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MONDAY, 3 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge convened pursuant to adjournment. Present as at the morning session.

On motion of Rep. Keyser, the following was adopted :

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be directed to inform Delaware Lodge, No. 1, of the appeal of P. G. James McAnnal, and the appointment of a committee, and that they furnish their proofs to said committee.

The committee to whom was referred the petition of William West and others, praying for an Encampment of Patriarchs at Cincinnati, submitted the following report, which was accepted, and the resolution adopted.

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

The undersigned, a special committee, to whom was referred the petition of Wm. West and others, praying for an Encampment of Patriarchs to be located at Cincinnati, Ohio, and hailed by the title of “Wildey Encampment, of Patriarchs, No. 1, have considered the subject, and recommend the adoption of the accompanying resolution.


Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners be granted.

The resolution relative to the election of Grand Sire was then taken up for consideration, and after an animated debate, was decided in the negative.

Rep. Keyser, of Maryland, submitted the following preamble and resolution, which was adopted :

Whereas, The M. W. Grand Sire of the Grand Lodge of the United States, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, has thought it advisable in consequence of the prevailing epidemic* throughout our country, to communicate to the several state Grand Lodges, that the Grand Lodge of the United States would meet in the city of Baltimore, on the first Monday of September, pro formo, and adjourn unto some future time, of which they should be duly notified: "Therefore,

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge, when it adjourns this evening, stands adjourned until the first Monday in March next; and that the present M. W. Grand Sire, R. W. D. Grand Sire, R. W. Grand Secretary, R. W. Grand Treasurer, and W. Grand Guardian, continue to discharge the duties of their respective offices until a new election, which shall take place at the said Adjourned Session, and have the same effect as though the election for said officers had taken place this day.

Rep. Keyser, of Maryland, submitted the following, which was adopted:

Resolved, That a committee be appointed to consider whether any, and if any, what alterations and amendments are necessary to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the United States, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and report the same at the Adjourned Session of the Grand Lodge, to be held on the first Monday in March next.

The Grand Sire announced the following as the committee:

Rep. Keyser, of Maryland ; Brice, of Massachusetts; and Brannan, of District of Columbia.

On motion, the following resolution was adopted :

Prevailing Epidemic.—The epidemic alluded to was the first visitation of the Asiatic cholera; and Che time of meeting was in the midst of its ravages, while the whole length and breadth of the land was in the deepest consternation and alarm.

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary have two hundred copies of the proceedings of this meeting of the Grand Lodge, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, printed, and forward to each state Grand Lodge ten copies of the same, as early as possible.

Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, presented the following protest : I, the Representative from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, to the Grand Lodge of the United States, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, do solemnly protest against the proceedings of the Grand Lodge of the United States, in postponing the election of Grand Sire at this time; because it is a violation of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the United States, which declares that a Grand Sire shall be elected one year before taking upon himself the duties of his office; and if not elected now, there will be no Grand Sire after the first Monday in September, 1833. Signed,

HOWELL HOPKINS. Sept. 3d, 1832.

Rep. Keyser, of Maryland, submitted the following, which was unanimously adopted :

Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge be, and they are hereby given to P. G. M. Samuel Pryor, of Pennsylvania, for the able and obliging manner with which he has discharged the duty of Grand Secretary, pro. tem., at this Session of, the Grand Lodge of the United States.

On motion, the Grand Lodge then adjourned until the first Monday in March next.

SAMUEL PRYOR, Grand Secretary, pro tem.




Held at the City of Baltimore, March 4th, 1833.

Monday, March 4th, 1833. The R. W. Grand Lodge convened this day, at Odd Fellows' Hall, city of Baltimore, being an Adjourned Session, when the following were present : THOMAS WILDEY,

M. W. G. Sire.

R. W. G. Secretary.

W. G. Guardian, p. t.
G. M. GEORGE KEYSER, Rep. of Maryland.

Rep. of District of Columbia.
G. SEC. JAMES L. RIDGELY, Proxy Rep. of Ohio.

D. G. M. ROBERT NEILSON, Proxy Rep. of Louisiana.
Whereupon, the Grand Lodge was duly organized.
The following communication was received:

“I do hereby empower D. G. M. Robert Neilson to act for me in the Grand Lodge of the United States, as Representative of Louisiana, during my sickness. (Signed)

SAMUEL LUCAS, Proxy Rep. of Louisiana." Rep. Ridgely, of Ohio, submitted the following, which was adopted : Resolved, That the deputation presented by the Representative of Louisiana, to P. G. Neilson, be referred to a special committee, with instructions to report forthwith.

The Grand Sire appointed Reps. Ridgely, of Ohio ; Keyser, of Maryland; and Gettys, of District of Columbia, the committee.

Rep. Ridgely of Ohio, from the special committee to whom was referred the communication of the Proxy Representative of Louisiana, submitted the following, which was accepted.

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

The committee to whom was referred the deputation to P. G. Neilson, by the Representative of Louisiana, beg leave to report—That they have had the subject under consideration, and are of opinion that the deputy should be entitled to his seat.


Rep. Gettys, of District of Columbia, submitted the following, which was adopted.

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge do proceed to appoint Representatives for the Grand Lodges of the states of Massachusetts and New York, to represent those Grand Lodges in the Grand Lodge of the United States.

Whereupon, P. G. H. S. Sanderson was appointed Proxy Representative of Massachusetts, and D. G. M. Robert Neilson, Proxy Representative of New York, who thereupon took their seats.

The reports of the several Grand and Subordinate Lodges and Encampments were then read, and placed on file.

The Grand Sire presented the following report.

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

Your Sire would introduce his report, by remarking that in conformity with the resolution of 1830, making it his duty to affect an amicable arrangement of the differences existing between this Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodges of the states of New York and Massachusetts, he has endeavoured by letter communication to further the object of the resolution. As regards that part of it which made it his duty personally to visit those states, he would apologize for not having fulfilled that duty, by stating that the great press of business has rendered it almost impossible, up to the present day, to perform it.

Among the many important duties devolving upon me since your last Session, I would enumerate that of visiting the states of Ohio and Louisiana, for the purpose of installing the officers in their Grand Lodges and Encamp ments, and personally instructing them in the proper method of procedure; for the accomplishment of this object, I left Baltimore on the 22d of November, 1832, and arrived in Pittsburg, on the 25th of the same month. l immediately visited their Encampment, and also some of their subordinate lodges, and I am pleased in having it in my power to say, that the members all seem assiduous in the performance of their duties, and the Order among them is in the most prosperous condition I could have anticipated.

After a stay of four days at Pittsburg, I took my departure for Cincinnati, where I arrived on the 2d of December, and was welcomed to their city by some of the P. G's and brothers, who, anticipating my arrival, awaited my coming upon the shore, and conducted me to their lodge room. Having made many inquiries regarding matters appertaining to the Order, and paid a number of visits to their subordinate lodges, I have had an opportunity of judging, and can say that I found them perfect in their charges and general mode of conducting business, to a degree that surpassed my most sanguine expectations. In accordance with their wishes previous to my leaving their city, the Encampment was opened, and it having been previously made known that the members of the subordinate lodges would be permitted to witness the ceremony of installation, the lodge room was crowded to an overflowing excess : the Encampment was opened with some fourteen members: men whom I think with integrity I can say, would prove an acquisition and ornament to any order. The brothers wishing to have a procession at the time of the installation of the officers in their Grand Lodge, and not having all things prepared, it was thought advisable to postpone the matter until after my return from Orleans. After having remained at Cincinnati ten days, I departed from there, and on the 13th of the same month, arrived at Louisville, here meeting with a number of brothers who were anxious to form a lodge, I, after mature reflection, granted them a warrant, authorizing them to elect their officers, in whose possession I put the various charges, requesting them to commit them to memory by the time of my return, and also to appoint committees to procure suitable regalia and fixtures for a lodge. Having left Louisville, after a passage of ten days, I arrived on the 24th of December, at New Orleans, and had the pleasure of being cordially received by a number of the members, who conducted me to the lodge, where the news of my arrival having been disseminated) I was met and welcomed by a large number of the brothers in so cordial and flattering a manner, that it is left an indelible impression upon my mind, even so much so, that while my heart' s blood performs its pulsations, the remembrance of the Louisiana Odd Fellows' hospitality will never be forgotten by your Sire.

The object of my visit being that of opening an Encampment and Grand Lodge, the members of the Order were informed that they would be permitted to be present at the installing of the officers to the former ; the time being appointed, a large number of very respectable brothers assembled, and the Encampment was duly organized.

It had been determined by the members that the formation of the Grand Lodge should be honored by a general procession, and according. ly, on the day appointed for that purpose, the members, fully attired in their regalia, assembled at their hall, whence, after having formed, the procession moved through the principal streets, and finally entered the First Presbyterian Church, where, after the throne of grace had been appropriately addressed by the Rev. Mr. Chapp, a nervous oration was delivered by our worthy brother Alexander Dimetry. In regard to the procession, I would remark, that though I have seen many, and some more numerous than this, yet I never saw one where better order was preserved or more splendid regalia worn. Having formed the Grand Lodge and Encampment, on the 15th of January, 1833, with much reluctance, and in my heart cordially reciprocating toward them the high sentiments of esteem, love and respect which they expressed for me, I bid adieu to the genuine Odd Fellows of Orleans.

On the 24th of January, I had the pleasure of again being congratulated to the shores of Kentucky, by the members of Louisville; they, in anticipation of my arrival, had assembled to meet me; I was conducted to their lodge, where, during my absence, every necessary had been fitted up in a most suitable, if not a splendid manner. After the lodge was opened, several gentlemen were initiated, and a circumstance which much pleased me, was that every officer was so perfectly acquainted with his charge, that no books were used during the ceremony.

The title of their lodge is “Boon Lodge, No. 1, of Kentucky.” From present appearances, I think there is good reason for anticipating much prosperity to the Order in Kentucky. The brothers at Louisville have some fifty propositions before them. The price of initiation is $10, and that of the degrees, $15.

After having remained with the brothers of Louisville some six days, I resumed my journey, and landed among the brothers of Cincinnati on the 4th day of February, where again I was most cordially received and welcomed by them. I visited again their subordinate lodges, and was pleased to find the increase of members during my absence palpably evident.

All preparations having been made for the organization of the Grand Lodge, in accordance with public notice, the members assembled on Thursday morning, 7th February, at their hall, and though I would not flatter our brothers, yet I must say more gentlemanly or respectable association I never saw : their regalia was rich and appropriate ; I would particularly mention the Encampment, whose members seemed to have been no way sparing of expense in giving splendor and eclat to that branch of the Order.

The procession having been formed under the Grand Master of the state, acting as Chief Marshal, and attended by a numerous band of musicians, moved through the principal streets of the city, to the Baptist Church on Sycamore-street, where an immense concourse of ladies and gentlemen had already assembled. Having there arrived, the throne of grace was petitioned by a divine of the city. After which the Order was addressed by Samuel York At Lee, in an appropriate and energetic manner.

Your Sire would also embrace this opportunity of tendering his thanks to Miss Dellenger, for the ardent zeal she manifested, and the exquisitely ineffable manner in which she executed the Ode composed by brother Lewis F. Thomas, for the occasion. After some few days I again departed from Cincinnati, bearing with me sentiments of deep-rooted love and respect toward the brothers of Ohio, for their kind and generous deportment to me while among them.

Arriving at Pittsburg, I found the Order there still in a progressive state, and having made but little delay, I arrived in Baltimore on Friday, the

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