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To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee on the State of the Order, beg leave most respectfully to make a second report:
Having duly weighed a'l matters contained in a communication from G. M. Williams, addressed to the Grand Corresponding Secretary, April 17th, 1841, and referred by him to this Grand Lodge: 1st
. Asking sympathy and indulgence toward the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 2d. The right of a charter of a subordinate lodge claimed by two parties, after a surrender of said charter having been made to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, by a majority, in opposition to the will of the minority: and 3d. The grant of a dispensation to P. G. M. Mondelli to confer Patriarchal degrees, and the reduction of the Encainpment initiation fee.
The following resolutions are offered for approval:
Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of the United States will grant every reasonable indulgence to the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, manifesting as it has, its disposition to pay its dues to this Grand Lodge, by payment of thirty dollars on account as per its report for the present year, notwithstanding its pecuniary difficulties, and that this Grand Lodge deeply sympathize with it in its misfortunes.
Resolved, Thai a charter of a subordinate lodge cannot be surrendered by a majority of its members, should there be in the minority a constitutional number of worthy members who may wish to retain and work under it.
Resolved, That the granting a dispensation to any Chief Patriarch for conferring Patriarchal degrees, would be establishing a precedent that sooner or later might be much abused, and that it is inexpedient to grant such dispensation.
Resolved, That it is inexpedient to permit the reduction of Encampment and initi. ation fees.
Resolved, That in regard to the communication of C. P. Mondelli, of New Orleans, dated January 19th, 1841, that it would be unconstitutional for Wildey Encamp ment, No. 1, of New Orleans, to work or transact business with a less number than a constitutional quorum, (seven) and would recommend the remaining five members in good standing of said Encampment, to use their exertions to re-instate their delinquent patriarchs.
Resolved, That the communication from P. G. M. Mondelli, dated New Orleans, Louisiana, August 11th, 1841, asking the influence of this Grand Lodge in resisting the persecution against Odd Fellowship in that state by the Masonic Order, be referred to the Grand Sire.
Resolved, That this committee being ignorant of the rank of brother Wm. Morrison, cannot reply to the inquiry made by "Far West Louge, No. 1, Little Rock, Arkansas,” by communication dated January 29th, 1841, respecting his standing, and that unless the brother produce satisfactory proof of his rank to the lodge of which he is a member, he cannot be recognized as a Past Grand.
Resolved, That the communication from brother W. Robinson, Little Rock, Arkansas, dated July 25th, 1841, making various complaints against brothers of the “Far West Lodge ought to receive immediate attention; and that this Grand Lodge authorize a competent brother of the scarlet degree, of an adjoining state to proceed forthwith to Far West Lodge, and take such measures as may be best calculated to promote the harmony and welfare of said lodge, and report as early as possible to the Grand Corresponding Secretary.
Resolved, That the Charter constituting Mt. Horeb Encampment, cannot be forwarded as desired by brother Wm. Robinson, in the aforementioned communication, unless the resolution passed by this Grand Lodge at their last Annual Session (page 317,) be complied with; requiring the charter tee first to be paid this Grand Lodge, through the proper officer. All which is respectfully submitted,
NAPOLEON B. LIEDY,
Rep. Kennedy, of Delaware, from the Committee on Petitions, submitted the following report, which was accepted, and the resolutions were adopted. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee on Petitions respectfully report in part: that after a full examination of the petition from certain P. C. Patriarchs from four of the Encampments of Pennsylvania, and the subject therewith connected, your committee are of opinion that the prayer of the petitioners cannot be granted. The application not coming from the subordinate Encampments, as the law requires, but from members thereof in their capacity of P. C. Patriarchs, could not properly be subject for action by the Grand Lodge. In addition to which objection, the Grand Lodge has at the present session, by resolution, fully recognized the continued existence of the Grand Encampment of Pennsylvania, under this Grand Lodge, as it had existed under the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, previous to the surrender of direct jurisdiction to the Grand Lodge of the United States, and not more than one Grand Encampment can exist in the same state at the same time.
Your committee, however, conceive that it is the duty of the Grand Lodge to recall the charter under which said Grand Encampment is now constituted, and to issue a new charter to be delivered on the surrender of the present one.
JOHN A. KENNEDY,
Resolved, That a note be appended to said charter reciting the date of the charter from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, under which said Grand Encampment was instituted, in order that the former rank of seniority may be preserved.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, offered the following, which was agreed to.
Resolved, That the Grand Encampment of Pennsylvania be directed (after it shall have received the new charter from the Grand Lodge,) to recall the charters heretofore granted to subordinate Encampments, and issue new charters of the same tenor, so far as the same is not repugnant to this jurisdiction, noting therin the date of the old charter-and that the charters be furnished without charge.
Rep. McKeldon, of District of Columbia, moved that the Grand Lodge now take up and consider the resolution submitted by him, and laid on the table, upon the motion of P. G. Sire Perkins, in relation to conferring past official degrees upon officers of newly instituted lodges.
The Grand Lodge agreed to take up and consider the same, and the question being put upon the passage of the said resolution, it was determined in the negative: the yeas and nays being required, appeared as follows:
Grand Encampment of Pennsylvania --This body was instituted at the city of Philadelphia, by a warrant from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, on the 13th August, 1829, by G. Sire Wildey, and ihe following Grand Officers were installed, viz: Isaac Brown, G. P. ; James M. Mullen. G. M. E. H. P.; Andrew Anderson, G. S. W.; Thomas Small, G. Scribe; John Postill, G. Treas.; Lawrence O'Conner, G. Guar,
On the 26th October, 1841, the charter granted by the Grand Lodge of the United States was duly presented in conformity with the resolutions granting the same.
Yeas-Rep's Cook, Hopkins, Leidy, McKeldon, Bradley, and P. G. Sire Perkins-6.
Nays—Rep's Marley, Warner, Davids, Kennedy, Hull, Taylor, Bayley, Vn. Sickell, Wildey, Neilson, Ridgely, and Lucas—12. Rep. Taylor, of Ohio, offered the following resolution :
Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of the United States, grant a dispensation to the Grand Lodge of Ohio, to confer on P. G's, A. A. Pruden, George Clements, and James Read, the side degrees.
Rep. McKeldon, of District of Columbia, moved to amend the resolution, so as to authorize the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia to confer the side degrees upon brethren similarly situated.
Rep. Bradley, of Connecticut, moved to amend the amendment proposed, so as to include the Grand Lodge of Connecticut.
Rep. Davids, of New York, moved as a substitute for the resolution and proposed amendments, that each state Grand Lodge be authorized in its discretion to confer such degrees.
The question being put upon the adoption of the substitute of Rep. Davids, of New York, it was decided in the negative.
The question recurring on the amendment of Rep. Bradley, of Connecticut, to the proposed amendment of Rep. McKeldon, of District of Columbia, it was decided in the negative.
The question then being put upon the amendment offered by Rep. Mc Keldon, of District of Columbia, it was decided in the negative.
The question then recurring on the resolution, as proposed by Rep. Taylor, of Ohio,
Rep. Kennedy, of Delaware moved to strike out the name of George Clements, when P. G. Sire Perkins called for the previous question, which being demanded by a majority of the members present, the previous question was put, that is—"Shall the main question be now put?" and was decided in the affirmative.
The question was then put, will the Grand Lodge adopt the resolution as offered by Rep. Taylor, of Ohio? when it was decided in the negative, by yeas and nays, as follows:
Yeas—Rep's Marley, Warner, Hopkins, Taylor, Ridgely, Wildey, Lucas, and P. G. Sire Perkins—8.
Nays-Rep's Cook, Davids, Leidy, Kennedy, McKeldon, Hull, Neilson, Bayley, Vn. Sickell, and Bradley-10.
On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet this afternoon, at three o'clock.
THURSDAY, 3 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment: Present, the Officers and a due representation.
Rep. Kennedy, of Delaware, asked and obtained leave to be excused from further service on the Committee of Finance.
The Chair announced Rep. Davids, of New York, on the said committee, in place of Rep. Kennedy, of Delaware, excused.
Rep. Kennedy, of Delaware, from the Committee on Petitions, presented the following report, which was accepted, and the resolution agreed to.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee on Petitions respectfury report, that your committee have examined the subject matter of the difficulty in the jurisdiction of Illinois, and are of opinion that it more properly appertains to the Committee on the State of the Order.
Your committee would therefore respectfully ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject. Respectfully submitted.
JOHN A. KENNEDY,
NAPOLEON B. LEIDY. Resolved, That so much of the report of the Grand Sire as relates to the Grand Lodge of Illinois, and the Order in that jurisdiction, be referred to the Committee on the State of the Order.
The hour having arrived to which the special order of the day was deferred, when, on motion of Rep. McKeldon, of District of Columbia, the Grand Lodge proceeded to the consideration of the same, being the report of the committee on “ The Covenant."
On motion of Rep. Marley, of Maryland, the report of the committee was accepted, and the resolutions agreed to be considered, seriatim.
The first resolution accompanying the report of the committee was read, discussed, and adopted.
The second, third, fourth and fifth resolutions were severally read and adopted.
The sixth resolution was modified, with the consent of the committee, and adopted.
On motion of Rep. Ridgely, of Ohio, the whole subject was ordered to lie on the table.
When, on motion of Rep. Bayley, of Missouri, the Grand Lodge adjourned until eight o'clock, this evening.
THURSDAY, 8 o'clock, P. M. The Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment: Present, the Officers, and a due representation.
On motion of Rep. Leidy, of Pennsylvania, the reading of the journal was dispensed with
On motion of Rep. Bradley, of Connecticut, the Grand Lodge agreed to proceed to the installation of "Grand Officers.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, moved to re-consider the vote just taken to proceed to the installation of Grand Officers, which was concurred in ; when Rep. Bradley, of Connecticut, asked and obtained leave to withdraw the resolution.
Rep. Hopkins, of Pennsylvania, from the Committee of Finance, submitted the following report, which was accepted and the resolutions were adopted.
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee of Finance report, that they have examined and found correct the following bills and accounts, viz: Bill of R. Neilson, for printing, &c.
$145 50 Less paid him on account by Grand Treasurer,
100 00 Balance due him,
$ 45 50 Bill of Z. B. Glazier, for Diplomas, postage and travelling expenses as Grand Sire,
300 00 Bill of George Zahm, for translating, printing and binding German and French Degree and Encampment books,
221 00 Bill of H. R. Kneass, Ď. G. Sire, travelling expenses,
20 00 Bill of T. Wildey, postage and for box,
2 80 Bill for postage paid by G. Cor. Secretary,
31 13 Salary of G. Cor. Secretary, for year 1840, '41,
Amounting to the sum of
$820 43 The Grand Corresponding Secretary, having acted in the place
and done the duties of G. Rec. Secretary, the committee think a compensation should be allowed him for such extra service, of 50 00
Making a total of
$870 43 They offer the following resolution, viz:
Resolved, That orders be drawn on the Treasurer, in favor of the respective persons above named, for the amount of their respective bills and accounts.
The committee have also examined the accounts of the Grand Corresponding Secretary, and find that he received, since the last financial re port, up to Sept. 13, 1841, the sum of
- $712 28 Which amount has been paid by him to the Grand Record
ing Secretary in part, and the balance to the Grand Treasurer, for items of his receipts, the committee refer to the printed report of the Grand Corresponding Secretary of this session. The Grand Corresponding Secretary has also received since the
13th of September, 1841, from lodges and Encampments, viz: From Grand Lodge of Maryland, dues,
$40 00 From Grand Lodge of New York, dues,
40 00 From Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, dues,
40 00 From Grand Lodge of Connecticut, dues,
20 00 From Grand Lodge of New Jersey, dues,
20 00 From Grand Lodge of Ohio, dues,
40 00 From Grand Lodge of District of Columbia, dues, 20 00 From Grand Lodge of Virginia, dues,
60 00 From Merrimack Lodge, per centage,
25 00 From Trenton Encampment, No. 2, New Jersey,
7 20 From Wildey Encampment, of Virginia,
12 50 From Grand Encampment, of Ohio,
16 88 From Columbia Encampment, of District of Columbia, From Jerusalem Encampment, of Virginia,