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166 LETTER FROM OUR PARIS CORRBSPOlfDENT.

LETTER FROM OUR PARIS CORRESPONDENT.

The Magazine.— Masonry in France.— The Grand Orient.— The new Dtp. Grand
Mader.—Br. Twgt and his CUmdukuu Lodsp.— Masonry in BraziLr-Ini&h
Hon of a firazUian Indian.— Jin interesting History of Him.

A.*- IV. «.\ EV. IV. SV. A/. D.% Ik*. U.*.— UHIOW— ©HAEITT.

Worshipful Grand Copter Aeropasoe, of the Cleinsste Amine, )
East of Parts, the 8th day of Light, (Jan.,) of the year ot Truth and Light, 1848. $

To ike R. W. Charles W. Moore:

Dear Brother, — It is always with renewed pleasure that I avail myself of
every opportunity to correspond with you. • * * I thank you for the num-
bers of your excellent Magazine, received through Br. Loison. I always read
them with the interest of a Mason anxious for instruction and ardently desirous
of learning the progress of the Order in every part of the world. Truly, your
Magazine justly stands at the head of Masonic periodicals, and its success and
circulation must be great, if equal to iu merits* Please continue your kindnesses,
and when opportunity presents itself, favor me with the eerie* of your admirable
work.

Masonry with us, in comparison with what it is with you, is inactive. Tbe
civil government does not now, as formerly, do anything to sustain it. On the
contrary, the tendency of official influence, so far as it exerts any influence ataiJ,
is to loosen the fraternal ties that bind us together. No public officer of present
distinction ills the chair in any of oar Lodges ; and if we are not absolutely per-
secuted, it is from fear, rather than from any good will that the parties at present
in power bear us.

The Grand Orient has under its jurisdiction, 907 Lodges, 139 Chapters, 29
Councils of Kadosh, (having 35 members each,) one Tribunal of 31 members,
and 12 Consistories of 32 members each—making in all, 464 distinct bodies. The
members are generally of great respectability; but coining from every rank is
society, they sometimes find it difficult to submit to the harmonizing principles
inculcated by our emblems, and giving rein to their passions, and indulging i° *
spirit of rivalry and ambition, they too often destroy the happiness of our meet-
ings, and turn our Lodges into arenas of angry discussion. Men in France are
too eager for honor and riches, properly to appreciate tbe sublime principles of
Freemasonry, or to enter with the right spirit into the sacred bonds of that holy
Brotherhood which embraces all the nations of the earth as one family, and
brings forth the sublimest acts of humanity. In these days, every man seems to
be anxious only for the personal benefits which may be derived from his connec-
tion with a particular society, and cares but little what may result to others. M
require and claim protection, and none are protected. The Masonic society is
not alone in this calamity. Men who join any society from no higher motive than
personal advantage, are not worth having.

The Deputy Grand Master (Desanbir) of the Grand Orient, has been selected
from the bosom of the Lodge Clemente Amitie. He is a Brother of exalted
worth, whom I had the honor to bring to light some seventeen years ago, at which
time I was Master of the Clemente Amitie. I entertain no doubt that he will do
all in his power to add lustre to Masonry and advance its interests ; but I fear tbe



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ential » wanting— the hearty good will of the Craft We have celebrated bit
elevation.

Br. Targe, who was Master of the Clemente Amitie hi 1846, having assumed
to form a Lodge under the jurisdiction of another authority, has incurred the ir-
regularity indicated by the general statutes of the Order in France, and is of
coarse no longer in good standing in French Masonry, nor as a member of the
Clements Amitie. The publication of this notice might be useful, as it woold
probably prevent any American Mason from being involved in his difficulty, or
otherwise imposed upon by him.

Masonry ia always active and prosperous in Brazil. The last communication I
received from there, shows that the Order is held in high veneration, and thai
most of the dignitaries of the empire are members of it

Some years ago, a French naturalist brought to Paris from the forests of Brazil,
for examination by the Academy, an Indian man and woman of the tribe of Bole*
eodos. Mr. Porte, the naturalist, was desirous of being admitted into Masonry.
I called on Mr. P. and saw the Indian at his house, and thought that if we could
admit him also, it might perhaps be the means of affording protection to some
adventurous naturalist or lost traveller in the wild woods of Brazil. The savage
could not speak French, but Mr. Porte was able to converse with him, and make
him understand the importance of his obligations and duties. I accordingly in-
troduced the subject to Br. Delandi, who was then Master of the Lodge. He at
ouce approved of the suggestion, and Manvd Makerkonik, — such was the name of
the Indian, — was initiated in the Clemente Amitie, on the 21st January, 1845, and
successively received the two other degrees with Mr. Porte, his interpreter. He
was subsequently present at a banquet, where he behaved with great propriety.
Before leaving us, we presented him with a gilt copper-plate, upon which were
engraved his name, that of the Lodge, and the date of his initiation. He prom-
ised to wear it continually about his person, when he should have returned to his
■stive forests, and thrown off his European garments, in which he felt great re*
straint and uneasiness.

Our Indian understood very well, not our mysteries, but the essentials of our
principles and requirements, and obligations. As an illustration of this, he made
signs to be silent, when, to test him, we made some improper advances in the
presence of his wife. And in order to impress upon his mind the importance of
some of the lessons he had received, and with a view to ascertain how far he un-<
derstood their import, we projected a mimic war. One of us played the part of
an enemy. A tomahawk was put into the hands of the Indian. At the moment
he was about to strike, the signal was given, and the tomahawk fell to the floor.
Makerkonik then raised his fallen enemy, gave him the kiss of peace, and took
him under his protection. The whole scene was one of the deepest interest, and
excited the liveliest and most pleasurable emotions in all who were fortunate
enough to be present Soon after this, the Indian returned to bis native woods,
accompanied by Br. Porte, from whom I have recently learned the melancholy
but interesting conclusion of his history.

When again mingling with his countrymen, and imparting to them a descrip-
tion of the new and wonderful things he had sees, and heard, and learned in the
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168 MASONHY IN CANADA WEST.

exhibiting to them the brightly polished Plate which bore the mystic emblem* of
his new relation to his more civilized friends, and in informing them of his admis-
sion as a member of a society which had spread itself over every land, and whose
cardinal principles were the cultivation of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. In
Brazil, he met with many Masons to whom he became warmly attached, and who
took a deep interest in him. $ut be was not long permitted to wear his new hon-
ors nor to enjoy the new light that had been let in upon .bis understanding. The
Great Architect of the Universe, to whose decrees all must bow in bumble sub-
mission, had ordained otherwise. In the commencement of the past year, he was
taken sick, information of which being communicated to fir. Porte, he immedi-
ately hastened to his relief, travelling several hundred leagues for the purpose-
He found Makerkonik stretched out upon his death-bed, having at his side a
Brother from Brazil as his physician. He held in his hand the Plate given him
by the Lodge Clemente Amitie, which he desired to take with him on his depar-
ture for the world of spirits, which occurred soon after, having each of his hands
placed in those of his faithful and sympathizing Brethren. He was buried with
Masonic honors, the ritual being read by Br. Porte and the Brazilian physician.
The Plate was placed in his coffin, agreeably to bis request
Your devoted Brother.



MASONRY IN CANADA WEST.

We have been politely favored by R. W. Br. Richardson, the Prov.
Grand Secretary, with a copy of the printed abstract of the proceedings of
the Prov. Grand Lodge for Canada West, had at its sessions in June,
August and November last. And although we find nothing among the
proceedings of particular importance, we do find enough to satisfy us that
the interests of the Institution in that portion of the Province are in excel-
lent hands, under whose superintendence the cause can scarcely fail to
prosper. The Prov. Grand Master is Sir Allen Napier Macnab, and his
Deputy is R. W. Br. Thomas G. Ridout, by whom the active duties of the
Chair are ably discharged. And we are much gratified to perceive that
our excellent and zealous Br. Alexander Burnside, M. D., of Toronto, has
again been re-elected Prov. G. Treasurer, being the only officer in the
Grand Lodge who is required to be elected. The others are appointed by
the Grand Master or his Deputy.

There are twentythree subordinate Lodges under the authority of this
Grand Lodge, and all of them seem to be in active operation. Three of
the number are located at Toronto, and from our knowledge of the zeal
of the Brethren in that beautiful city, we cannot entertain any doubt as to
their efficiency. We had the pleasure of making a passing call on our
Brethren there the last fall, and ought long since to have acknowledged
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SUPREME GRAND COUNCIL 33d. 169

Brs. Campbell, Burnside and Richardson, we are particularly indebted for
special favors, and for an act of knightly hospitality, as delicately be-
stowed as it was fraternal. It was one of those gratifying incidents in
life that we never forget, — a green spot in the journey, to which the mem-
ory fondly returns, and around which it delights to linger. It would be
well for the heart if there were more of them.



SUPREME GRAND COUNCIL 33d.

At a meeting of the Supreme Grand Council of M. 111. and M. P. Sov. Grand
Inspectors General of the 33d Degree fur the Northern Masonic District and Ju-
risdiction of the United States of America, held at their Grand East, the City
of New York, on the 1st day of Vtadar, 5608, corresponding to the 6th day of
March, 1848, of the Christian era, the following preamble and resolves were
adopted :

Whereas, since the last stated meeting of this Supreme Grand Council, the Sov-
ereign Architect of the Universe has summoned to himself our worthy and well
beloved, the 111. Br. Ruel Baker, of the City of Boston, in the State of Massa-
chusetts, our late " Illustrious Grand Master of Ceremonies" —

Resolved, That by the decease of this highly valued Brother, we have sustained
a loss we shall never cease to deplore. He was a true friend, a kind-hearted and
faithful Brother, and a zealous advocate as well as exemplar of the principles of
our Illustrious Order and of our M Ancient and Accepted Rite. 1 '

Resolved, That we sincerely sympathize with his family in their affliction ; and
they may be assured that, with the tears they shed, are commingled the tears of
those who were united to him by a " mystic tie," and cemented by an alliance
which death cannot sever. Blessed be his rest, and fragrant the acacia sprig upon
the hallowed spot where he reposes. n

Resolved, That these resolutions be signed by the officers of this Supreme Gr.
Council, and communicated to the family of our deceased Brother, and that a copy
thereof be published in the " Freemasons' Magazine."

J. J. J. Gourgas,
Sov. Grand Commander 33d.
E. A. Raymond, Chas. W. Moore,

Qr. Trtas. Gen. of ff \ E.\ Gr. Sec. Gen. of H.\ E.\

£. H. Van Rensselaer, John Christie,

Gr. M. of Ceremonies. G. Capt. of the L. G.

Giles F. Yates,
Insp. Lieut. Grand. Com.



Meetings of the Supreme Grand Council of the 33d and last degree, "Ancient
and Accepted Rite, 1 ' for the Northern Masonic District and Jurisdiction of the
U. S. A., were held on the 1st of October and 7th of December, 1847, at which
various matters of high importance to our ancient and illustrious Order were dis-
cussed and duly disposed of.

Again, at meetings held on the 5th of February, and 5th, Cth, 7th and 8th days
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170 MASONRY IN WORCESTER, MASS*

of March, 1848, the Supreme Grand Council opened its " Supreme Grand Lodge
of Perfection" and " Supreme Grand Council of Prince* of Jerusalem," in ample
form, and engaged in the mystic labors of the " ancient and accepted rite f and
affairs of much moment to the welfare of the Order, were deliberated upon and
perfected.

The M. P. Sov. Grand Commander announced that he had appointed 111. Bra
& H. Van Rensselaer to the office of "III. Grand Master of Ceremonies" of this
Supreme Grand Council, which had become vacant by the death of our lamented
Bro. Ruel Baker; and Bro. Van Rensselaer was thereupon accordingly pro-
claimed as such. Dens meumque ju$.

By command, Chas. W. Moor*,

IU. Or. Stfy Gtn. o/K\ R\



MASONRY IN WORCESTER, MASS.

WorctsUr, Fkb. 12, 184a
Br. Moore, — The Masonic Fraternity is well at work, and doing good work,
in the Heart of the Commonwealth. The great number of Brethren that came to
our Festival on the 24th June last, encouraged the Brethren here, and our pro-
ceedings on that day gave a new impetus to Masonry in this town. A great
demonstration was then made, that satisfied the public that the Fraternity, instead
of being dead, was alive and in the vigor of manhood. The Institution has, of
course, as we hope it will have while the present generation exists, some in this
vicinity, who will not speak well of it, but they are few, and there is no help for
them. Masonry will receive the approval of the community notwithstanding their
many philippics against it.

The Encampment of Knights Templars and the Appendant Orders, the Royal
Arch Chapter and the Lodge, hold their meetings in the new Hall, which is fur-
nished in an appropriate manner for their use and comfort. The officers of the
Chapter and Lodge were publicly installed on the evening of the 18th ult. Col.
James Estabrook, P. H. P., installed the officers of the Chapter. He has long
been an active officer, and manfully maintained his integrity in days of trial, when
those that were not of us in principle, went out from us. His promptness and
accuracy render him an excellent installing officer, and the service was impres-
sive and interesting to the Brotherhood and the ladies and gentlemen present

Our excellent and attentive D. D. G. Master, Horace Chenery, installed the
officers of the Lodge. Br. Chenery is very correct in the discharge of the duties
of his office, as well as in the duties devolving on him as a man, a Christian and
a Mason. The services of installation were interspersed with odes from Power's.
Melodies, sung in good taste by some of the Brethren and several accomplished
ladies. The whole passed off well, and had a good effect on those present. I
think we need not fear the want of an audience, when it is known that the offi-
cers of the Masonic bodies, are to be publicly installed in Worcester.

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G. LODGE OF LOUISIANA AND AKCIENT YORK MASONftT. 171

THE GRAND LODGE OF LOUISIANA AND AN-
CIENT YORK MASONRY.

We are indebted to an intelligent correspondent for the following letter
and accompanying Circular, (a copy of which we had previously received
from our New Orleans correspondent,) and take pleasure in laying both
before out readers. The Circular presents distinctly and clearly the mat-
ters at issue between the Grand Lodge of Louisiana and the A. Y. Masons.
It is an issue in which the whole Fraternity are interested, and they will
look with anxiety for the result.

Edxcards, MU$. t Jan. 22, 1848.

C. W. Moore, Esq.— Excellent Frxtnd and Companion .—Whilst in the city of
New Orleans, the enclosed Circular was handed to me for examination, and think-
ing it possible that you may not otherwise see a copy, I take the liberty of send-
ing yon this one. I was not aware that any G. Lodge had taken action, until I
perused the circular.

I have never seen the Constitution of the 6. Lodge of Louisiana, but I know
several members of the interdicted Lodges, and some of the members of the com*
mittees who sign their names to this circular, and I cannot question for one mo-
ment, but that the quotations to exhibit the spirit of said Constitution, are strictly
correct If so, I cannot doubt the propriety of the action of the G. Lodge of Mis-
sissippi There can be, in my humble opinion, but one error in the course of the
latter, viz : proceeding without entering into a correspondence and examination
with the so-called G. Lodge of Louisiana, as the G. Lodge of Mississippi had re-
solved to do at its annual convocation in January, 1846.

I have with attention examined the proceedings, and watched the course of
events with interest and anxiety. I do not doubt that the G. Lodge of Louisiana
was, as she claims, instituted according to the A. Y. rite, in 1812 ; but it does not
follow as a matter of course, that she has held to the ancient landmarks of that
rite, whilst she has been trying to adapt herself to the mixed population of Lou-
isiana; nor, — though it may be quite benevolent, very charitable and praiseworthy,
in one sense, to work so as to produce harmony between the various rites of Ma-
sonry, Odd Fellowship and Sons of Temperance, — can she well hold her course,
if shifting and trimming her sails to every breeze. The report of the G. Lodge
in April and May, 1847, would lead a stranger to our time-honored Institution to
believe that no one had an interest in that State save citizens of Louisiana ;
whereas, feeling that there is but one Lodge of Ancient York Masons, and that
every one of us is interested wherever a couvocation of Brethren be, I do feel that
I am interested in Louisiana as much as any Brother in it can be.

I know, from Brethren, that there are usages under the G. Lodge of Louisiana
which, as an A. Y. Mason, I roust protest against; and if there were no other
than that of initiating boys, I must regard it as a sufficient encroachment on the
landmarks to justify the censure and discountenance of all true A. Y. Mason*.
I cannot attempt to tell you in this way, what these obnoxious usages arc, lest I
add error to error. I have been taught Masonry by the ear, by the eye, by
thought, and have learned much by reading ; yet I am at the threshhold.



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17SS GRAND LODdB OF LOUISIANA

Suppose it were possible that the G- L. of Louisiana should decide that she
would initiate my daughter, because her father and grandfather were Masons, and
had been regular Masons from their manhood ; and further, that her great-grand-
father had been one, and had fought the battles of America — would it not have
erred enough, if the practice were persevered in, to be considered as not an An-
cient York Lodge ? And would not the nearest G. L. have a clear right to work
in a field thus vacated? But we have no need of supposing strong cases: the
existing facts, in my humble opinion, are strong enough.

The course I would have advised vrould be, that such a man and such a Mason
as our own John A. Quitman, in whom there is no guile, should be delegated to
wait upon the G. L. of Louisiana, and earnestly beg and entreat that Lodge to
return to the faith. I believe his known urbanity and probity of character would
heal all differences. I look on the matter as very unfortunate, and think that we
should all strive to prevent unkind feeling ; yet, as professed A. Y. Masons, we
cannot yield a particle, — we roust hold to the plumb-line, our work must be
square, or it is not right We can hold to our own correct course, and yet have
influence ample to lead others back who have swerved.

The G. L. of Louisiana did cite the Geo. Washington Lodge to appear at a
fixed day, and show cause why expulsion should not be visited npon it according
to certain written laws ; but afterwards expelled said Lodge and all others acting
under dispensation from the G. L. of Mississippi, without a hearing, and a* month
before the day appointed for a hearing !

I am well acquainted with the Masters of two of the interdicted Lodges, one of
whom officiated and was Master when I saw the light ; no more zealous Mason
lives. The other I have known since we were boys. I allude to Bra. W. P. Cole-
man, and Martin Dudley, and I believe they are not of those who would create
dissensions.

At the ensuing meeting of our G. L, I hope and trust that a course of broth-
erly moderation and firmness will be adopted. Though I believe we are right,
yet I hope we will not forget that we deal with Brothers who are as charitable,
as generous, as every way noble as ourselves ; and that if they have erred, it was
through an over zeal in a glorious cause. Let us hope that good may come of
this division, — that it may result only in bringing us nearer to each other.

Sincerely yours, M. W. P.

CIRCULAR.

To the Grand Lodges of Free and Accepted Masons of the U. States :

The undersigned, Committees appointed by George Washington Lodge,
Wnrren Lodge, Lafayette Lodge, Marion Lodge, Crescent City Lodge and Hi-
ram Lodge, of Ancient York Masons, working in the cities of New Orleans
and Lafayette, in the State of Louisiana, under dispensations from the M. W.
Grand Lodge of the State of Mississippi, to prepare a statement of the causes
which impelled the members of these Lodges to repudiate the authority of the
Grand Lodge of Louisiana, and to seek relief from their grievances, as Ancient
York Masons, at the hands of the Grand Lodge of the State of Mississippi, re-
spectfully report —

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AND ANCIENT YORK MASONRY. 173

of Ancient York Masons, has forfeited all claim to the allegiance of regular
A. Y. Masons, by flagrant departures from the ancient landmarks of our Order
in many essential particulars ; insomuch, as to impose upon us the imperative
duty of discontinuing all Masonic communication with that body.

Amongst the departures from our ancient usages, and the innovations in the
body of Masonry introduced by that body, we enumerate the following:

IsL She openly exercises the power of granting Charters, authorizing
Lodges to work according to the Scotch Rite, and the Modern, or French Rite,
as they are called in her Constitution, and admits the officers of such Lodges
to sit and vote in her own body as members thereof ; thus compelling Ancient
York Masons to hold Masonic communication with persons whom we have
ever been taught to consider as clandestine Masons ; with whose usages and
ceremonies we are unacquainted, and whom we cannot recognize as Masons
at all by those means which are the only lawful tests of Masonic privileges.

2d. She has, in her own words, "accumulated under- her authority and juris-
diction the three rites, say : York, Scotch and Modern^ by virtue of power grant-
ed to her on the 14th January, 1833, by what she calls the " Grand Consistory
of the Sov. Prin. of the Royal Sec. 32d deg.;" a body, of whose very existence,
we, as A. Y. Master Masons, are ignorant ; but which body, the Grand Lodge
of Louisiana tells us, possesses supreme authority over the three first degrees of
Scotch and Modern Masonry ; and all this is done by a body pretending to be
a Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons !

3d. She expressly permits the sons of Masons, of every rite, to be initiated
into our mysteries before they become men of lawful age, to wit : when they
are only eighteen years old. — Constitution, Art. 4.

4th. She has established in her body "A Council o/Rites, n divided into two
sections ; one composed of three Scotch Rite Masons, and the other of three
Modern or French Rite Masons, who have exclusive authority to inquire into
all matters concerning those rites respectively ; thus excluding the A. Y. Ma-


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