PERCIVAL LOWELL EVERETT, Grand Master
- 1 QUARTERLY COMMUNICATIONS
- 2 SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS
- 3 FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
- 4 LIST OF LODGES IN MASSACHUSETTS BY DISTRICT: 1876
- 4.1 DISTRICT 1: Boston
- 4.2 DISTRICT 2: Charlestown
- 4.3 DISTRICT 3: Boston Highlands
- 4.4 DISTRICT 4: Cambridge
- 4.5 DISTRICT 5: Salem
- 4.6 DISTRICT 6: Newburyport
- 4.7 DISTRICT 7: Lowell
- 4.8 DISTRICT 8: Greenfield
- 4.9 DISTRICT 9: Pittsfield
- 4.10 DISTRICT 10: Springfield
- 4.11 DISTRICT 11: Worcester
- 4.12 DISTRICT 12: Milford
- 4.13 DISTRICT 13: Taunton
- 4.14 DISTRICT 14: New Bedford
- 4.15 DISTRICT 15: Barnstable
- 4.16 DISTRICT 16: Plymouth
- 4.17 DISTRICT 17: Woburn
- 4.18 DISTRICT 18: Palmer
- 4.19 CHILE DISTRICT
- 4.20 CHINA DISTRICT
(Held at Masonic Temple, Boston)
- 1876-1: 03/08;
- 1876-25: 06/14;
- 1876-41: 09/13;
- 1876-106: 12/13 (Annual Communication).
- 1876-3: Grand Lodge was presented with a "finely executed Square and Compasses of solid silver" by Rt. Wor. William Sutton, through the Grand Secretary. The Grand Marshal "adjusted them in their proper place upon the Great Light."
- 1876-5: The Recording Grand Secretary reported the donation of "an ancient pitcher, covered with Masonic emblems" by Wor. Dana Z. Smith of Salem.
- 1876-7: Vote of thanks received by Grand Lodge from the Washington National Monument Society.
- 1876-22: Appointment of the first Board of Commissioners of Trials:
- 1876-27: Rt. Wor. Frederick D. Ely appointed Grand Standard Bearer; installed by the Deputy Grand Master.
- 1876-29: Petition by Orient Lodge, Norwood, "relating to the location of the Lodge by the Charter, and asking for a change in the wording of the same," was received and referred.
- 09/13: 1876-52; Orient Lodge's charter originally bore the name South Dedham; "it now appears that there is no such town, and never was." Due to the granting of a charter to Constellation Lodge in Dedham, jurisdictional issues have come into play, and the lodge would now like to amend its location to Norwood (a town created in 1872); approved.
- 1876-29: Presentation of a portrait of Past Grand Master Sereno D. Nickerson by Winslow Lewis Lodge. Thanks voted and correspondence with the lodge.
- 1876-31: Report of charity committee.
- 1876-37: Presentation of committee on ritual; the new Trestle-Board was submitted and approved by unanimous vote. A committee was appointed "to superintend the publication and sale of the Grand Lodge Trestle-Board."
- 1876-47: Presentation of "certain papers relating to the so-called Grand Lodge of Ontario" by the Recording Grand Secretary; referred to committee.
- 1876-48: Remarks and resolution presented by Past Grand Master Heard on the 50th anniversary of Rt. Wor. and Rev. Lucius R. Paige, Grand Chaplain, as Master of a Lodge. Resolution of congratulations, and reply by Rev. Bro. Paige.
- 1876-57: Report of charity committee.
- 1876-59: Address by Rt. Wor. Charles Levi Woodbury concerning the application of a lodge at Palermo, Italy, to become subordinate to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. According to precedent, the Grand Lodge of Italy should have jurisdiction, and the petition should be denied. More importantly an address covers the provenance of the "African Lodge of Ohio" and contains an extensive history of the perceived Masonic regularity of the Prince Hall Grand Lodge.
- 1876-108: Address of Grand Master Everett.
- 1876-116: Auditing Committee Report.
- 1876-117: Sinking Fund Report.
- 1876-118: Re-election of Grand Master Everett, and other Grand Lodge officers.
- 1876-130: Report of Committee on the Grand Lodge of Ontario; resolved that it "is a spurious body, with whom it would be improper and unmasonic to enter upon fraternal relationship."
- 1876-134: Charity Committee report.
- 1876-137: Presentation of the Joseph Warren statue by Wor. Otis E. Weld.
- 1876-138: Presentation of a donation by Bro. Charles T. Frink of Republican Lodge of "a little gavel, made from the Washington Oak, so called, at Mount Vernon."
- 1876-138: Voted that the Grand Lodge of Maine be permitted to use extracts from the Trestle-Board "as may be required in the preparation of a Masonic Digest."
- 1876-138: Committee appointed to consider amendments to Grand Constitutions to address clandestine Masons applying for healing, who were not at fault for irregularities in their proceedings.
Grand Constitutions Amendment Proposals
- 03/08: 1876-10; Proposed amendment to Part 3, Article 4, regarding trials of members in lodges; new Article 5; approved, as well as completely revised Part 3, Article 4 regarding the establishment of the Board of Commissioners of Trials; approved.
Grand Master's Address
- 03/08: 1876-7; Report of the committee on the Annual Address of the Grand Master in 1875.
- 12/13: 1876-105; Annual Address of the Grand Master. Initial remarks. Grand Treasurer's report; Dispensations and warrants; new Trestle-Board; recommendation that lodges account for public holidays when setting annual meeting dates; new statue of Joseph Warren; surrender of the charter of Philanthropic Lodge due to "a lack of interest and harmony among its members." Remarks on "colored lodges." Referred to committee.
Lodge By-Law Changes
- 03/08: 1876-4;
- 06/14: 1876-27;
- 09/13: 1876-43;
- 12/13: 1876-101;
- 12/27: 1876-142; Huntington (amendment); approved.
Necrologies and Memorials
- 12/13: 1876-105; Death of Rt. Wor. John Dove, Grand Secretary of Virginia "and the oldest Grand Secretary in the United States."
- 1876-151: Memorial presented by committee.
- 12/13: 1876-112; Death of Rt. Wor. Wendell T. Davis, Past Senior Grand Warden; mentioned in Grand Master's Address.
- 1876-157: Memorial presented by committee.
Petitions for Charters
- 03/08: 1876-5; Aconcagua, Valparaiso, Chile; to replace a charter destroyed by fire; approved with the new charter to retain its precedence.
Petitions for Dispensation for Lodges
- Mentioned in Grand Master's Address, beginning on Page 1876-105:
- Narragansett U.D., Fall River (12/30/1875)
- Huelen, Santiago, Chile (02/08)
- Boylston, West Boylston (03/08)
- Joseph Webb (Boston) (03/08)
- Note: the dispensation for a lodge in Pepperell was revoked; "the Brethren there deciding, after more fully deliberating, that it would be best to defer the organization of the Lodge to a more favorable time."
(No record of certain of these meetings in the 1876 Proceedings, where no page numbers are given.)
- 03/09: Dedication of the apartments of Hampshire Lodge, Haydenville, by a Deputy Grand Lodge (Rt. Wor. John E. Shipman as Deputy Grand Master).
- 07/27: Corner-stone laying of the new Town Hall in Merrimack, by Rt. Wor. Wyzeman Marshall as Deputy Grand Master, assisted by Bethany Lodge of Amesbury.
FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
(held at Masonic Temple, Boston, 12/27/1876)
- 1876-140: Opening and roll call.
- 1876-143: Installation of Grand Master Everett and other Grand Lodge officers.
- 1876-148: Recording Grand Secretary's report. List of diplomas granted (1,182 in 1876) and list of lodges not represented at Grand Lodge in 1875 and for the last 2-6 years; also communications from various Grand Lodges.
- 1876-161: Resolution commemorating the centenary of independence of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, presented by Past Grand Master Gardner.
- 1876-163: Banquet. Remarks:
- 1876-164: Grand Master Everett.
- 1876-164: Past Grand Master Heard.
- 1876-165: Past Grand Master Coolidge.
- 1876-166: Past Grand Master Parkman.
- 1876-169: Past Grand Master Dame.
- 1876-171: Past Grand Master Gardner.
- 1876-174: Past Grand Master Nickerson.
- 1876-178: Past Senior Grand Warden Abraham H. Howland, Jr.
- 1876-180: Deputy Grand Master Charles A. Welch.
- 1876-184: Past Deputy Grand Master George G. Smith.
- 1876-187: Rt. Wor. Tracy P. Cheever.
- 1876-191: Grand Chaplain Joshua Young.
- 1876-195: Recording Grand Secretary Charles H. Titus.
- 1876-196: Corresponding Grand Secretary George P. Sanger.
- 1876-198: Past Deputy Grand Master G. Washington Warren.
- 1876-200: Rt. Wor. Frederick D. Ely, DDGM, 13th District.
- 1876-203: Wor. John Rodocanachi.
- 1876-306: Rt. Wor. Abraham G. Hart, DDGM, 14th District.
LIST OF LODGES IN MASSACHUSETTS BY DISTRICT: 1876
There were 18 districts in Massachusetts in 1876, as well as districts for Chile and China.
Henry G. Fay, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges + 1 U.D.
Report: 1876-211; Tabular: 1876-247
- St. John's (Boston, 1733)
- Lodge of St. Andrew, (Boston, 1756)
- The Massachusetts (Boston, 1770)
- Columbian (Boston, 1796)
- Mount Lebanon (Boston, 1801)
- Germania (Boston, 1854)
- Winslow Lewis (Boston, 1855)
- Revere (Boston, 1856)
- Joseph Warren (Boston, 1856)
- Aberdour (Boston, 1860)
- The Lodge of Eleusis (Boston, 1865)
- Zetland (Boston, 1867)
- Joseph Webb (Boston, U.D.)
Francis Childs, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
Report: 1876-213; Tabular: 1876-248
- King Solomon's (Charlestown, 1783)
- Amicable (Cambridge, 1805)
- Star of Bethlehem (Chelsea, 1844)
- John Abbot (Somerville, 1857)
- Henry Price (Charlestown, 1858)
- Mount Olivet (Cambridge, 1863)
- William Sutton (Saugus, 1866)
- Robert Lash (Chelsea, 1867)
- Faith (Charlestown, 1868)
- Palestine (Everett, 1868)
Seth C. Ames, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges
Report: 1876-215; Tabular: 1876-249
- Washington (Roxbury, 1796)
- Union (Dorchester, 1796)
- Mount Tabor (East Boston, 1846)
- St. Paul's (South Boston, 1846)
- Baalbec (East Boston, 1852)
- Gate of the Temple (South Boston, 1855)
- Hammatt (East Boston, 1859)
- Lafayette (Roxbury, 1865)
- Adelphi (South Boston, 1865)
- Eliot (Jamaica Plain, 1866)
- Rabboni (South Boston, 1869)
- Temple (East Boston, 1870)
Edward C. Damon, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges
Report: 1876-216; Tabular: 1876-250
- Corinthian (Concord, 1797)
- Meridian (Natick, 1797)
- Bethesda (Brighton, 1819)
- Monitor (Waltham, 1820)
- Pequossette (Watertown, 1856)
- Dalhousie (Newtonville, 1860)
- Belmont (Belmont, 1864)
- Isaac Parker (Waltham, 1867)
- Mizpah (Cambridge, 1867)
- Beth-Horon(Brookline, 1870)
- Charles A. Welch (Maynard, 1872)
- Fraternity (Newtonville, 1875)
William C. Maxwell, District Deputy Grand Master; 13 Lodges
Report: 1876-219; Tabular: 1876-251
- Philanthropic (Marblehead, 1760) surrendered charter
- The Tyrian (Gloucester, 1770)
- Essex (Salem, 1791)
- Mount Carmel (Lynn, 1805)
- Jordan (Peabody, 1808)
- Liberty (Beverly, 1824)
- Ashler (Rockport, 1851)
- Amity (Danvers, 1863)
- Starr King (Salem, 1864)
- John T. Heard (Ipswich, 1864)
- Golden Fleece (Lynn, 1864)
- Acacia (Gloucester, 1865)
- Mosaic (Danvers, 1870)
Warren Currier, District Deputy Grand Master; 13 Lodges
Report: 1876-220; Tabular: 1876-252
- St. John's (Newburyport, 1766)
- Merrimack (Haverhill, 1802)
- St. Mark's (Newburyport, 1803)
- Warren (Amesbury, 1822)
- St. Matthew's (Andover, 1822)
- Grecian (Lawrence, 1825)
- John Hancock (Methuen, 1860)
- Tuscan (Lawrence, 1863)
- Saggahew (Haverhill, 1864)
- Charles C. Dame (Georgetown, 1867)
- Bethany (Merrimac, 1868)
- Phoenician (Lawrence, 1870)
- Cochichewick (North Andover, 1874)
Solon W. Stevens, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
Report: 1876-222; Tabular: 1876-253
- St. Paul's (Ayer, 1797)
- Aurora (Fitchburg, 1801)
- Pentucket (Lowell, 1807)
- Ancient York (Lowell, 1852)
- Trinity (Clinton, 1858)
- Wilder (Leominster, 1859)
- Caleb Butler (Ayer, 1859)
- Charles W. Moore (Fitchburg, 1865)
- Kilwinning (Lowell, 1866)
- William North (Lowell, 1867)
Jonas K. Patch, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges
Report: 1876-223; Tabular: 1876-254
- Republican (Greenfield, 1795)
- Harmony (Northfield, 1796)
- Pacific (Amherst, 1860)
- Mountain (Shelburne Falls, 1806)
- Orange (Orange, 1859)
- Hope (Gardner, 1864)
- Star (Athol, 1864)
- Artisan (Winchendon, 1865)
- Morning Sun (Conway, 1869)
- Bay State (Montague, 1872)
- Athol (Athol, 1872)
Hezekiah S. Russell, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges
Report: 1876-225; Tabular: 1876-255
- Cincinnatus (Great Barrington, 1795)
- Evening Star (Lee, 1795)
- Wisdom (West Stockbridge, 1803)
- Mystic (Pittsfield, 1810)
- Lafayette (North Adams, 1847)
- Berkshire (South Adams, 1857)
- Globe (Hinsdale, 1869)
- Upton (Cheshire, 1869)
- Occidental (Stockbridge, 1870)
- Williams (Williamstown, 1871)
- Greylock (North Adams, 1871)
- Crescent (Pittsfield, 1873)
John E. Shipman, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges
Report: 1876-227; Tabular: 1876-256
- Jerusalem (Northampton, 1797)
- Hampden (Springfield, 1817)
- Chicopee (Chicopee, 1848)
- Mount Tom (Holyoke, 1850)
- Mount Moriah (Westfield, 1856)
- Roswell Lee (Springfield, 1864)
- Huntington (Huntington, 1866)
- Ionic (Easthampton, 1867)
- Mount Holyoke (South Hadley, 1869)
- Belcher (Chicopee, 1870)
- Hampshire (Haydenville, 1871)
Charles W. Moody, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges + 1 U.D.
Report: 1876-229; Tabular: 1876-257
- Morning Star (Worcester, 1793)
- Mount Zion (Barre, 1800)
- Montacute (Worcester, 1858)
- Webster (Webster, 1858)
- Oxford (Oxford, 1859)
- United Brethren (Marlborough, 1859)
- Doric (Hudson, 1864)
- Athelstan (Worcester, 1865)
- St. Bernard (Southborough, 1867)
- Quinsigamond(Worcester, 1870)
- Spencer (Spencer, 1871)
- Boylston (West Boylston, U.D.)
Irving B. Sayles, District Deputy Grand Master; 14 Lodges
Report: 1876-230; Tabular: 1876-258
- Middlesex (Framingham, 1795)
- Montgomery (Milford, 1797)
- Olive Branch (Millbury, 1797)
- Solomon's Temple (Uxbridge, 1818)
- Franklin (Grafton, 1851)
- Blackstone River (Blackstone, 1855)
- John Warren (Hopkinton, 1860)
- Mount Hollis (Holliston, 1864)
- North Star (Ashland, 1864)
- Excelsior (Franklin, 1866)
- Siloam (Westborough, 1866)
- Charles River (Medway, 1871)
- Norfolk (Needham, 1874)
- Alpha, (Framingham, 1875)
George L. Rhoads, District Deputy Grand Master; 14 Lodges
Report: 1876-232; Tabular: 1876-259
- Bristol (Attleboro, 1797)
- King David (Taunton, 1798)
- Rising Star (Stoughton, 1799)
- St. Alban's (Foxborough, 1818)
- Orient (Norwood, 1861)
- Blue Hill (Canton, 1863)
- St. James (Mansfield, 1864)
- Alfred Baylies (Taunton, 1866)
- Hyde Park (Hyde Park, 1866)
- Ionic (Taunton, 1867)
- Paul Dean (North Easton, 1867)
- Ezekiel Bates (Attleboro, 1870)
- Constellation (Dedham, 1871)
- Charles H. Titus (Taunton, 1872)
Abraham G. Hart, District Deputy Grand Master; 12 Lodges + 1 U.D.
Report: 1876-234; Tabular: 1876-260
- Union (Nantucket, 1771)
- Marine (Falmouth, 1798)
- Star in the East (New Bedford, 1823)
- Mount Hope (Fall River, 1824)
- Eureka (New Bedford, 1857)
- Martha's Vineyard (Tisbury, 1859)
- Pythagorean (Marion, 1861)
- Pioneer (Somerset, 1863)
- May Flower (Middleboro, 1864)
- King Philip (Fall River, 1866)
- Oriental (Edgartown, 1866)
- Concordia (Fairhaven, 1872)
- Narragansett (Fall River, U.D.)
John W. Atwood, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges
Report: 1876-236; Tabular: 1876-261
- King Hiram's (Provincetown, 1795)
- Fraternal (Barnstable, 1801)
- Social Harmony (Wareham, 1823)
- Mount Horeb (Harwich, 1854)
- DeWitt Clinton (Sandwich, 1855)
- Pilgrim (Harwich, 1859)
- James Otis (Barnstable, 1865)
- Adams (Wellfleet, 1865)
- Howard (Yarmouth, 1869)
- Mariners' (Cotuit, 1871)
- St. Martin's (Chatham, 1872)
Hosea Kingman, District Deputy Grand Master; 14 Lodges
Report: 1876-238; Tabular: 1876-262
- Old Colony (Hingham, 1792)
- Fellowship (Bridgewater, 1797)
- Rural (Quincy, 1801)
- Corner Stone (Duxbury, 1801)
- Norfolk Union (Randolph, 1819)
- Orphan's Hope (Weymouth, 1825)
- Plymouth (Plymouth, 1825)
- Paul Revere (Brockton, 1856)
- John Cutler (Abington, 1859)
- Konohassett (Cohasset, 1864)
- Delta (Weymouth, 1868)
- Puritan (Abington, 1869)
- Phoenix (Hanover, 1873)
- Satuit (Scituate, 1875)
Theodore N. Foque, District Deputy Grand Master; 11 Lodges
Report: 1876-239; Tabular: 1876-263
- Hiram (Arlington, 1797)
- Putnam (Cambridge, 1854)
- Mount Hermon (Medford, 1854)
- Mount Horeb (Woburn, 1855)
- Wyoming (Melrose, 1856)
- Mount Vernon (Malden, 1857)
- William Parkman (Winchester, 1864)
- Charity (Cambridge, 1869)
- Good Samaritan (Reading, 1870)
- Simon W. Robinson(Lexington, 1870)
- King Cyrus (Stoneham, 1875)
John Wetherbee, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
Report: 1876-240; Tabular: 1876-264
- Thomas (Palmer, 1796)
- Bethel (Enfield, 1825)
- Quaboag (Warren, 1858)
- Quinebaug (Southbridge, 1859)
- Day Spring (Monson, 1862)
- Hayden (Brookfield, 1863)
- Eden (Ware, 1863)
- Vernon (Belchertown, 1869)
- Newton (Wilbraham, 1870)
- Anchor (Wales, 1873)
H. Plunket Bourchier, District Deputy Grand Master; 3 Lodges + 1 U.D.
Report: 1876-243; Tabular: 1876-265
- Bethesda (Valparaiso, Chile, 1854)
- Hiram (Caldera, Chile, 1858)
- Aconcagua (Valparaiso, Chile, 1870)
- Huelen (Santiago, Chile, U.D.)
Ithamar B. Eames, District Deputy Grand Master; 1 Lodge
Report: 1876-243; Tabular: 1876-266
- Ancient Landmark (Shanghai, China, 1863)