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poration mentioned, approved 17th February, 1843, entitled "An Act to incorporate the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Ancient Masons of the State of Missouri," of the following form and description of seal, to-wit: "A Circle; at the top, a Radiance; on the left hand, a Column and Level, on the right, a Column and Plumb; between the columns, a Book open with the Square and Compasses thereon; within the circle, Stars on the right and left; also, around the outer edge, the words Grand Lodge of Missouri;" the same being the seal used by the Grand Lodge.
REPORT OF REV. BR. CHAMBERLAIN.
The special Committee, to whom was referred the report of Brother H. Chamberlain, the special agent to visit the Grand Lodges at the east, together with communications from the Grand Lodges of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts, have had the same under consideration, and beg leave most respectfully to report
That from the report of Brother Chamberlain, and the resolutions emanating from those grand bodies, your Committee hail with sentiments of friendship and esteem those several Grand Lodges, as being actuated by the same common motives and principles of benevolence as have influenced this Grand Lodge in the great work before them. Your Committee find that in these several Grand Lodges, resolutions were passed, commending the great undertaking of this Grand Lodge, and recommending to the subordinate Lodges under their several jurisdictions, to assist our agent in collecting such amounts as the Brethren might see proper to give; and although the amount returned, as yet, is but small, your Committee feel satisfied that it is attributable more to the depressed state of monetary affairs than to a want of charity and benevolence. Your Committee, therefore, offer the following:
Resolved, That the grateful thanks of this Grand Lodge are due to the Grand Lodges of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts for the kindness and attention bestowed upon the agent of this Grand Lodge, W. Brother Hiram Chamberlain, Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Missouri; and also for the several amounts forwarded by the Brethren under the jurisdiction of those several Grand Lodges. All of which is most respectfully submitted.
RIGHTS OF APPRENTICES
WM. R. SINGLETON,
TO APPEAR IN FUNERAL PROCESSIONS.
The principle embodied in the following resolution is in strick conformity with ancient usage:
Resolved, That the Lodges working under this jurisdiction are recommended by this Grand Lodge not to permit Entered Apprentices and Fellow-Crafts to move in funeral procession.
We have not room this month for the interesting report on the subject of the College, but shall probably refer to it in our next, unless the respected Brother who drew it shall in the mean time furnish us with an article, more general in its details. We should be greatly obliged to him for a succinct history of this glorious undertaking from its commencement. The whole Fraternity must and will feel an interest in the subject, in proportion to their knowledge of its character and importance.
"Tuscaloosa, Dec. 9th, 1843.
R. W. SIR AND BROTHER.-The M. E. Grand Chapter of Alabama was closed in solemn and ample form to day, after a convocation of five days. Much business of importance was discussed and acted on. The committee on foreign correspondence made the following report, which was concurred in:
The committee on foreign correspondence to which was referred the proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Virgina, Kentucky and Connecticut, at their last annual convocation, have examined the same, and beg leave to
That those proceedings contain nothing which requires the special consideration of this Grand Chapter, except a resolution adopted by the Grand Chapter of Virginia, which declares that the degrees of Royal and Select Masters, as ordered to be conferred by her subordinate Chapters, are in strict conformity with the ancient customs of the Fraternity.'
Without attempting here to controvert the correctness of the assumption in relation to the ancient customs of the Fraternity, so far as the conference of those degrees are concerned, your committee cannot but regret the adoption of the measure. The establishment of councils, claiming the entire control of them, has for years past been recognized as legal and proper, and the establishment of such bodies throughout the Union, and particularly in the South and South Western States, render the correction of the error, if it be one, which your Committee by no means admit, highly inexpedient and well calculated to produce confusion and unkind feelings, where should reign peace, harmony and Brotherly Love. Royal and Select Masters made in the mode prescribed by the Grand Chapter of Virginia, cannot be acknowledged as such by the members of our Councils here. Your Committee, therefore, trust that the measure will yet be reviewed by that Grand Chapter, and reversed, and thus avoid the unpleasant consequences which must result from its execution.
Your Committee recommend that the Grand Secretary of this Grand Chapter forward to all the Grand Chapters of the United States, a copy of the proceedings of this Grand Chapter, at its present convocation, and that an interchange of such courtesy be asked from them.
On motion of Comp. PENN,
Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be instructed to procure the 'FREEMASONS' MONTHLY MAGAZINE,' published at Boston, by Comp. C. W. MOORE, so far as it has been published in Volumes, to be kept as a Book of reference by this Grand Chapter.
Tuscaloosa, Dec. 16th, 1813.
R. W. SIR AND BROTHER-I had the pleasure of addressing you a short time since, giving you an extract from the proceedings of the M. E. Grand Chapter of Alabama, 1843. Also, a list of the Officers elect of the Grand Chapter and Grand Lodge, &c. I now forward some of the Proceedings of the M. W. Grand Lodge of Alabama; which closed on the 9th inst.
REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON CORRESPONDENCE. The Committee on Foreign Correspondence, to which was referred the Proceedings of the Grand Lodges of Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Connecticut, Florida, and the Republic of Texas, at their last annual communications and from the District of Columbia, a small volume of Masonic papers, also the Report of the proceedings of a Convention of Delegates, from a majority of the Grand Lodges of the United States, held in the city of Baltimore in May last, in pursuance of the recommendation of the Grand Masonic Convention held in Washington city in March, 1842, have examined the same and beg leave to
That the action of these bodies furnish conclusive proofs of the increased devotion of the members of the Order to the great principles and duties which should govern and distinguish all who claim its privileges and immunities. Whilst many of them are marked by a clear and lucid exposition of those principles and duties, they evince not less ably a just conception of the measures necessary to preserve and transmit unimpaired to those who may succeed us, the rites and ceremonies of our venerable Institution. These facts afford just cause of earnest congratulation to every friend of humanity, and should stimulate us to renewed efforts to emulate the examples which they set us.
The evils resulting from the practice of conferring the degrees by subordinate Lodges without requiring the fees to be paid at the time the degrees are conferred, and of permitting members to become largely in arrears for their annual contributions are noticed and properly deprecated. With us the constitution of our Grand Lodge, has guarded such indulgences by the most direct prohibition, and subordinate Lodges cannot disregard or evade the salutary provision without incuring the severest censure.
The subject of Education seems to be engaging the attention which its importance merits. Many of the Grand Lodges have adopted measures in relation to this matter, which reflect upon them the highest credit.
The policy of appointing Representatives to the different Grand Lodges has been generally adopted. It is well calculated in the opinion of your Committee to strengthen the bonds of union among the Brotherhood, and to produce a more uniform and correct administration of the mystic ceremonies, and therefore is recommended to your favorable consideration.
The issuance of Grand Lodge Certificates which has been determined expedient and proper by several of the Grand Lodges cannot be regarded as furnishing better evidence of the standing of a Brother, than a diploma from the Lodge of which he is a member. The Grand Lodge could not grant them without strict scrutiny into the standing of the applicant, and when granted, they should only be considered as valuable when sustained by the conduct of those who hold them. They could not be taken as a legal passport to our temples without other proofs of their right to claim admission. It is therefore deemed most safe to leave the matter, where it now is, in the hands of the subordinate Lodges.
The proceedings of the Convention at Baltimore in May last, are highly important and interesting. How far the suggestions and recommendations of that enlightened body should be adopted by this Grand Lodge will be brought before you by the Committee on Work, whose report may be postponed in consequence of the unavoidable absence of your delegate, to that Convention, caused by indisposition; until your next annual communication.
Your Committee are much pleased to see the fraternal regard manifested by the different Grand Lodges towards each other by the number of their proceedings laid before them, and trust that it may be continued and extended: they therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolution,
Resolved, That this Grand Lodge reciprocate the courtesy of the Grand Lodges from whom communications have been received: and that the Grand Secretary as soon as convenient transmit a copy of the Proceedings of this Grand Lodge at its present communication to each Grand Lodge in the United States and to foreign Grand Lodges, and that this Grand Lodge solicit from them a continuance of friendly intercourse and correspondence.
JAMES PENN, Chairman.
From the foregoing you will perceive we were unable to do any thing at the communication of the Grand Lodge, on the transactions of the Baltimore Convention. Our Past Grand Lecturer was in bad health, and from the incessant rains the roads and bridges became impassable. The matter remains until the next annual communication. In the mean time, a reprint of the proceedings of the Convention is ordered, and submitted for the consideration of the subordinate Lodges.
The Committee on Education reported the following:-
The education of indigent children forms an interesting subject for the consideration of the subordinate Lodges, and so far as your Committee can judge from the documents before them, is now looked upon as one of the first and highest duties of the Order. To feed the hungry and clothe the naked constitute claims upon Masons, which common humanity prompt them to discharge, but to improve the morals, enlighten the minds and fit the youth of our country for the discharge of the important duties which may devolve upon them in subsequent life, are requirements which the genius of Masonry demands that we should meet promptly and cheerfully. Although your Committee doubt the expediency of establishing a Masonic Academy as contemplated by a Resolution offered and report made at the last annual communication of this Grand Lodge, with the hope of accomplishing more certainly those great objects, yet it should be urged upon the subordinate Lodges to husband their means, and appropriate their funds after meeting the calls of charity and their necessary expenditures, with an eye single to the attainment of those ends. WM. K. BAYLOR, Chairman.
Resolved, That the Secretary be required to procure sixty copies of the MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD, and one copy of the FREEMASONS' MAGAZINE-the former to be distributed among the subordinate Lodges.
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THE Brethren of Benton Lodge, No. 59, of A. F. M., have experienced a severe dispensation of Divine Providence in the death of their J. W., Capt. George Pylant, who departed this life, at his residence near Benton, Lowndes Co. Ala., on the 5th of Nov. last, in the 62d year of his age. Resolutions, indicating the most profound respect for the deceased, were passed by Benton Lodge, and in accordance with his dying request, the solemn obsequies of our Order, were duly performed over his remains by the W. M., D. H. Middleton, Esq., preceded by an eloquent and appropriate discourse, delivered by the Rev. Bro. Thos. D. Armstrong.
Though death has removed him from his family and friends, long will the memory of the lamented Pylant, flourish like the unfading Acacia, in our hearts. The poignancy of our grief can only be assuaged by the memory of his many virtues. He was one ever ready to throw the mantle of Brotherly Love around an erring Brother, and more anxious to reform than punish. By his promptness in the despatch of business and his punctuality in attendance, he rendered himself worthy of imitation by all;-he held the office of J. W. from the formation of the Lodge to the period of his death, and was never absent from a regular meeting. Indeed, the last time he left his home, (two weeks prior to his death) was for the purpose of assembling with his Brethren in the Hall dedicated to Universal Benevolence.
Farewell, dear Brother! we will strive not to deplore thee! Our loss is thy inestimable gain. We firmly believe the Charity which so eminently graced every action of thy life, will be richly rewarded in another and a better world. We leave thee with the full assurance, that when the sound was heard, that called thee from the labors of this life, to eternal refreshment, divested of all the frailties of earth, and clothed in white, thou gainedst admission by the true passwords, into the Grand Lodge, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides. F. S. P.
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TRESTLE
In our last number, we gave a great variety of testimonials, all full and explicit, in commendation of the new TRESTLE-BOARD. Among them was a general recommendation signed by five members of the National Convention, being all, with one exception, from whom we had, at that time, heard on the subject. We have since received the approbation of four other members. If to these the editors of the work be added, the number of members who have approved and sanctioned and recommended it to the Fraternity, as being all they designed it should be, is eleven. The whole number of members composing the Convention was sixteen. Three have not been heard from. One has dissented. We are particular in stating this fact, because the committee appointed to prepare the work, were not able to agree as to its character. It shows that the majority of the committee were not only correct in their understanding of the views and wishes of the Convention, but that they have succeeded in executing the important duty assigned them, in a manner much more acceptable to their constituents than, under the embarrassing circumstances which surrounded them, they were authorized to anticipate. We give below, the Certificate of the Secretary of the Convention,— the General Certificate of Members, and extracts of letters received from them:
FROM REV. ALBERT CASE.
Charleston, S. C., Dec. 1843. R. W. Br. MOORE,-I have received and carefully examined the new "MASONIC TRESTLE BOARD," prepared by yourself and P. G. M. Carnegy, in accordance with the will of the National Masonic Convention. I congratulate the Editors on the completion of their labors, and while I regret that the Committee were not entirely unanimous in presenting so invaluable a work, I assure you that, in my opinion, the "TRESTLE-BOARD" is all the Convention desired it should be-better than any other text-book. for Masonic purposes, and that it will meet the approbation of the Convention, and the Fraternity. The omission suggested by the dissenting Brother, would much lesson the value of the work for general To the exoteric Mason the omission would be no disadvantage. But there are, and will be many of the esoteric school, who rule in Lodges, and to such, the illustrations are absolutely necessary. If the text-book did not contain them, the Master and Pupil would often be found far in the North, seeking knowledge in the dark.
I repeat-I believe the book is what the Convention desired; that it will be of infinite service in securing uniformity in the work of the Lodges, and that the intelligent craftsmen who have prepared it, will see their work approved, and be greeted by the Convention with "well done," faithful and true Brothers. ALBERT CASE,
Sec. of the late Nat. Masonic Convention. CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERS OF THE CONVENTION.
The undersigned, Members of the late National Masonic Convention, having examined the TRESTLE-BOARD, prepared by R. W. Brs. MOORE and CARNEGY, recommend it to the Fraternity throughout the United States, as a MANUAL, singularly well adapted to the purposes, for which its publication was ordered by the Convention. They believe it to be all the Convention designed it should be, and that its general use by the Lodges cannot fail to secure a great degree of uniformity in the Work and Lectures.
ALBERT CASE, of South Carolina.
JOHN H. WHEELER, of North Carolina.
THOMAS CLAPHAM, of New-Hampshire.
WILLIAM FIELD, of Rhode Island.
DANIEL A. PIPER, of Maryland.
THOMAS HAYWARD, of Florida.
LEMUEL DWELLE, of Georgia.
EDWARD HERNDON, of Alabama.