- 1 KING SOLOMON'S LODGE
- 2 REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- 2.1 ANNIVERSARIES
- 2.2 VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 2.3 BY-LAW CHANGES
- 2.4 HISTORY
- 2.5 OTHER
- 2.6 EVENTS
- 2.6.1 OFFICER LIST, JANUARY 1818
- 2.6.2 OFFICER LIST, JANUARY 1826
- 2.6.3 MASTER'S ADDRESS, JANUARY 1826
- 2.6.4 OFFICER LIST, FEBRUARY 1829
- 2.6.5 OFFICER LIST, JUNE 1831
- 2.6.6 OFFICER LIST, DECEMBER 1831
- 2.6.7 75TH ANNIVERSARY, SEPTEMBER 1858
- 2.6.8 INSTALLATION, OCTOBER 1858
- 2.6.9 GRAND MASTER VISIT, FEBRUARY 1879
- 2.6.10 CENTENARY CELEBRATION, SEPTEMBER 1883
- 2.6.11 INSTALLATION, OCTOBER 1887
- 2.7 GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- 2.8 OTHER BROTHERS
- 2.9 DISTRICTS
- 2.10 LINKS
KING SOLOMON'S LODGE
Chartered By: John Warren
Charter Date: 09/05/1783 I-309
Precedence Date: 09/05/1783
Current Status: Active
Chartered by the Massachusetts Grand Lodge. King Solomon's was closely associated in its early years with the memorial to the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Sagamore Lodge merged into this Lodge, 03/28/1986.
From New England Freemason, Vol. I, No. 3, March 1875, Page 141:
King Solomon's Lodge, of Charlestown, Mass., (now Boston.) was chartered by Massachusetts Grand Lodge, John Warren, Grand Master, Sept. 5, 1783. Its Records are complete, from the preliminary meeting with a view to its formation (Aug. 20, 1783) until the present lime. Its By-Laws were published in 1867; and, in connection with them, are given "Brief Extracts from the Records, compiled by W. Brothers George II. Marden and George P. Kettell." In looking over these Extracts, we have found many interesting items which we should be glad to transfer to our pages, but at present we have space for only the following:
R.W. Thomas Hooper was initiated in this Lodge in 1800, admitted a member in 1801, and Wor. Master in 1812-14. Ho visited the Lodge on Dec. 11th, 1860, (being 81 years old,) and delivered a very "interesting address, relating chiefly to the early history of the Lodge, with sketches of its founders, with all of whom he was personally acquainted." Of the first Senior Warden of the Lodge he gives the following account:
"Eliphalet Newell was initiated in St. Andrew's Lodge in Boston, Dec. 11, 1777, and was admitted to membership in the same Lodge in Dec., 1778. He wsis by trade a baker. His house, the front part of which still stands on Main Street, opposite the junction of Bow and Harvard Streets, was among the first erected after the conflagration. It was built for a tavern, and was called Warren Tavern. Its large sign, which swung from a high post, bore on either side a likeness of General Joseph Warren, in his Masonic insignia as Grand Master. Attached to the house was a large hall, called afterwards Warren Hall. Here our Lodge was formed, and for the first twenty years of its existence held its meetings. Brother Newell sustained the character of an experienced 'inn-holder;' he was a man of marked individuality of character ; was *a train band captain"; one of the selectmen of the town, and is said to have been one of the celebrated ' tea party' famed in the history of Boston.
"The selectmen held their meetings at his house; and it is said that, while they were in session, he would sit in an adjoining room, smoking his long pipe, until after what he considered a reasonable time had elapsed, when he would make his entrance, and, regardless of the town business, his usual address would be, 'Mr. Cheerman, did you say punch or flip?' Brother Newell died in 1813, and, in accordance with his request, was buried with Masonic honors."
Brother Hooper thus refers to another of the founders of the Lodge:
"Of David Goodwin I can speak with more freedom, perhaps with more feeling. He became the guardian and protector of the orphan boy of thirteen years. He led me with a father's care from youth to manhood. He made me a mechanic. During the nine years in which I dwelt under his roof, never did I witness aught that would derogate from his character for strict uprightness and integrity. David Goodwin was initiated into Masonry in St. Andrew's Lodge, Boston, on the 9th of March, 1775. I am unable to say where he received the second and third degrees. He was a man diligent in his calling, fervid in his piety, and honorable in his dealings with his fellow- men. Our town records bear honorable testimony to the important services he rendered in municipal affairs and as a representative of the town in the Legislature. One trifling incident in this connection will serve to illustrate his strict sense of honesty. At the close of one of the sessions, the members were called to the clerk's desk (according to the custom then) to give in the number of days of their attendance. When Mr. Goodwin was called, he reported twenty-seven days and a half. "We have no half-days here, Mr. Goodwin; I must call it twenty-eight days", said the clerk. "Not so," was the reply; I never yet made charge for a whole day's work when I had done but half of one. I have attended here twenty-seven days and one-half; for so much I require payment,—no more, no less." I need not say that the clerk yielded the point. Brother Goodwin was a housewright, and built and occupied several houses in town, one of which, the last, is still standing on the corner of Washington and Union Streets. Here, at a ripe old age, after acting well his part in the great drama of life, "he gave his honors to the world again, his blessed past to heaven, and slept in peace."
MEMBER LIST, 1802
From Vocal Companion and Masonic Register, Boston, 1802, Part II, Page 11:
- R. W. Thomas Oliver Larkin, M.
- W. David Goodwin, Jr., S. W.
- W. Amariah Childs, J. W.
- Edward Goodwin, Tr.
- David Devens, Sec.
- Jonathan Goodwin, S. D.
- Lot Meriam, J. D.
- William Newhall, Steward.
- Joshua Hooper, Steward.
- Henry Bodge, Tiler.
- R. W. Oliver Larkin, P. M.
- Josiah Bartlett, 1783, 1784 1787, 1793, 1808
- Joseph Cordis, 1785
- Wiliam Calder, 1785, 1786, 1791, 1792
- Isaac Snow, 1788
- Samuel Swan, 1789, 1790
- John Soley, 1794-1796
- Oliver Holden, 1797-1800
- Thomas O. Larkin, 1801, 1802
- Melzer Holmes, 1803
- Edward Goodwin, 1804
- John Goodwin, 1805, 1806
- Francis Hyde, 1807
- Joseph Phipps, 1809
- Joshua B. Phipps, 1810, 1811
- Thomas Hooper, 1812-1814 Memorial
- Benjamin Whipple, 1815, 1816
- Benjamin Adams, 1817-1819
- John Gregory, 1820, 1821
- Benjamin Gleason, 1822, 1823, 1838; SN
- Ezra Stone, 1824-1826
- Dexter Bowman, 1827-1837
- John Stevens, 1839-1841
- Francis L. Raymon, 1842, 1843
- Charles B. Rogers, 1844, 1845, 1851
- James A.D. Worcester, 1846
- George P. Kettell, 1847, 1848, 1852, 1853
- Caleb Rand, 1854-1857
- William H. Sanders, 1858, 1859
- William Darton, 1860
- William W. McKim, 1861
- Edward S. Coombs, 1862, 1863
- Samuel S. Wilson, 1864
- Henry Moore, 1865
- George W. Abbott, 1866
- C. Prescott Goss, 1867
- Edward P. Tourtellot, 1868, 1869
- John E. Marden, 1870, 1871
- Charles R. Whitney, 1872, 1873
- William H. Crowell, 1874, 1875
- John B. Whitney, 1876, 1877
- Alfred C. Hall, 1878, 1879
- Franklin W. Hopkins, 1880, 1881; SN
- Galen M. Bowditch, 1882, 1884
- Albert E. Dadley, 1883
- William M. Townsend, 1885, 1886
- Edgar E. Haines, 1887, 1888
- Frank Vose, 1889, 1890; SN
- Edwin D. Sibley, 1891, 1892
- Ernest C. Marshall, 1893, 1894
- Charles H. Tucker, 1895, 1896
- Charles O. Shute, 1897, 1898
- William J. Cogswell, 1899, 1900
- Clifford M. Bean, 1901, 1902
- Herbert E. Arnold, 1903, 1904
- William W. White, 1905, 1906
- Robert W. Oliver, 1907, 1908; N
- William D. Bennett, 1909, 1910
- Harry E. Saxton, 1911, 1912
- DeMelle C. Garey, 1913, 1914
- Edgar W. Evans, 1915, 1916
- William Preble Jones, 1917
- Arthur W. Vaughan, 1918, 1919
- Roy M. Perkins, 1920, 1921
- Lincoln P. Sibley, 1922, 1923
- Warner R. Crowell, 1924, 1925; Mem
- DeBert Wakelee, 1926, 1927
- George H. Mowers, Jr., 1928, 1929
- Frederick S. Emery, 1930, 1931
- Frederick W. Hale, 1932, 1933; N
- William M. Oliver, 1934, 1935
- George L. Dolloff, 1936, 1937; N
- John A. Daniels, 1938, 1939; N
- John A. Carey, 1940, 1941; N
- Albert L. Kelley, 1942, 1943
- Stathern B. Chute, 1944, 1945
- Lincoln C. Grush, 1946, 1947
- George G. Walker, 1948, 1949
- Malcolm E. Austin, 1950, 1951
- Warren P. Eldridge, 1952, 1953; N
- Daniel S. Josie, 1954, 1955
- William J. Talbot, 1956
- Elwood G. Bryan, Jr., 1957
- William W. Ingalls, 1958
- Richard D. Finlayson, 1959
- E. Stuart Rumery, 1960
- Norman S. Woodside, 1961
- Irving E. Johansen, 1962, 1963; PDDGM
- Robert E. Hunewill, 1964
- Malcolm A. Austin, 1965
- Alfred L. Soper, 1966
- William M. Hedly, 1967
- Roy H. Anderson, 1968
- Ronald H. Slocum, 1969, 1972, 1973
- Charles W. Saarela, 1970
- David B. Lewis, Jr., 1971; N
- Reginald S. Foster, 1974
- Donald N. Lanchester, 1975
- Paul I. Cleveland, 1976
- Kenneth M. Riley, 1977
- Frederick B. Parks, 1978
- Norman S. Woodside, 1979
- John Poth, Jr., 1980, 1981
- Joseph A. Dube, 1982
- David Belbin, 1983
- Paul B. Hedly, 1984
- Donald F. Norton, 1985, 1986
- Donald B. Snow, 1987, 1988, 1995
- Jonathan U. Bowers, 1989
- Donald H. Chamberlain, Jr., 1990
- Allan R. Webster, 1991
- John D. Winters, 1992
- Charles F. Gill, 1993, 1994
- Wayne A. Forsyth, 1996, 1997
- James A. Norton, 1998-2000
- Maurice H. Haddad, 2001, 2002
- Bruce E. Rollins, 2002-2004
- Robert J. Campbell, 2005
- William B. Tauro, 2006
- Stephen M. Post, 2007
- James A. Norton, 2008, 2009
- Jose M. Jorge, 2010, 2011
- Joey Lacy, 2012, 2013
AFFILIATE PAST MASTERS (LIVING)
- Robert J. Cambell; PDDGM
- Nicholas Cardoos Jr.; PDDGM
- Donald H. Chamberlain, Jr.
- Frank J. DeMattia
- Jonathan P. Doran; PDDGM
- Khalil C. Laham; PDDGM
- Frank R. Ricardo; PDDGM
- Bruce E. Rollins; PDDGM
- R. Steven Shankle; PDDGM
- Douglas B. Carriger
- Charles G. Moulton; PDDGM
- J. Steven Dalyrmple
- Michael S. Podymaitis; PDDGM
- Herbert W. Mower; PDDGM
- Nicholas S. Papadinis; PDDGM
- Scott M. Gamble; PDDGM
- James "Jack” Giragosian
- Robert “Skip” Trahey
- Jerry A. Roach, Jr.; PDDGM
- David B. Olsen; PDDGM
- Donald A. Coutoumas; PDDGM
1783 1784 1785 1786 1787 1788 1789 1790 1791
REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- Petition for Charter: 1783
- 1858 (75th Anniversary; not in Proceedings; see in Events below)
- 1883 (Centenary)
- 1933 (150th Anniversary)
- 1958 (175th Anniversary)
- 1983 (200th Anniversary)
- 2008 (225th Anniversary)
VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
- 1879 (Welch; see below)
- 1881 (Lawrence)
- 1883 (Lawrence; Centennial; Special Communication; see below)
- 1891 (Wells; 2 visits, one by Deputy Grand Master Gould)
- 1894 (Weld;
- 1898 (Hutchinson)
- 1908 (Blake; Cornerstone of Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Somerville; Special Communication)
- 1910 (Flanders)
- 1912 (Benton)
- 1914 (M. Johnson)
- 1916 (M. Johnson)
- 1920 (Prince; Bunker Hill Night)
- 1923 (Ferrell; Bunker Hill Anniversary)
- 1927 (Simpson; Veterans' and Past Masters' Night)
- 1931 (H. Dean)
- 1933 (Chipman; 150th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 1940 (Perry; rededication at Bunker Hill)
- 1941 (Schaefer; Bunker Hill ceremony)
- 1942 (Schaefer; reception for Senior Grand Warden Frederick W. Hale)
- 1944 (A. Coolidge; Bunker Hill ceremony)
- 1945 (Wragg; Bunker Hill ceremony)
- 1948 (Keith; Bunker Hill ceremony)
- 1952 (Roy; Celebration of Washington's initiation)
- 1954 (W. Johnson; Bunker Hill ceremony)
- 1958 (A. Jenkins; 175th Anniversary; Special Communication)
- 1983 (Berquist; 2 visits, including 200th Anniversary; Special Communication, not in Proceedings)
- 1985 (Richardson; Hall dedication; Special Communication)
- 1986 (Richardson; consolidation with Sagamore Lodge; Special Communication)
- 1988 (Ames)
- 1994 (Lovering; Bunker Hill ceremony)
- 2008 (Pageau; 225th Anniversary)
- 2011 (Stewart)
- 1811 (Address on Early History; see below)
- 1883 (Centenary Address, 1883-82; see below)
- 1958 (175th Anniversary History, 1958-158)
ADDRESS, JUNE 1811
From Freemason's Magazine and General Miscellany, Vol. I, No. 5, August 1811, Page 321ff:
ADDRESS PRONOUNCED BEFORE KING SOLOMON'S LODGE, JUNE 24, 5811. BY JOHN LATHROP, JUN. ESQ. A. M.
The description of distressing and calamitous events so frequently employs the historian's pen, and the orator's eloquence, that an occasion for expressing the joyous sympathies of the heart, and for interchanging the lively expressions of congratulation, is hailed -with eagerness and improved with delight. Too often is the keenest pang that can torture the bosom of sensibility, produced by the narrative of afflicting circumstances, marked with the melancholy characters of horror and despair. The merciless and indiscriminating ravage of war; the widely wasting progress of pestilence; the evils caused by the desolating rage of fire; party intolerance! have too long furnished subjects for individual regret, and for public commiseration. On this day we meet to celebrate the nativity of a friend and benefactor to the human race. Hence, ye profane passions that war against the soul, and lead the will in chains of disgraceful bondage! Sacred to benevolence be this anniversary. Let us all harmonize in those sentiments of mutual affection which induce a temporary oblivion of the troubles and anxieties o the world from which we have retired. Let us so spend the pleasing moments of seclusion, that when we return to the scenes of busy life, we may bear with us the testimonies of reason and truth, in favor of an institution, whose design is to make men good, by inculcating the principles of wisdom, and to illustrate the beauties of virtue, by the practice of her precepts.
In the character of John the Baptist, we contemplate the noblest qualities of our nature, refined and dignified by the divinity to which he was allied by consanguinity, and by his exalted office, as precursor of our Saviour. The great work of our redemption was commenced at his birth. A special messenger front heaven announced the event as a cause of ecstatic joy to the human race. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for a testimony to testify of the Light, so that all through him might believe. The venerable Zechariah, under the influence of divine inspiration, proclaimed him to be the prophet of the Most High, to go before the face of the Lord — to prepare his ways — to give the knowledge of salvation to the people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, by which, the dayspring hath visited us to enlighten those who sit in darkness, and in the region of the shadow of death; and to guide our feet in the path of peace. This faithful ambassador executed the purposes of his mission with unabated zeal, and unwearied constancy, to the end of his days. His deportment was characterized by the dignity of the prophet, the humility of the Christian, and the kindness of a brother towards his brethren of mankind. The whole tenor of his life was exemplary; and his discourses explained and enforced the most important doctrines of morality and religion. Having performed the duty of baptizing Christ, he continued to instruct his hearers in the sublime and glorious truths of the dispensation, which' he was commissioned . to promulgate. In the active discharge of his ministerial functions, he went about doing good, with the amiable and persevering solicitude of genuine philanthropy. To the publicans who questioned him, saying, "Teacher, what shall we do?" — He answered, "Exact no more than is appointed unto you." To the soldiers who asked him, "what shall we do?" he replied, "Take by violence from no man; accuse no one falsely, and be content with your pay." In these plain and simple exhortations, much of useful instruction is conveyed to the present generation; but if we advert to the history of the times, and the state of society when they were delivered, we shall find, that they were uttered in a spirit of manly courage, that fearlessly reproved the vices of the age, though they were perpetrated by the powerful, and patronized by the great. At length, his warfare was accomplished; and as he was the harbinger of his Divine Master on a stage of trial, of sufFering, and incessant labor, he finished his course before him, and triumphantly entered into his rest. Smiling serenely in the face of his executioner, he submitted to the sentence of death, that was his passport to immortal life: He exchanged the fetters, and the prison of Herod, for the crown of a martyr, and the perfect felicity of the eternal world.
Short was the earthly pilgrimage of St. John. But, my brethren, he has left us the record of his actions, of his doctrines, and virtues, as an inestimable legacy. Let us endeavor to resemble him in his piety to God; his fidelity to our Saviour; his temperance, that enjoyed the brook, the locust, and the honey of the wilderness, more than epicures relish their costly viands, and their "wines of various growth;" his modesty, that was content to instruct the simple tenants of the forest, or the unrefined rustics and fishermen of Judea, when his eloquence might have crowned him with the applauses of admiring multitudes in the temple and the forum. Let us imitate his humility, which was deaf to the suggestions of ambition, and blind to the allurements of power; his justice and fortitude which compelled the Roman governor who had imprisoned him to acknowledge with fear that " he was a just and holy man;" and finally, let us honor our tutelary saint by "following charity with all men."
The examination of our duties, as social beings, and of the connexion which exists between their performance, and happiness, is always a useful exercise of our intellectual faculties; but on the present anniversary, it is a peculiarly interesting subject of consideration. To avenge the injuries, and redress the wrongs of the oppressed; to carry the comforts of plenty into the dreary abode of the hungry, and of clothing to the shivering child of misfortune; to rear habitations for the houseless wanderer, whom the midnight conflagration has made naked and desolate; to pour instruction on the tender minds of indigent youth; to recall by the united efforts of philosophy and humanity the departing spirit; to relume the almost extinguished lamp of life, and to bid the con solations of hope animate the heart that was fainting in despair; — these are the offices of Virtue, the holy, and the delightful employments of Benevolence. For these noble, these, heavenly pur poses, associations are formed that not only reflect honor on our country, but on our nature. The institutions of Charity are as nu merous as the-wants and infirmities of mankind. (Note: See the catalogue of humane, scientific, and charitable societies, in the Massachusetts Register).
The virtues which the Masonic fraternity profess, are of uni versal importance; and they are not circumscribed in their opera tion, by the usual distinctions which prevail in civilized society. They produce the same effects in the palace and in the cottage; they diffuse their blessings around the mansion of the opulent; and they cheer and charm, in the humble dwelling of laborious industry. Although Masonry disclaims the spirit of political ani mosity, and of religious controversy, owns no fellowship with faction, no brotherhood with illiberality, the statesman and the divine cherish its principles, and adopt its manners, with obvious advantage to themselves and their country. Whenever the inter course of man with man is necessary, whether for the enjoyment of social pleasures, the explanation of ambiguous circumstances, the conciliation of mistaken opinions or unfriendly interests, or for restoring harmony that passion or accident bad disturbed, the feelings, the utterance, and the deportment of Benevolence, are the happiest means to produce the desired effects. Nor is their importance or efficacy lessened by enlarging their sphere of ac tion. The candid and inquisitive traveller, the diplomatic repre sentative of a sovereign, the ruler of a commercial nation, the commander of a fleet or an army, will acknowledge their influ ence in multiplying sources of useful knowledge, in affording fa cilities for fair and honorable negotiation, in securing the recipro cities of advantage in free trade, in preventing the effusion of hu man blood, and, in the dreadful event of battle, in softening the rigors of war, and "destroying half its terrors, by depriving it of all its ferocity." For the insidious spy, the artful traitor, the fraudulent schemer, the hypocrite that smiles to betray, and the assassin who covers his dagger with the cloak of friendship, Masonry has no language but the exclamation of abhorrence; no look, but the petrifying glance of indignation; no sign, but the finger that beckons to justice, and points the guilty wretch to his merited punishment. This discriminating benevolence of Masonry is one of its most important characteristics. Though Good will to man be engraved on the entablature of its portico, Glory to God is the sublime inscription on the tympanum of the pediment — for no act of man can be acceptable to the Almighty, which, by concealing vice, would expose innocence to the artifices of the base and malignant, or enable the rapaciotte and cruel to set at defiance the wholesome regulations of lawful authority.
The best illustrations of the principles of Masonry are the lives and conduct of good Masons, of such as may claim preeminence in society, by exhibiting in their actions and behavior the cairn intrepidity of fortitude; the cool and deliberate decision of justice; the serene and regulated disposition of temperance; the steady wisdom and sagacious foresight of prudence, with the open, undisguised, and generous soul of charity.
On yonder eminence, the brethren of King Solomon's Lodge have reared a monument, with a laudable zeal, to consecrate the spot where Warren fell, and to evince their affection and respect for his memory as a Mason, a hero, and a patriot. In this act of public spirit and liberality, they have identified their own honor, with that of the subject of their commemoration; and while posterity survey the columns that is dedicated to one of the earliest and most eminent founders of our republic, they will pay the tribute of gratitude and veneration to the fraternity by whom it was erected.
The handsome monument which graces the heights of Charlestown was publicly dedicated by the society of Freemasons, Dec. 2, 5794, in commemoration of the events of June 17, 1775. It is a Tuscan pillar, 18 feet high, placed on a brick foundation 10 feet from the ground, 8 feet square, inclosed with posts. On the top of the pillar is a gilt urn, with the letters "J. W. aged 35," intwined in masonic emblems. On the south side of the pedestal is the following inscription.
by King Solomon's lodge of Freemasons,
Constituted in Charlestown, 1783,
In Memory of
MAJOR GENERAL JOSEPH WARREN,
and his Associates,
who were slain on this memorable spot,
June 17, 1775.
None but those who set a just value upon the blessings of Liberty, are worthy to enjoy her. In vain we toiled; in vain we fought; we bled in vain; if you, our offspring, want valor to repel the assaults of her invaders.
Charlestown settled 1628.
Burnt 1775. Rebuilt 1776.
The inclosed land was given by the honorable James Russell, esq.
The procession on this occasion was formed at Warren Hall, consisting of the members of the lodge and other brethren, the magistrates, selectmen, minister and deacons, the town officers, officers of the artillery company, militia officers, and citizens who had borne military commissions, with the trustees, masters, and scholars of the public schools. Preceded by a band of music they walked to the hill, where a circle was formed round the pillar, and a spirited dedicatory address was delivered by the R. W. John Soley, Jun., master of the lodge. After this minute guns were discharged by a detachment of Captain Smith's artillery company, with the flag displayed half staff high. The procession then returned to the hall, where, after a solemn dirge, an eulogy on General Warren, pronounced by a member of the lodge, concluded the ceremony.
The eloquence and wisdom of General WARREN were pow erful agents in effecting our revolution. They roused the torpid from lethargy to action, and generated confidence, while they ex cited enthusiasm in the bosoms of his audience. In the correct language of a contemporary biographer (Rev. Dr. Eliot), we conclude our humble tribute to this illustrious character.
"It is true, that at all times he discovered the greatest fortitude and bravery; and, as he lived an ornament to his country, his death reflected a lustre upon him self, and the cause he so warmly espoused. No person's fall was ever more regretted, and yet no one could help feeling the senti ment, who repeated the line, .
Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori.
With honest pride, every American boasts that Warren was his countryman. With what feelings of love and exultation does every Mason exclaim Warren was my brother!
But has Envy a calumny to utter against our Institution? Has Ignorance borrowed an arrow from the quiver of Falsehood to bury in the breast of the Genius of Masonry? — Unveil the statue of the godlike Washington! — His divinely awful countenance will petrify their arms, and stiffen their tongues in eternal silence. Alas! — where is the statue? where the mausoleum of his country's father? Private gratitude and veneration may have reared the stately column, and inscribed the monumental tablet with his immortal name. Associated patriots may have combined to erect memorials of his unparalleled services and sacrifices. The stranger may congratulate himself that the pencil has preserved the form and features of the best and greatest of men. The liberal arts, faithful to their protector, have devoted their various powers and talents to imbody his fame, and give it a permanent and visible existence in the earth from which his spirit has departed. But—where is the cenotaph which a grateful people has erected to cover his sacred relics, and to shelter the turf that hides them from the rude visiting of the wintry tempest? At least, his unconscious remains are suffered to moulder in undisturbed repose.—No! The impious hand of Avarice* has already invaded his tomb to plunder it of his bones! Americans! can ye hear it? A felon has attempted to bear his relics to a foreign land, as a show to gratify the curiosity of strangers.
Extract of a letter from Mr. Latrobe, architect, of the city of Washington, to the editor of the Philadelphia Democratic Press.
"Congress, by a solemn act, asked the body of Washington of his widow. I can conceive of nothing more affecting than of a powerful nation approaching the widow of their chief, and asking her to surrender all that was left her of her husband; for the purpose of honoring by public sepulture, all that was left them of him that conducted them to independence. Having obtained this national request, we should suppose that the nation, which had thought it important to ask the privilege, would at least have used it when obtained. But Mrs. Washington had in her lifetime the mortification to see the national gratitude evaporate in the embassy to Mount Vernon; and the body of Washington, at this moment, may, for aught that has been, or can be done to prevent it, be fallen from its coffin. So insecure is the family vault, that a few years ago a gardener broke into it, and stole several bones from it, supposing them to be those of General Washington. He was detected, and being examined as to his motive, he said he intended to carry them to London, and make money by their exhibition. Nothing indeed would have been more easy than to have carried off the real body."
Yet it is some consolation to know, that a "caitiff wretch" could so highly appreciate his intended plunder, that he regarded it as a treasure which would be dear to men who considered Washington no longer an enemy to a particular nation, but an ornament to the human race. This is, however, an uncommon mode of canonizing a great and good man. May it have its proper effect, and stimulate the indifferent, and shame the perverse, to an immediate and magnificent discharge of a duty that they have so long owed to the memory and the remains of the political saviour of our country. In this wish, party has no influence — The delay of execution in the statesmen, who at the time of his decease, voted the erection of a Mausoleum to Washington, was as unjust, as the pertinacity in wrong, that is new the subject of reprehension.
Masons! Washington was your brother; and the imperishable page that bears the record of his life and actions, is the bright testimonial of the purity of your principles, and of the excellence of your objects.
That man should never suffer his happiness to depend upon external circumstances, is one of the cheap precepts of the stoical philosophy; a precept indeed, which that haughty sect extended beyond the condition of human life, and in which, some of them seemed to have comprised an utter exclusion of corporeal pain from a wise man's regard and attention. Such extravagance of philosophy can want neither argument nor authority for its confutation; the powers of nature rise up against it; and it is overthrown by the experience of every hour. (Johnson.) To the pride of stoicism, then, we are indebted for none of the springs of happiness.
"Virtue," says an eminent ethical writer (Paley), "is the doing good to mankind in obedience to the will of God"; and a slight examination of the subject will convince us of the intimate connexion that subsists between the practice of this duty, and the enjoyment of felicity. Paradoxical as it may appear, nothing is more true, than that the wants and weaknesses of men; the feebleness and imperfection which render individuals mutually dependent for support, assistance, and sympathy, are the efficient causes of their most valuable powers, and of their noblest moral and intellectual attainments. Hence, the division of virtues into classes: some of which command awe and reverence; while others, although they are approached with sentiments of profound respect, receive the homage of animated devotion, mingled with the warm and pleasing feelings of affection and gratitude. With veneration and fear, and at an humble distance, do we bow before the tribunal of inflexible, justice. With sensations of terror that constitute the sublime of feeling, and of wonder, which silence the exclamation that would give them utterance, do we contemplate the stern countenances of the Roman magistrates, whose tongues, without a faltering accent, could pronounce the sentence of death on their gallant sons –
Ultoris Bruti fascesque videre receptos?
Consulis imperium hie primus, sævasque secures,
Accipiet; natosque pater, nova bella moventes
Ad poenam pulchra pro libertate vocabit
Infelix, &c. Æ. 6: 818 1. & seq.
Lucius Junius Brutus. In his consular office, he made the people swear they would never again submit to kingly authority! but the first who .violated the oath were in his own family. His sons conspired with the Tuscan ambassador to restore the Tarquins: and when discovered, they were tried and condemned before their father, who not only ordered them to be put to death, but looked on, and saw the sentence put into execution.
Manlius Torquatus, a celebrated Roman dictator. He had the courage and heart to put his son to death, because he bad engaged one of the enemy, and gained an honorable victory, without his previous permission. This uncommon rigor displeased many of the Romans; and though Torquatus was honored with a triumph, and commended by the senate for his services, yet the Roman youth showed their disapprobation of his severity, by refusing him at his return the homage which every other conqueror received.
Decius, a Roman consul, his son.and grandson, devoted. themselves to death for the safety of their country.
Codrus, king of Athens. When the Heraclids made war against Athens, the oracle declared that the victory should be granted to that nation whose king should fall in battle. The Heraclidae gave Strict orders to spare the life of Codrus; but the patriotic king disguised himself, and attacked one of the enemy, by whom he was slain. The Athenians, gained the victory; and Codrus was deservedly called the father of his country.
- whose bosoms could remain unmoved by the pleadings of a pitying multitude for their pardon; whose eyes could behold their dying agonies without a tear. Thanks to the milder principles of heroism which are adopted by modern warriors; to the maxims of equity which mitigate the severity of law, and govern the patient process of juridical investigation; thanks, especially to the Divine Author of our holy religion, whose influence has produced all the wonderful superiority in wisdom and beneficence which the christian world can boast over the brightest institutions of pagan antiquity; no longer is the test of patriotism, a desperate exertion of valor in a death-devoted individual — no longer is the sacrifice of the best and bravest citizen required to determine the contest of armies, or to decide the fate of an empire. The kindly affections of the parent, the brother, or the friend, are not deemed inconsistent with the integrity and firmness of the judge. With the march of Religion and Learning, Humanity and Refinement have made an equal progress; and the wreaths of conquerors derive their highest honor and decoration from the roses of benevolence which are interwoven with their laurels. The heart of sensibility is never delighted with grandeur destitute of beauty, with passion unallied to tenderness. The eye strained and wearied, by the prospect of a dizzy and abrupt precipice, is relieved by the calm and verdant scenery of the lowly vale; and the mind agitated and fatigued, by the powerful energies of ambition, the toils of the forum, or the litigations of the bar, gladly reposes on the tranquil bosom of friendship, or retires for solace and joy into the sacred recesses of confidence and love.
The virtues, which are immediately connected with our wants and weaknesses, are those which are the most amiable in our estimation; and they are honored with the most fervent worship of the soul. Were we perfect, there would be no occasion for the mediation of mercy, for the consolation of pity, for the support of faith, for the assurance of hope, and the innumerable offices of charity. But of these virtues we stand in hourly need; and we are enamored of them, because their effects are the continual objects of perception, and are indispensably necessary to our comfort and enjoyment.
To enter into a metaphysical disquisition concerning the mind of man, and the motives of his actions, would, in this place, be a task more curious than useful. We will content ourselves with referring the source of all our deeds to self, provided the truth be always acknowledged,
"That God and Nature link'd the general frame,
And bade self love and social be the same.
Self love but serves the virtuous mind to wake,
As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake:
The centre mov'd, a circle straight succeeds,
Another still, and still another spreads—
Friend, parent, neighbor, first it will embrace,
Our country next, and next—all human race.
Wide and more wide, th' o'erflowings of the mind
Take every creature in, and every kind.
Earth smiles around in boundless beauty blest,
And heaven beholds its image in his breast."
The ingenious author of the inquiry into the nature and origin of moral evil observes that the production of happiness seems to be the only motive that could induce infinite goodness to exert infinite power to create all things; for to say the truth, happiness is the only thing of real value in existence; neither riches, nor power, nor wisdom, nor learning, nor strength, nor beauty, nor virtue, nor religion, nor even life itself, being of any importance, but as they contribute to its production. To an inquisitive and inexperienced spectator placed in the centre of a number of vistas, radiating from the point he occupies, a survey of human beings pressing forward through different courses in quest of happiness, would afford numerous and interesting objects of instruction and surprise. He would see many following the ever-varying flight of filmy gossamer; and many watching with upturned eyes, the plaything bubbles of sophistical theorists, gazing at them with vacant stare, as they glitter their moment in the sunbeam that dissolves them into the viewless air; Others, musing, and deep in thought, slowly bend their way toward the academic grove; while in a different direction the raptured poet, "meditating song" in heroic measure, stalks along the rising grounds, in fancied ascent to the temple of happiness, on the top of Parnassus! In another, but obscure part of the scene, might be discovered the lean and slippered pantaloon, who, just before the evening of his life, at the very dusk of bis day, has stolen a moment from Mammon, and begun to wonder why he has so long delved to no useful purpose, and drudged to no honorable end; that he has been a slave to the vilest habits, mortified his desires, risen early and moiled late, lived a beggar in the midst of plenty, been a hermit in the bosom of society, desolate and wretched where all was gay and smiling around him, to obtain a hoard of silver and gold, which, after all, he finds to be an exhaustless fund of care and vexation. Behold how anxiously he ponders on these things, until he is roused from his reverie by the hollow laugh of the equally sordid disciple of Epicurus. Now see the professed man of pleasure — his eyes wanton over a "land of fatness;" his wines are the nectar of fabled gods—such "liquid rubies" never sparkled in the glass of the fanciful Hafiz; such delicious flavors never exhilarated the senses of the voluptuous Anacreon. The piquancy of his viands stimulates the appetite; and the four quarters of the world contribute their luxuries to load and decorate his festive board. Officious friendship surrounds him with gay and amusing companions; and the stranger exclaims, behold the most favored of mortals, the happiest of mankind! Alas! the trembling hand, the palsied step, the crazy debilitated frame, the faltering tongue that babbles its own disgrace, the ridiculous affectation of powers long since decayed, the boast of passions existing only in feverish recollection, prove, emphatically prove, that happiness has no connexion with the most splendid fortune, when prostituted to the vile and detestable purposes of sensual indulgence.
But we turn from these disgusting views of bloated luxury and doting impotence, to the allurements of youth, health, and beauty. Now we enter regions of unmingled delight: vows fondly interchanged, hearts eternally united; "thought meeting thought, and will preventing will;" this is the abode of felicity. The blooming novices have nothing more to wish; the phantom no longer eludes their pursuit: they have caught the reality, and found it to be Love.
Short is the Elysian dream. Soon is the season of the singing of birds over and gone. The year, that youth imagined would be "all May" will not retard the succeeding months at the prayer of lovers; nor can the growth of the soul be stinted by the incantations or witcheries of Beauty. The rose, pressed with too familiar a grasp, has betrayed the thorn which its delicate foliage had concealed from the eye. The music of the grove, the scent of the dewy flowers have lost their charms, and the languor of satiety has followed the ardor of passion. Hark! at the sound of the trumpet the young hero starts from his disgraceful repose. The wreath of myrtle is indignantly thrown away; and in its stead, the crested helm, glitters on his brow. His heart-beats high. Glory is now bis mistress; the idol that engrosses all his affections. He-bursts en the field of Mars like a vertical sun from behind a noontide cloud. Imbattled armies are dazzled with his radiance; opportunity favors his enterprise; success crowns his valor; like an auspicious deity he determines the fortune of the fight; his country is saved; immortality is achieved. Alas, rival merit, the secret workings of jealousy, the poisoned darts of ambushed malice, the basilisk eyeballs of lean and haggard envy; are all directed against his fame; and having conquered for the public, he finds his most dangerous warfare but just commenced. Now he must confound impudent calumny; confute insidious sophistry; countermine the intrigues and plots of unseen enemies; and meet, and vanquish the open and the bold. He remembers with regret the peaceful scenes of unenvied leisure, and of undisturbed repose, which he rashly quitted for the turbulence of a camp, and for the conflicts of interest and ambition. He returns to the cottage; but contentment is no longer its tenant: he is a stranger on the fields where he was so lately at home. "He has bartered solid strength for feeble splendor;" and in the heaviness of his bitter experience, he confesses that the most frivolous caprice of rustic love, was stability when compared to the fickleness of glory.
But whence this strange perversity of human desire; this baffling interference of disappointment between the end of our pursuit, and its means of attainment? If happiness consists not in wealth, in luxury, in love, nor in glory, whither must we direct our search? Perhaps she may have chosen to abide in the cell of the hermit, pleased with the gloom of the wilderness, and charmed with the pensive musings of solitude: or, we may find her the companion of the student, pale with his midnight vigils. She may console him while he pores over ponderous tomes of ancient learning, and promise him an abundance of an author's food—a harvest of applause. Or, 'tis she, perhaps who enlivens the dreams of the poet, and presents celestial visions to the religious enthusiast. Ah, how mortifying the mistake! We have dignified the illusive vagaries of hope, with the name of happiness. Let us then endeavor, briefly to ascertain, and to examine, the causes of our vexations and disappointments.
The causes of our disappointments are as numerous as our errors and mistakes in selecting the course which we imagine will lead to the attainment of happiness. They may all be attributed to the misapplication of qualities, talents, or possessions, which if properly directed and improved, would gratify our rational wishes and give us all the felicity which is consistent with the nature of man, in his present imperfect state of existence. Forming a false estimate of the value, and an indistinct idea of the blessings,' or evils of life as they affect our condition, or influence our circumstances, we mistake shadows for realities', and instead of pressing forward with steadiness in the paths of wisdom and virtue, follow a deceptive phantom, the airy creature of whim, or imagination. After toiling in vain, and discovering the error when too late to be corrected, we abandon the search, exclaiming there is no good thing under the sun; and thus our labor ends in vanity and vexation of spirit. From so impious and absurd a conclusion, let us turn with the disgust and horror which it ought to occasion in a reflecting mind. If a single object be selected and undeviatingly pursued, as our best good, with a total disregard of every thing else with which it is necessarily connected, it is not surprising that the possession of it should disappoint our expectations. Honor, wealth, power, love, genius, learning, and most of the passions of our bosoms, are in themselves sources of felicity and capable of producing the blessings; but they cannot individually constitute that state or condition of the heart which is distinguished by the name of happiness. The destitute beggar is as happy as the miser who broods over his buried treasures.
As well can the moon give light without the rays of the sun, or the fields yield a plentiful harvest unfertilized by the genial influences of the clouds, as wealth produce contentment, or honor afford bliss, without the aids of religion and benevolence. Our intellectual possessions become valuable only by a proper use and improvement; and our good dispositions and passions are elevated into virtues by their active operation for the benefit of our species. When the gifts of Providence are sordidly devoted to the sole and narrow purposes of self, they are vain and unprofitable to their possessor, because they are beneficial to no other creature in existence. When wealth is employed to purchase food for the hungry, or clothing for the naked; to rear seminaries for the instruction of the ignorant; and to convert even the gratification of personal employment into funds for encouraging the liberal arts, and refining the taste of society; when ambition, not contented with the laurels which it has gathered on the field of danger, aspires to the fame that rewards exploits and services consecrated by patriotism to the public advantage and glory; when Genius, the friend and servant of Truth, devotes her various talents to enlighten the mind without inflaming its vicious passions, and aids the cause of virtue, by her eloquence and example; when Love softens and expands the heart, and communicates to all animated nature a pleasing appearance, a lively interest, and derives the sweetest of joys from contemplating the beauty and harmony of surrounding objects; when, in fine, we can make our physical or moral properties, powers, or possessions, t the means of communicating happiness to others; we shall find them sources of happiness to ourselves.
"See the sole bliss heaven could on all bestow,
Which who but feels can taste, but thinks, can know.
Yet poor with fortune, and with learning blind,
The bad must miss—the good, untaught will find.
Slave to no sect, who takes no private road,
But looks through Nature, up to Nature's God—
Pursues that chain which links th' immense design,
Joins heaven to earth—and mortal to divine—
Sees that no being any bliss can know,
But touches some above, or some below—
Learns from this union of the rising whole,
The first—last purpose of the human soul,
And knows, where faith, law, morals, all began,
All end—in love of God and love of Man!"
CENTENNIAL ADDRESS, SEPTEMBER 1883
175TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY, SEPTEMBER 1958
From Proceedings, Page 1958-158:
By R.W. Warren P. Eldridge.
One hundred and seventy-five years ago tonight, Friday evening, September 5, 1783, Massachusetts Grand Lodge issued a charter which constituted King Solomon's Lodge, A.F. & A.M., at Charlestown.
These one hundred and seventy-five years represent a period that is virtually the same as the whole independent life of our nation. For only two days earlier the Treaty of Peace had been signed by the governments of Great Britain and the United States of America by which the Mother Country recognized the independence of one of her colonies.
The issuance of the charter was the result of the efforts of eight Masons who held their first recorded meeting on August 20, 1783, at Mr. Trumbull's Tavern, at the northeast corner of Main and Water Streets, Charlestown.
Brothers Benjamin Frothingham, Eliphalet Newell, Edward Goodwin, David Goodwin, Josiah Bartlett, Joseph Cordis, Caleb Swan and William Calder drew up the petition for the charter and presented it to the Grand Lodge, requesting that Brother Bartlett be the first Master.
This original charter, engrossed on sheep skin parchment, is still being used by the Lodge, having been carefully preserved and duly transmitted to each successive Master throughout these one hundred and seventy-five years. (This cherished document is here tonight on this platform and will be on display for the entire evening.) Among the signatures of the charter are those of John Warren, who was Grand Master, and Paul Revere, who was Senior Grand Warden. John Warren was the brother of Joseph Warren, Past Grand Master, whose name has always been closely associated with King Solomon's Lodge.
The Lodge records are complete from the date of the preliminary meeting on August 20, 1783, to the present time. Not only do the records present a complete history of the Lodge during the past one hundred and seventy-five years, but they also attest to the development of Masonry and Masonic usages.
The first Mason made in Charlestown was John Edmands in October, 1783. He was accepted to be initiated in the art of Masonry and admitted a member of the Lodge, "free of any expense, on condition that lie shall officiate as Tyler for two years to come."
King Solomon's Lodge met in fourteen different locations in the one hundred and sixteen years that it remained in Charlestown. In 1899 the Lodge received permission from the Grand Lodge to meet in its present apartments in Gilman Square, Somerville.
King Solomon's Lodge has been the recipient of many, many gifts from its very beginning to the present time. Each gift has its own particular ancient, historic, or Masonic importance.
The jewels attached to the Master's, Senior and Junior Wardens', Treasurer's and Secretary's collars were presented by the first officers of the Lodge and have been in constant service for the past one hundred and seventy-five years. These jewels were fashioned by Paul Revere. (I am sure that the five officers wearing the jewels would be pleased to show them to any one interested.)
In 1797 three beautiful brass candlesticks were presented to the Lodge, which of course were originally made for wax candles, later equipped for gas and then for electricity. Although they have not been used continuously, they were recently reinstalled in our present lodge-room.
King Solomon's Lodge is in possession of a "very ancient chair" as it was described in its presentation in 1797. If the chair was ancient then, and we add one hundred sixty-one years, the present antiquity of this priceless object becomes apparent. And when we consider its associations and the fact that every Master of the Lodge since then has been installed in it, and think also of the generations of Masons who have admired it, we realize that with our ancient, irreplaceable jewels, this chair and the candlesticks typify the life and history of the Lodge during nearly the whole of its existence. (The chair is here on the platform and is presently being occupied by our honored guest, Most Worshipful Andrew G. Jenkins.)
Without a doubt, the erection of the first Masonic monument in the United States of America is the most outstanding, most important and enduring accomplishment and contribution to be made by King Solomon's Lodge in these one hundred and seventy-five years.
The monument pictured on the front page of the anniversary program was the first Masonic monument in the United States and was erected at Bunker Hill and dedicated on December 2, 1794, to the memory of Major General Joseph Warren and his associates. Considering that the founders and early membership of the Lodge, numbering only forty-eight, consisted mostly of men who had participated in the stirring events of the Revolution, it is readily understandable why the monument was erected.
On November 11, 1794, by vote of the Lodge, a committee was appointed to obtain the proper land for the monument and proceed with its erection. Three weeks later, on December 2, 1794, the committee reported that the proper land had been obtained in Russell's pasture on Bunker Hill, they believing that the appropriate place for the monument was at the very spot where General Warren and his associates died on June 17, 1775. They also reported that the monument was completed and ready for dedication. It was then voted to proceed with the dedication and at two o'clock in the afternoon an imposing procession of Lodge members and local citizens was formed and marched to the monument. It might be thought that to accomplish this feat in such a short time the Lodge had a very fast working committee. However, the records show that arrangements had been going on for weeks prior to the committee's appointment.
The monument, which was known as the Warren Monument, was a Tuscan pillar, eighteen feet in height, placed upon a platform two feet high and eight feet square. The platform was later increased to eight feet in height. A fence was erected to protect it from injury. On the top of the pillar was placed a gilt urn with the initials and age of Joseph Warren enclosed in the Square and Compasses. The inscription placed on the monument stated in part: "Erected A.D. 1794, by King Solomon's Lodge of Freemasons, constituted at Charlestou n, 1783, in memory of Major General Joseph Warren and his associates who were slain on this memorable spot, June 17, 1775." For more than thirty years the Lodge owned the monument and the small piece of land on which it stood on the summit of the historic hill, occasionally making repairs and endeavoring to keep the structure presentable.
In 1823, a group of citizens organized the Bunker Hill Monument Association for the construction of a more enduring memorial to the battle. In March 1825, the Lodge presented the land and monument to the newly-formed association, and on June 17 of the same year, assisted the Grand Lodge in laying the cornerstone of a magnificent monument intended to be erected on Bunker Hill. That 17th day of June 1825 was one of the most famous days in the history of Charlestown, when the cornerstone of the monument was laid in the presence of General Lafayette, and when Daniel Webster, President of the Association, delivered one of his greatest orations. The crowd, estimated at one hundred thousand, was by far the largest that had ever assembled in this vicinity. It seems as though all New England had gathered on the slopes of the hill. As part of the ceremonies,
the Lodge presented to our Illustrious Brother General Lafayette a gold mounted cane made from a piece of one of the cedar posts of the original monument.
Eighteen years later, on June 17, 1843, King Solomon's Lodge also took a prominent part in the celebration when the completed monument was dedicated and Daniel Webster was again the orator. On this occasion President John Tyler was present.
As will be remembered, funds for the erection of the great obelisk did not come in as rapidly as desired and the work was prolonged on that account. Individuals and organizations were solicited to contribute and King Solomon's Lodge voted two hundred dollars toward the completion of the monument.
Two years after the dedication of the great granite shaft, King Solomon's Lodge again took a leading part in another Bunker Hill ceremony, on St. John's Day, June 24, 1845. In 1825, when the Lodge presented the old monument with the land on which it stood to the Bunker Hill Monument Association, assurance was given the Lodge that some traces of the existence of the former structure should be preserved. Accordingly an exact model of the original monument erected in 1794 was made of the finest Italian marble by one of the best artists in the country. Including the base-on which it stands, the model monument is about nine feet in height. In compliance with the assurance given the Lodge and with the permission of the Association, the model monument was placed in the well-room of the obelisk directly in front of the entrance. In addition to the original inscription, the following was placed on the model: "This is an exact model of the first monument erected on Bunker Hill, which, with the land on which it stood was given, A.D. 1825, by King Solomon's Lodge of this Town, to the Bunker Hill Monument Association, that they might erect upon its site a more imposing structure. The Association, in fulfillment of a pledge at that time, have allowed, in their imperishable obelisk, this model to be inserted, with appropriate ceremonies, by King Solomon's Lodge, June 24th, A.D. 1845." The Grand Lodge and other bodies assisted King Solomon's Lodge in the celebration. There were about five thousand in attendance.
For many years the officers of the Lodge decorated the model monument, generally on the evening preceding the anniversary of the battle. Finally on May 10, 1901, after its removal to Somerville, the Lodge took official notice of the custom and voted that the monument be decorated annually. Every year since then, with the exception of the year 1918, when for security reasons no one was allowed to enter the monument, the officers and members have regularly performed this sacred rite.
May the time never come when the Brethren of King Solomon's Lodge shall forget the spirit of its founders and fail to observe this memorial service with dignity and reverence.
- 1803 (Committee to report on communications, II-219)
- 1804 (Remittance for Bunker Hill expenses, II-235)
- 1806 (Resolution prohibiting a blind initiate, II-308)
- 1808 (Installation of officers at Feast of St. John, II-408)
- 1844 (Invitation to attend dedication of Bunker Hill Monument, II-742)
- 1845 (Report on Bunker Hill dedication order of ceremonies, V-5)
- 1849 (Complaint on Maine sojourners, V-233)
- 1851 (Communication regarding the death of Past Grand Master Soley, V-329)
- 1867 (Memorial regarding increase of dues, VII-163)
- 1868 (Complaint on jurisdiction, VII-233)
- 1870 (Complaint on jurisdiction, 1870-13)
- 1893 (Petition to celebrate Bunker Hill monument centennial, 1893-147)
- 1895 (Proposal for a joint meeting with Grand Lodge, 1895-42)
- 1899 (Petition to remove to Somerville granted, 1899-86)
OFFICER LIST, JANUARY 1818
From New England Galaxy, Vol. I, No. 12, 01/02/1818, Page 3:
Officers of the lodge for 5818
- R. W. Benjamin Adams, Master.
- W. Thomas J. Goodwin, S. W.
- W. John Gregory, J. W.
- John Tapley, Treasurer.
- Samuel Kidder, Secretary.
OFFICER LIST, JANUARY 1826
From Masonic Mirror and Mechanics' Intelligencer, Vol. II, No. 4, January 1826, Page 26:
Officers of K. S. Lodge, Charlestown, for the current year, duly elected and installed, A. L. 5826:
- Bro. Ezra Stone, W. M.
- Bro. Samuel S. Reynolds, S. W.
- Bro. Dexter Bowman, J. W.
- Bro. William Going, Treas.
- Bro. John M. Robinson, Secr'y.
- Bro. Micajah Rice, S. D.
- Bro. Leonard Tufts, J. D.
- Bro. Ebenezer F. Cutter, S. S.
- Bro. Hyacinth Yvillin, J. S.
- Bro. Rev. Henry Jackson, Chaplain.
- Bro. Abijah Goodridge, Marshal.
- Bro. John Mitchell, Tyler.
- Bros. Andrew Roulstone, John Talley and Benjamin Adams, Committee of Charity.
MASTER'S ADDRESS, JANUARY 1826
- Masonic Mirror and Mechanics' Intelligencer, Vol. II, No. 8, February 1826, Page 57:
- Masonic Mirror and Mechanics' Intelligencer, Vol. II, No. 9, February 1826, Page 65:
At the Installation of Officers, King Solomon's Lodge, Mass., A. L. 5826, by the R. W. Master.
Much respected Brethren,
At the expiration of the past and commencement of another year, again honoured by your suffrages to preside over your deliberations, and direct your work, allow me to improve the occasion, in offering a few remarks, expressive of the feelings and sentiments I entertain toward you, and the beneficent institution with which we are associated.
Though claiming seniority, as a brother, in the Masonic family, yet, but recently a member of K. Solomon's Lodge — as a stranger to its disciplinary rules, internal regulations and financial concerns, and without even pretensions to the awards of labour: the confidence you repose is the more honorable and grateful. Inexperienced in the higher duties of office, imperfect in the elegance of work; and wanting the requisite time for study and reflection; with distrust, diffidence and solicitude, I have accepted, once and again, your generous offer of the Chair; confiding in your well-known candour, to make all due allowance for every deficiency; thus yielding to your favourable opinion, from a sense of duty, and a willingness to use my best endeavours to promote the interests of this Lodge and the prosperity of the Craft: and if these endeavours have, in any degree, contributed to advance the interests of our institution, it will be remembered that your suggestions, support, and honoured zeal, have sustained the burthen of office, and rendered the duties of it light and agreeable.
For the consideration of our younger associates, I would remark,— in Free-Masonry, as in our political confederacy, a free and spontaneous suffrage, unbiassed by unworthy motives, restricts its objects, under imperative and indispensable obligation, to serve according to their best ability, whatever may be their talents, experience, or condition. No man can discharge his duty to a free government, or to a society founded upon elective principles, without a deep conviction of this truth. That the burthens of official responsibility may be rendered equal, and that offices of trust, emolument, or honor, should never become a monopoly in the hands of the few, to the disparagement and discouragement of the many—: in the grand schemes of Favouritism and Pre-eminence.
All the institutions we are bound to support — as the consecutive results of our national compact and happy form of government, are based upon truly republican principles, — and from the highest legislative authority—the pride of our country and the admiration of the world — to the humblest association, whose only ambition is to alleviate human sufferings, the same principles — the same forms, obligations and duties —t he same constitution and government — in fine, the same habits of acting and thinking pervade and animate the whole.
The institution of Free-Masonry, which has stood the test of experience and time, passed the severest ordeal, and survived all contemporary associations, is not an exception to the general rule. Inspired with the same spirit which excited our Fathers to resist the yoke of foreign oppression, and sharing in our national greatness, the regenerating influences of our glorious revolution, it has, even at the Altars of Liberty, kindled its unquenched and unwasting fires ; relumed its generous flame, and reared its propitious safe-guard Lights, which characterize it one of the most prominent, useful and brilliant institutions of our country.
"King Solomon's Lodge," the date of whose Charter carries us back to an important era, in the annals of our nation;— when gloom, doubt and anxiety spread their dense clouds over the fairest portions of our Republic, was erected, in the midst of perils and distresses; its avowed motives and fair character of superior excellence being well sustained, under the immediate direction and auspices of its worthy founders.
No period of time could have been better chosen to lay the foundation of an institution dedicated to the Supreme, and devoted to social and charitable objects. The wounds and injuries of suffering and want, and the desolating sorrows inflicted by a relentless foe had not yet disappeared;— the unhappy victims who had lost their all — all that is desirable, life excepted, were not yet restored to their just and equitable rights, competency and security; friendship's circle, nor the sacred hearth, the family fire-side, nor our hallowed temples had yet resumed their wonted cheerfulness or seriousness; anxiety, for the fate of a country, concentrating all hearts, the asylum and hope of the oppressed, and now a "name and a praise in the whole earth," had not yet ceased to beat, in the high pulse of determination to rise triumphant, or perish under the weight of its enemies. It was, my Brethren, under this thickened gloom, your Charter was erected: while as yet the embattled ranks of your countrymen were gleaming in armour, and valiantly and triumphantly gathering their fresh laurels, where "the pillar of a cloud and the pillar of fire" guided their dubious way! Even then a few scattering rays of light had penetrated the prevailing obscurity; the beauteous "bow of the storm," spread its vivid arch, harbinger of serenity; and Hope, "the anchor of the soul," wrought its good work of power, and "patience in tribulation," in imitation of those charitable and illustrious examples, worthy of the best of times and of all praise. The efforts of our fathers here, where "Fame illumed its lamp of glory and enshrined its richest gems, and where Bunker's awful mound still frowns indignant upon Tyranny," their ardent zeal in virtue's cause, and liberal contributions to the fund of philanthropy and benevolence, were not confined to the precincts of a village; but extended throughout the great mass of public spirit and solicitude, which pervaded the whole confederation; and finally operated as a part of the whole sum of "ways and means," interests and exertions, which effected the union, sovereignty and independence of our common country.
The principles, which predominated, in that gloomy period of our nation's history, are the same in every age; requiring only some adventitious, or similar circumstances to call them into vigorous exercise. Like gold, they are uncorroded and undiminished, in weight, or value, by time; and in the "fiery ordeal," the more persevering and severe their trials, the more pure and brilliant their standard quality.
It is a never failing principle that institutions adapted to the wants of men, originating in times of great distress and danger, have a more perfect bond of union, a more durable foundation and lasting usefulness than those dictated at prosperous periods, with expectations of becoming permanent and beneficial.
When even life and laws and property were insecure— harrassed and jeopardized, midst the depredations of ignorance, barbarism and oppression, Free-Masonry was that strong bond of union, among the more enlightened and liberal; and being fraught with the virtues of charity, moral purity, and social beneficence, its goodness and utility were acknowledged and respected—with the philanthropic wish to transmit its benefits to posterity. But. though boasting its friends and patronages and votaries in every age;it has suffered persecution and proscription, in every period of the world :— thus with our holy religion—thus with every liberal principle in morals, politics and philosophy : — nevertheless, in its panoply of Wisdom, Strength and Beauty, and its Redeemer's Name, like the "ruddy youth" of Bethlehem, it has triumphed over all opposition and bid defiance to the virulence of its enemies.
In all free countries, where the rights and liberties of men are known, enjoyed and respected, its advantages are duly appreciated; and few are they, of such a people, who would, with calumny, dishonor the cause of humanity.
In a genial clime, where the freedom of speech and action nurtures and cherishes the principles which correct the heart and rectify the mind, Masonry exerts a generous influence in exact proportion to the light and knowledge which have obtained in politics and religion; and is an auxiliary and support to every government, in the ratio of toleration and encouragement it receives.
Where the people are not enlightened in politics, or the principles of Government, they are unenlightened in jurisprudence, philosophy, and theology; in the moral code and our mystic rites, their blindness to the one is ignorance in all; and also makes them strangers to those social obligations, by which, society, reclaimed from barbarism, rises with continual improvements and advances to the, highest attainments, by the uniting and co-operating energies of the whole community.
It is only in and around those dark and dismal regions, where bigotry and superstition are at their handy-work, crushing the energies of the human mind, that the light of knowledge and exercises of generous feeling are alike proscribed; for there, treasures of knowledge and measures of treason are considered synonymous, slaves more valued than freemen, and ignorance and abjectness preferable to erudition and wisdom, because more subservient to the interests of tyrants, and possessing, for them, more charms than all the acquisitions which have honoured mankind, for the two last centuries. With such, the principles of our order are inadmissible; or if, in the deluge-waste, the "olive-leaf" is found; what virtue would bless, the hand of oppression would crush and destroy.
Governments, liberal in their constitutional principles, have no fears of encouraging associations, for certain specified benevolent objects and purposes; for these serve as pioneers to clear the obstructed path and prepare the way, in which, the exertions of u great community move on, to the accomplishment of their designs and duties, relieved of many burthens and excited to nobler efforts; presenting to surrounding nations, examples of wisdom and virtue, worthy of imitation.
Professing and practical masons, like their predecessors, in every age. aim to mitigate the distresses, meliorate the conditions, and equalize the cares, hardships and friendships of life, by exemplary industry, in unceasing endeavours; by baffling the lures of temptation and promoting the moral virtues; by rendering sanguinary laws less necessary, and making life, and property, and their felicities more secure and estimable; and thus, in concert with all benevolent associations, increasing and enhancing the benefits of society, and, consequently, the sum of human happiness.
Under the best forms of government, society would languish, unless the sympathies and charities of the heart were cherished in provident and amiable institutions of fellowship, where wise and prudent resolutions are adopted against the chances of adversity, in the common vicissitudes of life. For without these, what and where would be the resources of the unfortunate? Penury and want would seize and hold their thousand victims in the thraldom of suffering, but for such timely and grateful relief. Allow
"There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the fiood, leads on to Fortune:"
there is often a time, and an ebb-tide in the affairs of individuals, when seasonable good advice, or a comparatively trifling pittance saves them from discouragements, and restores them to situations useful, and friendships respectable. The most effectual mode of relief is to check the germs of misfortune, as they vegetate; and this too, by an old and wise adage, that "precaution is the better solace." Worthy objects of charity are ever deserving our commiseration; but the cases and causes of want should be well examined, else our charities be unadvisedly misapplied. Often, seasonable and suitable monition, or small loans, or a liberal manner of transacting business, would spare us the pain of witnessing the tears, privations and distresses of the necessitous, in what is termed "the lowest state of human wretchedness;" and would do more to render their object useful and grateful, and society happy, than lavished means and services could effect, when the loss of business and credit, and multiplying discouragements have prostrated their hopeless victim. Of the many kinds and various causes of misfortune, (as moral, physical, casual, unavoidable, providential, &c.) some need only timely and prudent consideration; and for others, the social state abounds with preventive and mitigations; hence, when solicitations for assistance are preferred, it is judicious to notice the distinction and apply the remedy, when and where, like skilful phvsicians, it would hare the happiest desired effect. The "Masonic Board of Relief" is an eminent example.
Charity, the brightest ornament, in the splendid constellation of kindred virtues, appears sometimes eccentric, sometimes anomalous, requiring a degree of discernment to fix its real value. Under the pressure of misfortunes, relief is not always proportionate to the actual necessity and sufferance. Personal distinctions are often made by the charitably disposed and the scale of benevolence is thus graduated, to the recipient's former standing in Society. But Charity, "pure and undefiled," knows notions, but what arise from different degrees of want and suffering. Rank, titles, and affluence, conflicting with reverses and adversity, have no other, or higher claims to beneficence than the well disposed, industrious and meritorious, struggling with poverty and affliction, in the humbler walks of life. It is true, there is a specious, fashionable sympathy "of the world," which influences our pity and commisseration, for the sufferings and ca-I of some, more than others, where the pain and deprivation are equal; but (kindred and friendship excepted,) nature and the principles of our holy religion prompt no such feeling. The palace and the cottage, when leveled by the raging blast, or the fierce conflagration, (if it be their all,) make their unsuspecting inmates equally poor, and both have an equal claim to our protection, sympathy and charity.
There is no individual, blest with life, and common sense, and common sensibility, so exalted; or so debased, abject and worthless, but is an important material in the great superstructure of civil society — possessing friends, talents, acquirements, native goodness of heart or mind, or some qualification, which, were he displaced from his accustomed sphere of activity, would make a chasm in the "social order."
The duties and obligations, enjoined by our ancient and venerable order, in its inculcated precepts, extend from "the household of the faithful" equally to the whole human race. Our charities are not eccentric, nor anomalous, nor ambiguous. We give not, with ostentation, to inscribe a name in capitals, on the lofty columns of Pride; or the unfurled banners of " Pomp and Pageantry;"— we give not, to raise fallen opulence, to its wonted splendor; — we give not, to impose the slightest humiliating obligation: No, the gifts of the temple are gathered, at the altar of duty and devotion, with humble reverence, to the Ineffable Giver of all our blessings; the motive pure and sincere, with an honest zeal in the cause of humanity;— the supplies abundant; and the disbursements generously effective and disinterested, so far as human frailty admits. The bereaved widow and the helpless orphan, the way-worn traveller, the ship-wrecked seaman and the wounded soldier, with the unfortunate, in all life's "mixed and mutable variety," are the objects of our especial care, kindness and solicitude. It is not possible to relieve all to the extent of their necessities; but the system of our benevolence is happily such, that, speeding with the unseen angel of mercy, in smiles of innocence and complacency, it operates to assuage much grief, and allay many painful sorrows. (Mat. vi and vii Ch.)
In associations, for social and charitable purposes, greater advantages obtained, than the mere sums or amounts collected and bestowed in alms.— An assimilation of character, habits and affections, excitements and emulation must prevail, with men possessing in common, the same feelings and interests, subject to the same wants and liabilities, and influenced by similar inducements; and to effect objects of importance and magnitude, like the convergent rays in the philosophic lens, the energies of a whole community concentrate; and like the lever-power, apply a force which overcomes all obstacle and resistance. Happy Society! — where each member, with laudable and exemplary ambition, strives to excel, in the courtesies and assiduities, which distinguish the profession and do honor to its name. The institution of Free-Masonry is truly Republican; and can never flourish, to the extent, of which, it is susceptible, under any other form of government. Kings may know the secrets of the Craft, yet treason might lurk behind a covering contrived to imitate our Order, and with clamorous "proofs of conspiracy" aim to bring it into disrepute. The contrariety of opinions also, on politics religion, philosophy, &c. are not so well calculated to foster and protect the principles of Brotherly-Love and Charity, which we profess to cultivate. And there is no country, or community of people so liberal in their views, so free from prejudice, but there may be found individuals incapable of forming a just estimate of our profession. But if there be a portion of the whole habitable globe, where the spirit of toleration prevails in a higher degree, with a more anxious forbearance and successful influence, than in others, it is in our own distinguished and beloved country.
Here, under a government instituted by our fathers, in opposition to the abuses and tyranny of the old world, no society or combination, for any professed worthy purpose, can provoke a proscription, from those who govern. The freedom of opinion and right of discussion, which, every where prevail, have a tendency to create inquiry, elicit knowledge,and furnish correct views of 'right and wrong.' The opportunity afforded all, by our Civil Institutions, to rise in the proportion of merit; the intelligence of our fellow-citizens, their advancing attainments and improvements in arts, literature, and social polity, all warrant the conclusion, that no societies can exist, or associations be formed, "where liberty dwells," under sanction or indulgence of its enlightened citizens, unless its avowed objects are innocent and of prospective utility, to promote the public good.
And what have we to fear from abroad? The irritable and the incorrigible prejudices of the few, or many, the envy of the illiterate and disaffected, or the spleen, hatred and wrath of the "crown and cowl," are no concern of ours! They shadow not the bright virtues of our profession, nor sully the lustre of the Shield of Truth, "mighty above all things," and inwrought with Faith, Hope and Charity, as our strong defence, to countervail the attacks of the vicious and powerful; and like the "celestial Ægis," confound the hydra of oppression. We heed not their threats, malevolence or Inquisitions. With our immemorial laws and usages, in peace and happiness, we are protected within our hallowed walls, by the government we honor, ant the same merciful kind Providence we adore.
The governments of Europe and the world have yet to learn, "whatever the theory of their constitutions may have been, that the end of their institution is the happiness of the people; and that the exercise of power among men can be justified only by the blessings it confers upon those, over whom it is extended." And where is the government thus justified, as in this, our "happy land?"—where power is the offering of the public will, and its career by no means, a limitless and ceaseless duration: the People, sovereign; prerogative and privilege civil and social blessings, all flowing from the same fountain of Liberty. With others not so: too often the reverse: verified by the tears of suffering and wrongs of oppression, despotism and tyranny in all their forms. There associations are watched with keen-eyed jealousy, where rank, title, power honor and interest run from generation to generation forming a visible and distinct line of demarcation, over which none can pass, by the ordinal works of Charity and Benevolence.
An Institution veiled in Secrecy with telegraphic banners and symbols, mystical rites and a heraldry of hieroglyphics, founded in freedom and equality, coeval with the volume of ages, and radiating in glory amid concentric circles of firmest Brotherhood, must be a terror to those, who have stole their way along to empire and grasped the diadem distained with blood; and the dread of those, who sway the hereditary sceptre of domination, and hold their high distinction by no other tenure than the mental gloom by which they are surrounded. But the condition of the unfortunate Craftsmen, in the North and South of Europe, is not peculiar: every effort of the human mind — all noble sentiment — liberal views and generous feelings are there alike proscribed, or made subservient to perpetuate the arrogance of supremacy and power. All the social, charitable and moral virtues, which unite in "Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth," commanding our respect and esteem, as they enrich the Altar of Incense "brighten the chain of friendship and glow in our devotion, must there of necessity act in secret, lest their very appearance should provoke the most fatal consequences. But thanks to the Supreme author of all our blessings, the gloom of darkness and superstition is fast wasting away, before the mighty sunbeams of knowledge and improvement. "Wisdom is justified of her children," her chosen ones are on the alert, and constantly making discoveries, in the unknown regions of intellect;—erecting beacons and establishing barriers, to warn and protect the passing stranger, against those false and delusive principles, which have hitherto been built, and net-worked upon the credulity of mankind. With the radiance of Light, and the reach and compass of its illumination, these discoveries and improvements are now spreading over the entire world. Man begins to think and act his real character, comporting with the dignity of his nature and his high destination: disabused from the scholastic falsity of creeds, and absurd and gross impositions of power, he begins to learn, he has the right to control and direct his own faculties; and that all distinctions, not founded in merit, should be little esteemed, lightly regarded.
"Knowledge is progressive."—Vast portions of the habitable globe have, within the memory of the present age, enjoyed—some its salutary and refreshing inlluence—some its variegated and richest luxuriance; and new coruscations of Light are daily and hourly, bursting upon mankind.
With sentiments of peculiar interest and pleasure, have we the assurance, that the principles of our order are favorably received and cherished, by the recently emancipated States of the South; forming a strong and delightful contrast, with their former degraded and oppressed condition. While those immense Republics can boast of enlightened Patriots, emulous to imitate the examples of Washington, Franklin, Warren, Lafayette, —a Bolivar, and Poinsett; like their coadjutors, may bid defiance to the captious misrule and capricious mandates of a Ferdinand, a Francis and an Alexander; or regard them only, with the smile of merited pity and contempt.
"But their wrongs to avenge, and their rights to secure,
And their soil to enrich, with unceasing resplendence;
Be their hope and their glory—in efforts of power;
"Their energies —Virtue — their full strength —
As the principles of Free-Masonry embrace allegiance, and the Amor Patriæ, (or love of country)in the full and strictest sense of the terms, especially where there is a reciprocal and due regard, to the rights and immunities of the citizen, or subject; and whereas, the profession and cultivation of the Liberal Arts and Sciences, together with works of charity— amity — integrity, and good-will to all mankind, constitute the basis and edifice of our Order — its grand point; — fellowship; its emblems—moral; its theme and service — devotion and philanthropy, we have a right to expect the commendations of the intelligent and humane; and it is a part of the reward of our labors, to share and enjoy, in common with others associated for the public good, the honors, advantages and felicities, to which they aspire.
As constituting an integral part of an indissoluble Union — and with its political institutions, extending over an immense region of territory (2-3 of Europe) resuscitated with prophetic benedictions, and thro' an eventful revolutionary history, nurtured, protected and honored: pursuing the same national objects, and in the spirit and pride of republican legislation, with the same honorable intents and perseverance, acting in subserviency to the common weal.— The ambition of the Masonic Family is only to become useful and worthy citizens—with a judicious consideration of, and accommodation to, the circumstances by which they are surrounded. "Our duty to God, our neighbors and ourselves," requires neither more, nor less of us. We are reminded that no established law of nature or society can be infringed with impunity. Our recommended duty — "precept upon precept"— is, "fulfill the law of Love." "Be kindly affectionate one toward the other." With sympathy and compassion— "rejoice with those who do rejoice, and weep with those who weep." "Exercise patience and forbearance, with all good fellowship and zeal, in the cause of humanity and the Christian virtues." Thus do we delight in the blessings of civilization, social improvement and the advancement of knowledge,and virtue and equal rights;— exulting when suffering nations break their massive shackles upon the heads of their oppressors; and when the principles of the Fraternity, with those of our national institutions and government, are received and welcomed, acknowledged and cultivated in distant regions, we triumph with a laudable pride and exalted enthusiasm.
Being now, my Brethren, at a considerable remove, advanced from that period, at the close of the American Revolution, when the Charter of your Lodge was established; the times essentially changed ; the arts and sciences, peace and social happiness, universally extending ; and an unexampled degree of national greatness and prosperity succeeding the "forlorn hope" of your Fathers; it would seem, their highest anticipations are realized, and that very little, (if any thing,) remains to be accomplished by their successors. Is this the fact? That their utmost wishes are exceeded may be true; but it is not a truth, that their magnanimous efforts, or our assiduous labors, have yet attained their utmost consummation.
The auspicious principles and benefits of our institution, are rapidly progressing, with the increase of wealth, improvements and population : (he sum of human wants, and the miseries of human life, must necessarily increase in a comparative ratio.— Every stage we advance in civilization— each step of departure, and even fractional egress, from a state of barbarism, ignorance and subjugation, imposes upon us and our contemporaries, increased obligations to our predecessors — to preserve, and multiply and perpetuate, by the exercise and exertion of all our talents, the arts, principles and virtues, essential to the happiness of present and future generations.
OFFICER LIST, FEBRUARY 1829
From Amaranth, or Masonic Garland, Vol. I, No. 11, February 1829, Page 351:
Officers of King Solomon's Lodge, Charlestown, elected and installed for the current year:
- Dexter Bowman, M.;
- Micajah Rice, S. W.;
- George Stevens, J. W.;
- John Gregory, T.;
- John M. Robertson, S.;
- Lot Merriam, Jr., S. D.;
- Henry Nichols, J. D.;
- John Badger, S. S.;
- Amos S Wilkins, J. S.;
- Robert Calder, Jr., M.;
- John Mitchell, T.
OFFICER LIST, JUNE 1831
From Masonic Mirror and Mechanics' Intelligencer, Vol. III, No. 17, July 1831, Page 19:
- D. Bowman, M.
- J. M. Robinson, S. W.
- L. Merriam, J. W.
- J. Gregory, T.
- A. D. Babcock, S.
- J. Badger, S. D.
- E. Bailey, J. D.
- W. Lund, Mar.
- J. Mitchell, Tyler.
OFFICER LIST, DECEMBER 1831
From Masonic Mirror, New Series, Vol. III, No. 30, January 1832, Page 234:’’
At the annual meeting of King Solomon's Lodge, holden in Charlestown, Mass., December 13th, 5831, the following officers were chosen for the coming year:
- Dexter Bowman, M.
- John M. Robinson, S. W.
- Lot Merriam, J. W.
- John Gregory, T.
- Archibald D. Babcock, S.
- John Badger, S. D.
- Ephraim Bailey, J. D.
- William Lund, Marshal.
- John Mitchell, Tyler.
75TH ANNIVERSARY, SEPTEMBER 1858
From Moore's Freemasons' Monthly, Vol. XVII, No. 12, October 1858, Page 369:
This fine old Lodge (located at Charlestown,) celebrated its 75th anniversary, on Monday evening, the 6th of September last, — the Chatter having been granted by the "Massachusetts Grand Lodge," on the 5th September, 1783. It bears the names of Dr. John Warren, brother to Gen. Joseph Warren, as Grand Master; Col. Joseph Webb, as Past Grand Master; Col. Paul Revere, as Senior Grand Warden, and Thos. Uran, Esq., Junior Grand Warden. The Consecration of the Lodge and the Installation of the officers took place on the 7th of January following, — in reference to which the records say —
"At 11 o'clock in the forenoon, the Grand Lodge, agreeable to their appointment, attended in ample form, King Solomon's Lodge having previously assembled. The M. W. G. Master, John Warren, Esq., gave a concise history of Masonry, from the creation to the present period. The officers of the Lodge were then installed, and invested with their Jewels and instruments of office. After which, dinner was attended, and the afternoon agreeably spent. At sunset the Grand Lodge walked in procession to the Ferry, attended by the new Lodge, the M. W. Grand Master giving authority to Bro. Bartlett to close the Grand Lodge according to order, which was accordingly done at the return of King Solomon's Lodge to the Hall, where many of the Brethren concluded the evening of a day spent with the most unfeigned satisfaction."
The first Master was Dr. Josiah Bartlett; the Wardens, Eliphalet Newell and Benjamin Frothingham; Joseph Cordis, Treasurer, and Caleb Swan, Secretary. Among the Past Masters of the Lodge are the well-remembered names of John Soley, Oliver Holden, Thomas Larkin, Francis Hyde, Joseph Phipps, Benjamin Whipple, Benj. Adams, John Gregory, Benj. Gleason, and others.
The services on Monday evening, (Sept. 6th,) says the Bunker Hill Aurora, were held at the Universalist Church. The address by Rev. Dr. Flint, of Greenfield, (D. G. Master,) was highly interesting and appropriate to the occasion^ The audience was small on account of the many absences from the city, and. the supposition of others that the church was not to be opened to the public. The singing by the choir was excellent.
After the services at the church, the Brethren and members and their families partook of a supper, provided in the City Hall, by the well-known caterer, J. B. Smith. Brother Caleb Rand, Master of the Lodge, presided at the tables, and performed the duties in a prompt and excellent manner. Speeches were made by the M. W. Grand Master in reply to a toast complimentary to the Grand Lodge, and by Brothers Marden, Rogers, Flint, Warren, and others. The Aurora says — "It was altogether a very satisfactory and memorable occasion for King Solomon's Lodge and for the fraternity in this city. There were a number of visiting Brethren present who expressed their high gratification with the events of the evening."
INSTALLATION, OCTOBER 1858
From Moore's Freemasons' Monthly, Vol. XVIII, No. 1, November 1858, Page 32:
The following Officers of King Solomon's Lodge, Charlestown, were elected and installed on the 12th of October last:—
- William H Sanders, W. M.
- William Darton, S. W.
- Edward S. Coombs, J. W.
- Noah Butts, Treas.
- Geo. H. Marden, Sec.
- Daniel Grant, Jr., S. D.
- C. Prescott Goss, J. D.
- John P. Prichard, Marshal
- Lyman B. Goss, S. S.
- Franklin N. Carter, J. S.
- Jas. F. Anderson, I. S.
- Rowland Hill, Tyler.
GRAND MASTER VISIT, FEBRUARY 1879
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. II, No. 11, February 1879, Page 351:
King Solomon's Lodge held a way full and interesting Communication on February 11th, in the elegant apartments occupied by the Masons in that pari ol Boston. It was noticed that fifteen Past Master's Jewels were worn by as many brethren, though twenty or more Past Masters were present, and about two hundred brethren. The following notice was borne on the call for the meeting, and accounts for tlie large attendance, though the Lodge has large attractions in itself: "The Grand Master M. W. Charles A. Welch, having accepted an invitation to be present at this meeting, it is hoped that every member who can possibly, will be present, as matters of importance will be brought before the Lodge."
At the close of the work on' the E. A. Degree, which was well done, the M. W. Grand Master addressed the Lodge in an eloquent and very fraternal manner; among other things, he observed "that whatever other qualifications a Grand Master might have, he ought, at least, to tell the brethren the truth," and then proceeded to expound the constitutional rights and duties of the Grand Lodge, and the Brethren, and their obligations toward each other. He also spoke again, by request, in the banquet hall, where speeches were made by W. Brothers J. A. D. Worcester, a veteran, Francis Childs, Alfred F. Chapman, Jos. W. Hill, Jonathan Bigelow, and several others. As might be expected, it was a very interesting meeting, in which the utmost good feeling prevailed, and at the close of which, the brethren expressed themselves much pleased, and gratified with the visit of the Grand Master.
CENTENARY CELEBRATION, SEPTEMBER 1883
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. VII, No. 6, September 1883, Page 190:
On September 11th, King Solomon's Lodge of F. and A. M., celebrated the introduction of Freemasonry into Charlestown and the centennial of its establishment. The lodge was established September 11th, 1783. No other lodge existed in Middlesex County, and but a few others in the State. The celebration begun at three o'clock in the afternoon, at the lodge room on Thompson's Square, in Charlestown. During the afternoon there was speech making and fraternal greetings. An elaborate dinner was then eaten, and at about eight o'clock the literarv and rhetorical formalities were resumed. One feature of the celebration was the presentation to the lodge of the portrait of Dr. Josiah Bartlett, who was the first master of the lodge and the sixth Grand Master of the State of Massachusetts. An oration was delivered by R. W. Edwin Wright, D. G. M., which grouped the chief points of interest from the formation of the lodge to the present. The Lotus Quartet furnished the music, and among its selections was an original ode, composed for the occasion by a member of the lodge.
The after-dinner speeches were in response to toasts to the cherished objects of the fraternity, and were varied by selections from the Lotus Quartet. Guests were present from many portions of the State, and the celebration was a thorough success. The committee of arrangements consisted of Edwin Sibley, chairman; G. M. Bowditch, W. M.; A. S. Dadley, S. W.; W. M. Townsend, J. W.; Amos Stone, Treasurer of the Lodge; Wor. Bros. Geo. H. Marden, William Darton, S. S. Wilson, Henry More, E. P. Tourtellot, John E. Marden, Charles R. Whitney, William II. Crowell, John B. Whitney, A. C. Hall, Frank W. Hopkins; Bros. C. W. Alden, J. L. Blackmer; Wor. Bro. G. W. Abbott, Secretary; Bro. W. T. Rand, Treasurer.
The lodge's career has been one of singular prosperity. Its charter is well preserved, and in it are the names of John Warren, G. M.; Joseph Webb, P. G. M.; Paul Revere, S. G. W., and James Avery. The records of the lodge are complete from the preliminary meetings of the lodge to the present. Among the other lodges which have originated from King Solomon Lodge are Henry Price and Faith Lodges, the Royal Arch Chapter of the Signet, and Coeur de Lion Commandery of Charlestown District.
INSTALLATION, OCTOBER 1887
From Liberal Freemason, Vol. XI, No. 7, October 1887, Page 224:
The officers of this old Lodge, F. and A. M., Charlestown, for the ensuing year have been elected and installed as follows: Edgar E. Haines, W. M.; Frank Vose, S. W.; Edwin D. Sibley, J. W.; Amos Stone, Treasurer; Albert E. Dudley, Secretary; Samuel D. Willson, Chaplain; Frank F. Kendall, Marshal; Ernest C. Marshall, S. D.; Frederick S. Morse, J. D.; Charles H. Tucker, S. S.; Charles O. Shute, J. S.; William J. Cogswell, I. S.; I. H. K. Downes, Organist; William Dennis, Tyler. The officers were installed by W. Bro. William H. Crowell, assisted by W. Bro. William M. Townsend as Marshal.
GRAND LODGE OFFICERS
- Josiah Bartlett, Senior Grand Warden 1787, 1792, 1793; Grand Master 1798, 1799, 1809
- John A. Carey, DDGM, District 6 (Somerville), 1950, 1951; N
- Warner R. Crowell, DDGM, District 6 (Somerville), 1927, 1928; Memorial
- John A. Daniels, DDGM, District 6 (Somerville), 1945, 1946; N
- George L. Dolloff, DDGM, District 3 (Chelsea), 1936, 1937; N
- Warren P. Eldridge, DDGM, District 6 (Somerville), 1958, 1959; N
- Benjamin Gleason, DDGM, District 3, 1840; SN
- Frederick W. Hale, DDGM, District 6 (Somerville), 1937, 1938; Senior Grand Warden 1942; Grand Treasurer 1945-1968; N
- Franklin W. Hopkins, DDGM, District 2 (Cambridge), 1887, 1888; SN
- Irving E. Johansen, DDGM, District 6 (Arlington), 1979, 1980
- David B. Lewis, Jr., DDGM, District 6 (Somerville), 1980, 1981; N
- Robert W. Oliver, DDGM, District 6 (Somerville), 1911, 1912; N
- Hector Orr, DDGM, District 3 (South Shore and Cape Cod), 1806, 1807, 1817, 1818; Memorial; SN; Memorial
- John Soley, Junior Grand Warden 1804-1805; Senior Grand Warden 1806-1807; Deputy Grand Master 1809-1810; Grand Secretary 1811-1818; Grand Master 1827-1829
- Frank Vose, DDGM, District 2 (Cambridge), 1892, 1893, 1894; SN
- G. Washington Warren, Deputy Grand Master 1861
- Edward Carnes, Biography
- Jonathan Harrington, Memorial
- Donald A. Haska, Biography
- Oliver Holden, Biography
- Thomas Hooper, Memorial
- Miah G. Kenny, Memorial
- William N. Lane, Memorial
- George McKay, Memorial
- Howard F. Rowe, Memorial
- Leonard Tufts, Memorial
- Frank L. Welt, Memorial
- James A. D. Worcester, Memorial