtue among indi
vio uals.
“We think it our duty, Right Worshipful Brothersand
seniors in >he cratt, tosolicityour immedate interposition
ti save us from the impending dangers of schisms and
apostacy. To obtain security from those fatal evils, with
affectionate humility, \ve beg leave to recommend the
adopting and pursuing the most necessary measures for
estaolishing one Grand Lodge in America, to preside
over and govern all other lodges of whatsoever degree or
denomination, licensed or to be licensed upon the conti
nent; that the ancient principles and discipline of Ma
sonry being restored, we may mutually and universally
enjoy tne advantages arising from frequent communion
and social intercourse. To accomplish this beneficial
and essential work, permit us to propose that you, the
Right Worshipful Grand Masters, or a majority of your
number, may nominate as Most Worshipful Grand Mas
ter of said lodge a brother whose merit and capacity may
be adequate to a station so important and elevated, and
transmitting the name and nomination of such brother,
together with the name of the lodge to be established,
to oar Grand Mother Lodge in Europe for approbation
and confirmation, and that you may adopt and execute
any other ways or means most eligible for preventing
impositions, correcting abuses, and lor establishing the
generulgpriuoiples of Masonry; that the influence of tne
same m propagating morality and virtue may be far ex
tended, and that tne lives and conversation of all true
Free and Accepted Masons may noc only be the admira
tion of men on earth, but may receive the final approba
tion of the Grand Architect of the Universe, in the
world wherein the elect enjoy eternal light and love.
“Signed in convention, at Morristown, Morris county,
this 7th aay of the second month, in the year of our
Saviour 1780.
This address having been read, it was unanimously
agreed that it should be signed and forwarded with
an extra copy of the proceedings of the committee,
signed by Lae President and Secretary, to the re
spective Provincial Grand Masters; and thereupou
the committee adjourned without day.
Although the name of George Washington did not
appear upon this address, yet it was formally signi
fied to the Grand Lodge to which tne address was
sent that he was the choice of the committee for the
office of General Grand Master.
Contemporaneous with these proceedings of Army
Masons, tne Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was also
considering the propriety of* appointing a General
Grand Master over a J the Grand Lodges formed or
to be formed in the United States, and upon a ballot
had at an emergent communication convened at
Philadelphia, January 13th, 1790, it was unanimously
determined that a Grand Master of Masons should
be nominated for tho United States, and upon a bal
lot being had, George Washington was e.ected for
that office by the unanimous vote of the Grand
It is well known, however, to the craft that the
project failed, principally by reason of the disap
proval of the proposition manifested by the Grand
Lodg-e of Massachusetts. Since that time, although
frequent overtures have been made to establish a
General Grand Lodge of the United States, with a
General Grand Master, the fear of the several State
Grand Lodges that the proposed body might under
take to limit their prerogatives or infringe upon their
exclusive jurisdiction has caused all such attempts
to meet with failure. The Grand Lodge of New Jer
sey, as early as July, 1790, put itself upon record in
opposition to the scheme, by the adoption of the fol
lowing resolution:
‘‘.Resolved, That ths constituting of a Federal or Su
premo Grand Lodge, to nave jurisdiction over the re
spective Grand and other lodges throughout tne conti
nent. as proposed oy the Right Worshipful Grand Lodge
of Georgia, is inexpedient, and, in tho opinion of tins
Grand Lodge, impracticable.’’
The Grand Lodge, however, as will bo seen, at the
same time adop.ea resolutions favoring a convention
of deputies Horn the several Grand Lodges within
the United States, solely for the purpose of union
and intercourse, and not for the purpose of legisla
The Registry of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
discloses the existence of two lodges, warranted by
that Grand Lodge, and designated by the number
“81.” One of these lodges was a local lodge, situ
ated at Nonistown, in that State; the other is desig
nated as a “Traveling Lodge.” No. 31, at Norris
town, was warranted in March, 1781, and tho “ Trav
eling Lodge,” by'the same number, was, aoubtiess,
warranted about the same date. Iv is recorded in
the Pennsylvania Registry immediately preceding
the record of the Norristown lodge. No minute of
the issuing of this warrant for a traveling lodge can
be found in the Pennsylvania records or files, and
we are left entirely in the dark as to its exact date,
the names of its officers, and its precise location and
authority. That it was an army lodge, connected
with the New Jersey troops in the field, clearly ap
pears from the following entry upon the journal of
the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, of the'date oi June
17, 1784:
“The Grand Secretary has received £6, ICs from Bro.
Proctor, in full, for Traveling Warrant, No. 31, of tne
Jersey .line, and paid the same to Hall and Sellers, in
part for printing 50u copies of Dr. McGaw's Sermon.”
The foregoing is the only reference to this lodge
which appears upon the Pennsylvania records.
The next historic record to be found of Masonic
lodges in Ne w Jersey, is the warranting of a lodge at
Burlington, by the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania,
which was designated as No. 32.
The following entry r appears upon the Journal of a
meeting of that Grand Lodge, held March 27ih, 1781:
“ A petition was read from a number of brethren in
Bunington, praying for a Warrant to hold a lodge there.
Tne petition was accompanied with a very warm recom
mendation from Bro. Blaithwafte Jones. The Grand
Lodge taking the same into consideration, it was unani
mously granted. Joseph Ellis was app anted Master;
Samuel Bullas, Senior Warden, and Bethanatn Hodg
kinson, Junior Warden. The Deputy Grand Master
and Senior Grand Warden are requested to go to Bur
lington, and install the officers of tne said new lodge.”
It appears from the minutea of the lodge, that on
the 30ih day of March, 1781, an emergent Grand
Lodge was held in ample form, at Burlington, for
the purpose of constituting the new lodge. The
members of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, who
were present, were R. W. Alexander Rutherford, D.
G. M. in the chair; R. W. Blaithwaite Jones, late D.
G. M., acting as such. p. t.; R. W. Jacob Bankson,
S. G. W.; and R. W. John Clark, acting as J. G. W.
The lodge was duly constituted and Joseph Ellis, was
duly installed Master by R. VV. Blaithwaite Jones,
and when seated in the chair, was presented by R.
W. Alexander Rutherford, with the jewels of his of
fice, the Book of Constitutions and the Warrant of
his lodge. Samuel Bullus as Senior Warden, and
Bethanath Hodgkinson as Junior Warden, were then
installed by tho new Master and invested with the
“jewels and accomplishments Qi their respective of
The following is a copy of the Warrant issued to
Burlington Lodge, No. 32, and delivered to the
Master on this Decision:
Wm. Ball, G. M.
[l. s’.] Alexander Rutherford, D. G. M.
Jacob Bankson, S. G. W.
Matthew Whitehead, J. G. W.
To All 'Whom it may Concern :
We the Grand Ledge of the Most Ancient and Honor
able Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons, according
to the Oid Constitutions, held in the city of Philadelphia,
for the Province of Pennsylvania, by virtue oi a Provin
cial Grand Warrant from the Grand Lodge of Jxmdon,
in Great Britain, whereof then the Rignt Worshipful
and Right Honorable Thomas Erskine, Earl of Kelley,
Viscount Fenton, Lord Baron of ± itten Weern, etc., in
Great Britain, was Grand Master of Masons; the Right
Worshipful Mr. William Osborne, Deputy Grand Master;
the Right Worshipful Mr. William Dickey, Senior
Grand Warden, and tne Kight Worshipful James Gib
son, Esq., Junior Grand Warden, under their hands,
and the seal of their Grand Lodge, constituting and ap
pointing the Right Worshipful William Ball, Esq.,
Grand Master of Masons for tne Province of Pennsyl
vania, ann the Territories thereunto belonging, the
Right Worshipful Captain Blaithwaite Jones, Deputy
Grand Master, the Right Worshipful Mr. David Hall,
Senior Grand Warden, and the Kight Worshipful Mr.
Hugh Lennox, Junior Grand Warden, authorizing and
empowering them and their successors to grant Dispen
sations, Warrants or Oonstitutions*for the forming,
holding and governing lodges within their jurisdiction,
as by tue said Warrant, bearing date the twentieth day
of June, in the yearof our Lora, on© thousand seven
hundred sixty and four, and oi Masonry, five thousand
seven hundred sixty and four, reierence being there
unto had, may more at large appear.
Now Know Ye, that we, William Ball, Grand Master;
Alexanoer Rutherford, Deputy Grand Master; William
Adcock, Senior Grand Warden, and Matthew .Whiteieadj
Junior Grand Warden, present and legal successors to
the above named Provincial Grand Officers, as by the
Grand Lodge bookS may appear, by virtue of the power
to us granted by the above part recited Warrant, do
hereby authorize and empower our trusty and well-be
loved brethren Joseph Ellis, Master; Samuel Builus,
Senior Warden, and Bethauath Hodgkinson, Junior
Warden of a new lodge, number thirty-two, to be held
in the city of Burlington, in the State of New Jersey, or
within five .miles of tne same, and we do further author
ize and empower our said trusty and well-bffiaved
brethren Joseph Ellis, Master; Samuel Bullus, Senior
Warden, and Bethanath Hodgkinson, Junior Warden,
to admit and make Freemasons according to the
Most Ancient and Honorable custom of the Royal
Craft in all ages and nations thro’out the known
world and not contrariwise. And we do farther
empower and appoint the said Joseph Ellis, Mas
ter; Samuel Bullus, Senior Warden; and Betha
nah Hodgkinson, Junior Warden; and their successors,
to hear and determine all and singular matters and
things relating to the craft, wituin the jurisdiction of
Lodge No. 32. And lastly, we do hereby authorize and
empower our said trusty and well beloved brethren,
Joseph Ellis, Master, Samuel Bullus, Senior Warden,
andßethanan Hodgkinson, Junior Warden, td nomi
nate, choose, and install their successors, to whom they
shall deliver this Warrant and invest them with all thoir
powers and dignities as Freemasons, and such succes
sors shall in like manner nominate, chuse, and install
their successors, <fcc„ <fcc., <fcc., such installation to be in
or near St. John tne Evangelist’s day, during the con
tinuance of this lodge forever. Provided always, that the
above named brethren and tbeir successors pay duo re
spect to the Right Worshipful Grand Lodge from whom
they have their authority. Otherwise tins Warrant to
be of no force or virtue.
Given under our hands and the seal of the Grand
Lodge at Philadelphia, this twenty-sixth day of March,
in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and
eighty-one, and of Masonry five thousand seven hundred
and eighty-one. Wm, Smtih, Grand iSeo.
(To be continued.)
Retrospection.—Within a few days
past occurred one of the most solemn festivals of tho,
chosen people whose history is so often referred to
in the rituals of Masonry. It. is termed the day of
“ atonement,” and calls for and receives attention
even from those who are inclined to overlook the
general observances of their faith. On that day, as
we understand it, the Israelites withdraw from all
secular pursuits, shut themselves up in their dwell
ings, and, amid tasting and prayer, review their post
lives and seek pardon for their sins. With this, as a
purely religious observance, we of course have noth
ing to do, but the idea conveyed is one which appeals
with a great deal of force to all men and in connec
tion with every pursuit in which men engage. We
cannot hope, however pure our intentions, always to
do right, nor can we at all times avoid doing positive
wrong. We yield unthinkingly'to temptations, do
and say things which at the time we know to be
wrong, and repent of them bitterly afterward. To a
conscientious man, to one who earnestly wishes to
do right at all times, She inherent weakness of his
nature is patent, and to him every day is measure
ably a day of atonement, because he is continually
reminded of his own shortcomings, of the things left
undone which he ought to have done, and those
things done which he ought to have left undone.
But we may not pursue this thought lest we be ac
cused of trenching upon prerogatives not within the
province of a journalist. We may, however, oe per
mitted to make the application in a general sense to
the affairs of Masonry, and to suggest to others, as
well as to ourself, the idea of an occasional hah to
look back over the way we have traveled and mark
the lapses wo have made for amendment in the fu
ture. Many of us forget that in becoming Masons
we have declared it to be an act of our own seeking,
uninfluenced by friends or bv mercenary or un
worthy motives; that in asking admission to the
I craft we were induced to seek a method pi being use
ful to ourselves and to our fellow creatures, yet such
is and in all cases must bo the fact Admitting this,
we shall see that in becoming Masons we have un
dertaken to discharge the duties set forth in the rit
ual and specially impressed upon our attention
during the ceremonies of initiation, to bo Masons
not only in name but in fact, to show our connection
with the fraternity not alone by the right to attend
its assemblies but by the fact that in all our relations
with our families and friends, as well as those with
whom we come in contact in matters of business,
Masonry is a moving and guiding principle, inciting
us to act uprightly, honorably, and squarely. We
shall see, too, that, we have undertaken to give a
small portion of our leisure to the demands of the
lodge upon our attention, and that we cannot will
fully and without just cause, neglect the duties which
inhere to lodge membership, and at the same time
feel that we are endeavoring to give back to Masonry
the interest on the capital invested in making us
Masons and thus a part of the universal brother
It is declared to be the duty of every Mason to be
lono to some lodge a»d contribute to its funds, but
the brother yho technically belongs to a lodge, and
never goes near it, except, perhaps, once a year to
pay his dues, is simply a drag upon its progress, for
his bad example leads others astray, and he thus
proves an element of weakness instead of strength.
If it is worth while for a man to belong to a lodge, it
is worth while for him to discharge his part of the
contract, by occasionally going to its meetings and
assisting to do its work; while, at the same time, he
refreshes his memory as to the duties devolving
upon him, and strengthens his resolutions to live in
accordance therewith. We would infinitely rather
belong to a lodge of a dozen members willing to de
vote themselves assiduously to its legitimate work,
and not willing to allow any frivolous matter to keep
them absent on lodge nights, than to be at the head
of a hundred brethren who only attend on some oc
casion of extra attraction, and then leave as soon as
the show is over, and at the same time leave the
Master to complete the work w.th half a dozen faith
ful brethren to adorn the vacant benches. There is,
in every jurisdiction whore these lines will travel, at
least one lodge dragging out a miserable existence,
because a majority of its members think mone of
passing an evening in any ether way than in its pre
cihcts, and in the discharge of its duties and busi
ness, than they do of the lodge and its claims. Will
not every brother to whom this claim may come
home, who knows that he is not fulfilling the prom
ises of his initiation, and that ho is neglecting his
plain duty, withdraw for a time from tho world, and
carefully reflect whether his conscience approves his
conduct, and whether he is not neglecting oppor
tunities which he may hereafter regret.
The brother who by his neglect suffers his lodge
to be imposed oaby a bad man, or who fails to ap
proach the oallot box under a sense of duty to the
craft rather than of friendship for the candidate,
though he may be his born brother, is laying up for
himself an occasion of reproach and doing that for
which he will in some way have to atone. The
brother who allows himself to speak lighjly or dis
paragingly of another, wao fails to defend his good
name when attacked, who neglects to whisper good
counsel and advice in his ear, to remind him tenderly .
of his faults and earnestly seek to bring about a
reformation, who will not put forth a helping hand
to save him from falling or to raise him when down,
has in all these cause for self-examination and re
buke. Who of us shall say that in none of these
things has he failed, that Masonry has no claim on
him not paid, and that hence he has no need of
atonement. Whoever does say so deceives himself,
and shows by that fact his need of the discipline he
repudiates. Let us all, brethren, strive to do our
best toward a faithful compliance with our engage
ments, and an earnest discharge of the duties resting
upon us. Let us strive by a more zealous pursuit of
knowledge to have a better reason for the faith which
is in us, and to prove the excellence of the craft by
the uprightness of all our own proceedings. Let us
take counsel together how we can best aid, support
and protect each other, and relying upon the strength
of the Ancient of Days, while recognizing our own
frailty and many shortcomings, let us not fear to
look over the record we have made, nor to profit by
the warning in every career whereby we may’ be the
better able to exert our whole strength and faithfully
increase the talent committed to our stewardship.—
P. R., of Memphis, meets first and third Friday of
every month at ho. 594 Broadway. Degrees worked
every Conclave.
W. H, VAN EVERY, 33d, M. W.
Wm. Johnston, Jr.. Archivist.
Ancient, and Primitive Freemasonry, meet on second
and fourth Fridays, at Encampment Room, Odd Fel
lows’ Hall, cor. Grand and Centre streets. Degrees
exemplified every conclave.
Wm. Scott, Archivist, Box 616, P. O.
meets on the 2d and 4th MONDAY of every month at
No. 65 West Thirty-fourth street.. Members of other
Chanters are cordially invited to be present.
F. and A. M., meets on the second and fourth Tues
day evenings of each month, at Masonic Hall, No. 275
Bleecker street. R. B. WARE, M.
Warren Chapman, Jr., Sec.
MUNICATION Ist and 3d Thursday of each month,
Masonic Temple, cor. Broome and Crosby streets.
Charles N. Ahlstrom. Sec’v
PACIFIC LODGE, No. 283, F. and A. M.,
meets on the first and third Thursday evenings of each
month, at the lodge rooms over Booth’s Theatre.
Horace Forbush, Sec.
M., meets at the rooms No. 594 Broadway, N. Y., on
the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, ex
cept July and August.
B. F. WHITE, J. W.
W H. VAN EVERY. Sec.. No. 8 Peck Slip.
Uplift Chapter, Ko. 1, Order of the
EASTERN STAR, will give their
Corner of Broadway and Twenty-eighth street,
On FRI DAY EVENING, Dec. 16, 1870,
The Masonic Fraternity is earnestly invited to partici
pate and aid us in this noble enterprise.
The floor will be under the direction of the Command
ers of tiie several Commanderies of this city.
Sir Knights are requested to appear in uniform.
Tickets, $2 00, can be had of Mrs. F. E. Johnson, No.
16 Vandam st.; Mrs. C. Buttrick, Sec., No. 466 West
Twenty-fourth st.; Mrs. E. Quimby, Leonard st., near
Meserole ave., Greenpoint; Mrs. R. Macoy, No. 181 Sec
ond st., Williamsourgh, and any of. the Sisters of the
giF True Craftsmen’s □, Mo. 651, F. and
A. AL, meets on the second, fourth, and fifth Thursdays
in each month, at No. 65 West Thirty-fourth street.
The fraternity are cordially invited to attend.
B. Brooks, Sec.J. P. SOLOMON, M.
gW” The Members of Emanuel □, Mo.
654, F. and A. M., are hereby summoned to attend the
next Regular Communication at their Rooms, corner
Eighth avenue and Eighteenth street, on Wednesday,
Nov. 16, at 7% P. M. Work—Third Degree. By order of
Jacob Lazarus, Sec.
The Brethren of Cassia □, Mo. 445,
are requested to attend the next stated communication,
on Thursday evening, Nov. 17th, at o’clock. Business
of importance. H. C. SAWTELL, M.
I. J. Greenhulgh, Secretary.
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A correspondent of the London
.Times, has had a Idng chat with a worthy
tradesman in the National Guard of Paris,
whose views are probably those of a fair aver
age of his brethren in arms. He doos not at
all relish his present warlike life, finds the
ramparts very hard sleeping ground (he has
to spend one night in five upon , them), even
. when he can get straw, and is very bitter about
the vile liquor supplied at exorbitant rates by
the canthners, liquor in which “he would not
wash tho hoofs of a good horse.” He also con
siders it a “ decidedly serious thing” to be un
der martial law. A few days ago a friend of
his—a sei'geant in the National Guard—was
condemned to' fifteen days’ imprisonment, to
say nothing of other punishments, merely for
having taken a drop too much.
Azan bin G-hias, the present Sultan
of Muscat, has been lately resorting to unpop
ular measures. The rites of the Muthowas—a
priestly class, rnore fanatical and straight
laced than tho Wahabees—are rigidly enforced.
The possession of tobacco, the drinking of
wine, the enjoyment of music, and the wear
ing of long hair, are, in their eyes, heinous
crimes, to be expiated only by heavy penal
ties. "Whoever yielded thus to the lusts of the
flesh, or was suspected of doing so, was for
tunate if he escaped with fine. More often the
punishment was imprisonment or confiscation
of property. The feeling of insecurity is gen
The shoo-fly system has been abolished bf
the Police Commissioners. Roundsmen in tho
various Precincts now do tho duty that was
expected of tho.men at headquarters. The
reports of captains and sergeants havo also
been done away with by the Commissioners.
Officer Williamson, of the Twenty-first Pre
cinct, appointed April 17tb, 1870, failed" to prop
erly patrol his post. Roundsman Weston (not
the pedestrian) walked ovar it three times; at
last Williamson was found in front of the
Fourth avenue railroad depot; when found by
the rounds, ho said that he had been sick.
Mr. Manierre—You were only appointed in
August last, and since then you have been
fined five days. It seems to me that there is
too much loafing in the department, and it
must be stopped. The case was referred to
the Board.
Sergeant Alt!is, of the Sixteenth Precinct,
was charged with failing to receive a telegram
and enter tho same properly on the blotter.
The telegram read as follows :
“You will serve the returns to C. O. (Central Of
fice) in the same manner as at the registry of the 18th
Tho blotter reads:
"You will see and station the same men as be
fore at the registry.”
Tho sergeant said that ho had nevqr made
such a mistake before; he was interrupted
while at tho dial, and of course anticipated tho
coming message, and wrote the word men in
stead.of manner. It made a material difference,
as will be seen, between manner and men.
But reporters, as well as telegraphers, have
made as great mistakes, and yet thd destinies
oi nations have not been overthrown. The
case was referred to the Board.
Officer Brennan, of the Fifteenth Precinct,
was appointed July 20th, 1870, and was up for
trial last- Thursday, charged with turning
lamp-lighter. The roundsman saw Brennan
put lamps out, a business that did not belong
to the police depai-tment. His excuse was,
that tho old gentleman employed to put out
the gas couldn’t get over a gully in Washing
ton Parade Ground to put out the light. Tho
Commissioners thought that if the gas com
pany could not employ able-bodied men to put
out the lights, it was time they did. The po
lice had no business to put out tho lamps of
the city. The case was referred to the Board.
Doyle and Hayden, of the Seventh Precinct,
were charged, by Captain Warlow, with con
verting' the sleeping-room into a pandemoni
um. “Did you see them wrestling m bed?”
asked Commissioner Manierre. “ I did,” said
Warlow; “ I went up stairs and found the two
tussling in bed.”
Hayden—Tho facts are these: Doylo camo
in to go to bed, and he had a pair of "drawers.
He asked if I had seen his drawers. I said no.
He said, “You have chucked them some
where.” I said, “ Look for them.” He looked
for them, and it was the search brought tho
captain up.
Doyle—l can only say that I was looking for
ray drawers when the captain came up, and it
caused a little fussing up and down.
Tho fuss was referred to the Board.
Stack, of the Seventh Precinct, had a very
good excuse for no t appearing the other day at
Headquarters to be tried. It seems that ho
had a prisoner at the Police Court at Essex
Market who escaped from the court room. Ho
had a long chase after him—several blocks—
and when he took him back to court and had
him committed, it was half past ten o’clock.
When he got to Headquarters the court had
been adjourned. The complaint was dismissed.
Officer Murdock, of the Third Precinct, was
chargod with beating and arresting his land
lady, Catharine McNamara, without cause.
Sho said that Mr. Murdock had boarded with
her for seven or eight months. Sbo.not only
boarded him, but did nis washing for him and
his wile when sho came off t.io Island. He
agreed to -pay S2O a month for himself, sls for
his wife and $lO for his girl. On Sunday night
ho and his wife began to quarrel, and she
ordered the two out of the house. After he
left he would not tako his old clothes, and
when they were offered him he run her into
the station house, beating her on the way to
the lock-up. Murdock, in his own behalf, said
that he had boarded with her and so had his
wito for two or throe days. She sent his wash
to him when he was on post, and ho could not
receive it. She would have him take his linen,
and to force him she broke her finger over his
nose. Ho then arrested her for disorderly
conduct. Captain McDermott said when tha
woman was brought in she acted so violently
and got into so many fits that he thought it
best to let her go home. She went down on
her knees and begged everybody’s pardon.
He discharged her out of sympathy. As for
Murdock, he was very unfortunate to bo mar
ried to a woman that he had been obliged to
send to the Island ; but as for the children, he
did his best to bring them up respectably.
Murdock had no business to take his wash
when on police duty. The case was dismissed.
The record of the officer is- good. He was ap
pointed in 1862, and all the fines that have
been imposed on" him amount only to six days
in eight years. Being unequally yoked, he has
had a hard road to travel.
did he sham sick.
The complaint against Officer Flack, Six
teenth Precinct, was feigned sickness. Tha
charge was preferred by Captain Petty, but tha
real accuser was Dr. Beach. His testimony
was as follows: I found him apparently, uncon
scious. I looked at his eyes, and knew the man.
It occurred to me that tue man was scheming.
To make assurance doubly sure, I sent for Dr.
Prince to justify the conclusions that I had
arrived at. Flack was brought into me at the
station-house. 1 felt his pulse, and arrived at
the conclusion that Flack was a beat.
This case deserves some consideration from
the Commissioners. Flack, in the discharge of
his duty, was seriously injured ; indeed, was
badly hurt about tne head while patroling.
The question with the Commissioners in this
case is very simple: If Flack is not fit to do du
ty, retire him ; but if he is, and can do special
duty in our courts, to serve warrants, then put
him to that work. A man that has been injur
ed in the service should not bo neglected by
the Board. He has some claims that should
not be overlooked.
The store No. 304 East Twenty-third street,
was entered by burglars and robbed of ninety
nine boxes of cigars. Officers Alcott and Keat
ing were on the post, and yet did not see this
load carried ofi, although a cart must have
been brought into requisition to take off the
plunder. The sergeant -and roundsman saw
the accused patrolling then- post at the tinie
specified, but they did not see the plundered
cigars carried off by tho thieves. The case
was referred to the Board.
stupidly dbunk.
Patrick Lynch, of tho Eighteenth Precinct,
was charged with being stupidly drunk. The
sergeant in command said that Pat tried to ef
fect an entrance into the station-house, and
when he broke his way in he went up to the
desk and gave his name as Lynch. When
asked to spell it, he figured it out as “ Ninch,”
while his nose bumped occasionally on the
railing. Swift, the roundsman, said his atten
tion was called to Lynch by his falling up
-stairs. “ Such a getting up stairs he never did
see.” . Tho defense was that a groaning was
heard in the basement of a liquor saloon, and
he went down to see what was the matter.
Unfortunately for Lynch, there are two more
charges of intoxication preferred against him,
but one charge is sufficient to break him.
A .singular case.
Ex-Shoofly Gladding was charged with as
saulting Mary. A. Tucker, residing at No. 108
Bleecker street. Mary’s story is as follows :
“A weak ago, Thursday, I went to shut the ball
door, and tho officer was in there with a girl.
I told him to co away that I might shut the
door, and tho only answer he made was “shut
up, or I’ll run you in.” When I found that he
wouldn’t go, I went as far as Greene and
Bleecker, and looked for an officer to take tho
man out of the hallway. He was .then in citi
zen’s clothes. At tho station-house ho wanted
to make a charge against me, but a gentleman
■ stepped up and said I wasn’t to blame, and I
was let go. Mr. E. Ci Loo, who said that he
was waiting fora car, heard the complainant
"tell Gladding to get out of the hallway with the
woman. His reply was, “I’m a cop myself.”
She.said that sho did not care who he was; and
went out to get an officer, when he seized her
bv the arm, and beat her m a brutal manner.
-Gladding in defence said that it was his night
off as Shoofly, and on his way home, a lady in
duced, him to go into a hallway with her. Ha
her that he was a Central Office Shoofly,
and that she ought to be careful. She asked
him to go upstairs. He said he was not in tha
habit of going up there. She told the officer
that it was no panel house; sho had got a
home. She asked him to go up-stairs, when
he refused, and she then asked him if he was
one of those bogus detectives. He said no, he
had heard tbat such men were around, but he
was-not one of them. While they were stand
ihg in the hallway, the complainant came out,
and useed very disrespectful language toward
him. When the officer cams to arrest him, I
told him he was his superior, and would hold
him responsible if he put him under arrest.
Commissioner Manierre—Did this woman so
licit you ?
Gladding—Yes, sir ; in the hall-way.
Commissioner Manierre—You walked along
with her how far ? How far did ehe solicit you
Gladding—Ten feet; but I'could not help it.-
. Commissioner Manierre—How long have you
been on the'force 1 ? ■ i -t
Gladding—A year and a half. ‘ " 1
Commissioner Manigrre—Why didn’t. yon ar-1
rest this woman wheii she seduced you into
this hall-way ? . ; i n r P
Gladding—Really, I don’t know why I did.
not arrest her. I was waiting for evidence to
convict. ioi i .
Commissioner Manierre—Yoursqlf or
mau - ll*'. in .V V-A CT vllAlnuiM
Gladding—Tho woman, of course. ■ 1 • -
Commissioner Manierre said that tho’preds’
had charged that roundsmen—the 7Bhdo-fly !•>
men—loafed time in houses of■ bad rep.utg,. and ■
at special times rushed out ‘and in'acle bom
plaints. These charge's;'he said, had some
foundation of truth, and pis charge showed it,
and the insinuations thrown out. had led to tiie
abolishment of the Central Police Roundsmen,"
Cladding's ease was relerrod to tbaßoarA' ■ -

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