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The Grand Lodge


State of Illinois,

Ancient, Free & Accepted Masons




CHICAGO, OCT. 3d, 4th and 5th, A. L. 5SS3.

M. W. DANIEL M. BROWNING, Grand Master.
R. W. LOYAL L. MUNN, Grand Secretary.


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M. W. Daniel M. Browning Grand Master Benton.

R. W. John R. Thomas Deputy Grand Master Metropolis.

R. W. Henry C. Cleaveland Senior Grand Warden Rock Island.

R. W. A. T. Darrah .Junior Grand Warden Tolono.

R. W. Wiley M. Egan Grand Treasia-er Chicago.

R. W. Loyal L. Munn Grand Secretary Freeport.

R. W. John D. Gillham Grand Chaplain Belleville.

W. Leslie A. Munn Deputy Grand Secretary Freeport.

W. Thomas S. Mather Grand Pursuivant Springfield.

W. James C. McMurtry Grand Marshal Henderson.

'W. John C. Bagby Grand Standard Bearer. ...'R.nsh.y'xWt.

W. Francis A. Halliday Grand S-word Bearer Metropolis.

W. Leroy a. Goddard Senior Grand Deacon Marion.

\V. Rowley Page .Junior Grand Deacon Galesburg.

W. George W. Hamilton Grand Steward Prairie City.

W. J. S. McClelland Grand Ste^oard Decatur.

W. A. B. Wicker Grand Steiuard Austin.

W. S. T. Webber Grand Steward Eldorado.

Bro. John P. Ferns Grand Tyler Chicago.




Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons,

At Its Forty-Third Grand Annual Communication.

In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Most
Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, the Forty-third
Annual Grand Communication was held at McCormick's Hall, in the city of Chicago,,
commencing on Tuesday, the 3d day of October, A. D. 1882, A. L. 5882, at 10
o'clock A. M.


M. W. William H. Scott Grand Master.

R. W. Daniel M. Browning Deputy Grand Master.

R. W. John R. Thomas Settlor Grand Warden.

R. W. Henry C. Cleaveland .Junior Grand Warden.

R. W. Wiley M. Egan Grand Treasurer.

R. W. Loyal L. Munn Grand Secretary.

R. W. John D. Gillham Grand Chaplain.

R. W. Owen Scott Grand Orator.

W. Leslie A. Munn Deputy Grand Secretaty.

W. Charles M. Carter Grand Pursuivant.

W. James C. McMurtry Grand Marshal.

W. John C. Bagby Grand Standard Bearer.

W. Francis A. Halliday Grand Sword Bearer.

W. Samuel Rawson Senior Grand Deacon.

W. Charles H. Brenan .Junior Grand Deacon.

W. T. D. Palmer Grand Steward.

W. George W. Hamilton Grand Steward.

W. B. F. Mason Grand Steward.

W. J. S. McClelland Grand Steward.

Bro. John P. Ferns Grand Tyler,


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The M. W. Grand Master proceeded to open the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge
of Illinois in Ami'LIC Form, with


Almighty God ! to whom all hearts are open, to whom all secrets are known,
to whom the darkness is as the light, Thou Sujireme Ruler and Architect of the Uni-
verse, in Thy great name do we meet to-day, and in Thy fear would we now enter
upon the discharge of the duties devolving upon us in this important assembling.
We realize that we are weak, and our help and strength must come from Thee. And
we would humbly invoke Thy divine presence with us, and Thy blessing and pro-
tection upon us. We pray, O Lord our God, that this day Thou wilt shine upon
us from out of Thy heavenly height; nay, stand among us, that it may be as Brother
with brethren, and Friend with friends. Give us not alone the conception of Thy
power, overarching and filling with glory all the infinite space, but grant that we may
see Thee a God near at hand, as did Thine ancient servant Solomon, when Thou
didst come down and fill the Temple with Thy glory. O grant that we may have
to-day yearnings after such honor as man cannot give; after such treasure as cannot
be found in this world ; after such manhood as is not demanded among men. Take
away from us the selfishness which superstition hath imposed in all the world. Grant
that those blinding fears, and those grinding doubts, and those oppressive misconcep-
tions which do so cloud the glory of God from so many minds, may be altogether
taken away by the bright teaching of Thy Holy Spirit. Teach us how to hold the
animal in subjection, and how to let our true manhood go forth in power and reign.

Our Heavenly Father, we invoke Thy divine wisdom to aid in the deliberations
of this, our Annual Grand Communication; may peace and harmony prevail, and may
this be one of the most pleasant convocations that it has ever been the privilege of
this body to enjoy. May such legi.slation be enacted as shall be promotive of Thy
glory and the best interests of the Craft throughout our borders. We pray Thy
l)lessing ujion all the Grand Officers of this body. Bless our Grand Master, who for
the second time comes to preside over our deliberations. Give unto him wisdom
that he may be qualified rightly to discharge the duties that devolve upon him.
Bless, we pray Thee, every officer of this Grand Jurisdiction. May Thy blessing rest
upon every representative of this Grand Lodge. May we all learn the difficult les-
son, to subdue our pa.ssions, and may all our hearts be in.spired with reverence for
Thy great name and love for each other. In our deliberations there may a diversity
of opinion and feeling arise in reference to various sul>jects and interests that shall
come before us, but may the spirit of kindness and fraternity pervade all our discus-
sions. May we all remember that we be brethren, and that one God is the Father
of us all. Many constituent lodges of this Grand Jurisdiction are here represented
to-day. We thank Thee for Thy care over them during the jiast year. May Thy
blessing be continued unto them in tlie future. Bless all their officers and members.

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and continue to give prosperity and success to the Craft everywhere. If there have
been errors and wrongs in the past, forgive, and may they not occur in the future.

Some of our brethren have been called, during the past year, from labor to re-
freshment, from the lodge on earth to the Grand Lodge above. Regard in tender
mercy their widows and orphans. Throw around them Thine arms of love and

And now, Thou great Ruler of the Universe, we render unto Thee thanksgiving
and praise that so many of us are permitted to meet in our annual convocation, and
sit together in our retreat of virtue and love. And we would commit us, with all our
interests, into Thy keeping, and invoke Thy guidance and support and blessing amid
the varied vicissitudes of life through which, in Thy providence, we may be called to
pass; and at last, when we have filled up the measure of our labor, receive us to Thy
glory. And we will give Thee all the praise, both now and forever. Amen.

The Grand Secretary reported a constitutional number of lodges represented.

On motion of M. W. James A. Hawley, the reading of the minutes was dis-
pensed with, printed copies being in the hands of the brethren.


The Grand Master announced the appointment of the followang named brethren
to serve on the various committees during the present session :


Joseph Robbins, Theodore T. Gurney, James A. Hawley, D. C. Cregier,
Charles H. Patton.

appeals and grievances.

Joseph E. Dyas, M. C. Crawford, John M. Pearson, George M. Haynes,
Wn.LiAM S. Cantrell.


Cromwell Kirkpatrick, S. S. Chance, John McCullough, II. A. Forman,
Thomas M. Grossman.

H. E. Hamilton, Samuel Shannon, C. M, Jones, Rowley Page, John W. Thrift.

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John W. Brown.

mileage and per diem.

Edward S. Mulliner, George W. Cyrus, E. Corlis.


John C. Smith, Gil. W. Barnard, William Moore.

grand examiners.

Edward Cook, A. T. D.\rrah, M. D. Chamberlin, J. H. Fawcett, W. B.


Samuel W. Waddle, John A. Ladd, George Rawson.


S. M. Martin, H. W. Dyer, James E. Castle.


J. C. LucKEY, E. C. Pace, O. F. Price.


John V. Thomas, S. D. Pollock, Edgar Jennings.

The Grand Master, M. W. William H. Scott, then read his address, which was,
upon motion of R. W. Bro. Wiley M. Egan, Grand Treasurer, referred to the appro-
priate committee.


Brethren of the Grand Lodge :

Another year has flown ; and once more we have made our annual pilgrimage
and have the pleasure of greeting each other as the representatives of the Institution

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of Masonry, in this State, to consult together how we may best advance the interests,
and act for the permanent good of our beloved institution.

Each heart beats with emotions of gratitude as we greet each other " with the
friendly token," and sit together in our social retreat of friendship and love, and
mingle thanksgiving and praise to our God' for the protection and blessings enjoyed
since our last Grand Communication, one year ago. A glance at the events of the
past year should fill our hearts with adoring gratitude to the Beneficent Author of our
being for the many mercies that we have been the recipients of.

As the year past has been one of unusual prosperity — Mother Earth has yielded
more than her accustomed bounty from the field, and the harvest has been one of
overflowing abundance — it should fill our hearts with love, and first of all we give
thanks to Almighty GoD for the many mercies that have fallen to our lot. General
prosperity reigns throughout our land. The varying changes of human life bring as
one of its most pleasing features the reunion and greeting of old friends. This has
been vouchsafed to us once more, and as friends and Masons we are permitted to
spend a few hours in social and fraternal intercourse; and it is with great 'pleasure I
extend to you all a hearty Masonic greeting.

Your presence here in such numbers is a powerful testimonial to the life and
vigor of the Craft in Illinois. You have left your homes and are here as the honored
representatives of the Constituent Lodges of this Grand Jurisdiction, attracted by no
secular motives, by no hope of personal gain, but obedient to the call of high duty,
and charged with weighty responsibilities ; and may each of you have wisdom and
charity, so that at the close of this session we may all have cause to rejoice over the
" peace and harmony" which has prevailed, and the good we have promoted.

I can, therefore, and do, heartily welcome you, as for the forty-third time we
gather around our altar, with the assurance " that all is well " with the Craft among
us, and if true to our principles, a bright future is before us.

In obedience to the requirements of the Grand Lodge By-Laws, it becomes my
duty to lay before you, for your examination, my acts and decisions in the adminis-
tration of the important and responsible duties which, by your kind partiality, have
been allotted to me.

At the time of my re-election to this, the highest and most responsible oftice in
your gift, I can truthfully say, that I not only appreciated the high honor you con-
ferred upon me, but resolved earnestly to enter upon and perform all the duties per-
taining thereto to the best of my ability. How far I have kept that resolution is for
you to decide.

Impressed with the fact that Masonry is an important factor in the interests of
our common country, and with an unshaken confidence in the principles which we
inculcate, and their harmonizing power over the discordant elements of society, I
have endeavored faithfully to discharge the duties with which you were pleased to

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lionor me, ami I herewith submit for your judgment my official acts, and as far as I
can the condition of the Craft.


During the past year I have visited many lodges, and have had an extensive
correspondence with the officers and brethren, responding to every invitation given
me, when it was possible to leave the ofifice, and on many occasions have delivered
addresses at public installations, Masonic festivals, and at the " Schools of Instruc-
tion" held by the " Board of Examiners."

And on the occasion of these visits, which have extended into all parts of the
State, I have had an opjjortunity of getting a close insight into the real condition of
Masonry in this jurisdiction; of the interest manifested by the officers and members
of many of the lodges relative to the principles of Masonry ; and the earnestness and
zeal manifested in acquiring a better knowledge of the taork and lectures of the sev-
eral degrees. And it is with pleasure that I state that the condition of the institution
in these respects is on tlie advance, and that the Craft is in a healthy condition in
Illinois. Masonry in Illinois, judging from my standpoint, is a grand organization
for the accomplishment of the purposes for which designed, and handed down to us
by as noble a band of men as the world has ever produced.

Brethren, perfection in the work and lectures is a consummation earnestly to be
hoped for. Yet if this is to be attained at the sacrifice of the great moral principles
which Masonry teaches, they are purcliased at too great a cost. We should never
lose sight of these important lessons, nor forget that our ritual, beautiful as it is, and
as desirable as it may be to have a correct knowledge of it, is only the scaffolding by
the aid of which we are " to erect the inner temple of our lives."

Masonry is not all ''forms and ceremonies.'' A man may be an excellent ritu-
alist, what some call "bright Mason," and at the same time a very bad Mason. It
is well to be able to work well in the lodge, but it is far better to practice the Ma-
sonic virtues at all times, in the home, at our places of business, and before the world.

We were early taught in Masonry "that there were three great duties which as
Masons we were charged to inculcate" and observe: "To God, our neighbors and
ourselves. To God, in never mentioning His name but with that reverential awe
which is due from the creature to tlie Creator."

Is this always observed by us as Masons? My heart has been pained as I have
heard profanity from the lips of men wearing the outzuard badges of Masonry sus-
pended from watch chains or pinned to their vests, and as conspicuous as a new moon
of a clear evening.

We were also instructed that temperance was one of the cardinal virtues of our
institution ; but how many members forget it. I liave frequently had occasion to

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caution the brethren in regard to this evil, and a few times have ordered charges pre-
ferred because of habitual intoxication. Brethren, I would be untrue to the trust
you have reposed in me, and false to the teachings of Masonry, did I not call your
attention to the. • flagrant violations of our teachings and law .

Nearly all the difficulties in the lodges, either directly or indirectly, proceed
from this vice, and if we would mainiuin the reputation of the Fraternity, the remedy
must be applied ; our lodges must enforce discipline.

Freemasonry is not sustained by its signs, its grips, its passwords, or its breast-
plates. Its true interest is above and beyond all these paraphernalia. Its motto is
" Holiness to the Lord." Its treasures, and its glorious lights and mystic ties, can
only be enjoyed by those " who seek the institution unbiased by friends, and unin-
" fluenced by mercenary motives, and from a sincere wish of being serviceable to
" their fellow creatures." And if all men lived in exact accordance with its teach-
ings, this world would be changed into a fruitful field, and Eden would again appear
in all its beauty and delight.


Death has been doing his relentless work in our Fraternity as elsewhere during
the past year. Death is merciless. All go down before its insatiable blade. Happy
are they who stand ready to meet it, with a good account of their stewardship ; and
there is no nobler life than that whose years are marked with heart-throbs for human-
ity, no matter how short.

Bro. Wm. W. Grossman died at the home of his daughtei", at Delevan, 111., on
the 22d of May, 1882, aged 87 years. He was made a Mason March 7th, 1816, in
Bristol Lodge, Attleboro, Mass., and at the time of his death was perhaps the oldest
Mason in the State ; and it is said of him, that after sixty-six years of Masonic expe-
rience, he was just as zealous and as much attached to the institution as the first time
he entered our temple. During the memorable crusade against Freemasonry in
1831, Bro. Grossman was one of the signers of the famous "Declaration" of the
Free Masons of Boston and vicinity, which successfully refuted the many false and
slanderous reports then being circulated by the enemies of Masonry. One .by one
the old heroes of Masonry pass away; in a few short years and all those Fathers
will have dropped their working tools in the quarry, and have answered the sum-
mons of the Grand Tyler. There were 1,235 members who signed that " Declara-
tion ; " perhaps not more than 28 are still living of that noble band. No less than 43
passed over the river last year.

It is not too much to say of Bro. Grossman, that he lived the life of a just and
upright man and Mason, dispensing charity wherever he found the needy "as far as
their necessities required and his ability enabled him to do." In the life of our brother
we have a noble example of faithfulness to our vows and loyalty to our Graft. May
his memory incite us "to deeds of more exalted usefulness." He was buried in the

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cemetery at Delevan, where he had lived for years, by the Masons of Delevan, Boyn-
ton, Hopedale, Pekin, Lincoln and Green Valley, who stood with bare brows and
bowed heads as they dropped their sprigs of acacia, declaring thereby their faith in
meeting him again. Many showed their respect for the dead, and well was he
worthy of it, and the brethren honored themselves in thus honoring the memory of so
noble a man.

Scarce had our grief for Bro. Grossman time to subside, when the sad and start-
ling news flashed over the telegraphic wires, carrying sorrow to many hearts not oply
in this Grand Jurisdiction, but over most of this nation, " Hon. Bro. Robert Mok-
FETT Allison Hawk is dead." Bro. Hawk the citizen, the soldier, the statesman,
friend and brother is no more. The man of whom it could with truthfulness be writ-
ten, as descriptive of his life and character, " he was pure, true, loving and noble."
Strong as he seemed in his noble manhood, we did not anticipate so early a sever-
ance of the fraternal ties that bound him to us ; but he has left us a heritage of prec-
ious, unsullied memories.

His Masonic history commences in the year 1864, when he was " raised " to the
degree of Master Mason in Cyrus Lodge, No. 188. In 1877 he was appointed by
M. W. Grand Master Joseph Robbins D. D. G. M. of the Sixth Masonic District.
In all the relations of life he faithfully fulfilled every duty imposed upon him.

The exercises at the cemetery were conducted by the District Deputy Grand
Master, E. T. E. Becker.

Bro. John Sheville was born in England, January 18, 1824, and came to this
countiT in 1848, and to Chicago in 1875. He was made a Mason by Metropolitan
Lodge, of the Jurisdiction of New York, over which he presided for three years. He
died at Chicago, and was buried by the Craft he loved so well June 2, 1882. In
1873 ^c made an extended tour of the " Land of Palestine," about which he wrote
and lectured a great deal. He was a great lover of the principles of Freemasonry,
and that affection was strengthened by the growth of a lifetime.

On the 9th day of June, 1881, passed away Bro. Joseph Gordon, who for near
a quarter of a century was Secretary of Temperance Lodge, No. 16, and of whom
the committee say : " That they wish to place in their minutes, which he so faith-
fully kept, a testimonial of his devotion to the principles of the Fraternity, of his un-
tiring zeal in the cause of Truth, and every interest tending to build up antl improve
his fellow man."

Thus passed away, full of years and of honors, one to whom, more than any
other man, does the Masonic Fraternity in the city of Vandalia owe its prosperity
and its influence. He has left us the example of a wise and good man and Mason.

I have received information of the death of Bro. R. F. Bower, of the Jurisdic-
tion of Iowa, which sad event occurred on the 19th of May, 1882. Bro. Bower was
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Louisville, Ky. In May, 1856, he moved to Keokuk, Iowa, where he remained
until his death. Bro. Bower was made a Mason in Union Lodge, No. 2, at Madi-
son, Ind., in 1850. He was elected and served as Secretary for several years in
Union Lodge. He has held the office of Grand High Priest, also of Right Eminent
Grand Commander, and at the time of his death was the General Grand High Priest
of the General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the United States.

On the 3d day of December, 188 1, at his residence in New York, passed away
R. W. Bro. James M. Austin, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of New York.
He had filled the office for over a quarter of a century. Bro. Austin was a faithful
worker and one of the bright lights of the institution. But his life work is done.
His column is broken, and the Craft will miss him.

I have received official information of the death of Bro. Charles F. Stans-
BURY, Past Grand Master of Masons of the District of Columbia, and the Grand Rep-
resentative of the M. W. Grand Lodge of Illinois near the Grand Lodge of District
of Columbia.

He died on the 31st of January, 1882, and was buried with Masonic honors at
the National Capital.

One who knew him well says of him : " He was a gentleman of rare mental
" attainments and high social standing, and a lawyer of distinction. He had filled
" stations of trust and responsibility under the general government. As a Freemason
" he was an authority upon the laws and ethics of the institution, well known through-
" out the United States and Europe, and wherever known was beloved by all for his
" many noble qualities of head and heart. But farewell, good brother, your memory
" and good deeds will remain green in the memory of those who know and appre-
" ciate a good man and an upright Mason."

Bro. S. A. HuRLBUT was made a Master Mason in Belvidere Lodge, No. 60,
Nov. 8th, 1849; was first elected Worshipful Master Dec. 17th, 1852, and was Mas-
ter two years, after which, at various times, filled every station in his lodge ; was
again Master in 1866; was at one time Grand Orator of the Grand Lodge, and in
every capacity and position he has always reflected credit to himself and honor to
the Craft.

Stephen A. Hurlbut, of Belvidere, was born at Charleston, South Carolina,
November 29, 1815; was thoroughly and liberally educated; studied law, and was
admitted to the bar in 1837 ; removed to Illinois, settling at Belvidere, where he has
since resided ; was elected as a Whig to the Constitutional Convention of Illinois in
1847 ; was a Presidential Elector on the Whig ticket in 1848; was a member of the
State Legislature in 1859, 1861, and 1867 ; was Presidential Elector at Large on the
Republican ticket in 1868; was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, dating
from May 27th, 1861 ; commanded tlie Fourth Division at Pittsburgh Landing in
1862; was promoted major-general in September, 1862; was assigned to the com-
mand of the Sixteenth Army Corps at Memphis, and to the command of the Depart-

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ment of the Gulf in i864-'65; was honorably mustered out in July, 1865; was
Minister Resident to the United States of Columbia from 1869 to 1872, and was
elected to the Forty-third Congress as a Republican, receiving 15,532 votes against
5,134 votes for S. E. Bronson, Liberal and Democrat. Re-elected to the Forty-
fourth Congress; was appointed United States Minister to Peru May 19th, 1881,
and died at his post in Lima, I'eru, on March 27th, 1882. His remains were brought
home to Belvidere, 111., and laid to rest by the Masonic Order on Sunday, April
31st, 18S2.

Many other brethren have been called away during the year, whose forms we
will miss as we look around this large assembly.

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