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The Committee on Finance made the following report, which was accepted : TO THE M.:. ILL.'. GRAND COUNCIL OF ROYAL AND SELECT MASTERS OF
MARYLAND. Your Committee to whom was referred the Books and Accounts of the Grand Recorder and Grand Treasurer respectfully report, that they have performed the duty assigned them, and that they find the Books and Accounts correct, and supported by proper vouchers.
STEPHEN ('. BUSH,
JAMES B. PURCELL. Companion Samuel M. Haller, proposed the following resolutions, which were adopted.
RESOLVED. That the sum of twenty dollars be paid Companion John T. Gorsuch for services rendered.
RESOLVE). That the sum of five dollars be paid Companion Louis C. Coon, for services as Sentinel.
The Grand officers elect, were presented and installed in due form.
The following named officers were appointed by the M.:: Ill.:. Grand Master, George L. McCahan. Companion Philip D. Boyn,
G:.C.:: of the Guard. SAMUEL M. HALLER,
G.:. C:. of the Council.
Gi. Sentinel. No further business claiming the attention of the Grand Council, it was closed in ample form.
JOHN T. GORSUCH,
ROYAL AND SELECT MASTERS,
STATE OF MARYLAND.
The Annual Assembly of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of the State of Maryland, was held in Masonic Temple, in the City of Baltimore, November 14th, A. D. 1876, A.:. Dep.. 2876, at 3 o'clock P. M.
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And the Representatives of the following Councils:
Tadmor Council, No. 4.
No. 6. The Grand Council was opened in ample form. The record of the proceedings of the last Annual Assembly was read and approved.
The M:. 111.:. Grand Master then installed Companion James B. Purcell, T.:. III.:. Master, and Companion George W. Sheive, Dep.:. III. . Master, of Druid Council, No. 5.
The M:. INI.. Grand Master appointed the following Committee on Credentials.-Companions James B. Purcell, F. J. S. Gorgas, Chas. F. Achey. The M.:. Ill.:. Grand Master read the following
ADDRESS. Companions, The fact of there being several matters of sufficient importance to require legislation at this assembly, I present them in a formal manner. The Grand Council not having provided a Committee on Foreign Correspondence, precludes a summarizing and presentation in a condensed form of the transactions of our Sister Grand Councils I trust, however, that provision will be made for such a Committee at this Grand Assembly. There are in all thirtythree Grand Gouncils on our Continent, from nearly all of which we have exchanges of official correspondence.
The following proceedings are gratefully acknowledged: Alabama, 1866 to 1875 inclusive. Arkansas, 1874, 75. Connecticut, 1876.
Georgia, 1876, Circular. Illinois, 1875.
Indiana, 1874. lowa, 1874 and 1875.
Kentucky, 1875. Louisiana, 1875.
Main, 1870, 74, 75 and 76. Massachusetts, 1875.
Michigan, 1874, 1875 and 1876. Minnesota, 1874, 75 and 76.
Mississippi, 1876. Missouri, 1874.
Nebraska, 1875. New Hampshire, 1875.
New Jersey, 1875. New York, 1865, 66, 68, 71, 73, 74, 75. North Carolina, 1876. Ohio, 1876.
Ontario, 1874 and 1875. Rhode Island, 1870 to 1875.
South Carolina, 1869 to '76 inclusive. Tennessee, 1874 and 1876.
Wisconsin, 1876. As to those Grand Councils not named in above list, we are unable to account for the non-reception of similar documents, unless it be that they have not published their proceedings.
From the Grand Councils named, we have satisfactory evidence, (by formal resolution or otherwise,) of the fraternal recognition of the Grand Council of Maryland.
In addition to the above, the Grand Councils of New York, Nebraska, Minnesota, Florida and Maine, having solicited an interchange of Grand Representa
tives, and meeting with favorable response on the part of this Grand Council, they h.ve severally made the following appointments: By the Grand Council of the State of New York, . Comp. J. W. Bowers.
E. L.. Parker, Jr.
S, ('. Bush.
S. M. Haller.
Geo. L. McCahan. Keciprocating the courtesy extended this Grand Council, I have appointed the following Companions as Representatives of the Grand Council of Maryland near their respective Grand Councils. Companion Daniel Spry, near the Grand Council of Ontario.
Maine. The official report of the proceedings of the National Convention of Grand Councils of Royal and Select Masters, not having been heretofore formally presented to this Grand Council, I now avail myself of the opportunity of doing so, being indebted to Ni.. Comp. G. Fred. Wiltsie, -who was the Recorder of the Convention,- through his address to the Grand Council of New York.
PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL CONVENTION. "The Convention met in the city of New Orleans, La., at Masonic Temple on Monday noon, November 31st, 1874, and organized temporarily by the election of
M.: III.:. Companion Josiah H. DRUMMOND, of Maine, as President.
The Committee on Credentials, M.:. I.:. Companions W. (. SWAIN, of Wisconsin, E. EDMUNDSON, of Tennessee, and Geo, L. MCCAHAN, of Maryland, reported eighteen (18) Grand Councils entitled to representation.
The temporary officers were then unanimously elected as permanent officers of the Convention, with the addition of
M.: I.:. Companion John FRIZZELL, of Tennessee, as first Vice-President, M.:. 1.:. Companion C. F. GOODMAN, of Nebraska, second Vice-President.
Rule 1 of the New York Convention of 1872, was then adopted for the government of the present session, (the purport of which was the system of voting, each Grand Jurisdiction being allowed three votes.)
M.:I.:. mpanions EDMUNDSON, of Tennessee, Wiltsie, of New York O'NEAL, of Ohio, McCAHAN, of Maryland, and STINSON, of Arkansas, were appointed a Committee on “Work.”
M.: I.:. Companions Brown, of Kansas, Bechtel, of New Jersey, KIRKER, of Connecticut, WHEELER, of Nebraska, and MORRILL, of Florida, were appointed a Committee on General Business.
EVENING SESSION, at 7 o'clock.
M.: I.:. Companion John FRIZZELL, of Tennessee, presiding.
M.:. I.. Companion JOHN H. Brown, of Kansas, from the Committee on General Business, reported in favor of a General Grand Council of R. and S. M., which report, after a long discussion, was laid upon the table.
Several invitations were received and accepted to attend different festivities in the City of New Orleans, during the session of the Grand Bodies.
Two vacancies occurring in the Committee appointed by the New York Con.. vention to memorialize the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar of the United States, to place the Cryptic degrees in their proper position in the American system of Free Masonry, by making them a pre-requisite to the orders of Knighthood, they were filled by the Convention constituting the Committee, as follows: M.. 1.: Companion J. H. DRUMMOND, of Maine.
Join FRIZZELL, of Tennessee.
Convened again 7 P. M., December ist, 1874. M.. I.. Companion C. F. GOODMAN, of Nebraska, presiding.
The Committee Work, after a lengthy session, reported to the Convention that in their judgement no change was advisable in the Ritual as adopted in 1873, except to correct one or two clerical or chronological errors in the history of the Select Masters degree, concerning the time of the communication of the w---- to M------- and the lapse of time from its communication to its being lost. The report was unanimously adopted, all the Grand Bodies represented, many of which have adopted the work, expressing themselves highly pleased with it in its every feature.
The question of the organization of a General Grand Council was then taken from the table, and a very long debate ensued, all of the different Grand Bodies, through their representatives, stating at length their views; a large majority of them were in favor of the immediate formation of such a body, but at the same time being desirous of making no movement exeept to