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The Committee on Credentials made the following report which was accepted :
BALTIMORE, November 10th, 1880. To the M:. I:. Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Maryland:
The Committee on Credentials beg leave to report that the following named Representatives are entitled to seats in this Annual Assembly :
CONCORDIA COUNCIL, No. 1.
T:. I.:. Master.
Dep.: I.: Master.
SALEM COUNCIL, No. 6.
T.:. I.:: Master.
Dep.:: I.:. Master
P::C:: of the Work.
THOMAS J. SHRYOCK,
The M.: I.: Grand Master read the following
COMPANIONS OF THE GRAND COUNCIL OF MARYLAND:
A year has passed away and into the eternity that bears the record of the past, and once more we are permitted to assemble in the S.. V:. to resume our labors for the benefit of those of our brethren who are so fortunate as to be in possession of the mysteries of this branch of our beloved Order. And while we diligently use the mystic trowel-spreading the cement of brotherly love and kindness that binds us together-it is meet that we should recall the events of the year, in order that we may ascertain whether its lessons have been duly heeded; whether its admonitions have been wisely received, and whether we bave fully met all the obligations imposed upon us. Nor should we fail to raise our voices in unison of gratitude and praise to the great beneficient Author of the Universe, for the protecting care He has bestowed upon us, as well as for the great privilege of once again assembling in annual session with scarce a missing face.
With scarce a missing face, nay; and yet, while we report that expression with thanksgiving, it suggests to each of you, I doubt not, as it does to me, that when we met a year ago there was one among us whom, we hope, is to day enjoying that rest prepared from the foundation of the world for the true and faithful. One who was genial and kind to all who met him, a good Mason, a warm hearted, loving friend, an active, untiring, zealous laborer in the Ninth Arch, a true, a noble man, whom we were all glad to unite in electing to the honorable office of Principal Conductor of the Work.— Ill.:. Companion HENRY W. WORTHINGTON, whose untimely and lamented death, in the very bloom of early manhood, deprived this Grand Body of one of its ablest members.
Of manners gentle, of affection mild,
In wit, a man ; simplicity, a child.” I regret exceedingly that I am compelled to say that, with but two exceptions, the Councils subordinate to this Grand Council are not in as prosperous condition as they should be. And yet it is a matter of sincere congratulation that their organizations have been maintained intact, notwithstanding the adverse surroundings which have, in many instances, prevented the holding of regular meetings, and the little interest manifested in these most beautiful degrees on the part of the Royal Arch Masons in this jurisdiction.
Concordia, No. 1, has, I am informed, met regularly, and the Companions of that Council continue their labors with the same commendable zeal that has ever characterized them.
Druid, No. 5, has, in the past year, developed a degree of vitality that has placed her in the very front rank, and more than doubled her member
hile the manner in which the work is rendered in that Council is ng of the highest commendation. rusalem, No. 2, Tadmor, No. 4, and Salem, No. 6, have also given 'e of new vigor, and I do not doubt that the spark of life that bas nouldering for the last few years will in the next, become a living hat will augur well for the future of Cryptic Masonry in this juris· I am also happy to say that no disposition exists among the nions to number this Grand Council among those who have passed ind are laid to rest in the cemetery of the Mississippi Plan.
the convention of delegates from the several Grand Councils, held oit in August last, a proposition to form a General Grand Council vorably considered, and was adopted, with the proviso that the of the convention should be ratified by nine of the State Grand Is. e convention also adopted a constitution for the proposed General Council, similar in all respects to those governing other bodies of le character. This constitution provides for the annual payment by nstituent Grand Council, to the General Grand Council, of the sum cents for each chartered Council under its jurisdiction ; claims tion over the Cryptic Degrees as a separate and distinct rite of y, but provides that “nothing contained in this constitution shall trued to derogate from the right or authority of any Grand Council, nay not determine to become a constituent of the General Grand
ilso declares that "every Council of Royal and Select Masters must charter or dispensation from the General Grand Council, or from irand Council working independently of any other branch of y, and no Council should be deemed legal without such dispensacharter; and Masonic communication, both public and private, is
interdicted and forbidden between any Council or any member of any Council or assembly that may be so illegally formed, opened or without such charter, or any person assumed to be received or therein.
e Convention then elected the following officers : ?:. G.:: G.:. M.:.
Josiau H. DRUMMOND, of Maine. , G:. G.:: D.. M.. GEO. M. OSGOODBY, “ New York 1. G.:. G.:. P:.C.:: W.. GEO. J. PINCKARD, 4 Louisiana. 1.. G.. Treasurer
ORESTUS A. B. SENTER,“ Ohio. 1. G.:. Recorder
GEO. W. COOLEY,
" Minnesota 1. G.:. C.:. of Guard W. D. WADSWORTH,
“ Alabama 1. G.:. C.:. of Council C. R. ARMSTRONG, Georgia. 1. G.:. Marshal
E. P. BURNHAM,
« Maine. *.:: Gi. Sentinel
A. D. McConaughY,
The action of the Convention in the formation of the General Grand Council has already been ratified and endorsed by the Grand Councils of New York, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana and Kansas.
Cryptic Masonry was cradled in this jurisdiction, and it is eminently proper therefore that the Grand Council of Maryland should be one of the very first to endorse the formation of the General Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of the United States of America, and we may recall, with no little pride, that that organization is, to some extent at least, a monument to the memory of those zealous Masons-ECKEL and Nileswhose names are revered and esteemed by all Royal Craftsmen of this jurisdiction, and I therefore suggest the adoption of a resolution approving the establishment of a General Grand Council.
Immediately after my installation as Grand Master, I entered into correspondence with the Grand Masters of those Grand Councils with whom we had not already exchanged representatives, with a view to cementing our Grand Bodies more closely together, and with the hope that as “in union there is strength,” so by uniting in a closer and more intimate relationship with our sister Grand Councils, we might infuse a new life and greater vitality in the interest of the Cryptic Rite. The result of this correspondence was the appointment of the following Representatives of the several Grand Councils near the Grand Council of Maryland-each commission being accompanied by the kindliest expression of good wishes for the success of oúr Grand Council.
At the same time I have made the following appointments of Representatives of the Grand Council of Maryland, and for which I ask your approval:
I. Comp. WM. BROWN, Rep. near the G...Council of Michigan.
My official acts have been few and are briefly recited. During the year no questions have arisen calling for official decision, and it is gratifying to say that peace and harmony seem everywhere to have reigned in and among the Councils subordinate to this Grand Council.
November 21, 1879. I granted a dispensation to Concordia Council, No. 1, to hold an election to fill the office of T.:. I.: M:. Master, made vacant by the death of I.:. M.:. ('ompanion HENRY W. WORTHINGTON, immediately after his election and installation.
November 2, 1879. I granted a dispensation to Druid Council, No. 5, to hold an election for officers, which had been omitted at the stated time.
January 16, 1880. I installed I.. Companion H. C'. LARRABEE as T:. I.:. M.: Master of Concordia Council, No. 1.
In closing, allow me to thank you for the honor you conferred upon me, in exalting me to the office of Grand Master of the Grand Council of Maryland, and for the uniform courtesy that you have ever extended to me, and to say that on retiring from this office it shall be to take my place by your side, devoting whatever ability I may have in earnest effort to rear upon lasting foundations the pillars that support this Grand Body.
WILLIAM F. COCHRAN,
The address was referred to the following Committee: Companions FERDINAND J. S. GORGAS, HENRY J. KENAH and JAMES W. BOWERS.