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Lodges in Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, was presented, read, and ordered to be filed in the archives of the Grand Lodge.

Whereupon, on motion, it was

Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge are due to the Moveable Committee for their indefatigable exertions in the discharge of their duty.

On motion, the following resolutions were adopted :

Resolved, That the Grand Sire, and the Representatives of Massachusetts and New York, be, and they are hereby appointed a conjoint committee, with full power to settle all differences now existing between this Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodges of each of those states, to do all things and matters in their opinion conducive to the welfare of the Order.

Resolved, That the necessary expense incurred by the foregoing resolution, be paid by this Grand Lodge: provided each of the said Grand Lodges do not pay their respective proportions of said expenses. On motion, the Grand Lodge closed the Annual Session.

AUGUSTUS MATHIOT, Grand Secretary.

Annual Report of the Grand and Subordinate Lodges to the R. W. Grand

Lodge of the United States, I. O. O. F., commencing May, 1829, and ending September, 1830.

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Suspensions and Expulsions. In Maryland-Suspended, Gabriel Isaacs, improper conduct. Expelled, P. G. Samuel Bickley, and S. H. P. Lyman.

In Pennsylvania-Suspended, James Weldon and Charles Healy, improper conduct. Expelled, P. G. Wiltbohn, John Hoglebates, Henry Hopp, J. Kraiger, Wadlow Jesu Clayton, William Cornwell

, John W. Ticker, Samuel Hopkins, Thomas Bedford, John Burrows, Bernard Luke, and E. T. Weaver. in having it in their power to state that this lodge is in a flourishing condition, and that its members transact their business in the very spirit of Odd Fellowship. Harmony and brotherly love exist anong them, and there is a united disposition to increase their strength.

“After leaving Massachusetts, your Committee proceeded to Providence, Rhode Island. They here opened Friendly Union Lodge, No. 1, whose charter had previously been granted. Their officers were installed, and furnished with every requisite instruction.

" Your Committee visited Paterson, in the state of New Jersey, and opened Benevolent Lodge, No. 2. The officers were installed, and informed of their duty. They were left in a prosperous con: dition, with an excellent set of members, who are eminently conversant with the duties and regula. tions of the Order. Your Committee also visited Camden, in New Jersey, and opened New Jersey Lodge, No. 1, installed their officers, furnished them with all necessary information, and left them with a good prospect of future success.

"Thus has terminated the labors of your Committee, as far as they have progressed. They have not yet visited the District of Columbia. The Committee hope their labors will be attended with the most salutary consequences, and that they will essentially promote the prospects and advantages of our beloved Order.

THOMAS WILDEY.
THOMAS SMALL *

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SPECIAL SESSIONS.

BALTIMORE, September 26th, 1830. The R. W. Grand Lodge met in Special Session, pursuant to the call of the M. W. Grand Sire, and opened in regular form. Thomas WILDEY, M. W. G. Sire, presiding.

The Grand' Sire stated that the Grand Lodge was assembled for the purpose of considering a petition for a charter for a lodge to be located at Cincinnati, Ohio.

Whereupon, a petition was presented from brothers Nath. Estling, C. Har. kin, J. Brice, J. Holt

, T. Bellford and J. Gill, praying for a charter for a Lodge to be located at Cincinnati, Ohio, and hailed as “Ohio Lodge, No. 1."

The petition having been duly considered, and it appearing that the five first named, were from the state of Pennsylvania, on motion, it was

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be directed to communicate with the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, and ascertain if possible the standing of the aforesaid petitioners; and should the report be favorable to the applicants, to request said Grand Lodge to appoint D. G. M. Paul, of said state, as her Representative, in the Grand Lodge of the United States.

Resolved, further, That the said Grand Lodge, and the other Grand Lodges, be requested to examine the propriety of altering Article X, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the United States, so as to permit the appointment of any qualified person to open a lodge. On motion, the Grand Lodge closed the Special Session.

AUGUSTUS MATHIOT. Grand Secretary.

BALTIMORE, October 31st, 1830. The R. W. Grand Lodge met in Special Session, pursuant to the call of the M. W. Grand Sire, and opened in regular form. THOMAS WilDEY, M. W. G. Sire, presiding.

The Grand Sire announced that the Grand Lodge was convened for the purpose of further considering the application for a charter for a lodge to be located at Cincinnati, Ohio.

Whereupon, the Grand Secretary presented a favorable report from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, respecting the standing of the petitioners for a charter for a lodge at Cincinnati, Ohio.

When, on motion, it was Resolved, That a charter for a lodge be granted to Nath. Estling and others, to be located at Cincinnati, and hailed as “Ohio Lodge, No. 1."

Rep. Boyd, of Pennsylvania, then presented the credentials of D. G. M. Paul, as Representative of said state, which were examined and found correct.

The Grand Sire announced the appointment of Rep. Paul, to institute “Ohio Lodge, No. 1," Cincinnati, and authorized him to draw upon

the brothers of said lodge for the necessary expenses. On motion, the Grand Lodge closed the Special Session.

AUGUSTUS MATHIOT, Grand Secretary.

BALTIMORE, February 20th, 1831. The R. W. Grand Lodge met in Special Session, pursuant to the call of the M. W. Grand Sire, and opened in regular form. THOMAS WILDEY, M. W. G. Sire, presiding.

The Grand Sire informed the Representatives that the Grand Lodge was specially convened for the purpose of acting on a petition for a charter for a lodge, to be located at New Orleans.

A petition was then presented from P. D. G. M. Joel C. Davis, P. G. Francis C. Davis, and brothers William J. Orr, Joseph Price, William Willis, John F. Barnes, William Brown, Joseph F. Irish, John Malone and Daniel Buckley, praying for a charter for a lodge, to be located at New Orleans, and hailed as “ Louisiana Lodge, No. 1."*

After due deliberation on the propriety of granting the petition, on motion, it was

Resolved, That the petition be granted, as prayed for.

The Grand Sire then announced the appointment of brother Brown, to institute said Lodge. On motion, the Grand Lodge closed the Special Session.

AUGUSTUS MATHIOT, Grand Secretary.

BALTIMORE, February 22d, 1831. The R. W. Grand Lodge met in Special Session, pursuant to the call of the M. W. Grand Sire, and opened in regular form. THOMAS WILDET, M. W. G. Sire, presiding:

The Grand Sire stated that this Special Session of the Grand Lodge was convened for the purpose of considering the application for a charter for a Grand Lodge, to be located at Wilmington, Delaware, and certain propositions to be submitted for consideration at the next Annual Communication.

Whereupon, a petition was presented from P. G's McAnnal, Scott, McNeal, Robinson and McFarlane, praying for a charter for a Grand Lodge of Delaware, to be located at Wilmington.

The application having been duly considered, on motion, it was
Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners be granted.

The following propositions were submitted for consideration at the next Annual Communication.

By Rep. Lucas, of Maryland—That a Grand Treasurer be appointed.

By Rep. Boyd, of Pennsylvania-That all communications for the Grand Lodge, be addressed through the medium of the Grand Secretary, and not through the Grand Sire, as heretofore. Also,

That the obligation of the Grand Sire be so modified as to conform with the power vested in him by the Constitution. On motion, the Grand Lodge closed the Special Session.

AUGUSTUS MATHIOT, Grand Secretary.

Louisiana Lodge, No 1.--Strong efforts had been made to establish the Order in New Orleans from 1825, but until this time had proved ineffectual.

1 Grand Lodge of Delaware. The organization of this Grand Lodge took place on June 27th, 1831

The archives furnish no other particulars, than that John Scott was installed Grand Master a that time.

ANNUAL COMMUNICATION

OF THE

GRAND LODGE OF THE UNITED STATES,

Held at the City of Baltimore, September, 1831.

MONDAY, September 5th, 1831. The R. W. Grand Lodge convened this day, at Odd Fellows' Hall, city of Baltimore, being the regular Annual Communication, when the following were present : THOMAS WILDEY,

M. W. G. Sire.
THOMAS SCOTCHBURN, R. W. D. G. Sire.
AUGUSTUS MATHIOT,

R. W. G. Secretary.
WILLIAM HALL,

W. G. Guardian, p. t.
P. G. JAMES L. RIDGELY, Rep. of Maryland.
P. D. G. M. CHARLES BRICE, Proxy Rep. of Massachusetts.
P. D. G. M. RICHARD MARLEY, Proxy Rep. of New York.
P. G. WILLIAM J. A. BIRKEY, Rep. of Pennsylvania.
G. M. JAMES GETTYS,

Rep. of District of Columbia.
P. G. JOHN BOYD,

Proxy Rep. of Delaware. The credentials of the several Representatives were presented and found correct.

The Grand Lodge was then duly organized.

The proceedings of the last Annual Communication, and of the Special Sessions, were read and approved.

Communications were presented and read from the several Grand and Subordinate Lodges, and placed on file.

The Moveable Committee, to whom was referred the amicable adjustment of the differences existing between the Grand Lodge of the United States, and the Grand Lodges of the states of Massachusetts and New York, reported that as yet they had been unable to effect any efficient

arrangement of the matter.

The Grand Sire called upon the Representatives from the various state and district Grand Lodges, to lay before the Grand Lodge their respective reports:

When Rep. Brice, of Massachusetts, stated that the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts has under her jurisdiction 4 subordinate lodges and an Encampment; but no report having been received, he was unable to enter into the particulars of the Order in the state.

Rep. Marley, of New York, presented the report of the Grand Lodge of New York, by which it appears that said Grand Lodge is composed of 20 Past Grands, and has under its jurisdiction 4 subordinate lodges. In concluding their report, the officers of the Grand Lodge of New York regret

their reports.

that the subordinate lodges have not made their report in season, so as to enable them to report minutely to the Grand Lodge of the United States.

Rep. Birkey, of Pennsylvania, presented the report of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, by which it appears they have one state Grand Lodge, containing 224 Past Grands, one Grand Encampment of Patriarchs, composed of 16 members, two Encampments subordinate to the Grand Encampment, containing 32 contributing members. They have initiated 1282 persons, making the total amount of contributing members 2753, and 21 honorary members. The amount of receipts of the lodges since last session, is $15,822 42, exclusive of four lodges who have not sent in

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania close their report by stating, “ It gives us pleasure to inform you that the Order in this state is still increasing in numbers and respectability. You will perceive that since our last report we have granted seven new charters for lodges, one for an Encampment, and one for a degree lodge.

The Delaware Grand Lodge is located in the borough of Wilmington, but in consequence of the demise of one of the Past Grands, and the absence of another, the remainder were not competent to act as a Grand Lodge; consequently no report was received from the lodges in that state.

Delaware Lodge, No. 1, made a representation of the incompetency of said Grand Lodge in the premises, and claimed restoration of original charter.

When, on motion, the subject was referred to Rep's Gettys, of District of Columbia ; Birkey of Pennsylvania ; and Marley, of New York.

No report was received from Friendly Union Lodge, located in the own of Providence, Rhode Island.

The Grand Sire presented several communications from the Manchester Annual Moveable Committee and other sources of information, which rerepresents the Order among our transatlantic brethren, as increasing in numbers and respectability, in a ratio equalling its progress on this side the Atlantic.

Rep. Birkey, of Pennsylvania, submitted the following, which was adopted:

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be directed to forward a copy of the resolutions passed May 8th, 1828, respecting the working S's of the Order.

Rep. Ridgely, of Maryland, submitted the following, which was adopted: Resolved, That a Grand Treasurer be appointed.

Whereupon, G. M. Lucas and P. G. Hall, of Maryland, were nominated for Grand Treasurer.

The Grand Lodge then proceeded to the election, and on counting the ballots, P. G. WILLIAM Hall, having received a majority of the votes cast, was declared duly elected R. W. Grand Treasurer.

On motion, the following was adopted :

Resolved, That all communications to this Grand Lodge be addressed through the medium of the Grand Secretary, and not the Grand Sire as heretofore.

Rep. Birkey, of Pennsylvania, submitted the following resolutions, which were adopted.

1st. That each state Grand Lodge furnish, annually, the name of the street and No. of the house wherein their respective subordinate lodges hold their meetings.

* Grand T'reasurer. Until this period, the duties of Grand Treasurer had been performed by the Grand Sire.

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