Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York Volume 106-107

Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York Volume 106-107

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...which all the Craft should follow and improve. Less than two years before, the lodges whose members, in conjunction with the ladies, carried this endeavor forward to so grand a success, had stood disheartened before the task of paying their proportion of our then enormous debt. The common opinion had been that the eflort was beyond their means; yet each one of these lodges had entered upon the work heartily, despite its impediments, and each one had paid its full, fair share, though in many instances this had involved much of toil and diificulty and sacrifice. Now, the work of paying the debt, though a most righteous and useful labor, has, after all, possessed an element of self-interest; for lodges discharging their share have received an equivalent in the form of reduced taxation. But no selfish purpose entered into the holding of the Fair. There was no benefit to accrue especially to those who took part in it.' Its results go to the common benefit of all. It was an absolutely unselfish task, the outcome of a pure desirento do good for the sake of doing good. And it seems to me that for so many scores of lodges and thousands of brethren who had just completed their part of one ' task so weighty, to engage in this undertaking, and vie heartily with one another, as they did, in its promotion, falls little short of being sublime; and deserves to be regarded as a Masonic work of the most exalted character I As to those of the Graft who took part in this endeavor little need be said. But as to those who are not of our Fraternity, though near and dear to us all, the many noble women who devoted so many weeks and months of patient, arduous toil to the furtherance of our efforts, and to the cause of the indigent Mason, the widow and the...show more

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  • Paperback | 268 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236800486
  • 9781236800480