A Memorial to Washington the Mason, to Be Erected at Alexandria, Virginia (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from A Memorial to Washington the Mason, to Be Erected at Alexandria, VirginiaOn February 25, 1783, was held the first regular communication of the first Masonic Lodge in this city, instituted by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania; it was known as No.39 of that Jurisdiction. General Washington was elected an honorary member shortly after his return from the Revolution and his fondness for the old institution is evidenced by a letter written to the Lodge (see page 13 of this prospectus). After the surrender of the Pennsylvania warrant, application for a new charter was made to the Grand Lodge of Virginia and General Washington became first or charter Master of Alexandria Lodge, No.22, A. F.A. M., in 1788, and was subsequently elected to succeed himself, serving in all about twenty months. The instrument containing his name as Master, signed by Edmund Randolph, Governor of the Commonwealth and Grand Master of Masons in Virginia, is still its badge of authority, still hangs on its wall in silent testimony of the love and loyalty of Washington and Randolph for the noble tenets of our institution.Space will not permit us to even refer to many of the Washington relics in possession of this Lodge. We must content ourselves with brief description of the most interesting and important.The picture on the opposite page gives the east view of the old Lodge and shows only the Washington Chair, old desks, altar, lesser lights and the Williams picture of General Washington in Masonic regalia. Fabulous prices have been offered for many of these relics, but presented, as they were, by the relatives and friends of our first Master, the Lodge has rightly refused to even consider the most flattering inducements, preferring to keep them where they were intended to be kept by the donors, for the pride and glory of the fraternity.The old records, kept now in the vaults of the Citizens National Bank, are virtually an unbroken chain of historic Masonic vents, from 1783 to the present time, stretching over the whole period of our national existence and beyond. Time-faded and worn, they have come down to us with the old charter, through all the civil and military vicissitudes of over a century and a quarter, telling the story of the loyal to the Craft in the long ago.Vandal hands have entered now and then to pilfer a name or despoil a page from this dusty treasure, but the vigilant watch of a faithful guard has preserved intact the simple narratives of the most momentous occasions in the history of American Masonry.We read the fading lines, terse pictures of mighty events, and pause to contemplate the passing scene. Through the deepening twilight of bygone years, we see our fathers fix the boundary line and lay the tablet that marks the Nations home. We read again and again the simple story of the funeral service and hear whispered from the olden time the last words spoken oer the bier of Washington, So mote it be. Amen.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Эта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.