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ministration of this high office have brought credit to the
Craft. To be the successor of such brilliant and honorable
men is something which evevj man may covet, and yet the
great responsibility of the office might well cause him to
shrink from assuming it. This Lodge may well be proud,
firstly, of bearing the name of one of these illustrious Grand
Masters, and secondly, of having with you to-night a Fast
Grand Master who now holds and has held since 1882 the
position of Grand Recording Secretary of the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts. Of the latter Brother it has been said that he
was an encyclopedic dictionary of Masonic affairs in Massa-
chusetts, but his position as the Nestor of Freemasonry is not
confined to Massachusetts, but is known throughout this coun-
try and extends beyond the Atlantic, and the Lodge may well
be proud to number him among its members. [Applause.] I
have often had occasion to consult him. He is always kind,
and whoever calls upon him in his office always receives a
hearty welcome and kind considei-ation and help.

If the Grand Lodge — in this respect most fortunate of all
Grand Lodges — has been fortunate in having such able Mas-
ters, so may we of the present consider ourselves fortunate in
having so good, conscientious, and honorable a leader as our
present Most Worshipful Grand Master, Baalis Sanford'.
[Applause.] Courteous and kind in his intercourse with the
members of the Fraternity, considerate for the welfare and


feelings of others, he has endeared himself to all the 7r5rethreu
who have come in contact with him, and by his devotion to
the members and the interests of the Fraternity has shown
that he was the right man in the right place, and that no mis-
take was made in lifting him to the high and honorable posi-
tion which he has so well filled during the past three years.

This, Brethren, undoubtedly is the most important, the
most interesting and the most notable function that Winslow
Lewis Lodge has had or could have had during the year. It
is important because it mai'ks a new era in the history of the
Lodge and closes a record of fifty years of its active existence.
It is interesting because of the exercises which characterize
this gathering. It is notable because of the presence of the
two distinguished Brethren named, a Past Grand Master and
the present presiding Grand Master, and also of the presiding
Worshipful Masters of the various Lodges meeting in our
Masonic Temple. It is important, interesting, and notable
because the Lodge has the good fortune of having to-day, at
its fiftieth anniversary, as its Worshipful Master a grandson
of Dr. Winslow Lewis, whose name you bear, [Applause.]

May the spirit of harmony and the spirit of brotherly love
continue with you. Now that you have begun and entered
upon the second half century of your existence may you
prosper, and may our Heavenly Father bless each and every
member of Winslow Lewis Lodge. [Applause.]

Worshipful Master Gay. — I have chosen the next
speaker, Brethren, from that Lodge where Winslow Lewis
took his first three degrees. I made my first visit to
Columbian Lodge this fall in the suite of the Right


Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master, and it was my
pleasure on that occasion to listen to an address by the
Acting Master of that Lodge. I was so deeply im-
pressed by it that it is a very great pleasure to me that
you may also hear him to-night. He had been placed in an
exceptionall}^ hard position through the sudden death of
the Master of the Lodge, and he was called upon suddenly
to take his place ; and he has taken it so successfully that
1 am very sure that Columbian Lodge will be very much
honored by having him as their Master.

Brethren, I have great pleasure in introducing to you
W. Bro. Leon M. Abbott, of Columbian Lodge.

Worshipful Brother Abbott. — Worshipful Master and
JBrethreii, I am sure that I feel most highly honored and
greatly pleased at being asked to participate in this joyous
occasion, and especially so by reason of the fact of my extreme
youth as a Worshipful Master in the full sense of the word.
As such I am but twenty-four hours old.

I bring to you the cordial and the hearty greeting and con-
gratulations of Columbian Lodge upon this your semi-cen-
tennial celebration. We rejoice with you in the completion of
half a century of loyal devotion and service, of fostering in
the hearts and lives of men a love for God and a love for our
fellow-men. Who can estimate the extent of the influence
for good in a community of fifty years of active, loyal devo-
tion to those principles upon which Masonry is founded ?
How many a heart made glad ; how many an evil temptation
overcome and destroyed; how many a danger surmounted;


liow many a sufferer soothed and comforted? What an
impetus to every right endeavor !

Brethren, Columbian Lodge feels an especial, perhaps I
might say a proprietary interest in Winslow Lev?is Lodge,
from the fact that the one whose name you bear and honor
first received the light of Masonry in Columbian Lodge. As
has been said by the worthy historian in your midst, Dr.
Lewis received his degrees in Columbian Lodge during the
troublous Masonic times of 1830 and 1831. He was proposed
as a candidate for the degrees in Columbian Lodge by Joshua
B. Elint, himself at one time the Master of Columbian Lodge
and also Grand Master of Massachusetts. In the history of
Columbian Lodge, written by John T. Heard, also a Grand
Master of the Grand Lodge, a feeling and loving tribute is
paid to the life and services of Brother Lewis. He says of
him that his untiring and his arduous effort to advance the
welfare of the brotherhood have endeared him to them in
bonds which time can never sunder.

In looking over an old copy of your By-laws to-day I found
that the name of the Lodge was selected by reason of the
close and strong personal friendship of the members of the
new Lodge for the then Grand Master, and by reason
of the very high appreciation that they had for his untiring
and valuable services to the cause of Masonry, and by reason
of his worth as a true man and a good Mason. With the
name of your Lodge ever pointing to an example of the
noblest and highest type of American manhood, you have
with you a continual inspiration, a constant incentive to
bring out in your own work the highest ideas and the highest
ideals of Masonry. You likewise have a grave responsibility


vesting upon your shoulders to see that tlie true teachings of
Masonry, of which his life was such a beautiful example, are
reflected in your own thoughts and words and deeds. The
reputation of the character of Winslow Lewis Lodge has ever
implied this, that they have been devoted and loyal and true
to what is highest and best and noblest in Masonry.

Brethren, you are still greatly privileged, as has been
stated ; you are most highly honored by numbering one among
your own body, your oldest member, to whom the entire
Masonic Fraternity acknowledge their indebtedness ; one to
whom their heart goes out with fervent gratitude, the worthy
Kecording Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge, who has
been a burning and a shining light leading and pointing the
way to many a poor wanderer, to many a seeker after truth.
His life will ennoble the pages of the history of our day ;
yes, of all time. May your riches never grow less, but con-
tinue to be carved out in grand and noble lives. May another
hfty years of prosperity be yours, and may the name of Wins-
low Lewis ever continue to be held in sacred veneration, in
fondest memory. May the emphasis of your splendid work
for Masonic principles continue to brighten and purify, to
uplift and to inspire the thought and the lives of men.

Brethren, I thank you most heartily for myself and on
behalf of Columbian Lodge for the privilege of being here
to-night. [Cries of " Good," and great applause.]

Worshipful Master CtAY. — One of our Past Mas-
ters, modest continually and yet ever eager in looking
after the interests of the Lodge, keeping in the background,
and yet anxious to have the Lodge progress in the proper


direction, is with us to-night ; and I have great pleasure in
introducing to you Worshipful Brother Coppins, of New-
ton and Boston. [Applause.]

Worshipful Brother Coppins. — Worshipful INIaster,
friends and members of Wiuslow Lewis Lodge : I don't know
why any such flattering mention should be made of me. I
didn't know that I had done anything special in the way of
helping along Winslow Lewis Lodge ; but I am glad to be
here to-night, to be among you and to greet you all as mem-
bers and friends of Winslow Lewis Lodge. To be sure, we
have got to be fifty years old, a little beyond the time when
Dr. Osier says we should die ; but I think we can go on and
live a few years longer and enjoy still all the good things that
are coming to us. We have seen some of our fellows drop
away from us, but still we have the young element coming
along ; we have around us those elements which show that
the Lodge is alive, and that it is working on the same general
lines that it was worked on years ago by those who led us.

There is one thing to-night that has impressed me, and that
is the fact that although we are but fifty years old we have
already an offspring that is several years old. At a dinner
some time ago when one of us was detailed to look after each
of the invited guests I was supposed to entertain the represen-
tative of Eleusis Lodge. This Eleusis Lodge should be called
the son or the daughter of Winslow Lewis Lodge, because, if I
remember rightly, it was composed of the associate members
that Brother Nickersonhas told us of to-night, men that Wins-
low Lewis Lodge saw fit at that time to make only associate
members, and allowed to drift away from them instead of


making them a part of Wiiislow Lewis Lodge. I have asked
the Worshipful Master where they obtained their name, and
he informed me that it was obtained from a Lodge formed
thousands of years ago on an island in the Mediterranean
called Eleusis, and that the ruins of this Masonic Lodge are
still to be found on that island of Eleusis. I regret exceed-
ingly that he should have referred to them as ruins. I don't
think that that is exactly nice. If it was an asylum of
Masonry in the past there must be some memories around it
that will carry every one who is interested in Masonry back to
those far distant days, and will make us all regard it not as a
ruin, but as a monument to the universality of Masonry, to
that brotherhood of man which must exist if we are to meet
the highest ideals.

I cannot make a speech ; I never could ; but this word
to-night, coming from one of the dearest friends on earth,
Brother Kimball, reminds me of a duty which I have to per-
form to-night which may not be thoroughly to his taste. A
little over a year ago I was one of those who urged upon him a
continuance in an office which he had held for many years, and
which he wished to relinquish. But at my earnest solicitation
he consented to hold the position for another year. 1 was
then informed by the honorable gentleman that he would not
be forced into it again, and that some other member must be
found to fill that position ; and, as I had always been used to
obeying him, I simply withdrew his name at the last meeting
of the Lodge. At the same time, we could not part from him
and let him go from among us without some little remem-
brance in the way of appreciation, and the Lodge passed a reso-
lution thanking him for his services and expressing their high


regal d for him. One of the things that he said to me as soon
as he returned from this junket with his friend — well, per-
haps that is hardly the word, but since they have been
travelling in the hills of Virginia — was, " Well, what did yon
want to pass that resolution for ? " I told him, " I passed it
with the idea of letting you down easy;'' but the Lodge took
it seriously and thought that it required a little more than a
mere mention on the minutes of the Lodge, and it was voted
at the last meeting to have that resolution engrossed and have
it presented to Worshipful Brother Kimball at this meeting
to-night. And so, in accordance with that vote I beg to
present you —

Bkother Kimball. — Am I supposed to stand up ?

Brother Coppins. — You are supposed to stand up. On
behalf of Winslow Lewis Lodge allow me to present to you
a slight token (it is slight) of their warm and affectionate
regard ; and always remember that there will ever be a soft
spot in the heart of ever}'^ member of Winslow Lewis Lodge
for Bro. Gush. Kimball. [Loud and continued applause, and
'^ Three cheers for Gush. Kimball."]

i Brother Kimball. — Worshipful Master and Brethren, I
don't think it is just the thing to spring any such token as
this on me, but I must confess that I look upon it as a huge
joke. Any resolutions that were passed by the gentleman on
my left (turning to Brother Coppins) — I call him a gentle-
man because I suppose I have got to — I think must be re-
garded as a joke; but I thank you all, every single one of
you, for your kindness to me to-night and always, and I can
assure you that there is a very warm spot in my heart for
Winslow Lewis Lodge. [Applause.]




ORGANIZATION, 5881-5882.

Gkenville B. Macomp.ei
George W. Terrell .
Walter L. Frost .
Benjamin Y. Brown .
Alonzo p. Jones .
George D. Shattuck
F. Herbert Winsor .
George R. McFarlin
Percy E. Walbeidge
William B. Bartlett
John C. Farnham .
Henry Orr ....

Wor. Master.
Senior Warden.
Junior Warden.
Senior Deacon.
Junior Deacon.
Senior Steward.
Junior Steward.

charity committee.
William H. Chessman. William H. Stltdley.

members' co.mmittee.
Sereno D. Nickerson. Benjamin Dean.

Joseph Winsor.

library com.mittee.
Clarence J. Blake. Josiah H. Benton, Jr.

William F. Halsall.


By ITox. Charles Levi Woodhury.

Brethren : In this brilliant assemblage before me, to cele-
brate the completion of this Lodge of its first quarter century
of Masonic life, I recognize a distinguished audience of the
Masons of Boston. Your committee seem also to have had
wonderful success in drawing into these Mystic halls so large
and so fair a delegation from that angelic Freemasonry
whose higher lights and more transcendant powers of illus-
trating the ethereal realness of goodness, beauty and inspira-
tion have reduced so many of our Craftsmen to devoted and
willing subjection in contempt of the Thirteenth Amendment
of the Constitution of the United States. In consequence of
the variety of matters of interest to-night, I shall forbear to
task your attention with the details that would be necessary
in a review of the history of this Lodge for the past quarter
of a century. I shall confine my remarks to a brief notice of
its origin and of those who nursed its infant life during its
probatory year of Dispensation.

I understand that the first meeting of this embryo Lodge
was held at the ofiice of Benjamin Dean, Esq., at No. 6 State
street, and that the notices for that meeting were copied out
by his wife.


For this IVFasonic service and for the magnanimous forbear-
ance she has extended to the accomplices of her husband in
his long continued Masonic fervor, she deserves a grateful
recognition on this occasion.

There had been no new Lodge in Boston for nearly half a
century except the Germania Lodge, working in the Gei'man

The Lodge was organized with the following

Appoiniei) Officers^ :
Rev. Bro. Joiix T. Burrill, Cliaplain.
Chas. a. Davis, Senior Deacon.
John A. Warren, Junior Deacon.
Chas. W. Walker, Senior Steward.
John Amee, Junior Steward.
Lyman Tucker, Marshal.
James H. Collins, Inside Sentinel.
Franklin J. Heard, Organist.
Eben F. Gay, Tyler.

Finance Committee.

Moses Kimball, John I. Rayner,

Gust. Jackson.

Committee on Charity.

John Flint, Wm. S. Bartlett,

Ben.j. French.

ST. John's day.
Our Dispensation was given on St. Johti's Day.
Our charter was given to take effect on St. John's Day.
The most, if not all, the original petitioners, came from
St. John^s Lodge.

We were consecrated on St. John's Day.


The members in the old Lodge were so numerous that
personal acquaintance with all was out of the question.
JVork went on, but social intercourse flagged.

In the ancient landmarks one principal object in the
practice of Masonry was to bring good men together of
various sects and politics, and make them better acquainted.

Our predecessors had always cheered the meetings with the
social accessories of Corn and Wine, and when they spared not
the corn, wine and oil the Craft of Masonry flourished and

It brought peace and rest to the lonely of heart, the sorrow-
ful and the desolate among its sons. It taught the joys of
Brotherhood and the great benefits of social intercourse in rais-
ing the moral level of society and infusing charity of the heart
and benevolence in the daily walks of life.

The founders determined to revive the spirit of ancient
Masonry both in their work and in social intercourse. To this
end they thought a Lodge small in numbers was preferable,
and they limited membership to sixty members.

There were some old Masons who thought so small a Lodge
would not be self-supporting, but our founders had graven on
their hearts and heads and stalwart muscles the word " cour-
age '' in every language that speaks to these organs, and they
tried it on. We are here to vouch they tried it on success-
fully !

A Fund : They proposed to have a fund. Their Lodge was
to be no starveling. They neither begged nor bon*owed it, but
took the wiser plan to raise it among themselves, and earn it.

In this, also, success has renowned their efforts and proved
that they were wise and prudent as well as sociable and ehari-


table. Do not forget liow much power to do good, how much
cohesion, liow much esprit de corps you gain by j)ei'severing
culture of yoiir Masonic Fund. What an educating process it
furnishes in worldly wisdom, and how close it brings your
hearts to realize that the purest and noblest argument for
superfluous wealth is that it affords ineans for deserving
charity^ and that a surrender of the power to help the aftiicted
is a juoral crime made more heinous when it is done at the
instigation of profligate or ostentations purposes. Cherish
your fund, my Brethren, in the spirit of those who founded it.
TJt.e Work in the solemn mysteries of our Craft was another
point where the founders aimed at special excellence, not by
innovating on the time-honored text, nor by new effects or sit-
iiations, but by giving thorough instruction to every initiate,
and demanding absolute proficiency before he should be ad-
vanced a further stage.

This claim in the aspirant was not slight or formal, it met
him at the beginning, at the threshold, it hung there like a
cloud. He had to prove his faculties, to save his progress.
It is needless to say the ordeal of work made a man of him,
and what he learned there he never forgot afterwards.

There is no other way to make out of a masculine human
being a man after God's image than to make him nwrk in the
brain and arm and heart.

The polish on the boots comes from ivorlc, so does that on
tlie brain and that on the heart.

The unworked arm or brain or heart are nerveless.
It was the glory of this Lodge from the heginnlng that she
sat her children at the great Masonic Mission in its three-
fold way, and it has been a conscious reward to her that they


have been made men thereby. This is not a fancy of iiiiiie, —
look into the By-Laws they presented to the Grand Lodge.
There yon will see the evidences of this three-fold mission
inscribed in the clearest characters. They started ont for
this, and they and their snccessors have kept faithfnlly on
the same track.

The Charter of this Lodge was signed by Dr. Wiuslow
Lewis, Grand Master of the Masons of Massachnsetts. Yonr
Lodge bore his name from the ontset.

When we are talking about the early history of this Lodge
the recollections of the good and brilliant Doctor are as
important as the part of Hamlet is to the play of that name.

Most people reluct to name a Lodge for a living person ;
there is a fear his popularity may be as ephemeral as a can-
didate fdr political honors, and possibly his merits as tran-
sient, but Winslow Lewis is the bright untarnished witness
to the contrary of this proposition.

Never for one day, nor for one hour, or one minute whilst
he continued on earth did the glare of pure affection that
bound this Lodge to him wax dim or flicker. The love be-
tween David and Jonathan was thought worthy of being
inscribed in Holy Writ. The love betAveen Winslow Lewis
and the Lodge that bore his name was as beautiful in spirit,
as lovely in its daily exercise and as ennobling in its pure
idealism. It was good for each. It refreshened him, it
strengthened us.

If we were a prop in his declining years, he Avas a mentor
to our less experienced fervor. When it made him feel like
a boy to be amongst us, it made us feel more boyish and jubi-
lant that he was amongst us. He also was a Star in the


East for us to follow. His ripe scholarship, full literary
attainments, broad and varied culture enriched by much
foreign travel, and the exalted position he bore in the medical
fraternity made him one whose society shed a light and dif-
fused a tone of social grace around, that cultivated while it
charmed and elevated most when he fraternized most cordially.

Ah, what grace he had. In him the courtesy and polish of
the grand manners of the age of Louis XIV. had survived
without their stiffness. He had what the women call " dis-
tinction '" of manners to an ineffable degree.

But he was a man of science, a man of brains, a man of
action and a man of letters, withal, and his Masonry was the
effusion of his generous and benevolent heart.

The story seems that it came to him by impulse. In the
" Anti-Masonry "' political excitement he attended from curi-
osity a lecture given by some traveling charlatans which
they called an expose of Freemasonry intended to hold it up
for ridicule and reproach. What he saw operated the other
way, he left determined to become a Mason, and he did so, in
the midst of the tirades of a persecuting faction.

The old Masons appreciated very highly this generous spirit
and in due time showed it by elevating him to the Grand
Mastership. The devotion that he felt for the culture of
Masonry was a conspicuous feature of his latter years ; the
order with which he entered into its affairs was no less con-
spicuous than the good sense and conservative spirit that
animated and guided his action. He was one of the leading
spirits that guided the revival of its popularity in this State.
The influence of his high professional reputation was felt by
his Brethren of the healing art.


Indeed, Masoniy has always been popular with the nieiUcal
fraternity. They see in it a great developer of the " mens
smia,^' that cheerfulness of temper, that confidence in the good-
ness and humanity of their fellow-men which contributes in a
high degree to the health and happiness of life.

Winslow Lewis Lodge was eminently representative of this ;
not only was its sponsor a distinguished surgeon and physician,
but its first Master, Dr. Clement A. Walker, was distinguished
in that most occult and benevolent art, the treatment of the
diseases of the mind and brain. He was head of the City In-
sane Asylum at South Boston at the time he was selected, and
for years since continued to occupy the position with the ap-
probation of the public. He was our Master under the Dis-
pensation and was again elected our Worshipful Master under
the Charter. To him devolved the responsibility of forming
and fashioning this young Lodge and infusing into it the tone
and character which was to be the impress that directed its
growth and future usefulness. Hard were his labors, wise his
judgment and exalted were his aspirations for the future of
this Lodge.

When we look at the present condition of this Lodge and at

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Online LibraryMass.) Freemasons. Winslow Lewis Lodge (BostonProceedings of fiftieth anniversary of Winslow Lewis Lodge, Hotel Brunswick, Boston, December 8, 1905 : together with an address by the Hon. Charles Levi Woodbury, delivered at the twenty-fifth anniversary, December 10, 1881 → online text (page 3 of 4)