- 1 MOUNT HERMON LODGE
- 2 REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
MOUNT HERMON LODGE
Chartered By: Francis J. Oliver
Charter Date: 06/09/1817 III-98
Precedence Date: 06/09/1817
Current Status: removed to Medford; name changed to Brooks Lodge; no record after 1828.
OFFICER LIST, FEBRUARY 1825
Officer list from Masonic Mirror, February 12, 1825, in the Cambridge Masonic Temple collection:
- T. L. Stiles, Worshipful Master
- B. G. Hill, Senior Warden
- N. Newell, Junior Warden
- J. Stiles, Treasurer
- W. Charles Hill, Secretary
- Ephraim Buck, Senior Deacon
- S. Dockham, Junior Deacon
- J. T. White, Senior Steward
- G. Vickers, Junior Steward
- T. A. Crosfield, Tyler.
- T. L. Stiles, 1825
- Ephraim Buck, before 1827
REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
- Petition for Charter: 1817
- 1957 (Notes in the Centenary History of Mount Vernon Lodge, 1957-160)
- 1982 (Notes in the 125th Anniversary History of Mount Vernon Lodge, 1982-121)
NOTES IN THE CENTENARY HISTORY OF MOUNT VERNON LODGE, NOVEMBER 1957
From Proceedings, Page 1957-160:
The beginning of Masonry in our community stretches back far beyond the one hundred years we are currently commemorating. A half century earlier, in June 1815, a charter was granted to a group of Brethren in Maiden under the name of Mt. Hermon Lodge. This charter was deposited with the Grand Lodge about the year 1828.
NOTES IN THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY OF MOUNT VERNON LODGE, NOVEMBER 1982
We learn, from the earliest pages of our records, that a charter was granted in June, 1817 to a group of brethren in Malden under the name of Mount Hermon Lodge. This charter had been deposited with the Grand Lodge about the year 1828.
CONSTITUTION OF LODGE, MAY 1818
From New England Galaxy, Vol. I, No. 32, 05/22/1818, Page 3:
On Wednesday last, Mount Hermon Lodge at Malden, was installed in ample form by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The services and ceremonies were publicly performed at the meeting-house.
The undivided, serious attention of the audience t the address of the Rev. Mr. Green of that place, evinced in the solemn conviction which his appeal produced. Happy in the theme of his discourse, solemn in his deportment as the minister of God, and jealous for the sure and principles of his order as a mason, he convincingly pointed out the happy relation between the precepts of our holy religion and the cultivation of the social affections. Of all who heard the testimony of this venerable servant of God in favour of the masonic institution, probably there was not an individual who remained incredulous of the purity and excellence of its principles. His brethren, particularly, will long bear testimony to the pleasure his instruction afforded.
Charge by the M. W. Grand Master cannot but produce the most salutary effects on the minds of those for whom it was intended. Instructive, chaste and unaffected, its precepts will not be obliterated from the minds of those who heard it, until "the spirit shall return to God who gave it." The services by the Rev. Asa Eaton of this town were particularly impressive. The solemnity of his manner and the fervency of his devotion could not fail to excite the best feelings of the heart.
It would b unjust not to mention the performances by a very excellent choir of singers. The judicious selection of the music, and the skillful execution of the several parts, demonstrated that musical talent and ability is not confined to the metropolis. After the exercises were finished, the brethren proceeded to Medford and sat down to an elegant dinner prepared by Mr. Mayo.
It was a grateful sight to behold our beloved Chief Magistrate, on this interesting occasion, join his brethren in the business and duties of the day. Having witnessed the solemn ceremonies of constituting the new Lodge, he politely invited the M. W. Grand Master and suite to his mansion-house, from whence they were escorted by a band of music and the members of the new Lodge to the dining hall.
The tasteful manner in which the meeting house was decorated did much credit to those who arranged it, and added much to the effect produced by the occasion. To those who participated in the solemn business of the day, it was eminently a refreshing and pleasant season. It was one of those days to which they may look back with the most complacent feelings; in which there was nothing to derogate from the character of a mason,– nothing to disturb the devout sensibilities of the christian. All was manly, sacred, affecting. Every countenance spoke the chastened emotion of the heart, and the incense of united affection, ascended from the altar of the sanctuary to the throne of the Most High.
– A. L.