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1752. Nov. 30. Ordered, that to render the Masons' Charity as extensive as possible, all foreign Brethren, of what nation or profession soever, should, after proper examination, be relieved with a certain sum inmediately.

1754. New Book of Constitutions ordered. Twenty Lodges erased for neglect.

1757. Names of recusant Masons to be printed and published. A letter read from Bro. Capt. De Court, commander of the French ship, St. James; taken by H. M. S. Windsor, then a prisoner of war, wishing the Grand Master to procure his liberty but there being no cartel settled, it was ordered to relieve him with twenty guineas, if, on inquiry, he was found worthy of assistance.

DEDICATION OF THE MASONIC HALL, IN CHARLESTOWN.

KING SOLOMON'S LODGE, in Charlestown, through the untiring personal exertions of a few zealous Brethren, has, within the last two or three years, been revived from the lethargical state into which it had fallen, or, perhaps we should say, into which it had been precipitated by the general deluge of opposition which a few years since swept over the Masonic community in this Commonwealth. We have heretofore had occasion to refer to the history of this Lodge, and cannot at this time well spare the room requisite for a recapitulation of the facts then given. It will be sufficient for our present purpose to say, that the Brethren of the Lodge have, at very considerable expense, fitted up a beautiful HALL, with convenient ante-rooms, in the new block of brick buildings on the east side of "Charlestown Square." The room occupied by the Lodge, is 40 by 20 feet, and is handsomely furnished with every convenience necessary for the transaction of Masonic business. The regalia is new and tastefully made. We know not, indeed, that there is a better furnished or better disciplined Lodge in the State. It is an honor to the Brethren who have been instrumental in its revival, and in restoring it to its ancient glory.

On the 10th ultimo, the Grand Lodge were invited to perform the ceremony of Dedicating the Hall, agreeably to ancient Masonic usage. The invitation was cheerfully accepted by the Most Worshipful Grand Master, AUGUSTUS PEABODY, Esq., and the Grand Lodge, being convened in an adjacent room, was opened in ample form at 7 o'clock, P. M. W. Bro. FRANCIS L. RAYMOND, Master of King Solomon's Lodge, having notified the Grand Master of the readiness of the Brethren to receive him, a procession was formed, under the direction of the Grand Marshal, Worshipful Br. JOHN R. BRADFORD, and repaired to the Lodge room. After passing round the room and inspecting its finish, the Grand Master was appropriately addressed by Br. Raymond, who resigned to him the Chair of King Solomon's Lodge, and surrendered to him the implement of his office as chairman of the operative committee. The Grand Master's reply was in substance as follows:

"Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethren of King Solomon's Lodge.

"The Grand Lodge have with pleasure witnessed your enterprise, zeal and taste in erecting and adorning this Hall. We have examined it-and cheerfully declare our approbation of it. And we will presently proceed to dedicate it in ancient form, to God, to Virtue, and to Universal Benevolence.

We congratulate you on its completion-and we trust that here you will long continue to find a safe retreat from the cares and anxieties of busy life-secure from the open assaults and secret malignity of every spirit hostile to Freemasonry; that here you will successfully cultivate the sacred principles of friendship and charity; and that from this place you will widely disseminate brotherly kindness, relief and truth.

King Solomon's Lodge has some peculiar privileges. Your meetings will be holden almost under the shadow of yonder splendid Monument-the joint offspring of Patriotism and Freemasonry,-in the erection of which you had a large and active share. The recollections connected with it will always stimulate and cheer your labors.

You have also some peculiar responsibilities. Your Lodge has given more than one Grand Master to the Commonwealth-and with you rest the sacred ashes of our venerated Grand Master, WARREN. It is your charge to preserve the Masonic honors which have deservedly rendered this locality dear to the Craft.

Be watchful and wise in the selection of your candidates and associates;-and remember that the whole Fraternity expects of you to gather on this spot a band of such Brothers, as, should our country hereafter require it, will give occasion for the erection of another Monument as proud as that which marks the glory of Bunker Hill."

The imposing ceremony of Dedication was then performed by the Grand Master in a solemn and impressive manner. During the ceremony the following Ode, written by R. W. Br. THOMAS POWER, was sung:

Music "Sterling."

ALL honors to our Master pay,
Who bade our holy temple rise;
While here we journey on our way,

Our thanks shall reach to farthest skies
(Dedication to FREEMASONRY.)

We hail our holy Patron's name,

Whose bright example guides us still;

His highest honors we proclaim,

While grateful thanks our temple fill.
(Dedication to VIRTUE.)

While thus we seek, in pure desire,
Immortal bliss in realms above,
Our hearts shall kindle at the fire
Whose light is Universal Love.

(Dedication to UNIVERSAL BENEVOLENCE.)

The ceremony was concluded by a fervent and appropriate invocation, by the Rev. Br. BARRUS, of Chelsea.

It is proper to remark here, that the Rev. Br. E. M. P. WELLS, had been requested to perform this service, and also to make an address on the occasion; but from sudden indisposition he was unable to attend,-notice of which, however, was not received until a few minutes before the ceremonies commenced. The Rev. Br. BARRUS was therefore wholly unexpectedly called upon to make the invocation, and R. W. Br. CHARLES W. MOORE, as unexpectedly required to deliver the address.

The occasion was an interesting one, and the ceremonies were new to many of the Brethren present. We believe that all were gratified. We are sure that the Lodge has the hearty good wishes of the whole Fraternity for its future prosperity.

CORRESPONDENCE.

R. W. CHARLES W. MOORE,
Dear Brother :-

Plattville, Wis. Aug. 10, 1843.

Masonry is moving on

most prosperously in this thriving District, and will do a most valuable service too, in moulding into one, the heterogeneous materials out of which this community is formed. Its good effects are already seen in this place.

In the month of December last, seven Master Masons assembled in this place, and drew up and signed a petition to the Grand Lodge of Missouri, (accompanied with the fees,) for a Dispensation, authorizing them to open a Lodge, which was granted, under the name of "MELODY LODGE." We proceeded immediately to open a Lodge and organize; and from the first regular communication to the present time, we have been overrun with work, notwithstanding we bave refused to accept of some considerable portion of the materials brought to our hands. We organized with seven members, and we now number upwards of thirtyfive-all good men and true.

P. S. Our young Lodge has already purchased and paid for a house and lot, in which they hold their Lodge,-renting out the lower rooms.

B. T. K.

Seville, Medina County, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1843. DEAR BROTHER :— We are located in what has been a part of the infected district. For more than fifteen years past Antimasonry has howled over this section of country with fiendish delight; but thanks to the immutable principles of our Institution, a few worthy Brethren who had settled here in an early day, have breasted the Antimasonic tornado, rode out the gale in safety, and triumphantly preserved the ancient land-marks of the Order. A little more than one year ago, some three or four of these venerable Brethren, by considerable exertion, succeeded in getting a Lodge organized in Seville, which has done and is doing a first rate business. Its influence operates like oil upon the waters, it has produced a calm and quiet atmosphere,-peace, harmony and Brotherly love prevail amongst us, not only within our walls, but throughout the neighborhood.

We consider your Magazine as a valuable acquisition to our little library. Our Lodge room is intended, also, as a reading room for Masons and their families. Respectfully, yours,

C. W. MOOre.

P. M.

Carlyle, Clinton Co., Illinois, Sept. 18, 1843.
There is a splendid

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DEAR BROTHER:Lodge at Salem, Ill., created from this, composed of the very best of men ; another at Hillsboro', Ill., which are under my supervision as District Deputy Grand Master.

There are some considerable number of resident Masons who reside in the immediate vicinity of these Lodges, who are not members of any Lodge; I have labored hard with them, to attach themselves, but they excuse themselves, by raising no objections to the Lodges, yet, having been so long without connection, rather modestly decline attaching themselves, &c. I shall report all their names to our grand annual communication in October next.

For the past season we have been doing very little on account of the scarcity of money and the contiguity of other Lodges, one formed out of our own, only twentyfive miles distant, another thirty, two others forty miles. Yet the cause is flourishing in this country. In almost every town there is a Lodge of respectability and character, and no schisms exist. The Fraternity are respected and the society looked upon as good and worthy by those that are strangers to its mysteries. I am, fraternally yours, with great respect and esteem,

C. W. MOORE, ESQ.

J. P. B.

MASONIC CHIT CHAT.

INFORMATION WANTED.-An English gentleman wishes to discover an American who once did him an essential service. The name of the American was THOMAS GROSS. The circumstance referred to occurred in 1797, and at that time Mr. Gross was about 23 years of age. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and is believed to have been a na tive of one of the New England States. He was a sea-faring man; and is understood to have had charge, about the year 1809, of a packet running between New Bedford and Baltimore. Of this, however, our information is not certain. He sailed out of NewYork in 1797 or '98, and was engaged with the gentleman, to oblige whoin this paragraph is written, to make the tour of the world, but circumstances separated them, and defeated their object. Any information touching the present residence of Mr. Gross, if living, or of his family, may be forwarded to the editor of this Magazine.

We are requested by a correspondent to state, that WASHINGTON ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER, NO. 1, at Newark, N. J. was resuscitated on the 13th September last, by virtue of a Dispensation from M. E. Jos. K. STAPLETON, D. G. G. H. P., and that the officers were duly installed by Comp. ALEXANDER COPELAND, H. P. of Jerusalem Chapter No. 8, of the city of New York. The Council consists of Comps. Elias Vanarsdale, H. P., Luther Goble, K., and Pruden Allyng, S.

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We beg to say to our agents once more, that we will receive, at par, the bills of any specie paying Bank in the country. We are induced to repeat this notice, because some of them say, they would remit the amounts in their hands,if they could obtain eastern currency. This is not material, so that they send us bills of sound specie paying Banks.

Our correspondent at Hancock, Md. is informed that the name of the Brother referred to, as a subscriber, has not been forwarded. It probably will be in due time, if it has not escaped the recollection of the Brother to whom it was entrusted. We regret to add that we have not the missing number on hand. We think it must have been in the bundle; but will obtain another if possible.

Any Brother having a spare copy of the 12th No. of the 1st vol. Magazine on on hand, will greatly oblige us by forwarding it to this office.

A correspondent inquires if the new Funeral Service is to superscede the old one. We answer, no. Both will be given in the new Trestle-Board, and the Lodges will use which they may prefer.

MASONRY IN MAINE.-A Masonic Convention was recently held in Portland, Maine, to consider what measures were necessary for the revival of the Order in that State.

Our agent at Carlyle, Ill., is informed that the Brother referred to in his last, lately resident of Springfield, has received the Magazine for the two years past.

Rev. Isaac N. Walter is an authorized agent for New Carlisle, Ohio.

EXPULSION. We have been officially informed of the expulsion of Mr. JoHN T. TASKER, from Washington Chapter and De Wit Clinton Encampment, at Portsmouth, N. H., for unmasonic conduct.

Masonic Hall, Natchez,

Aug. 18, 1843.

At an adjourned regular meeting of Locke Lodge, No. 52, on the evening of the 17th inst., James H. Ferguson, Dentist, late a member of this Lodge, was expelled for gross unmasonic conduct, and thereby debarred hereafter from all the rights, benefits and privileges of Masonry. Said Ferguson has in his possession a diploma and certificate of demission, from Locke Lodge. E. L. GLASSBURN, Secretary Locke Lodge, No. 52.

This is a word in common use among our Brethren at the south. We understand it to mean, in the sense in which it is used, a discharge from membership. We do not, however, understand the propriety of so using it. To demit is to depress. Demission is degradation. Editor.

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