JAMES A. DICKSON 1774-1853
- MM 1804, WM 1812, 1818, 1829, St. John's (Boston)
- Grand Pursuivant 1819, Junior Grand Steward 1820-1822, Junior Grand Deacon 1823, Senior Grand Deacon 1824-1829
- Junior Grand Warden, 1833
According to the membership card, Bro. Dickson was an actor and played at the Federal Street Theatre in Boston.
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XII, No. 7, May 1853, p. 222:
This estimable Brother died at his residence in this city, on the 1st of April, ult., after an illness of four days, aged 79 years. He had been a resident of Boston fifty-seven years, during the whole of which long period he held the respect and confidence of all who enjoyed his acquaintance. For the past thirty years he has been an enterprising and successful merchant. His connection with the Masonic Institution dates back nearly half a century, during the whole of which time he was always found at the post of duty. He was a Past Master of St. John's Lodge, and an active member of the Grand Lodge, being rarely absent from its communications, when not absent from the country. In 1833, he held the office of Jun. Grand Warden. He was also, at the time of his death, one of the Trustees of the Grand Charity Fund of the Grand Lodge, and a member of the Committee of Finance. He was one of the small band who passed through the ten years' war of antimasonry without wavering, and nothing more need to be said to illustrate his Masonic fidelity and attachments. He was universally beloved by his Brethren, and they have reason to believe that he has gone home to receive the reward of the faithful steward.
His funeral took place on the Sunday following his decease. The religious exercises were performed by Rev. George M. Randall (Grand Master), assisted by Rev. Mr. Wood. A large number of the officers of the Grand Lodge and other Brethren were present. His remains were borne to their final resting place, in a vault under the Church, by R.W. Brothers Raymond (P.G.M.), Hammatt (P.D.G.M.), Paige (D.G.M.), and Harwood (S.G.W.)
From Moore's Freemason's Monthly Magazine, Vol. XII, No. 10, August 1853, p. 319:
The following Preamble and Resolutions were adopted by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, at its Quarterly Communication in June last: -
Whereas, in the fulness of years, and in the equal fulness of the honors which accompany the lives of the good and true, the Almighty Disposer has removed from us our late estimable Brother, James A. Dickson, Esq., therefore, as our last sad duty to his memory,
Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts hereby testify to the Fraternity, and to the community, their sense of the great loss sustained by the death of this eminent Brother; eminent for his long and unwavering attachment to the Order; eminent for his virtues as a citizen, a man, and a Mason, and who has left to us the legacy of that wealth, the riches of an unspoiled name.
Resolved, That to the family of our departed Brother, we offer those solemn though cheering sympathies, which their loss should call forth from the Brethren of the Masonic tie. Solemn in the event which has deprived them of one dear in his domestic relations, yet cheering, that he has left them after a long, prosperous and useful career, bequeathing to his posterity the example of a well-spent life and a memory endeared to them and to his fellow-citizens.