RISING SUN LODGE (1772)
Chartered By: John Rowe
Charter Date: 08/10/1772 I-197
Precedence Date: 08/10/1772
Current Status: merged with St. John's (Boston), November 1791.
PETITION AND CHARTER
PETITION, JUNE 1772
To the Right Worshipful John Rowe Esqr. Grand Master of Masons for North America.
We the Subscribers duly admitted and regular Members of the Lodge of St John's in Boston New England humbly beg leave to intreat the indulgence of our Right Worshipful Grand Master, that he would be pleased to grant a deputation under the Seal of the Grand Lodge embodying the Brethren who have subscribed to this Petition into a distinct Lodge under the denomination of the RISING SUN LODGE to be convened the First Wednesday in every month or oftner if the exigencies of the Lodge shall require, at the British Coffee House in King Street Boston New England.
And we beg leave further to address the Right Worshipful Grand Master entreating him that he would be pleased to appoint our Brother BENJAMIN CHURCH junr the Right Worshipful Master of the RISING SUN LODGE for the remainder of this, and the year ensuing, with all the Powers, Priviledges, Honours and Distinctions with which it has been usual for you and your Right Worshipful Predecessors to invest any Brother whom they have been pleased to elevate to the Sacred Chair.
We are encouraged to hope the acquiescence of our Right Worshipful Grand Master in this request as our Principal Motive is to promote Brotherly Love and Charity and to restore that harmony and good fellowship which is the distinguishing ornament of the Craft and to recover to Masonry that estimation among mankind so generous and laudable an Establishment was originally calculated to obtain and secure.
And your Petitioners as in Duty, bound shall ever Pray.
Boston New England 22d June 1772.
- BENJA CHURCH JUNR.
- JOHN FLEEMING
- JACOB MCDANIELL
- GEO : SPOONER
- MATTHEW HUTCHINS
- EBENR. BRIDGHAM
- WILLIAM JONES
- SAML. LLOYD
- ROBT WILLIAMS
- NATHL. BALCH
- NATH : ABRAHAM
- BENJA. LORING
- Jos : RUSSELL
- WILLIAM GOOCH
- WILLIAM CHARLES
- HY. REIJNSDORF.
- BEN : JACKSON
- JN° GRAY
- SAM : BARRETT
CHARTER, AUGUST 1772
To ALL AND EVERY our Right Worshipful and Loving Brethren Free and Accepted MASONS now Residing or that may hereafter Reside in Grand Master. Boston in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England.
WE JOHN ROWE Esquire Provincial Grand Master of the Antient and Honourable Society of Free and Accepted MASONS for all North America, where no other Grand Master is Appointed,
WHEREAS Application hath been made unto us by Benjamin Church Junior, John Fleeming, Jacob McDaniell, George Spooner, Matthew Hutchins, Ebenezer Bridgham, William Jones, Samuel Lloyd, Robert Williams, Nathaniel Balch, Nathaniel Abraham, Benjamin Loring, Joseph Russell, William Gooch, William Charles Henry Reijnsdorf, Benjamin Jackson, John Gray and Samuel Barrett, Free and Accepted MASONS now residing in Boston aforesaid ; setting forth that their principal Motive is to promote Brotherly Love and Charity, and to restore that Harmony and good Fellowship which is the distinguishing ornament of the Craft, and to recover to MASONRY that estimation among mankind so generous and laudable an Establishment was originally calculated to obtain and secure. And intreating us to grant a Deputation under the Seal of the Grand Lodge embodying the Brethren above named into a distinct Lodge under the denomination of the Rising Sun Lodge to be convened the First Wednesday in every month or oftner if the exigencies of the Lodge shall require at the British Coffee House in said Boston; And also intreating us to appoint our Brother Benjamin Church junior Master of the said Lodge for the remainder of this and the year ensuing.
Now THEREFORE KNOW YE That we of the great Trust, Power and Authority reposed in us by his Grace the Most Worshipfull, HENRY SOMERSET, Duke of Beaufort &c. Grand Master of MASONS, have Constituted and Appointed our Right Worshipful and well beloved Brother BENJAMIN CHURCH junior to be the first Master of the RISING SUN LODGE in Boston aforesaid, for the remainder of this and the year ensuing, and do hereby impower him to Congregate the Brethren together, and form them into a Regular Lodge, he taking special Care that all and every Member thereof, and all transient Persons admitted therein have been, or shall be regular made MASONS : and that he appoint two Wardens, and other Officers to a Lodge appertaining, for the due Regulation of said Lodge for One Year ; at the end of which he shall Nominate a new Master to be approved by the Lodge, at least two thirds of the Members in his favour, and said new Master shall Nominate and Appoint two Wardens and a Secretary for the ensuing Year; also a Treasurer, who must have the Votes of two thirds of the Members in his favour; and so the same course Annually.
AND WE DO HEREBY GIVE to said Lodge all the Privileges and Authority of other Regular Lodges ; Requiring them to observe all and every of the Regulations contained in the Printed Book of Constitutions (except such as have been, or may be Repealed at any Quarterly Communication or other general Meeting of the Grand Lodge in London,) to be kept and observed, as also all such other Rules and Instructions as may from time to time be transmitted to them, by Us, or our Deputy, or Successors to either for the time being : And that they do Annually send an Account in Writing to Us, or our Deputy, or Successors to either of us for the time being, of the Names of the Members of said Lodge,,and their Place of Abode, with the Days and Place of Meeting, with any other things, they may think proper to communicate for the benefit of MASONRY ; and that they do Annually keep the Feast of St. John the Baptist, or St. John the Evangelist, or both, and Dine together on said Day or Days, or as near either of them, as shall be most Convenient: And lastly that they do Regularly Communicate with the Grand Lodge in Boston by sending to the Quarterly Communication such Charity as their Lodge shall think fit, for the Relief of Poor Brethren, with the Names of those that Contributed the same, that in case any such ma}7 come to want Relief, they may have the preference to others.
GIVEN under our Hand and Seal of MASONRY at BOSTON the 10th Day of August A : D 1772. and of MASONRY 5772.
- RICHARD GRIDLEY D. G. M.
- JN° CUTLER S. G. W.
- ABRM SAVAGE J. G. W.
- By the Grand Master's Command, THO : BROWN Gr: Secry.
CONSOLIDATION PETITION, NOVEMBER 1791
From Proceedings, Page I-221:
To the most worshipful the Grand Lodge of St. John's in Boston, Right Worshipful Brethren.
At a Special Lodge of the Rising Sun held at Brother Colman's on Friday the 11th Inst. it was unanimously voted, that a memorial be presented to the Grand Lodge praying that their Lodge may be incorporated with the other Lodges, of St John's, & that Brothers John Flemming, Amos Windship, Dudley Colman, Lewis Hayt, & Thomas Farrington, be a Committee, to draw up, Sign, & present, the same.
We therefore the Committee above named knowing, and being fully assured, that the Lodge have only in View, the good of Masonary in general, (in the proposed union) the promotion & enlargement of Brotherly Love, and Charity, Do in consiquence of the power vested in us solicit, the Right worshipful Deputy Grand Master to Summons as soon as conveniently may be, a Grand Lodge for the purpose of taking this our request into Consideration, and agreeable to true masonic principals to unite us, with the Lodges of St. Johns — in such manner & under such Regulations, as they in their wisdom shall deem most proper, and most Conducive to the purposes herein mentioned.
This 15th Day of Novemr. 5791
Thos. Farrington, Committee.