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is receding from the world. The helpless child becomes the grown man or woman, assuming the rights and duties incident to life. In view of this picture of mankind we cannot fail to observe that the character of each succeeding generation must partake in a greater or less degree of the virtue or vice, intelligence or ignorance of that which preceded and the march of improvement must in equal ratio be effected by the relative capacity of one generation to profit by the experience of another, avoiding its errors and advancing its salutary admonitions, prompted by the light and influence of knowledge—thus to a great extent the cause of education is intimately blended with the cause of all high and elevated efforts of man to advance the general good of his fellow-creatures.

It would be idle to offer any suggestions upon the value, the inestimable value of education to the rising generation—it is indeed a pearl of priceless value, and whatever may be said of the aristocracy of mind, we acknowledge ourselves the willing, captive, votaries of intellectual greatness, most especially when enshrined in any of God's creatures where the first feeble scintillations of mind were cherished into a living flame through the instruction and teachings of a simple, unostentatious common school. We commend this subject to the Representatives who are to assemble in Grand Lodge of the United States in September next. It is worthy the efforts of their united deliberations, and he who shall be able to unite the opinions and concentrate the energies of that distinguished body upon a well digested scheme of education to the orphans of our departed brethren, to be uniform and general throughout the jurisdiction, will not only have secured for himself a monument more enduring than brass, but will also have entitled himself justly to the proud distinction of being ever hailed and acknowledged as a benefactor of the human race.

Grand Lodge of the Vaited States—The annual session of this body will be held at the city of Baltimore on the first Monday of September next, when we hope every State Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment will be present in the person of an immediate Representative. We are gratified to say that Georgia, Maine, Rhode Island and New Hampshire have been added to the confederacy of Grand Lodges since the last session, and we are not without hope that the State of Michigan will also be included within the number before the next session.

Representatives Elect to September Session, 1844, so far as heard from.

P. G. M. WM. W. MOORE, - District of Columbia.
P. G. M. Horn R. KNEASS,
P. G. M. JOSEPH BROWNE, Pennsylvania.
P. G. P. Paul MOODY,


Massachusetts –Extract of a letter from D. D. G. Sire Albert Guild, dat

ed Boston, May 17th. 1844. After so long a time I have made out to get all the reports from the subordinate Lodges in, and I believe I have got them corrected. I send you the above draft, ($540,) which is all I have on hand at present-please have the amounts credited to the proper sources, and much oblige &c.


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From the same, dated May 25th, 1844. I proceeded yesterday, the 24th inst., with several brethren from this city to the pleasant village of Portsmouth, in the State of New Hampshire, where I had the pleasure of meeting with about 40 brethren from Wecohamet and Washington Lodges, who had assembled there for the purpose of assisting in the formation of a new Lodge. At 11 o'clock, A. M., the meeting was called to order, anh after a few preliminary remarks I ceeded to institute Piscataqua Lodge, No. 6-after which the Lodge made choice of the following officers, viz:Rev. Geo. W. MONTGOMERY,

N. G.

V. G.



P. Sec'ry.
All of whom being present were installed into their respective offices.

At half past three o'clock, P. M., the officers of Wicohamet Lodge, No. 3, were invited to fill the chairs, and initiated 9 new members—and after a recess of one hour the officers of Washington Lodge, No. 4, were also invited to fill the chairs, and initiated 12 new members--making 21 in all. And I would here wish to return my most sincere thanks to the brethren of those Lodges, for the very valuable assistance they rendered me on that occasion, and the able and efficient manner in which they performed those duties.

They have now six working Lodges and one Encampment in New Hampshire-and I am happy to say, that I think for the interest they take and the correctness of the work, they would not suffer in comparison with any equal number of Lodges within my acquaintance.

Georgia-From D. D. G. Sire Rev. Albert Case, dated Macon, May 10,

1844. I have this evening organized Franklin Encampment, No. 3, in this town. It is mostly composed of the early members of Franklin Lodge, No. 2-the oldest Odd-Fellows in the city, and under their direction it will prosper. This is the second Encampment in the city-Ocmulgee, No. 2, having been organized last October. It is to be hoped that the patriarchs will strive together for the good of Odd-Fellowship, and that both will be prosperous and successful. The following are the officers of Franklin Encampment, No. 3, for the present termin

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Capt. Isaac HOLMES,

C. P.
John J. JONES,

H. P.

S. W.

J. W.


Treasurer. At a subsequent meeting 18 candidates were proposed for membership and before the 15th ten were exalted. This Encampment is confided to the care of those who will cause it to flourish. Its return will not be small at the close of the first term.

Columbus, May 13th. On the morning of the 11th I left Macon by railroad to Barnesville, 40 miles—thence by stage 76 miles to this city, where I arrived at 7 o'clock yesterday morning-distance from Charleston about 400 miles.

Assisted by patriarch D. S. Lemman I conferred the several Encampment Degrees on the following brothers, viz:-Wiley Williams, Esq Hon. L. B. Moody, Mayor of the city; Rev. L. F. W. Andrews; John Condon; Jesse J, Sutton; G. B. Phole; Thomas K. Wynne; Josiah Morris. The following officers were elected and installed, and the Encampment was duly organized, as Chattahoochee Encampment, No. 4, of the city of Columbus and State of Georgia :D. L. LEMMAN,

C. P.
Rev, L. F. W. ANDREWS,

H. P.

S. W.
Hon. L. B. Moody,

J. W.



Guardian. At a subsequent meeting the following brothers, being among the applicants for the charter, were introduced and received the several degrees, viz:-R. N. Bardwell, James Johnson and James S. Norman.

This Encampment is composed of members of Lodge No. 6, in this city-who are gentlemen of the highest respectability, moral worth and influence. It is gratifying to see the interests of the Patriarchal Order confided to such brothers, for by them it will be protected and cherished.The Lodge here numbers about 70 members, and the Encampment will soon have a good list of good members. The Order is prosperous in this city. and from the great care taken I have no doubt it will be preserved from those who would disgrace it, and outshine all opposition from whatever source it may come.

Charleston, 17th May. At home with improved health--grateful for all favors, and pleased to see our beloved Order making such rapid strides in the State of Georgia. Since the formation of the Grand Lodge there has been a Lodge organized at Augusta which numbers 170 members; another at Columbus, and Bro. G. L. Warren, R. W. D. G. Master, has ere this formed one at Marietta. Verily, the South keeps not back in the good cause of Friendship, Love and Truth

Ohio-Extract of a letter from P. G. M. Thomas Sherlock, dated Cincin

nati, May 24, 1844. Since my term as Grand Master of Ohio has expired I have denied myself the pleasure of sustaining a correspondence with you, because, being aware of the extent of your business, I felt that I would be trespassing on your time, and I could furnish you with information only that others ought to do officially.

I am happy to say that the onward march of our Order in this State still continues, and that every thing connected with it moves on: harmoniously. Twenty-nine Lodges and seven Encampments are actively engaged in the good work. Charters for two more subordinate Lodges have been granted. and our Grand Master is now absent from the city to institute one of them. We have yet at least twenty good points untouched.

As you may remember, the Order in this city has long had it in contemplation to erect a Hall for its own use—I think now that this work will be accomplished within the ensuing year.

I am ashamed that Cincinnati has not yielded a better support to the Covenant. We ought to have taken at least 100 to 150 copies here—but it appears to be impossible to induce members to subscribe. It is gratifying to know, however, that the work is gaining popularity with those who read it, and I am still in hopes that we will be able to do more for it.


We invite the attention of all Lodges and Encampments of the Order to the subjoined letter from D. G. Sire Stewart of Missouri. We are confident that upon examination the security of the Grand Lodge of Missouri will be found abundantly ample for any loan which the prosperous Lodges under our jurisdiction may be disposed to make, to assist her in the laud. able purpose of erecting a Hall in the city of St. Louis, and we are equally sure that the investment will not only be a safe one but will also very much promote the well being of the order in that section of country.--Ed.

MissouriExtract of a letter from D. D. G. Sire, Wm. S. Stewart, dated

St. Louis, May 14th, 1844.
I had the pleasare of writing you by brother Carey, Grand Secretary G.
Lodge, Mo., and omitted by him to inform

of the

passage of a resolution by the Grand Lodge held on the 10th inst., to devise ways and means to complete our Hall, now in process of erection.

The Grand Lodge of Missouri has expended considerable money in the purchase of an eligible site for her Hall—and I am pleased to say the selection is a good one, and one that reflects much credit on the Order here --the lot is 40 feet front by 85 feet deep, two squares above the Planter's House, fronting on 4th, the most pleasant and airy part of the city. The Grand Lodge paid for this lot between 5000 and $6000, and in addition to this owns a lot 25 feet front by 100 deep, on 7th street, which lot worth $2000.

The lease of our present Hall will expire this fall, and it is impossible to procure a room that will answer our purpose in the city—so that it is absolutely necessary that our building should be completed by that time. The Grand Lodge has not sufficient means at her command at present to enable her to complete the building-has therefore come to the conclusiou to solicit from the different subordinate Lodges in the Union a loan of $20 or more each, or to purchase one or more shares each in said Hall. The Grand Lodge could think of no plan so well calculated to raise a fund immediately as to make her wants known to the great family of Odd-Fellows hence the passage of the following resolution :

Resolved, That an application be made to every subordinate Lodge in the United States for a loan of at least $20, towards completing the building of our Hall."

A resolution was also adopted requesting you to call the attention of the fraternity to the circular of the Grand Lodge of Missouri in the forthcoming number of the Official Magazine in such manner as you may deem most advisable.

The entire cost of the building will be about $10,000, 4 stories high, 40 by 80—the lower floor will contain two spacious stores, which will rent for $500 each—the second floor will be finished for a concert room, and will readily command $1000 per annum—the third floor will I think be used as our library room- -the fourth for the Lodges—the two basements will rent for say $200 each—in the rear of the building will be an office and sleeping room, which will rent for at least $200, so that the investment will be a good one and pay from 20 to 25 per cent.

There will be no doubt but the money can be refunded in 12 months after the erection of the building. The main object is to get the building up, and then I am satisfied the members will step forward and take stock sufficient to place the Grand Lodge in funds to pay back to the different Lodges who may contribute in aiding her in her enterprize.

I know of many brethren here who are able to contribute, but fear the Grand Lodge will not be able to complete the Hall-should they see that it will be done they will then come to her assistance. I have taken $400 in stock, and if I had the means would erect the building myself, for I know it would be a good investment.

I know many citizens who would take a large amount of stock but our charter will not admit of it.

There will be a circular sent to your address, also to the different Lodges in your city. I have had such a sick family lately that I have been taken entirely from my business, but will in a few days try and hand you another remittance on account of the “ Magazine."

Mississippi— Extract of a letter from G. Secry John B. Dicks, dated Nat

chez, May 8th, 1844. It affords me pleasure to again communicate to you that the Order within this jurisdiction progresses steadily and harmoniously. Its prospects for advancement, and its condition for usefulness, were never more flattering than at the present time.

At the late quarterly communication of this Grand Lodge, held in this city on the 22d and 23d days of April last, the reports from all the subordinate Lodges were in; some of them gave cheering evidence of energy and zeal on the part of the brotherhood, to disseminate the principles they profess, while benevolent hearts respond to the wants and sympathise with the feelings of the destitute and sorrow-stricken child of adversity. Our Lodges in numerous instances have cheerfully extended aid where no le

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