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III. LETTERS OF JOHN PAUL JONES

PETITION FOR ADMISSION AS A MASON

(From the original at St. Mary's Isle.)

To the Worshipfull, the Master, Wardens & Permanent Brethren of free

and accepted Masons of the Lodge of St. Bernard held at Kirkcudbright.

The Petition of John Paul, Commander of the John, of Kirkendal, Humbly Sheweth

That your Petitioner, for a considerable time by-past, haith entertained a strong and sincere Regaird for your most noble, Honourable, and Ancient Society of Free and Accepted Masons, but Hitherto not meeting with reasonable opportunity Do now most Humbly crave the benefit of Receiving and Admitting me Into your fraternity as an Entered apprentice, promising, assuring and engaidging to you That I shall on all Rules and Orders of your Lodge be most obsequient and observant. That I shall in all things Deport, behave, and act answerable to the Laws and Instructions of the Lodge, and in every thing to which I may be made lyable, promising faithful obedience.

The complyance of your Right Worshipfull Wardens and rest of the Brethren will singularly oblidge and very much Honour, Right Worshipfull, your niost Humble Petitioner and most Humble servant.

JNO. PAUL I do attest the Petitioner to be a good man and a person whom I have 110 doubt will in due time become a worthy Brother.

JAMES SMITH.

aThis paper is not dated. It appears in the appended chronology that John Paul commanded the John in 1770 and that he was entered as a Mason at Kirkcudbright November 27, 1770.- COMPILER.

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