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tion, together with the powers of any other an cient masonic institution within the same, beg leave to report the result of their examination, founded on the following facts: viz.
"That the commission from the grand lodge of Scotland, granted to our late grand master Joseph Warren, Esq. having died with him, and of course his deputy, whose appointment was derived from his nomination, being no longer in existence, they saw themselves without a head, and without a single grand officer; and of consequence it was evident, that not only the grand lodge, but all the particular lodges under its jurisdiction, must cease to assemble, the brethren be dispersed, the penny. less go unassisted, the craft languish, and ancient masonry be extinct in this part of the world.
"That in consequence of a summons from the former grand officers to the masters and wardens of all the regular constituted lodges, a grand communication was held, to consult and advise on some means to preserve the intercourse of the brethren.
"That the political head of this country having destroyed all connection and correspondence between the subjects of these states and the country from which the grand lodge originally derived its commissioned authority, and the principles of the craft inculcating on its professors submission to
the commands of the civil authority of the country they reside in; the brethren did assume an elective supremacy, and under it chose a grand master and grand officers, and, erected a grand lodge, with independent powers and prerogatives, to be exercised however on principles consistent with and subordinate to the regulations pointed out in the constitutions of ancient masonry.
"That the reputation and utility of the craft, under their jurisdiction, has been most extensively diffused, by the flourishing state of fourteen lodges constituted by their authority, within a shorter period than that in which three only received dispensations under the former grand lodge.
"That in the history of our craft we find, that in England there are two grand lodges independent of each other; in Scotland the same; and in Ireland their grand lodge and grand master are independent either of England or Scotland. It is clear that the authority of some of their grand lodges originated in assumption; or, otherwise, they would acknowledge the head from whence they derived.
"Your committee are therefore of opinion, that the doings of the present grand lodge were dictated by principles of the clearest necessity, founded in the highest reason, and warranted by precedents of the most approved authority."
This report was accepted, and corresponding re solutions entered into by the grand lodge, and recorded.
1791, Dec. 5. A committee was appointed, agreeably to a vote of the second of March, 1797, "to confer with the officers of St. John's grand lodge upon the subject of a complete masonic union throughout this commonwealth."
On the 5th of March, 1792, the committee brought in their report, and presented a copy of the laws and constitution for associating and uniting the two, grand lodges, as agreed to by St. John's grand lodge, which, being read and deliberately considered, was unanimously approved of.
June 19, 1792. The officers and members of the two grand lodges met in conjunction, agreea bly to previous arrangements, and installed the most worshipful John Cutler, grand master; and resolved, "that this grand lodge, organized as aforesaid, shall forever hereafter be known by the name of The Grand Lodge of the Most Ancient and Honourable Society of Free and Accepted Masons for the Commonwealth of Massachu setts."
In addition to the powers vested by charter in the two grand lodges before mentioned, for instituting subordinate lodges, the grand lodge of England appointed provincial grand masters, in
several of the states, and invested them also with authority to grant warrants for holding lodges.
The revolution, which separated the American States from the government of the mother country, also exonerated the American Lodges from their allegiance to foreign grand lodges; because the principles of masonry inculcate obedience to the governments under which we live. The lodges, in the several states, therefore, after the termination of the war, resorted to the proper and necessary means of forming and establishing independent grand lodges, for the government of the fraternity in their respective jurisdictions.
Grand Lodge of New-Hampshire.
THE Grand Lodge of New-Hampshire was first formed the 8th of July, A. L. 5789. A number of lodges in this state had received warrants from Massachusetts, which united in the establishment of this grand lodge, and came under its jurisdiction. Its meetings are holden at Portsmouth, in January, April, July and October.
Grand Officers elected in October, A. D. 1804
W. Edward S. Long, junior grand warden.
List of Subordinate Lodges,
St. John's Lodge, No. 1, Union Lodge, No. 10, HaverPortsmouth.
Columbian Lodge, No. 2, Blazing Star Lodge, No. 11,
Rising Sun Lodge, No. 3, Faithful Lodge,
Jerusalem Lodge, No. 4, Wal
pole and Westmoreland. Franklin Lodge, No. 6, Ha
Washington Lodge, No. 13,
King Solomon's Lodge, No. 14, New-London.
Benevolent Lodge, No. 7,Am. Mount Vernon Lodge, No.
North Star Lodge, No. 8, Olive Branch Lodge, No. 16 Lancaster.
Hiram Lodge, No. 9; Clare Morning Star Lodge, No. 17,
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
THE first grand lodge in America was holden at Boston, on the 30th July, A. D. 1733, known by the name of St. John's Grand Lodge, and descended from the grand master of England.
The Massachusetts Grand Lodge (also holden at Boston) was first established on the 27th Dec,