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the 20th regiment, walked in strict Masonic order, to the St. George's Church, where an appropriate and impressive address was delivered by the Chaplain, the Rev. Br. Herdimer. At the conclusion of the evening service, the Choir sang the beautiful Masonic anthem, "Behold how good and pleasant," &c., taken from the 133d Psalm, and composed by Br. Oliver McMaster, of the Minden Lodge. A large collection was taken after the service, and by the Stewards of the Lodge handed to the Church Wardens, to be distributed among the poor of the city. On the return of the Brethren, the Lodge was closed in due and ancient form, and with solemn prayer.
In the evening, the Brethren sat down to an excellent collation, the Worshipful Master presiding. The Band of the 20th Regiment being in attendance, played appropriate airs as the following toasts were drank :
1st. The Queen and the Craft.
2d. The Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland.
3d. The Provincial Grand Lodges.
4th. The Grand Lodges of the United States-May peace and brotherly love ever be cemented between them and us.
5th. Speedy relief to all worthy distressed Brethren wherever dispersed. 6th. To the memory of our late Worshipful Master, Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle, and all deceased worthy Brethren.
7th. Our sister Lodges, the Minden and Leinster, and all visiting Brethren. 8th. Masons' Wives and Masons' Bairns.
9th. To our next happy meeting: Thus have we met-thus do we part, and thus may we be happy to meet again.
Immediately after the Junior Warden's toast, at "low twelve," the Brethren broke up, and it affords us sincere gratification to state, that, during the whole of the day's festivities, that harmony and decorum prevailed which should ever characterize the meetings of the Fraternity.
CELEBRATION AT MEREDITH BRIDGE, N. H.
Meredith Bridge, N. H., Feb. 1, 1848.
MR. EDITOR:-Knowing that you are deeply interested in the glorious cause of Masonry, I here transmit an account of the celebration which took place in this village, of the anniversary of St. John the Evangelist, on the 27th Dec.
Let me in the first place inform you that there is a small Masonic Lodge in this place, composed of zealous and worthy Brethren. They meet regularly at the Lodge room, once every month. They have done some work the last few months, and there is a prospect that more will be done the present season. The divine principles of our time-honored Institution are on the advance. They are more and more appreciated. Persecution may hurl her shafts at it, yet it will live and flourish so long as kindness and brotherly love are cherished in the hearts of the children of men.
A large number of ladies and gentlemen met at the Lodge room, on the 27th December, the birth-day of the holy St. John. Eloquent and beautiful addresses were made by Jeremiah Elkins, Esq., District Dep. G. Master, and Stephen C. Lyford. Mr. Lyford is an attorney at law, and is one of our most estimable citizens. He is not a Mason. He spoke highly of the Masonic Order; declared that its principles were pure, and that it had his earnest wishes for its prosperity. After this, the company sat down and partook of a sumptuous feast, prepared by John Tilton, Esq. At an early hour, the guests and Brethren retired, perfectly delighted with the evening's entertainment. J. P. ATKINSON,
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Illinois. Springfield, No. 1, at Spring- | Wisconsin.-Milwaukee, No. 1, at Mil
Lafayette, No. 2, at Chicago,
Jacksonville, No. 3, at Jacksonville, Horeb, No. 4, at Henderson, Quincy, No. 5, at Quincy,
Shawneetown, No. 6, at Shawnee
Washington, No. 2, at Platteville, Southport, No. 3, at Southport. Arkansas-Far West, No. 1, at Fayette
Union, No. 2, at Little Rock. Louisiana.-Holland, No. 1, at New Orleans,
New Era, No. 2, at New Orleans, Red River, No. 3, at Shreveport, Clinton, No. 4, at E. Feliciana Parish. Texas.-San Felipe de Austin, No. 1, at Galveston.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Connecticut,
Maine.-Portland, No. 2, at Portland.
District of Columbia.-Washington, No.
South Carolina.-South Carolina, No. 1, at Charleston.
Georgia.-Georgia, No. 1, at Augusta. Alabama.-Washington, No. 1, at Ma
New York, Ohio.
Mississippi-Mississippi, No. 1, at
Louisiana.-Invisible Friends, No. 1,
Tennessee.-Nashville, No. 1, at Nash
Missouri.-St. Louis, No. 1, at St. Louis.
NOTE. At the triennial meeting of the General Grand Encampment, held at Columbus, September, 1847, leave was given to the Encampments in Kentucky to form a Grand Encampment, which has been done.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE G. G. ENCAMPMENT AT COLUMBUS, IN SEPT. 1847.
REPORT OF THE DEP. G. GRAND MASTER.
To the M. E. General Grand Master and other officers of the General Grand Encampment for the United States:
THE undersigned, Deputy General Grand Master, respectfully reports-that, since the Triennial session, in 1844, he has issued Dispensations for the formation of five new Encampments, viz:
Apollo Encampment, No. 1, at Chicago, Illinois.
Nashville Encampment, No. 1, at Nashville, Tennessee.
Montgomery Encampment, No. 5, at Mountsterling, Kentucky.
That being called upon to aid in the consecration of the Encampments at Jackson, Mississippi, and at Marion, Alabama, and the installation of their respective officers, and being unable to attend to that duty in person, he forwarded to those Encampments authority to certain eminent Sir Knights to perform the services as his proxies.
He further reports, that during the present year, he has, on the petition of sundry Sir Knights, members of Washington Encampment, formerly held at the City of Washington, granted a Dispensation to reorganize said Encampment; he having every assurance that by so doing he has advanced the interest of the General Grand Encampment, as the revival of this member of the Institution gives promise of greatly advancing the cause of Masonry at the seat of the General Government; and he would respectfully recommend that this act be confirmed by the General Grand Chapter. He further states, that from information derived from.various sources, he is of the opinion that the Order is generally in a flourishing coudition, and gradually increasing. Jos. K. STAPLETON.
Columbus, Sept. 14, 1847.
REPORT OF G. G. GENERALISSIMO.
THE undersigned, General Grand Generalissimo respectfully reports: That during the recess, and since the last triennial meeting, he has had but a single opportunity or call to discharge his official duty. While at Washington City, D. C., in the year 1845, several Sir Knights, formerly members of Washiogton Encampment, of that place, requested his aid to revive and reinstate that Encampment. Washington Encampment being in the immediate vicinity of our M. E. Deputy General Grand Master Stapleton, I referred the Sir Knights to him, and by letter requested that he would take the matter into his care and consideration; and I am happy to know that he promptly reorganized and revived said Washington Encampment, and restored it to the former rights and privileges, and trust his doings will be ratified by this General Grand Body.
REPORT OF G. G. CAPTAIN GENERAL.
To the General Grand Encampment of the United States :
WM. H. ELLIS.
THE undersigned has the honor herewith to report his official doings since your last Triennial Session.
Under and in pursuance of the resolution of the last session, vesting in me plenary powers to settle and adjust any indebtedness that might be found to exist on the part of the Subordinate Encampments in Ohio, prior and up to the time when they became embodied in the Grand Encampment of Ohio, I, at the first session of that Grand body, after the adoption of the aforesaid resolution, personally notified the officers representing the Subordinate Encampments, of that reso
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lution, and respectfully requested each to forward to me a full return in accordance therewith.
Subsequently I addressed a circular letter to each, and I take pleasure in stating that a full response has been made by them, inclusive of Lancaster Encampment, No. 2, and from which latter I received a return by the hands of our worthy Sir Knight, M. L. Kreider, on the 13th inst., with the sum of $58, as the amount of its dues.
The Recorder of Massillon Encampment, No. 4, Sir Knight G. W. Williams, has reported that no dues are on hand, or exist unaccounted for or unsettled in that Encampment; which report is herewith filed, marked 1.
Mt. Vernon Encampment, by the Recorder, Sir Knight Timo. Griffith, has made its report, showing that there were no dues on the part of that Encampment unaccounted for; and belonging to the General Grand Encampment; which report accompanies this communication, and is marked 2.
Clinton Encampment, at Mt. Vernon, it will be recollected, settled up its dues in full at your last session.
Cincinnati Encampment, No. 3, by their Recorder, Sir Knight J. L. Vattier, on the 13th of October, A. D. 1845, made a full return of that Encampment, showing the sum of $55 as the ascertained amount due from that Encampment, which was subsequently, to wit, on the 22d July, 1846, paid over to me; which return, with a copy of my receipt, is herewith subinitted, marked No. 3.
These, inclusive of Lancaster Encampment, whose report is quite satisfactory, and herewith submitted, marked No. 4, embrace all of the Encampments of Ohio existing prior and up to the formation of the Grand Encampment of Ohio. It will be seen, from an inspection of reports 1, 2 and 4, that they were recently received-the two latter as late as the 7th and 13th of this month, which will account for my not reporting to the Recorder or Treasurer while the business under the resolution of G. G. Encampment, in this behalf, was unfinished. I herewith hand to the General Grand Encampment, for dues collected of the various Subordinate Encampments, the sum of
And also received for a Dispensation recently granted for an Encampment at Pittsburg, Penn.
On the 13th of May last I received an application from Sir Knights Alexander McCammon, W. W. Wilson, James S. Horn, S. McKinly, and others, at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, praying for authority to establish an Encampment in the City of Pittsburg, subordinate to the General Grand Encampment of the United States; which application was accompanied by a copy from the records of Wheeling Encampment, highly approving of the application, and vouching for the moral and masonic qualifications of the several applicants; and having full confidence in the opinion and judgment of our illustrious Knights composing the Encampment at Wheeling, and also confiding in the thus avouched high character of the Sir Knights at Pittsburg, immediately on the receipt of the usual fee required by our Constitution, I made out and issued to them my warrant of Dispensation authorizing the establishment at Pittsburg of a Council of Red Cross Knights and an Encampment as prayed for in their petition. From the information I have received, I entertain the belief that this Encampment will be found well worthy of the high honors confided to it.
It will be apparent, from the foregoing remarks, the whole business entrusted to my care, under the resolution of your body, has been fully and satisfactorily closed up. No other matters requiring my attention have come to my official notice. So far as my knowledge extends, the Order, in the western part of our Masonic vineyard, is rapidly increasing in number, and is progressing with desired credit and in peace and unity.
All of which is respectfully submitted,
W. B. HUBBARD, G. G. C. G.
THE FREEMASON'S LEXICON.*
[Translated from the German, for the Freemasons' Quarterly Review.]
Orden und Ordnung. Order and Regularity.-In every Order the spirit of regularity should reign, and more especially in the Order of Freemasonry. In this respect it does not even give way to the priestly orders. The Master's call to order reminds the Brethren of this in every Lodge, and each one acknowledges by the sign that he is mindful of his duty. Originally the society of Freemasons was not an Order, but a fraternity, and the name Order, has been introduced into England in modern times.
Osiris. A godhead of the ancient Egyptians, under which they especially honored the sun and fructifying nature. In works upon the secret sciences we often find this name, and in the pictures he is represented with a hawk's head and the horns of an ox. Isis was called his wife.
Pabstliche Staaten. Papal States.-Pope Clement XII., also known by his family name, Ganganelli, published a bull on the 27th of April, 1738, against the Freemasons, which put them under excommunication, in consequence of which they could not receive absolution. The reason assigned for this severity was, that those who did no evil did not require to shun the light. His successor, Benedict XIV., renewed this excommunication on the 17th of March, 1751, but he soon after formed milder opinions, and allowed himself to be initiated, at which ceremony, Bro. Tiepulo, a Roman, delivered a remarkable address. From this time the Freemasons were not particularly persecuted, yet it has not seemed good to any pope to withdraw the bull. His successors did not allow any Lodges to be held in their States, and, up to this time, the Order of Freemasonry has no asylum there. The above two-named bulls have produced the desired effect in several Catholic States.
Paris. In the year 1725, three Englishmen founded a Lodge here, which soon after called itself the "Grand English Lodge of France," because, from it was formed other Lodges, not only in the capital, but also in the provinces; it took the name Grand Lodge of France in the year 1756, and with it the privileges of a Grand Lodge. This Lodge was closed by the government in 1762, because so many branches had gone out from her, which had given cause of complaint. Nevertheless, many Lodges, and the Grand Lodge itself, remained at work in secret. Besides this, there was formed in 1772, a new Grand Orient of France. This, and the old Grand Lodge of France, were closed at the commencement of the revolution. When the storm was over, the officers of the old Grand Lodge assembled together again, and founded afresh a Grand Orient of France, on the 22d of June, 1799; by the side of this one came the new Scottish General Grand Lodge of France, which appeared in 1804, with no fewer than thirtythree degrees. But in the same year, the Grand Orient of France united with this Scottish General Grand Lodge, and took the name of Grand Orient of France; that of the Scottish General Grand Lodge disappeared. In the year 1812, there was under this Grand Orient, one thousand and eightynine Lodges and Chapters, among which the military Lodges are counted, and nearly every regiment has its own. In Paris itself there are more than one hundred Lodges.
Pfeiler oder Saulen. Shaft or pillar.-Every Lodge must be supported by three grand shafts, or pillars, Wisdom, Strength and Beauty. Wisdom conducts the building, Beauty adorns, and Strength supports it; also, Wisdom is ordained to discover, Beauty to ornament, and Strength to bear. He who is wise as a perfect Master, will not be easily injured by his own actions. Hath a person the strength which a Senior Warden represents, he will bear and overcome every misfortune in life. And he who is adorned, like the Junior Warden, with humility of spirit, approaches nearer to the similitude of God, than another. But the three pillars must be built upon a rock, and that rock is called Truth and Justice. Politik.-Politics are entirely prohibited from a Freemason's Lodge, and no
*Continued from p. 327, vol. vi.
This is an error.-ED. MAG.