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

 

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GRAND LODGE OF MAINE 1854.
ANNUAL COMMUNICATION.

The Annual Communication of the M. W. Grand Lodge of Maine, was holden at Masons' Hall, in the city of Portland, on the first Thursday in May, 1854, being the 4th day of said month, and was opened in ample form, in the third degree, at 9 o'clock A. M.

present.

M. W. FREEMAN BRADFORD, Grand Master;

R. W. JABEZ TRUE, Senior Grand Warden;

R. W. THOS. B. JOHNSTON, Junior Grand Warden;

R. W. MOSES DODGE, Grand Treasurer;

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

R. W. E. G. RAWSON, Grand Senior Deacon;

R. W. JOHN H. WILLARD, Grand Junior Deacon;

R. W. WILLIAM ALLEN, Grand Steward;

R. W. 0. A. MERRILL,

R. W. S. B. DOCKHAM, Grand Marshal;

W. & Rev. CYRUS CUMMINGS, Grand Chaplain;

W. & Rev. CYRIL PEARL,

Bro. JOHN DAIN, Grand Tyler.

district deputy grand masters.

R. W. JOSHUA HERRICK.

R. W. JOSEPH COVELL.

R. W. JOHN D. LINCOLN.

R. W. EZRA B. FRENCH.

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R. W. STEPHEN WEBBER.

R. W. BENJAMIN KELLEY.

R. W. SAMUEL CARTER.

R. W. B. F. MUDGETT.

past grand officers.

M. W. ROBERT P. DUNLAP, P. G. M.

M. W. ABNER B. THOMPSON, P. G. M.

M. W. JOHN C. HUMPHREYS, P. G. M.

On motion,

Voted, That Master Masons in good standing, be invited to take seats as visitors during this session of the Grand Lodge.

The M. W. Grand Master then appointed R. W. Bros. B. P. Mudgett, R. W. Kennard and John H. Willard, a Committee on Credentials, who proceeded forthwith to the performance of their duty, and subsequently reported that the following named brethren were entitled to seats as representatives of the following lodges, viz:

1 Portland, at Portland, by Thomas J. Sanborn, WM; R. W. Kennard, SW; Joseph Fowler, JW. 3 Lincoln, at Wiscasset, by D. K. Kennedy, WM.

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

6 Amity, at Camden, by Samuel Chase, WM; E. G. Knight, SW; John Glover, Proxy.

8 United, at Brunswick, by Ward Coburn, WM.

9 Saco, at Saco, by Elijah Smith, WM; T. J. Murray, SW; W. B.  Bartlett, Proxy.

10 Rising Virtue, at Bangor, by E. G. Rawson, WM; S. B. Brown, Proxy.

12 Cumberland, at New Gloucester, by Moses Plummer, WM.

14 Solar, at Bath, by A. J. Fuller, WM; D. R. Wylie, SW; J. T. Furber, Proxy.

15 Orient, at Thomaston, by George Crawford, WM; 0. J. Fernald, SW; George Carr, Proxy.

16 St. George, at Warren, by John Andrews, WM; Isaac Chapman, SW; James Andrews, JW; John Milton, Proxy.

17 Ancient Land-Mark, at Portland, by Stevens Smith, WM; William Andrews, SW; A. P. Stinson, JW.

18 Oxford, at Paris, by Alden Palmer, WM.

19 Felicity, at Bucksport, by J. H. Sherman, WM.

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

21 Oriental Star, at Livermore, by David G. Plummer, Proxy,

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22 York, at Kennebunk, by Isaac Downing, Proxy.

23 Freeport, at Freeport, by R. R. Kendall, Proxy.

24 Phoenix, at Belfast, by Daniel Howard, SW ; Hiram Chase, proxy.

27 Adoniram, at Limington, by Arthur McArthur, Proxy.

28 Northern Star, at North Anson, by 0. R. Bachellor, WM; Benjamin Steward, Proxy.

29 Tranquil, at Danville, by A. C. Callahan, WM; R. H. Rose, JW.

31 Union, at Union, by Ebenezer Cobb, WM ; Lewis Andrews, Proxy.

32 Hermon, at Gardiner, by James McCurdy, WM.

33 Waterville, at Waterville, by W. Chipman, WM ; W. A. Caffray, SW.

34 Somerset, at Skowhegan, by B. P. Pearson, WM; A. S. Robinson, SW.

36 Casco, at Yarmouth, by George Woods, Proxy.

38 Harmony, at Gorham, by Merrill Thomas, SW.

39 Penobscot, at Dexter, by J. M. Russ, WM.

46 St Croix, at Calais, by Francis Williams, Proxy.

48 Lafayette, at Readfield, by George S. Currier, WM ; Emery O. Bean, SW.

60 Aurora, at Rockland, by John Anderson, JW; John C. Moody, Proxy.

62 Mosaic, at Dover, by Paul Douglass, Proxy.

64 Vassalborough, at Vassalborough, by John Homans, SW; Edward Gray, Proxy.

56 Mt. Moriah, at Denmark, by A. C. Lord, Proxy.

68 Unity, at Freedom, by John Winslow, WM; Benjamin Williams, Proxy.

69 Mt. Hope, at Hope, by Henry Hobbs, Proxy.

60 Star in the East, at Old Town, by Solomon Moulton, Proxy.

61 King Solomon's, at Waldoboro', by Joseph Miller, WM.

63 Richmond, at Richmond, by David Witham, WM; J. S. Chapman, JW.

64 Pacific, at Stetson, by David Barker, Proxy.

65 Mystic, at Hampden, by A. P. Warren, WM ; George B. Starbird, SW.

66 Mechanics', at Orono, by Samuel Buffum, Proxy.

67 Blue Mountain, at Phillips, by Seward Dill, JW.

68 Mariners', Searsport, by Josiah Blethen, Proxy.

69 Howard, at Frankfort, by T. H. Cushing, SW.

71 Rising Sun, at Orland, by Benj. C. Landers, Proxy.

73 Tyrian, at Minot, by George Moore, WM; S. B. Hutchins, SW.

The report was read and accepted.

The M. W. Grand Master then made to the Grand Lodge the following address, which was referred to the Committee on the Doings of the Grand Officers:—

Grand Lodge of Maine, May 4, 1854.

Brethren of the Grand Lodge :—

We have again assembled around our masonic altar, and, agreeably to the provisions of our constitution, have met to counsel with one another, and to

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legislate for the general welfare of the craft within our jurisdiction. We have invoked the divine blessing upon our deliberations—that peace and harmony may prevail among us, and that a unity of sentiment and kindly feeling may characterize our intercourse as masons. May this our offering and our prayer be accepted and heard by Him, from whom come wisdom to direct, and strength to support. We have abundant cause of gratitude to that Divine Providence who has watched over and prospered our beneficent institution in every part of the civilized world, and who has preserved us thus far in the journey of life. But yet we are continually reminded that we are mortal. Death, the great leveler, has been in our midst, and has stricken down many whom we have long known and honored. Whilst the aged of our order are receding from the stage of time, we are revived and rejoiced, in beholding a vast and goodly number of young and ardent votaries pressing onward to gain admission to our mystic circle, and uniting themselves with us in works of charity and brotherly love.

Within our own jurisdiction, Masonry is not only rapidly advancing, but has taken an elevated position. The great body of the fraternity are actuated by the noblest impulses, and are awakened to new convictions of masonic duties and obligations. Decayed lodges have been aroused from the lethargy of years, to vigorous action, and a spirit of enlightened inquiry marks our onward progress. Nothing has occurred within the past year, to my knowledge, to mar that universal peace and harmony that ought to characterize our noble order within this jurisdiction.

An important subject has been before this Grand Lodge for the past two years. I shall at once be understood as alluding to a uniformity of working and lectures throughout our jurisdiction. At your annual communication in 1852, the work and lectures in the first and second degrees, as reported and exemplified by your committee, after some few amendments, were confirmed by the Grand Lodge; and the consideration of the third degree was postponed until its then next communication. Owing to the press of other matters at our last session, no action was taken on the subject, and thus our subordinates are left to work without any express sanction upon the third degree. I deem the subject matter of paramount importance, and if the individual members will direct their efforts to contrive, strengthen, and adorn, the structure commenced will be speedily and harmoniously completed. Let every brother present his material, wrought and perfected with his utmost skill, and sure I am that but a small portion will be rejected as unfit for use.

A proposition will come before you at the present session, relative to an amendment of the constitution. This amendment contemplates the reduction of fees for initiation, now payable by subordinate lodges to the Grand Lodge, one-half. Our act of incorporation contemplates the establishment of a permanent fund, the avails of which are to be distributed to the relief of the distressed and destitute. In addition to these, our beneficence can be most worthily bestowed on such lodges as have lost their all by fire or other cas-

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ualties. The funded property of the Grand Lodge has uot yet reached a tenth part of what our act of incorporation authorizes, and that, too, after an existence of thirty-four years, during which period about one-half of the lodges under our jurisdiction have received their charters. Our Grand Lodge expenses are yearly increasing, and may not the apprehension be well founded, that in taking from her means so large a portion as the amendment contemplates, we render her powerless for doing good ?

On the tenth of May, 1853, I granted a dispensation to certain brethren to form and open a lodge at Plymouth, Penobscot County, by the name of Plymouth Lodge. The application was accompanied by the requisite recommendation of the nearest lodge and the approval of the District Deputy Grand Master, and the dispensation is returnable at the present session.

On the nineteenth of May last, I extended the dispensation of Bristol Lodge, Lincoln County, upon the petition of Bros. Peaslee M. Wells and others. The prayer of the petition was approved by the District Deputy Grand Master, and the brethren are required, under their dispensation, to make return of their doings at the present communication of the Grand Lodge.

On the eighteenth of June last, I granted a dispensation to Cumberland Lodge, New Gloucester, to form a public procession, on the occasion of dedicating their new hall, and appointed R. W. Jno. D. Lincoln, the D. D. Grand Master, to conduct and perform the ceremonies.

I have also consecrated and solemnly dedicated Tyrian Lodge, located at Mechanic Falls, Minot, and installed its officers within the past year, in which service I was ably assisted by the R. W. Junior Grand Warden, Grand Secretary, Grand Chaplain, and the D. D. Grand Master of the second masonic district.

On the fourth of July last, I dedicated Steep Falls Lodge, Standish, and installed its officers in public, assisted by Bro. Marcian Seavey and the Grand Tyler.

On the sixteenth of July last, I granted a special commission to R. W. Timothy Chase, the D. G. Master, to consecrate Mariners' Lodge, at Sears-port, and install its officers, which service was performed by him on the nineteenth of said month, and a return of his doings has been made to the Grand Secretary.

On the second of September last, I consecrated Rising Sun Lodge, Orland, and installed its officers in public, on which occasion I was assisted by the D. G. Master, Senior and Junior Grand Wardens and other officers of the Grand Lodge, and also by the Rev. and R. W. William A. Drew, who performed the service of Grand Chaplain, and delivered an able and interesting address to the brethren of the new lodge.

On the fifth of November, 1853, I specially appointed our R. W. Bro. John Miller, as Grand Lecturer, to give instruction in Saco Lodge, which instruc-

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tion I am assured is highly appreciated by our brethren in that vicinity, and has been productive of much good.

On the seventeenth of January, 1854, I specially appointed M. W. R. P. Dunlap to consecrate and dedicate Howard Lodge, at Frankfort, and install its officers, which service was performed on the second of February last, in public.

On the sixteenth of February, 1854, I granted a special dispensation to Hermon Lodge, Gardiner, to continue work under their present organization, their charter having been destroyed by fire, which dispensation is returnable at the present session.

Several questions of masonic jurisprudence have been submitted to me during the past year, to all of which I have given answers. I have felt the need of some standard and approved work on this subject, and I believe that no appropriation could be more judiciously made by this Grand Lodge, than that for the purpose of purchasing the Freemason's Monthly Magazine, published by our Bro. C. W. Moore, of Boston. The possession of this work, entire, would be an invaluable acquisition to our masonic library. Questions of high importance, affecting the prosperity of the order, and involving the fundamental principles of the institution, are continually occurring, especially in our own country. Errors in practice are creeping into lodges in various quarters, which require authoritative and speedy correction. These questions are equally interesting to every mason under the jurisdic tion of this Grand Lodge, as well as elsewhere. It is important that the means of enlightenment be afforded to the young and ardent seeker for masonic truth, and it appears to me to be the duty of this Grand Lodge to continue its appropriations annually for the increase of our masonic library, and thus go on to the accomplishment of that worthy object commenced in years past.

I have received, within the past year, several communications relative to the unfortunate difficulties that have again arisen among our brethren in the State of New York. I commend to your special consideration the report of the committee of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, made at the quarterly communication in December last. It becomes our duty to make an effort to restore peace and harmony among our brethren in that State. Something should be done speedily to stay the great mischief arising from the strife and confusion existing there, and an expression is earnestly looked for from you, by many of our sister Grand Lodges, at this communication.

Brethren, it is a just cause of congratulation in tracing the progress of Masonry within our jurisdiction for a few years past, and in comparing it with what it was only eight years ago. Then, only eleven lodges were represented at our annual communication ; now, our average representation is more than four-fold that number, and our persevering efforts have presented to us the cheering fact, that but few lodges within our extended jurisdiction have fallen into irretrievable decay. I repeat it, it is a just cause of congrat-

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ulation, and should, as no doubt it will, stimulate us to the performance of every duty that may devolve upon us. We should suffer no selfish views or illiberal policy to disturb our deliberations, but let a generous magnanimity, mutual concession, and enlightened judgment, be the stand-point of our acts and our doings, and then we shall fulfill the high expectations of the various lodges we have the honor to represent.

FREEMAN BRADFORD,
Grand Master.

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

On Dispensations and Charters,—Bros. French, Rawson and Moore.

On Doings of the Grand Officers,—Bros. Mudgett, Fuller and Glover.

On Returns,—Bros. Webber, Swett and C. B. Smith.

On Grievances and Appeals,—Bros. Herrick, Bachellor and Woods.

On the Pay-Roll,—Bros. Kelley, Chapman and Sanborn.

A petition from Oxford Lodge, praying for the removal of said Lodge from Paris to Norway, was presented, and referred to the Committee on Dispensations and Charters.

A petition, presented to Oxford Lodge, by J. F. H. Turner, in behalf of the widow and family of Nathaniel Harlow, deceased, praying for a diploma to be made out in the name of said Nathaniel Harlow, and delivered to his widow, and by said Oxford Lodge referred to the Grand Lodge, was presented and referred to the M. W. Grand Master.

The Grand Lodge was then called off until 3 o'clock p. m.

Attest: C. B. SMITH,
Grand Secretary.

Afternoon, May 4, 1854.

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

Petitions for remission of dues were presented from Tyrian Lodge, Pioneer Lodge, Hermon Lodge and Plymouth Lodge, and severally referred to a select committee, consisting of R. W. Bros. Humphreys, Kendall and Allen.

 

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