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A very good original 1849 Masonic Booklet. 9.00" x 5.50". pp.40. Soiled pink printed covers. Still intact, with just the odd small edge chip. Clean English text throughout. Just a light water stain to the top outer corner, affecting the first half of the booklet. A very good copy of this scarce publication. *** "... In January 1848, however, some prominent Masons who belonged to both the contending Grand Lodges [Louisiana Grand Lodge and Louisiana Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons] came to realise the evil result of existing dissensions and sought to effect a reconciliation and union of the two Grand Lodges. Those active in restoring peace to the conflicting elements of Louisiana Masonry were Grand Master John Gedge, of the Louisiana Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons, Bro. Perkins, Bro. Clapp, Bro. Howard, Bro. Claiborne, and Bro. Pierce, who represented the Ancient York Masons, and Grand Master L. Hermann, who was supported by Bro. F. Calonge, Deputy Grand Master; Felix Garcia, Past Grand Master, together with Bro. Foulhouze, Bro. Patten, and Bro. Adams of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana. After a number of Conferences, the following ultimatum was submitted as the basis of a mutual agreement 1st. Remission of the sentences of expulsion and non-intercourse rendered by the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana against the members or subordinates of the Louisiana Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons. Amendment of the Constitution so that the Grand Lodge be composed of, and grant Charters to, only one denomination of Masons, namely, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons. The movement was inaugurated by the Grand Lodge of Louisiana on January 29, 1849, and was responded to by the Louisiana Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons on the following February 22. A potent factor in bringing about this reconciliation was the Report submitted by James Foulhouze on January 29, 1849, upon the subject of the '' Cumulation of Rites." Another factor was the Report submitted by Grand Secretary Frangois Verrier, wherein he set out opinions regarding the existing schism that had been expressed by the Grand Lodges of the United States and Europe. Thus, by the end of 1849, the leading exponents of the two rival Grand Lodges were prepared for reconciliation. In order to pave the way to this, the Grand Lodge, on December 20, 1849, suspended for sixty days all edicts of nonintercourse. On January 28, 1850, a Committee appointed for the purpose recommended that when the union should be effected, then the two Bodies ' ` shall form one Supreme Masonic Body for the exclusive government of all the Masons of the first three Degrees of Masonry, in the State of Louisiana, forever, under its incorporated name and style of the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, and all Charters and Dispensations which shall or may emanate from the said United Body, shall bear the same style and name. " The articles contained in this Report were adopted by the Louisiana Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons, subject to the ratification of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, upon their being adopted by the Louisiana Grand Lodge. A Committee was then appointed to convey the articles to that Body, which was at that time in Session. On January 29, 1850, the resolution expelling Willis P. Coleman, John Gedge, and other members of Washington Lodge, was " rescinded and annulled " and a resolution was adopted incorporating the following principle into the basic law of the Grand Lodge: " Nor shall any Lodge be created or Constituted by the said United Body, under any other title than that of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons." The adoption of these resolutions paved the way for reconciliation. On February 2, 1850, the Louisiana Grand Lodge of Ancient York Masons accepted the proposed Articles of Union and adopted resolutions to carry them into effect. On March 4, 1850, the Grand Lodge ratified the union and declared it to date from that day. Then, on March 29, 1850, a Committee was appointed to draft a new Constitution. This was submitted to the Grand Lodge on April ig, 1850, and was ordered to be printed. On the following April 24, the Grand Lodge called a Convention of all the Constituent Lodges, to be held at Baton Rouge on the first Monday in June, 1850. At that Convention every Lodge in the State was represented, and a new Constitution was unanimously adopted...." - See Gould's History Of Freemasonry Throughout The World Vol. 5, Chpt. 18 . (c/o Phoenix Masonry) ***** Full title reads: "Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana. Grand Annual Communication, First Quarterly Session 1849: Report of the Labours of the Grand Lodge During the Elapsed Year 5848-5849, and Exposition of the Opinions, Reports, Decisions and Resolutions of the Grand Lodges of the United States of America and of the Supreme Masonic Bodies of Both Hemispheres, with Respect to the Unfortunate Schism Created Within the Territorial Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana, by the Grand Lodge of Mississippi. : Published by Order, By B. F. Verrier, Grand Secretary."
Title: Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana. Grand Annual Communication, First Quarterly Session 1849: Report of the Labours of the Grand Lodge During the Elapsed Year 5848-5849...
Publisher: New-Orleans: Bro. J. L. Pollée, 137, Chartres Street, 1849 . 0:
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