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Percival L. Everett , Deputy Grand Master
Charles Kimball, Senior Grand Warden
Tracy P. Cheever, Junior Grand Warden


(Held at Masonic Temple, Boston)

  • 1872-1: 03/13;
  • 1872-45: 06/12;
  • 1872-125: 09/11;
  • 1872-195: 12/11 (Annual Communication, continued to 12/12).

03/14 Agenda

  • 1872-29: Appointment of Standing Committees.
  • 1872-30: Petition from Blackstone River, North Star, Doric and Alfred Baylies Lodges, regarding formal charity to families of deceased members; referred.
    • 06/12: 1872-111; petitioners ”have leave to withdraw” since no plans of action were offered, and it was inexpedient for the Grand Lodge to legislate on the subject.

06/12 Agenda

  • 1872-48; report on the Chicago Relief Fund.
  • 1872-48: Petition from brothers of Star Lodge, Athol, regarding the removal of the lodge from Athol Depot, and requesting it be annulled; referred.
    • 1872-104: Complaint dismissed, after extensive comment by committee.
  • 1872-113: Committee recommendations on recognition:
    • Grand Lodge of Utah: small, but already recognized by several Grand Lodges; ”It might be inferred . . . that the Institution may be under Mormon influence and controlled by parties inimical to our government and laws; but . . . as evidence of their truth and sincerity . . . its first Grand Master occupies the position of Judge under the United States Government.”
    • Grand Lodge of British Columbia: to be recognized by UGLE, and no ”serious difference” in the formation of Grand Lodges in Canadian provinces.
    • Grand Orient of Brazil, Valley of Lavradio: now ”endeavoring to extend their relation with the regular Grand Masonic powers of the world.”
    • All recognized.
  • 1872-119: Invitation to lay the corner-stone of Grace Church, Protestant Episcopal, in North Attleboro.
  • 1872-120: New portrait of Grand Master Revere, presented by his grandson John Revere, Esq.
  • 1872-120: Presentation of portrait of Grand Master Fay, from his niece, Miss Maria Fay, presented by Bro. R. S. Fay of Cambridge.

09/11 Agenda

  • 1872-130: Communication from the Grand Lodge of Saxony.

12/11 - 12/12 Agenda

Past Grand Master John Warren

A portrait of Past Grand Master John Warren appears opposite the Frontispiece and above.

  • 1872-205ff: Grand Master‘s Annual Address.
  • 1872-234: Auditing Committee report.
  • 1872-236: Report of Sinking Fund.
  • 1872-237: Re-election of Rt. Wor. Sereno D. Nickerson as Grand Master, and other Grand Lodge officers. Address by the Grand Master.
  • 1872-250: Report of committee on jurisdictional limits of lodges; recommendations for revisions to Regulations and Grand Constitutions.
  • 1872-261: Report of Charity Committee.
  • 1872-262: Report on Voluntary Contributions.
  • 1872-278: (December 12 session): Grand Lodge of Instruction.

Grand Constitutions Amendment Proposals

  • 03/13: 1872-27: Proposed amendment to Part 3, Article 7, Section 1, regarding the jewels of Grand Officers; adopted.
  • 03/13: 1872-28: Proposed amendment to Part 1, Article 3, Section 1, regarding the time of meeting of the Grand Lodge; referred.
    • 06/12: 1872-117; adopted, Feast of St. John Communication, would now commence at 4 PM ”or at such earlier hour as the Grand Master may direct.”
    • 12/11: 1872-245; further revisions proposed and adopted.
  • 03/13: 1872-31: Proposed amendment to Part 1, Article 1, Section 2, regarding the powers of the Board of Directors; adopted.
  • 06/12: 1872-118: Proposed amendment to Part 3, Article 4, Section 4, regarding penalties for non-payment of dues; referred.
  • 06/12: 1872-124: Proposed amendment to Part 1, Article 3, Section 1, regarding meeting times; referred.
  • 09/11: 1872-136: Proposed amendment to Part 4, Article 3, Section 2, regarding rejected applicants; adopted.
  • 12/11: 1872-259: Proposed amendment to Part 4, Article 1, Section 5, regarding jurisdictions, along with resolutions regarding the jurisdictional limits of lodges within Boston (including Roxbury, Dorchester, South Boston and East Boston); referred.
  • 12/11: 1872-266: Proposed amendment to Part 4, Article 3, Section 2, regarding rejected applicants; referred.

Grand Master's Address

  • 03/14: 1872-10; In Memoria; beginning on page 1872-12: visitations as listed below; redistricting as listed below; Declaration of 1831 reprinted and presented to the public; received a bound copy of Anderson‘s Constitutions from the UGLE; more notes on ”Ecce Orienti”; communications from various Grand Lodges seeking recognition; new Coolidge portrait; portrait of Fay to be presented; regulation regarding admission (see below) and notification regarding non payment of dues in Montacute Lodge. Referred, 1872-29.
  • 06/12: 1872-118; report of review committee.



New District 17:


”It is my intention to re-district the whole state. As the districts are now composed the labors of several of the DDGMs are exceedingly burdensome.”

  • Regulation regarding admission: 1872-19: ”It is hereby ordered that no one be admitted into any of our Lodges who is not known to be a Mason in good and regular standing, unless he is vouched for by some well known Brother, or produces the Certificate of some Grand Lodge and passes a strict examination.”
  • 09/11: 1872-139; committee report on December 13, 1871 Grand Master's Address.

Ruins From the Great Fire

  • 12/11: 1872-205; Annual Report. Visits; dispensations; Grand Lodge library; Finances; Chicago returns; insurance on the Temple; method of reducing the debt; Freemason‘s Monthly to cease publication if not supported; Boston fire of 11/09-11/10/1872.
Visits (excluding those listed above):

Lodge By-Law Changes

  • 12/27: 1872-283; Rabboni; referred.
    • 12/27: 1871-289; approved with revisions.

Necrologies and Memorials

  • 03/13: 1872-10: Death of Rt. Wor. William North, Past Senior Grand Warden; mentioned in Grand Master‘s Address.
    • 03/13: 1872-31; Memorial presented by committee.
  • 03/13: 1872-12: Death of Rt. Wor. Richard S. Spofford, Past Senior Grand Warden; mentioned in Grand Master‘s Address.
    • 03/13: 1872-33; Memorial presented by committee.

Petitions for Charters

  • 03/13: 1872-7: St. Paul's; for permission to remove to Ayer due to the incorporation of the town by the Massachusetts Legislature. Correspondence with the District Deputy included, endorsing the change. Referred.
    • 09/11: 1872-144; granted.
  • 06/12: 1872-58; Williams U.D., Williamstown; referred.
    • 1872-112; The committee found that ”only four of the ten Brethren to whom the Dispensation was granted have signed the petition for Charter, while eighteen who have been made Masons under their Dispensation, have signed the same. . . in the absence of any information upon the subject, your committee would recommend that the dispensation be continued.”
    • 09/11: 1872-127; new petition; referred.
    • 09/11: 1872-143; granted.
  • 06/12: 1872-58; Lafayette (Roxbury), to be endorsed due to the annexation of Roxbury by Boston; referred.
    • 1872-109: ”Whether it is as well for the Fraternity, and as well for the several Lodges, that there should be no other limits on the jurisdiction of the Lodges in the city of Boston, is of considerable interest. As it is, old lines of jurisdiction are swept away . . . The committee have no further considered it tha to call its importance in this manner to the attention of the Grand Lodge.”
  • 09/11: 1872-143; Spencer U.D., Spencer; to be continued to December Quarterly.
    • 12/11: 1872-204; petition for charter, referred.
    • 12/11: 1872-260; granted.

Petitions for Dispensation for Lodges


Note: A number of Special Communications were held with no explicit record in the Proceedings.

  • 02/13: Hall Dedication in Lowell
  • 04/02: Dedham; to constitute Constellation Lodge.
  • 04/24: Millbury. (?)
  • 05/31: South Boston. Hall dedication, for St. Paul's, Gate of the Temple, Adelphi and Rabboni Lodges.
  • 06/11: Everett. Hall dedication for Palestine Lodge.
  • 06/14: 1872-147; North Attleboro; Laying of the Cornerstone of Grace Protestant Episcopal Church.
    • 1872-147: Grand Lodge opened at Wamsutta House.
    • 1872-148: Procession to building site, accompanied by Bristol Commandery, Ezekiel Bates, St. James, St. Alban's Lodges - ”a fine array while marching through the leading thoroughfares of that beautiful village.”
    • 1872-148: Cornerstone laying ceremony.
    • 1872-149: Contents of box.
    • 1872-149: Grand Lodge escorted back to Wamsutta House.
  • 09/12: Lawrence; Hall dedication, for Tuscan, Phoenician and Grecian Lodges.
  • 10/01: North Adams; Constitution of Greylock Lodge, hall dedication.
  • 10/02: Williamstown; Constitution of Williams Lodge, hall dedication.
  • 10/07: 1872-151; Duxbury; Laying of the Cornerstone of the Myles Standish Monument.
    • 1872-152: Grand Lodge opened at Boston Masonic Temple.
    • 1872-152: Escorted to Old Colony Depot, escorted by Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company; train to Duxbury; collation near train station there.
    • 1872-153: Escorted to Captain‘s Hill by A&H, Plymouth and Corner Stone Lodges to building site; order of march detailed.
    • 1872-155: Copy of metallic plate.
    • 1872-156ff: List of papers in corner-stone. Ceremonies of corner-stone laying. Hymn.
    • 1872-159: Address by Grand Master Nickerson.
  • 10/10: 1872-164; Attending a communication of the Lodge of St. Andrew to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of membership of Rt. Wor. Charles W. Moore.
    • 1872-165; Opening of Grand Lodge in Grand Secretary‚‘s office; procession into Grand Lodge Hall, ”where the members of St. Andrew's Lodge, with their ladies and invited guests, had assembled.” Grand Master received by Wor. Thomas E. Chamberlain, Master.
    • 1872-167ff: Address by Rt. Wor. Charles W. Moore.
    • 1872-192; Singing; banquet in Egyptian Hall ”which had been most profusely decorated and beautified for this occasion.”
  • 10/18: Hudson; Dedication of hall for Doric Lodge.


(held at Masonic Temple, Boston, 12/27/1872)

  • 1872-281: Opening and roll call.
  • 1872-283: Report of Library Committee.
  • 1872-284: Installation of Grand Master Nickerson and other Grand Lodge officers; details of installation.
  • 1872-290: List of lodges not represented at Grand Lodge in 1872.
  • 1872-290: Communications from various Grand Lodges.
  • 1872-292: List of diplomas granted (2,249 in 1872).
  • 1872-292: Banquet (no details given.)


There were 17 districts in Massachusetts in 1872, as well as districts for Chile and China. A 17th (Woburn) district was added at the beginning of the year as a part of the Grand Master's reorganization.

DISTRICT 1: Boston

Daniel W. Lawrence, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges
Report: 1872-297; Tabular: 1872-327

DISTRICT 2: Charlestown

Henry W. Muzzey, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
Report: 1872-298; Tabular: 1872-328

DISTRICT 3: Boston Highlands

Charles J. Danforth, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges
Report: 1872-299; Tabular: 1872-329

DISTRICT 4: Cambridge

Charles A. Welch, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges + 1 U.D.
Report: 1872-301; Tabular: 1872-330


George H. Peirson, District Deputy Grand Master; 13 Lodges
Report: 1872-302; Tabular: 1872-331

DISTRICT 6: Newburyport

Joseph S. Howe, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges
Report: 1872-303; Tabular: 1872-332

DISTRICT 7: Lowell

Henry P. Perkins, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
Report: 1872-304; Tabular: 1872-333

DISTRICT 8: Greenfield

Edward J. Sawyer, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges + 2 U.D.
Report: 1872-307; Tabular: 1872-334

DISTRICT 9: Pittsfield

Daniel Upton, District Deputy Grand Master; 13 Lodges
Report: 1872-309; Tabular: 1872-335

DISTRICT 10: Springfield

William J. Sawin, District Deputy Grand Master; 15 Lodges
Report: 1872-311; Tabular: 1872-336

DISTRICT 11: Worcester

Thomas E. St. John, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges
Report: 1872-313; Tabular: 1872-337

DISTRICT 12: Milford

George E. Stacy, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges
Report: 1872-314; Tabular: 1872-338

DISTRICT 13: Taunton

James Utley, District Deputy Grand Master; 13 Lodges + 1 U.D.
Report: 1872-315; Tabular: 1872-339

DISTRICT 14: New Bedford

Abraham H. Howland, Jr., District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges + 1 U.D.
Report: 1872-319; Tabular: 1872-340

DISTRICT 15: Barnstable

Joseph K. Baker, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges + 1 U.D.
Report: 1872-320; Tabular: 1872-341

DISTRICT 16: Plymouth

Edward Avery, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges
Report: 1872-321; Tabular: 1872-342

DISTRICT 17: Woburn

William T. Grammer, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
Report: 1872-322; Tabular: 1872-343


George H. Kendall, District Deputy Grand Master; 3 Lodges
Tabular: 1872-344


Ithamar B. Eames, Special Deputy; 1 Lodge
Report: 1872-323; Tabular: 1872-345

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