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the ceremonies of installation and conferring degrees were concluded, fourteen gentlemen were initiated, by the officers of Granite Lodge. On the following day the three first degrees were conferred on six brothers, by Brother Haskell, from Boston, with much energy and effect. The Manchester Brothers have a very fair commencement, and I trust they will do well.
The Order in Providence, R. I., is flourishing. "Friendly Union Lodge,” No. 2, was installed by Dr. Guild on the 14th inst., under very favorable auspices. I was honored with an invitation to deliver an Address before the Brothers of the two Lodges in Providence, which I accepted. Or that, however, I must not speak. And indeed, as “my sheet is filled," I must close here somewhat abruptly. Yours, as ever,
Paschal DONALDSON. Boston, Dec. 23, 1843.
DEAR SIR AND BROTHER :In conformity with my duty I proceeded on the 21st day of December to the pleasant and thriving village of Manchester in New Hampshire, the place of location of Hillsborough Lodge No. 2, and with the assistance of several of the brethren from Massachusetts and Granite Lodge No. 1, of Nashua, N. H. Instituted Hillsborough Lodge No. 2; after the installation took place, the Lodge proceeded to initiate 14 new members, and I can truly say that, I know of no place where the Order has been established in a more congenial soil for its growth, prosperity, and usefulness; they have a beautiful Hall well furnished, and the brothers now composing said Lodge are of the most enterprising class of men in the village, and have taken hold of it with a zeal and
that will no doubt do credit to themselves and the Order. On the 14th inst. I installed the officers of Friendly Union Lodge No. 1, of Providence, and I am happy to state that they have procured and furnished in a style that does them credit a beautiful Hall in the centre of the city, where they are determined, if prudence and energy on their part will build up the Order in that State, it shall be done; they are adding weekly to their numbers of the best men in community. I am also extremely happy to state that Eagle Lodge No. 2, of Providence, is doing remarkably well; they are determined if possible to be a pattern for other Lodges. Boston, Dec. 23d, 1843.
Canada–Extract of a letter from P. G. G. Matthews, dated Montreal,
December 10th, 1843. I opened and established Queen's Lodge No. 2, 1. O. of O. F. and am pleased to inform you, under the most flattering prospects, 18 propositions having been received on the same evening, many of them, the first men in this city. Every thing that tends to add dignity to our institution, is promised by the young Lodge.
Extract of a letler from P. H. P. and P. G. Thos. Hardie, datet Montreal,
December, 1813. I am well convinced that there is no better field (than this) open at the present time under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the U. States, for the establishment of the Patriarchal Order. Prince of Wales Lodge No. 1, now numbers about 75 members of the most respectable and weal. thy inhabitants of this city, and is yet rapidly increasing in numbers ; last week Queen's Lodge No. 2, was opened under the most favorable auspices and I have no doubt but that it will be a most valuable acquisition to the Order.
Maine-Extract of a letter from D. D. Grand Sire Churchill, dated Saco,
December 8, 1843. DEAR FRIEND AND Brother:-Above you will find a Draft for $30, for the Charter of Sabbatis Lodge, No. 6, at Augusta, Maine. I wish yon would forward the without delay. I shall report in full soon.The Order is in a fine condition in this State, you may depend.
Extract of a letter from D. D. G. Sire George W. Churchill, dated Saco,
December 20th, 1843. Odd-Fellowship is all the rage in this State—and you may expect an application for a Dispensation for a Grand Lodge soon, we now have 5 Lodges, one Encampment, and a dispensation for the sixth Lodge, and over 400 members. And less than six months has elapsed since the first Lodge was established—a circumstance unparalleled in the history of the Order-men of the first standing in society take hold and are the most forward in the work, and you may depend that our beloved Order finds a congenial soil in this noble State—and will in time I doubt not be equal to any State in the Union, and be truly a star in the East.
New York, Extract of a letter from P. G. D. Sands Battey, dated Buffalo,
December 11th, 1843. The location of Michigan Lodge is such as to render it a source of gratification to every member interested in the welfare of our fraternity:And I feel grateful in having been made instrumental in instituting the Order in our sister State. A wide field presents itself to their views—and if they are careful in the admission of candidates to membership the happiest results cannot but be anticipated. God grant it may be so and that they may go on “conquering and to conquer,” prosperous and happy, is the sincere wish of their friend and brother.
South Carolina-Extract of a letter from D. D. G. Sire Albert Case, dated
Charleston, January 4th, 1844. I have this day received the returns of Ocmulgee Encampment No. 2, for the first term, ending December 31st, 1843. It has initiated 27.
Received $276 75, and forwarded $27 67 the amount due Grand Lodge
C. R. PARSONS, C. P.
A. B. HARTWELL, Treasurer.
JAMES WOOD, M.D. P. C. P.
Georgia—Extract of a letter from Secretary Wm. C. Derry, dated Mill
edgeville, December 22d, 1843. Sylvan Lodge is desirous of the benefit accruing from the perasal of your excellent and cheap Periodical. It wishes you and your coadjutors complete success, for, in the success of the “Official Magazine,” OddFellows believe and feel that they see the prosperity of that cause on which they have centered a goodly share of their hopes for worldly peace and happiness.
Odd-Fellowship is yet on the gain with us, and will continue to be, so long as its pure principles influence the hearts and control the lives of its members. Sylvan Lodge now numbers hard on to sixty members. A few months since and not an Odd-Fellow could be found in our city, now, already, sixty sons have been born unto the Order and she may well ex. ultingly exclaim “a troop cometh.”
Extract of a letter from Dept. Grand Master Guy L. Warren, dated Macon,
5th December, 1843. Agreeably to instructions from Alvan N. Miller, Esq., M. W. Grand Master of this State, I proceeded to Columbus, and on the 17th ult. instituted “Muscogee Lodge No. 6," I. 0. 0. F., and on that and the succeeding evenings twelve of the most respectable citizens of that city, (among whom was the Mayor,) were received into the Order. From those who are engaged in it, I am confident that the work of the Order will be well done, and reflect credit on the brethren. I have no doubt that in a few months Muscogee Lodge will vie with any other Lodge in the State, both as regards members and respectability.
I found the brothers in Columbus had not been idle, but had fitted their Hall in a manner that would do credit to any Lodge in our larger towns. Their Hall is about 45 feet long by 25 wide. On entering the hall I was struck with its arrangement. In front was the stand of the N. G. tastefully hung in scarlet, with festoons and drapery, extending to the walls on either side. Over the front of the stand, in large gilt letters, was this motto “ In God we trust,” in the centre was the all-seeing eye, and in the pannel-work in front, was painted the insignia of office. On the
right and left were the Secretary and Treasurer's desks painted white, with the jewels of their office thereon. At the other end of the Hall was the V. G.'s stand similarly hung with blue-above was the motto “ Friendship, Love and Truth,” and in front a suitable emblem. In front of the P. G.'s chair was painted the hand and heart-on the wall above was the cross swords, with the word “Honor”- '-on the opposite wall was the word "antiquity," with a suitable emblem, and at suitable distances on the walls were tastefully painted the various emblems of the Order. ante-rooms are conveniently arranged, and the floor is covered with a neat and durable carpet. This is the first Lodge chartered by the R. W. Grand Lodge of Georgia. There will be several more instituted under this jurisdiction during the present season.
Ohio-Extract of a letter from Representative Sherlock, dated Cincinnati,
November 11, 1843. Two new Lodges have been Chartered since my return, and another is in progress. When they are instituted I will advise you. Every thing goes on right.
Extract of a letter from Rep. Sherlock, dated Cincinnati, Dec. 26, 1843. Since I wrote you last, two Lodges have been instituted in this State, viz:-Central No. 23, at Columbus, and Chilicothe No. 24, at Chilicothe, Ohio, both under fair prospects of success. Charters for two others have been granted, which will probably be put in operation during the coming month.
Kentucky-Extract of a letter from Grand Representative Shaffner, dated
Louisville, October 19th, 1843.
On my return I stopped a short time at Wheeling, and was informed that the Order was progressing quite fast. I held converse with some of the most distinguished members, and was highly gratified to be informed
the bright and glowing prospects of their success in promoting and extending the benign principles of our Order.
I stopped at Maysville, Ky., a short time to impart all and severally such information as necessary. De Kalb Lodge, located at this place, has been in operation about one year, and have had much difficulty since her commencement. I am happy that her prospects are brightening-glowing indeed.
At Covington, I remained a few hours, and imparted to them such information as was in
my power. The Order has been established in this place for some years. Their prospects are much better than they have ever been before. The Encampment of this place has been quite inactive, but reviving now very fast. On my arrival at Louisville (my home) I was informed that the Order was progressing rapidly. Harmony and union glows in every Lodge. Much satisfaction has been manifested in relation to the action of the Grand Lodge of the U. States, on the English affair. It appears to meet the general approbation.
The Grand Lodge of Kentucky held a procession on her anniversary, (the 14th of Sept.) on which occasion Gen'l. Wm. S. Pilcher delivered a very eloquent address. I will endeavour to give you all the news of Kentucky.
Extract of a letter from T. P. Shaffner, dated Louisville, 6th of Novem
ber, 1843. Yours in relation to the Covenant was received yesterday, which shall meet my immediate attention. The representatives of Kentucky were not instructed to vote upon any measure.
But their action has met with unanimous approbation, and particularly on the English question, abolishing the proxy system and the Covenant and Official Magazine. The last of which is the most popular. The truth of which is demonstrated by the following resolutions
which passed both in the Grand Encampment and the Grand Lodge of Kentucky unanimously.
Resolved, that this Grand Lodge most cordially and fraternally recommend to the Order in Kentucky and in general, to encourage and patronize the Covenant and Official Magazine.
Further Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of Kentucky entertains the highest opinion of the integrity and ability of P. G. M. James L. Ridgely of Maryland, Editor of said Covenant and Official Magazine.
The Grand Encampment of Kentucky met on Friday the 3d, nothing of much interest was done—much interest is manifested here to sustain the Patriarchal department of the Order, we have now four Encampments and expect before next session of Grand Lodge of the United States to charter two more.
The Grand Lodge met on Saturday the 4th, quite a full attendance.There was much local business transacted. I will send
the proceedings when printed. We are now doing very well. Harmony glows deeply. Union shines brilliantly and each soul is bound together with the cords of Friendship, Love and Truth.
Be fully assured, sir, that we are determined that Kentucky shall hold an altitude with the pre-eminent. The cloud which has heretofore dimmed the rays of her honor has been dispelled never to return again, and hereafter she shall be a bright and a brilliant star.
Tennessee-Extract of a letter from Grand Secretary L. L. Loring, dated
Nashville, October 28th, 1843. I am happy to inform you that the question of difference between the Grand Lodge of Tennessee and Ridgely Encampment No. 1, of Nashville, since the action of the Grand Lodge of the United States on the subject, assumes the appearance of a reconciliation; and that the Grand Lodge has kindly tendered to the Encampment the use of Odd-Fellows' Hall.
Above all other considerations, we are determined to have harmony among ourselves, even though we may differ in our views, as to the proper manner of proceeding to sustain it.
The report of our Grand Master, and that of our Representative at our late Quarterly Communication, were both lengthy and interesting-embracing most, or all, of the important decisions of the Grand Lodge of the