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Resolved, That a charter be granted to Richard Mansley, T. G. Schwatka, James Lawrence, Oliver Cook, and W. H. Mauro, on their giving satisfactory evidence to the Grand Sire that they are at this time members in good standing, to wit: with cards in their hands, or regular contributing members of a subordinate lodge.

'R:solved, That the prayer of George R. Forsyth, Anthony Bonville, James M. Scantland, Peter Billiod, Charles A. Turley, James A. Bostwick, and Clinton E. Temple, for a charter to open an Encampment at Nashville, Tennessee, be not granted, the applicants for the same not being duly qualified as required by Article II, of the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge.

Rep. Tyler, of Kentucky, from the Committee of Correspondence, made the following report.

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The Committee of Correspondence, to whom was referred the communications from the Order in Louisiana, beg leave to report:

That they have attentively examined the whole matter, and regret to find that an accidental collision of private communication between the Order of Odd Fellows and the Masonic fraternity in that state, has had the effect of creating much jealousy and prejudice, and has rendered essential injury and great injustice to our beloved Order in that vicinity.

Your committee cannot report any definite course of action to meet or obviate the difficulty, but would recommend through this Grand Lodge that our brethren in that state refuse to notice or give heed to any thing that

may be said or done against them by the Masonic Order. That to remain silent is the only true course to lull the existing hostile spirit which now prevails, inasmuch as explanation or argument in matters of this kind only tend to keep alive the spirit of animosity and jealousy.

With the most ardent desire for the prosperity of our Order in Louisiana, your committee regret that they cannot recommend some course that would at once elevate the Order in that state from its depressed condition. But in all earnestness they would urge upon our brethren to press forward quietly and zealously, fúlly believing that the time will come when the Order in Louisiana will overturn its difficulties, and become established under more favorable auspices, upon the high basis it so eminently merits.

Your committee, in view of the difficulty which originated in Louisiana, by way of public documents, beg leave to offer the following resolutions. All of which is respectfully submitted.

WILLIAM A. TYLER,
JOHN W. STOKES.

Resolved, That the names or titles of the Order shall in no way appear in connection with superscriptions to public or private communications.

Resolved, That the Order in Louisiana be requested to rescind all retaliatory action they may have had in relation to the Masonic Order.

On motion, the report was accepted.

The question recurring on the first resolution, was decided in the negative.

The question was then taken on the second resolution as reported, and decided in the affirmative.

Rep. Leidy, of Delaware, offered the following, which was unanimously concurred in.

Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of the United States recognizes the Grand Lodges of the different states as the grand legislative heads of the Order, in their respective' states.

Rep. Jordan, of New York, offered the following resolution. Resolved, That all state Grand Lodges may, in their discretion, confer the past official degree of Vice Grand on all Noble Grands of new lodges under their jurisdiction.

Rep. Case, of South Carolina, offered the following as a substitute, which was decided in the affirmative.

Resolved That the several Grand lodges under the jurisdiction of this R. W. Grand Lodge, be and are hereby empowered to confer the honorary degrees of Past V. G. and Past Secretary, on all brethren who have served as N. G. of a lodge during the first and second quarter after its organization, although they have not filled the said offices of Vice Grand or Secretary. The question being required by yeas and nays, appeared as follows:

-Rep's Stokes, Hubelie, Moore, Leidy, Thomas, Hopkins, Brandt, Tyler, Bucher, Hinman, Case, Ridgely, Hewitt, and P. G. Sire Glazier --14.

Nars—Rep's Marley, 2 votes ; Guild, Small, Jordan, Hull, Wildey, Earnest, Neilson, and McGowan—10.

The following amendment to the Constitution was offered by Rep. Neilson, of Maryland, and seconded by Rep. Ridgely, of Alabama.

That “ Article VIII," of the Constitution be stricken out.

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned until half past three o'clock, this afternoon.

YEAS

THURSDAY, 3 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment: Present, the Officers and a due representation.

The journal of the morning session was read and approved.

Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, from the committee on the property of the Grand Lodge, submitted the following report and resolution, which was read and concurred in.

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The committee on the property of this Grand Lodge, to whom has been referred the copy of an act of incorporation for the Grand Lodge of the United States, recommend for adoption the following resolution.

Resolved, That said act of incorporation be and hereby is accepted by this Grand
Lodge.
Respectfully submitted.

WILLIAM W. MOORE,
CHARLES THOMAS,

RICHARD MARLEY. Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, from the Committee on the State of the Order, submitted the following report and resolution, which was read and adopted.

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The Committee on the State of the Order, recommend the adoption of the following resolution, as the most effectual method of replying to inquiries on the subject matter thereof.

Resolved, That the term "good standing," as known to this Order, signifies-first, contributing members of subordinate lodges, who are under no charge regularly preferred against them, according to the provisions of the Constitutions of their respective lodges; and, secondly, all regularly initiated brethren having in their hands duly authenticated cards from subordinate lodges, legally authorized by the Grand Lodge of the United States, or any state or district Grand Lodge working under its jurisdiction.

WILLIAM W. MOORE,
JAMES L. RIDGELY,

JACOB HUBELIE. Rep. Small, of New York, from the Committee on Petitions, submitted the following report and resolutions, which were read and adopted.

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The Committee on Petitions respectfully report: That they have had under consideration the application of Isaac C. Nostrand and seven others of the Patriarchal Order in good standing, in Trenton Encampment, No. 2, praying for a charter for an Encampment, to be located at the city of Trenton, New Jersey, to be hailed and entitled “Olive Branch Encampment, No. " and submit the following resolutions for adoption.

WILSON SMALL,
CHARLES THOMAS,

NAPOLEON B. LEIDY.
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners be granted.
Resolved, That the blank be filled with 4.
Rep. Hewitt, of Pennsylvania, submitted the following, which was
adopted.

Resolved, That a blank Diploma, to be signed by the R. W. Grand Officers, be awarded to each Grand Representative and Grand Officer of this Grand Lodge, who has not already received such certificate, the same to be filled according to the form prescribed on page 311 of the printed journal of 1840, at the expense of the holder ihereof.

Rep. Jordan, of New York, offered the following resolution.

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge appoint a committee of three to inquire into the expediency of adopting a suitable regalia to be worn at funerals, which shall be called and styled a funeral regalia, and which shall be recognized by all state and subordinate lodges under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge.

Rep. Leidy, of Delaware, moved to refer the same to the Committee on the State of the Order, which was decided in the negative.

Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, called the previous question, which being sustained by a majority of the Grand Lodge, the main question was put, and the resolution, as offered by Rep. Jordan, of New York, was de. termined in the negative. Rep. Small

, of New York, submitted the following amendment to the By-Laws, which, on motion, was decided in the negative.

Resolved, That all after the word “open," seventh line, Article XVII, By-Laws of this Grand Lodge, be and is hereby repealed.

Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, from the committee on property of the Grand Lodge, submitted the following report, which was read and adopted. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The committee on the property of this Grand Lodge, respectfully report:

That the W. Grand Sire has placed in their possession the charter and working books of Industry Encampment, No. I, formerly of the state of New Jersey, now defunct; and also a copy of an Encampment book received from brother Andrews, of Massachusetts, which said books and charter have been deposited amongst the properties of the Order.

WILLIAM W. MOORE,
CHARLES THOMAS,

RICHARD MARLEY. Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, from the Committee on the State of the Order, submitted the following report and accompanying resolution, which were read and adopted. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

The Committee on the State of the Order, respectfully recommend the adoption of the following resolution.

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge be, and hereby is instructed to issue to such brethren as were in good standing as members of Industry Encampment, No. 1, of New Jersey, at the time of the surrender of its charter, such evidence of their regular connexion with the Order as will enable them to join other Encampments.

WILLIAM W. MOORE,
JAMES L. RIDGELY,

JACOB HUBELIE. Rep. Case, of South Carolina, formally presented, on behalf of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina, a copy of its Constitution and By-Laws, elegantly bound, to the Grand Lodge of the United States, which on his motion were ordered to be deposited in the office of the Grand Secretary.

Rep. Stokes, of Pennsylvania, offered a paper proposing changes in the Work of the Order, which was read, and on his motion to refer the same to the Committee on the State of the Order, the Grand Lodge refused to assent thereto.

On motion of Rep. Case, of South Carolina, the paper was ordered to lie on the table.

Rep. Neilson, of Maryland, offered the following, which was adopted :

Resolved, That during the recess of the sessions of this Grand Lodge, it shall be made the duty of the M, W. Grand Sire to receive a petition from seven scarlet degree brothers for the purpose of establishing an Encampment, where there is no regularly constituted Grand or subordinate Encampment, and that he be authorized upon said reception, to take such measures as shall result in the conferring of the three Encampment degrees upon said petitioners, so that a dispensation or warrant may be granied in compliance with the requisitions of this Grand Lodge.

Rep. Hopkins, of Ohio, from the Committee on the English mission, submitted the following report with the accompanying resolutions.

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :

THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN MISSION

Respect

fully report : That in the performance of their duties, your committee have carefully examined the report of the Grand Sire, of his acts and doings during the recess of the Grand Lodge, also, the report of brothers Ridgely and Williamson, deputies appointed by the Grand Sire, (by virtue of a resolution of this Grand Lodge, passed at the Annual Session, 1841,) to visit England, and confer with the Annual Moveable Committee of the Manchester Unity, of the I. O. of O. F., on the subject of an uniform system of Work, together with the documents accompanying these reports, and are of opinion that the power and authority granted by the Grand Sire to the deputies by him appointed, was in conformity with and in obedience to the resolution of this Grand Lodge, passe d at the Annual Session, 1841. That in selecting for that mission, brothers Ridgely and Williamson, the Grand Sire properly exercised the discretionary power granted to him and their appointment meets the approbation of your committee. The great importance of the matters, to be the subject of discussion, between the authorities of the Order in the two hemispheres, affecting, as it does, the interests of all attached to the Order, and more particularly to brothers emigrating to, or visiting a foreign country, required early action to be taken thereon, and as the Annual Moveable Committee meet but once a year, a determination of this subject could not be had till more than a year had elapsed, unless the appointment of deputies took place early in the spring of 1842. Your committee are of opinion that the time selected by the Grand Sire for the appointment of the deputies was a judicious exercise of his discretion. They therefore offer the following resolution.

Resolved, That the appointment of brothers Ridgely and Williamson, by the Grand Sire, as deputies to the Annual Moveable Committee of the Manchester Unity of the I. O. of O. F. of England, to visit England, and to confer with the said body at the May session thereof, together with the power and authority granted to them, meets with the entire approbation of this Grand Lodge.

Your committee beg leave further to report, that the deputies selected by the Grand Sire, proceeded to England, and on their arrival entered upon the duties of their appointment, a detailed statement of their proceedings is contained in the report made by them to the Grand Sire, accompanied by a copy of the correspondence which took place between them and a conimittee of the Annual Moveable Committee. Your committee have carefully examined that report and correspondence, and are of opinion that the deputies acting for this Grand Lodge have performed the duties of their appointment in a manner which merits the full approbation of this Grand Lodge. That although they have not been able to obtain the consent of the Annual Moveable Committee to a restoration of the Work of the Order in England to the state it was in former times, and have not, therefore, succeeded in the object of their mission, yet they have ably sustained the principles advocated by this Grand Lodge on the subject

, and in their interviews with the authorities of the Order in England, have nobly maintained the dignity of this Grand Lodge and of the Order as practised in the United States of America, and deserve the thanks of this Grand Lodge for the manner they have conducted the negotiation.

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