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THE

?\fASONIC 'fRESTLE-BOARD, ADAPTED TO THE

.

NA'frONAL SYSTEM OF WORK AND LECTURES, .AS

REVISED AND PERFEOTED

BV THE

UNITED STATES MASONIC CONVENTION, AT

BALTIMORE, MD., A. L. 51343.

BY CHARLES W. mOORE & S, W. B. CARNEGY.

SECOND

EDITION •

.. BOSTON: PUBLISHED BY CHARLES W. MOORE, •

At the Office of the Freemasons' Magazine, 21 School Street. 'l'UTTLE .It DENNETT, PRINTERS.

1846.


8 to the CI ancient landmarks." Wherefore, as n Brother U wen路 instruct.. ed," permit me, without hesitation, earnestly to recommend your good work, as well. calculated to facilitate the acquisition of the Lectnres,-

to preserve the ceremonials and usages, traditions and lectures, in their purity, and to encourage audensure a general'unifO'rmity arnong the Brotherhood throughout our H conlmuni'ty of interests," in. our H ~ulcient and honorable" Profession. RespectfuIlYJ your Friend and Brother, BENJAMIN GLEASON.

R. W. Bn. MOOIlEI have examined the new H TRIrSTLE~'BoAnn , ) l i a n d ' R. W. Br. Oarnegy, (being a majority of the COUlInltteeaCor the purpose by the late Masonic Convention,) with great aaUs aed .. I have heenan active l\lason for fortythree years, have snstained the of...

fice of S. G. W. of the Grand Lodg'e of IVlassachusetts; was D. D. G. Master under the Grand Lodge of Virginia; Deputy Grand Master,and for three years Graod Lecturer for the Grand Lodge of the District oj Columbia, and have several times presided as l\'Iaster of subordinate Lodges.. I have therefore necessarHy been led to make myself fully ,:!fcquainted with.路路 all the principal text-books which have froin time to "':'!Ime been given tothe Fraternity,and 1 must cordiaUyanduneqtli~o" cally redJmln~nd the rrrestle-Board as being more . pr~ctieal and better adapted to Lodge purposes, than any other work J!Tb~~b..~9JaLl,nund<.\r myob&erV8ittou" DecerniJtt,184.3. JOHN B. "'Agt.~ll'.oI.'~~A9"i~


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PREFACE ..

The worlf is embellished with three representing three CARPETS, Craft MaSOl1fy. The design of the second is new, as also the arrangement of the first andtbird. cOnl1nel1cled themselves to the acceptance of the ren.. Such original matter has路 been introduced ed essential to the general design of the illustration of .points in the Ce1reIJOOllle:sancti. degrees, whicll might not 9therwise路 be stood. Th6} . pages of the路 present edition hava been reduced in size, with.R 路view to. render the more convenient for private use. Some changes have also made in the the matter; and a few sions in the first been supplied. It is but it is tlelle"'\lrea


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12

CONTENTS.

Form ofC<!mmis~i(ln reappoint-

Ing D.D. G. IVÂŁ. 112 Proxy f<l'r representation in G. Lodge, 111

19

Fortitude", 85 Fortyseventh Problem of Eu.. clid,

..

Funeral Ceremonies, Do. Service, Furniture of aLodge s

58 13 90 96 32

Geomeu~

48

Hearing,

45 58

Freemasonry, definition of)

advantages oft 48 moral advantages of, 49 Globes, use of, . 42 Grammar, 47 Hour:'Glass,

Laying Foundation Stones, Lamb'Skin, Lodge, definition or, its organization, the form of, the covering ofl the furniture of. the orrmrnents of~ the Jewels of: to whom dedicated,

Logi<:>,

Prayer at Pra:yer Prayer at Prayer at .i.lU"U:~iII;>A:V'lIi, Do. Do. Prayer at Lodge, lOG Pra-yer at constituting a Lodge, 101 Procession, at constituting a Lodge, 66 Procession of G. Lodge at do. 61 Procession at laying foundation 81 at do. 81


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having been by the Grand Lodge, m~et transact the business of Masonry.. Any. number of. :rvlasons, not less than seven, ,vell skilled in the work mysteries of the Craft, and of good report .among their Brethren, may petition the Grand Lodge, within the limits of whose jurisdiction a authorizing them to ORGANIZE reside, a路 Lodge fi)rMasonic purposes. When Lodge consists 路~f the Worshipful Master, Senior and Junior. vVardens, Treasurer and . Secretary,. Senior and Junior Senior and Junior many members as a majority of the Brethren may deter"':,! mine,-thougn . more than fifty wiUgenerally be found . nnrlr~fJoT'!"/, here enume-

A

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CLOSING.


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required to participate ,vhile in the to illustrate and ineulcatesome ne(~UlUlr beauty of .our Cel~err)On.les to improve the mind and consecrate The labors duties of the prayer. The cannot reminded of their dependence on the ......... ,~,,.,."'}' of·· the··Universe for every blessing·they is an ancient and custom of the It was the ··eonstant practice of our •ancestors.. It is cannot with prietybe dispensed are also certain "",;uu.J.~~\JO, one or mare of ,¥hich may be prc)t1tabi,v <Il, ......

to

.

.LJIo.J''''''AJ.lL\J\'''.u


stages in the of .man-infancy, manhood and age" first, characterized by the blush of innocence, is pure as .the tints ,vhich gild the eastern of the day: the heart in unsuspeoting integrity of its it


BE N ED I C TIO N

'blessi:ag of. Heaven rest ! Brotberly...Love virtue cement us ! Amen.. So mote


I'BAYERS CH.:\ItQE AT OPENING.

'fhe '\lays of Virtue are degrees. Wisdoxn dwells must aeek her. Let us, then, becoming zeal to the practice culcatedby our Order.. Let us objects ofour nSBociatiQD, are and passions, the' cultivation of an promotion of a correct knowledge God,. our neighbor, and ourselves.. Let practice with assiduity the sacred tenets

acc:epltab,le

to

Response. So Inote it be. ''1'he'Master then-In the Lodge duly opened OIl the centre, the third d~gree.


TRESTLE....:sOJ.RD.

all private anitnosities, if any unhappily exist, affection and Brotherly-Love.. It is a useless the subjection of irregnla,r passions '\vithin Lodge, if we permit them to tritunph in each other. Uniting in the grand design, let us he happy selves, and endeavor to pron1ote the happiness of others. us cultivate the great moral virtues which do'\vn on our Masonic Trestle-Board, and improve in good, .an1iable nnduseful. Let tbebenign Mystic Art preside路 over our councils, and under us act with a dignity becolning the high moral of our venerable I:astitution. AN OT !I E R.

" Behold, . how dwell together "It is like

do'wn

the

C H A It G: EA. TOP E N I NG ..

it is for Brethren to that ran down


QUALIFICATIONS A.ND

vain, and spent is with the LORD, your Finally,Brethren, be rnay the God of love you!

RE(:;OMtPEJN'SE

c ON THE QUALIFICATIONS AND CANDIDATES

OF


form to most ceptable in his sight." Another of· the Constitutions,. further that no person shall be admitted a member, unless he be " free

born; of mature and discreet age

of good report; of

sufficient natural endowments, and the senses of a Inan ; with an estate, office, tra.de, occupation, or sonle visible way of acquiring.ah honest livelihood, and of working in his Craft, as becomes the members of this most ancient and honorable l<raternity,· who ought not to earn what is sufficient for themselves and families, but likewise something fOf\Vorks of CHARITY, and porting the true of the Craft."

*'

I.e:

I:

No Brother

a.on

*

::if

propose

Sooiety,

friendship or partiality,··who. does and social virtues, a sound· head who not an entire ties· and which would Ji"I.-.:I" ..... 'VV\,,""+tl"'.V\

*"

..


every Ct8Lfts'mem on ......... i"', ...."" ..' ....

ad'vers8.l"Je;s

they practically promote the honor by peculiar ties to proInote peace, in concord and Brotherly-Love.

rN

TlI E L 0 DG路E ..

\vork,

eornrnltte~es'J

111ust 'hold no from 'the nor in-


ADMISSION OF By the ree;u la,tlOI1S 1nysteries of without

jV.IIn<::!t'\'Il''\ ....'Cr

stood

one

unless a dispensation be obtained in his favor" plications for initiation should made in the following form :

" To the

Plf nrJ:h.')'f)f~~J,l

"The that cient Instltt;(tlon~ mitted a rnember "His place of residence is - - - , -occupation - - -.. (Signed.. ) [Recommended by three or more memlJerS

his


MASONIC

by a favorable desire knowledge, your fellow-creatures?

3. "Do VOll

~f~rlrl11~liV'

gelltlelnen, established

if no

The

be . ,

to

trarY1is then it1troduced in due and ancient forrn ..

C

PT ILLUSTR.l~rrIONS.

GENER

L RE1.\7A

KS.

con..


ON

ilie

FIRST ~ooe

this gave 'tory of his prudence, and justice, he \-vas the first In this he another year, before he ,vas to the .second it was not until the of three years, that \vas adll1itted to路路a full participation in the secrets and benefits of the so.. ciety. .A.nd even then, the utlnost precaution ,vas used. The candidate 'was bound the lllost solemn vows, to of his Or.. del' ; to act upon and abide and established Ctlstolns of the ren distinguished each other in ......~~ ........ ""~"""'" 'fhe lllost sed the of and solenul attention.

lI.;;/4..l.4.;I,"'AI..4'-'-

FIli S

alone

his ties he

caUed

life; and it assures hirn,


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ed in that he nlay pursue his without fear and '\vitnout danger. The first section the degree also teaches him, that he is to take the Bible as the and of his Sq uare his ac.tions by the precepts circlunscribe his desires and \vithin 1/".1"111 •• - - 1

of 'virtue' and rnorality,-and to relieve the necessities Qf' others, \vith the superfluities of h-is

A full and perfect

O\:\l'n

substa.nce.

of this section is indiso.,

pensably necessary to every lVIason, who ,vould be ser· ,riceable to the and would avail hinlself of its privileges and its enjoyments. It is the alphabet of l\fasonry, and must be learned any progress can be ?nade in the rnore abstruse and hranches of the It consists 'while

CANDI DA 'I'E ..

desQeuded


the Lord cOlnmauded


IWA50NIC T1tESTLE-BoARI1"

rrhis section closes 'wit:h a moral and COlVIMON

TWENTYFOUR INCH GAUGE

TaE TWE1'TTYFOU

of GAVEL.

INcn GAUGE

Is an instrUll1ent nlade use of by to Iuea'" Bllre and Jay out their '''ork. l\iasons, are taught to rnake use it glorious purpose of dividing our tirne.. twentyfour parts, il! enlblernatieaJ of the day; ,vhich we are to divide parts, whereby \YC nnd a portion for service G-od and a dis... tressed 'worthy Brother; a portion for OUr usual avocations and a portion for refreshnlent and sleep. THE C OM M 0 N

1;-

A VEL

Is an instrument made use of by operative off the and superfluous parts of stones, thenl for builder's use; but '~>'e, as free ]\[ato make nseaf it for the nlore' noble and of and

S 1'NIS

SECT is


ON THE FI1l.ST

THIRD SECTION. thitd and last section of this the rnost interesting and of the three. Nor is knjn\V'lprllfr(.~ of it less essential to a proper un.. del'staucfJln,g of the of the Brother has not Inade hilTIself farniliar \vith it, need at the trouble of his clain1s

l\,Iason. are-I. The FORl'!!.. -2. The SUPfORTS.-3. The UOVE:RIi\rG.路-~l-.. The FURNl1'URE..-5. The U.~ ~路 6. The LIGHTS.-7. The JE\VELS.. -8. The SITUATIONand 9. The DEDICATION, of Lodges.. n1EleunQ:S"I at the

nrc>hC,IerlCV as a

....."J;li,4'1.a....I.I. . .

........

chambers,-probably aHbrd.

one thne, held in

crypt .""""""'A'V~"'''''''''

it It is a very safe one.. The 11'oRM of a isf<.l1'lliHar to every Mason.. is to great pillars, caHedWisdom, Strength,


l\iASONICTRESTLE-BOARD"

ty; because it is necessary that there should be vVisdom to contrive, Strength to support, and to adorn, aU great and in1portant undertakings.. And the COVERING is no less than the cloudy canopy of heaven, \vhither all good lVIasons hope at last to arrive, by aid of the theological ladder ,vhich Jacob in his vision sa\v reaching from earth to heaven,-the three principal rounds of路 ,vhich are denominated and Charity,-teaching Faith in God, Hope in itnnlortality, and Charity to all mankind. Every ,veIl governed Lodge is FUR~ISHED ,vith the Holy Bible, Square, and COlnpass.* The Bible is dedicatBcl to the service of God, it being the inestinlablc gift of God to man; * * the Square to the rv!aster, it being the proper l\fu.sonie elnblem of his and the Compass to the Craft, because, bya due its use, they are taught to regulate their desires, and to keep their passions 'within dne bounds with all Illankind, but n10re especially \vith their Brethren in Freemasonry.

The

ORNAMENTS

of a

are the l\iosaicPave..

ment, the Il1d?l1ted Tessel, and the Blazing Star.. 'rhe l\fo~AIC PAvEMEN'r is a of the gro 11nd floor of I{ing Solornon's Ternple; TESSEL, of that beautiful tesselated border, or which surrounded Blu\ZING STAR ,vas in the 'rll(~ lv.IOSAIC PAVEMENT iselnblematical of hurnan cheqllered ,vitb good and evil; the INn}~NTEn TF:SSgIA surrounds it, of those Inanifold blessings and conlforts路w'hich surround us, and which ,va hope to obtain bya faitbfttl reliance Divine Provi,dencc, which is路 hieroglyphically the BLAZING ST.llt in thecentrell

it,-the

Thel\~ov~BLE

and IMMOVABLE JEWELS, are also ex.. to the pre..

in this section. sent systelTI, are ,vorn

C()11tpacsse~;'1 -OJ

of the a pair of4Jompass路es, so named from

SUf,lertjIUO\lS or improper, and the singular Dumber pre,leralh~e

name."-[ JVcbster.


REMARKS ON THE FIRST DEGREE.

33

on or near the

in 'iVa were thus etel(u(~atle(1~ at thence to to and frorn that LODGES

Ginon.


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MASONIC TRESTIJE-BOARD..

fore, deputed seven of theirn10st elninent 111elnbers to 'wait upon Sf. John the \vho ,vas at that til'ne Bishop of Ephesus, to request hiln to take the office of Grand l\faster.. returned for ans\ver, that 'vell of having stricken in years, (being been in the early part of his life initiated he ,,,auld take upon llilTIself that office. l-Ie thereby cOlnpleted by his lcal~ning, \vhat the other St.. John had accomplished by his and thus drc\v '~lhat the old records term a line-paralleL. After his ae(~ease., the Christian Lodges \verededicated to hin1 and St. John the Baptist., they both being regarded as ell1inent Chris.. tian Patrons of Freen1asonry : Since their time, there has been represented in and 'well furnished Lodge, a certain PtHN'f WI'1~lnN A embordered by two perpen(licular parallel rerJre~3en:tln,ft St. John the Baptist and St. John the vertex of the Circle rests 1300k of the Poi nt reprosents an hnY'fnrf,'H""(1' line of his :nelc;eE'Sa:l~lly

touch

on

The Principal Point prises the exalted virtues of nrc the tenets are thus explained:

,r....,Jf,l,

'....,t,4~,""'J.

BR"O THE R L Y

J-

L 0 VE â&#x20AC;˘


To relieve the distressed on

but

ineurnbent on all are linked

incllSS10UHHe CIla:ln ofsincere at1lect,10Il.

to

\vith their

miseries, and to restore to grand ail'll, \ve have in ()n ships, and establish our connections.

'ro c路 ...,,-..

to

't'I'>.r-.

"~'"U''' unllUO:DV.


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PRUDENCE Teaches us toreg111ate our Jives and actions agreeably"lo the dictates of reason, and is that habit by which ,"ve wisely judge, and prudentially determine, on all things relative to our present as 'veIl as to our future happiness.. This virtue should be the peculiar characteristic of every l\:lason, not only for the governlnent ofhis conduct while in the Lodge, but also ,\'hen abroad in the world.. It should be particularly attehded to in all strange and mixed companies, that the secrets of l\{asonry may not be unlawfully obtained. * * * JUS TI C E

Is that standard, or boundary of right, which enables us to render to every man his just due. This virtue is not only consistent with divine and human la\vs, but is the very CClnent and support of civil society; and, asJustice in a great Ineasure constitutes the real good man, so should it be the invariable practice of every Mason never to deviate frorn the minutest principles thereof: :ij: * #

The illustration of these virtues is aCl~OInp路an][ot1 with some general observations peculiar to ,l,u.~路~O\,"A..lI;;h. Such,. is the arrangen1cnt of tho different sections in the first lecture, 'which, \vith the forrns

opening and

of a

COlrn J]' re .11el"a~; 111tO

'whole

of the first degree of l\1asonry. rrhis plan has the ad.. it, the of vanta.ge of regularity to and l)recedent and and the vihich flow from antiquity.. CHARGE AT INITIATION INTO

TIII~

FIRST

My BROTHE:a.:-Having the cel~e:rwnles your initiation,aUow me to congratulate you sion into our anci'ent and honorable having existed thne imolemoriaJ; .hol:lor~able'l to Inake aU nlensowho are strictly to its It is an Institution having for its foundation the practice of the social and moral virtues. And to so an etllinence credit heen advanced, that age country, eminent for their xuoraland intellectual attaintncnts, encoura.ged and pronloted its interests. N or bas it


REMARKS ON THE FIRST ·DEGREE.

thought derogatory to their

37

that monarchs have for a. to patronize our

se3:tJon, exchanged the sceptre for the

mysteries, and join in our assemblies. J18 a you are to the volume of the Sacred Law, as the great light in your profession; to consider it as the unerring standard of .truth and aocl your actions by the divine p.recepts it '""',J[n.(i1J~L1<C. the important duties you owe to God, VOllr IleuztltJtOf'l1 8e1£ To God, by never mentioning his name, but awe and reverence which are ·due from. the creature to his Oreator; by imploringhisaid.on aU your lawful unldel·ta.lnllfIS.. and by looking np to him ix':l support. To your square ; by rell,d:e:rIDiE! roercymay ; his·affiictions ; .• andhy such would that he should do unto a prudent and well regulated course dlscIpl1nle~ as. may best conduce to· the .preservation of your Inental faculties in their fullest to exert the to his as to the "Ur~f··tr»1"'A·''I'T v()n]rt~~Uo:w...,crem,Ulres• .118 aCilizen, you are emlOH180 charge of your civil duties, by never . nancing, any act which may have a tel);OCJ1CV peace and good order of society; by the laws under you

of .II. €tn .awtm(:ttm~l" public virtues. ,deflce direct

and

'I"Y\~ y,., fr..o'"

servanccof to the ancient

UUJlU"'lna;rKS

a.oy one to a pattlC.lpaLtiorfi have strong reasons to that a. will ultimately reflect honor on our ancient Institution.

rec:on:lmE~nd


MASONIC TREsrrLE"BOARD..

eHA

ER VI

T SECTIO.N .


REMARKS ON THE SECOND DEGREE.

39

fore thee.. ""'ork name, be continued to glory, and everrnore be est,abJllstled ill us, in obedience to divine precepts. AJnen.

The

passage of ..... .r路I~tnTT1t'r路O is generally read

by the "1\.faster : " Though I speak the tongues of men a.nd of angels, and have not charity, as sounding brass, or a tinkling synlhol. And the gift of prophecy, and understand all rnysteries, kn ow.le(1,sre though I have aU faith, so that I could not charity, I am nothing.. aU my goods to feed the and body to be burned, and have not it Charity sutJereth long, and is vauntethnet i~self; is not unseemly, seeketh not het" no evil ; rejoiceth not, in beareth. an thir1gs, beendnreth "an things. 1

charity, these three; COf..

ch.. xiii.. *

are hnplenlents pe-


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TRESTLE-BOARD.

SECOND SECTION. The second section of this degree is principally devo.. ted to the explication of physical science, and the tra.... cing of the goodness and majesty of the Creator, bym'inutely analyzing his 'works. The intellectual faculties expand as a desire of kno"wledge increases. By the .studies attached to this section> the mind is elevated to a 'communion with its, l\faker. 'Vhat a sublilne field for moral investigation and critical research do the seven liberal arts' and" sciences afford! 1".he subtleties of Gralnmar, Rhetoric and Logic-the \vonderful combinations of Arithmetic-the universal application of Geome... try-the delicacy of Music, and the sublimity of Astron.omy, have each a separate charm to '\vin the heart 'and point to a Creator. Circumstances of itnportance to the

Craft, and of peculiar interest to the l\fason whodeIights in the study of the mystic beauties of his profession,are here developed and explained. "'\tV emay, only add I that

is considered under hvo denonlin~l'"

tions-operative and speculative.

cent purposes.


REMARKS ON THE SECOND DEGREE. OF

THE

INVENTION

OF

ORDER

N

.ARC1i:I-

TECTURE ..

The ancient and original orders of architecture, esteemed by IV[usoos, are no Ulore than three-the Doric, Ionic, 路and Co.. r'intldan, which ,vere invented by the Greeks~ To,t,hese the ROlnans have added t\vo: theTus<.~ar),whic made plainer than the Doric; and the Conlposite,w more ol*narnentaI, if not rnore beautifhl, than the C n. '!'!le first three orders show inven .<1 particular character, and frorn eae-,Il other; the two others have nothing but is borro'wed, and differ only accidentally: the Tuscan is the Doric in its ea.rliest state; and the Composite is the Corinthian, enriched with the Ionic. To , tlie Greeks, therefore, and not to the Romans, we are indebted for what is great, judicious and distinct in architecture.. THE FIVE SENSES OF HUMAN NATURE ..

The intelligent readily understand the路路.application of. the follo\ving illustrations of the senses of lIEARING, SEEING,F'EEI.,lNG., Sl'YIELLING and TASTING: UEAl:tING

SEEING


MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD.

dispositions, the passions and affections, of our fello,v-creatures, when they 'wish most to conceal then); so that) though the tongue Inay be taught to lie and dissemble, the conntenance will display the hypocrisy to the discerning eye. In fine, the 路rays路oflight 'which administer to this sense are the most astonishing parts of the anitnated creation, and render the eye a~rculiar object of adtniration. ()f all tl~e:({aculties,路sight is the noblest. The structure of the eye ant! its appurtenances, evinces the adtnirable contrivance of nature for pert"'(n路tning all its variouA external and internal rnotions; while the va!"letydisplayed in the eyes of differentanimals, suited to their several ways of life, clearly deInonstrates this organ to be the n1t\sterpiece of nature's vvorks.. FEELING

Is that sense by 'which \\ye distinguish the different qualities of bodies;. such as heat andcolrl, hardness and softness, ness and slnoothness, figure, solidity, Illotion and e~tensioll.

These three senses, Hearing., See'ilzg, and Feeling, are deerned peculiarly essential to Masons.

TASTING


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REMARKS ON THE SECOND by the unnatural kind of life rnen cornrn,on ltv lead in that these senses are rendered less fit to their offices.. OF THE SEVEN

LIBERAL e E S ..

THE SEVEN LIBERAL ARTS

RTS

.AND

AND

SCIÂŁ:NOES

selEN-

ate also

illustrated in this section. A very brief analysis of the character of each Inay .not, be altogether inappropriate in this place. GnA~IlYIAR

Is the key by which alone a door can be to the understanding of speech. It is GranHnar reveals the adJ;llirable art of language, and unfolds its various constituent parts, its names, definitions, and offices; it unravels, as it were, the thread ll'hich the of is composed. Theserefiections occur to their acquaintance with the a.rt; it a knowledge of ' is very difl"icult to with pro... priety, precisioIl, and


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imperfect ofquantity itsel~ 'without the help of Arithmetic.. the 'works of the Almighty are Inade in nurnber, 'weight and measure; therefore, to understand thenl rightly, we ought understand arithlnetical calcula.tions; and the greater vancenlent we nlake. in the D1atllernatical sciences, the luore capable we shall be of considering such things as are the ordinary objects of our conceptions, and be thereby led to a more comprehensive, knowledge of our great Creator, and the wor!{s of the creation. GEOMETR.Y

Treats of the powers and properties of magnitudes in gene.. ral, where length, breadth and thickness are considered-from a point to a line, from a line to a superfices, and frotn a superfiees to a solid. A point is the beginning of all Geometrical matter. Aline is a continuation of the salno. A 8'uperftces is .length without a Wl1ich A solid is length and breadth 'with a given forms a eube and comprehends th e whole.. OF THE ADVAN.TAGES 0" G E OM,'ET R Y ..

By this 'science, the architect

enabled to construct to

plans, and execute his soldiers the engineer, to

the

to give

UÂŁ4

all contained, to and specify the' divisions of "' .....'w ............ Inrl!!'dlol'l:lS By it,also, the astronomer is tions, ,and, to fix

cycles. In fine,

the

rOU.11dl!.tl0~n

and the root of the mathelnaties. MUS! C


id/5tJ

(:(}11l1JZllS.'

l:e,~9{)(3

_PiZtlSlt}I"S.

o (J' ltll'll[)Jfas路ter~s路.

:3,j3(i() (}l,('t:r;5e61~Y.. ~",

8(),O (1 (>.,;''etloll/路''(/rctlls . 7r). {)(}/) .Ell It.,'l''t'lL.. '!lJjJre7ltiet:S.


RE1VIARKS ON THE THIRD DEGREE ..

'The inlpressive ceremonies of this degree are calculated to inculcate upon the mind of the the importance of the of the liberal arts and sciences,-especially of the science of Geonlctr:y, .'which forlTIs the basis of ; and being of a divine and moral nature, is enriched with the lllost useful ; for ,vhile it proves lVOIlderful properties of nature, it demonstrates the more Imlnnl''t.:l.l'lt truths To the of Geornetry, therefore, your attention is specially directed. Your past regular and conduct have merited the hOllorwe havew.conferre~路. ~.~ In your present char.. at all" as~emblies, YDU will ob... ur cereolollies, -that you v,rill preCtlst01l1S Fraternity sacred e~aln;ple, induce others ta

our

Such is the nature of and to a .due observance

and honor..

I.


MASONIC TltESTLE...nOARD.

the Scriptures, and to the funda .. mental truths of our holy religion.. It is calculated to bi;pdn}en together by 111ystic points of fello'wship, as in a bond of fraternal affection and Brotherly Love. It is among Brethren of this degree, that the ancient land.. marl,s of the Order are preserved, and it is froln them that ,ve derive that fund of . inforrnation \vhich none ingenious and l\Iasons can It n1ay truly said, that fQW ever attain to a know . . ledge of it; yet it is not less true, that they ,vho by merit the Inarks of pre~minence and distincti it confers, receive a re~ward them for their attention and assid uity.. It is also fronl Brethre~of this degree, of the Craft are selected; 'because it is HI

who are

of that we can sonablyexpect to receive it. And "rell ,vould it be our and for the at if the an.. eient that Brother should be perlnitted to ra.ised to this who had not Inade hin1self thoroughI.y Dl"()hc:lellt t\VQ preeeding.

:E'IRST S O N .

two PfEtCe'IC!Ul!l ; and of it ,vIla is desirous of himsolf useful路 in the cell路en.lot':lUll."'tl',,;a[ll:l~

Lodge"


ON"BE THIRD DEGRE:E.

tfhe

passage

of

is Int]rOC1UC€~(j

read by the Master:-"" "Remember now thy Creator in the days of tAy youth, while the. evil days come not, nor the years dra,v nigh, 'w'hen thou shalt say, I bave no pleasure in them; while the sun, or the lig};lt, or the mOOD, or the stars, be· not.arkened, nor the clouds retarn after rain; in the day ,vheniteepers of the house shall and the strong luen bow them... selves, and the grinders cease because they are fe'\v, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, and the doors 'shall be shut in the streets, "\vhen sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and aU the daughters. of music sbaH be brought low. Also, when 'hey shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shaH be in the

way, and. ~;~?ealmond tree shaH flourish, and . . the grasshopper

shaH ilea burden, and desire shaH fail; because man goeth to his longhotne, and the mourners gQ about the streets': . or ever the silver cortll>e loosed, or the golden bo'\vl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain., or the-w'heelbrokell at the eistern. Then shall the oust return to the as it was a.nd shall return untoG'od who gave

is occasionally intro'daced asa subhititute for


MASONIC TRESTLE-BOA.nD"

All the irnplements in l\:Iasonry indiscrilninately,

perly belong to Brethren of this degree, and may be il... lustrated in this .section. 'fhe TROWEL, however, is more particularly referred to. TIlE TROWEL instrunH:~nt

nlade use of by operative Masons., to spread the ceulentwhicb unites the building into one common nlass; but路 we, as free and accepted Masolls,. are taught to Is an

make use of it for the more noble and glorious purpose of spreading the cement of Brotherly Love and affection; cement which unites us into one sacred band, or. pQciety friends and Brothers1 amorig whonlDo contention should ever exist, but that noble contentiOD)or rather enlulation, of who 'best can work and. best agree..

SECOND SECTION This section recites the historical traditions of

Order, and presents to view a of great rnoral sublhnity" It exemplifies an instance of virtue and firrn'" ness, seldoln and never eXCeJlle<11l" The following may he used in the of , this degree by the if the occasion renders it expedient : Almighty

the Universe :r-Qade !~We,

plore thee to po holy name, .tbe 路路contrn10l~lt cially beseech who offers


ON

THIRD DEGREE.

55

'fhefollow'ing Prayer is used at the raising of. a Broth.. er to this degree :Thou, 0 God! Kno'\vest opr down-setting and our uprising, and understandeth our thoughts afar ofLShicld and defend us from the evil intentionsot路our enernies, and support us under the trials and afflictions we aredestineQtoendure, while travelling through this vale. of tears. . Man th~t is born of a ~oman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth as a flower, and is cut down ;he fieeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. Seeing his days are detern1il1ed, the llulnber of his Inonths. are with thee; thou hast appointed his bounds that he callnotpass: turn from hirn that he路 tnay rest, till he shall accomplish his day. For there is hope of 8. tree, if it be cut down, that it 'willaprout again, and tha.t tbe tender. branch thereof will not cease. Butman dietIl and lvasteth a"l'ay; '. up the ghost, and 'where is be? .As the and flood decayetb and drieth up" so man not up till the heavens shall be no morc. co'mpassion on the childrellof creation con\fort in tittle of and sa.ve them an eV~3rhl.stJ~n!! salvation.. So mote it be. Amen.

TItIRD

eTION .


MASONtC TRESTLE-BOAll.J)"

learn, that there was not the sound of axe, .hammer or any tool of iron, heard in the house '\vhile it ,vas huild·

ing.. It is said to have been supported hy fourteen hundred and fiftythreecolumns, and two .th9usand nine hundred and six pilasters, all he\vn from the finest Parian :mar. ble. There ,vere employed in its building, three Grand Masters; three thousand and three hundred or Overseers of the Work ; eighty thousand Fellow-Crafts; and seventy tbdusand Entered Apprentices, or bearers of burthens.. All these ,vere classed and arral'lged i)l such manner by· the wisdom of Solomon, that .neither envy, discord, noreonfusion, was· suffered to .interrupt or. disturb the pea.ce and good felIo\vship which prevailed among the workmen.. In front of the magnificent porch, were the two celebrated pillars,-one on the left hand and one on the right hand. They are supposed to have been there as a lUelTIOrial to thechiltlren of the happy deliverance of their forefathers from Egyptian borldae'e" in comlnernorationof the miraculous and cloud. Tbep'illar offi.re. gave to and their march, and theICI,otlldpro,redldllLI',kael9S to Pharaoh alld his host and retarcleet Solotnon, therefore, ordered

of continually· before turning· from divine worship..

this section are also eXlpla:tnea


ON

THE

POT

DEGREE.

OF

INCENSE

BEE .. HIVE


MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD .. THE BOO K 0 F CON S TIT UTI 0 N S, G U A R DE D B TH ET Y L E R ' S SWORD,

ReUlinds ns that we should be ever watchful and guarded in our thoughts, ,vords and actions, particularly when before the enemies of Masonry; ever bearing in renlembrauce those truly Masonic virtues, silence and ci:rCUl1tSpection. THE S"tVORD, POINTING TO A NAKED HEART,

DomQiPstrates that justice will sooner or later overtake us; and although our thoughts,words andnctiona, Inay be hidden from the eyes of man, yet that ALL-SEEING EYE,

Whom the 'SUN, MOON and STARS obey, and under whose watchful care evenCo~IETS perform their stupendous revolutions, pervades .the inmost recesses of the human. heart, and will re,vard us according to our merits. THE

ANCHOR

AND

ARK

Areemblems路of,a well grounded and a weH They are ernblem8.t.ic~lof that divinea,"k '\vhich us over this tetnpestuoussea of troubles, and that anchor which shall. safely llloor us in a peaceful harhor, the. ,,,,icked cease from troubling, and the 'weary shaH find THE FORTYSEVENTH

PROBLE1\I


SECOND DEGREE ..

asc:ertaln the laws which

are

the helLvenlV

investigate

in路 their

discover various phenomena, and the light of truth"

explain

OFT :fI EM 0 R AL

the senses by

ADVANTAGES

OF

GE 0 ME ..

TRY.

Geometry, the first a.nd路 noblest of sciences, is the basis on

wh-iehof

is


50

MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD.

The lapse of time, the路 ruthless .hand of ignorance, and the devastations of war, have laid waste and destroyed tnany valua... ble monuments antiquity, on 'which the ut~nost exertions of genios have been employed8 Even the Temple of Solomon, so spacious and mag"ni fie ent, and constructed by so n~any celebrated artists, escaped not the unsparing ravages of barbarous force. Freenl8,SOnry, notwithstanding, has still sur... vived.. The attentive ear receives the sound from the instructive' tongue, and the. mysteries of Masonry are safely lodged in the repository ofJail4Jid breasts. Tools and implements of a.rchitecture are selected by the Fraternity, to imprint on the wise and serious truths; a.nd thus, through a. succes'are transmitted unirnpaired the Inost excellent

CHARGE AT INITIATION INTO THE SECOND DEGREE.


ON

DEGREE.

THE S C Y T II E

OHARGE AT INITIATION INTOTllETI1lRD DEGREE ..


TRESTLE-BOARD.

sUlr>er'io!'s,,]i:lndneSs and condescension. zealonsly to inculcate; and re~~u11ari1:v

of your

endeavor to renlove OUf ancient rnarks you .are to preserve, and not theIn, on any to he ~nfringea, or countenance a. deviation fronl our established customs.

persian against this venerable Institution.

Your honor and reputation are concerned in supporting with dignity, the respectable character now bear. Let no trl0tive, therefore, make you awere fronl路 your your vows, or betray your trnst; but be .true of that celebrated artist whornyou have this Thus you ,viII . . deSf~l"V1mO' O<t... r1t'!l......... '路Al1'!"Cledt'

of

have conferred,

fidence we have reposed in yon..


REMARKS ON THE PAST

DEGREE.

Order into the Presiding were the Chief Overseers ,of the work" At a. suhsequent they were'the only legal representatives 'in' theassem.. blies of the Craft. They constituted distinct 01 ass or

order. We learn from thepreeeding t'hateach lvorkmen at the Temple, bad class or division of their own peculiar and appropriate tests of recognitionas the. Apprentices and Craftsmen.. Is it unreasonable to infer that the Presiding Masters had theirs also? The tradition路 of one of the degrees informs us, that the' workmen at the Temple, were divided into compa... nies or Lodges, (some Masonic writers, say or thirtys,ix members,) at the head of each of which was placed an Overseer; and then"were,employed,iu"that great work, three hundred Herodim, or Masfers,to whom the Over.. seers were themselves subordinate,,路 This organizatiol1 continued until after the completion of the it no longer either or time :bad then tbat,great 7'D'~_" 'lI:'I''I'"nSl~e~telnnlo"trmlent elsewhere"

stiH'continuedin

*Vide Caleotes Masonry, page 66.

6


MASONICTRESTLE'!'"BOARD.

his own city of Still another portion travelled into foreign countries; and we h'ace them through Minar. into Assyria,. Medea,Persia,路 India, and other parts of Great Asia, into Africa and rope. As we have already suggested, when took place,. the organization instituted by Solomon was, the necessity of the case, in a measure broken up. The Overseers, who had been subject to the hundred Masters, ,yere no'\-v, with their respective com.. panies, or Lodges, thrown. upon their own resources, and upon their own independent. government. They, in their turn, became PresidingMasters,andappointed their own Overseers, or As their Masters had been furnished by SolorQon '\vith the Ineans of tion, a similar measure wouldnaturaUy their rninds,-especially as were and disperse themselves over the ",~hole lnay have taken the three hundred t1,e~rO(11Irl.. a.S the


CEREMONY OF CONSTITUTION.

63

and forms of Installation路 and Consewell as subordinate

UO(H:ff~1S--Ule l!lltlatlJt1~, . . . . . J,l~ ... \ol~ ...... ~ .lu<JI,.t:)UUi\:),,-'....Ut::i

in Grand ceremonies路 of

ces-of

the

't('H"Ynlnn

stitution

Dedication

t1H.lIH路-l~nA

UOn.dllctllne: of Funeral Ceremonies and all the detail that go to make up these general and which are set forth in the following sections..

FIRST SEeTON .. ON TliE MA

EROFCON GE"

A


64

MASONIC TRESTLE-BOA.RD..

This p~tition, being signed by at least seven Masons, and recommended by a Lodge, or Lodges, adjacent to the place where the new Lodge is to be holden, is delivered to the Grand Secretary, who lays it before the Grand Lodge.. ... If the petition meets the approbation of the Grand Lodge, a Dispensation is ordered to be issued., which is signed by the Grand, or Deputy Grand Master, and authorizes the petitioners to assemble as a legal Lodge, for. a specified time. Lodges worldng under Dispensation are considered merely as agents of the Grand Lodge. Their presiding officers are not entitled to the· rank of Past J\1'asters; nor are their officers privileged with a vote or voice in the Grand Lodge.. The officers cannot be changed \vithout the special approbation and appointment the Grand Lodge; and incase of the cessation of such their funds, Je\vels, and other property) accun1ulated by iuitia.. tions into the several degrees, heCOfne the property of the Grand Lodge, and 11lUSt he delivered over to the Grand Treasurer. When at. first instituted by '''~'.''''LJJl.'sation, hav,e a proper term· ofpr~bation, they make application to the Grand Lodge for a Charter of Constitution. If this be obtained, the Grand points a and .eo:ose~erl~t~,nt.~ the and otherofflcers.. If the Grand~laster, i.nperson, attends the CeJrelllO)Ji¥ the Lodge is said to be constituted in ampleform; Deputy Or().nd .Master only,·it is said·' to be eOltl.st'ltU1~e<1 duefarm; but if the power of performing is vested in a subordinate it is said to be eOD.Sl;l!I~"··. -'L..J


CEREMONY

CONSTITUTION.

65

CEREMONY OF CON S TIT UTI 0 N

On the day and hour appointed, the Grand Master and bis officers meet in a convenient room, near to that in which the Lodge to be constituted is assembled, and the Grand Lodge in the three Q'e~~re~~s·· C:JJ:I: I!Vlt~·~~n1''''11

The officers of the new Lodge are to he examined· by the Deputy Grand Master; after. "wbich they return to their Lodge..

The new Lodge then sends one of its members to the Grand Master, with the following message, viz : "MOST WORSHIPFUL,

The officers and Brethren·or -.--.- Lodge, who are now assembled at---, bave . instructed me. to inforln you, that the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge (or Grand ·.Master) was pleased to grant them a letter of Dispensation, .bearing date the - - - day of - - - , in the year ----, alltllorizing them to form and a Lodge of Free and Accepted 80ns, in the town ;. that since that period they regularly assembled,. :and conducted tbe businesa of Masonry according to the hest of their abilities ; tha.t their proceedings, baving·.. received the. approba:tion of the Most Worsbipful Grand Lodge, they have obtained a Charter of constitution, and are desirous taat their Lodge should becons:ecrated, and their officers installed, agreeaoly to the ancient usages and cnstonlS of the for whichpurpos~ they are now met, a.nd await tb.'e pleasure of the Most Worshipful Grand

Master."

He

returns to his

reception of the are PfEH)a.re<l..

their grand··honors are of which resign their seats take their several stationsoi.n


M.AJSONIc .TltESTLE",nOARl)"

the Oriental Chair. He is then hound to the performance of his trust, and duly inve~ted. Upon due notice, the Grand Marshal reconqucts the Brethren into the hall, and all take their places, except the members of. the new Lodge, who form a procession on one side of the hall, to salute their Master. As they advance, the Grand. Master acldres.ses them, u. Brethren,

behold your Master!"

As they pass, tlleym.ake the

proper salutation, and when they have all passed, he joins them, and takes his appropriate station.. A grand procession is then formed, in the following order, viz:路 Tyler ,with a Drawn Sword: Two Stewards, with White Rods:; Entered Apprentices; Fellow-Crafts; Ma$t~r Basons ;

Stewards; Junior Deacons; Senior Deacons ~ Se4::reta: ries ;

'freasurers : Past. 'Varden! .; Junior Senior ; [Mark路M.un~1"$

;}

Past Masters : Royal Areh l\fusoos ; Knights Tenl plars; . ~<lLJ:)"Qiil'~,lll;l!!llo I..pdr~8.

Tall J::rBW路X.OcO,eJE..

Tyler, witb. a Drawn Sword; S;tewards, with White Ilods ; EntereclA pp.rentices ; Fellow.Crafts; Mast,er Masons.; Deacons; Secretary and 'l'reasurer ; Two Bretbren, carrying the Lodge;

*Generally the Floorin...

*


CEBEMO:NYOF â&#x201A;ŹHJNSTITUTION.

Junior and SeniorW arclens ; The Holy Writings, carried by the Oldest l\tlembef,. not in office; IThe Master; Mnsic. THE GllAND LODGE.

Grand Tyler t with a Drawn Sword; Grand Stewards, with White Rods; A Brother, carrying a Golden Vessel ofCorn s* Two Brethren,carrying Silver Vessels, one of Wine, the other of Oil;

Grand Secretaries ; t;;l'and Treasurer;

A. Burning 'raper, borne byaPast a'~t.as~er, bearing

the Holy

$qj~'8lll~aflltil Cooonpass supported by h\l'O Stewards with

.TWQ BUlging Tapers, borne by two Past Masters Clergy 8?d Orator; The Tuscao and OompGsite 'Orders; The Doric, Ionic and Corinthian Orde:rs; Past Grand Wardens ,;

Rods; j

Past Deputy Grand IV[asters ;

Past Grand Masters; Right

W.r"'1f1"ll:Ih,fnt![iJ!1

the Boork

The Muster of the Oldest

The M. W.Gn AND The G.. Deacons, ona line seven feet Grand Master,

!\!ASTER;

on the right and left of tbe

Grand

A platform is vided .with seats

in front of the the accommodation

officers. "Wheat.


68

MASONIC

The Bible, Square and Compass, and Book of Consti· tutions, are placed upon a table, in front of the Master; the Lodge is placed in the centre, upon the platform, covered with white satin or linen,andenconl* passed by the three tapers, the vessels of corn, ,vine and oil.. A piece of music is performed, and the commence witH. An oration,ol<sermon, upon the design and principles of lhelnstitution, •is. then delivered by the Grand Chaplain, or appointed for that purpose, which is succeeded by a piece of music. The Grand Marshal then directs the officers and mem· bers of the ne"w Lodge to form' in' front of ' the Grand Master. The Deputy Grand Master addresses theG·rand Master, as follo\vs : "MOST WORSBIRFOL,

"A number of Drethren,duly instructed in the mysteries of l\'fasonry, having assembled together at stated for some tirne past, by virtue of a Dispensation thern that purpose, ,do now desire to he a Lodge, agreeably to ,the ancientcustolns Fra.ternity.."

Their

)S,e(~retarv

records to the Master Elect, who presents them to the Grand Master.

The

if

8r'e

"The recorcis' appear to be properly.entereo,. and are approved. Upondae deliberation, the Grand Liodgehave granted the Brethr,e" D?f this, new Lodge, a Charter, confirming them in the, rights and privileges of a rtgularl~con8t.itttled Lodge; which tbe ,Grand Secretary will now ,read. ' the Charter is read,' the Master then shall now proceed" according to ancient usage, toc;o. these Bretbren into a regular Lodge."

t, We


CONSECRATION ..

neJreUIPon the ,several de .. liver up their jewels and badges to tlteir Master, who presents theIn, his own,. to the Deputy Grand l\laster, he to the. Grand 路Master..

The Deputy Grand Masternowpresentst'be' Master Elect of the nelV Master, .saying, -.-'--, whom the members of the constituted, have chosen for their Master."

CEREMONY

o Ii"! CONSEORATION.

thee to give us, at this 8JJ<1 at all tim-es. mind in all diffieul~ dohlgti, S!rengtJt

of harmopy. in

OU~ CQI:Q.tXltUl):lca;t!OllS


70

MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD.

UTa

the

Lodge.. his virtues.

JOlIN,

lVe

dedicate

charactel' and ifni...

ever shall

world


CEREMONY OF CONSECRATION.

71

piece of music is then performed, whilst the Breth. ren of the ne,v Lodge advance in procession to salutethe Grand Lodge, with their hands crossed upon their breast, and bowing as they pass. They then take thei; places, and stand as they ,vere.. The Grand l\{aster then rises, and constitutes "the new Lodge in the form路 following: "In the name of the J.\;Iost Worshipful Grand Lodge, I now constitute and form you, my good Brethren, into a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. Fr0111 henceforth I empo,veryou to aetas a regular Lodge, constituted in conformity to the rites of ourOrder,and tbe charges of our ancient and路 honorable Fraternity; and may the Snprelne . Architect of the Universe prosper, direct and counsel you in all your doings." [Response by the Brethren.]

"&

be路!"

(By Sr. St. Jol1l\ Phillips.]

Thou! who art God alone, tbyThrone

fervent pra'1$r To fill with light and grace, Tbis thy d welling place,

And bless thy chosen race,

o God

draw near!

Tbypraise accord; Let路Fahb upon us sbine, And Charity combine, With StOpe, t. Spirit Descending

from

Our hearts inflame : Till Masol'lry'scontrol, ShaH build in OB,e tbe whoJe, A ternple of the soul, To thy great. Name!


MASONIC TRESTLE""nOARD.

SECOND SECTION .. OE R EM 0 N Y OF INS TAL L A T ION .

The Grand Master路 asks his Deputy, "Whether he has examined the Master nominated in the warrant, and finds him weUt3killed in the noble science and the royal art.. " The Deputy answering in the affirmative,t by the Grand Master's order, takes the candidate from among his fellows, and presents him at the saying, "Most Worshipful Grand l\faster, I 路present my worthy Brother, A. B., to he Installed Master of this new Lodge. I .find him路 to he of good D10rals, and of great. skill, true and trusty ; and ,as he is. a lover of the whole Fraternity, wheresoever dispersed over the face of the earth, I doubt not he will discharge his duty with fidelity."

'fhe Grand Master then addresses I.,

BnoT1IER,

" Previous to your investiture" it is necessary that you should signify your assent to those ancient charges and regulations 'which point out the duty of a Master of a Lodge."

The Grand Master sunlmaryof follows, viz:

a as

"I. You

Inan .alld true, and strictly to the You and cheerfully you reside. toconforrn to " III. You promise nat to be concerned in plots and cOllspi.. against government, but patiently to submit to the deci.. of the supreme Legislature. *In this and other simila,r instances, where the Grand Master is specified in acting. may be ullclerstooo any Master whoperfonns the cere..

mony. tA priV'ate examination is understood to precede the every officer..

of


INSTALLATION.

Order. " VI.

73

to avoid private piques and quarrels, and inten1perance and excess.. agree to be cautious in carriage courteous to your Brethren~and faithful to Jonr Lodge. "VIILYou proluise to" respect Brethren, and to from the original impostors, and all plan good of society, to "IX. prCtpaa-al:e the knowledge路 of

to


}IASONIC

n1ake our passions and prejudices coincide 'with the line of our duty.

"To you is the hours ces!3ary, that you

the ; is not only be

of the Craft durtelnperaU~

ne~

and discreet,

in the indulgence

your o'\vn inclinations, but carefully obCraft be sutTered to convert the IIleans of refreshnlent into' and excess. " Your regular and punctual attendance is particularly requested; and I have no doubt that you 'will faithfully execute the duty which youo\ve to your present "

serve that none

l.vell to the路 J;Sozl,th !'" 1.'HE

TR~ASURER.

" Brother G" Treasurer of this Lodge" It is your duty to nlonics frorn the hands of the Secretary,keep just and regula.r acconnts of the and pay thetn out at the \楼 orshirful 1\1aster's will and

'vith the

of the Lodge.. you to th.e

your and pleasure, to record

receive all ulonies., and pay


~fASONIC

rows; to distress its suit ~ 'whose hand guided by justiee, and his is expandect' by In short, by a diligent observance of the By-'La\,,"s of your Lodge, the Constitutions of l,\JInsonry, and a.bove all, the Holy Scrijltures, which are given as a rule and guide to your faith, you will be enabled. to acquit .yourself with honor and reputation, and. 10.y np a crown oj路 which shall continue

'when tilue ahaJ! be no Inore" "BROTHER SENIOR AND JUNIOR \VARDEN5-

" You are too well acquainted with the' principles of Masonry to warrant any distrust that you ,vill he found 'wanting in the discharge of your respective duties. Suffice it to say, that 'what you have seen praise"worthy in others, you should carefully ilnitate; and 'what in thenl have defective,you should in You be alnples of good and regularity; for it is by a due regard to the hl\VS, in your own conduct, that can expect obedience to thenl frorn others. "yoou are to assist the ~laster in the of his trust; dirrl1:?ing and irnparting knowledge shaH care. I n the ",rin to

he

dutires; your aCIQUlretllc:nts Craft lnay the spirit '\I"hich you doubt that future conduct 'will be as to lnerit the applause your Brethren, and the testirnony of a good con... science..


OF INSTALLATION ..

of this 1)~'ofeSt~'lon

au~)pl(~jOllS S()lell1niitv..

be transrnlt1ted

urlJlmr.mu'etl, fronl ge!ler~ltlom to genera-

The Grand IVlarsha1 then follo\ving manner, viz: "In the name of the State of I prC~CH]llIl1

Pl"()CUUITlS ff'\~,,'n,;pw

in of the

the name of

The Chaplain then makes the prayer, which ends the public cerelnonies. 'rhe Grand Procession is then formed in the same order as 'before, and returns to the hall .

The Grand '짜ardens to


:MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD",

,,\;Vith skill work, and wise guide No sht'ill corne, \10 thought divide, hearts with heart agl"(>e; Then let us to our altar briug The dearest while we sing, United, true and j

The Lodge is then closed \vith the usual solelnnities in degrees, the l\Iaster and his offi.. the cers.

'I'his is usual ceremony n.'l'l;;!Al'路l~4路:~ri sons at the Constitution a ne\v 1\laster rnay terial

SE

1"

OERE ON't OBSERVE AT LAYING T FOUNDATI N srrONES OJ,i" PU Sfl路RUCrrURES.

Thiscerctnony is conducted

his

E


81

L ..~YING

and the rules for re~~Ul,ltlng the v\there read the Ch'and i::S€:Cl'leU'Lry are then frorn the ed; after '\vhich the pr()C€~SS]lOn order: ROCESSION .AT

l' IN (i F 0

.N D A T ION S '1' 0 N E S

Entered Apprentices; Fellow·Crafts ; T\\l'o drawn Swords; of the with aDra wn Sword Two Stewards, of the Oldest Lodge; l\JIaster l\tasons ; Stewards;

Junior Deacons; Senior ~ecretn des;

Past Junior

Senior IVlark

Past Royal Arch

other


82

~ASONIC

TItESTLE .. nOARD.

Oae large

1\JInstcr of the Oldest

vonst.ltu.uons, on

Rods.

A arch is the cerernony is to be pel~forrned. the the stands, the Grand 1\faster and his officers take their 011

follov~ring

Grent Architect of earth and

By time

heavcn~

space

rrhy presenco let us own;

Jaws,


~iASONIC

TRESTLE-BOARD ..

'vllenCe it set out, and

the returns to the the Lodge is closed.. CONCLUDING

ODE.

I Written for tho Trelitle路Board t br R. ""'. Hr. Thoma. Power l 拢"1_, of BOliton.}

1\1uslc-u 'rurin.) Placed in [orIn the corner stone)True and Brothers OWIl,Corne and in thought sincere, Hands to and hearts to cheer. CHORUS.

Come and bring, in thought sincere. Hands to help) and hearts to cheer.

Marl'ed with love the 1\1aster~s willKindly proved the work of skillBeauteous forms in grace shall rise 'Neath the arch of favoring skies. CHORUS.

Beauteous forms

shall rise skies .

'Neath the arch

.Join we now our oLfering true~ ',Vhile our homage we fenow ; BI~ar to Him wb,ose lWl~ise we sing, 'I'hauks路 that from, ea.ch hOSOlll spring. otJOllUS.

Bear to I-lim whose praise we Thanks that from bOSOIU

\;Vhen on earth our work is o'er, Be a dearer life ill store)

Eaoh oHonus ..

in heart upright, ullcrringlight.


10 A-

""fhe Brethren o f - sire of Pf0 nl()tul:Q' great 1


86

MASONIC TRESTLE...nOARD"

The Lodge is placed in the centre.. The Grand Mas.. taken the chair., under a canopy., tl.le Grand ()fficers take the places' of the corresponding officers of the Lodge, and the IVlasters and "\Vardens of other Lodges repair to the places previously prepared for their recep'" The three (in a triangular form,) and the and silver pitchers, with the corn, ,vine and oil, are on the Lodge, at the head of which stands the pedestal, or aItar,with the Bible open, and the Square and laid thereon.. The Constitution is placed be.. side it, on a critns9n velvet cushion. 'rhe following introductory may then be sung : INTRODUCTORY. (Written fol." the Tl'cztle.Board, by R. 'VY. Dr.

Th~lnH'.l\ Power,

Esq•• of BOfltoo.]

,\Vhile·· here sweet Hope its presence hears,

fear indulged, no

anxiouscare$~

1')0&'1'1'.

Let notes of love respollsiverise, CiIORUS.

FrOIn East to ~Vest- to farthest ski(ls..

Charity here find, friends and Brothers ki.nd ..

Let skies. Hirn, our Master throned in Light,

voiee, .in praise unite..

Let notes of love respOIlsnre


DEDICATION

~fASONIC IIALLS~

After the and an 011 having been given, the architect addresses the G'rand Master as follows:"MOST WORSHIPFOL-

"fla\.l'ing been en1trostâ&#x201A;Ź:d agement of the employed edifice; and having, according to complished the task assigned me ; I now the honor of this appointnlent, and be~ the implements \v hich 'were comulitted to foundation of this fabric was laid exertions which have been lnade crowneo with yonr approbation,and that

shipful Grand Lodge."

To which the Grand l\faster makes the follo\ving re.. ply:-

TlT~E-C' Indian

wa.y; to soothe his woes. bis vision rose, and gentle ray..

High,


88

MASONIC

TRESTLE-:BOAB.D~

Hopt wispered peace in l)righter skies On which a trust.ingrelies, And earth's IH:~st joys begun. Abroad was seen the boon Fraternal Love' was kindly

An,l ''fhe sons of Light with transport In kindness to their feHow-Incn~ Unveiled the .l",:1!JS'tic .I17路t.

Let grateful O'er earth's

risc,

to azure As time shull or:nvard Inove;A Brother's joy and wo shall be, Undying bonds to .mark theJ"tee,

To wake a Brother's love.

(;rand J\iIosT

rises and says


DEDICATION

MASONIC

All honors to our Master Who hade out holy rise; 路1Vhile here we journey on our way, Our thanks shall reach to farthest

,

lU,eCt}<ca1.10n t.o

We hail

Whose

i:";Q拢EJ~AI:;Ollnl"i2'.)

holy Patron's name,

example

us still ;

His highest honors we While grateful thanks our temple fill.

While thus we seek, in pure desire,

Immortal bliss in realms above, Our hearts shall kindle at the fire

'VVhose light is Universal Love. (Dedication to U:r:HVERSAr.. tiENE'\10l:tENCPh


"",nl'.c\ll"li"t",,ITl"

Tlle

dedicate this haH to UNIVERSAL honors are tlt'rice re'jrn:'~tc~r.t.

BENE'\l"OLElt7CE.

J:\ solenJl1 invocation is to the and an aotheul sung; after vvbich the ""'''-"'v,, ......... ''' and the retires to his chair" An oration is delivered some Bl'other a n'Dolnt€~d for tIle purpose, and the ceremonies conclude \vith music. The is fonned in as at and returns to· the rooln where it and is elQsed in alnple form .. VJI:UptUlllJ'I

tlE U

R

ONi""

.ACCORDING TO THE ANCIENT CUSTOM; 'TH.E

titled to

Processions on Brethren

Vl;t:'A:::ilVN.


91 BE

1

T

00

Ifaxnan die, shall he live again dust to the earth as it 'was, and to gave he carry any

i11to this

a'way ,"vith and it is cer...

tain the Lord hath taken away; bless...

is our God forever. He win be our and support through the dark valley of the shadow of Our Brother hag been Lodge, and gone, \'Vl'e ments on high.

Let us rneditate on the olent he

altar

frOID labor in the terrestrial of the divine refresh-


92

MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD. ORDER OFPROCESSI

N

AT A

FUNERAL ..

Tyler, with a Drawn, Sword; Stewards, with 'Vhite Rods; -l\lusicians) Ofthey he Ivlasons, otherwise they follow the Tyler ;) â&#x20AC;˘ l\'laster Masons; Senior and Junior Deacons; Secretu.r~ and Treasurer; Junior and Senior 'Vardens ;

Past Masters; on a Cushion covere-d with the Oldest Member of the Lodge; The Master; Clergy;

The Holy

Cloth, carried

The

Body,

"Wit h the insignia

placed the,reon, swords .crossed ;

two

Pan Beurers.

Pall Bea.rers.

The officers take th,eir grave, and the follo,ving Chaplain or Master : FUNERAL

SERVICE

of the by AT THE GRAVE.

l\fy

gl''1''''!tO"Jrf'I p

brink of we gaze is O'ler,


stones and the once living thousands, ch:rtnllJelt'S of

eternal


94

MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD.

eachex:claim-there lie the whose cOlnpassion soothed my 'woes; 'whose maxirns my perturbed spirits, and ,\rhose bounty relieved UIY pressing necessity. JNVOC

TrONS.

t> . May we be true and fltithful-live and die in love; for the memory of the just is blessed. Response-So mote it be.

II-The J..ord bless us,

keep us-the

face to shine upon us, and be graciotls unto

luake his Lord Hft

upon us the light of his countenance and us peace. Response-So mote it be... .flU-Glory be to God in highest, on earth, peace, good 'will to\vard rnen.

PRA

ER.

Almighty nndmost rnerciful Father, we

God of tirne and of eternity. Of both cornprenemSlOie and Lord rUlln[!~ tile destlnl.~S


FUNERAL CEREMONIES.

95

They rest the stilly shades.. There the worm shaH us, and and. silence around our m~}1a.JnCJ10IY abode. the e.xpiring hope But, is Masons? pause not or second true to our we look forward greater light As the embers of life are fee})ly \lflimmerin (J' in the socl{et of our reUgion removes the dark tiliroud; dra·ws. aside the curtains of the and bids hope and to rouse and cheer the departing spirit. points tOlnb, to the breaking light of a r·esurr,ection nl01"D, bids us turu an eye of faith and confidence on the opening scelles of eternity. She teaches us to advance boldI' onw'ard, and ask till at the Grand Master's Word, we shall he IWGi:JCUltoV blissful LODGE which no time can remove. There mingled with darkness, shaH. reign unbroken and There under the sun.. bearn smiles of lm:nlu:tall1~ neath the. benignant bend of the .1.'"1.L.L.JI-)..::::l~Jl!.J..n,u L:.IiI.E:.I'l 'WI""o.,Q J(~lLL1­ ful Masons, cherish the fond and Iml:nOl~tal n1eetagain; Oleet, to part no l11ore. Unto the grave ,ve no'v the body of our Brother.

(Pass round tJ'U~ gra1>e and tirne .Ute joUotoing

the evergreen, during which '11wy be sung.) 1\iUSIO- H Ca~nte;rbu:t"V."

Wbat sounds of grief) in sadness, tell A Brother's earthly doorn--

No xnore in life's fair the tomb!

to dweU-

~UII."'·;;;:J·\''''il';ii''WO o'er}

hope or fear) He sees of that lair shore Without a. sigh or tear. Then hringto Tb.at wish that all may life's ca,ming ItOfIUS.


MASONIC TREs"rLE ..nOARD.

Friend of our there rest in peace.. Grand 't\Iaster's mayest thou share the blessing mortallife,and n'nir'tHf'Hln' glory..

The then returns to the in reversed order; '\vhcn the necessary duties are perforrned, and

is closed.

FUNERAL [Bj1

Dr.

SERVIOE ..

WILLIA1'r! PRÂŁSTON. . .Retained

The

by vote

assernbled at the the opens Degree, \vith the uHua:l forrns; of the service

, . " , ' , . ".... 1''111..... .-.::.

his

he Inust .7Jfasict. " The blessed be the

IlUtne

fltl'nU?OUs,

and .let our

eller; he 'will be our

the

of


we commend the soul

Into

The Brethren ans'w'er three times honors each :-

the grand

"The win of God is accomplished! So

The

the archives, and

mercy!

A procession of the aec:eaS~e(l.. nlent.

ORDER.

the Tyler ;)

Clergy;

9


98

MASONIC TRESTLE-BOAIl-D.

The the insignia

and. two

Bearers.

Body" placed thereoD$ swords crossed

Pall Bearers.

'fhe ti.etn:ren places, the arrives at the Church yard, the mE~In!beI~ of the Lodge form a circle round the grave, and '.1''''''-' '.f.,...,,' .... gy man and officers of the station at the head of the grave;, and the Inourners at the foot; the service is and the exhortation

lution. " 1\1 (J,tw ltt1:stanu:tnsr


:-

we be true and

An,swer. "So nlote

; and Illay we live

be."

in

pr()ce~SSJ~on

round


MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD.

of

a

into the gl'a,ve, accolllpanied \vith the usual honors.. The l\laster then concludes the cerel'nony at the grave in the following words : "Froln time irnrnelnorial, it has been a eustorn among the Fraternity of Free .and at the request of to accornpany his of internlent, and to deposit his rernains the usual fornialities.. conformi ty to this usage, antI at the our deceased Brother, whose menl0ry we loss \Ve now deplore, we have assembled l\fasons, to resign his body to the earth carne, and to offer up to his InCl1l0ry, before tIle the last tribute of our affection, therebydell10nstrating the sincerity of our past esteeln, and our steady attachment to the principles of the Or...

der.. " The Great Creator having been pleased, ont of his rerlJove our Brother frorn the cares and a tory existence, to a state of eternal duration" weaken the chain by which we are

'''0, who

survive

*Thi;; reminds us

tive the


ADDRESSES AND PRAYERS.

sonry is rene,ved.. The insignia and ornaments of the to the deceased, if an officer of a Lodge, are Master, \vith the usual ceremonies; after\vhich the charare re.. ges for regulating the conduct .of the and the is closed in UIt;.;(;.l,lQll;;iU,

It a past or present Grand 1\iaster, or Deputy Grand or a Grand Warden, should join the procession of a private Lodge, a propeT attention is to be paid to them. They take plaee after the l\:!aster of the Lodge. Tw,odeaeons, with black rods,are appointed by the Master to attend a Grand Warden; and when the Grand Master, or Deputy Grand Master is present, the Book of Constitutions is borne before him, a Sword Bearer foHows and the with hlack are placed on his right and left, at an angular distance of se~tenJeet.

Marshals are to walk, or ride, on the left of the

prOlceSSlO;O.

On public buildings, the Bible, Square and COlD.pnss,Book e f & c . are placed before the Grand l\faster. The Marsbals and Grand Deacons should keep near him.

CIIAPT

R X.

ADDRESSES AND PR.A.YERS FOR OCCASIONi\.L USE.

ADDRESSES. I AM office,路 8,sGrand Give me This will cause of ; to consult, as the exalted rank hold demands of you, its real interests.. It will infuse into the many Lodges, of which you are now the the true spirit of our Order.. It 'win direct you to Inake )vise regulations for the good gO~l'ernnlent of the Fraternity; to give

9*


MASONIO TRESTLE"BO.AR.D~

ilue cOlnmendation to the worthy Dlembera of it; and to those ~~ho act cQntrary to its JawS'. I next deliver to you the EJ)IBLEMOF THAT l'>O\VER which you al"e now' invested. Al ways Inake. Uie it for good of our benevolent Institution. To you are cornmitted, algo, those SACRED which are to be found the eublilll'e parts of our ancient mystery. In them are, likewise, rnost strongly inculcated the social and nJoral duties, without which no man can bea MasoneYou will direct your Lodges to read, study, and obey them. Receive these. TO&LS qf OPERATIVE MASONRY, which are to each of us the most expressive symbols.. Tbe~e ,vill assist you,l\iIost Worshipful, to reduee aU Inatter into proper form; to路 bring to due 5ubje拢tion irregular passions, and to circumscribe theluby harrrlony, order,and duty. And lastly, I present to you the BOOK OF CONSTITUTIONS, in which are contained the rules and orders路 made for the good government of the Society; and the Charges, which show its nature, its wisdom,. and its utility" With this book,Most \Var." yoa direct your to make theolselves '~ell acquainted-a work,in aU its. pttrts, worthy attention men the lnost enlightened and judicious.. x'"ouare now, 1\fost at the head of all Order which is calculated to unite Ulen by true ; to extend benevolence, and to prOlllote virtue..And~ gi leave to say, that the honor with which you are unworthy of a rnan of the highest rank, or nlost distinguished abilities. Permit me, also, to remind you, that ,our faithful attention to the of your and of thern, will re:nder you the most lib.. eral Institutions you to exalted station; and and best wishes of aU the. Fraternity.. thehighast

AT 1:N ITIATI ON OF .A. CLERGYMAN ..

are a. of that inclll.,. cates universal benevolence and unbounded charity. You


therefore, be fond of the Order, and zealous ests of 'which, in the same and benevolence, and which, reHgion,encourages every moral and· social virtue ; which· in... troducespeace and goodwill mankind.•, who... ever is warmed with the. spirit must esteem, Dlustlove, FREEMASONRY.. • Here, virtue, the grand object in view, .luminous as the me... .sun, shines on the. heart, warms with syn1pathy and affection. Though every Inan, 'who carefully listens to the dictates of reason, may arrive at a clear persuasion of the and necessity of virtue, both private and public, yet it is a full recommendation of a society, to have these pursuits continually in as the s()leobject of their association : and these are the laudable bonds which unite us in one indissoluble Fraternity.

ADDRESS ATINITtATION OF A SOLDIER.

institution breathes a. spirit of geueral pllilanthropy.. considered in a vie,v,are It mankind.. It in. every nation opens an to virtue iq.. distress,and grants hospitality to the necessitous and unfortunate. Thesublirne principles of universal f!OIOd][les~S and love to which .are to cannot be lost in ~J~d'tions, prejudices, and animosities. rage abated,and substituted in its nlilder It has even tbeof victory to the dictatee of an bonorable connection. Should your dezl1and your wars, cal'lh~rltv he ate 'where would only :find en~~uu;ee. In whatever nation you travel,when you llleet a will find a Brother and a friend, who will do aU in to serve you; and who will relieve you, should you

in distress, to the utmost of his ability,and \vith fulness.


104

MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD. ADDRESS AT INITIATION OF A FOREIGNER..

You, Brother, the native and subject. of another nation, entering into our Order, have connected yourself; by sacred and affectionate ties, with thousands of !vlasons in this and other countries. Ever recollect that the Order you have en.. tered into, bids you always to look upon the world as ONE GREA'r REPUBLIC, of which every nation is a family, and every particular person a child. '\Vhen, therefore, you return and settle in your own country, take care that the progress of friendship be not confined to the narr01V circle of national connections, or particular religions; but let it be universal, and extend to every branch of the human race.. At the same time remernber that,besides the con1mon ties of hunlanity, you have at this time entered into obligations, lvl1ich engage you to kind and friendly actions to your Brother Masons, of whatever stations, country, or religion..

PRAYERS. PRAYER .:l.T INITIATION.

Taou Supreme! Author of· peace and lover of concordbless us in the exercise of those kind and social affections given us.. . May we and our honor and our joy.~fay this our friend, become our Brother, devote his to thy er aright the true principles of his endowed witb Wisdoln to direct him i n ; S t r e n g t h to support him in all his and Beauty to adorn his eonduct.. and individually \valk \vithin our actions by the dictates of conscience and •virtue, and the of the wise good.. AMEN.

ANOTHER. GRAND

Architect! Behold us aspiring towards thee.. Thy Iieaven's gatQs stand open to weI...

works fill us with rapture. come thy sons to glory!


ADDRESSES

A~D

PRAYERS.

Behold our friend, and soon to our upon the 'which is before this ap~lrtrl1ellt burst the silence around him, and come at the first step. ~fay joy triu111ph in frielldship guide him as he ascends. his C011Qtel\l"nc:e cheered by the light, and COltll1(lerlCe he ellllllelns of his obedience.. the ehlgerfulne~~g

attend him .day is complete, nlay he find immortal of the

which is pure 'with the

ano,eternal in the I-Ieavens!

OTHOl},

,,,,hose

we are!

our sublirne edifice rneet the Son of

by the

of the

as

an

Son.. Aud when his celebrated on the and bis

in the silent

sure from the hand of GOD, the Grand l\Iaster


MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD.

PRAYER AT OPENING GRAND LODGE.

o

iF'rom the Archives of the Grand Lodge ofl\lassachusetts.]

tect of

glorious and eternal God, the infinitely wise ArchiUniverse; 'V\-l'e, thy servants,. assetnl)]ed in solemn ...................~ thy power and wisdom.

be light, and there 路wns light. The heavens opened declared. thy glory; and the firrnament " spangled with tI1Y handy work. The SUD, \vho rules the day, ' gave light to the llloon, ,vha rules the night, surrouuded ","ith the stars. So that there is one glory the sun,another glory of the nl00n, and one star differs from another star in glory; and all, by Inost 'wondrous signs and tokens, 1\l'ithout voice, sound, or language, solenlnly proc]ain1 thy divine mysteries. We. adore thee for our creation; for the breath of life; for the light of reason and conscience; and for all the noble and useful faculties of our souls; \vhich give us so exalted a rank the order of being. Enable us to live answerably to our privileges and happy destination.. We beseech thee to us, thy servants, at and at all tiules, vvisdom in aBour of Blind in our diffi-

or

culties; and the of in aU our cOlnnlunications wi thone another. that thy servant, ,vha has "with and rulE~, over these with kno'\vlodge and wisdom; and may ,va, ren under his jurisdiction, understand, learn, statlltes cornnlulH!tllents of the brotherly love and charity when we .......... "" .... be frO.Dl this 01\ .............. , ...... "'"

forever

Bless of

lye

Fraternity, throughout love, and harmony COIne. as it is in heaven, and the whole world be filled A1\tIEN.


BLANK

:M~ASONIC

FORMS.

FRAYER AT CONSTITUTING A LODGE. [By Rev. Br. Dr. JOHN

VVATKINS.]

Adorable and Supreme Being! 'Ve for all thy mercies, and especially for giving us joy, and powers of enjoying, the delights GREAT,

fectiol1s 'which thou hast inlplanted in

not destroy ''\irithl)ut violence to .our chief blessings which thy wisdom hath bestowed upon us : help us duly to hnprove our po\vers to the prolnotion of thy glory in the world, and the good of our fellow-creatures. l\lay we be active uuder thy divine light, and d,vell in thy truth.

Extend thy favor to us who are now entering into a Fraternal cOlnpact under peculiar obligations. Enable us to be faithful to thee, faithful in our callings in life, faithful :LVIasons in all the duties of the Craft, and faithful to each other as IDembers of this Take us the shadow protection; and to service and \veCQl1secrate our hearts. lVlay 'we nl ways put faith thee, have hope in salva:tion, and be in \vith all nlunkind!

c FORMS TO

l~E

J. tTSED PC)R V.AU.lODS 1\IASONIC DH:J'l:'ENS,A.TION FOR ANEW


MASONIC

TRESTLE-BOARD~

for a Dispensation,elnpo'\vering us to meet as a at - - - , on the---路- of every to dis:" charge the duties of Ancient York Masonry , in a cOllstitu;" ,m~~nner". aClcordlDtf! to the forms of the Order and the Gra.nd Lodge. And we ha.ve nominated and do recolnmend to be the first Brother D., to be the first SeniorWarden,and BrotberE. F.. , to be the first J unJor Warden of the said Lodge. The prayer of, this being granted, ,ve promise strict obedience to the comnlands of the Gra.nd Master, and the laws andregnlations of the Grand Lodge.

FORM OF A DISPENSATION FOR A NEW LODGE.

To all u.Jhom it may concern :

Greeting..

a Petition has been presented to me sundr)'" Brethren, to 'wit: Brothers A., and C., residing in the town of - - - , and State of' -.--'-, praying to be congregated into a and proll1ising to render obedience to the ancient usages Iandrnarks of the Fraternity, and the laws of the Grand Lodge: And 'whereas, said Petitioners have recoDlinended to Ine as J.\.{ASTER in the Master, vVardens, and other melnbers of - - - under our lUf.lSdlctl,on Therefore, I, - - --,Grand Master of the . Grand of the State of - , full confidence in the recornmendation aforesaid, and路 in the alld ability of the petitioners, by virtue of the authority in nle vested, hereby au... thorizing our trusty Brethren aforesaid, to and. open a LODGE, the rnanner of J1ccepted Masons, and therein to路 adrnit and aCl~orc':t'tn!Z' to the ancient custom, and not I'rth;l>"""l""~. lJl~3p,ens~ltloln is to in full force fOir the _._--, [or until the next annual coolmunication of our Grand unless sooner revoked by me.. And do appoint Br. A. B., to be the first Master, Br. C" D., to be WHEREAS,


MASONIC FORMS.

and of tme said new LODGE. and tIley are hereby to returnihis .ulSP]1:Nf)4'~fO:N'" with a,路oorreet tra1DSCflDtQt thority of the 'lI.JlIf .............. _ .

Laws, to our Lodge a.to,resa.ltAi~a.,t t_.~;)':eliiipIratlorl of the time herein specified,-fQr for such further actipn in the premises, as be deemed wise and Given under our hand, and the seal of our Grand aforesaid, at -.--~ this - day of--, A. L.. 58-,

A. Attest,

18-..

-----.-,

FORM: OF A CHARTER, OR "TARRANT, FOR A NBW LODGE.

@toaUtj)e j)'tatetnftJ? toinJ}om TlteGRAND LODGEOflhe

of Free and路 Greeting:

t~ese"testnts

and the

sj)allcome :

Hn~'1()"'/yhli>.


MASONIC TRESTLE-BOARD..

And el1Joln npon oor of the said they be punctual in the payment of such SUlns as sessed for support of tIle thernselves respectfully and office, and in other


1

To Butm elect; C. elect, and by warrant rity of ou Iio!\ge, in KNOW

talents and e _.-....• -...• -•....-.' have thoug,.per, OUl:seJlVel attelld,to.C()Dstituteand appoInt our _ _ _V i , to constitute "IN FORM," .•• <Brethren "ai~J ... ' into a regular Lodge, to be known. and distinguishe~by the name of _..-.- Lodge, No. -,. and to insta.ll their officers elect, agree ably to ancient form. and the customs of tie C)."8,ft.;. and for so doing thisshaUbe his ,varrant. Given under our hands, and the seal of Lodge ·of - - , of .l\ ncient, Free,and at -.-, this - day of - - - .- - , 'A··.iWUtJ"i)"I:liI.


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