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Your committee would therefore ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject. All of which is respectfully submitted.
WILLIAM C. BRANIN,
HENRY WOLFORD. On motion, the report was accepted. Rep. Bain, of Virginia, offered the following: Resolved, That the R. W. Grand Lodge of Virginia, at its next Annual Session, shall have power, and authority is hereby granted to it, to remove its Sessions to any place within the limits of the state, that a majority of the whole number of the subordinate lodges may by vote in Grand Lodge fix upon.
Rep. Wolford, of Kentucky, called for the yeas and nays.
Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, asked to be excused from voting on the proposition in its present shape.
The Chair put the question, and the Grand Lodge refused to excuse the Representative.
Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, was then proceeding to state his reasons for the vote he was about to give,
When the Representative was called to order, which call was sustained by the Chair, and Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, took his seat. The yeas
and nays were then taken on the resolution, and were as follows:
YEAs—Rep's Marley, Williamson ; Bain, 2 votes : Moore and Wolford -6.
Nays—Rep's Frost, McGowan, Hewitt, Brown, Branin and Wildey —6.
There being an equality of votes, the Grand Sire gave the casting vote in the negative.
So the resolution was lost.
On motion of Rep. Williamson, of Maryland, the Grand Lodge adjourned until seven o'clock, this evening.
WEDNESDAY, 7 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment: Present, the Officers and a due representation.
The minutes of the afternoon session were read and approved.
Rep. Wolford, of Kentucky, presented a protest from the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, which was read, and the grievances therein named being satisfactorily explained by the Grand Sire, Rep. Wolford asked leave to withdraw the protest, which was granted.
Rep. Bain, of Virginia, offered the following preamble and resolution.
Whereas, There is great irregularity existing in the Order upon the subject of Regalia, which arises from want of information upon the subject: Therefore
Resolved, That the following be established as the Regalia to be worn in the different lodges, and according to the different degrees, viz:
In a subordinate lodge the Regalia shall be, for Initiated members, a white apron. Ist degree members, white apron and white collar. 20 do.
collar trimmed with pink. 3d do.
blue. 4th do.
green. 5th do.
scarlet. Noble Grands and Past Grands shall wear white apron and scarlet collar, trimmed with white lace.
The Regalia required to be worn shall be a white apron and collar, unless the brother shall choose to wear the color to which he is entitled.
In state, district, and territorial Grand Lodges, the Regalia shall be that of Past Grands, as above stated.
The Regalia of an Encampment shall be, for Initiated or Patriarchal Degree, a black apron and black gloves; Golden Rule Degree, a black apron trimmed with yellow lace, and black gloves. Royal Purple Degree, black apron with purple collar, trimmed with yellow lace, and black gloves. In procession, sashes shall be worn only by officers and past officers.
Rep. Mathiot, of Illinois, moved that the preamble and resolution lay on the table, which motion prevailed.
On motion of Rep. Mathiot, of Illinois, the Grand Lodge adjourned until nine o'clock, to-morrow morning.
Thursday, October 8th, 9 o'clock, A. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment: Present, the Officers and a due representation.
The minutes of last evening's session were read and approved.
Rep. Williamson, of Maryland, offered the following, which was adopted.
Whercas, There is some irregularity in the Work of the Order, originating in the fact that there is a difference in the mode of numbering the degrees as conferred in the several states: Therefore,
Resolved, That the state Grand Lodges be informed, that the degrees are numberec as follows: First, or White; Second, or Covenant; Third or Blue; Fourth, or Remembrance; Fifth or Scarlet. And the said Lodges are required to conform to this mode of numbering.
The Grand Sire presented a report* of his acts and doings.
On motion of Rep. Wolford, of Kentucky, the report was referred to the Committee on Reports.
Rep. Branin, of New Jersey, from the Committee on Petitions, presented the following report.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee on Petitions to whom was referred the petition of Quinnipiac Lodge, No. 1; Charter Oak Lodge, No. 2, and Middlesex Lodge, No. 3, in the state of Connecticut, praying for a charter for a Grand Lodge in said state, to be located at the city of New Haven, with a request, that in the event of a charter being granted, P. G. M. John A. Kennedy, of New York, might be authorized to open said Lodge; also, a petition from
A report. - This document was not printed with the minutes of the Session ; and, although the most thorough search has heen made, the copy could not be found at the time it was necessary for us to supply ccpy to the printer. Should it be recovered, it will be appended to the work.
a number of Past Grands in the republic of Texas, praying for a Grand Lodge in said republic; and a petition from Merrimack Lodge, No. 7, Lowell, Mass., praying for a new charter in lieu of theirs destroyed by fire, would respectfully report:
That they have had the several communications under due consideration, and in the case of the first named, would recommend, except so relates to holding its sittings alternately at Hartford and New Haven, that the prayer of the petitioners be granted; and their request as regards the selection of the deputation to open said Grand Lodge, be complied with.
In the case of the second petition herein named, your committee are of opinion that the prayer of the petitioners cannot in conformity with Article IV, of the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge, be granted, such Article declaring that two or more subordinate lodges, fr., in any state, district or territory, having seven Past Grands, may petition the Grand Lodge of the United States for a Grand Lodge, fc.
The committee in the case of the petition from Merrimack Lodge, No. 7, recommend that the prayer of the petitioners be granted.
The committee therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolutions. All which is respectfully submitted,
WILLIAM C. BRANIN,
HENRY WOLFORD. Resolved, That the prayer of the subordinate lodges in the state of Connecticut for a Grand Lodge* to be located at the city of New Haven, be granted.
Resolved, That so much of the prayer of the petitioners from the above state, as relates to holding its sittings alternately at Hartford and New Haven, be not complied with.
Resolved, That the prayer of the Past Grands in the republic of Texas, for a Grand Lodge, cannot be granted, the application not being in conformity with the Constitution of the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States.
Resolved, That the prayer of Merrimack Lodge, No. 7, Mass., for a new charter be granted.
On motion, the report was accepted, and the resolutions adopted. On motion, the resolution laid on the table last evening on the subject of the Regalia of the Order, was called up for consideration.
Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, proposed to amend the resolution by submitting therefor the following:
Resolred, That the following is the appropriate Regalia of this Order, viz: The aprons, in all cases, (except the Encampments,) should be white, trimmed with a fringe or ribbon corresponding with the emblematic color of the degree intended to be represented—that is, for the White Degree, white; for the Covenant Degree, pink; for the Royal Blue Degree, blue; for the Remembrance Degree, green; for the Scarlet Degree, scarlet.
The collars may be white, trimmed with the above colors to designate the degrees, or may be plain collars of the appropriate colors.
Noble Grands shall be entitled to wear, trimmings of white lace and silver bullion; and in addition to these trimmings, Past Grands may also wear stars on the collar.
Members of the Encampment are entitled to wear, in addition to, or a substitute for the above, the emblematic colors of the Encampment.
A Grand Lodge.--The Grand Lodge of Connecticut was opened on November 15th, 1840, when the following Grand Officers were installed, viz: Frederick Crosivell, M. W. G. M.; J. B. Gilman, R. W. D. G. M.; J. G. Palmer, R. W. G. W.; Wm. E. Vibbert, R. W. G. Secoy; Samuel Bishop, R. W G. Treasurer.
Rep. McGowan, of New York, moved that the resolution be referred to a committee of three, and that they report tomorrow morning, which was lost.
The question then recurred on the original resolution,* which was decided in the affirmative.
P. G. Sire Wildey offered the following, which was adopted.
Resolved, That there be a new Seal procured by the next Annual Session, for this Grand Lodge, to be made of steel.
On motion of Rep. Wolford, of Kentucky, the Grand Lodge proceeded to the nomination of Grand Officers for the ensuing term. Whereupon, the following nominations were made, viz:
For Grand Sire. By Rep. Frost, of New York, P. G. M. John A. Kennedy, of New York.
By Rep. Branin, of New Jersey, P. G. M. Howell Hopkins, of Pennsylvania.
By Rep. Marley, of Maryland, P. G. M. George M. Bain, of Virginia.
By Rep. Wildey, of Mississippi, P. G. M. James L. Ridgely, of Mary. land.
For D. Grand Sire. By Rep. Wildey, of Mississippi, P. G. M. Augustus Mathiot, of Maryland.
By Rep. Brown, of Pennsylvania, P. G. M. Horn R. Kneass, of Pennsylvania.
By Rep. Frost, of New York, P. G. M. William W. Moore, of District of Columbia.
For Grand Secretary. By Rep. Brown, of Pennsylvania, P. D. G. M. William G. Cook, of Maryland.
For Grand Treasurer. By Rep. Wildey, of Mississippi, P. G. M. Andrew E. Warner, of Maryland.
The Grand Lodge then proceeded to the election. The Chair appointed Rep’s Frost, of New York, and Wolford, of Kentucky, as tellers.
The tellers reported that P. G. M. James L. Ridgely, had received a majority of all the votes cast for Grand Sire.
Whereupon, the Grand Sire declared P. G. M. JAMES L. RIDGELY, of Maryland, duly elected Grand Sire, for the coming term.
The Grand Lodge proceeded to the election of D. Grand Sire, and several ballotings having taken place without a choice, Rep. Marley, of Maryland, enquired whether the Lodge was confined, in its vote, to the nominations made.
Original resolution. There is a defect in this minute, which made it somewhat difficult for the Order, at the time, to fairly comprehend the intent of the Grand Lodge. A resolution previously sub mitted was taken up, when another resolution was offered in the nature of a substitute; a motion was offered to refer the subject, which failing, without showing any action on the substitute as a substitute, the original resolution was adopted, leaving it in doubt whether or no the substitute had become the original resolution. Rep. Moore, in a letter before us is clearly or opinion, that his substitute was in due order accepted by Rep. Bain, and had thus become the original resolution. In this opinion, he is fortified by the recollection of several other members of the Grand Lodge at that session. It is, how. ever, a matter of importance only so far as a correct journal is concerned; as at the succeeding ses. sion, a more elaborale enactment was embodied in the By-Laws, which superseded the utility of the resolution.
The Chair decided that it was, but that it was competent at any time for the Grand Lodge to arrest the balloting before the result was known, for the purpose of receiving new nominations, and to proceed regularly anew to the election.
Rep. Wildey, of Mississippi, then moved that the balloting be set aside and a new nomination take place.
Rep. Frost, of New York, objected to the motion, as out of order.
Rep. Frost, of New York, appealed from the decision of the Chair, and the question being put, Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judg. ment of the Grand Lodge? was determined by states as follows:
Yeas—Rep's Bain, of Virginia, 2 votes ; Wildey, of Mississippi—3.
Nays-Rep's Marley and Williamson, of Maryland; Frost and McGowan, of New York; Hewitt and Brown, of Pennsylvania; Moore, of District of Columbia; Branin of New Jersey; and Wolford, of Kentucky-9.
The decision of the Chair was therefore reversed.
Pending the question, Rep. Mathiot, of Illinois, asked to be excused from voting, when, on motion he was so excused.
The Grand Lodge then proceeded with the election of D. Grand Sire, when on counting the ballots, there being no choice, the Grand Lodge proceeded to a second ballot ; when on counting the ballots, there being no choice, the Grand Lodge proceeded to a third ballot.
Rep. Bain, of Virginia, raised a question of order, whether candidates voted for, who had not been nominated, would, if elected, be constitutionally elected.
The Chair decided the question out of order, during the pendency of the ballot.
Whereupon, Rep. Bain, of Virginia, appealed from the decision, and the question being put, Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judgment of the Grand Lodge ?
The yeas and nays being ordered, were as follows:
Yeas—Rep’s Frost, McGowan, Hewitt, Brown, Moore, Branin, Wildey and Mathiot-8.
Nays—Rep's Marley, Williamson, Wolford and Bain, 2 votes——5.
Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, moved that the Grand Lodge adjourn until three o'clock, this afternoon.
Rep. Wolford, of Kentucky, called for the yeas and nays, which were as folllows:
Yeas Rep’s Marley, Williamson, Hewitt, Brown, Moore, Branin, Wildey and Mathiots.
Nays-Rep's Frost, McGowan, Wolford and Bain, 2 votes-5.
THURSDAY, 3 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment: Present, the Officers and a due representation.
The minutes of the morning session were read and approved.