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Encampment of Patriarchs, to be located at Trenton, New Jersey, and hailed as “ Trenton Encampment, No. 2.”
On motion, the petition was referred to the Committee on Petitions.
On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned until ten o'clock, to-morrow morning
TUESDAY, October 3d, 10 o'clock, A. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment: Present, the Officers and a due representation.
The Grand Lodge was duly opened for the transaction of business.
Rep. Sanderson, of Kentucky, from the Committee on Petitions, presented the following report. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States:
The Committee on Petitions, to whom was referred the petition of a number of qualified patriarchs of the state of New Jersey, praying for a charter for an Encampment of Patriarchs, to be called “ Trenton Encampment, No. 2," and to be located at Trenton, New Jersey, have examined the same and find it in proper form, and ask leave to report favorably.
HENRY S. SANDERSON,
ZENAS B. GLAZIER. Resolved, That the prayer of the petitioners be granted, and that the Grand Secretary be directed to issue a charter upon payment of the usual charges.
On motion, the report was accepted and the resolution adopted. P. G. John Mills, Rep. of District of Columbia, presented his certificate, which was referred to the committee on credentials.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, from the committee on credentials, reported the certificate of Rep. Mills, of District of Columbia, as correct, which was accepted.
Rep. Mills, of District of Columbia, appeared and took his seat.
Rep. Ridgely, of Maryland, from the committee to whom was referred the resolution announcing the death of the late G. Sire Keyser, presented the following report, which was read and unanimously concurred in. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The committee, to whom the subject was referred, ask leave unanimously and respectfully to report for the adoption of the Grand Lodge, the following proceedings:
Whereas, The R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States, has learnt with the most profound regret, that our well beloved brother, the M. W. P.G. M. George KEYSER, fate Grand Sire of the United States, has departed this lise during the vacation of this body; and deeply deploring, in common with the entire fraternity which we represent, the great loss which this Order has sustained in this dispensation of Providence, as a testimonial of the respect which this body entertains for his distinguished services in aid of Odd Fellowship, and the regard which we feel for his private worth: Therefore,
Resolved, that the Grand Lodge is profoundly sensible of the loss which the Order of Odd Fellows has sustained in the death of its late worthy Grand Sire, George Keyser, and sympathizes with the friends of the deceased, his fellow citizens at large, and the Order of Odd Fellows, for the bereavement which has thus befallen them.
Resolved, As a testimony of the regard which this Grand Lodge entertains for the able efforts of our departed brother, in the advancement of the cause of Odd Fellowship, and in token of our esteem for his private worth, the Chair of the Grand Sire be hung in mourning during the Session.
Resolved, That the Officers and Representatives of this Grand Lodge wear the usual badge of mourning during the Session.
Resolved, That a copy of these proceedings, under the seal of the Grand Lodge, be
JAMES L. RIDGELY,
JOHN F. BARNES. Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, moved that the Grand Lodge now proceed to the installation of Grand Officers, which was concurred in.
Whereupon, the Grand Sire appointed Rep's Hopkins, of Pennsylvan and Ridgely, of Maryland, to introduce the Grand Officers elect for that purpose, which was done in the following order:
P. G. M. SAMUEL H. PERKINS, M. W. Grand Sire.
R. W. Grand Secretary. P. G. ANDREW E. WARNER, R. W. Grand Treasurer. The M. W. Grand Sire, on taking his seat made a few pertinent reremarks, complimentary to the Grand Lodge, which was received with sentiments of respect.
The Grand Sire then made the following appointments, which were confirmed by the Grand Lodge; who were duly installed, viz:
P. G. C. SATER T. WALKER, W. G. Chaplain.
P. G. JOHN E. CHAMBERLAIN, W. G. Messenger. The Grand Secretary presented various letters and documents received by him in his official capacity, during the recess of the Grand Lodge, which were, on motion, referred to the Committee of Correspondence.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, moved that the committee on the State of the Order in New York, report this afternoon, which was determined in the negative.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, moved that the Committee of Correspondence be required to answer all letters and communications, during the recess of the Grand Lodge, received by the Grand Secretary, which, after some debate had thereon, was withdrawn.
Rep. Smith, of Virginia, moved that the Grand Secretary receive a fair compensation for his services.
Rep. Ridgely, of Maryland, moved that the whole subject be referred to a select committee, which motion prevailed.
The Grand Sire named as the committee, Rep's Ridgely, of Maryland; Smith of Virginia; and Hopkins, of Pennsylvania.
Rep. Barnes, of Louisiana, read to the Grand Lodge a letter he had re- , ceived from the Grand Master of his state, setting forth the desolation
produced in the city of New Orleans, by the epidemic prevailing there, and the consequent distress in which the Order was involved ; amid which they had raised a sufficient fund to open a temporary hospital for destitute brethren. In view of this state of things, Rep. Barnes, of Louisania, submitted the following preamble and resolution, which was adopted.
Whereas, An epidemic of great mortality is now prevailing in the state of Louisiana, and which has often before proved fatal to so many of our best brethren, thereby embarrassing the financial affairs of the Order in that locality, and especially of the Encampment branch-Therefore, be it
Resolved, That the dues of Wildey Encampment, No. 1, of Louisiana, be and they are hereby remitted to 24th June, 1837.
The Grand Secretary reported that no communication had been received from P. G. Wolford, on the subject referred to him at the last Annual Communication.
Rep. Ridgely, of Maryland, from the Committee of Correspondence, presented the following report, which was concurred in.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee of Correspondence have had referred to them a volumi. nous correspondence which has taken place during the recess of the Grand Lodge, which they have considered, and find to be generally upon business subjects, which have been promptly attended to by the Grand Secretary—your committee beg leave, however, to call your attention to the position occupied by Virginia Lodge, No. 1, of the state of Virginia, in reference to the Grand Lodge of the state. It appears from a letter addressed to the Grand Secretary by a number of the Past Grands of that lodge, that they are unwilling to come under the jurisdiction of their state Grand Lodge. The committee most sincerely regret that such a disposition should exist in a state so much to be commended for their zeal in the Order, and beg leave to recommend to the Grand Lodge the adoption of the subjoined resolution in reference to this affair. It appears also, from the correspondence, that Neilson Encampment No. 2, of Virginia, and Alabama Lodge No. 1, at Mobile, have been chartered and organized, and the committee report a resolution to confirm the same.
Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be directed to inform Virginia Lodge, and all other subordinate lodges, if any, who have declined obedience to the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Virginia in that state, that the said lodges are under the juris. diction of the Grand Lodge of Virginia, and that they are required to pay due respect and obedience to the said Grand Lodge, and report accordingly.
Resolved, That the grant of charter and organization of Neilson Encampment, No. 2, of Virginia, be and the same is hereby confirmed.
Resolved, That the opening and organization of Alabama Lodge, No. 1, of Mobile, be and the same is hereby approved. All of which is respectfully submitted,
JAMES L. RIDGELY,
HENRY S. SANDERSON. Rep Smith, of Virginia, stated that there would be no report from the Grand Lodge of Virginia' at the present Communication, owing to their not having had a regular meeting
On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned until this afternoon, at four o'clock.
TUESDAY, 4 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment : Present, the Officers and a due representation.
The Grand Lodge was opened in regular form for the transaction of business.
Rep. Hopkins of Pennsylvania, from the committee to whom was referred the subject of the difficulties in New York, presented the following report, which was accepted. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United Stales :
The committee appointed at a session of the Grand Lodge of the United States, held in the city of Baltimore in May, 1837, and whose duty it was made to repair to the town of Poughkeepsie, in the state of New York, there to meet brothers of the Order residing in the state of New York, and to make an effort to harmonize the fraternity in the state, respectfully report :
That in compliance with the directions contained in their appointment, they did, on the second day of August last, proceed to the town of Poughkeepsie, and were met by a large body of the members of the Order, resident in the city of New York, and by P. G's Marshall and Dillon, from the city of Albany. Your committee, in further performance of their duties, stated to the members of the Order there assembled, that the Grand Lodge of the United States felt deep regret, that any thing should have occurred amongst the members of the Order in the state of New York, as to call for the exercise of its parental authority. That at the October Session of 1836, it had been called upon to investigate the proceedings of a portion of the Order residing in the city of New York, and by virtue of the authority vested in her as the acknowledged head of the Order in the United States, had passed a resolution disapproving the course of conduct which had been pursued, and which was the subject of complaint. That in the hope of restoring the Order in the state of New York to the harmonious exercise of the principles of the Order, the Grand Lodge of the United States had at the same session, appointed a committee of its body to examine into the situation of affairs in the state of New York, and to make an effort to adjust the difficulties existing in their Grand Lodge.
That without waiting for the action of the committee thus appointed, who it was sanguinely hoped would have been able so to have adjusted the matter of difficulty then existing, and thereby have restored the Grand Lodge of New York to her former deservedly high station in the Order.
The members residing at Albany had without proper reflection, in violation of their duties as Odd Fellows, and of the respect and obedience they bound themselves by the reception of their charter as a Grand Lodge, to pay to the Grand Lodge of the United States, the source from whence they derive their existence, and the acknowledged head of the Order, had declared themselves the Grand Lodge of the state of New York, did expel P. G. M. Leise, and declare the charters of all lodges located in the city of New York, to be forfeited and annulled. This course of conduct being made known to the Grand Lodge of the United States at its Session in May, 1837, met its decided disapprobation, and being adopted at the time
the Grand Lodge of the United States was endeavouring to reconcile the difference existing between the parties, was an act of disobedience and insubordination, which called imperatively on it to exercise its authority to prevent injustice and oppression. The Grand Lodge of the United States therefore passed a resolution declaring the charter of the Grand Lodge of New York forfeited and annulled, for great insubordination and open disobedience to the authority of the Grand Lodge of the United States.
At the same time the Grand Lodge of the United States, feeling towards every member of the Order those sentiments of friendship and brotherly affection, which is so strongly inculcated by the principles of the Orderdesirous to do all the good they can to each individual, and remembering that charity directs that the faults of a brother should, if repented, be forgiven, and desiring that the prethren of the Order in New York' should enjoy to its fullest extent, the advantages which the faithful performance of their duties as Odd Fellows entitle them to—had appointed the committee with instructions to meet them at that town, and endeavour to re-organize the order in the state of New York. That we had come there with every disposition to aid and assist them, harmoniously to settle the difference existing among themselves, and were prepared to return the charter, and re-instate the Order in New York to its situation and standing, provided they would harmonize amongst themselves-recommending to them that the veil of oblivion should be drawn over past transactions, and that they should meet together in peace as at former times.
The committee regret to say that they were not able to effect their object. In the hope that if another opportunity was offered, the committee might yet effect the object of their appointment, they adjourned to meet in the city of Baltimore, on Friday the 29th of September; in this the committee have been disappointed. The members from the city of Albany persist in demands which in the opinion of the committee,) are not made in the spirit of Odd Fellowship, and are such as the brothers of the city of New York cannot assent to. Your committee further report, that the members of the Order residing at the city of Albany, notwithstanding the act of the Grand Lodge of the United States, by which the charter of the Grand Lodge of New York was annulled, still continue to refuse obedience to that decision of the Grand Lodge of the United States, and still claim to act as a Grand Lodge, and as such have recently elected Grand Officers.
Notwithstanding this continued act of disobedience and insubordination, your committee earnestly desirous that all the advantages of the Order should be extended to the members thereof, wheresoever situate, and believing it would tend to the advancement of the Order in New York if they had a legal charter for a Grand Lodge, they, therefore recommend that a charter for a Grand Lodge be granted to the Past Grands of the state of New York, upon the terms and in the manner set forth in the annexed resolution, viz:
Resolved, That a committee of this Grand Lodge be appointed, whose duty it shall be to meet at such place in the state of New York as may be most suitable, and after having caused notice to be given to each subordinate lodge in that state, working under a legal charter, requiring them to send their Past Grands to meet such committee at a time to be by them appointed, at which time and place the said committee shall open a Special Meeting of the Grand Lodge of the United States, and after the Past Grands assembled shall have elected the requisite number of officers for a Grand Lodge-shall install the officers then elected, as the Grand Officers of the Grand