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THE

HISTORY OF FREEMASONRY

BY

ALBERT GALLATIN MACKEY, M.D., 330.

WITH

THE HISTORY OF ITS INTRODUCTION AND PROGRESS

IN THE UNITED STATES

THE HISTORY OF THE

SYMBOLS OF FREEMASONRY

AND THE

HISTORY OF THE A.: A.. SCOTTISH RITE

BY

WILLIAM R. SINGLETON, 330.

VOLUME Six

PUBLISHED BY

THE MASONIC HISTORY COMPANY

NEW YORK

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CHAPTER LV

HISTORY OF THE INTRODUCTION OF FREEMASONRY INTO EACH STATE

AND TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES

The First Lodges and the Grand Lodges (Continued).

Ohio.

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HE introduction of Masonry into Ohio is due to

the fact that soon after the close of the War of the Revolution, the Master, Jonathan Heart, and some of the members of American Union Lodge settled near Marietta. The Charter of that lodge, which had been granted by the St. John's

Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, February 15, 1776, by John Rowe, Grand Master (in the Connecticut Line of the Army)," was held by the Master, and he claimed that it was a lodge at large and not under the jurisdiction of any Grand Lodge, and in fact “it was invested with every power necessary to constitute, rule, and govern” Masonry in the Territories. It had been recognized

by the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New York, as a constituent of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.” This lodge worked for several years until its Charter was burned ; a revival of it was asked for from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, which was declined, “except as one of its constituent.” Application to the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts was made, which authorized the lodge to resume work under a copy of the original Charter," with the express provision that the charter should be of force only until a Grand Lodge should be formed in the territory in which it was located."

The Grand Lodge of Ohio was organized January 7, 1808.

1 Shortly after, the lodge having removed to New York, asked for a Confirmation of their Charter, from the D. G. M., Dr. Middleton; but a new Warrant was granted under the name of Military Union, No. 1.-Gould's “ History," vol. vi., p. 415.

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