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The 1859 Act of Incorporation is found on Page VI-236 of the Proceedings, and was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives (General Court) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on March 1, 1859. At the March 8, 1859 Quarterly Communications, Grand Master John T. Heard was nominated to be Moderator of the Corporation, and Grand Secretary Charles W. Moore] was nominated to be its Clerk.


In the Year One thousand eight hundred and fifty nine, An Act to incorporate the Master, Wardens, and Members of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representative in General Court, assembled and by the authority of the same as follows:

Section 1

John T. Heard, Grand Master, and his associates the Grand Wardens and Members of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in Massachusetts, and their successors, are hereby incorporated and made a body politic by the name of the Master Wardens and Members of the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts for the purpose of managing and administering the charity funds belonging to said voluntary association, with the power to have a common seal - to sue and be sued, to make and ordain from time to time By Laws Rules and Regulations for the government and management of the Corporation provided the same be not repugnant to the Constitution and Laws of this Commonwealth; and that they have all the privileges, and be subject to all the liabilities set forth in the fourty {sic} fourth chapter of the Revised Statues, so far as the same are applicable to corporations for charitable purposes.

Section 2

The said Corporation may take by purchase, gift, grant, or otherwise, and hold real estate not exceeding the value of two hundred thousand dollars and personal estate not exceeding the value of fifty thousand dollars.

Section 3

John T. Heard is further authorized to call the first meeting of said Corporation, by advertisement in two newspapers printed in Boston, one week previous thereto, and appoint the time and place thereof at which meeting the mode of calling future meetings shall be regulated.

Section 4

This Act shall take effect on and after its passage.


House of Representatives, March 1, 1859. Passed to be enacted:

  • Charles Hale, Speaker.

In Senate, March 1, 1859. Passed to be enacted.

  • Charles A. Phelps, President.


  • Nathaniel P. Banks, Secretary's Department, Boston, March 2nd, 1859.

A True Copy, Attest,

  • Oliver Warner, Secretary of the Commonwealth.