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Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to have five hundred copies of the Constitution and By-Laws, and three hundred copies of the proceedings of the Adjourned Meeting held in June, and of this Session of the Grand Lodge, printed.
Art. 10. Representatives or Proxies from Grand Lodges must be Past Grands in good stasıding, who have received the R. P. degree; they must have been elected or appointed by the Grand Lodge they represent, and be furnished with a certificate as follows: “To the G. L. of U. S. of I. O. of O. F.-F. L.T.-This certifies, that P. G.
has been duly elected (or appointed) Representative (or Proxy) from the Grand Lodge of
to the Grand Lodge of the United States, for the period of one year from the date hereof. Witness, our hands and scal of Grand Lodge, this — day of 18, A. D.
G. Master. (Seal.)
G. Sec'y. Each Representative, or in his absence the Proxy, shall be entitled to vote on all questions before the Grand Lodge, in manner following, to wit: each Grand Lodge having less than one thousand mem. bers, one vote-and each Grand Lodge having more than one thousand members, one additional vote; the annual returns of the several Grand Lodges to determine the number of votes each Grand Lodge is entitled to. No officer of the Grand Lodge, unless he be a Representative, shall be permitted to vote-except in the case of the G. Sire, or P. G. Sires, as herein before provided and nu Represen. tative, or Proxy, shall represent more than one Grand Lodge at the same time.
Art. 11. The Grand Lodge of the United States shall meet annually on the first Monday of October, and on its own adjournments and specially, on the call of the G. Sire. When the purpose of the meeting is the granting of a charter, the G. Sire may convene the Grand Lodge, upon causing two weeks notice to be given to the Representatives, or Proxies, of the different Grand Lodges, and communicating to them the special purpose thereof. In other special cases, the G. Sire shall cause two months notice to be given to the different state, district and ierritorial Grand Lodges, and communi. cate to them the purpose for which the special meeting is called. In no case shall any business be transacted at a special meeting, except notice thereof shall have been given as above stated. The hours of meeting shall be nine o'clock, A. M., and in such place as the Grand Lodge shall from time to time determine.
Art. 12. The revenue of the Grand Lodge shall be as follows, viz:
20. Fees for charter to subordinate lodges or Encampments, working under its immediate jurisdiction, $30.
3d. Dues from subordinate lodges or Encampments, holding warrants from this Lodge, 10 per cent. on its receipts.
4th. Dues from state, district and territorial Grand Lodges, viz:-$20 per annum for each vote it shall be enuitled to in this Lodge.
Art. 13. In case of death, resignation, disqualification or refusal of the G. Sire to serve, the duties of his office shall be performed by the R. W. D. G. Sire, until the next stated meeting of the Grand Lodge, when an election shall be had for a G. Sire. And in case of the death, resignation, disqualiti. cation or refusal to serve of any elective or appointed officer, the G. Sire shall appoint some qualitied brother to perform the duties until the next stated meeting, when an eleetion or appointment, as the case may require, shall be had.
Art. 11. Each Grand Lodge, working under an unreclaimed warrant granted by the Grand Lodge of the United States, may by its Representative nominate a candidate for the office of G. Sire, and also a candidate for the office of D. G. Sire. The candidate thus nominated must be a P. G. Master, who shall have received the R. P. degree, and be a contributing member of a subordinate lodge: a majority of all the votes given shall be necessary to elect a G. Sire or a D. G. Sire.
Art. 15. A majority of the Representatives or Proxies of the several Grand Lodges shall be necessary to form a quorum for the transaction of business. All questions shall be decided by a majority of the votes given.
Art. 16. By-laws in conformity with this Constitution may be made, which shall not be altered or amended, unless such amendment be made at a stated meeting, and assented to by two-thirds of the votes given.
Ari. 17. Any alteration or amendment of this Constitution must be offered to this Grand Lodge in writing, at a stated meeling thereof, and if seconded, it shall be entered on the minutes; al the next stated meeting the amendments may be considered, and if agreed to by two-thirds of the votes given, shall become a part of the Constitution.
BY-LAWS. Art. 1. Upon the petition of five brothers of the Order, of good standing, praying for a charter to open a subordinate lodge in a state,district or territory where a Grand Lodge has not been established,this Lodge may grant the same. All subordinate lodges receiving a warrant from the Grand Lodge of the United States, shall be opened by a Past Grand of the Order, regularly deputized therefor by the G. Sirewho shall deliver to such lodge the warrant and charge book-and shall at the opening thereof give all necessary instruction. Such lodge shall be visited at least once a year by the G. Sire, or some Past Grand deputized by him for that purpose.
Art. 2. Upon the petition of seven qualified members of the Order, in good standing, praying for a warrant to open an Encampment in a state, district or territory where a Grand Encampment has not been established, this Lodge may grant the same. All Encampments receiving a warrant from this Grand Lodge shall be opened by the G. Sire, or by a qualitied Patriarch by him deputed-who shall deliver 10 such Encampment the warrant and charge book, and such instructions as may be necessary. Such Encampment shall be visited at least once a year by the G. Sire, or some Patriarch deputized by him for that purpose.
Art. 3. Subordinate lodges and Encampments working under a warrant granted by this Lodge, shall transmit to the G. Sire, regular quarterly reports of their receipts, number of members, number initiated, number expelled and the cause thereoi, with the names of their officers-and accompany such report with the per centage belonging to this Grand Louge.
The Grand Sire appointed as the committee, Rep's Ridgely, of Ohio; Keyser, of Maryland; and P. G. Sire Wildey.
On motion of Rep. Pearce, of New York, it was
Resolved, That the printing committee be directed to have twenty-four copies of all the proceedings of the Grand Lodge bound, for the use of the members during its sessions.
On motion, the following were adopted :
Resolved, That in addition to the duties of the committee to settle the accounts of the Grand Lodge, they be requested to collect the papers, documents, and property of the Grand Lodge, and deposite them in the archives.
Resolved, That when this Grand Lodge adjourns, it adjourns to meet in the city of Washington, on the first Monday in January, 1834.
On motion of Rep. Pearce, of New York, it was
Resolved, That the committee appointed in June, relative to the token of respect to P. G. Sire Wildey, be discharged.
On motion of Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, it was Resolved, That a committee be appointed to procure and present to P. G. Sire Wildey, a piece of plate, of at least $500 value, as a mark of the respect and regard in which this Grand Lodge hold his services for the Order.
The Grand Sire appointed as the committee, Rep's Hopkins, of Pennsylvania ; Keyser, of Maryland; Pearce, of New York; Skinner, of New Jersey; Ridgely, of Ohio; and Lucas, of Louisiana.
On motion of Rep. Keyser, of Maryland, it was
Art. 4. Two or more subordinate lodges, or Encampments, located in any state, district or territory where a Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment has not been established, having seven Past Grands or Patriarchs in good standing, may petition the Grand Lodge of the United States, in writing, praying for the charter of a Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment, in such state, district or territory-which, if approved or by a majority of the votes given, shall be granted; and guch Grand Lodge or Encampment shall be opened by the G. Sire, or by some properly qualified brother or Patriarch whom he shall deputize.
Art. 5. All travelling and other expenses of the G. Sire, Past Grand or Patriarch, deputized by him to open a Grand Lodge, or subordinate lodge or Encampment, shall be paid by such lodge or Encampment.
Art. 6. Applications for charters for Grand or subordinate Lodges or Encampments, must be ac. companied by the fee therefor; which shall be returned if the charter is not granted.
Art. 7. Each Grand Lodge and Encampment shall have a grand seal. an impression whereof shall be sent to the G. Sire, and by him deposited in the archives of the Grand Lodge of the United States.
Art. 8. The G. Sire shall forward a yearly password to the Grand Master of each Grand Lodge, and to the N. G. of subordinate lodges, working under its jurisdiction.
Art. 9. The Representative or Proxy of each Grand Lodge shall present the certificate of his appointment to the Grand Lodge, and be examined by a committee as to his qualifications for the office. His expenses shall be paid by his Grand Lodge, and should he neglect or refuse to attend the meeting of the Grand Lodge of the United States, when duly notified, he shall be fined five dollars, unless prevented by sickness or other unavoidable occurrences.
Art. 10. It shall be the duty of the R. W. G. Secretary to furnish a copy of the Constitution and By-laws to each Representative at the stated meeting of this Grand Lodge.
Art. 11. No Grand Lodge. who shall be in arrears more than two years for dues, can be permitted to vote by its Representative or Proxy.
Art. 12. All expenses of this Grand Lodge shall be paid by an order drawn on the R. W. G. Treas. urer, signed by the G. Sire, and attested by the G. Secretary; the same being authorized by a vote of this Grand Lodge.
Art. 13. Annual returns shall be made by each state, district or territorial Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment, to this Grand Lodge, in which they shall make an accurate return of the number of members of the Order belonging to such Grand Lodge; the number and name of members suspended or expelled, and the cause thereof; also, the names of their P. G. Masters and P. G. Patriarchs.
Art. 14. At the time and hour appointed for the stated or special meetings of the Grand Lodge of the United States, the G. Sire shall take his chair and organize the meeting, by directing the G. Secre. tary to call the names of the elective and appointed officers, after which the Representatives shall present the certificates of their appointment to the Secretary, who shall report to the G. Sire the num. ber of Representatives present; when, if a quorum be met, the G. Sire shall call on the G. Chaplain to address the Supreme Ruler of the Universe with prayer.
The D. G. Sire shall then examine the several Representatives as to their qualifications for membership, and report to the G. Sire; if found qualified, the G. Sire shall direct them to regale them. selves, and take their seats as members.
The members having taken their seats, the G. Sire shall raise the Lodge, and the D. G. Sire declare the Lodge duly opened for transacting of the business of the Grand Lodge.
When the business of the session is concluded, the G. Chaplain shall again address the Supreme Ruler of the Universe with prayer-and the D. G. Sire shall declare the Lodge closed."
Resolved, That the said committee address a communication to the several state Grand and Subordinate Lodges and Encampments, and request each to appoint a committee to raise the necessary funds to carry the aforesaid resolution into effect.
Rep. Robinson, of Delaware, made the following statement: That in consequence of Delaware Encampment, No. 1, having received, and is working at present under a charter granted by Jerusalem Encampment, No. 1, of Maryland, which I now understand has relinquished the power to grant charters to subordinate Encampments, and being informed that our present is not a legal one, I would therefore make application to the Grand Lodge of the United States to grant Delaware Encampment, No. 1, a charter.
On motion, it was
Resolved, That a new charter be granted to the Encampment in Delaware, on the surrender of the charter now held. On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned.
SAMUEL PRYOR, Grand Secretary.
GRAND LODGE OF THE UNITED STATES,
Held at the City of Washington, D. C., January, 1834.
WEDNESDAY, January 8th, 9 o'clock, A. M. The R. W. Grand Lodge assembled at Odd Fellows' Hall, city of Washington, D. C., pursuant to a resolution of September Session, 1833.
The roll having been called, and a quorum not appearing, on motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at three o'clock, P. M.
WEDNESDAY, 3 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge convened pursuant to adjournment; Present, JAMES GETTYS,
M. W. G. Sire.
W. G. Guardian.
Proxy Rep. of New York.
P. G. Sire THOMAS WILDEY.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, was appointed Grand Secretary, pro tem.
Absent :* D. Grand Sire, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, and Rep's Keyser, of Maryland ; Ridgely, of Ohio; Lucas, of Louisiana; and Robinson, of Delaware.
The following resolution was submitted, and on motion, laid on the table. Resolved, That the absent Officers and Representatives be fined for non-attendance.
The quarterly report of Virginia Lodge, No. 1, commencing August 15th, and ending November 18th, 1833, was read and accepted; and the amount of per centage, $ 12 72, received.
On motion, it was
Resolved, That Rep. Borrows, of District of Columbia, be a committee to inquire whether P. Callan is a contributing member of Virginia Lodge, No. 1.
The report of Boon Lodge, No. 1, of Kentucky, for the quarter ending October 28th, 1833, was presented ;
Likewise, a petition from P. G's John J. Roach, Joseph Barclay, Stephen Barclay, J. W. Holt, and George H. Sanders, praying for a charter for a Grand Lodge for the state of Kentucky, and to be located at Louisville; accompanied with a recommendation from Boon Lodge, No. 1.
On motion, the report, petition, and accompanying documents, were referred to a special committee of three.
The Grand Sire appointed Rep’s Hopkins, of Pennsylvania ; Pearce, of New York; and Borrows, of District of Columbia, the committee.
A petition was presented from brothers James Crawford, Philip McBride, John Stahl, Henry Chapman, Jacob Att, and George W. Custhan, praying for a charter for a lodge to be located at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and hailed
Lodge, No. 3,” accompanied with a recommendation from Virginia Lodge, No. 1.
On motion, the petition and accompanying documents were referred to a special committee of three.
The Grand Sire named as the committee, Rep's Pearce, of New York; Borrows, of District of Columbia; and Davis, of New Jersey.
On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned until to-morrow afternoon, at four o'clock.
'THURSDAY, January 9th, 4 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment: Present, the same Officers and Representatives as yesterday.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, from the special committee to whom was referred the petition of P. G. Roach and others, presented the following, which was adopted. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The committee to whom was referred the reports and communications of Boon Lodge, No. 1, of Kentucky, and the application for a charter by sundry Past Grands, for a Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows in the state of Kentucky, report:
Absent.—The list of absentees makes it apparent that there was no quorum present at this Sex sion.
That the reports are not in form; that all subordinate lodges are in duty bound to report the state of the lodge, both as respects the amount of their receipts, the number of members they have, the number initiated each quarter, the number expelled, and the reasons therefor; and accompany such report with the per centage on the receipts of the lodge. They recommend that the Grand Secretary transmit to Boon Lodge, by order of this Grand Lodge, a direction as to the form in which they must in future make their communi. cations and reports; and inform them that their per centage is to be paid on the receipts of the lodge, and not on the balance after paying expenses.
Your committee further report, that agreeable to the constitution of this Grand Lodge, the prayer of the petitioners for a Grand Lodge charter cannot be granted, as there is but one subordinate lodge in Kentucky, and that lodge is in arrears for dues.
They therefore recommend that the Grand Secretary address a circular to Boon Lodge, informing them of the decision of this Grand Lodge on the petition. All of which, is respectfully submitted.
Rep. Pearce, of New York, from the special committee to whom was referred the petition of James Crawford and others, submitted the following, which was received and adopted.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The committee to whom was referred the petition from the brethren at Harper's Ferry, praying for a charter for a new lodge, beg leave to report :
That they have had the same under consideration, and as the number of the members of the Order residing at Harper's Ferry does not exceed forty, they consider the prayer of the petitioners should not be granted, it being inexpedient at this time. All of which is respectfully submitted.
Rep. Pearce, of New York, stated that in December last he visited New York on the subject referred to the Grand Sire,-he having written several times without having an answer :—that on his visit to the city of New York, he ascertained the Grand Lodge was not in such a situation as was desirable.* That the Grand Lodge was located at Albany, composed of
Not in such a situation as was desirable.--If the Order in the jurisdiction of New York was at any previous time in a healthy condition, it certainly did not continue so after the period of the removal of ihe Grand Lodge to Albany, which is about as remote as the authentic records of that Grand Lodge, now in possession, will allow us to investigate. What led to the removal does not appear; every thing is left to inference. The proceedings of the last session held in the of New York prior to the removal, (August 15th, 1823,) do not exhibit the slightest indication of such intention. Brother Russel Watts, who resided at Albany, was elected and installed Grand Master at that meeting; and, without consulting the Grand Lodge, within the same month of his installation, he raised a committee in that city, consisting of himself and two others, who admitted six Past Grands as members of the Grand Lodge. The succeeding minutes of that body are dated " Albany, Sept. 19th, 1828," but they are