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To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The special committee to whom was referred the petition of Joseph Barclay, and others, praying for a charter for an Encampment of Patriarchs, to be located at Louisville, Ky., and hailed as “Mt. Horeb Encampment. No. 1,” have had the subject under consideration, and recommend the adoption of the following resolution.
HENRY S. SANDERSON. Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners be granted. On motion, the report was accepted, and the resolution adopted.
Rep. Engold, of New York, from the special committee to whom was referred the petition of
and others, presented the following report. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The committee to whom was referred the petition of and others, praying for a charter for a lodge, to be located at St. Louis, Missouri, and hailed as “ Travellers' Rest Lodge, No, 1,” respectfully report, that they have attended to the duty entrusted to them, and submit the following resolution for adoption.
J. F. ENGOLD,
JOHN PEARCE. Resolved, That a charter be granted, as prayed for. On motion, the report was accepted, and the resolution adopted.
A communication was received from brother Albert Guild, of Boston, informing the Grand Lodge that the lodges in Boston were much in the same state as when visited by P. G. Sire Wildey; that the charter, books, &c., of the Siloam, Washington and Adam Lodges, together with the books of the Grand Lodge, are in his possession ; and that there appears to be no prospect at present of the above lodges being again opened.
Also, letters were received from brother Paul, of Lowell, Massachusetts, dated May 14, and July 13, 1834, requesting information relative to the payment of per centage, and requesting the appointment of an agent in Boston to receive the money and give a receipt for it, to insure the lodge against responsibility and loss. Also, informing the Grand Lodge that the Legislature of Massachusetts have passed a law to prohibit the administering and receiving of non-judicial oaths. The letter further says: “ This seems to us like a death blow to our Order in Massachusetts ; for not only literal oaths, but whatever amounts to the same thing, by no unnatural construction of the law, may be deemed an offence, by whoever may be informed of by one person, as an aider and abettor, amerced in the sum of two hundred dollars; and however desirous we may be to perpetuate our ancient and honorable institution, we have respect for the laws, and must wait to know from you what course to take." Also, wishing to know what will be their quota to contribute for the plate to be presented to P. G. Sire Wildey.
The letter of July 13th contained a copy of the law of Massachusetts, on the subject of oaths ; also, twenty dollars, being the nearest amount that could conveniently be sent, for the payment of ten per cent. on $237 40, for the quarter ending 14th April.
On motion, the letters from Lowell relative to the oaths, were referred to a special committee, to consist of members of the bar.
The Grand Sire appointed as the committee, Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, and Ridgely, of Ohio.
On motion, the Grand Secretary was directed to communicate to brother Paul the reference of the subject relative to oaths. Also, to inform him of the manner to make remittances.
Rep. Engold, of New York, informed the Grand Lodge that he had collected and paid to D. G. Sire Neilson, $20 37, on account of the plate to be presented to P. G. Sire Wildey.
On motion, the Grand Secretary was requested to write to the members of the committee appointed to procure subscriptions for the plate, to pay all money they have received to the Grand Treasurer.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, requested the approbation of the Grand Lodge of a jewel
, to be worn by members of Grand Encampments of Patriarchs; the jewel consists of a double triangle, ornamented with colored stones, to represent the several degrees in the Order. Which request was concurred in..
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, from the special committee to whom was referred the petition of F. Leise, and others, presented the following report:
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The special committee, to whom was referred the petition for an Encampment of Patriarchs, to be located at the city of New York, respectfully report: That by virtue of a charter granted to the Grand Lodge of New York, the power to confer Encampment degrees was granted to it; and that said Grand Lodge of New York, in the year 1829, granted a charter to open an Encampment in the city of Albany; and that charter granted to said Encampment the exclusive power to grant charters for Encampments* in the state of New York. Your committee are therefore of opinion, that this Grand Lodge have no authority to grant a charter for an Encampment in New York; but that that power is at present vested in
• Power to grant Charters for Encampments.-At the period when Encampments were
organized under the several Grand Lodges, it was deemed advisable to conser on them powers similar to those formerly conceded, under like circumstances, to lodges-that is, to permit the senior body to exercise the limited authority of establishing co-ordinates. It is somewhat remarkable that such a principle should have been tolerated in the advanced state to which the Order had attained In 1829; yet, all ihe charters issued for the first Encampments in the four old states, being alike in tenor, recognized the same incongruity: So soon as new 'Encampments were opened, the power of superintendence was naturally asserted on the part of the mother Encampmeni, and as promptly resisted by the junior. The manifest impropriety of such assumption, and the well-being and perpetuity of this branch of the Order, led to the organization of bodies rightfuily possessing, and properly constituted to exercise superintending authority, as well as that for giving existence. Our note on page 77 shows the prompt manner in which the Grand Lodges of Maryland and Pennsylvania relieved the Encampments in those states from all embarrassment incident to an undigested organization. The heretofore depressed condition of the Order in New York, had not made it necessary to place the Encampment in its proper position. The petitioners, however, perceiving the fallacy of obtaining a charter from a body of coordinate operation, were desirous of receiving one from an authority competent to guide as well as create. They were obliged, however, for sake of an existence, to resort to the course suggested by the committee. It is but justice to all parties to note in addition, that the journal of the Grand Lodge of New York furnishes no evidence of an Encampment charter of any kind having been granted by that body. But the following minute stands recorded among the proceedings of a session held April Bd, 1820: "The formation of an Encampment of Odd Fellows in this city was discussed, and decided in the negative."
the Encampment at present established in the city of Albany. Your com-
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners ought not to be granted. And also
Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be directed to inform the brethren, that the power to grant a charter for the Encampment prayed for, is vested in the 'Encampment at Albany.
On motion, the report was accepted, and the resolutions adopted.
Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge be presented to the brethren of New
SAMUEL PRYOR, Grand Secretary.
Grand and Subordinate Lodges in account with the Grand Lodge of the
United States, remaining unsettled Sept. 1833.
CR. Grand Lodge of Maryland, bal- By cash, Lodges Nos. 1 and 2, New ance due 1832, $00 25 Jersey,
$60 00 Quota of expenses for ses
By cash, Friendly Union Lodge, sion of 1833,
45 00 $28 25 By amount due the Grand Lodge Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, of the United States by the sevbalance due 1832,
249 77 eral Grand and subordinate Grand Lodge of New York, bal
523 64 ance due 1832,
$40 06 Quota of expenses for session of 1833,
58 06 Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, for quota of expenses for session of 1833,
30 00 Grand Lodge of District of Colum
bia, balance due 1832, $34 56 Quota of expenses for session of 1833,
51 56 Grand Lodge of Ohio, quota of ex
penses for session of 1833, 17 00 Grand Lodge of Louisiana, quota
of expenses for session of 1833, 17 00 Lodges Nos. 1 and 2, Delaware, balance due 1832,
72 00 Friendly Union Lodge, No. 1, R. I., balance due 1832,
45 00 Lodges Nos. 1 and 2, New Jersey, balance due 1832,
Report of the acting Grand Treasurer.
Sept. 2, 1833.
$ 97 10 writing charters and
Sept. 2. 1833. books,
49 00 By cash, Lodge, No. 1, Va., charG. Sire's travelling ex
ter fee and per cent-
50 00 G. Secretary's salary, 30 00
Lodges Nos. 1 and 2, N.
Jersey, per centage, 30 00 ces,
Grand Lodge of New « balance on hand,
Jersey, charter fee, 30 00 Lodge No. 1, Delaware, per centage,
34 00 Grand Lodge of Dela
ware, charter fee, 30 00 Lodge No. 1, R. Island,
charter fee and per
45 00 Lodges Nos. 1 and 2,
Kentucky, charter fee
30 00 $476 101
BALTIMORE, September 9th, 1833. The committee to whom was referred the above account, have examined the same, and find it correct.
List of Grand and Subordinate Encampments under the jurisdiction of
the Grand Lodge of the United States. The Grand Encampment of Maryland, Baltimore, having under its jurisdiction,
Jerusalem Encampment, No. 1, Baltimore.
The Grand Encampment of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, having under its jurisdiction.
Philadelphia Encampment, No. 1, Philadelphia.
Annual Report of the Grand and Subordinate Lodges to the R. W. Grand
Lodge of the United States, I. O.O. F., commencing September, 1832,
In Delaware. No. 1, James McAnnal. Improper conduct.
The Printing Committee have thought it would be gratifying to the members of the Order in this country, to insert here the following extracts from a letter received by P. G. Sire Wildey, from brother Thomas Armitt ; written at the request of the Grand Annual Moveable Committee of the Order in England.
“Resolved, That the officers of the Order, and Board of Directors, write to the presiding officers of America, requesting information on the subject of the method of governing the Order in that country.
"It is my pleasing task to inform you, Sir, that the 'finger of Providence' is most miraculously pointing us 'onward' here. We do indeed increase with more than railroad velocity. This little 'nook of earth,' as Shakspeare calls it, is studded o'er with lodges. When I look back at what we were, and now at what we are; when I look on ihis picture and on this, the contemplation almost turns me giddy; I seem as a dreamer of dreams, and feel as if afraid to believe the pleasing reality!"
"This sketch, Sir, is not overstrained. We have upwards of seven hundred lodges, working together as unanimously as could be expected, or wished, for the general good. We have, Sir, no more discord to annoy us than is necessary, in my opinion, to uphold and preserve the harmony of the whole! In this world, at least, we know that one cannot exist without the other."