JEREMY GRIDLEY, Grand Master
- 1 QUARTERLY COMMUNICATIONS
- 2 SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS
- 3 SALE OF CONCERT HALL
- 4 LIST OF LODGES IN ST. JOHN'S GRAND LODGE JURISDICTION: 1767
- 5 OTHER LODGES IN MASSACHUSETTS: 1767
- 01/23: I-110; Royal Exchange Tavern, Boston.
- Lodges represented: Master's, First, Second
- Lodges listed: Portsmouth, Charlestown So. Carolina★, Antigua★, Annapolis Royal★, Newfoundland, Halifax, Annapolis in Maryland, Newhaven, New London, Middletown, Crown Point, Providence, Louisbourg, Master's, Newport, Québeck, Newburyport, St. John's, Newfoundland, Newport Rhode Island, Marblehead, Norwich, Salem, Virginia, "Surrinam", St. Christophers, "Barbadoes", Elizabeth Town, Hartford, WaterburyFalmouth, Pitt County
- ★ = These lodges are listed, but were no longer on the rolls of the St. John's Grand Lodge in 1766.
- I-111: Appointment and election of Grand Officers.
- I-111: "Voted, that the officers of the several Lodges, within this Jurisdiction, be desired whenever they come to Town to wait on the Gr Secretary for his directions in the business of Masonry, and that the Secretary Signify to them this Resolution of the Gr. Lodge, and remind them of the Charity they, should contribute to the Gen'l Fund."
- I-111: Votes on finances.
- 04/24: I-111; Royal Exchange Tavern, Boston.
- Lodges represented: Master's, First, Second.
- Lodges listed: Portsmouth, Charlestown So. Carolina★, Antigua★, Annapolis Royal★, Newfoundland, Newport, Halifax, Annapolis in Maryland, Newhaven, New London, Middletown, Crown Point, Providence, Louisbourg, Master's, Newport, Québeck, Newburyport, St. John's, Newfoundland, Marblehead, Norwich, Salem, Virginia, "Surrinam", St. Christophers, "Barbadoes", Elizabeth Town, Hartford, WaterburyFalmouth, Pitt County
- I-112: "Bro. Walley made a Motion that this Grand Lodge meet at Bro. Ingersolls the next Grand Lodge Night, in which he was Seconded, and being put to Vote, it pass'd unanimously, with this Proviso that the Gr Master approve of the Same."
- I-112: Vote on Feast of St. John the Baptist.
- 07/24: I-113; Bunch of Grapes Tavern, Boston.
- I-113: "Being Grand Lodge Night in Course, The Rt. Worshipful Grand Master being Indisposed, the Weather extremely Warm, and no Special Business requiring a Meeting, He thought it expedient for the aforesaid Reasons to pass by this Quarterly Meeting, to the next Quarterly Communication on the fourth Fryday in October next, Except some Special business should intervene to occasion the Calling a Special Grand Lodge."
- 10/23: I-126; Bunch of Grapes Tavern, Boston.
- I-126: Vote of election of Past Grand Master Price as interim Grand Master; installation and confirmation of Grand Officers.
- I-126: Votes of finances and for St. John the Evangelist.
- I-127: Announcement of election in newspapers.
- 11/13: I-128: Adjournment of earlier Quarterly Communication by Grand Master Price.
- 06/24: I-113; Roxbury.
- I-113: "Being the Festival of S4 John the Baptist, the same was Celebrated at the Grey-hound Tavern in Roxbury."
- I-113: List of attendees.
- 09/01, I-115; Bunch of Grapes Tavern, Boston.
- I-115: Meeting of Grand Officers and Masters of the Boston Lodges.
- I-115: "After reading the above Letter and duly deliberating thereon, it was agreed to be most advisable that a Grand Lodge should be forthwith call'd, in order to lay the Affair before them, and to Act what further should be thought necessary, and to Report this Resolution to the Grand Master. The Grand Master approving the Steps that had been taken, Ordered, a Grand Lodge to be summoned to meet at the Place aforesaid, on Friday Evening following, who being duly Warned, Met at the Time and Place, and Proceeded as follows. —"
- 09/04: I-115; Bunch of Grapes Tavern, Boston.
- I-115: "A Letter from M* Gilbert Deblois to the R4 Worshipful Jeremy Gridley Esqr. Grand Master (Wherein he Offers to the Fraternity, to Sell them Concert Hall, for their Accomodation,) was laid before the Gr Lodge. It was proposed, that if the several Lodges would give in their respective Stocks of Cash, and the Fraternity would by Subscription make up the sum of Six hundred Pounds Sterling, including the aforesaid Stocks; and the present Proprietor of Concert Hall, will take a Mortgage on said House for his Security for the Remainder, without any other; that the Masons would Treat with him upon the Purchace of it." The vote was approved unanimously.
- 10/02: I-124; Bunch of Grapes Tavern, Boston.
- I-125: Vote of Grand Lodge to invite Past Grand Master Price to resume the Chair as Grand Master.
- I-125: Vote on reimbursement of expenses for Grand Master Gridley's funeral.
- I-125: Letter from Rt. Wor. Abraham Savage to Henry Price regarding Grand Master Gridley.
- 12/30: I-128; Bunch of Grapes Tavern, Boston.
SALE OF CONCERT HALL
CORRESPONDENCE, AUGUST 1767
BOSTON, August 18th 5767.
Mr. Gilbert Deblois sent the following Letter to the Right Worshipful Jeremy Gridley Esq* Grand Master, Viz.
Since I had the pleasure of waiting on you & Mr Rowe respecting the Sale of Concert Hall, the House is Entirely Cleared and is now kept Lock'd up to wait for the Consideration and Determination of the Society of Free Masons, of which you are the Head: Therefore I now take the Liberty to give You the Lowest Terms that said Building can be Sold on, which You'l find on Foot hereof: The greatest improvement is made from September to June, and I would only Mention that some Persons stand ready to hire the Hall to the Amount of 40. Sterling, and another wants the Small Tenement which would let at £5. more, therefore You'l be kind enough to cause this Affair to be determined as soon as possible, which will much oblige them, and Sir,
Your most humble Servant
TERMS OF SALE, AUGUST 1767
Terms of Sale of Concert Hall —Viz* —
Boston August 18th 1767.
To JERE GRIDLEY Esq*
There shall be a good Deed of Sale given for the House to the Satisfaction of your Society, otherwise its no Sale.
The lowest Price is One Thousand Pounds Sterling, to be paid as shall be most agreeable to the Society, either in three, four or Five years, with lawful Interest paid Annually thereon (for my fathers Support) and good Security to be given for the Purchace in such way and manner as may best suit the Society. —
P.S. If it should not be agreeable to the Society to purchase this Building, I take this Oppertunity to ask the favour that they would improve it in future, and everything shall be done to make it give full Satisfaction, and in this Case I should be glad they would Recommend some proper Person to keep said House, that would be likely to give General Satisfaction —
Whereupon the Rt. Worshipful Grand Master put the above Letter into the Hands of the Grand Secretary (Bro. Savage) and desired him to Convene the Grand Officers and Masters of Lodges at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern in Boston in Order to Advise what was best to be done in the Premises.
ENDORSEMENT OF LODGES
From Proceedings, Page I-116:
At the first Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons held at the Royal Exchange Tavern in Boston on the second Wednesday of September, being the 9th day 5767.—
The Question was put, whether this Lodge think it best to purchace Concert Hall, Provided, the sum of £600. Sterling can be raised? — Pass'd in the Affirmative —
Question. Whether this Lodge would include their Stock in the above sum of £600 Sterg for said Purchase ? — Pass'd in the Negative.—
Voted. That it is Expedient to call a General Lodge, in Order to see what Subscriptions can be Obtain'd for the Purchase of said Hall. —
From Proceedings, Page I-116:
At the second Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, held at the British Coffee House in Boston on Wednesday the 16th day of September, 5767.
A Letter from M* Gilbert Deblois to the late Right Worshipfull Grand Master, respecting the Sale of Concert Hall, being Read; It was unanimously determined to proceed upon the Subject Matter of said Letter. —
The Question being put, Whether it be the Mind of this Lodge to Purchase Concert Hall, provided Six hundred Pounds Sterling can be Raised? — I t pass'd in the Affirmative.
The next Question put, was, Whether this Lodge would give their Stock towards the above Purchase? — I t pass'd in the Negative.
The last Question put, was, Whether it be recommended to the Grand Lodge, to call a General Lodge of Masons, to see what Subscriptions can be obtain'd towards the Purchase of Concert Hall? — It pass'd in the Affirmative.
LIST OF LODGES IN ST. JOHN'S GRAND LODGE JURISDICTION: 1767
|2||Portsmouth (N.H.)||St. John's (Portsmouth)||06/24/1736|
|4||Newfoundland||St. John's, Newfoundland||12/24/1746|
|6||Newport, Rhode Island||St. John's Newport||12/27/1749|
|7||Halifax, Nova Scotia||Halifax||07/19/1750|
|8||New Haven, Connecticut||Hiram||11/12/1750|
|9||New London, Connecticut||Lodge at New London||01/12/1753|
|10||Middletown, Connecticut||St. John's, Middletown||02/04/1754|
|11||Providence, Rhode Island||St. John's, Cranston||01/18/1757|
|12||Newport, Rhode Island||Master's, Newport||03/20/1759|
|13||Marblehead||Lodge at Marblehead||03/25/1760|
|16||Falmouth (Portland) (Maine)||Portland||03/30/1762|
|17||Elizabeth Town, New Jersey||Temple||07/28/1762|
|18||Québec, Canada||Québec||10/26/1764 no longer meeting after 1767|
|19||Pitt County, North Carolina||Pitt County||10/26/1764|
|20||Waterbury, Connecticut||King Solomon's, Waterbury||10/26/1764|
|21||Prince Town, New Jersey||St. John's, Prince Town, New Jersey||10/26/1764|
|26||St. Christopher, West Indies||St. Christopher||10/24/1766|
|27||Barbados, West Indies||Barbados||10/24/1766|
OTHER LODGES IN MASSACHUSETTS: 1767
|1||Boston||Lodge of St. Andrew||11/30/1756 Chartered by the Grand Lodge of Scotland|