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1862

WILLIAM T. COOLIDGE, Grand Master

Marshall P. Wilder, Deputy Grand Master
Henry Chickering, Senior Grand Warden
Peter C. Jones, Junior Grand Warden


QUARTERLY COMMUNICATIONS

Held at Freemasons' Hall, Boston

  • 03/12: VI-406;
  • 06/11: VI-413;
  • 09/10: VI-418;
  • 12/10: VI-423; (Annual Communication)

03/12 Agenda

06/11 Agenda

  • VI-417; Invitation to celebrate the Feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24 with the Grand Lodge in Maine to celebrate the Centennial of Masonry in Maine; accepted.
  • VI-417; Report of Charity Committee.

09/10 Agenda

  • VI-420; Rt. Wor. L. H. Gamwell, of Pittsfield, was appointed as a Grand Lecturer for the Grand Lodge.
  • VI-421: Restriction for Brothers visiting from New York repealed "as the particular cause, which led to its adoption, has been removed."
  • VI-421: Report on acquisitions for the Grand Lodge Library.

12/10 Agenda

  • VI-424: Report of Auditing Committee.
  • VI-429: Report of Library Committee.
  • VI-429; Report of Charity Committee.
  • VI-432: Election of Rt. Wor. William Parkman (over the presiding Grand Master, Most Wor. William T. Coolidge; 248 ballots) and other Grand Lodge officers.
  • VI-434: Committee appointed for preparations for the Feast of St. John.

Grand Constitutions Amendment Proposals:

  • 03/12: VI-411; Amendment to the Grand Constitutions to revise Part 1, Section 17, Article 8, to replace the number of Grand Lecturers ("two") with "three". Referred to committee.
    • 06/11: VI-416; committee report that "the increase in the number of Lodges in the Commonwealth is such as to make an additional Grand Lecturer advisable and perhaps necessary." They recommended the increase of the number of Grand Lecturers from two to three; adopted.
  • 12/10: VI-435; Parts of the Grand Constitutions dealing with the exemplification of the Work referred to Board of Directors for consideration and report at the next quarterly communication if any changes should be made.

Grand Master's Address

  • 12/10: VI-442; Retiring Grand Master's Address.
    • Aberdour, Boston (12/30/1861); constitution and consecration.
    • Orient, South Dedham (03/18); constitution and consecration, dedication of new hall.

Lodge By-Law Changes

None.

Necrologies and Memorials

  • 12/10: VI-431; Death of Rt. Wor. Isaac Seavey, Past District Deputy Grand Master; referred to committee.
    • 12/30: VI-444; report of committee delivered by R.W. and Rev. Randall.
  • 12/10: VI-431; Death of Rt. Wor. and Rev. Samuel Osgood, Grand Chaplain; referred to committee.
    • 12/30: VI-444; report of committee delivered by R.W. and Rev. Randall.

Petitions for Charters

  • 03/12: VI-407; Petition for Orient U.D., South Dedham, granted.
  • 06/11: VI-414; Petition for Pythagorean U.D., Marion; dispensation to be continued to the next Annual Communication.
    • 12/10: VI-424; continued six additional months.
  • 09/10: VI-421; Petition from Meridian Lodge, Natick, for a replacement charter due to the loss of the original to fire; granted.

Petitions for Dispensation for Lodges

Army Lodges granted dispensations:

Petitions for Restoration of Charter

None.

SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS

None.

FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST

(held at Freemasons Hall, Boston, 12/30/1862); VI-437.

  • VI-438; Report of Charity Committee.
  • VI-438: Lodge of Instruction.
  • VI-438ff: Report on the organization of the Grand Lodge of Chile in Valparaiso.
  • VI-441: Report of the Grand Master for the preceding year:
    • Corner Stone Layings:
      • New City Hall, Boston (12/22).
    • Lodge Hall Dedications:
      • Aberdour, Boston (12/30/1861) consecration, constitution and installation of officers.
      • Orient, South Dedham (03/18) consecration, constitution and installation of officers.
  • VI-443: Installation of Grand Master Parkman and other Grand Lodge officers.
  • VI-446: Annual Feast "duly celebrated."

LIST OF LODGES BY DISTRICT: 1862

This district layout is based on the O.P. edition of the Proceedings. However, this publication is riddled with errors, and some adjustment was necessary.
Note: There were 12 Districts in 1862, plus a special area for Chile.

DISTRICT 1

Benjamin Dean, Boston, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges

DISTRICT 2

William Sutton, South Danvers, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges

DISTRICT 3

William Sewall Gardner, Lowell, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges

DISTRICT 4

Chester L. Chamberlain, Milford, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges

DISTRICT 5

Enos Loring, Hingham, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges

DISTRICT 6

Henry Goddard, Worcester, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges

DISTRICT 7

James A. Cook, Taunton, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges + 1 U.D.

DISTRICT 8

R.S. Pope, Hyannis, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges

DISTRICT 9

William S. Shurtleff, Springfield, District Deputy Grand Master; see below; 9 Lodges + 1 U. D.

Note in Moore's Freemason's Monthly, Vol. XXI, No. 12, Page 384: "We learn that R. W. Bro. Wm. S. Shurtleff, Esq., of Springfield, District Deputy Grand Master for the 9th Masonic District, has, in consequence of absence from the State, resigned his commission, and that the duties of the appointment will be performed for the present year by the Grand Master in person."

DISTRICT 10

E.P. Graves, Greenfield, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges

DISTRICT 11

John K. Hall, Somerville, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges

DISTRICT 12

William W. Baker, Boston, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges

CHILE DISTRICT

George H. Kendall, Special Deputy for Chile; 3 Lodges

ARMY LODGES

Dispensations were issued for the following Lodges:


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