OTIS E. WELD, Grand Master
- 1 QUARTERLY COMMUNICATIONS
- 2 SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS
- 3 FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
- 4 LIST OF LODGES IN MASSACHUSETTS BY DISTRICT: 1894
- 4.1 DISTRICT 1: Boston
- 4.2 DISTRICT 2: Cambridge
- 4.3 DISTRICT 3: East Boston
- 4.4 DISTRICT 4: South Boston
- 4.5 DISTRICT 5: Newton
- 4.6 DISTRICT 6: Somerville
- 4.7 DISTRICT 7: Lynn
- 4.8 DISTRICT 8: Salem
- 4.9 DISTRICT 9: Newburyport
- 4.10 DISTRICT 10: Lawrence
- 4.11 DISTRICT 11: Lowell
- 4.12 DISTRICT 12: Fitchburg
- 4.13 DISTRICT 13: Greenfield
- 4.14 DISTRICT 14: North Adams
- 4.15 DISTRICT 15: Pittsfield
- 4.16 DISTRICT 16: Chicopee
- 4.17 DISTRICT 17: Palmer
- 4.18 DISTRICT 18: Worcester
- 4.19 DISTRICT 19: Southbridge
- 4.20 DISTRICT 20: Milford
- 4.21 DISTRICT 21: Framingham
- 4.22 DISTRICT 22: Hyde Park
- 4.23 DISTRICT 23: Taunton
- 4.24 DISTRICT 24: Brockton
- 4.25 DISTRICT 25: Hingham
- 4.26 DISTRICT 26: Fall River
- 4.27 DISTRICT 27: Nantucket
- 4.28 DISTRICT 28: Barnstable
- 4.29 CHILE DISTRICT
- 4.30 CHINA DISTRICT
(Held at Masonic Temple, Boston)
- 03/14: 1894-1;
- 06/13: 1894-19;
- 09/12: 1894-49;
- 12/13: 1894-103; (Annual Communication)
- 1894-11: Installation of District Deputy Grand Masters not present at the Feast of St. John in 1893.
From the collection of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts
- 1894-26: Report of Charity Committee.
- 1894-31: Presentation of a ritual cipher by the Recording Grand Secretary, considered a Masonic offense; a committee was appointed to investigate its preparation and to "ferret out the guilty parties."
- 09/12: 1894-67ff; Report of committee. Extensive documentation on the purported miscreants; it was declared that withholding information on the basis of Masonic trust between brothers (the MM oath) should not apply when contrary to the "demand of the Grand Lodge for a disclosure." The two participants (George H. Earl and Gifford H. G. McGrew) were expelled from Masonry.
- 09/12: 1894-75; Resolution that possession of the above-mentioned cipher would be considered a Masonic offense, and that the Committee on Ritual be directed to report on legislation, or orders, to make the work of no Masonic value - including the possibility of revising the Ritual.
- 12/12: 1894-139; Report of Committee on Ritual, recommending that any Mason who would print, buy or sell, or use or circulate keys or ciphers, should be subjected to expulsion.
- 1894-32: Proposal for a permanent charity fund, based on the contribution of $1 yearly per member; referred to a committee.
- 1894-57: Presentation (by letter) of a burial lot to the Grand Lodge, located in Mount Hope Cemetery, by Bro. John Hoffman Collamore. Note: this philanthropic Mason appears to have donated quite a bit to Massachusetts Masonry; a portrait of him can be found in the Commandery offices on the ninth floor of the Boston Masonic building.
- 10/29: 1894-85; See Special Communication, below.
- 12/12: 1894-137; Additional burial lot presented, increasing the area to 5,500 sq. ft.
- 1894-58: Report of Charity Committee.
- Recorded in Grand Master Weld's address, beginning on page 1894-120, made by Deputy Grand Master Holmes:
- Lodges visited:
- Revere, Boston (01/02)
- Beth-Horon, Brookline (01/09; installation)
- Revere, Boston (03/06)
- Bethesda (Brighton) (03/12; 75th anniversary of the lodge.)
- King Solomon's, Charlestown (04/10)
- Mount Vernon, Malden (04/19; Grand Master of New Hampshire present)
- Wyoming, Melrose (06/24; Feast of St. John the Baptist)
- Beth-Horon, Brookline (11/15)
- Lodge of St. Andrew, Boston (11/30; Feast of St. Andrew)
- Hall and Building Dedications and Cornerstone Layings:
- North Attleborough (06/16; Special Communication; by Rt. Wor. Holmes)
- Nahant (07/23; Special Communicationl by Rt. Wor. Holmes)
- Roxbury (09/29; Special Communication; by Past Grand Master Wells)
- Bethany, Merrimac (10/10; Special Communication; by Rt. Wor. Holmes)
- Burial lot in Mount Hope Cemetery, Boston (10/29; Special Communication; by Rt. Wor. Holmes)
- Lodges visited:
- 1894-134: Election of Rt. Wor. Edwin B. Holmes on the second ballot. Election of other Grand Officers. Remarks by Past Grand Master Wells and Grand Master-Elect Holmes.
- 1894-137: Charity committee report.
- 1894-145: Auditing Committee Report.
Grand Constitutions Amendment Proposals
- 03/14: 1894-11; Proposal to amend Part 5, Section 13, regarding dual membership. The proposal would permit members of lodges outside of the Commonwealth to simultaneously hold membership in Massachusetts-based lodges. Adopted.
- 03/14: 1894-13; Proposal to amend Part 4, Article 1, Section 5, to permit lodges to hold meetings away from their usual location in order to attend the funeral of a Master Mason. Approved.
- 03/14: 1894-14; Proposal to amend Part 4, Article 3; a draft of the document to be submitted to candidates seeking admission to the Fraternity, along with provisions for fees, and prohibitions to membership for residence, jurisdiction, and physical capability. Referred.
- 06/13: 1894-27; Postponed vote to September quarterly, so that amendments and revisions could be proposed and considered. Some revisions appear on page 1894-28.
- 09/12: 1894-59ff; A revised form of this Article, including amendments and corrections, appears on these pages. Adopted.
- 12/12: 1894-140; Proposal to amend Part 3, Article 7, Section 2, regarding jewels for subordinate lodges; to provide a jewel for the Inside Sentinel.
Grand Master's Address
- 12/13: 1894-115: Grand Master's Address, presented by Deputy Grand Master Holmes. "During a large portion of the past year, the state of my health has been such that it has been impossible for me to perform most of the public duties devolving upon the Grand Master." Visits; Grand Lecturer's report; Board of Directors report; Masonic Education and Charity Fund. Income disposition from Grand Charity Fund. Referred to committee. Grand Master Weld declined to be a candidate for the Grand Master's office. An expression of regret and sympathy appears on page 1894-140.
Lodge By-Law Changes
- 03/14: 1894-18;
- 06/13: 1894-25;
- Full Codes : none.
- Amendments: Norfolk Union (to reduce the fee for the degrees from $45 to $35 "to place itself on an equality with [neighboring lodges]." Approved.
- 09/12: 1894-66;
- 12/12: 1894-138;
Necrologies and Memorials
- 12/12: 1894-141: Memorial to Rt. Wor. DeWitt C. Jansen, District Deputy Grand Master for the China District; presented by Rt. Wor. Sereno D. Nickerson.
Petitions for Charters
Petitions for Dispensation for Lodges
- Dispensations for new lodges, mentioned in Grand Master's Address, beginning on Page 1894-120:
No page reference:
- 06/16/1894: 1894-34; North Attleborough. Corner-stone laying for the Richards Memorial Library. Rt. Wor. Edwin B. Holmes, Deputy Grand Master, presiding.
- 07/23/1894: 1894-41; Nahant. Corner-stone laying for the Library. Rt. Wor. Edwin B. Holmes, Deputy Grand Master, presiding.
- 09/29/1894: 1894-77; Roxbury. Corner-stone laying for the First Universalist Society of Roxbury. Rt. Wor. Samuel Wells, Past Grand Master, presiding.
- 1894-78: Grand Lodge opened in Prelate's Room of Joseph Warren Commandery. Procession to building site escorted by the Germania Band and Washington Lodge.
- 1894-79; Address by Mr. William O. Curtis, chairman of the Standing and Building Committee, Rev. E.L. Rexford, and Rev. James DeNormandie.
- 1894-80: "A novel and pleasing" Corner-stone laying ceremony. Noted that the Corner-stone of the original edifice was laid by Washington Lodge on 07/28/1820.
- 10/10/1894: 1894-82; Amesbury. Dedication of the Masonic hall of Bethany Lodge. Rt. Wor. Edwin B. Holmes, Deputy Grand Master, presiding.
- 10/29/1894: 1894-85; Boston. Dedication of the Burial Lot and Monument. Rt. Wor. Edwin B. Holmes, Deputy Grand Master, presiding.
A picture of this monument appears facing page 1894-85.
- 1894-87: Grand Lodge travels to Forest Hills, Mount Hope Cemetery.
- 1894-87: Order of exercises listed, including the presentation of Bro. Collamore, reply of the Acting Grand Master, Scripture and response, and dedication.
- 1894-96: Deputy Grand Master Holmes' Address.
FEAST OF ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
(held at Masonic Temple, Boston, 12/27/1894)
- 1894-144: Opening and roll call. Rt. Wor. Edwin B. Holmes presiding.
- 1894-146: Report of Charity Committee.
- 1894-147: Installation of Grand Master Edwin B. Holmes ‚"in manner and form according to the time-honored usage of this Grand Lodge." Installation of other Grand Officers.
- 1894-152: Report of Recording Grand Secretary: 1,663 Master Mason diplomas issued in 1894.
- 1894-154: List of lodges not represented in Grand Lodge in 1894, as well as the past 2-5 years (plus Aconcagua Valparaiso, not represented for the past 13 years).
- 1894-157: Feast of St. John, listing toasts and names of speakers:
- 1894-158: Grand Master Edwin B. Holmes.
- 1894-162: Rt. Wor. Charles H. Norris.
- 1894-166: Senior Grand Warden George F. Walker.
- 1894-167: Grand Chaplain Rev. Bro. John Cuckson.
- 1894-173: Rt. Wor. Charles Levi Woodbury.
- 1894-178: Rev. Bro. Adolph A. Berle.
- 1894-182: Rt. Wor. Solon W. Stevens.
- 1894-189: Bro. R. Perry Bush.
- 1894-196: Past Grand Master Wells.
- 1894-198: Past Grand Master Welch.
- 1894-203: Past Grand Master and Recording Secretary Nickerson.
- 1894-205: Rt. Wor. Charles C. Hutchinson.
- 1894-210: Deputy Grand Master S. Lothrop Thorndike.
- 1894-213: Past Deputy Grand Master Frederick D. Ely.
- 1894-218: Junior Grand Warden Henry J. Mills.
LIST OF LODGES IN MASSACHUSETTS BY DISTRICT: 1894
There were 28 districts in Massachusetts in 1894, as well as districts for Chile and China.
E. Bentley Young, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
- 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)
Frank Vose, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
- King Solomon's (Charlestown, 1783)
- Amicable (Cambridge, 1805)
- Putnam (Cambridge, 1854)
- Aberdour (Boston, 1860)
- Mount Olivet (Cambridge, 1863)
- The Lodge of Eleusis (Boston, 1865)
- Mizpah (Cambridge, 1867)
- Zetland (Boston, 1867)
- Joseph Webb (Boston, 1876)
John Stalker, District Deputy Grand Master; 9 Lodges
- Henry Price (Charlestown, 1858)
- Baalbec (East Boston, 1852)
- Temple (East Boston, 1870)
- Faith (Charlestown, 1868)
- Star of Bethlehem (Chelsea, 1844)
- Mount Tabor (East Boston, 1846)
- Hammatt (East Boston, 1859)
- Robert Lash (Chelsea, 1867)
- Winthrop (Winthrop, 1887)
Henry B. Chandler, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
- Washington (Roxbury, 1796)
- Union (Dorchester, 1796)
- St. Paul's (South Boston, 1846)
- Gate of the Temple (South Boston, 1855)
- Lafayette (Roxbury, 1865)
- Adelphi (South Boston, 1865)
- Eliot (Jamaica Plain, 1866)
- Rabboni (South Boston, 1869)
- Prospect (Roslindale, 1890)
- Macedonian (Milton, 1893)
Herbert H. Sawyer, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Monitor (Waltham, 1820)
- Bethesda (Brighton, 1819)
- Belmont (Belmont, 1864)
- Isaac Parker (Waltham, 1867)
- Pequossette (Watertown, 1856)
- Dalhousie (Newtonville, 1860)
- Beth-Horon (Brookline, 1870)
Thomas M. Durell, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Hiram (Arlington, 1797)
- Mount Hermon (Medford, 1854)
- Mount Horeb (Woburn, 1855)
- John Abbot (Somerville, 1857)
- William Parkman (Winchester, 1864)
- Charity (Cambridge, 1869)
- Simon W. Robinson(Lexington, 1870)
- Soley (Somerville, 1879)
William F. Chester, District Deputy Grand Master; 10 Lodges
- Mount Carmel (Lynn, 1805)
- Wyoming (Melrose, 1856)
- Mount Vernon (Malden, 1857)
- Golden Fleece (Lynn, 1864)
- William Sutton (Saugus, 1866)
- Palestine (Everett, 1868)
- Good Samaritan (Reading, 1870)
- King Cyrus (Stoneham, 1875)
- Converse (Malden, 1887)
- Golden Rule (Wakefield, 1888)
Chauncey S. Richards, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Philanthropic (Marblehead, 1760)
- Essex (Salem, 1791)
- Jordan (Peabody, 1808)
- Liberty (Beverly, 1824)
- Amity (Danvers, 1863)
- Starr King (Salem, 1864)
- Acacia (Gloucester, 1865)
- Mosaic (Danvers, 1870)
Green Davis, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- St. John's (Newburyport, 1766)
- The Tyrian (Gloucester, 1770)
- St. Mark's (Newburyport, 1803)
- Warren (Amesbury, 1822)
- Ashler (Rockport, 1851)
- John T. Heard (Ipswich, 1864)
- Charles C. Dame (Georgetown, 1867)
- Bethany (Merrimac, 1868)
Edward A. Fitts, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Merrimack (Haverhill, 1802)
- St. Matthew's (Andover, 1822)
- Grecian (Lawrence, 1825)
- John Hancock (Methuen, 1860)
- Tuscan (Lawrence, 1863)
- Saggahew (Haverhill, 1864)
- Phoenician (Lawrence, 1870)
- Cochichewick (North Andover, 1874)
Frank L. Weaver, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- St. Paul's (Ayer, 1797)
- Corinthian (Concord, 1797)
- Pentucket (Lowell, 1807)
- Ancient York (Lowell, 1852)
- Caleb Butler (Ayer, 1859)
- Kilwinning (Lowell, 1866)
- William North (Lowell, 1867)
- Thomas Talbot (Billerica, 1889)
George H. Foye, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Aurora (Fitchburg, 1801)
- Trinity (Clinton, 1858)
- Wilder (Leominster, 1859)
- Star (Athol, 1864)
- Hope (Gardner, 1864)
- Charles W. Moore (Fitchburg, 1865)
- Artisan (Winchendon, 1865)
- Athol (Athol, 1872)
David T. Remington, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Republican (Greenfield, 1795)
- Harmony (Northfield, 1796)
- Jerusalem (Northampton, 1797)
- Orange (Orange, 1859)
- Pacific (Amherst, 1860)
- Hampshire (Haydenville, 1871)
- Bay State (Montague, 1872)
- Mechanic's (Turner's Falls, 1878)
Frederick E. White, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Mountain (Shelburne Falls, 1806)
- Lafayette (North Adams, 1847)
- Berkshire (South Adams, 1857)
- Upton (Cheshire, 1869)
- Morning Sun (Conway, 1869)
- Williams (Williamstown, 1871)
- Greylock (North Adams, 1871)
Miles T. Huntington, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Cincinnatus (Great Barrington, 1795)
- Evening Star (Lee, 1795)
- Wisdom (West Stockbridge, 1803)
- Mystic (Pittsfield, 1810)
- Huntington (Huntington, 1866)
- Globe (Hinsdale, 1869)
- Occidental (Stockbridge, 1870)
- Crescent (Pittsfield, 1873)
John E. Bronson, District Deputy Grand Master'; 10 Lodges
- Hampden (Springfield, 1817)
- Chicopee (Chicopee, 1848)
- Mount Tom (Holyoke, 1850)
- Mount Moriah (Westfield, 1856)
- Roswell Lee (Springfield, 1864)
- Ionic (Easthampton, 1867)
- Mount Holyoke (South Hadley, 1869)
- Belcher (Chicopee, 1870)
- Newton (Wilbraham, 1870)
- Brigham (Ludlow, 1891)
Lovell L. Gage, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Thomas (Palmer, 1796)
- Mount Zion (Barre, 1800)
- Bethel (Enfield, 1825)
- Quaboag (Warren, 1858)
- Day Spring (Monson, 1862)
- Eden (Ware, 1863)
- Vernon (Belchertown, 1869)
F. W. Southwick, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges + 1 U.D.
- Morning Star (Worcester, 1793)
- Olive Branch (Millbury, 1797)
- Montacute (Worcester, 1858)
- Hayden (Brookfield, 1863)
- Athelstan (Worcester, 1865)
- Quinsigamond(Worcester, 1870)
- Spencer (Spencer, 1871)
- Boylston (West Boylston, 1876)
- Meridian Sun (North Brookfield, U.D.)
Lester H. Cudworth, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Solomon's Temple (Uxbridge, 1818)
- Blackstone River (Blackstone, 1855)
- Webster (Webster, 1858)
- Oxford (Oxford, 1859)
- Quinebaug (Southbridge, 1859)
- Mumford River (Douglas, 1877)
- Granite (Northbridge, 1880)
John H. Balcom, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Montgomery (Milford, 1797)
- Franklin (Grafton, 1851)
- John Warren (Hopkinton, 1860)
- Mount Hollis (Holliston, 1864)
- North Star (Ashland, 1864)
- Excelsior (Franklin, 1866)
- Siloam (Westborough, 1866)
- Charles River (Medway, 1871)
Lewis M. Palmer, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Middlesex (Framingham, 1795)
- Meridian (Natick, 1797)
- United Brethren (Marlborough, 1859)
- Doric (Hudson, 1864)
- St. Bernard (Southborough, 1867)
- Charles A. Welch (Maynard, 1872)
- Norfolk (Needham, 1874)
- Alpha (Framingham, 1875)
Francis D. Dunbar, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Rising Star (Stoughton, 1799)
- St. Alban's (Foxborough, 1818)
- Orient (Norwood, 1861)
- Blue Hill (Canton, 1863)
- St. James (Mansfield, 1864)
- Hyde Park (Hyde Park, 1866)
- Paul Dean (North Easton, 1867)
- Constellation (Dedham, 1871)
Edward R. Price, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Bristol (North Attleboro, 1797)
- King David (Taunton, 1798)
- Pioneer (Somerset, 1863)
- May Flower (Middleboro, 1864)
- Alfred Baylies (Taunton, 1866)
- Ionic (Taunton, 1867)
- Ezekiel Bates (Attleboro, 1870)
- Charles H. Titus (Taunton, 1872)
Herbert I. Mitchell, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Fellowship (Bridgewater, 1797)
- Rural (Quincy, 1801)
- Norfolk Union (Randolph, 1819)
- John Cutler (Abington, 1859)
- Paul Revere (Brockton, 1856)
- Puritan (Whitman, 1869)
- St. George (Brockton, 1877)
- Satucket (East Bridgewater, 1881)
Charles T. Burr, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- Old Colony (Hingham, 1792)
- Corner Stone (Duxbury, 1801)
- Orphan's Hope (Weymouth, 1825)
- Plymouth (Plymouth, 1825)
- Konohassett (Cohasset, 1864)
- Delta (Weymouth, 1868)
- Phoenix (Hanover, 1873)
- Satuit (Scituate, 1875)
Frederick A. Bradford, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Star in the East (New Bedford, 1823)
- Mount Hope (Fall River, 1824)
- Eureka (New Bedford, 1857)
- King Philip (Fall River, 1866)
- Concordia (Fairhaven, 1872)
- Narragansett (Fall River, 1876)
- Noquochoke (South Westport, 1878)
John Huxtable, District Deputy Grand Master; 7 Lodges
- Union (Nantucket, 1771)
- Marine (Falmouth, 1798)
- Social Harmony (Wareham, 1823)
- Martha's Vineyard (Tisbury, 1859)
- Pythagorean (Marion, 1861)
- Oriental (Edgartown, 1866)
- Mariners' (Cotuit, 1871)
Oliver H. Linnell, District Deputy Grand Master; 8 Lodges
- King Hiram's (Provincetown, 1795)
- Fraternal (Barnstable, 1801)
- Mount Horeb (Harwich, 1854)
- DeWitt Clinton (Sandwich, 1855)
- Pilgrim (Harwich, 1859)
- Adams (Wellfleet, 1865)
- Howard (Yarmouth, 1869)
- St. Martin's (Chatham, 1872)
Peter Ewing, District Deputy Grand Master; 4 Lodges
- Bethesda (Valparaiso, Chile, 1854)
- Aconcagua (Valparaiso, Chile, 1870)
- Huelen (Santiago, Chile, 1876)
- St. John's (Concepción) (Concepción, Chile, 1884)
DeWitt C. Jansen, District Deputy Grand Master; 1 Lodge
- Ancient Landmark (Shanghai, China, 1863)