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Rep. Hinman, of Connecticut, moved that so much of the resolution of the Committee of the Whole, as proposed to adopt document No. 1, of the work and degree for Grand Encampments, be accepted. The vote by states being called, appeared as follows:
YEAs—Rep's Marley, 2 votes, and Neilson, of Maryland ; Guild, of Massachusetts; Small, Jordan, and McGowan, of New York; Hewitt, of Pennsylvania; Lucas, of Louisiana; Brandt, of New Jersey; Tyler, of Kentucky; Hull, and English, of Virginia ; Wildey, of Mississippi ; Stewart, of Missouri; Earnest
, of Illinois ; Hinman, of Connecticut; Case, of South Carolina ; and Ridgely, of Alabama--19.
Nays—Rep’s Hubelie and Stokes, of Pennsylvania ; Leidy, of Delaware; Bucher, of Indiana; and P. G. Sire Glazier-5.
So the motion was adopted.
On motion of Rep. Ridgely, of Alabama, to concur in so much of the resolution as refers to documents Nos. 2 and 3.
Rep. Neilson, of Maryland, moved to postpone the subject to the next session, which was determined in the negative.
The question recurring on the motion of Rep. Ridgely, of Alabama, the vote by states being called, appeared as follows:
YEAS—Rep's Hubelie, Stokes, and Hewitt, of Pennsylvania ; Moore, of District of Columbia ; Leidy, of Delaware; Thomas and Hopkins, of Ohio; Brandt, of New Jersey ; Hinman, of Connecticut; Case, of South Carolina ; Ridgely, of Alabama; and P. G. Sire Glazier-13.
Nays-Rep's Marley, 2 votes, and Neilson, of Maryland; Guild, of Massachusetts; Small, Jordan, and McGowan, of New York; Lucas, of Louisiana; Tyler, of Kentucky; Hull
, and English, of Virginia; Wildey, of Mississippi ; Stewart, of Missouri; and Earnest, of Illinois --14.
So the motion was rejected.
Rep. Neilson, of Maryland, moved that documents Nos. 2 and 3, being side degrees for Encampments, be adopted.
Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, moved that they be referred to a committee, with instructions to report a resolution, providing that they should not be required as qualifications of a Representative in the Grand Lodge of the United States.
Rep. Neilson, of Maryland, called the previous question, which being demanded by a majority of the Grand Lodge, the main question was put; and the vote by states being required, appeared as follows:
YEAs-Rep's Marley, 2 votes, and Neilson, of Maryland ; Guild, of Massachusetts ; Small, Jordan, and McGowan, of New York; Lucas, of Louisiana ; Tyler, of Kentucky; Hull, and English, of Virginia ; Wildey, of Mississippi ; Stewart, of Missouri; and Earnest, of Illinois—14.
NAYS--Rep's Hubelie, Stokes, and Hewitt, of Pennsylvania ; Moore, of District of Columbia ; Leidy, of Delaware ; Thomas, and Hopkins, of Ohio; Brandt, of New Jersey ; Hinman, of Connecticut; Case, of South Carolina ; Ridgely, of Alabama; and P. G. Sire Glazier-13.
So the motion of Rep. Neilson, of Maryland, was adopted. The Grand Sire presented an appeal from E. Le Fort, of Alabama, which was read, and referred to Rep's Hinman, of Connecticut; Case, of South Carolina ; and Hull, of Virginia.
On motion of Rep. Jordan, of New York, the following was adopted.
Resolved, That every member of the Grand Lodge of the United States, shall be entitled to have the Grand Encampment degree, and all side degrees conferred upon them by the presiding officer of the said Grand Lodge.
Rep. Stokes, of Pennsylvania, offered the following resolutions, and called the previous question thereon, which being sustained, the main question was put.
Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of the United States regards the Grand Lodges of the different states as the legislative heads of the Order in their respective states, and that all laws and regulations of Grand and subordinate Encampments, made contrary to the regulations of the Grand Lodge of the states and United States, are null and void.
Resolved, That the Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments of the states, be directed to prohibit all infringements of, or innovations upon the Order, and they are hereby directed not to to recognize any work, not emanating from this acknowledged head of the Order.
A division of the question was asked; the yeas and nays being required on the first resolution, appeared as follows:
Yeas—Rep's Stokes, Hubelie, Moore, Leidy, Thomas, Hopkins, Bucher, Case, Ridgely, Hewitt, and P. G. Śire Glazier-11.
Nays-Rep's Marley, 2 votes ; Guild, Small, Jordan, Brandt, Tyler, Hull, English, Wildey, Stewart, Earnest, Hinman, Neilson, and McGow
The question being taken upon the second resolution, it was decided in the affirinative, by yeas and nays, as follovs:
Yes-Rep's Marley, 2 votes; Guild, Small, Jordan, Stokes, Hubelie, Moore, Leidy, Thomas, Hopkins, Brandt, Tyler, Hull, English, Bucher, Wildey, Stewart, Earnest, Hinman, Case, Ridgely, Neilson, McGowan, Hewitt, and P. G. Sire Glazier—26.
Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, from the Committee on the State of the Order, submitted the following report and accompanying resolutions, which were adopted. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States:
The Committee on the State of the Order, coinciding in the suggestion contained in the report of the Worthy Grand Sire, respecting the fixing of regular periods for making up returns from state Grand Lodges and Encampments, and all subordinate lodges and Encampments working under this jurisdiction, respectfully recommend the same to the favorable consideration of this Grand Lodge; and with a view to carry it into effect, submit for adoption the following resolutions :
Resolved, That the various lodges and Encampments working under this immediate jurisdiction, be, and they are hereby directed so to make up their respective reports and returns, as to embrace the following periods of time, viz: annual reports from July 1st to June 30th, inclusive; semi-annual reports (if any) from July 1st to December 30th, inclusive; and quarterly reports to be made up for the corresponding periods,commencing respectively on the first days of July, October, January, and April of each year.
Resolved, That in order to enable subordinate lodges to fulfil the requirements of the foregoing resolution, they be, and are hereby authorized, in all cases where the longest part of their terms (seven weeks or more) under present regulations shall have expired, to make one short term, so as to end the quarter at one of the above specified dates, and the officers for said short term, shall be deemed to have served during the regular constitutional period, and be entitled to all the rights and privileges accruing therefrom; and where less than seven weeks of a quarter shall have expired,
they are hereby directed to extend the term, so as to require the officers for the time being, to serve for such additional number of nights as will enable the lodge to make up its returns in compliance with the spirit and intent of the foregoing regulation.
Resolved, That the terms of Encampments be either diminished or extended, in accordance with the principles herein laid down for subordinate lodges, so as to enable those bodies also to prepare their returns, agreeably to the above instruction.
WILLIAM W. MOORE,
JACOB HUBELIE. Rep. Moore, of District of Columbia, from the same committee, made the following report
, with the accompanying resolutions, which were adopted, seriatim. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee on the State of the Order, having had under consideration, in pursuance of instructions, the propriety of so amending the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the United States, as to provide for the personal attendance of the Representatives of state Grand Lodges, at the Annual Sessions of this body, and the abolition of Proxy Representatives, ask leave to report:
That, being deeply impressed with the importance of the subject, the committee regret their present inability to propose an outline of some gene ral and definite plan that would be likely successfully to effect so desirable a reformation in conducting the affairs of this Grand Lodge as is suggested in the instructions herein referred to. They cannot question the right of this Grand Lodge to abolish the proxy system altogether, whenever it shall deem it for the interest of the Order to do so. Whether that time has yet arrived, the committee will not undertake to determine; but in view of the financial condition of a few of the Grand Lodges, located in states distant from the seat of government of the Order, justice would seem to require, that we should not without full deliberation enter upon any legislation that might possibly prove disadvantageous to them, in denying them the privilege of being heard through proxies, when it is evident their resources are not sufficient to enable them to incui the expenses consequent upon the personal attendance of a Representative.
And as regards the other branch of the subject, immediately connected with the above, viz: the practicability of so augmenting the revenue of this Grand Lodge, as to enable it to defray the expenses of Representatives from state Grand Lodges-it is equally imperative that we should act with proper circumspection. It is clear, in the opinion of the committee, that the present condition of our resources will not authorize this body to assume such a heavy pecuniary responsibility. The first step, therefore, towards the accomplishment of such a purpose, must necessarily be to lay an additional tax upon the larger and more prosperous states, in aid of securing a full and fair representation of the weaker states. However desirable such a measure may be, it should only be adopted with the free assent of those states which, on account of their greater ability, would be required to bear the additional burden of taxation; and hence they should be consulted as to their disposition to meet a demand of this nature, to be regulated in accordance with their accruing revenues, in order to effect the total and unconditional abolishment of the proxy system.
In accordance with the views thus briefly indicated, the committee report a resolution for your consideration, which will serve as an initiating step towards obtaining the views of the respective state Grand Lodges on this important question; and, in conclusion, they do not hesitate to express their decided conviction, that it is expedient so to amend the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the United States, as to confine the right of suffrage in this Grand Lodge to the Representatives from state Grand Lodges and Grand Encampments; but their limited time does not permit them now to offer a distinct proposition on the subject
.. Resolved, That Grand Recording Secretary be, and he is hereby instructed, to take such measures as he may deemn necessary, to ascertain the views of state Grand Lodges as to the propriety of abolishing the proxy system, and also their disposition to contribute in aid of the funds of this Grand Lodge, for the purpose of securing a bo na fide representation from all the states.
WILLIAM W. MOORE,
JACOB HUBELIE. Rep. Small, of New York, from the Committee on Petitions, presented the following report, which was accepted, and the resolutions accompanying the same, were adopted seriatim. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee on Petitions respectfully report: that they have considered the applications for the establishment of Grand and subordinate Lodges and Encampments
, on which dispensations have been issued by the Grand Sire in the recess. Also, the application of Florida Lodge, No. 1, for a change of locality from Black Creek, to the town of Jacksonville, East Florida, and the dispensation of the Grand Sire, authorizing the removal of said lodge; and would recommend the adoption of the following resolutions.
CHARLES THOMAS. Resolved, That the dispensation issued by the Grand Sire during the recess, to the Grand Lodge of Alabama, * to be located at Mobile, be and is hereby confirmed, and that a charter be issued to said Grand Lodge.
Resolved, That the dispensations issued by the Grand Sire during the recess, to the following lodges, Oglethorpe Lodge, No. 1, Savannah, Georgia; Cape Fear Lodge, No. 2, at Wilmington; and Washington Lodge, No. 3, at Murfreesborough, North Carolina, be confirmed, and that charters be granted to said lodges.
Resolved, That the dispensations issued by the Grand Sire during the recess, to the following Encampments, viz: Palmetto Encampment, No. 1, at Charleston, South Carolina; Lebanon Encampment, No. 2, at Springfield, 'Illinois; Mt. Ararat Encampment, No. 3, at Newark, New Jersey; Damascus Encampment, No. 9, Isle of Wight county; and Salem Encampment, No. 10, at the town of Hampton, Virginia, be confirmed, and that charters be granted to said Encampments.
Resolver, That the dispensation issued by the Grand Sire during the recess, for the removal of Florida Lodge, No. 1, from Black Creek, to the town of Jacksonville, East Florida be, and the same is hereby confirmed.
• Grand Lodge of Alabama.—This body was instituted on December 13th, 1841, when the following installations took place, viz: Charles J. B. Fisher, M. W. G. M.; E. A. Kelley, R. W. D. G. M.; Ezekiel Salomon, R. W. G. W.; Thomas C. Rawlings, R. W. G. Secretary; James Martin, R. W. G. Treasurer.
Rep. Small, of New York, from the same committee, offered the following report, which was accepted, and the resolutions were adopted seriatin. To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States :
The Committee on Petitions would respectfully report in part: that they have examined the several applications referred to them, and would report in favor of the application for a Grand Charter to open a Grand Lodge for the state of North Carolina ; also, a Grand Charter to open a Grand Encampment in the state of Virginia, and recommend the adoption of the resolutions attached to this report, authorizing the same. The committee have also considered the application of Richard Mansley and four others, for a charter to open a lodge at Burlington, territory of Iowa. It appears that two only of the applicants have their cards in their hands, and there is no evidence laid before your committee that the remaining three are in good standing, as required by Article I, of the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge. The committee would, therefore, submit a provisional resolution for adoption.
The application of Anthony Blonville, P. G. of Tennessee Lodge, No. 1, George R. Forsyth, P. G. of Nashville Lodge, No. 2, and five others, members of the Order in the state of Tennessee, for a charter to open an Encampment in that state, the committee have duly considered, together with the protest of G. M. Harris and P. G. M. Kezer, of Tennessee. The above named brothers protest on the ground, that the applicants have not received the sanction of the Grand Lodge, or the members of the Order generally, in said state. Article II, of the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge only requires “ seven qualified members of the Order in good standing praying for a warrant, &c., this Lodge may grant the same," without any reference the sanction of any Grand or subordinate Lodge, yet your comunittee are compelled to report adverse to the prayer of the petitioners, from the fact of their not being qualified members of the R. P. degree, and would, therefore, submit for adoption a resolution in accordance therewith. All of which is respectfully submitted.
NAPOLEON B. LEIDY. Resolved, That a Grand Charter be granted to Weldon Lodge, No 1, Cape Fear Lodge, No. 2, and Washington Lodge, No. 3, of North Carolina, for opening a Grand Lodge under the style and title of Grand Lodge of North Carolina,* to be located at Wilmington.
Resolved, That a Grand Charter be granted to Neilson Encampment, No. 2, Wik dey Encampment, No. 3, Jerusalem Encampment, No. 4, Glazier Encampment, No. 7, Damascus Encampment, No. 9, and Salem Encampment, No. 10, for opening a Grand Encampment of Patriarchs, under the style and title of Grand Encampment of Virginia,t to be located where a majority of the Encampments of the state may determine.
• Grand Lodge of North Carolina.-The institution of this Grand Lodge occurred on January 6th, 1843, when the following Grand Officers were installed, viz: John Campbell, M. W. G. M.; R H. Worthington, R. W. D. G. M.; John MacRae, R. W. G. W.; W. 8. G. Andrews, R. W. G. Sec'y ; Alexander MacRae, R. W. G. Treas. ; Rev. Paul Reppiton, W. G. Chap.
1 Grand Encampment of Virginia.---This Grand Encampment was constituted on November 15th, 1842, when the following Grand Officers were installed, viz: Jacob Hull, jr., M. W. G. P.; Malkry Dickson, M. E. G. H. P.; Isaac R. Bagley, R. W. G. S. W.; William G. Webb, R. W. G. Scribe : Samuel Hartshorn, R. W. G. Treas. ; Wm. Ashley, R. W. G. J. W.