Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York Volume 81-82

Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York Volume 81-82

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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. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...time ago, very active and much admired workmen, veterans in Masonry, have retired from direct participation in the labors of the Lodges in conferring the degrees, sensitively desiring not to infringe a Grand Lodge regulation, but yet shrinking from the task of learning a new system of work and discarding an old one. Hence it is that the conferring of degrees has been, to a great extent, confided to those who have learned their Masonry since the present system came into being, which is but a few years ago. Old Masons complain that, although exact harmony in the work has been attempted under the enforcements of legislation, they find glaring discrepancies in verbiage between the present work and that which existed before its promulgation, and still more marked discrepaneies between the work of those who profess to confer degrees in accordance with the present system of the M. W. Grand Lodge. As to these various points, I express no individual opinion, but advance what I have said as a mere reflex of the views of the many from whom I have heard expressions with reference to this most important subject, and hope that the Grand Lodge, should this matter be again legislated upon, will take into consideration the statement which I have thus briefly made. It is but just to say, however, as a matter of fact, that many old, and, in former times, highly efficient, workmen, have laid aside the tools of the Craft, and have n.ow become, in one sense, merely " Overseers," instead of being the active and energetic exemplifiers of the most pleasing ceremonies known to Freema-. sonry. In my Address to the Grand Lodge at its last Communication, and while I was Deputy Grand Master, I alluded in terms of commendation to the excellent manner in...
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  • Paperback | 266 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 481g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236797507
  • 9781236797506