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To G. Sec'RY RIDGELY, Esq.
In looking over the proceedings of the recent session of the Grand Lodge of the United States I see no mention made of the fact, of our highly respected proxy representative having asked and obtained leave of absence on the last day but one of the session. The omission, together with the subsequent action of the Grand Lodge, might lead to the inference that he was displaced by the representative elect, who did not contemplate taking his seat, but happening in Baltimore on business on the last day, and finding brother Leidy had left, he concluded to present his credentials. Truly your's, &c.
ZENAS B. GLAZIER, G. M. [We owe an apology to our respected friend, P. G. Sire Glazier, for not having inserted his note at an earlier period, and also to P. G. N. B. Leidy for the omission referred to. It was one of those accidental oversights which will occur in the press and hurry of business, and we trust will be regarded as having occurred in that way only.]
Virginia-Extract of a letter from Rev. P. G. Thos. G. Clayton, dated
Woodburn, March 21, 1843. Again, I think in addition to the Manual, a public Lecturer on the Order ought to be appointed to visit the different Lodges and deliver lectures on Odd-Fellowship—this would be a means of greatly spreading our cause. Let him prepare a course of lectures for the puplic and instruct the Lodges in private. This I throw out as a hint for you to improve on.
Georgia—Extract of a letter fro’n brother G. L. Warren, N. G. of Frank
lin Lodge, No. 2, dated Macon, March 10, 1843. Enclosed please receive a blank Card and the seal of Franklin Lodge No. 2, Macon, Ga. This Lodge was instituted on the 27th January last and we number at this time 77 members, good and true. The Order with us has taken a high stand in society—our most worthy and respectable citizens are becoming members.
Louisiana—Extract of a letter from D. D. G. Sire A. Mondelli, dated
New Orleans, March 8, 1843. You will excuse me if I have not written to you as often as I should do; the apparent neglect is owing to business, which left me very little time to spare, and waiting too the opportunity of giving to the letter a satisfactory item, in regard to the progress and welfare of the Order in this district. I am pleased to inform you that I have exerted myself to revive the Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, which was one of the Lodges that was blended with the others into Union Lodge, No. 6, in this city. Several brothers who formerly belonged to the same, made application to the G. Lodge of the State, and after the usual process it was granted, upon condition that the said applicants should pay the sum of $7 each towards the formation of a contingent fund to start said Lodge. The old charter, with the certificate of the Grand Lodge reviving said Lodge, was granted and is now in full operation. The members are increasing at every meeting, and I hope to see the Order in this State flourishing and equally as strong as any in this meridian.
Mississippi—From Grand Secretary C. C. Delacroir, dated Natchez, Fe
bruary 27, 1843. The following resolutions were passed by this Grand Lodge during its last quarterly meeting, held on the 20th inst.
Resolved, That this Grand Lodge deeply regrets the failure of the mis. sion deputed by the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States to England, for the purpose of effecting uniformity in the Work of our Order thrcughout the globe-but at the same time they cannot, without doing violence to their feelings, withhold from P. G. M. James L. Ridgely and G. Chap. I. D. Williamson, the deputies appointed to carry out the views of the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States on this important subject, an expression of their entire approbation for their able and eloquent vindication of our Order in the United States, and manly resistance of the unjust and extraordinary pretensions and assumption of our brethren in England, disclosed in the correspondence between the parties as published.
“ Resolved, That this Grand Lodge approves of the action of the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States, on the subject of the failure of the Missson to England, and pledges herself to sustain that Right Worthy body in such further action as she may deem necessary to adopt in relation thereto.
“Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be instructed to transmit a copy of the above resolutions to the Grand Corresponding Secretary of the Grand Lodge of the United States, with a request that he will present the same to that R. W. Lodge at its next session.”
It also affords me great pleasure to inform you of the advancing progress of our beloved Order in this State. Since our last report to the R. W.G. Lodge of the United States we have granted charters for two new Lodges, one at Woodville and the other at Jackson. Harmony and good feeling prevail among the brothers throughout the State.
Extract of a letter from P. G. John B. Dicks, dated Natchez, Feb. 17, ’43.
On the 7th inst, the introduction of Odd Fellowship into the State of Mississippi, (being the sixth anniversary,) was celebrated by the members of Wildey Encampment, No. 1, Mississippi Lodge, No. 1, and Washington Lodge, No. 2-also in attendance some visiting brethren from distant parts.
The celebration was in the Odd-Fellows' Hall-none but members of the Order present. The ceremonies of the evening were—first, an appropriate Ode, assisted by instrumental music. Prayer by the G. Master of the State, brother G. I. Dicks. Ode, composed by brother J. H. McMichael of this city, very appropriate. After which I attempted in a short * Address, to give the history of the Order in this State, concluding with some account of the prosperity of the Order generally, and reminded the brothers of the beneficial results, to them individually and to society generally, arising from a strict adherence to the precepts taught them as OddFellows, and the virtuous principles upon which our Order is based.
These principles do not conflict with the precepts contained in the word of God; they accord, they harmonize with those moral laws governing religious and enlightened communities. They are seen to mingle and flow in mutual strength, forming a moral impetus, irresistible in its power, sweeping the channels of society of all impure and immoral associations.
After the address P. G. M. Ruffner, in a very appropriate manner, related his own exertions in establishing the Order in our State—"he felt proud to say, that the Order had increased in strength, both as regarded numbers of members, and the sterling worth of moral character attached to that number beyond his most sanguine expectations."
After brother Ruffner concluded his remarks the ceremonies of the evening were concluded with a hymn, and prayer as before.
It was a happy evening to all present. We had a number of newly initiated members present, men too of the first respectability; they were all much pleased with the design of Odd Fellowship.
It gives me pleasure to add, that the several Lodges of this City have contributed, under a special arrangement, to create an “Orphan Fund,” for the relief of destitute orphans of deceased members of their respective Lodges—10 per cent. quarterly, is set apart from the actual receipts of the Lodges; which fund is under the control of a “Board of Management,” five in number, organized by electing a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Charitable Committee, of which I am Secretary, and was instructed to communicate to you the zeal and perseverance manifested by the brotherhood in this city to carry out the benevolent and charitable design of this institution. The Lodges throughout the State are doing as well as could be expected, taking in view the pecuniary distress of our community. The Grand Master some ten days ago, opened Wilkinson Lodge, No. 10, in Woodville, a day's journey south-east of Natchez. From the location, and the character of the brothers who made application for a charter, Wilkinson Lodge, No. 10, must soon become one of the strongest Lodges in the State.
Kentucky-Extract of a letter from Bro. D. P. Watson, dated Nicholas
ville, February 8, 1843. Our Lodge is increasing fast in numbers--since the commencement of our fifth lodge quarter (10th January last) we have had ten initiations, of the most influential of our citizens, and seven more petitions to act onwe now number over forty members. Indiana–Extract of a letter from Rev. Bro. F. H. L. Laird, dated Logansbelt, D. G. M., opened in our city a lodge of I. O. of O. F. which I had the pleasure of proposing should be hailed “Neilson Lodge, No. 12."We are particular to admit none but such as promise to become good members.
port, January 30, 1843. On the 21st of November last G. M. James W. Hinds and D. Vander
Delaware.-We are gratified to learn from P. G. Sire Glazier, and through the press, that our Order is rapidly progressing in this State. The Grand Lodge of the United States has reason to congratulate herself upon the revival of Odd Fellowship in that long neglected jurisdiction—to no one is she more indebted for the present prospects of the Order in Delaware than to P. G. Sire Glazier, to whose industry and perseverance is the result chiefly attributable.
We have great pleasure in adding the names of Miss E. C. HENNINGTON, of New York, and the Rev. WM. H. T. BARNES, of the Methodist Protestant Church, Delaware, to the list of our regular contributors.
The Rainbow.—We have received the number of the 15th March of this well conducted periodical, but having failed to receive the issue of February and the first of March, we beg the favour of the publishers to furnish us with these numbers.
Agents for the Diploma.-We take pleasure in stating that brother Turner, of Louisville, Ky., has made a highly satisfactory response to our call upon this subject.
Our Book.This number of our book has been vexatiously delayed, awaiting an engraving which we have been daily expecting from New York. The necessity of getting the work out within the present month has compelled us to go to press without it.
Odd-Fellows' Hall.—On Saturday evening last, we visited the Odd-Fellows' Room in the third story of Temperance Hall
, and found a splendidly furnished apartment of about 62 feet long and 29 feet wide. The first chair stands at the lower end of the room and is trimmed and supported in a rich and magnificent manner. Before it stands four very beautiful columns over which is the word “Friendship,” between two carved and gilded lambs. The architecture is of the pure Doric order, and presents a neat and striking appearance. The Secretary's stand is on the left side of the room—it has a mahogany cap 5 inches high, and as a design two gilded pens are carved in front. Opposite is the Treasurer’s desk, which is the same as the Secretary's, only two keys are the design. In the middle is the stand upon which is laid the Bible—it is of mahogany, covered on the top with red cloth and edged with gold fringe—the finest we ever saw.
The second chair is nearly on the same plan as the first, only it is not trimmed so richly. Over the columns are the words “Love and Truth,” on either side two doves with the olive branch in their mouth. Two excellent paintings by Woodside adorn the room. The floor is covered by splendid carpets and the windows are curtained very prettily. This is by far the handsomest room in this city, and speaks well for our worthy mechanics. The furniture was made by Mr. John Luff—the carpenter work by Mr. Charles Smith-the carving by Mr. Franklin Fox, and the marble work by Mr. Nelson Cleland.--Delaware Republican.
Author of “The Daughter,” “'The Two Christmas Days," &c. &c. &e.
“ A maid cf sixteen years, of twilight eyes,
A woman now, of meck and placid glance;