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returned the whole number of votes which might be legally cast, at 38.
The elections then proceeded and resulted as follows :

M. E. Wm. B. Hubbard, of Columbus, G. G. Master.

E. J. K. Stapleton, of Maryland, D. G. G. Master.

" Wm. H. Ellis, of Connecticut, G. G. Generalissimo.

« Charles W. Moore, of Massachusetts, G. G. C. G.

M Paul Dean, of Massachusetts, G. G. Prelate.

" Ezra S. Barnum, of New York, G. G. S. W.

u William S. Chipley, of Kentucky, G. G. J. W.

" Chas. Gilman, of Maryland, G. G. Recorder.

" E. A. Raymond, of Massachusetts, G. G. Treasurer.

« W. Field, Rhode Island, G. G. Sw. Bearer.

u W. T. Gould, of Georgia, G. G. St Bearer.

u S. W. Robinson, of Massachusetts, G. G. Warder.



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The election having been completed, the committee rose and reported
the result to the Gen. Grand Encampment. The report was adopted.

The Gen. Grand Recorder was appointed a committee to inform Sir
Wm. B. Hubbard of his election.

Sir Kt. Gilman made a communication in relation to Maryland Encamp-
ment, No. 1, at Baltimore. Whereupon the Geo. G. Encampment re-
voked the Charter of said Encampment, and directed that proceedings be
instituted against the late Recorder of it, before Washington Encampment,
at Washington, D. C. ; which body Was invested with full powers to try
any charges that might be preferred against the Sir Kt. in question. And
Sir Joseph K. Stapleton was authorised to restore the charter and reorga-
nise said Maryland Encampment, whenever a sufficient number of proper
persons shall petition him for that purpose, if in his opinion the in-
terests of the Order in Maryland will be promoted thereby.

Sir Wm. H. Ellis submitted the report of the committee of Finance,
which was adopted. We are not able to state the details of the report
The balance in the hands of the Treasurer is #226 15.

A communication was received from the Grand Encampment of Ohio,
announcing the death of Sir John Barney, which we shall take the earliest
opportunity to lay before our readers. Br. Barney was an intelligent and
zealous Mason, and his loss will be sincerely regretted by all who knew
him.

Sir Kt. Hubbard presented a communication from the Grand Encamp-
ment of Ohio, proposing certain questions as to the jurisdiction of subor-
dinate Encampments, which was referred to Sir Kts. Moore, of Mass.,
Gould, of Georgia, and Barnum, of New York. Adjourned.

THE GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER

Assembled immediately after the adjournment of the G. G. Encampment,
and forthwith resolved itself into a committee of the whole for the choice
of officers — Comp. Ellis in the chair.

Comps. Gould, of Georgia, Courtney, of Maryland, and Lewis, of Lou-
isiana, were appointed a committee to collect and report the ballots. The
tellers returned the whole number of votes which might be cast, at 68.

Comp. Dean having declined a re-election, the result of the balloting

was as follows :

M. E. Robert P. Dunlap, of Maine, G. G. H. P.

E. J. K. Stapleton, of Maryland, D. G. G. H. P.

u Willis Stewart, of Kentucky, G. G. K.

a E.S. Barnum, of New York, G. G. S.

" Charles Gilman, of Maryland, G. G. Sec.

" E. A. Raymond, of Massachusetts, G. G. Treas.

" Rev. A. Clark, of Ohio, G. G. Chaplain.

" N. B. Haswell, of Vermont, G. G. Marshal.



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The committee then rose and reported their doings to the G. G. Chap-
ter, and they were unanimously confirmed.

The officers present were then installed by Com p. Dean, who was also
requested to take the necessary steps for the early installation of the G. G.
H. P. elect.

Comps. Raymond, Barnum and Ellis were appointed a committee to
notify the Hon. Robert P. Dunlap of his election as G. G. H. P. Com p.
Dean was subsequently added to this committee.

The committee of Finance submitted their report, which was adopted.
The balance in the hands of the Treasurer is $2849 15.

Comp. Moore, of Mass., offered a series of resolutions complimentary
to the retiring G. G. H. P.* but not having taken a copy of them, their
publication must be deferred until next month.

On motion of Comp. Lewis, a committee consisting of Comps. Lewis,
Raymond and Gould, was appointed to procure and present a Gold Jewel
to Comp. Dean, in token of the respect entertained by his Companions for
his personal and Masonic character and services.

The G. G. Chapter was then adjourned to 8 o'clock, tomorrow morning.

Saturday j Sept. 18.

THE GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER.

Met as per adjournment last evening. Prayer by Rev Comp. Donahoo.
The record of yesterday's proceedings was read and approved.

Comp. Raymond, charged at the last triennial communication with the
duty of procuring new regalia for the use of the Grand Chapter, presented
his report, which was approved, and the thanks of the Chapter tendered to
him for the very acceptable and tasteful manner in which he had dis-
charged the duty of his appointment.

Comp. Haswell petitioned for authority to revive Chapter No. 12, at
Burlington, Vt., which was granted.

Comp. Hammatt offered an amendment to the 3d section of the 1st ar-
ticle of the Gen. Grand Constitution, the effect of which, if adopted, will
be to give to Past G. H. Priests of State Grand Chapters, a vote in the
G. G. Chapter. Laid on the table to be acted upon at the next meeting.

A resolution was adopted ordering 500 copies of the proceedings to be
printed for distribution.

Comp. Mitchell was installed as G. H. P. of the Grand Chapter of Mis-
souri, by Comp. C. W. Moore, G. H. P. of the Grand Chapter of Mass.

There being no further business, the Gen. Grand Chapter was closed at
10 o'clock, until the second Tuesday in September, 1S50.

THE GENERAL GRAND ENCAMPMENT

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the G. G. Master, Sir Archibald Bull, having left the city. The record
of yesterday was read and approved.

Sir Kt. Moore, of Mass., in behalf of the committee to whom was re-
ferred the interrogatories submitted by the Grand Encampment of Ohio,
offered a report, which was adopted. The report embraced three points :
1. That it is not competent for the G. G. Encampment to interfere with
the jurisdictions of the State Grand Encampments. 2. That the jurisdic-
tion of 'a subordinate Encampment extends to one-half the distance, in all
directions, between itself and the next nearest Encampment ; provided —
3. That the jurisdiction of a subordinate Encampment cannot extend into
the limits of another State where there is an Encampment established.
We state the points from memory, but believe we are correct in them.
The report will be published hereafter.

The committee on next place of meeting reported in favor of Boston,
and the report was adopted.

Sir Kt. Hammatt, at the request of Sir Kt. Stapleton, installed the Grand
Master elect, who, on taking the chair, acknowledged in appropriate terms
the honor conferred upon him. Sir Kt. Hammatt, at his request, then in-
stalled the remaining officers.

A vote of thanks to the late Grand Master was offered and adopted,
and Sir Kts. Mitchell, Raymond and Ellis were appointed a committee to
procure and present to him a suitable jewel.

The thanks of the G. G. Encampment were presented to the Grand
Chapter and Encampment, and State Officers of Ohio, — to the first,
for the kind reception and fraternal courtesies received, and to the latter
for the use of the Senate Chamber and other accommodations.

Sir Kt. Raymond, charged at the last meeting with procuring new re-
galia, made a report, which was accepted, and he further authorised to
procure a sufficiency for all the officers.

Sir Kt. Mitchell was installed as G. Com. of St. Louis Encampment, by
the D. G. G. Master ; and the absent G. G. officers were directed to be in-
stalled by the Grand Encampments of the States in which they reside.

Five hundred copies of the proceedings were then ordered to be printed,
and the Gen. Grand Encampment was closed until the 2d Tuesday in
September, 1850.

Thus were these important and interesting meetings brought to a close,
after an active and laborious session of five days. A large amount of im-
portant business was transacted, — probably larger than at any previous
session. The principal committees were overloaded with documents, and
consequently subjected to severe labor,-r-most of which had to be per-
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the business, as a whole, has been well performed, and that on a careful
examination of all the results arrived at, there will be found but little real
cause for regret, and but few errors to be corrected. Delegates were
present from seventeen States and the District of Columbia — making a
much larger representation than at any previous meeting since the organi-
zation of these bodies.

There were some questions of interest discussed and opinions ad-
vanced, to which we may hereafter refer. Several important reports,
involving matters of special interest, were presented and acted upon. As
we could not do justice to these by a synopsis, we have preferred to wait
till the official report of the proceedings comes to hand, when these re-
ports will be given in extenso.

It appeared from the excellent report of Comp. Stapleton, that he had
issued eleven dispensations for new Chapters, since the last triennial meet-
ing in J844. This we presume to be a larger number than has ever be-
fore been issued by one officer, in the same length of time, since the or-
ganization of the General Grand Chapter. In addition to these, one or
more new Grand Chapters has been organised, and several old ones resus-
citated. We think it is entirely safe to assume, that at no former period
has R. A. Masonry in America been in a more healthy condition than it
is at the present time.

The affairs of the General Grand Encampment are equally prosperous.
Several new Encampments have been authorised, and permission granted
for the organization of at least one new Grand Encampment. But of
these and some other matters, we shall be able to speak more confidently
when we receive the official proceedings from the General Grand Secre-
tary.

We cannot close without bearing our testimony to the able and faithful
manner in which the responsible officers of both these eminent bodies have
discharged their duties during the interregnum. To some of them these
duties have been more than usually onerous. This is particularly 'true in
respect to Comp. Stapleton, who holds the second office in both institu-
tions, and to Comp. Gil man, the Gen. Grand Secretary and Recorder.
Through the perseverance and untiring industry of the latter, the affairs of
both bodies have in a great measure been brought out of chaos into order ;
and on the former has devolved much of ihe labor, and to him is due the
credit of having established nearly all of the new Chapters and Encamp-
ments that have been originated since the last triennial meeting. ,

It is proper to say, that the preceding sketch of the doings of the Gen.
Grand Bodies, is written out mainly from memory, aided by such imper-
fect notes as our other engagements allowed us to take. It is altogether
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otherwise, — that we may have fallen into some errors. If so, they will be
corrected at the earliest opportunity.



THE PUBLIC EXERCISES,

Which took place on Wednesday morning, were of a high and eminently
satisfactory order. The procession was composed of about three hundred
Brethren, of the various Masonic grades, nearly one-third of whom, we
judge, were Knights Templars, in their rich regalia. They made a beau-
tiful appearance, as did the whole procession.

We take great pleasure in transferring to our pages the following notice
from the Ohio State Journal. The reference to Comp. Dean is alike
beautiful and touching : —

u This was the first time these bodies [the G. G. Chap, and Encamp.] had ever
held their meetings west of the Alleghanies; and the occasion will long be re-
membered by the Fraternity here, and the recollection will be cherished by them,
as of an event which brought together among them an assemblage of age, respec-
tability, and moral and social worth, such as it is rare and refreshing to look upon.
These bodies hold their meetings once in three years ; and in consideration of
their having resolved to hold the present meeting in Columbus, the Grand Chap-
ter and Grand Encampment of Ohio, at their annual meeting a year ago, adjourned
to meet here at the same time. This brought together a respectable portion of
the representatives of the Fraternity of this State.

These several bodies being duly organised, and a large number of the Frater-
nity in attendance, as visitors, a grand procession was formed on Wednesday,
which, passing through some of the principal streets, was conducted to the first
Presbyterian Church, the use of which had been kindly tendered for the occasion.
The following order of exercises was observed at the church :

1. Prayer, by Rev. Dr. Hoge. 2. Ode by the Choir — "Should Auld Acquain-
tance be Forgot," &c. 3. Address of Welcome, by Comp. W. B. Hubbard. 4.
Response, on behalf of the General Grand Encampment, by A. Bull, of N. Y.,
G. G. M. On behalf of the General Grand Chapter, by Comp. Rev. Paul Dean,
of Boston. 5. Ode by the Choir — " All hail to the morning that bids us rejoice.**
6. Benediction, by Rev. Comp. A. Case, of Worcester, Mass.

Mr. Hubbard, having, as the representative of Ohio, tendered to the Fraternity
a warm, cordial, and hearty * Welcome to our Lodges, Chapters, and Encampments, 9
dwelt somewhat at length upon the principles, ends, and aims of the Masonic In-
stitution, its origin and antiquity— ind closed by again bidding the Fraternity
from abroad Welcome,

The responses of Messrs. Bull and Dean, the one on behalf of the Templars,
the other for the Companions, were handsome and appropriate. Mr. Dean, though
for many years accustomed to public speaking, and that too in * the literary em-
porium, was affected with deep emotion on this occasion. We know not how
others were moved by his remarks — but to us, the sound of his voice stole over
our senses as the tones of music, called afresh to memory after a long and almost
oblivious repose. They carried us back to the days of our early childhood, when
the same* kindly voice of this venerable speaker, was employed in conveying to
our mind the rudimental lessons of education.' 1

We have a pretty full report of the address by Comp. Hubbard, but
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not have found room for it in the pfesent number. It was an able and in-
teresting performance, and presented some views out of the beaten track
of such productions. We may hereafter write out at least the principal
points, and lay them before our readers.

The levee at Comp. Hubbard's, in the evening, was a beautiful JinaU
to the proceedings and rejoicings of the day. It was well attended by the
members of both bodies ; all of whom were made happy by the kind atten-
tions and hospitalities of the excellent host and his lady.



GENERAL GRAND LODGE.

V The National Masonic Convention for the purpose of considering the
expediency of establishing a General Grand Lodge for the United States,
assembled at the Masons' Hall, in the city of Baltimore, Md., on Thurs-
day, the 23d day of September last.

The States of Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida,
Mississippi, Arkansas, and the District of Columbia, were represented.

R. W. William P. Mbllbn, Esq., of Mississippi, was chosen President
of the Convention, and R. W. Joseph Robinson, Esq., of Maryland, Sec-
retary.

A Constitution for a " Supreme Grand Lodge for the United States,' 1
was presented and adopted by the Convention, and ordered to be submitted
for the consideration and adoption, or otherwise, of the Grand Lodges in
the country. If prior to the 1st of January, 1849, sixteen Grand Lodges
shall approve of and adopt the Constitution, then the Convention is to re-
assemble in the city of Baltimore, in May, 1849, for the purpose of organ-
izing the Grand Lodge as proposed. If, on the contrary, the Constitution
should not be approved by sixteen Grand Lodges, then the whole matter
will be terminated and void.

R. W. Charles Gilman, Esq., of Maryland, and Lemuel Dwells, Esq.,
of Georgia, were appointed a committee to draft an address to the Grand
Lodges and Fraternity, on the subject, to be published with the official ac-
count of the proceedings, which, when received, will be laid before our
readers.

We were not present at the Convention, but understand that the meeting
was a very pleasant one, and that the general impression seemed to be
that the Constitution, which, we are told, is very short and comprehensive,
will be adopted by the requisite number of Grand Lodges.
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18 m THE MASON'S WIDOW.

THE MASON'S WIDOW.

Mr. Moore :— The " Anecdotes Illustrative of the Advantages of Masonry
under Peculiar Circumstances," published in the July number of the Magazine,
recalled to my mind an incident within my own knowledge, which I have thought
might not be unworthy of relation, as another illustration of "the advantages of
Masonry," though under circumstances quite dissimilar to those in the case of the
anecdotes referred to.

In the seaport town of P— — , in New England, there resided, in my boy-
hood, the widow of Capt W f a lady then rather advanced in years. Her

husband, who was a shipmaster, was lost at sea within a few years from their mar-
riage, leaving for her solace and support, an only son, upon whom she doated
with a mother's pride and hope. Having been educated in the best schools of the
place, and arrived at that age when young men are anxious to enter into some
pursuit for life, he sought, and — through the aid of influential friends and his own
acknowledged merits — obtained, a Midshipman's warrant in the Navy. The ves-
sel to which he was appointed was ordered to the Mediterranean, for the protec-
tion of our commerce, which at that period — (the early part of the last war with
Great Britain) — was jeoparded in every sea.

The widow — it may be presumed—parted with her idol boy with mingled emo-
tions of fear and hope : fear, that, by disaster of the sea or of battle, he might
never return to her, — and hope, that he might not only be spared for her comfort
and support, but become distinguished among those who win glory for their coun-
try and lasting renown for themselves. But her hopes were doomed to be disap-
pointed and her worst fears to be realized. The first intelligence of her son that
she received after the departure of the vessel, conveyed the sad tidings that he
was no more. He had fallen from the mast-head while on duty, and survived his
disaster but a short time :

"Alas for Time, and Death, and Care!
What gloom about oor path they fling!"

A widow and childless— bereft of those whose being was a part of her own,
and who constituted her security from trouble— she had early experienced the
keenest pangs that rend the bosom of the mother and the wife, and had now be-
come wedded to sorrow.

Abandoning the so-called " genteel" (more properly, luxurious) style of living,
to which she had been accustomed, and disposing, at much sacrifice, of all super-
fluities in dress, ornaments and household appurtenances which, in better days,
liad been provided for her gratification and comfort by him who was now among
the dead of the deep, she prepared herself to encounter, as best she could, the
rude current of misfortune which she saw setting towards her. She had more
than herself to provide for : — she was burdened with the charge and support of an
aged and invalid aunt, helpless and bed-ridden.

Her own small means were soon exhausted ; but, though almost broken-hearted,
she did not yet sink in despair ; for she had the consolation of knowing that,
though some who had pretended friendship for her and courted her society in the
days of her sunshine, had deserted her in the days of her gloom, there were oth-
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needed* Upon these she now depended; and, through their charity, — that
charity which is u twice blessed," — her most pressing wants were provided for.
But, alas for the mutations of time and the inconstancy of things temporal !— one
after another of these supports left her, — some, through reverse of fortune, be-
coming low reduced like herself; others falling under the blighting touch of
death, — and, ere long, of those who had been her props in her adversity, not one
was left who could longer befriend her.

The poor widow's circumstances were now straitened indeed, and Want be-
gan to stare her boldly in the face.

Is it asked — " Why did she not work to gain the means for comfortable liv-
ing?" — I answer, it was her misfortune (for such, in all cases, it really is,) to
have been brought up in ignorance of all gain-bringing work,— a parental error
by far too common, and whose evils are often sadly exemplified in the disastrous
transitions from affluence or competence to penury and want Wise and dutiful
are those parents who instruct their children in some useful art, on which, if
need be, they can depend for an honest livelihood; and fortunate are those
children thus accomplished and defended.

But to resume. The poor widow had now reached the worst of her extremity,
I will not relate, though I could, the many and various miseries of destitution
which she met and endured before she subdued that pride of spirit (less often per-
haps a fault than a disadvantage,) which had prevented her divulging to any one
whom she knew to be friendly towards he/, the real nature of her distress. But
this, at last, perforce, she did : and her tale of sorrow, heard by one who had
been attached to her husband by other than the common ties of friendship, was by
him whispered into the ears of other " brethren of the mystic tie," — and, from this
time through several successive years, during which I was intimately acquainted
with her circumstances, I can attest that she lacked not for the necessaries of
life. Her house-rent had been assumed by a relative of her husband, resident in
Boston; but the other means of comfortable living were mainly supplied by some
(to her) unknown but unfailing benefactors: and for the bounty which made her
its beneficiary and saved her from the worst miseries of destitution, she was doubt-
less indebted to the fortunate circumstance of being a Mason's widow.

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ANCIENT OPERATIVE MASONS.

In a late lecture before Oak Lodge, London, Br. Pryer, the able archaeologist,
gave interesting details of the works of ancient operative Masons, particularly of
Strasburg cathedral. Numerous records of the Fraternity were adduced, and it
was shown that the ancient Brethren possessed the same passwords, signs and
tokens, and used the same emblems as are known and practised at the present
day. It appeared that the cathedral of St. Paul, London, was the last great work
constructed by them in their operative character, under the direction of the dis-
tinguished Brother, Sir Christopher Wren, the Deputy Grand Master. Br. P. ad-
duced a series of u marks?* used by the ancient building fraternities, which proved
the universality of the system adopted from the earliest times,



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20 TRIBUTE TO MASOHRT.

TRIBUTE TO MASONRY.

IT A L1DT.
Connnnicfttod for ttta Mafulo*

On ! Masonry f glorious Masonry J thy destiny is immortal ? Thy great Grand
Master the Lord of Lords and King of Kings ! When Bhall man fully understand
what has been committed to him ? When shall he appreciate thy sublime and
soul- inspiring truths? When shall thy followers feel the responsibilities that
rest upon them — the trust reposed in them ? He who by miracle has preserved
thee, who hast scattered thy enemies, who has directed his chosen to the place
where thy sacred records were deposited, shall cause his face to shine upon thee,
and shall make thy " goings forth as brightness," and shall cause thy light to


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