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To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The committee to whom was referred the credentials of Proxy Rep. Pearce, of New York, report, that they have made the necessary exami. nation, and are satisfied of the authenticity of the certificate, and that the Representative is duly qualified to act as a Representative from said state.
Resolved, That a committee be appointed to take into consideration the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the United States, of the I. O. of O. F., and report what alterations or amendments, if any, are necessary—and that the said committee be instructed to ascertain the means necessary to establish an uniform system of working in the several state Grand Lodges, and their subordinate lodges throughout the United States.
The Grand Sire appointed the following as the committee : Rep's Keyser, of Maryland ; Hopkins, of Pennsylvania ; and Brannan, of District of Columbia.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, submitted the following, in conformity with a resolution passed by the Grand Lodge of said state :
Resolved, That the representation in the Grand Lodge of the United States, be apportioned in reference to the amount of numbers working under each state Grand Lodge-allowing one Representative for each state Grand Lodge containing one thousand or less members; and one additional Representative for every additional thousand.
On motion, the foregoing resolution was referred to the committee on the Constitution.
Rep. Keyser, of Maryland, presented the following, agreeably to a resolution passed by the Grand Lodge of said state ; which was, on motion, referred to the committee on the Constitution :
Resolved, That the R. W. Grand Representative of this Grand Lodge in the Grand Lodge of the United States, be, and he hereby instructed to use his exertions in the Grand Lodge of the United States, to have the 0. B. N. of the first degree so altered as to dispense with the last clause.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, submitted the following preamble and resolution :
Whereas, Since the meeting of this Grand Lodge in September last, there have been opened in Ohio and Louisiana, Grand Lodges, working under legal charters from this Grand Lodge : and
Whereas, The business now to be transacted by this Grand Lodge is of great importance to the Order in general: therefore, be it
Resolved, That without establishing a precedent, the brothers who have presented certificates from the states of Ohio and Louisiana, be now acknowledged and received as members of this Grand Lodge.
After an animated discussion, Rep. Ridgely, of Ohio, moved that the preamble be stricken out.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, objected to the right of the Representative of Ohio to make a motion-his seat being disputed.
This circumstance having given rise to some discussion, an appeal was finally made to the chair.
The Grand Sire decided that the motion made by the Representative of Ohio, was in order.
The motion to strike out the preamble, was then put, and decided in the affirmative.
On motion, the words without establishing a precedent,” were stricken out.
The resolution as amended, was then adopted.
Rep. Pearce, of New York, nominated P. G. M. James Gettys, of District of Columbia, for Grand Sire, seconded by Rep. Ridgely, of Ohio.
Rep. Ridgely, of Ohio, nominated P. G. M. Samuel Pryor, of Pennsylvania, for Grand Secretary, seconded by Rep. Pearce, of New York.
Rep. Keyser, of Maryland, nominated P. G. John Brannan, of Maryland, for Grand Treasurer, seconded by Rep. Pearce, of New York.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, nominated P. G. Thomas Morse, of Maryland, for Grand Guardian, seconded by Rep. Ridgely, of Ohio.
The Grand Lodge then proceeded to the election of Grand Officers ; and on counting the ballots, the following were declared to be duly elected for the ensuing term: P. G. M. JAMES GETTYS,
M. W. G. Sire.
R. W. G. Secretary.
R. W. G. Treasurer.
W. G. Guardian. On motion, the following was adopted :
Resolved, That Rep’s Ridgely, of Ohio; Hopkins, of Pennsylvania ; and Pearce, of New York, be a committee to inform P. G. M. Gettys of his election, and request him to attend the Grand Lodge to-morrow, at half-past seven o'clock, P. M.
On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned until to-morrow, at half-past seven o'clock, P. M.
TUESDAY, 71 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge assembled pursuant to adjournment: Present, the same Officers and Representatives as yesterday.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, from the special committee to whom was referred the appeal of P. G. James McAnnal, submitted the following. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The committee to whom was referred the appeal of P. G. James McAnnal, respectfully report:
That they have examined the documents referred to them; and that without expressing an opinion on the guilt or innocence of P. G. McAnnal, they are of opinion that he should have been allowed a hearingthat his excuse for not being at Delaware Lodge, No. 1, was a sufficient
They therefore recommend that Delaware Lodge, No. 1, be directed again to notify P. G. James McAnnal to be and appear before them, to make
defence to the charges preferred against him by the committee, and that he be allowed time to make and prepare his defence.
And further, that the Grand Secretary be directed to return the documents to the separate parties.
HOWELL HOPKINS, Chairman. The question recurring on the adoption of the report, Rep. Ridgely, of Ohio, moved to amend by striking out the word “directed," and substitute the word "requested," which motion did not prevail.
The question then recurred on the adoption of the report; when Rep. Ridgely, of Ohio, called for the yeas and nays, which were ordered, and were as follows:
YEAs—Rep's Keyser, Hopkins and Neilson.
Rep. Neilson, of Louisiana, from the special committee to whom was referred the subject of remodelling the funeral obsequies, submitted the following, which was accepted, and the committee discharged : To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The special committee to whom was referred the subject of remodelling the funeral obsequies, respectfully submit the accompanying form for adoption.
Resolved, That the form of funeral obsequies be referred to the committee to whom was referred the Constitution.
Resolved, That the committee to whom was referred the Constitution, be requested to report as early as practicable.
On motion, it was
Ordered, That when the Grand Lodge adjourns, it be to the seventh of June next, and that the Session be held in the city of Philadelphia. On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned.
AUGUSTUS MATHIOT, Grand Secretary.
Report of the acting Grand Treasurer.
Sept. 3, 1832.
Sept. 3, 1832.
$87 22 New York, 1 06 March 4, 1833.
Rhode Island, 15 00 By cash rec'd Louisiana charter, 50 00 « Delaware, 42 001 Ohio
50 00 Dist. Columbia, 7 56
30 00 “ for writing charters, &c. 58 00
Pennsylvania, dues 27 00 stationary and postage, 6 25 “
20 00 Secretary's salary,
30 00 "
lodge No. 1, N. J., 10 00 printing and binding, 56 00
20 00 « balance on hand,
1, Ohio, 20 00
Grand and Subordinate Lodges in account with the Grand Lodge of the
United States, remaining unsettled September, 1832.
CR. Grand Lodge of Maryland to quota of ex- By cash, Grand Lodge of Maryland, penses for session of 1832, $20 25
20 00 Grand Lodge of Massachusetts to By amount due the Grand Lodge
quota of expenses for sessions of of the United States by the sev1824,
eral Grand and subordinate 1825,
501 64 1826,
5 16 1827,
33 40 1829,
68 07 1830, (grand visitation) 107 00 1831, - (quota)
11 25 1832,
-249 77 Grand Lodge of New York to
quota of expenses for sessions of 1830,
$13 00 1831,
11 06 1832,
40 06 Grand Lodge of District of Colum
bia to quota of expenses for sessions of 1831,
$17 56 1832,
34 56 New Jersey lodges, Nos. 1 and 2, charter fees,
60 00 Delaware lodges, Nos. 1 and 2, per centage and advances,
72 00 Friendly Union Lodge, No. 1, R. I.,
per centage and advances, 45 00
Annual Report of the Grand and Subordinate Lodges to the R. W. Grand
Lodge of the United States, 1. O.O.F., commencing September, 1831, and ending September, 1832.
93 2519 4 29 $35,324 78
Expulsions. In Maryland-No. 2, Joseph Bannister, James Corrie, Richard Marley, S. M. Lauder. No. 3, Charles Brice. No.9, William Hall. No. 10, Henry Benteen, and T. C. Benteen. No. 14, T. W. Jay, H. McFadon.
In Pennsylvania-No. 2, Daniel B. Shreevs, J.C. Earl. No. 5. Andrew Anderson, P. G. No. 6, James Carnahan. No. 7, Gotlib Geiger. No. 9, William Phillips. No. 10, David Chatterton. No. 26, Wm. Both. No. 39, Robert Moskin. No. 31, Henry Helmbold. No. 32, R. D. Minkle. No. 39, Wm. Hartley. No. 22, Thomas Taylor. No. 14, Henry O'Neal, Jr., P. G. No. 38, James Bulkley.
In Ohio—No. 1, William Mertill, Samuel Adkins.
GRAND LODGE OF THE UNITED STATES,
Held at the City of Baltimore, May, 1833.
BALTIMORE, May 4th, 1833.
M. W. G. Sire.
D. G. M. ROBERT NEILSON, Proxy Rep. of Louisiana.
The Grand Sire announced 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 Harper's Ferry, Virginia.
Whereupon, a petition was presented from brothers James Crawford, L. W. Bowman, Wm. Compton, Seth Pollard, and William Bailey, praying for a charter for a lodge, to be located at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, and hailed by the title of Virginia Lodge, No. 1."
The petition having received due consideration, on motion, it was
AUGUSTUS MATHIOT, Grand Secretary.