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George M. Randall , Deputy Grand Master
Thomas M. Vinson, Senior Grand Warden
William Eaton, Junior Grand Warden




Held at Masonic Temple, Boston

  • 03/13: V-323;
  • 06/12: V-327;
  • 09/10: V-333;
  • 12/10: V-339; (Annual Communication)

03/13 Agenda

  • V-324: Report of the committee on District Grand Lecturers.
    • 12/10: V-346; Full report by committee; adopted; election of one lecturer per district. "That in consideration of the great convenience to urge no other reason of a uniform system of Work and Lectures and as this Grand Lodge has with great unanimity recommended such a system . . . it shall be the duty of the Grand Master to appoint some well qualified Brother to each Masonic District, as District Grand Lecturer whose duties and prerogatives shall be within his respective District, the same as those of the existing Grand Lecturers of the State. . ."
  • V-324: Reports of the committee on the subject of a General Grand Lodge.
  • V-325: Election of Rt. Wor. William Eaton as Junior Grand Warden, replacing the deceased Rt. Wor. Asa T. Newhall.
    • 06/12: V-328; Installation of Rt. Wor. Eaton as Junior Grand Warden.

06/12 Agenda

  • V-328: Communication from the Grand Lodge of Mississippi concerning the centennial of the initiation of George Washington. By resolution, Grand Lodge agreed to celebrate it.
  • V-329: Communication from the Grand Lodge of Louisiana regarding Scottish Rite and 33°.
  • V-332: Communication signed by Jacob Norton and five others regarding Christian usage in the degree work was presented and referred. Original petition. Note: this was dealt with in June 1852.

09/10 Agenda

  • V-335: Communication from the Grand Lodge of New York, communicating the opinion of the Grand Lodge of England.
    • V-336: Report on General Grand Lodge tabled.
  • V-337: Grand Lodge declined to participate in the proposed "Railroad Jubilee" on 09/19/1851, to celebrate the first rail service between Boston and Montreal. Grand Lodge to offer "civilities" during the day. An evening would be set aside for the festivities.

William Sharp: Railroad Jubilee on Boston Common, 1851; Now in the Museum of Fine Arts.

From Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. X, No. 12, October 1851, Page 384:

Levee at the Masonic Temple. The Levee given by the Grand Lodge of this State, at the Masonic Temple, on the evening of the 18th ult., for the reception and welcome of visiting Brethren from Canada and other parts of the country, who had come to the city to attend the great three days "Railroad Festival" wes a chaste and appropriate affair. The large hall of the Grand Lodge was as well filled as personalcomfort and convenience vrould allow. Distinguished Brethren were present from Montreal, Toronto, Kingston, and Coburg, in Canada, and from Rhode Island, Maine, and Alabama, and from lreland.

Among our Canadian Brethren, were Sir Allan McNab, Prov. Grand Master for Canada West, and several of the principal officers of the Grand Lodge over which he presides. The visitors riere introduced in due form and fraternally received by the M. W. Grand Master. When all were seated, the D. G. Master, in behalf of the Grand Lodge and Fraternity of the Commonwealth, pronounced the "address of welcome." It was a chaste, forcible and eloquent performance, and was received with enthusiasm by all who had the happiness to hear it. The reply was given by Sir Allan Macnab, and was well received by the Brethren. In both addresses the genuine principles of Patriotism and Freemasonry were beautiful blended together and happily illustrated. We took brief notes of both, but have no room for even an abstract of them the present month.

The ceremonies being over, the Brethren repaired to the large reception room of the hall, and partook of a banquet, served up in the best style of the best caterers in the city. The tables presented a beautiful appearance, and were highly creditable to the good taste of the committee and all concerned in their arrangement.

Here the usual toasts were giveo and speeches made,- after which the Brethren separated, all feeling, we believe, that they had spent an agreeable, and not altogether unprofitable evening.

  • V-337: Complaint against St. Paul Lodge, Groton, regarding initiation of a candidate from New Hampshire.
    • 12/10: V-354; Committee appointed to consider the records of the lodge and render judgement.

12/10 Agenda

  • V-341: Petition by Cincinnatus and Mount Carmel Lodge for remission of dues; granted.
  • V-342: Report of the Committee of Finance.
  • V-343: Report of the Trustees of the Temple.
  • V-345: Report of the Committee of Charity.
  • V-349: Election of George M. Randall as Grand Master (75 ballots), and other Grand Lodge officers.
  • V-351: Resolution in support of Rt. Wor. Charles W. Moore, "the moral character [of whom] . . . has been of late repeatedly and publicly aspersed by one Henry C. Atwood of the city of New York."
  • V-353: Committee appointed on installation arragements.

Grand Constitutions Amendment Proposals

  • 03/13: V-326; Amendment to Grand Constitutions regarding voting power of members of Committee of Finance and Grand Lecturers.
    • 06/11: V-331; Presentation of final resolution.
    • 09/10: V-336; Report adopted. "The two Grand Lecturers and the member of the Committee of Finance shall be severally entitled to vote in Grand Lodge, provided that they are not otherwise entitled to a vote." (Part 1, Article 8, Section 17; Part 3, Article 1).
  • 12/10: V-353; Amendment to Grand Constitutions, Article 5, Part 1, "be referred to a committee for revision and amendment should amendment be deemed necessary."

Grand Master's Address


Necrologies and Memorials

06/12: V-329; Death of Rt. Wor. John Soley, Past Grand Master; communication from King Solomon's Lodge.

Petitions for Charters


Petitions for Restoration of Charter

  • 09/10: V-334; Petition by members of Plymouth Lodge, Plymouth; granted at the discretion of the Grand Master "when he shall be satisfied that the petitioners have strictly complied with the provisions of the Constitution."




(held at Masonic Temple, Boston, 12/30/1851)

  • V-355: Report of the Trustees of the Grand Charity Fund.
  • V-357: Report of the Committee on Charity.
  • V-357: Instruction session. A committee from the Grand Lodge of Maine was in attendance.
  • V-360: Installation of Grand Master Randall and other Grand Lodge officers. "Appropriate and interesting valedictory address" by Past Grand Master Raymond. The Grand Master then offered an "interesting and animated address."
  • V-360: Presentation of a Masonic Jewel by Hon. Bro. Myron Lawrence of the Massachusetts State Senate, once in the possession of George Washington.


Derived from O. P. list from 1849


Steven Lovell, District Deputy Grand Master; 14 Lodges


William Ferson, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges


Prentice Cushing, District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges


Jonathan Greenwood, District Deputy Grand Master; 3 Lodges


Paul Dean, Jr., District Deputy Grand Master; 5 Lodges


Horace Chenery, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges


Lucien B. Keith, District Deputy Grand Master; 4 Lodges


Jeremiah Stone, District Deputy Grand Master; 2 Lodges


W. Franklin Weston, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges


Benjamin Brown, District Deputy Grand Master; 1 Lodge


No District Deputy Grand Master; 1 Lodge

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