SIMON W. ROBINSON, Grand Master
- 1 NOTES
- 2 QUARTERLY COMMUNICATIONS
- 3 SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS
- 4 FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
- 5 LIST OF LODGES BY DISTRICT: 1848
Held at Masonic Temple, Boston
- 03/08: V-161;
- 06/14: V-168;
- 09/13: V-176;
- 12/13: V-192; (Annual Communication)
- V-163: Rt. Wor. Nathan Ordway, District Deputy Grand Master of the 3rd District, reported that he had found the charter of Freedom Lodge, Woburn, in the hands of Luke Fowle of Woburn "who said he would not give it up." He also found the charter of Mount Moriah Lodge, Reading, in the hands of Joel Winship, South Reading, "who is determined not to give it up." The two persons were to be summoned by the Grand Lodge.
- 06/14: V-169; Wor. H. H. Tuttle, acting on behalf of Grand Lodge, obtained the charter of Freedom Lodge from Bro. Fowle, who expressed regret; he also obtained the By-Laws, Records and Regalia. Bro. Winship treated Wor. Tuttle in "a very abrupt and profane manner" and refused to surrender the requested charter.
- 06/14: V-173; Bro. Winship expelled.
- V-165: The committee on the General Grand Lodge determined that the subject should not be re-examined.
- V-166: Petition by Amicable Lodge, Cambridge, on money lent to Grand Lodge.
- 09/13: V-183; Committee reported that the Grand Lodge should repay $500.
- V-174: Petition by King David Lodge, Taunton, for remission of dues.
- 09/13: V-179; granted.
- V-174: Invitation from Most Wor. B.B. French, Grand Master of the District of Columbia, to attend the laying of the cornerstone of the Washington Monument on 07/04/1848; Grand Lodge officers requested to attend. (An extended description of this event is given in Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. VII, p. 300ff, August 1848).
- 09/13: V-180; correspondence thanking the Grand Lodge for its attendance.
- V-174: Invitation from Star in the East Lodge, New Bedford, to attend the Feast of St. John the Evangelist; accepted. Description
- V-174: Charter of Orphan's Hope Lodge found to be in the possession of Dr. Solomon Gardner of Plymouth; District Deputy Grand Master Rt. Wor. Samuel Chandler directed to investigate.
- 09/13: V-183, reported that the charter had been surrendered to the District Deputy in 1835.
- V-180: Report on difficulties in the Masonic Fraternity in Louisiana; referred.
- V-189: The Grand Master appointed a committee to create a "form of summons" for the subordinate Lodges.
- V-189: Committee on the communication from St. John's Lodge on an address to the Grand Lodge of France regarding "the late events . . . which have relieved the Fraternity in that country from many vexatious and onerous restrictions."
- V-193: Report of the Committee of Finance.
- V-194: Report of the Trustees of the Grand Charity Fund.
- V-197: Report of the Committee of Charity.
- V-197: Report of the Trustees of the Temple.
- V-202: Election of Edward A. Raymond as Grand Master (60 ballots), and other Grand Lodge officers. Senior Grand Warden required 4 ballots, after a new candidate (Rt. Wor. John J. Loring) was nominated.
- V-205: Invitation from St. Mark's Lodge, Newburyport, to celebrate the Feast of St. John the Baptist on 06/24/1849; accepted.
- V-206: Committee appointed on installation arragements.
Grand Constitutions Amendment Proposals
Grand Master's Address
- 03/08: V-162; Address by Grand Master Robinson, alluding "feelingly" to the death of Bro. Ruel Baker. Wor. John Flint also offered a memorial.
Necrologies and Memorials
- 03/08: V-162; Memorial to Bro. Ruel Baker, Grand Steward of the Grand Lodge, and Trustee; by Wor. John Flint.
Petitions for Charters
- 06/14: V-172; Dispensation for Lafayette Lodge, North Adams, continued until next communication.
- 09/13: V-178; Charter recommended.
- 12/13: V-214; Charter granted.
Petitions for Dispensation for Lodges
- 06/14: V-175; Dispensation for Hawaiian Lodge, Sandwich Islands, referred.
- 09/13: V-190; recommended that a Dispensation be issued "under which they may work till a Charter shall be regularly granted."
Petitions for Restoration of Charter
- 03/08: V-166; Petition by King Hiram's Lodge, Provincetown, in which the original charter was presented; to be substituted for the replacement one granted in 1847, except that Provincetown replace Truro.
- 12/27: V-223: Petition referred.
FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
(held at Masonic Temple, Boston, 12/27/1848)
- V-208: Instruction session.
- V-214: Committee on communication from the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, regarding the establishment of an Orphan Asylum in Kentucky, and the Masonic College there.
- V-216: Report of committee on the Form of Summons. The form is reproduced on Page V-217:
FORM OF SUMMONS
From the East, the West, and the South of _________ Lodge, To Brother _________, greeting.
You are hereby summoned to attend a meeting of said Lodge to holden at _________ on _________ next, at _________ o'clock ___M; to consider and act upon _________
» Whereof fail not
Given under our hands this _________ day of _________ 18__
A.B. _________ Master
C.D. _________ Senior Warden
E.F. _________ Junior Warden
- V-218: Installation of Grand Master Edward A. Raymond and other Grand Lodge officers. Address by Grand Master Robinson.
- V-220: Most Wor. Raymond then gave an "appropriate address . . . in which he adverted to the difference of opinion among the Brethren in respect to the work of the Lodges." A special convention would be held in February.
- V-221: Address by Rt. Wor. G. Washington Warren.
- V-222: Resolution of thanks to Rt. Wor. John J. Loring.
LIST OF LODGES BY DISTRICT: 1848
Note: This is extremely conjectural, and based in part on the locations of the appointed Deputies.
George M. Randall (Boston), District Deputy Grand Master; 13 Lodges
- St. John's (Boston, 1733)
- Lodge of St. Andrew, (Boston, 1756)
- The Massachusetts (Boston, 1770)
- Columbian (Boston, 1796)
- Union (Dorchester, 1796)
- Meridian (Watertown, 1797)
- Mount Lebanon (Boston, 1801)
- Amicable (Cambridge, 1805)
- Bethesda (Brighton, 1819)
- Monitor (Waltham, 1820)
- Star of Bethlehem (Chelsea, 1844)
- Mount Tabor (East Boston, 1845)
- St. Paul's (South Boston, 1846)
Asa T. Newhall (Lynnfield), District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges
- Philanthropic (Marblehead, 1760)
- The Tyrian (Gloucester, 1770)
- St. Mark's (Newburyport, 1803)
- Mount Carmel (Lynn, 1805)
- Warren (Amesbury, 1822)
- Liberty (Beverly, 1824)
Nathan Ordway (Fitchburg), District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
- King Solomon's (Charlestown, 1783)
- St. Paul's (Groton, 1797)
- Corinthian (Concord, 1797)
- Hiram (West Cambridge, 1797)
- Pentucket (Lowell, 1807)
- Jordan (Danvers, 1808)
- Good Samaritan (Reading, 1816)
- St. Matthew's (Andover, 1822)
- Grecian (Lawrence, 1825)
Jonathan Greenwood (Framingham), District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Middlesex (Framingham, 1795)
- Olive Branch (Sutton, 1797)
- Montgomery (Medway, 1797)
- Constellation (Dedham, 1801)
- Solomon's Temple (Uxbridge, 1818)
- Oxford (Oxford, 1825)
- Doric (Southbridge, 1826)
Samuel Chandler (Canton), District Deputy Grand Master; 3 Lodges
- Fellowship (Bridgewater, 1797)
- King David (Taunton, 1798)
- Rising Star (Stoughton, 1799)
- Corner Stone (Duxbury, 1801)
Horace Chenery (Worcester), District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Morning Star (Worcester, 1793)
- Meridian Sun (Brookfield, 1797)
- Mount Zion (Hardwick, 1800)
- Aurora (Fitchburg, 1801)
- Harris (Templeton, 1802)
- Eden (Ware, 1824)
- Bethel (Enfield, 1825)
Lucien B. Keith (New Bedford), District Deputy Grand Master; 3 Lodges
Waterman Crocker (Provincetown), District Deputy Grand Master; 2 Lodges
Addison Ware (Springfield), District Deputy Grand Master; 6 Lodges + 1 U.D.
- Cincinnatus (Great Barrington, 1795)
- Harmony (Northfield, 1796)
- Jerusalem (Northampton, 1797)
- Mystic (Pittsfield, 1810)
- Hampden (Springfield, 1817)
- Lafayette (North Adams, 1847)
- Chicopee (Chicopee, U.D.)