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YEAS-Rep's Guild, 2 votes ; Ellis, Palmer, Hinman, Marley, Sanderson, Neilson, Marshall, Colenian, and P. G. Sire Wildey-11.
Nays—Rep's Wilson, 2 votes; Treadwell, Vn Sickell, Harris, Stokes, Kneass, Skinner, McDonnell, Moore, Webb, Segar, Campbell, Hurlbut, Seymour, Kezer, Shaffner, Stewart, Sherlock, 2 votes; and P. G. Sire Kennedy-21.
So the resolution was decided in the negative.
Rep. Marley, of Maryland, from the committee to whom was referred so much of the Grand Corresponding Secretary's report, relative to the presentation of valuable documents by P. G. Sire Wildey, made the following report, which was read and adopted.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The committee to whom was referred the presenting of valuable documents
P. G. Sire Wildey, report: That the said documents are now in the archives of the Grand Lodge, a list of which is in the possession of the Grand Secretary, they therefore recommend that the thanks of this Grand Lodge be tendered to P. G. Sire Wildey for so valuable a present.
Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, seconded by Rep. Hinman, of Connecticut, submitted the following as an additional Article of the Constitution, which lies over till the next Annual Session. " In all cases where, on account of misunderstanding or any
other cause, a Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment shall deem it necessary to expel an entire subordinate lodge or Encampment, the business of such lodge or Encampment shall be thereupon suspended, and all its working implements properly secured in the same manner as is now provided for; but the penalty shall not be carried into full effect until the act of expulsion be confirmed by the Grand Lodge of the United States, before which body the subject must be brought, and be by it determined at its first regular ses. sion thereafter, provided sufficient time intervenes after the vote of expulsion, to enable the Representative of the state Grand Lodge or Encampment to reach the place of meeting of the Grand Lodge of the United States."
Rep. Stokes, of Pennsylvania, offered 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 thereof.
Rep. Vn Sickell, of New Jersey, offered the following amendment to the Constitution:
« Article That in all elections for Grand Officers of this Grand Lodge, the vote shall be taken riva voce, and record made of the vote of each member in the printed journal.”.
Rep. Hillyer, of New Jersey, asked and obtained leave of absence.
On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned until this evening, at eight o'clock
Friday, 8 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge assembled pursuant to adjournment: Present, the Officers and a due representation.
The reading of the journals was, on motion, dispensed with.
Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, from the Committee on the State of the Order, reported by direction of that committee, that it is impracticable to adopt a " sea-signal” for the Order of Odd Fellowship, which would serve any good purpose, either for the institution or its members, which was adopted.
Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, from the Committee on the State of the Order, reported the following By-Law, by direction of said committee, which was read and adopted.
“Past Officers of every description, and members in possession of the Encampment degrees, and all other members of the Order, when visiting Grand or subordinate Lodges under this jurisdiction, are entitled to wear the regalia and jewels pertaining to the highest degrees which they may have taken, if they think proper
to appear in such regalia." Rep. Brown, of New York, offered the following resolution, which was read and adopted.
Resolved, That the Grand Treasurer be authorized to pay the necessary expenses that may be incurred in filling np the Diplomas granted to P. C. P. Henry Leffman, P. G. Frederick Goll, Jr., and P. G. James Gavey, Jr.
The Grand Sire announced the appointment of the following District Deputy Grand Sires for the several Districts named, to serve for one year from 1st January next, viz:
P. D. G. M. GEORGE W. CHURCHILL " Massachusetts, Rhode Island
P. G. Sec. ALBERT GUILD. and New Hampshire, 6 Delaware,
P. G. Sire ZENAS B. GLAZIER. 66 District of Columbia,
P. G. M. WILLIAM W. MOORE. 66 North Carolina,
P. G. M. JOHN CAMPBELL. " Georgia and Florida,
P. G. M. ALBERT CASE. 6 Alabama,
G. M. EZEKIEL SALOMON. 66 Louisiana,
P. G. M. A. MONDELLI. “ Mississippi and Arkansas, P. G. M. GEORGE I. DICKS. “ Missouri and South Illinois, P. G. M. WILLIAM S. STEWART. 6 North Illinois and Wisconsin,
P. G. M. JOHN G. POTTS. « Indiana,
P. G. A. B. COLEMAN.
P. G. M. J. DeCORDOVA. Rep. Kneass, of Pennsylvania, offered the following, which was adopted.
That Article XXIX, of the By-Laws be amended by adding to it the following words,“ but not on the day they are offered."*
Rep. Štokes, of Pennsylvania, offered the following resolution, which was read and rejected :
Resolved, That any patriarch having had the past official degrees duly conferred on him, or came in possession of them in the Grand Lodge of the United States, although he may not have passed the various chairs to which they refer, shall be entitled to visit the Encampments when open in those degrees.
Rep. McDonnell, of Delaware, seconded by Rep. Hinman, of Connecticut, offered the following amendment to the Constitution, which was ordered to lie on the table.
“One third of the Representatives of the state Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business."
“ All questions shall be decided by a majority of the votes given, except such as are especially provided for by this Constitution."
Rep. Coleman, of Indiana, moved that the Grand Lodge do now adjourn, which was decided in the negative.
Rep. Marley, of Maryland, offered the following resolution, which was indefinitely postponed.
Resolved, That all Grand Lodges under this jurisdiction who admit proxies from their subordinate lodges, shall not allow any proxy so appointed to have more than one vote, or hold more than one proxy.
Rep. Hinman, of Connecticut, called up the report of the Committee on Returns, heretofore laid on the table, so far as relates to the approval of the Constitution of Ridgely Encampment of Tennessee, which was read and adopted.
Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, asked and obtained leave of absence.
On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned until tomorrow morning, at nine o'clock.
SATURDAY, September 23, 9 o'clock, A. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment: Present, the Officers and a due representation,
Prayer by the Grand Chaplain.
Rep. Guild, of Massachusetts, from the committee on deferred business of last session, made the following report, which was read and referred to the Committee of Finance.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The committee to whom was referred at last session, the subject of adjusting and allowing the claim of the Printer, of one hundred and sixty. eight dollars, for extra quality of paper, met in the city of New York in December last, and after a careful examination, unanimously concurred favorably to the claim. The following resolution is submitted.
ALBERT GUILD. Resolved, that the claim of extra charge for paper of one dollar per ream, be and is hereby allowed.
Rep. Stokes, of Pennsylvania, presented the Constitution of Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, and Rep. Stewart, of Missouri, the Constitution of Grand Lodge of Missouri, which were referred to the Committee on Returns.
Rep. Seymour, of South Carolina, from the Committee on Returns, made the following report, which was read and adopted.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee on Returns, to whom was referred the Constitution, ByLaws, and Rules of Order of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, and the Constitution and General Laws of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, beg leave to report :
That they have examined the same, and see no provision in them, contrary to the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge, and recommend their approval.
R. W. SEYMOUR,
WILLIAM G. WEBB. Rep. Hurlbut, of South Carolina, from the Committee on the Official Magazine, made the following report
. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee on the Official Magazine, to whom was referred so much of the Grand Sire's and Grand Secretary's reports as relates thereto, have considered the same, and beg leave to report
That from the loose and inaccurate manner in which the accounts of the Magazine have been kept, they have experienced great difficulty in coming to any conclusion upon the subject of its financial condition. No regular account current of receipts and expenditures has been furnished your committee, and they are informed that none has been kept. The General Agent produces a subscription book, in which appear credits to such subscribers as have paid. The printer produces his account current of receipts from various sources, and his charges.
This bill may seem more properly to belong to the Finance Committee, but has been handed in to this committee, to aid them in forming a judg. ment. And now your committee can only give an approximation to the truth.
The balance against the Covenant at the last session was $925 12, which with the interest, appears below as due Thomas Wildey, Agent. For this year, 1843, the debts are Appropriation to Editor for 1842,
$1000 00 Deduct paid at last session,
100 00-900 00 Appropriation to Editor for 1843,
1000 00 Due former Agent, T. Wildey,
1046 03 Due Printer, R. Neilson,
1434 60 Special loan under resolution 1842,
*Deduct cash paid Printer,
200 • 200
*These items show the application of the 81000 loan.
Thus the above statement shows that the whole amount of claims against the Official Magazine at this date, without deductions, is $4148 63.
Now, to meet this amount, which must be met, or this Grand Lodge be dishonored, what are the resources of the Covenant itself? From the report of T. Wildey, General Agent, it appears that there was outstanding and due on the 21st September, 1842, the sum of
84586 75 From the report of W. Curtis, present Agent, the sum of 2456 00 Making in all
$7042 75 Let us allow for perfect security one-half of the debts of 1842, and onethird of the debts of 1843, be considered bad, and there results
fund to be relied on of $3930 59.
Thus it appears that the debts exceed the means to be relied on, $229 60.
If, as it seems to your committee, that the charges of the Printer be reduced to a proper standard, there will be no deficit at all. His contract is for $204 per No. for 3000 copies, but he charges in his bill at the rate of $225, which makes an addition of $21 per number, making for the year the sum of $252.
The question of the continuance or discontinuance of the Official Magazine. is one of grave importance to the Order, and requiring serious deliberation.
The arguments on either side are strong. For the continuance is the analogy of all bodies of a similar nature—the advantage of an authentic periodical to which all members of the Order may refer as decisive exposition of our principles, practice, and the decisions of our highest tribunal. It will tend to confirm uniformity, to repress sectional and party feelings, and will be very unlikely to provoke prejudice and ill-will by hasty and ill-tempered discussion.
On the other side it is argued, that an enterprize of this kind, conducted by a corporation, can never compete with private spirit and the desire of private pecuniary gain.
It is true that individual interest will ever be more keenly alive to the prosecution of its own advantage—that the services of an agent are never so fully rendered to a large body as when under the eye of a single proprietor.
Had the Covenant been private property, your committee are satisfied that it would have been valuable. To effect this end, your committee would desire to see a system provided which would include the advantages both of the public authority and private activity.
Your committee are deliberately of opinion, upon serious and careful deliberation, that this can be done. They therefore propose that the Edi• tør of the Official Magazine be appointed General Agent, with full power to collect the sums due, in any manner that may seem good to him, with direct and immediate responsibility upon him for all moneys received by him and disbursements made: and that he shall be allowed 25 per cent. on all outstanding debts, and 20 per cent. on all new subscriptions, which shall include all expenses of sub-agents
. That he be directed to exercise accurate scrutiny over the expenses of publication, and see that they be strictly kept within the contract.