Proceedings of the Grand Lodge 1850, VOL. II. 1848-1854.

 

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GRAND LODGE OF MAINE 1852.

SPECIAL COMMUNICATION.

A Special Communication of the Grand Lodge of Maine was holden at Masons' Hall in Portland, on Tuesday, the fourth day of May, A. D. 1852, and opened in due form by

R. W. FREEMAN BRADFORD, as Grand Master;

R. W. TIMOTHY CHASE, Senior Grand Warden;

R. W. WILLIAM SOMERBY, Junior Grand Warden ;

R. W. HENRY H. BOODY, Grand Treasurer;

R. W. CHARLES B. SMITH, Rec. Grand Secretary ;

W. and Rev. CYRUS CUMMINGS, Grand Chaplain;

W. and Rev. CYRIL PEARL,

W. JOSEPH COVELL, as Grand Marshal;

W. PERCIVAL CLEMENTINE, as Grand Senior Deacon;

W. EDMUND HINKLEY, as Grand Junior Deacon;

W. THOMAS B. JOHNSTON, as Grand Steward;

W. JOHN DAIN, Grand Tyler.

After opening, R. W. Bro. Bradford called to the chair the M. W. Joseph C. Stevens, P. G. Master, whereupon a Committee on Credentials was appointed, consisting of Bros. Dodge, Covell and Mudgett, who ascertained and reported that a quorum was present, and ready to proceed to business.

This special session having been called for the purpose of receiving and considering the report of the committee appointed at the last Annual Communication, to determine the true mode of lecturing and work for the several lodges in the state:

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That committee, consisting of R. W. Bros. Bradford, Miller and Clementine, proceeded to make their report by an exemplification ; which was continued through the day, with the exception of being called off at the usual times for refreshment; when, at the close of the session in the evening, the Grand Lodge was called off until nine o'clock to-morrow morning.

Attest, C. B. SMITH, Grand Secretary.

Masons' Hall, Portland, May 5, 1852.

The Grand Lodge was called to labor at nine o'clock a. m.— Past Grand Master Stevens in the chair.

The Committee on Work and Lectures proceeded in the exemplification thereof until one o'clock, when the Grand Lodge was called off until three o'clock p. m.

At three o'clock p. m. the Grand Lodge was called to labor,— R. W. William Somerby in the chair.

The committee proceeded in their exemplification.

The M. W. John C. Humphreys, Grand Master, then entered the Grand Lodge and took the chair.

The exemplification was continued, with a short intermission for refreshment, until the close of the session in the evening, when the Grand Lodge was called off until 8 o'clock to-morrow morning.

Attest, C. B. SMITH, Grand Secretary.

Masons' Hall, Porland, May 6, 1852.

The Grand Lodge was called to labor at 8 o'clock a. m,—the M. W. Grand Master in the chair.

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The committee proceeded with the exemplification as before, until 9 o'clock, when, on motion,

Voted, That the work and lectures of the Entered Apprentice's degree, as exemplified by the committee, and amended by the Grand Lodge, be adopted and sanctioned by this Grand Lodge.

The time for the annual communication of the Grand Lodge having now arrived, this special session thereof was closed in ample form.

Attest,  C. B. SMITH, Grand Secretary.

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ANNUAL COMMUNICATION.  1852.

The Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Maine was holden at Masons' Hall in Portland, on the first Thursday in May, 1852, being the 6th day of said month, at nine o'clock A. M., and opened in ample form in the third degree by

M. W. JOHN C. HUMPHREYS, Grand Master;

R. W. FREEMAN BRADFORD, Deputy Grand Master;

R. W. TIMOTHY CHASE, Senior Grand Warden;

R. W. WILLIAM SOMERBY, Junior Grand Warden;

R. W. HENRY H. BOODY, Grand Treasurer;

R. W. CHARLES B. SMITH, Rec. Grand Secretary;

R. W. ALLEN HAINES, Cor. Grand Secretary;

W. and Rev. CYRUS CUMMINGS, Grand Chaplain;

W. and Rev. CYRIL PEARL, Grand Chaplain;

W. JONATHAN SMITH, Grand Marshal;

W. EBENEZER G. RAWSON, Grand Senior Deacon;

W. JOSEPH COVELL, Grand Junior Deacon;

W. THOMAS B. JOHNSTON, Grand Steward;

Bro. JOHN DAIN, Grand Tyler.

Prayer was offered by Rev. Bro. Cummings, Grand Chaplain.

The Grand Master announced the appointment of a Committee on Credentials, consisting of Bro's Dodge, Mudgett and Covell; who after attending to the duties assigned them reported :—

That they find the lodges under this jurisdiction represented as follows, viz:

1 Portland, at Portland, by R. W. Kennard, WM; Thomas J. Sanborn, SW; John Russell, Jr., JW.

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2 Warren, at East Machias, by A. F. Wilson, Proxy.

3 Lincoln, at Wiscasset, by T. B. Johnston, WM ; Erastus Foote, Jr., SW; D. K. Kennedy, JW.

5 Kennebec, at Hallowell, by William Nye, Proxy.

6 Amity, at Camden, by Austin Sweetland, WM; John Glover, Proxy.

7 Eastern, at Eastport, by Charles Loring, Proxy.

8 United, at Brunswick, by Octavius A. Merrill, SW; A. W. Purrington, Proxy.

9 Saco, at Saco, by Thurston Libby, SW.

10 Rising Virtue, at Bangor, by Jabez True, WM; E. G. Rawson, SW.

12 Cumberland, at New Gloucester, by John Hatch, Proxy.

13 Oriental, at Bridgton, by A. M. Savage, WM.

14 Solar, at Bath, by A. J. Fuller, WM; J. H. Kimball, JW; Thomas Eaton, Proxy.

15 Orient, at Thomaston, by George Crawford, WM; J. D. Barnard, Proxy.

16 St. George, at Warren, by Edmund Hinkley, SW; John Miller, Proxy.

17 Ancient Land-Mark, at Portland, by William Allen, WM; Joseph Smith, SW; Amos E. Howell, JW.

19 Felicity, at Bucksport, by Samuel Carter, Proxy.

20 Maine, at Farmington, by John H. Willard, SW.

21 Oriental Star, at Livermore, by Joseph Covell, WM; D. G. Plummer, Proxy.

22 York, at Kennebunk, by Isaac Downing, WM; Samuel Mendum, Proxy.

23 Freeport, at Freeport, by Samuel Thing, SW ; R. R. Kendall, Proxy.

24 Phoenix, at Belfast, by Benjamin Kelly, WM; William O. Poor, SW.

28 Northern Star, at Anson, by Benjamin Stewart. Proxy.

29 Tranquil, at Danville, by S. H. Wilson, WM.

31 Union, at Union, by Lewis Andrews, WM.

32 Hermon, at Gardiner, by Stephen Webber, WM; E. A. Chadwick, SW; L. H. Green, Proxy.

33 Waterville, at Waterville, by J. Arnold, WM.

34 Somerset, at Skowhegan, by James Philbrick, WM; Joseph Bigelow, SW; Abraham Wyman, JW.

35 Bethlehem, at Augusta, by Moses E. Hamlin, SW; Orin Rowe, JW ; Amasa Kelley, proxy.

36 Casco, at Yarmouth, by 0. A. Hill, WM.

38 Harmony, at Gorham, by William Burton, WM; Merrill Thomas, JW.

39 Penobscot, at Dexter, by Reuben Flanders, proxy.

40 Lygonia, at Ellsworth, by Seth Paddleford, WM.

42 Freedom, at Limerick, by Gilman Lougee, WM; George L. Darling, proxy.

43 Alna, at Damariscotta, by E. B. French, WM; Isaac Chapman, JW.

45 Central, at China, by Edward Gray, SW.

46 St Croix, at Calais, by Sewall Waterhouse, proxy. 48 Lafayette, at Readfield, by William C. Fuller, SW.

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49 Meridian Splendor, at Newport, by Edmund Pillsbury, Proxy.

50 Aurora, at Rockland, by Zenas Colby, proxy.

62 Mosaic, at Dover, by J. W. Sherwood, WM; David Higgins, proxy. 56 Mount Moriah, at Denmark, by J. P. Sawyer, proxy.

58 Unity, at Freedom, by Samuel B. Dodge,WM.

59 Mount Hope, at Hope, by Walter Philbrick, WM,

60 Star in the East, at Old Town, by John H. Smith, SW.

61 King Solomon's, at Waldoboro', by Lewis S. Soule, WM; Joseph Miller, SW; Henry Clays, proxy.

62 King David's, at Lincolnville, by Joseph S. Noyes, proxy.

63 Richmond, at Richmond, by J. C. Boynton, WM; Abie] Avery, Proxy.

64 Pacific, at Stetson, by Horace Shepley, WM.

65 Mystic, at Hampden, by B. F. Mudgett, WM; John J. Bell, proxy.

66 Mechanics', at Orono, by Thomas McMillan, SW; John Williams, proxy.

permanent members.

M. W. Robert P. Dunlap, Joseph C. Stevens and Abner B. Thompson, Past Grand Masters.

Report read and accepted.

The following District Deputy Grand Masters were also present, viz:

First District—B. W. Samuel S. Wing.

Second District—R. W. Cornelius Holland.

Third District—R. W. Eusebius Weston.

Fifth District—R. W. John L. Moore.

Seventh District—R. W. Lewis Barker.

Eighth District—R. W. Joshua Herrick.

Ninth District—R. W. H. G. O. Washburn.

The M. W. Grand Master then announced the following Standing Committees, viz :

On Dispensations and Charters.—Bros. Allen of Portland, Kelley of Belfast, and Webber of Gardiner.

On Doings of the Grand Officers.—Bros. Willard of Wilton, Philbrick of Skowhegan, and Glover of Camden.

On Returns—Bros. Johnston of Wiscasset, Paddleford of Ellsworth, and Merrill of Topsham.

On Grievances and Appeals.—Bros. Mudgett of Hampden, Washburn of Belfast, and Covell of Livermore.

On the Pay Roll.—Bros. Bell of Carmel, Fuller of Bath, and Kennard of Portland.

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The M. W. Grand Master then addressed the Grand Lodge, exhibiting a statement of his official acts during the past year, together with the general condition and prospects of the fraternity in this jurisdiction. He also submitted a report in relation to certain differences existing in Adoniram Lodge, No. 27, and among the members thereof.

Whereupon, on motion,

Voted, That the Grand Master's report in relation to difficulties in Adoniram Lodge, with the papers referring to the same, be referred to a special committee.

And Bros. French, Carter and True were appointed.

The question of the rank of Solar Lodge, No. 14, at Bath, whose original charter had been lost and renewed some few years since by the Grand Lodge, was presented and referred to the Committee on Dispensations and Charters.

A report and sundry resolutions of Rising Virtue Lodge, No. 10, at Bangor, containing charges against Meridian Splendor Lodge, No. 49, at Newport, and Granville Flint, late Master thereof, were presented and referred to the Committee on Grievances and Appeals.

The memorial of sundry members of Hermon Lodge was pre-sented, and referred to the Committee on Grievances and Appeals.

R. W. Bro. Boody, Grand Treasurer, then made his annual, report, which was read and accepted.

On motion,

Voted, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge be, and are hereby tendered to R. W. Bro. Henry H. Boody, Grand Treasurer, for his faithful services in that office the past year.

The memorial and appeal of George Nichols, from a sentence of expulsion passed against him by Meridian Splendor Lodge, No. 49, was presented, and referred to the Committee on Grievances and Appeals.

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Petitions of Mount Moriah Lodge at Denmark, Penobscot Lodge at Dexter, Mechanics' Lodge at Orono, and Mystic Lodge at Hampden, for remission of dues, were presented and referred to a special committee, consisting of Bros. Holland, Foote and Noyes.

A petition from Blue Mountain Lodge, U. D., at Phillips, praying for a charter, together with copies of their records and by-laws, was presented, and referred to the Committee on Dispensations and Charters.

A petition was presented from Fraternal Lodge, at Shapleigh, praying for a dispensation to remove said lodge to the town of Alfred. Referred to the Committee on Dispensations and Charters.

A memorial from Meridian Splendor Lodge, No. 49, at Newport, was presented, and referred to the Committee on Grievances and Appeals.

Petitions from Mariners' Lodge, U. D., at Searsport, and of Howard Lodge, U, D., at Frankfort, (with copies of their records and by-laws), for extension of their dispensations; of Edward Gray and others for renewal of the charter of Vassalboro' Lodge, at Vassalboro', and of Oriental Lodge, at Bridgton, for a dispensation to hold the meetings of said lodge alternately at Bridgton and Naples, were presented, and referred to the Committee on Dispensations and Charters.

R. W. Bro. Boody, Grand Treasurer, being out of health, was, at his request, excused from any further attendance at this session ; and W. Bro. Moses Dodge was appointed by the Grand Master as Grand Treasurer, pro tem.

W. and Rev. Cyril Pearl, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence, then submitted their annual report, which was read and accepted and ordered to be published with the proceedings of the Grand Lodge.

The same committee also submitted a report upon the subject of the formation of a General Grand Lodge of the United States. Read and laid upon the table.

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The several reports received from lodges in this jurisdiction upon the subject of the physical deformity of candidates as a bar to the privileges of Freemasonry, were then referred to a select committee, consisting of Bros. Pearl of Baldwin, Barker of Stetson, and Stevens of Bangor, to report thereon at the next annual communication of the Grand Lodge.

The Grand Lodge was then called off until three o'clock p. m.

Masons' Hall, Portland, May 6, 1852.

The Grand Lodge was called to labor at 3 o'clock p. m. The Grand Master in the chair.

Reports were received from the D. D. G. Masters of the 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Districts, and referred to the Committee on the Doings of the Grand Officers.

election of grand officers.

The Grand Lodge having determined now to proceed to the election of the Grand Officers for the ensuing year, the M. W. Abner B. Thompson, P. G. Master, was called to the chair, Bros. Stevens, Clementine and Joseph Smith were appointed tellers, and the following brethren were duly elected, viz:

M. W. John C. Humphreys, Grand Master, Brunswick;
R. W. Freeman Bradford, Deputy Grand Master, Portland;
R. W. Timothy Chase, Senior Grand Warden, Belfast;
R. W. William Somerby, Junior Grand Warden, Ellsworth;
R. W. Henry H. Boody, Grand Treasurer, Portland;
R. W. Charles B. Smith, Bee. G. Secretary, Portland.

Committee of Finance.
Bros. Freeman Bradford, Abner B. Thompson, Jonathan Smith.

Trustees of the Charity Fund.
Bros. A. J. Fuller, Ezra B. French.

Bro. Jonathan Smith, on whose motion the report of the Com-

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mittee on the subject of a General Grand Lodge, was laid on the table, now called up the report, and the same having been considered and discussed, was adopted and ordered to be published with the proceedings of the Grand Lodge, and also in the form of a circular for distribution as therein proposed.

The following report was then submitted:

In Session, May 6,1852.

To the M. W. Grand Lodge of Maine:

The committee appointed to take into consideration the subject of remission of dues, having attended to said duty, ask leave to report, that in their opinion the following amounts of dues should be remitted to the several lodges hereafter named, viz :

Mt. Moriah Lodge, at Denmark $15.75
Penobscot Lodge, at Dexter, 26.87-1/2
Mechanics' Lodge, at Orono, 25.00
Mystic Lodge, at Hampden 25.00

All which is respectfully submitted,

Cornelius Holland,
Erastus Foote, Jr.,
Joseph S. Noyes,
Committee

Report read and accepted, and the several sums remitted as therein recommended.

On motion,

Voted, That the M. W. Grand Master be requested to report to the Grand Lodge, at its next annual communication, a definite plan for the establishment of charity funds in the several subordinate lodges in this jurisdiction.

The M. W. Grand Master then announced the following appointments of subordinate Grand Officers for the ensuing year:

R. W. Allen Haines, Cor. Grand Secretary, Portland.
W. & Rev. Cyrus Cummings, Grand Chaplain, Portland.
W. & Rev. Cyril Pearl, Grand Chaplain, Baldwin.
W. & Rev. Joseph Hutchinson, Grand Chaplain, Brunswick
W. & Rev. John McDonald, Grand Chaplain, Bangor.
W. & Rev. Benjamin Jacques, Grand Chaplain, Topsham.
W. & Rev. David Higgins, Grand Chaplain, Wiscasset
W. Jonathan Smith, Grand Marshal, Westbrook
W. Ebenezer G. Rawson, Grand Senior Deacon, Bangor.
W. Joseph Covell, Grand Junior Deacon, Jay.

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W. John D. Lincoln, Grand Steward, Brunswick.
W. John J. Bell, Grand Steward, Carmel.
W. J. M. Crooker, Grand Steward, Waterville.
W. Samuel Chase, Grand Steward, Portland.
W. J. C. Boynton, Grand Pursuivant, Richmond.
W. O. A. Merrill, Grand Pursuivant, Topsham.
Bro. John Dain, Grand Tyler, Portland.

Committee on Foreign Correspondence.
R. W. Cyril Pearl, of Baldwin,
R. W. Freeman Bradford, of Portland.
R. W. Allen Haines, of Portland.

The Grand Lodge then entered upon the consideration of the report of the committee on the work and lectures of the order, by an exemplification thereof in the Fellow Craft's degree; and after due deliberation and making some small corrections, it was, on motion,

Voted, That the work and lectures of the Fellow Craft's degree, as exemplified by the committee and amended by the Grand Lodge, be adopted and sanctioned by this Grand Lodge.

Called off until seven o'clock p. m.

Masons' Hall, Portland, May 6, 1852.

The Grand Lodge was called to labor at seven o'clock p. m. The M. W. Grand Master in the chair.

The Grand Lodge devoted the evening session to the exemplification of the work and lectures in the Master Mason's degree ; and then called off until eight o'clock to-morrow morning.

Attest, C. B. SMITH, Grand Secretary.

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