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PROCEEDINGS 

OF THE 

RIGHT WORTHY GRAND LODGE 

OF THE 

STATE OF LOUISIANA, 

HEILB IN THE CITY OE NEW OmEEAWS, 
FROM DEC. 22, 1846, TO MAY 29, 1851. 




PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF THE GRAND LODGE. 



PRINTED AT THE OFFICE OF THE DAILY CRESCENT. 

1851. 



The following extracts, from the proceedings of the late session of the R. W. Grand 
Lodge of I. O. O. F. of Louisiana, will show the design of the present republication : 

Extract from tJie Grand Master^ s Report, dated Jamiary 2Sth, 1851, page 306 : 

" I would not be understood as urging upon you the suggestion which I am about to 
make, did I not seriously believe that the best interests of the Order, of which you are 
the acknowledged head, would be promoted by carrying it into execution. It is of considerable 
importance that your proceedings should be accessible to your members, and especially to 
the officers and members of Subordinate Lodges, a very large proportion of whom, I can 
assure you from personal observation, take unusually great interest in your proceedings, 
published from tirne to time ; the earlier pamphlets of which, being now nearly out of print, 
and a republication will eventually be necessary. The present, I am inclined to think, an 
auspicious time to take the matter in hand, as sufficient material has accumulated for a 
a volume of creditable size. I would, therefore, recommend, that the Grand Secretary be 
authorized and instructed to prepare, as soon after the close of the present session as 
practicable, not only the proceedings of the present session, but all the previous published 
proceedings of this Grand Lodge, with index, etc., including all extraneous and irrevalent 
matter ; and that the Committee on Printing be instructed to have at least one thousand 
copies printed and bound, in a neat but plain and substantial style. Should you see fit to 
concur with me in these views, I would also recommend, that the Grand Secretary should 
be allowed a reasonable compensation for the extra service thus imposed." 

Extract from the Report of the Special Committee, on the Grand Master'' s Report, in 
reference to tlie same ; page — .• 

" That so much as refers to the expediency of preparing a volume of the proceedings of 
this Grand Lodge, with index, etc., be referred to the Committee on Finance." 

Extract front the Report and Resohitio7i of the Committee on Finance, in reference 
to the same, which was read and adopted ; page — .• 

"* ^ * * * * * * * That after a careful examination 
of all the points connected therewith, they cannot but warmly recommend the measure to 
your favorable consideration, as being not only practicable, but necessary to meet the wants 
and wishes of the Order in this jurisdiction. ^ * * * * ^ *^ " 

" Resolved, That the Committee on Printing be, and they are hereby authorized and in- 
structed to contract with for the printing and binding of at least one thousand 

copies of the proceedings of this Grand Lodge, from December, 1846, to the end of the 
present session inclusive ; provided the same does not exceed one thousand dollars, 
estimating the work at three hundred and fifty pages, and, if more or less, to be charged in 
proportion." 



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INDEX 



Amendments to Constitution of Sub- 
ordinate Lodges offered 105-120 

Amendments to Constitution of G. 
Lodge proposed 114-120-124 

Amendments to Constitution of G. 
Lodge acted on 147 

Andrews, H. Porter, G. S. election of. 60 

Andrews, H. Porter, " report of. .79 

Appeal of S. S. Searight, of No. 12, 
dismissed 137 

Appeal of S. S. Searight, of No. 12, 
sustained and remanded 177 

Appeal of Dennett, of No. 21, sus- 
tained 202 

Appeal of Shepherd, of No. 20, dis- 
missed ■■ 279 

Appeal of W. K. Mcintosh, of No. 

22, dismissed for informality .279 

Appeal of Independence Lodge, No. 

23, dismissed 279 

Appeal of John Beaumont, of No. 9, 

dismissed 280 

Appeal of P. G. Mitchell, of No. 3, 

dismissed 280 

Amelung, J. A. of No. 11, admitted. 234 
Armstrong, M, " 6, " 313 

Allison, J. E. " 13, " 313 

Babin, H. V. " 7, " 29 

Brichta, F. " 10, " 29 

Brady, J. C. " 1, " 56 

Belknap, S. E. " 16, " 56 

Burns, H. " 17, " 56 

Bier,H. " 14, " 89 

Bier, H. " 14, elected 

Representative 93 

Bier, Henry, D. G. M., election of. , .315 



Bier Henry, G. Warden, election of. . 133 
Bensadon, J. of No. 15, elected Rep^ 

resentative 113 

Baily, G. W. R. of No. 16, admitted. 132 
BouUemet, V. " 22, " 132 

Bechtel, J. H. " 1, " 188 
Burdett, S. S.. " 9, " 188 

Bein, A. B. " 14, " 188 

Burner, Chas. F. '• 9, " 234 

Boevet, Philip " 10, " 234 

Barnett, Edward, " 19, " 234 

Benedict, W. T. " 22, " 275 
Belcher, J. W. " 14, " 276 
Bosworth, Wm. " 17, " 313 
Bowman, B. H. D. D. G. Master for 

District No. 5 287 

Bowman, Ben H. D. D. G. M. Dis. 

No. 5, report of 272 

Belcher, J. "W. appeal of, from Grand 

Lodge 353 

Blake, T. N. resignation of, as Grand 

Marshal 364 

Commercial Lodge, No. 12, report of. ..5 
Commercial Lodge, No. 12, resolu- 
tions of, relative to the G. Master. . ,21 
Commercial Lodge, No. 12, permis- 
sion given to reconsider vote 28 

Commercial Lodge, No. 12, report of. 28 
" " " 29 

« " " 55 

Reps. of.. 144-243 

" " report of 264 

Committees Standing, appointment 

of 5-239-264-320 

Committees Special, report of, oa 
Commercial Lodge .23 



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Index. 



Committees, Executive nominations 
opened , 36 

Committees, Executive elected 36-63 

Committees on Constitution and By- 
Laws, report of. .121-142-170-216-245 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to appeal of DeSoto Lodge. . ,59 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to action of Polar Star Lodge . 106 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to appeal of P, G. M. Wil- 
liams, fm Louisiana Lodge, No. 1. .108 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to G. Lodge of New York ... 108 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to appeal of P. G. R. N. Wood 
of Neith Lodge, No. 21 121 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to appeal of P. G. J. Font, of 
National Lodge, No. 18 121 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to communications from G. 
. Lodge of New York 122 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to resolutions of Delta Lodge, 
No. 15 122 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to change of Q. W. P 150 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to remonstrance of DeSoto, 
No. 7 182 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to communication of DeSoto, 
No. 7 ...183 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to communication of W. Van 
Benthuysen , 183 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to appeal of P. G. Macorry. .225 

Committee, Executive report of, rel- 
ative to appeal of Bro. VanBen- 
thuysen 225 

Committee of Finance, report of 

153-249-277-295-345-351-363 

Committee on Finance, relative to 
claim of Polar Star Lodge, No. 19.363 

Committee on Conference, report of. .173 

Committee on Petitions and Appeals, 
report of, 244-346-347-348 



Committee on Petitions and Appeals, 
report of, relative to bro. Straussen, 

of No. 29 353 

Committee on Petitions and Appeals, 
report of, relative to instituting 

Lodge at Vernon 356 

Committee on Elections and returns, 

report of 278 

Committee on the State of the Or- 
der, report of 289-322 

Committee on the State of the Or- 
der, relative to Polar Star Lodge, 

No. 19 351 

Committee on the State of the Or- 
der, report of, relative to communi- 
cation of Hope Lodge, No. 14 . . . .357 
Committee on Printing, report of. . . .357 
Crescent Lodge, rep' t of, 7-29-55-88-264 
" " communication from, 

82-101-102 

Crescent Lodge, Reps. of. . 144-243-274 
" " By-Laws of, sub- 
mitted 170 

Crescent Lodge, By-Laws of ap- 
proved 176 

Crescent City Degree Lodge, No. 2, 

, Charter surrendered 128 

Crescent City Degree Lodge, No. 2, 

granted 72 

Crickard, John-, of No. 1, admitted 29 

" Rep. of 45 

" " G. M., election of ...133 

" " G. M., report of 

265-303-313 
" " resolution of, in rela- 

tion to cards for wives and widows . 105 
Crickard, John, resolution of, relative 

to publishing magazine 113 

Crickard, John, D. G. M., election of . 133 
" " " report of .. 165 

" " resolution of, relative 

to National Lodge, No. 18 184 

Crickard, John, P. G. M., elected 

Representative to G. L. U. S., 360 

Crickard, John, P. G. M., resigna- 
tion of, as Chairman of Fi. Com.. .364 
Crickard, John, G. M., decision of, 
adverse to granting charter to St. 
Tammany Lodge 257 



Index. 



Crickard, John, Gr. M., decision of, 

appealed from 257 

Crickard, John, G. M., decision of not 

sustained 257 

Crickard, John, G. M., resolutions of, 

relative to Constitution of G. L 221 

Crickard, John, G. M., communica- 
tion of relative to insurance 291 

Cripps, T. of No. 14, admitted 29 

" " " Rep. of 45-57 

" " " Delegate to 

Cemetary Committee 74 

Cripps, T., report of, relative to Cem- 

etry..... 117 

Covenant Lodge, petition of, for a 

charter 37 

Covenant Lodge, institution of 40 

" " reports of 56-89 

" " Reps, of 144-243 

Constitution, consideration of, defer- 
red 6-8 

Constitution, articles of, read 10 

Constitution for Subordinates, com- 
mittee appointed to draft 42 

Constitution, action on portions of ... .63 
" for Subordinates, con- 
sideration of 65-69 

Constitution of Subordinates, adop- 
tion of 86 

Constitution of G. L., consideration 

and adoption of 326-327-328 

Crowley, D.B. of No. 13, admitted. . .56 

CunlilTe, P. G. " 6, Rep 57 

Cook, Thos. " 9, admitted... 89 

Cook, H. C. " 20, " 132 

" " D. D. G. M., appoint, of. . 143 
" " " report of. .. .191 

Carswell, Walter, of No. 8, admitted. 132 
Columbus Lodge, No. 24, Charter 

granted to , 167 

Columbus Lodge, No. 24, By-Laws 

of, submitted, 241 

Columbus Lodge, No. 24, Reps. of,. .243 
Columbus Lodge, No. 24, Report of. .264 
Christy, G. W. of No. 8, admitted. . .188 
Collins, C. B. of No, 4, admitted. . . .234 
Clinton Lodge, No. 27, By-Laws of, 

submitted 241 

Gushing, W. L. of No. 31, admitted. .275 
Crockett, J. W. of No. 1, admitted. .276 



Casanas, P. of No. 18, admitted 276 

Carroll Lodge, No. 31, By-Laws of, 

submitted 301 

Crossland, D. E. of No. 14, admitted. 313 
Chiapella, A. " 19, " 313 

Communication from P. Gs. Nixon 

and Swain, relative to G. Sec 360 

Dashiel, J. Y. of No. 8, admitted 3 

Dentzel, F. A., G. Sec, election of 4 

Dentzel, F. A. resolution of, relative 

salary of G. Sec 359 

DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, reports of 

7-29-55-89 

DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, appeal of 8 

" " " " amendments 

to Constitution of 8 

DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, action of G. M. 

confirmed, relative to 27 

DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, By-Laws sub- 
mitted 159 

DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, By-Laws ap- 
proved 176 

DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, dispensation 

granted to 180 

Delta Lodge, No. 15, charter granted. 17 
" " " " Constitution 

and By-Laws accepted 39 

Delta Lodge, No. 15, reports of . .55-264 
" " " " communica- 
tions of 113-197 

Delta Lodge, No. 15, Reps, of 243 

Dolhonde, P. G. of No. 13, admitted. .35 

" Rep. of No. 19 45 

Durant, T. J. of No. 19, admitted. . . .57 

Delesdernier, F. W. of No. 13, adm.. .94 

" " " " " Rep.. 104 

Dunlap, J. G. of No. 13, admitted. . .188 

" " " " " election of, 

to Board of Directors of O. F. H. 

Association , 237-321 

Dunlap, J. G. election of, to Board of 

O. F. Rest 237-321 

Dunlap, J. G. report of, as Director 

of O. F.Rest 324 

Doan, H, of No. 16, admitted 188 

Dirmeyer, J. " 17, " 188 

DeArmas, R, " 19, " 188 

Dix, Thos. J. " 8, " 234 

Dunham, J. E." 24, " 234 

" " appointment of, as D, 
D. G. M. of Dist. No. 5 246 



Index. 



Dunham, J. E. reports of, as D. D. 

G. M. of Dist. No. 5 271-309 

Dohm, Ed. J. of No. 24, admitted. .276 

Daniel, Peter, " 29, " 313 

Dale, Wm. " — , " 317 

" " report of, as D. D. G. M. 

for District No. 1 508 

D. D. G-. Ms., appointment of 320 

Emerson, C. M. of No. 12, admission of. ,5 
Emerson, C. M. report of, relative to 

communi'n from G. Lodge of Ala. . .91 
Emerson, C. M. G.Master, election of. 133 
Emerson, C. M. Grand Master, re- 
ports of. 165-189-212-231 

Emerson, C. M., P. G. M., resolu- 
tion of 317 

Emerson, W. of No. 22, admission of.89 

" " 22, Represent've 93 

Estlin, C. T. of No. 15, admission of. 104 

" " Represent. ..113 

Eagle Deg. Lodge, No. 1, chartered. .128 

" " " " By-Laws 

and Constitution of, submitted 253 

Eagle Deg. Lodge, No. 1, By-Laws 

and Constitution of, approved 258 

Etter, Jos. of No. 11, admitted 188 

" " " " election of to 

Board of Directors of O. F. H. Ass. 237 
Etter, Jos. No.ll, resignation of, from 

Board of Directors of O. F. H. Ass. . 246 
Ellis, R. M. of No. 9, admission of,. .313 

Finance Committee, report of 6 

Fontas, P. G. of No. 18, Representa've 45 
Fuertes, A. R. of No. 18, admitted. . .56 
" " '■' " Represent. .57 
Font, J., P. G, " " " 57 
Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, charter sur- 
rendered 100 

Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, communica- 
tions from, relative to return of 

charter 162 

Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, By-Laws 

submi tted ....>... 170 

Fulda, Julius, No. 10, admitted 132 

Foster, W. H., No. 12, " 132 

Forbes, D. B., " 17, " 132 

Fields, A. L., " 20, " 132 

Fosdiek, P. G., resolution of, relative 
to arts. 10-11 of Con. of Sub. L's . .141 



Fosdick, P. G., appeal from Crescent 
Lodge, No. 8, withdrawn 141 

Faulkner, R. C. of No. 11, admitted .216 

Fields, A. L., D. D. G. M. of No. 2, 
appointment of 246 

Fields, A. L., D. D. G. M. of No. 2, 
report of 271 

Fields, A. L., D. D. G. M. of No. 2, 
report of , 308 

Furneaux, Jas. of No. 13, admitted. .275 

Ferris, J. A. " 11, " 288 

" " G.Sec'y, 
election of 363 

Forms, adoption of 327 

Gans, D. S., G. M., election of 4 

" " " reports of 30-57 

" " " communi. of. .32-116 
" " " action thereon ... .34 
" " " dispensation of. 
Subordinate Lodges 43 

Gates, A. of No. 7, admission of 8 

" " " Representative of. .8 
" " " D. D. G. M., re- 
ports of 79-91-111 

G. Sec, notification of, to Subordi- 
nate Lodges 27 

G. Sec. authorized to countersign 
cards of wives and widows 124 

G. Sec. of G. L. U. S., communica- 
tion from 251 

G. Sec, report of, relative to funds 
and property of National Lodge . . 358 

G. Sec, office declared vacant 360 

G. Sire, communication from 32-70 

G. M. or D. G. M., authorized to con- 
fer P. O. degrees 41 

Germania Lodge, charter refused 47 

" " application for 
charter of, withdrawn 50 

Germania Lodge, charter granted. . . .208 

" " instituted 209 

" '• By-Laws submit. .214 
" " Representatives of.243 
" " semi-an. report of. .264 
" " By-Laws of, re- 
ferred to Special Committee 275 

Germania Lodge, By-Laws approved 290 

G. Officers, nominations for . 48-60-1 15- 

133-215-223-235-286 

" installation of . . . . 



Index. 



G. OfBcers, appointments for 238 

George, J. R. of No. 15, admitted .... 65 

G. L. of Ala., communication from. . .87 

N. Y., com. from . .106-112-173 

" Tex., communication from . .301 

" called meetings of. . 155-207-209- 

231-255-256-294-296-359 

" ofKy., communication from. . .162 

" decision of, appealed from, to 

G.L.U.S 258 

G. L., appeal granted by, to G. Rep. 

Mott 258 

G. L., officers of, for the year 1851 . . .365 
" D. p. G. Masters, for 1851 . . .365 
" standing com' tees of, for 1851 . . 365 
" Reps, of, from Sub. Lodges .-.367 
" semi-annual and annual re- 
ports of see Appendix, 

Goodwin, G. S. of No. 1, admitted 94 

Gomez, E. J. " IS, " 132 

Gibbs, R. T. " 26, " 234 

Geheeb, Chas. " 29, " 234 

Gerlach, J. " 23, " 313 

Gomez, E. J., admission of, refused. .313 

Grand Officers, installation of 4 

Herman, P. G. of No. — , admitted 5 

Hall Commissioners, election of, postp. .6 

" " report of 12 

Hall Committee, appointment of 9 

" " report of 145 

Haynes, F,, G. Sec. jJro tern, appoint- 
ment of 28 

Haynes, F., G. Sec, report of 29 

Harris, W. Representative of No. 6 . .57 
Hillman, G. " " 57 

Harmony Deg. Lodge, No. 3, charter 

granted 72 

Harmony Deg. Lodge, No. 3, charter 

surrendered 128 

Hammond, J. T. of No. 1, admitted. .132 
Hayman,Jno. " 3, " 188 

Herbert, W.W. "6, " 234 

Heistand, E. " 9, " 132 

Hoover, J. '' 13, " 9 

Hooper, G. Representative of No. 3 . .57 
Hope Lodge, No. 14, charter grant, to. . 16 

reports of 55-89-264 

" " Representatives of. 144-243 
" ■' communication of, ask- 
ing dispensation to confer degrees, .292 



Hope Lodge, communication of, rela- 
tive to expelling members for non- 
payment of dues 3-58 

Hope Lodge, No. 14, communication 

of, relative to suspended members. .292 

Howard L., No. 13, reports of. 35-55-264 

" " By-Laws of, accepted . . 107 

" " Representatives of 274 

" " amendments to By- 
Laws of, approved 358 

Hopkins, S., Jr. of No. 1, admitted. .234 
Hutchings, W. H. " 8, " 246 
Hunter, T. J. " 1, " 360 
Independence Lodge, No. 23, char- 
ter granted to 117 

Independence L., No.23, institution of. 130 
" " By-Laws of, 

submitted 141 

Independence L., No. 23, By-Laws 

of, approved 158 

Independence Lodge, report of 264 

" Repres. of ....274 
Incorporation of O. F. Hall, act of, 

adopted 156 

Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, reports of, 

5-29-55-89-264 
" " By-Laws of, appr.. 116 
" " Representatives of. 243 
" " dispensation grant- 
ed to, for conferring degrees. . .248-253 
Jefferson Lodge, dispensation re- 
fused to 261 

Jourdan, W. W. of No. 9, admitted. . .29 
Jones, Henry, " 7, " 313 

Jackson, T. H., "11, " 313 

Kneass, N. B, " 12, " 29 

" " G. Repres. election of. . .81 

" " G. Repres. report of 12 

" " Representative of No. 

12, election of , . .178 

Kneass, N. B. resolution of, relative to 
questions to be submitted to 

G.L.U.S 179 

Kamper, J. D. of No. 23, admitted . .275 
Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, reports of, 

4_29.^.5-89-264 
" " communication of .. .6 
" " permission grant- 
ed to, to elect Per. Secretary 8 

Louisiana Lodge, constitution of, adopt. 33 



Index. 



Louisiana Lodge, certificate of, rela- 
tive to P. G. Crickard 133 

Louiaiana Lodge, Repres. of ... . 144-243 

Lee, Chas. H. of No. 8, admitted 8 

" " G. Treas. election of. .236 

" G. Tr. reports of. .273-311 
" P.G.T. resolution of .316 

Lewis, E. D. of No. 6, admitted 65 

Lewis, F. " 3, " 313 

Lawrason, G. C. " 8, " 89 

" 8, Hepres.of. ...93 
Lodges, Subordinate, semi-annual 

reports of 132-312 

Lodges, Sub. annual reports of 195 

" " representatives of .324-352 
Lodge, Pacific, application for char- 
ter of 321 

Lodge, Pacific, instituted 355 

Carroll, No. 30, By-Laws of, 

approved 322 

Lodge, Templar No 16, communica- 
tion of 361 

Larue, J. C. of No. 13, admitted,. . . .132 
" " G. Repres. election of. . .297 

" " G. Repres. report of 300 

" " G. Repres. resolution of. 317 
" " G. Repres. resignat'n of. 360 
Lacey, D. D. G. M. No. 3, appoint- 
ment of 143 

Lacey, D. D. G. M. No. 3, report of, 

180-221-192 
Lindsay, W B. of No. 1, admission of. 313 
Leary, A. G. of No. 8, certificate of . .360 
Meeklns, J, S. Grand T'r, election of. .4 
MoKinnell, H. Grand Rep., election of. 26 
McKinnell, H. Grand Rep , certifi- 
cate granted to 27 

McKinnell, H. Grand Rep., report of. .73 
Magnolia Lodge, No. 20, charter 

granted to 62 

Magnolia Lodge, No. 22, institution of. 64 
Magnolia Lodge, No. 22, semi-annu- 
al report of 264 

Magnolia Lodge, No.22, Reps. of. 144-243 
Morrison, G. N. of No. 12, admission of. 56 
Morrison, G. N. of No. 12, G. War- 
den, election of 236 

Moore, P. G. of No. 3, Rep. of 57 

Malta, A. D. D. G. M. District No. 3, 
appointment of 244 



Malta, A. D. D. G. M. Dictrlct No..3, 

report of 271-309 

Maglone B. of No. 15, admission of. .188 
Maglone B. Gr'd Warden, election of.315 
Magner, S. of No. 19, admission of. .275 
Maunsell, E. of No. 3, admission of. .104 
Maunsell, J. E. of No. 3, admission of. 132 
Mayer, J. F. of No. 23, admission of. .271 
Mclntyre J.S. of No. 15 admission of. 234 
Mitchell, E. F. A. of No. 3, admis'n of.239 
Mitchell, J. A. of No. 15, admission of. .275 
Minister, R. H, ofNo. 12, admis'n of. .313 
Murray, T. of No. 12, admission of. .132 
McDufr,Wm. of No. 31, admission of.313 
McJilton, M. L. of No. 15, admis'n of. 132 
Mott, R. Grand Rep., election of. 81-236 
Mott, R. " reports of. 127-219 

Mott, R. " resignation of. .297 

National Lodge, No. 18, charter 

granted to 42 

National Lodge, No. 18, institution of. .44 
National Lodge, No. 18, semi-annual 

report of 55-89-264 

National Lodge No. 18, Reps. of. 144-243 
National Lodge, No. 18, communica- 
tion of, relative to the burning of 

Friendship Hall 290 

National Lodge, No. 18, asking re- 
turn of charter 350 

National Lodge, No. 18, asking diplo- 
ma for P. G. Aleman 290 

Nautilus Lodge, No. 28, charter 

granted to 199 

Nautilus Lodge, No 28, Institution of.206 
Nautilns L., By-Laws of, submitted. .241 
Nautilus Lodge, By-Laws approved. 242 

" " report of 264 

" " Representatives of .274 
" " communication of, 
asking dispensation to receive ap- 
plication from R. Johnson 292 

Neith Lodge, No. 21, charter granted 

to 51 

Neith Lodge, No. 21, semi-annual 

reports of 89-264 

Neith Lodge, No. 21, Reps. of. .144-243 
Neith Lodge, No 21, communica- 
tion of, announcing death of D. D. 

G.M.Walker 298 

Nixon, J. O. of No. 8, admitted 56 

Nixon, J. O. appeal of, to G. L. U. S. .68 



Index. 



ix 



Nixon; J. O. protest of, relative to 
special committee on G. Master's 

report 289 

Norcross, P. G. of No. 3, admission of . . . 9 
Olmsted, H.W. of No. 8, admission of. .29 
Olmsted, H. W. G. Sec- jiro tern., re- 
port of 112 

Olmsted, H.W. resolution of, in rela- 
tion to annual and semi-annual 

reports 119 

Olmsted, H. W. G. Sec, elections of, 

133,-236-317 
Olmsted, H. W. G. Sec. reports of, 

167-272-310 
Olmsted, H. "W. suspension of, re- 
moved 317 

Ogden, R. C. of No. 11, admission of. .38 
Ogden, H. D. of No. 8, admission of. . 132 
O. F. Hall Ans. communication from. 259 

Olff, P. G. admission of 72 

Order, rules of, adopted 327 

Orleans Lodge, No. 11, reports of, 

7-38-70-89-264 
Orleans Lodge, No. 11, J. L. Poalk, 

expulsion from 112 

Orleans Lodge, No. 11, Reps. of. 144-243 
Packard, T. A. of No. 17, admission of. 132 

P'aisley, J. of No. 3, admission of 29 

Patterson, E. A. of No. 16, admis- 
sion of 313 

Perseverance Lodge, No. 2, petition 

of, for reinstatement 42 

Phelps, A. S. of No. 9, admission of. . .5 
Phelps, A. S. resolutions of, relative 

to processions g 

Phelps, A. S. No. 9, Rep. of ,57 

Phelps, A. S. Dep. G.M., election of. .60 
Poalk, J. L. of No. 11, admission of. . .16 
Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, charter 

granted to 43 

Polar Star Lodge, institution of 44 

Polar Star Lodge, semi-annual re- 
port of 56-264 

Polar Star Lodge, Reps, of 243 

Protest, relative to decision of G. L. .137 

Processions, Order of 343 

Prescott, J. P. of No. 30, admission of .313 
Purves, Geo. of No. 12, admission of. .81 
Race, G. W. of No. 12, admission of. .234 



Race, G. W. of No. 12, chairman of 

finance committee, appointment of.. 364 
Rareshide, Geo. of No. 14, admis'n of. 275 
Reigart, M. J. of No. 15, admission of. .5 
Reigart, M. J. of No. 15, Rep. of. .36-103 

Relf, J. S. of No. 6, admission of 188 

Ricardo, D. I. of No. 15, admission of. .29 

Ricardo, D. I. of No. 15, Rep. of 36 

Rice, W. H. Grand Rep., election of. .297 
Rice, W. H. Grand Rep., report of. . .300 
Resolutions, offered and postponed, 

relative to Hall 7 

Reuter, J. E. No. 10, admission of. . . 188 
Rodd, E. W. of No. 14, admission of. .132 

Stewart, J. D., D. G. M., election of 4 

Stewart, J D., D. G.M., installat'nof . .5 

Stewart, J. D., G. M., election of 60 

Stewart, J. D., G. M., reports of, 

77-90-110-131-171 
Stewart, J. D., P. G. M., report of, 

relative to National Lodge, No. 18.197 
Stewart, J. D., P. G. M., appeal of, 

toG. L. U. S 362 

St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, charter 

granted to 5\ 

St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, institu- 
tion of 54 

St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20. report of. .227 

St. Mary's Lodge, Reps, of 144-243 

St. Mary's Lodge, allowed to parade 

with regalia 231 

St. Mary's Lodge, semi-an. report of. 264 
S trawbridge, J. of No. 1, admission of . . 56 
Strawbridge, J. G. Rep. election of. . .168 

Strawbridge, J. G. Rep. report of 219 

Strawbridge. J. G. Rep. seat of, de- 
clared vacant 297 

Southwell, J. of No. 1, admission of. . .56 
Shields, T. H. of No. 6, admission of. .56 
Shields, T. H. resolutions of, relative 

to ofEcers of Degree Lodges 199 

Shields, T. H. resolutions of, relative 
to conferring degrees on brothers 

from a sister State 294 

Shields, T. H., G. M. election of ... .315 
Shields, T. H., G. M. appeal of, from 
• decision of Eagle Deg. L. No. 1. . .321 
Stetson, H. G. of No. 14, admiss'n of. .5Q 

Stetson, H. G. Rep. of No. 14 57 

Stetson, H. G., D. G. M. election of. .236 
Stetson, H. G., D. G. M. report of 268 



Index 



Saliba, J. of No. 18, admission of 89 

Shaw, G. W. of No. 6, admission of. . . 94 

Shaw, G.W. Delegate to O. F. Rest, 
election of 2-51 

Shaw, G. W. Delegate to O. F. Hall 
Association, election of 321 

Shaw, G. W. G. Rep. election of 315 

Special Commtttee, report of, relative 

to report of G. Master, 

135-201-217-260-281-288 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to questions propounded by No. 11.135 

Special Committee, report and reso- 
lutions of, sustained 136 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to building a Hall 138 

Special Committee, report and reso- 
lutions of, relative to bros. using 
emblems of the Order 140 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to districting the State 142 

Special Committee, report of, on re- 
vision of G. L. Constitution. . .145-240 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to Hall 148 

Special Committee, report of, adopted-. 149 

Special Committee, reports of, rela- 
tive to appeal of S. S, Searight. .. .174 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to resolutions of G. L. of Ky 176 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to communication of G. L. of S. C. . . 197 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to Treasurer's account 1S2 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to disposition of G. L. lots 193-225 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to Degree Lodges 203-228 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to By-Laws, etc. of G. L 224 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
'to P. G. Hinch of No. 4 224 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to G. Representatives' report 227 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to communications from State G. 
bodies 282 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to communicatios of Hope, No. 14, . 293 

Special Committee, report of, relative 
to National Lodge, No. 18 349 



Special Committee, report of, relativa 
to G. M's. communication, recom- 
mending the establishment of new 

districts 352 

St. Tammany Lodge, No. 31, charter 

granted to 256 

St. Tammany Lodge, No. 31, recon- 
sideration of vote, granting charter. 257 

St. Tammany Lodge, report of 264 

St. Tammany Lodge, Reps, of 274 

St. Tammany Lodge, By-Laws of, 

submitted 275 

St. Tammany Lodge, By-Laws of, 

approved 277 

Swain, Rich'd of No. 8, admission of .275 
Sunderland, W. P. of No. 9, admis- 
sion of 275 

Stockton, J. of No. 12, admission of. .275 
Stockton, J. Representative of No.l2. 290 
Stockton, J., G. Marshal, appoint, of. .364 
St. Landry Lodge, No. 25, charter 

granted to 281 

Schneider, P. of No. 10, admission of. 313 
Slack, W. H. of No. 14, admission of. 313 
Sloan, J. S. of No. 15, admission of . .313 
Thos. H. Grand Warden, election of. ..4 
Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, report of, 

5, 29, 72, 89, 264 
Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, adoption of 

Constitution 20 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, suspension of. 49 
Teutonia Lodge, No. 16, report of 

Executive Com. in relation to 59 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, Reps.of. 144-243 
Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, application 
of, to confer degrees on certain 

brothers, not granted 259 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, communica- 
tion from, relative to the destruction 

of Friendship Hall 290 

Tyler, E. A. of No. 1, admission of. . . .5 

Tyler, E. A. of No. 1, Rep. of 8 

Templar Lodge, No. 16, charter 

granted to 24 

Templar Lodge, No. 16, institution of.26 
Templar Lodge, No. 16, report of 

56-89-246 
Templar Lodge, No, 10, communi- 
cation from 102 

Templar Lodge, No. 16, Reps, of 

144-24.3 



Index. 



Trippett, R. of No. 3, admission of. . . .56 
Thurston, T. G. of No. 8, admission of. 56 

Taylor, P. G., Rep. of No. 6 57 

Tyson, U. of No. 1, admission of 89 

Taintor, Morton, No. 12, admission of. 132 
Toucher, C. of No. 3, admission of. . .299 
Twybell, J. of No. 6, admission of. . .364 
Union Lodge, No. 6, reports of 

5-37-264-55 
Union Lodge, No. 6, Constitution of, 

adopted 23 

Union Lodge, No. 6, Reps. of. . . 144-274 
Vasconcellos, P. G., Rep. of No. 18. . .45 
Vaught, W. W. of No. 9, admission of. 56 

Vaught, W. W. Rep. of No. 9 57 

VanWyck, T. W. of No. 17, admis- 
sion of. 234 

Vigil, Gonzales A. of No. 18, admis- 
sion of 234 

Webb, P. G., of No. 3, admission of. .3 
Webb, P. G., of No. 17, Reps, of . . .45 
Washington Lodge, No. 3, reports of, 

5-29-55 
Washington Lodge, No, 3, commu- 
nication from 6 

Washington Lodge, No. 3, Reps. of. . 144 
Wetzlar, Jos., D. D. G. M., report of. .33 
Whitall, P. G. M., of No. 17, Rep. of. 45 
Whitall, P. G. M., resolutions of, rel- 
ative to the P. Gs. of Nos. 18 and 
19, taking their seats in the G. L. . .67 
Wheeler, P. G. of No. 17, Rep. of. . . .45 



Wilcox, P. G. of No. 3, Rep. of, 57 

Wood, P. G., of No. 9, Rep. of, 57 

Wood, R. N. of No. 21, admission of. .89 

Wood, R. N. of No. 21, Rep. of 93 

Wood, R. N., D. D. G. M. of Dis- 
trict No. 1, appointment of 143-246 

Wood, R. N., D. D, G. M. District 

. No. 1, reports of 166-191 

Wood, W. W. of No. 21, admis'n of. 132 
Wood, W. W. resolutio.i of, compli- 
mentary to Past Officers 325 

Wood, W. W. certificate of, from 

No. 8 357 

Waters, W.H., G. W., election of. .60 
Williams, H., G. Treasurer, election 

of 60-133-315 

Williams, H., G. Treasurer, report of. 80 
Willman, P. of No. 10, admission of.. 89 

Willman, P. of No. 10, Rep. of 93 

Wallis, J. S. of No. 11, admission of. .89 
Wright, P. C. of No. 16, admission of. .89 
Winant, W. of No. 12, admission of. .132 
Wilson, J. F. of No. 22, admission of. .188 
Watson, W. H. of No. 22, admis'n of. 234 

Wood Lodge, No. 26, Reps, of 243 

Wood Lodge, No. 26, permission 

given to, to parade with regalia. . . .253 
Whitney, H J. of No. 17, admis'n of. 313 
Whitney, J. H. of No. 22, admis'n of. 313 
Walker, R. A., D. D. G. M. District 

No. 1, ieport of 269 

Yeomans, W. T. of No. 8, admis'n of.45 
Young, C. J. of No. 10, admission of. 275 



ERRATA 



On reverse of title page, after the words "index, etc.," in is used for ea;— should read 
"excluding all" etc. Same page, in the iirst Extract, after the word "page" insert 
"319 " — also, in the second Extract, after the word " page" insert "345." 
Page 305, third paragraph, third line, should read also instead of "almost." 
Same page, fourth paragraph, fifth line, insert the word annual, after the word "last," 
so as to read " last annual" etc. 



PROCEEDINGS 



GRAND LODGE OF LOUISIANA. 



ANNUAL COMMUNICATION 



Grand Lodge Hall, ] 

Neio Orlea7is, December 22, 1846. \ 

The R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana convened at their Hall this 
evening pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution, and was opened 
in ample form, with prayer by the "Worthy Grand Chaplain. 

PRESENT : 

W. H. RICE, M. W. G. Master, 

W. HARRIS, R. W. D. G. Master, 

R. GRAHAM, R. W. G. Warden, 

FRANK HAYNES, R. W. G. Secretary, 
J. S. MEEKINS, R. W. G. Treasurer, 
J. CUNLIFFE, W. G. Conductor, 

J. D. STEWART, W. G. Guardian, 
G. HOOPER, W. G. Chaplain, 

and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

Minutes of last quarterly and special meetings read and adopted. 
Certificate read from Crescent Lodge No. 8, that P, G. J. Yellot 
Dashiel is a member of good standing of that Lodge ; the Past Grand 
being in waiting, and also P. G. Webb, of Washington Lodge, No. 3, 
whose certificate is on file, the G, L. and P. O. degrees were conferred 
on them. 



4 Proceedings of the [ Jan'y, 

On. motion the reading of the Constitution was laid over. 

The nominations for officers for the ensuing year were opened, when 
P. G. Dentzel was nominated for Grand Secretary, and P. G. H. Thomas,, 
jr., for Chaplain; no other nominations being offered the same were 
closed, and the Lodge proceeded to the election of officers for the ensuing 
year, which resulted as follows : 

P. G. D. S. Gans was elected Grand Master ; 

J. D. Stewart " " D. Grand Master ; 

F. A. Dentzel " " G. Secretary; 
J. S. Meeldns " " G. Treasurer; 
F.Thomas " " G. Warden; 

G. Hooper " " G. Chaplain; 

after which the same were all duly installed into their respective offices 
by the M. W. Grand Master, except P. G. Stewart, who was absent. 
The following bills were accepted and ordered to be paid : 

I. Bridge, Iron Chest, $ 33 00 

Hopkms, Seal Press, 40 00 

R. Wood, Armoire, 35 00 

Bulletin, Advertising, 100 

Committee, for keys of box at Morgan's, - - - - 5 00 

A report was read from the committee for fitting a box at Morgan's 
for the use of the Lodges^ which was adopted, and committee discharged. 
On motion, adjourned until the second Saturday in January, 1847. 
FRED'K A. DENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



ADJOURNED MEETING, 

Grand Lodge Hall, January 9th, 1847. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant 
to adjournment. 

Fresent — The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represen- 
tation from Subordinate Lodges. 

Reports from the following Lodges were read and accepted, viz : 

Louisiana Lodge No. 1 — Initiated 16 ; total contributing members) 
104; receipts, $622 39; per centage due to G, Lodge, %b% So. 



1847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. §- 

Washington Lodge, No. 3 — Initiated, 10; contributing members, 
78 ; receipts, % 579 26 ; per centage due to G. Lodge, % 39 98. 

Union Lodge, No. 6 — Initiated, 20; contributing members, 150; 
receipts, §673 58; per centage due to G. Lodge, $61 ^^. 

Jefferson Lodge, No. 9 — Initiated, 5; contributing members, 21; 
receipts, $166 98; per centage due to G. Lodge, $15 61. 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10 — Initiated, 14; contributing meml.iers, 3i , 
receipts, $ 270 ; per centage due to G. Lodge, $ 25 92. 

Commercial Lodge, No. 12 — Initiated, 33; contributing members, 
^^^:) ; receipts, $673 02; per centage due to G. Lodge, $64 87. 

The certificates of P. Gs.. E. A. Tyler, Reighart, Herman, Phelps, 
and Emerson, were read and accepted, and the P. Gs. being in waiting, 
the P. O. and G. L. degrees were conferred on them. 

The D. G. M. J. D. Stewart was now installed into oifice by the M, 
W. G. M. D. S. Gans. 

The Grand Master appointed the following Standing Committees : 
Committee of Conference — P. Gs. Montgomery, Harris and Simms. 
Committee of Accounts — P. Gs. Kirkland, Wheeler, Cunliffe, Brown 
and Brewer. 

Committee of CorrespondeJice — P. Gs. Dentzel, Haynes and Whitall- 
Boarcl of Managers — P. Gs. J, Wilcox, Williams, Natchtrib, Fos- 
dick. Wood, Herman, Sykes and H. Thomas, Jr. 

The nominations for Executive Committee were opened, as follows, 
viz : 

Louisiana No. 1, - - - P. G. Rice. 

Washington " 3, - - - - " Webb. 
Union, "6, - - - " Waters. 

Crescent " 8, - ■ - - " Andrews. 

Jefferson, '' 9, - - - " Phelps. 

Teutonia, " 10, - - - - " Cohn. 

Orleans, "11, - - - " Simms. 

Commercial, " 12, - - - - " Emerson. 

On motion of P. G. Williams, That this Lodge dispense with ballot- 
ing and elect viva voce, there bemg but one candidate nominated from 
each Lodge. Whereupon P. Gs, Rice, Webb, Waters, Andrews, Phelps, 
Cohn, Simm.s and Emerson were declared duly elected. ■, ■< 



6 Proceedings of the [ Jan'y, 

On motion of P. G. Hillmau, the consideration of the Constitution 
was deferred. 

On motion of P. G. Hillman, the election of Hall Commissioners was 
postponed until next meeting. 

Report of finance committee read and accepted showing that the G. 
Secretary had received from 1st January, 1846, to 22d December, 1846, 
and paid the same to the Treasurer, .... $1600 33 

Received by J. S. Meekins from former Treasurer, - 51 70 

$1652 03 
The G. Treasurer has paid, viz : 
For Gas, February 1st to November 7th, 1846, $229 95 

11 months' rent, 165 00 

Due bill to Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 , - - 100 00 

Due bill to Union Lodge, No. 6, - - - 150 00 
Orders, 591 30— $1236 25 

Leaving in Treasury, $415 78 

Report of committee to settle accounts with the Grand Lodge of the 
United States, read, accepted, and committee discharged. 

Report of committee to purchase notes of this Grand Lodge, read, 
adopted and committee discharged. 

On motion of D. G. M. Stewart, the thanks of this Grand Lodge be 
tendered to the said committee and P. G. Emerson for their exertions in 
closing said business. 

The following bills were then read and ordered to be paid — viz : 

F. Thomas, $ 69 62 

Committee of Arangements, - - - - - 159 36 
J. B. Marks, Notary's fees, - - - - 15 50 

Deha, 17 50 

Communication from Washington Lodge, No. 3, read, in which was 
offered an amendment to the sixth article of their Constitution, for ap- 
proval. On motion, the amendment, which was as folloAvs, "and elect a 
permanent Secretary," was approved. 

Communication from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, respecting publication 
of the proceedings of quarterly meetings and a reduction of the rent — 
referred to the executive committee. 

The following resolutions were offered by P, G. F. Thomas, whicli 
were, on motion of P. G. Fosdick, postponed : 



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Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 



Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to digest and recommend a plan of 
operations with reference to the building of the Odd Fellows' Hall, and all matters connected 
therewith. 

Resolved, That one Brother be added to said committee by each Lodge which has sub- 
scribed to the stock of said Hall, and that the committee be instructed to report within two 
weeks from this time, if practicable. 

On motion, the G. Lodge adjourned until Saturday two weeks. 
The G. Secretary acknowledges receipt of the following amounts : 

Wildey Encampment, No, 

Union Lodge, 

Commercial Lodge, 

Louisiana Lodge, 

Teutonia Lodge, 

Jefferson Lodge, 

Washington Lodge, 

$270 89 
FRED'K A. DENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



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SG 00 


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per centage. 


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" 12, 


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64 87 


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- 5Q 57 


" 10, 


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25 92 


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- 15 60 


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39 98 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 



Geand Lodge Hall, January 23d, 1847. 

The R.. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to 
adjournment. 

Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represen- 
tation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The following additional reports from Subordinate Lodges were read 
and accepted, viz : 

DeSoto Lodge, No. 7 — Initiated, 6; contributing members, 43; 
receipts, $173 49; percentage, $15 23. 

Crescent Lodge, No. 8 — ■Initiated, 12; contributing members, 123; 
receipts, $716 14; percentage, $67 06. 

Orleans Lodge, No. 11 — Initiated, 15; contributing members, 
53; receipts, $278 93; per centage, $ 26 05. 



8 Proceedings of the [ Jan'y, 

Certificates from DeSoto Lodge, No, 7, of P. G. Gates, and Crescent 
Lodge, No. 8, of P. G, Cliarles H. Lee, were read, accepted, and the P. 
O. and G. L. degrees conferred on them. 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, the second section of a resolution passed 
12th November, 1844, was repealed. 

Certificates were read from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, that they had 
elected P. G. Tyler their Representative, and also from DeSoto, No. 7, 
that they had elected P. G. Gates a Representative from their respective 
Lodges to the R. W. Grand Lodge for the current year. 

On motion of P. G. M. Rice, the consideration of the Constitution 
was deferred until a special meeting on Saturday three weeks. 

On motion of P. G. Phelps, 

» Resolved, That whenever it becomes necessary to incur expenses for a funeral or other 
procession in which this Grand Lodge and the several Subordinate Lodges of New Orleans 
:aud vicinity may jointly participate, the proportion of the expenses thereof, which each 
Lodge shall pay, shall be calculated as follows : One-tenth part of the whole amount shall 
be paid by the Grand Lodge, and the remaining nine-tenths shall be paid by the Subordi- 
li^te Lodges, each in proportion to the number of contributing members, as shown by report 

. to this Grand Lodge next preceding the time of incurring said expenses. 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be directed to present new bills to the several Sub- 
ordinate Lodges for the amount of their proportion of the expenses incurred on the 8th of 
January instant, in conformity with the foregoing resolution, on which he shall credit such 
amount as has been paid, if any. 

An appeal from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, from a decision of the Grand 
Master, in reference to Mr. Dufroc — read and filed. 

On motion of P. G. Fosdick, in the matter of the appeal of DeSoto 
Lodge, No. 7, in the case of Bro. Dufroc — 

Resolved, That, inasmuch as the decision of the G. M., in this case, has been confirmed 
and sanctioned by this Grand Lodge, the appeal from that decision by DeSoto Lodge, No. 
7, cannot, at this time, be entertained. 

Communication read from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, asking approval of 
;amendment to articles 7 and 8 of their Constitution. The amendments 
read thus : Article 8th to read — Every member of DeSoto Lodge, No. 
7, shall pay into its Treasury, for quarterly expenses, ten cents, weekly ; 
.that each member shall contribute to the Orphans' Fund ten cents, weekly. 
Article 7th to read — All officers of this Lodge shall be fined at roll call — 
.elective officers, fifty cents, appointed officers, 25 cents, unless they are 
absent from the Parish or from sickness of self or families. 

On motion permission was granted to Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, to elect 
a permanent Secretary. . ■ 



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On motion of P. G. Emerson, the resolutions offered by P. G. Thomas, 
at last meeting were taken up, and on motion adopted with the following 
amendment : 

Resolved, That there be a committee to digest and recommend a plan of operations with 
reference to the building of the Odd Fellows' Hall and all matters therewith connected. 

Resolved, That one Brother be added to said committee by each Lodge in the State, 
and that the committee be instructed to report at the next regular meeting, if practicable. 

The G. M. appointed P. Gs. F. Thomas, C. M. Emerson, and A. S. 
Phelps. 

On motion of P. G. Harris, the Subordinate Lodges were instructed 
to report to the Chairman of the above committee the name of their E-ep- 
resentative. 

The Lodge adjourned until Saturday, the 13th February, 1847, after 
receiving 

Per centage from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, - . $15 23 
" Crescent Lodge, " 8, - - 67 06 

" Orleans Lodge, "11, - - 26 05 
" Howard Lodge, " 13, - - 11 29 



$119 63 
FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec, fro tern. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, Feb. 13th, 1847. 

The R, W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to- 
ad] ournment. 

Tresent — -The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represent 
tation from Subordinate Lodges. 

P. G. Joseph Font, Concord Lodge, No. 12, Natchez, Miss., visitecS 
the G. Lodge, this evening. 

A certificate was read from Howard Lodge, No. 1 3, stating that P. G, 
Hoover was entitled to a seat in the G. L. Also, one from Washington 
Lodge, No. 3, that P. G. Norcross was entitled to a seat in the G. L,- 



01 ^ Proceedings of the [ Feb'y, 

The P. Gs. being in waiting the P. O. and G. L. degrees were conferred 
on them. 

The Constitution being in order, the Secretary proceeded to read arti- 
cle IQ; an amendment was offered to strike out "thirty" and insert 
"fifty" — carried, and to insert after "quarter" — "except Widows and 
Orphans' Funds " — carried ; the article being thus amended was adopted. 

Article 11, adopted. 

Article 12, section 1, adopted; section 2, insert "fifty" instead of 
"thirty" — adopted as amended ; section 3, add after " ofHcer," second 
line, "or some P. G." — adopted as amended; section 4, strike out 
"Grand Lodge" and insert "new Lodge" — adopted as amended j 
section 5, adopted; section 6, after " elected," second line, insert "signed 
by the N. G. and Secretary, with the Seal of the Lodge attached" — 
adopted as amended ; section 7, adopted ; P. G. Emerson offered the fol- 
lowing as Sec, 8 : " All communications and documents from Subordi- 
nate Lodges shall be signed by their respective Secretaries, and bear the 
Seals of the Lodges from which they respectively emanate " — adopted. 

Article 13, strike out in third line " and reported to the Subordinate 
Lodges " — adopted as amended. 

■ By-Laws. — Section 1, adopted ; section 2, strike out in third line " in- 
stalled " and insert "presiding" — adopted as amended; section 3, 
adopted ; sec. 4, insert " Subordinate" after " no" in first line — adopted 
as amended ; section 5, strike out the whole, and insert " no candidate 
for admission into any Subordinate Lodge, who has been rejected, shall be 
allowed to petition that or any other Lodge, until the expiration of one 
year from the time of his rejection, without a dispensation from the Grand 
Lodge" — which was adopted ; section 6, add after "session," "and 
no alteration of the By-Laws shall be made, except by a vote of two- 
thirds " — adopted as amended. 

E-ULES OF Order. — 1st, strike out "thirty," first line, and insert 
"fifteen" — adopted as amended; 2d, adopted ; 3d, add after "read," 
second line, unless dispensed with by a vote of the Lodge" — adopted 
as amended ; 4th, after " Constitution," in second line, add " except 
those who are elected'' — adopted as amended; 5th, 6th, 7tli, 8th, 9th, 
10th, 11th, adopted; 22d, after "it," in second line, add " and three 
members shall suffice to call for the ayes and nayes " — adopted as 
amended ; 23d, adopted ; 24th, added by P. G. McKinnell, " any mem- 
ber voting with the majority, and seconded by one in the majority, may 
call for a reconsideration" — -adopted 



1847.} Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 11 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, it was resolved that the Constitution be 
iaid on the table, to be read a second time at the next meeting. 

The following amounts were received from' the Subordinate Lodges : 
from 

Louisiana Lodo-e, No. 1, c'as, etc., 



Wasliington 

Union 

Crescent 

Jefferson 

Orleans 

Commercial 



3, funeral expenses, 

6, gas, etc., 

8, funeral expenses, 

9, " " - 
11, 

12, gas, etc., 



Ul 78 


17 


71 


58 


18 


27 


83 


4 


75 


11 


99 


36 


65 



■•; ■ • * ' $204 89 

On' rfioti'on, the G. Lodge adjourned to meet at the notice of the G, 
Master. 

F. A. HENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



V::: : . ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, February 17th, 1847. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant 
to adjournment. 

Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represen- 
tation from the Subordinate Lodges. 

A report from the Secretary of the Hall committee was read, and on 
motion of P. G. Rice, it was received and adopted. 

P. G. Emerson ofiered the following resolution, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the Grind Master and Grand Secretary be, and they are hereliy 
authorized to contract with Bro. P. Irwin, for the purchase of the lot ot land lying next 
west of the lot, now owned by this Grand Lodge, on Poydras street, at the price of five 
thousand three hundred dollars ; two thousand thereof to be paid in cash, and the balance, 
in three equal instalments, payable at one, two and three years, with interest at six per 
cent, per annum. The Grand Master and Grand Secretary to execute three promissory 
notes, pledging the faith of this Grand Lodge for the payment of the said instalment, paya- 
ble in one, two and three years, and to reserve, in the act of sale, a mortgage on the lot to be 
purchased, to secure the payment of the said notes at laaturity. 



i2 Proceedings of the [ March, 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, the farther consideration of that portion 
of the report, which relates to the purciiase of some portion of the lot 
adjoining the one owned by this Grand Lodge, was laid on the table. 

On motion of P. G-. Rice, the Gr. Lodge adjourned. 

F. A. DENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, March 3, 1847. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant 
to adjournment. 

Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represen- 
tation from the Subordinate Lodges. 

P. G. Norcross, of Washington Lodge, No. 3, being in waiting, the P. 
O. and G. L. degrees were conferred on him. 

The G. Master stated that the meeting was called for the purpose of 
receiving tlie report of the Hall Commissioners. 

The report of the committee was then read and accepted. 

On motion of P. G, Emerson, the following resolutions, suggested by 
the committee, were considered seriatem : 

1st. That the wants of the Odd Fellows in this city and State require a building which 
shall cover nearly the entire area of ground owned by the Grand Lodge. 

2d. That said building, including the thickness of the walls, should be about ninety-six 
feet long by at least fifty-two feet in width, four stories high ; that the basement be divided 

into two stores of equal width and not less than feet long, with a passage 

between them leading to the rear and second story of to feet 

wide, and a room on each side of the passage, of about to feet 

long, to be used in connection with the second story. That the second story be laid off into 
one room, to be fitted up as may hereafter be agreed, for concerts, balls, lectures, etc., reserv- 
ing at each end of the rear corners a suitable retiring or dressing room, one of which to 
contain a flight of stairs, commencing the ascent to the story above ; the third and fourth 
stories shall be divided into Lodge rooms, of equal width, with the necessary anti-rooms, etc. 

3d. That the Lodges and anti-rooms be fitted up by and at the expense of the Lodges 
and Encampments which may select them, the cost to be apphed to the rent. They also 
recommend, that each Lodge or Encampment, which designs to select a room in the new 
hall, should take up a weeekly contribution towards defraying said expense. 

4th. That the foregoing work, including the sum to be advanced on account of the lots, 
will require an outlay of forty thousand dollars, including what has been paid ; to meet 
which, the committee recommend the creation of eleven hundred shares of stock (in ad- 



i847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. \% 

dition to those already created,) at twenty-five dollars per share, to be paid for in four equal 
instalments : the first, on demand, and the others, at intervals of two months, commencing 
from the date of subscription. 

5th. Should the plan recommended, be adopted — That a subscription book for stock be 
opened in each Lodge and Encampment, under the superintendence of three, to be desig- 
nated by the Lodge or Encampment. 

6th. That the concerns of the building be managed by a Board of three Directors, to be 
elected from among the Past Grands, and to be chosen annually, on the third Monday in 
January ; the said Directors to continue in office until their successors are elected. 

7th. That the Directors be elected by the stockholders and the Grand Lodge. Each 
stockholder to be entitled to one vote for every share up to eight shares, and one vote for 
every additional two shares. The Grand Lodge to be entitled to the number of votes in- 
dicated by the outlay by them made : namely, one vote for every twenty-five dollars of 
outlay up to two hundred dollars, and one vote for every fifty dollars beyond that sum. 
The votes of the Grand Lodge, Subordinate Lodges and Encampments, to be cast by such 
person or persons as they, severally, may depute for that office. 

Sth. That the first election of Directors shall be held under the superintendence of the 
Grand Master at such place as he may select, as soon as six hundred share of stock shall be 
taken, and that a committee of three be then immediately elected by the Grand Lodge to 
carry the plans, to be submitted, into execution. 

9th. That so soon as the ground and building shall be free from encumbrance, a semi- 
annual dividend of the nett proceeds, not exceeding eight per cent, on the nominal value of 
the stock and the outlay of the Grand Lodge, shall be declared. 

10th. That the stock be transferrable only on the books of the stockholders, and prior 
to the transfer of any stock, notice thereof shall be given the Directors, and, in all cases of 
sale of stock, the Grand Lodge shall have the preference. 

11th. That should any instalment of stock not be paid within ten days after maturity, a 
proper written notice shall be given to the holder, and if not paid within ten days after 
said notice, the said stock may be declared forfeited to the Subordinate Lodge of which the 
holder is a member, or, to the Grand Lodge, if the holder is not a member of the Order. 

12th. That a strip of land lying next East of that owned by the Grand Lodge, from 
three to five feet in width, extending from front to rear, if possible, be purchased of the 
heirs of Rene Trudeau ; and, if a strip cannot be obtained the whole depth, we recommend 
the purchase of the same width, extending from the rear towards the front, as far as may 
be obtained for a reasonable price. 

13th. That all laws and regulations heretofore passed by this Grand Lodge, relative 
to the new Hall, and which are inconsistent with the foregoing resolutions, are hereby 
rescinded. - . ■ :•.,"■■■ '■' •; . 

The basis of the calculation in the fourth resolution is, as follows : 

Cost of land, say, $10,000 

Erection of the building, 19,000 

Ornamental front, 4,000 

Ornaments, connected with the saloon, 3,000 

Contingents, 4,000 

Total, -$40,000 

Stock — five hundred shares issued, (about one half sold) — amounts to $12,500 

Eleven hundred shares — proposed to be issued — will amount to 27,500 

Total, .................. ,— $40,000 



14 Proceedings of the [ March, 

The first resolution was read, and adopted ; second, adopted ; third, 
adopted; fourth, amended, by inserting " ttco tnonths'" instead of three — 
as amended, adopted ; five, six, seven, eight, adopted — on motion of P. 
G. Haynes, the blank was filled up with "three" adopted; ninth, tenth, 
eleventh, and twelfth, adopted. 

P. G. Emerson offered number thirteen, which was adopted. 

A communication from joint committees of the Siabordinate Lodges, 
on Procession — read, and accepted. . ', ^ , ; - 

On motion of P. G. Harris — • 

Resolved, That a Procession, in full regalia, take place on the 2Gth April next, and that 
the corner stone of the new Hall be laid on that day. 

On motion of P. G. Emerson — That the G. M. appoint a committee 
of three to make the necessary arrangements, and report at the next 
meeting. 

The G. M. appointed P. Gs. Emerson, McKinnell and Reigart. 

On motion of P. G. McKinnell, the Grand Lodge adjourned, to meet 
on the 15th inst. 

F. A DENTZEL, G. Sea-etcm-y. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, March 15, 1847- 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m,, pursuant 
to adjournment. 

Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Ofiicers, and a due represeja- 
tation from Subordinate Lodges. 

On motion of P. G. Fosdick — ' ' '' ' 

Kesolved, That the Committee of Arrangements be, and are hereby authorized to make 
all necessary arrangements for the approaching celebration of the Order, and to elect a 
Chief Marshal, to officiate on the occasion ; and report to this Grand Lodge. 

P. G. Rice moved a call of the Ayes and Nays, on the above reso- 
lution. . 
Which were ordered, and resulted as follows, viz : 
Ayes— Tyler, Sykes, Simms, Hooper, Hoover, Andrews, Kirkland, Whitall, Lee, 



1847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 15 

Moore, Vasconcellos, Phelps, Thompson, Armstrong, Wood, Bvickner, Fosdick, Stewart — 
IS Ayes. 

Nays — Wilhams, Herman, Milliken, Rice, Waters, Chambers, Cohn, Meekins, Harris? 
Cable, Mondelli, Dentzel— 12 Nays. 

P. G. Emerson, McKinnell, Reigart, Coleman and Hillman, were ex- 
cused from voting on said resolution. 

P. G. Hillman offered his resignation, as Grand Marshal, which was 
not accepted. 

On motion, the G. M. and D. G. M. were added to the Committee of 
Arrangements. 

On motion, • . ■ 

Resolved, That the committee extend invitations to the Odd Fellows in the adjoining- 
States. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

F. A. DENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



REGULAR QUARTERLY MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, March 23, 1847. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana convened at their Hall on 
Tuesday evening, March 23, at half past 7 o'clock, p. M., in Quarterly 
Session, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution ; and was opened 
in ample form, with prayer by the Grand Chaplain. 

PRESENT : 

D. S. GANS, M. W. G. Master, 

J. D. STEWAPi-T, R. W. D. G. Master, 

F. A. DENTZEL, R. W. G. Secretarij, 

, . • J. S. MEEKINS, R. W. G. Treasurer, 

D. WHEELEPv, R. W. G. Warden, pro. tern, 

H. H. HEDDEN, W. G. Guardian, 

O. E. Wn^COX, W. G. Conductor, 

GEO. HOOPEPv, W. G. Chaplain, 

G. HILLMAN, W. G. Marshal, 
And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 



16 Troceedings of the [ March, 

P. G. Poalkj of Orleans Lodge, No. 11, being in waiting, the P. O. 
and G. L. degrees were conferred on liim. 

Proceedings of the last regular and adjourned meetings read, and 
adopted. 

Certificate was received from Crescent Lodge, No. 8, of the appoint- 
ment of P. G. Mott as representative, vice McKinnell, resigned. 

On motion of P. G. Rice — 

Resolved, That the present Committee of Arrangements, for the Procession, be 
discharged. 

On motion of P. G. Montgomery — That the G, M. appoint a com- 
mittee of seven, and, that one be added from each of the Subordinates in 
the State, to make the necessary arrangements, and that the corner 
stone of the new Hall be laid on that day. Several amendments were 
offered, which were decided in the negative ; the motion was decided in 
the affirmative. 

The G. M. appointed P. Gs. Montgomery, Hillman, Emerson, Poalk, 
Tyler, Herman and Moore. 

On motion, the G. M. and D. G. M. v/ere added to the committee. 

A petition was read, from brothers T. O. Henderson, Henry Bier, H. 
G. Stetson, Thos. Cripps, E. W. Rodd, G. A. White, Geo. Rareshide, 
D. A. Bichel, and E. A. Flash, for a Charter for a Lodge, to be called 
Hope Lodge, No. 1 4, I. O. O. F., to be located in this city. 

Granted. 

The foHowing bills were ordered to be paid — 

G-as, $100 GO ^ 

Printing, 26 00 

Freight, on books, 1 05 

$127 05 

Received from Teutonia Lodge — for funeral expenses, 

gas and rent, $31 69 

Wildey Encampment, gas and rent, - - - 9 15 

$40 84 

On motion, the Lodge adjourned mitil Wednesday next. 

F. A. DENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



1847. J Grand Lodge of Louisiana. , 17 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lobge Hall, March 31, 1817. 

The R-. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to 
adjournment. 

Present — J. D. Stewart, D. G. M., the Grand Officers, and a due 
representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

A petition was read, from brothers M. J. Reigart, D. I. Ricardo, J. E.. 
George, F. H. E. Kneass, Jos. Hawes, Chas. T. Eslin and M. L. McJil- 
ton, for a Charter for a Lodge, to be styled Delta Lodge, No. 15. 

Granted. 

Commuication was read from Gr. L. U. S. on the subject of Education, 
Laid over. 

Communication from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, giving notice of the 
rejection of Mr. A. Taft. 

Communication from P. Gr. Gates of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7. 

Communication from Union Lodge, No. 6, giving notice of the rejec- 
tion of L. Roca, D. Casas, A. T. Ezekial and P. Herlin. Also, a re- 
quest for a copy of the By-Laws, etc., of this Grand Lodge ; and, also, 
instructions to their representatives, in regard to the six months term of 
office. 

Ordered to be ffied. 

Also, a communication from Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, for permission to 
repeal the eighth article of their By-Laws ; and that all fines, for absence, 
be repealed. 

On motion, the request of Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, was granted, and 
the alteration ordered to be made. 

The Constitution of the G. Lodge, being next under consideration, 
was read, and article six was amended, by adding '' Past Official De- 
grees." 

Adopted. 

A motion was made to adopt the Constitution, By-Laws, etc. : 

As amended, carried, and five hundred copies ordered to be printed. 

Constitutions were read, from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 ; Union 
Lodge, No. 6 ; and Teutonia Lodge, No. 10 ; 

"Which were referred to the following special committees, who were 
instructed to report at the next meeting ; 



1§ Proceedings of the ' [April, 

No. 1 — P. Gs. Andrews, Fosdick and Hoover ; 
No. 6 — P. Gs. Montgomery, Phelps and Hoover ; 
No. ] — P. Grs. Emerson. Gunnagle and Armstrong. 
The following resolutions were offered by P. Gr. Emerson, and were 
adopted. 

Resolved, That the first instahnent of the stock in the new Hall be called in as soon 
as seven hundred of the additional shares are taken, and not before. 

Resolved, That so much of the resolutions lately passed by this Grand Lodge, with 
respect to said Hall, as limits the amount of the dividend, be and the same is hereby 
repealed. 

Resolved, That a committee be appointed, with authority to borrow of the Subordinate 
Lodges, or, from other sources, if necessary, a sum equal to the instalment due on the 
land ; and that, if any sum or sums are thus loaned by Subordinate Lodges, they may, at 
the option of such Lodges, be considered as subscriptions to the stock in the new Hall, and 
that the committee pay, not more than ten per cent, per annum, for the sums so borrowed. 

Committee — P. Grs. Emerson, Montgomery and Reigart. 

Resolved; That a committee of three be appointed, to examine the books and accounts 
of the late Hall Commissioners, and to collect any amounts which may be due for old 
stock. 

Committee — P. Gs. Williams, Fosdick and Poalk. 
Received from Hope Lodge, No. 14, Charter, - - $50 00 



Do. 


" Delta " 


" 15, 


50 00 


Po.. 


" Crescent " 


" 8, Cards, = 


50 
— $100 50 



On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned, sine die. 

- . ; F. A. DENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



■ CALLED MEETING. ■ , 

Grand Lodge Hall, April 5th, 1S47. 

The Grand Lodge met this evening at half past 7 o'clock, pursuant 
10 a Call, from the following Past Grands, viz : 

Tyler, Pvice, IMontgomery, Fosdick, Macy, Hoover, Hilhnan and 
Milliken. 

Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represen- 
ta'tioii from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Grand Master stated that the meeting- had been called for the 



1847.J Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 19 

purpose of taking such action as it might see fit, relative to the proposed 
new Hall, etc. 

P. Gr. Fosdick, Chairman of the Hall Commissioners, submitted a par- 
tial report on that subject ; whiph was read, and accepted. 

When, on motion of P. 0-. Montgomery, it was 

Resolved, That the first instalment on the new stock be collected. 

The Ayes and Nays being called for on said resolution, the following 
was the result : 

Ayes— P. Gs. Williams, Hillman, Rice, Waters, Thisted, McKeen, Hoover, Wood, 
Fosdick, Andrews, Montgomery, Mondelli, Nachtrib — 13 Ayes. 

Nays — P. Gs. Macy, Coleman, Haynes — 3 Nays. 

Resolved, That the G. M., D. G. M., G. Secretary and P. G. Tyler be a committee to 
call in the first instalment on new stock. 

The committee previously appointed on the above, were discharged. 

P. Gr. Emerson tendered his resignation, as Chairman of the Committee 
on Finance. Accepted. 

The foUowmg P. Grs. were appointed a Committee on the part of the 
Gr. L,, in the proposed Convention of the Order: 

Tyler, Rice, Montgomery, Wood, Macy and Hillman. 

On motion. 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be authorized to call on the Lodges, in the city 
and Lafayette, for the census to the first of April, instant. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge closed. 

E. A. TYLER, G. Sec, pro. tem. 



CALLED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, May 14, 1847. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met this evening at half past 7 o'clock, 
pursuant to call. 

Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represen- 
tation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Grand Master stated, that the Grand Lodge had been called to- 
gether by a constitutional number of P. Grands, for the transaction of 
such business as might be brought before it, for the good of the Order. 



20 Proceedings of the [ May, 

The Committee on the Constitution of Teutonia Lodge, No. ] 0, re- 
ported, which report was accepted, and the following alterations pro- 



In article 2, section 2, the names of the appointed officers are written 
out in full ; we recommend, the initials be substituted. 

In section 4, of the same article, strike out the initials, " E. M.," and 
substitute, "P. Gr.," in lieu thereof. 

In article 3, nineteenth line from the top, erase the word, "reception," 
and substitute, " electioia.'' 

In the same article, sixth and ninth lines from the bottom:, strike out 
the following words, viz: " his petition shall not be acted upon, and." 

Article 12, section 1, twenty-fifth line from the" top, after the word, 
"Lodge," add, "room," so as to read, "Lodge-room." 

Article 19, strike out the whole of the last paragraph. 

Article 2, section 10, strike out all after the words, "the officer, so 
elected," and add, " shall serve out the remnant of the term." 

The amendments offered, were all approved by the G-rand Lodge; and 
the Constitution, as amended, adopted. 

The committees on the Constitutions of Louisiana Lodge, No 1, and 
Union Lodge, No. 6, asked further time. Which was granted. 

A communication was received from D. Gr. M. Stewart, acting Secre- 
tary of a general meeting of the Order, on 5th May last, with a copy of 
the resolutions adopted at said meeting. Filed. 

A motion was made to receive and comply with the resolutions ; it was 
amended, by striking out, " comply with ;" and passed, as amended. 

A motion was made, " that no action be taken on the resolutions ;" 
was amended, by striking out, " no ; " and passed, as amended. 

A motion to reject the whole, was lost. 

A motion was made to appoint ten delegates, to meet those from Sub- 
ordinate Lodges, in the proposed Convention, was passed. 

P. Gr. Coleman, desired to have his name recorded in the negative. 

The Gr. M. appointed on said committee, P. Grs. Williams, Hillman^ 
Phelps, Wilcox, Buckner, Cunliff, MiUiken, Harris, Sykes, Hyde and 
Turner. 

The Constitution of Hope Lodge, No. 14, was read; and referred to 
P. Grs. Coleman, Wilcox and Fosdick. 

P. Gr. Coleman, (at the request of Crescent Lodge, No. 8,) stated, 
that a person had applied to said Lodge, for admission, who had been 



1847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 21 

rejected in Union Lodge, No. 6, within one year ; and asked, in behalf 
of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, instrtictions from the Gr. L., regarding the 
right said Lodge had to receive said apphcant. 

A motion was made, tliat Crescent Lodge, No. 8, be aUowed to re- 
ceive and act on said petition; Provided, the unanimous consent of 
Union Lodge, No. 6, be first obtained. 

Tlie Gr. M. decided said motion out of order. 

P. G-. Coleman appealed from said decision. 

On the vote being taken the decision of the G. M. was sustained. 

On motion, tlie whole matter was laid on the table. 

A communication from Hope Lodge, No. 14, giving notice of the re- 
jection of W. T. BaUister and N. A. Young. 

A communication, also, from Union Lodge, No. 6, giving notice of the 
rejection of R. B. Davis. 

A communication was read, from the G-rand Sire, approving, 1^0 teni,-> 
the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. 

The G. M. made a statement, in relation to a difficulty that had 
arisen between liim and Commercial Lodge, No. 12; and presented a 
copy of resolutions, passed by said Lodge ; which were read, as follows : 

Commercial Lodge, No. 12, I. O. O. F., ) 
New Orleans, May 5th, 1S47. ) 

To the M. W. Grand Master of I. O. O. F., of the State of Louisiana : 

In accordance with your request, asking for a copy of certain resolutions, adopted on the 
7th and 14th of April last, in this Lodge, in regard to certain remarks made by you, of the 
same date ; and as per resolution of this Lodge, passed this evening, I herewith transmit to 
you the same. 

The resolution of the 7th reads as follows : 

[Co]}]/.] "On motion of P. G. Emerson, it was voted, that the N. G. be directed, 
through our Representatives in the R.W. Grand Lodge, to inquire of that body, whether the 
M. W. Grand Master, on visiting a Subordinate Lodge, has authority to set aside or sus- 
pend any article or provision of its Constitution or By-Laws, or, to issue any decree, or 
make any decision conflicting therewith." 

The resolutions of the 14th, are as follows : 

[Cop]/.] "Brother Emerson off'ered the following resolutions, which were unanimously 
carried. 

" Resolved, That the Lodge listened with regret to the charge made this evening, in 
open Lodge, by the M. W. Grand Master, that its proceedings were not characterized by 
harmony, good feeling and concord ; but that, on the contrary, its proceedings were charac- 
by want of harmony and fraternal spirit, and by feelings hostile to Odd Fellowship. 
'Resolved, As our deliberate declaration, that the proceedings of this Lodge have 



32 Proceedings of the [ May. 

uniformly been marked by harmony and good will, and that we are not conscious of having 
violated the great principles of our Order — friendship, love and truth. 

" 'Resolved, That we consider the rebuke administered to us this evening, by the M.W. 
Grand Master, as wholly unmerited ; and the stigma, attempted by him to be fixed upon us, 
is unjust and without foundation." 

Yours, in the bond of F. L. and T., '' 

L. L. BROWN, 
Secretary of Commercial Lodge, No. 12. 



The following resolution was adopted this evening : 

Resolved, That considering the communication of the M. W. Grand Master, this even- 
ing read, as a request, and not as a demand, the Secretary be required to grant said request, 
and furnish the copies asked for, not admitting the right of the M. W. G. Master to de- 
mand copies of our records or of our proceedings. 

Resolved, That the above resolution accompany said request. 
Yours, in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

L. L. BROWN. 



P. Gr. Rice moved that a committee of tlaree be elected, to wait on 
Commercial Lodge, No. 12, (if they deem it necessary,) and examine 
the books of said Lodge, and that said committee have power to call be- 
fore them, the G. M. and officers of said Lodge, and any other member of 
the Order they may deem necessary ; and, also, to order from said Lodge 
or the Gr. M. any books or papers they may deem necessary for a fair 
and impartial investigation of the whole matter. 

Which motion was carried. 

The Gr. L. proceeded to an election. 

P. Grs. Stewart, Mondelli, Fosdick, Phelps, Montgomery and Coleman, 
were nominated. 

On counting the ballots, P. Gs. MondeUi, Stewart and Phelps, were 
elected. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

W. H. RICE, G. S0C., pro. tern. 



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SPECIAL MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, June 4th, 1847. 

The R. W. G-rand Lodge met this evening at half past 7 o'clock, pur- 
suant to a call by a constitutional number of Past Grands. 

Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represen- 
tation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The G. M. stated that the meeting was called for the purpose of de- 
vising ways and means for the payment of the note due ] 8th inst. 

On motion of P. G. E-ice, the Grand Master be authorized to raise the 
money necessary to take up the note due 18th June, 1847. 

Report of the Committee on the Constitution of Louisiana Lodge, No. 
1, was read, adopted, and the Constitution of said Lodge approved with- 
out amendment. 

Report of the Committee on the Constitution of Union Lodge, No. 6, 
was read and adopted — the Constitution of said Lodge was adopted with 
these amendments : Strike out 4th By-Law, and insert six lines of sec- 
tion 1 of the By-Laws of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 . 

Report of the Committee to examine into the difficulty of Commercial 
Lodge, No. 12, was read, accepted, and the Committee discharged. Re- 
port being as follows : 

To tJie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The committee to investigate the matter at issue between the M. W. Grand Master and 
Commercial Lodge, No. 12, Report 

That the difficulty seems to have originated in misunderstanding. A question arose in 
Commercial Lodge as to whether an application for membership could be reipanded to the 
committee of investigation after the Lodge had commenced balloting for the candidate, and 
before the result was known or even all the members had balloted. 

The M. W. Grand Master being present, was asked for his opinion, and being given to 
understand that all had balloted, decided that the ballot was final. 

A discussion ensued, which the committee are constrained to say was out of order and 
improper. The Lodge had the right to appeal from the decision of the M. W. G. M. to the 
Grand Lodge. The question of remanding was disposed of for the time being by the de 
cision of the G. M., which was binding until reversed on appeal by the Grand Lodge ; 
there was then no question before the Lodge, and the debate was out of order. And more 
than this, the G. M. being the head of the Order in the State, was entitled to more respect 
than to have his decision questioned before a Lodge. 



-24 Proceedings of the • [ June, 

The G. M. informed the Lodge that his decision must be considered as final, and that the 
debate was out of order ; the question of their right to discuss a motion to remand an ap- 
plication was debated, which debate was also out of order, there being no legitimate ques- 
tion before the Lodge. 

The committee are sincere in the belief that the M. W. G. M. has the good of the Order 
at heart — that he wishes to prevent innovations and to preserve order and harmony in his 
jurisdiction. Commercial Lodge, No. 12, we regard as an ornament to the Order in this 
city ; it is composed of men whom we all respect for their intelligence, moral worth and for 
their activity in carrying out the principles of the Order. The committee can easily con- 
ceive a case in which it might be difHcult to avoid or correct misunderstandings in a Lodge 
when there are many offering explanations, and with a view to prevent, if possible, such 
unpleasant occurrences and preserve harmony, beg to offer, for the consideration of the G. 
Lodge, the following resolutions : 

Resolved, That the M. W. Grand Master has a right to decide all questions which may 
arise in Subordinate Lodges, which decisions shall be binding until reversed on appeal by 
the Grand Lodge. 

Resolved, That it is an act of insubordination to discuss the decisions of the G. M. in 
Subordinate Lodges, or to pass motions or resolutions censuring the G. M. or the G. Lodge. 

Resolved, That the M. "W. G. M. has a right to call for copies of any resolutions or pro- 
ceedings of Subordinate Lodges, when he conceives that the good of the Order require it. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

by yours, in F., L. and T., 

JAlMES D. STEWART, ) 

A. MONDELLI, > Committee. 

AUGUSTUS S. PHELPS, ) 

On motion of P. G-. Coleman, the resolutions suggested by said com- 
mittee were rejected. 

A petition was read from Brothers Charles E. Hall, N. Montross, 
Thomas W. Barrett, S. E. Belknap, John L. White, G. W. U. Bailey, 
H. Porter, Andrews, P. C. Wright, James Wilson, J. A. Edwards, and 
Harmon Doane, for the Charter of a Lodge, to be caUed Templar Lodge, 
No. 16, to hold their sessions in the Hall of Crescent Lodge, No. 8. 

The G-. M. decided that the petition could not be entertained. P. Gr. 
.Coleman appealed from the decision of the Chair. When the vote being 
taken, the Gr. L. refused to sustain the decision of the G. Master. 

On motion, the petition was granted. 

The Constitution of Howard Lodge, No. 13, was submitted for ap- 
proval. The Gr. M. appointed as a committee to examine the same, P. 
Gs. Eice, Dentzel and Hoover; also. Constitution of Delta Lodge, No. 
15. The Gr. M. appointed as a committee, P. Grs. Pi.eigart, Sykes and 
Phelps. 

On motion of P. Gr. Rice the Lodge closed. ' ' ■ ' ' 

FRED'K A. DENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



1847.1 Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 25 



CALLED MEETING. 

Crescent Ha.ll, June 11th, 1647. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge met this evening at half past 7 o'clock, pur- 
suant to call. 

Present — The G-rand Master, the Grrand Officers, and a due repre- 
sentation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The call was read as follows : ■ ■ ' 

New Orleans, June 9, 1847. 
To tlie R. W. G. M. of the State of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F. 

Dear Sir and BrotheH : — You are requested to call a special meeting of the Grand 
Lodge on Friday evening next, at the Crescent Hall, on Camp street, at half past 7 o'clock. 
Yours, in F., L. and T., 

M. J. REIGART, P. G. 

H. WILLIAMS, P. G. 

J. L. TAYLOR, P. G. 

JOSIAH G. MACY, P. G. 
-. E. A. TYLER, P. G-. 

J. D. STEWART, D. G. M. 
J. L. POALK, P. G. 

On motion of D. Gr. M. Stewart the call was approved. 

A communication was read from Delta Lodge, No. 15, which was 
received, in reference to the election of officers for the ensuing term ; 
also, a letter from the Gr. Sire on the same subject, which was filed. 

On motion of D. Gr. M. Stewart, 

Resolved, That Delta Lodge, No. 15, be permitted to elect ofEcers for the next term, at 
the termination of the present. 

A communication was read from Delta Lodge, No. 15, praying for a 
dispensation to confer degrees on H. H. Dentzel — granted. 

A communication from Commercial Lodge, No. 12, was read, asking 
for a dispensation to confer degrees on Mr. Cochran, an individual to be 
admitted a member of that Lodge — refused. 

On motion of P. Gr. Grunnagle, . , 

Whereas, It frequently occurs that much time and attention of this Grand Lodge \s 
unprofitably occupied in considering, revising, amending and approving the Constitutions 
of Subordinate Lodges, that might be employed more advantageously ; be it 

Resolved, That a committee be appointed by this Grand Lodge from among its membert: 
to draft a general Constitution for the Government of all the Subordinate Lodges under its 
jurisdiction, leaving to each Subordinate Lodge the right of adopting such By-Laws as will 



26 Proceedings of the [June, 

not in any manner conflict with the general Constitution adopted by this G-. Lodge, together 
with a code of parliamentary rules, which shall not be rescinded or suspended unless by the 
affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members, in good standing, present. 

Resolved, That from and after the first meeting of each Subordinate Lodge, (in the 
State of Louisiana,) in the year 1848, the Constitution and rules sliall go in full force and 
efiect. 

On motion, these resolutions were laid on the table. 

On motion, that the G. Lodge nominate a Grand Representative ; P. 
Gs. McKinnell, F. Thomas, jr., and Emerson, were nominated. 

On motion df P. G. E-ice, That it is mexpedient to send a Grand 
Representative to the Grand Lodge of the United States this year. Lost. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge proceeded to elect a Grand Representa- 
tive ; when, after balloting, P. Gr. McKinnell was elected Grrand Repre- 
sentative for this term. 

On motion, to reconsider the vote in reference to Commercial Lodge, 
]^o. 12. Carried. 

Motion made to grant permission to Commercial Lodge, No. 12, to 
initiate Mr. Cochran and confer degrees. Lost. 

Motion to permit Commercial Lodge, No. 12, to initiate Mr. Cochran 
on the night of his application. Granted. 

P. G. Wilcox offered the following resolution : 

Resolved, That no credentials be granted to any Grand Representative elected by this 
Grand Lodge on any night but that of a regular meeting, until the legality of such election 
shall have been decided by the Grand Sire of the United States. 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be instructed to forward this resolution to the 
Grand Sire, with the first section of article third of the Constitution. 

On motion, was laid on the table. 
On motion, the Lodge closed. 

WM. H. RICE, G. Secretary, pro tern. 



On Monday, the 14th day of June, 1847, in the Hall of the Cresent 
Lodge, No. 8, on Camp street, the M. W. G. M. D. S. Gans installed 
and opened Templar Lodge, No. 16, with the solemnity required by the 
occasion; 

FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec, pro tern. 



1847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 27 



CALLED MEETING. 

Gkand Lodge Hall, July 17th, 1847. 
The R-. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant 
to call. 

Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represen- 
tation from Subordmate Lodges, 

The call for the meeting Avas read as follows, viz : 

New Orleans, July 9th, 1847. 
The undersigned, members of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, ask that a special meeting 
of that body be called on Saturday, the 17th of July, 1847, at Grand Lodge Hall, at 6 
o'clock, P. M., for the purpose of conferring the G. L. and side degrees on such candidates 
as may present themselves, and for the transaction of such other business as may come 
before it. 

To the Grand Master of Louisiana. 

H. H. McCORRY, 
J. H. BROWN, 
P. B. BUCKNER, 
W. H. WATERS, 
CHAS. M. EMERSON, 
JOHN HOOVER, 
J. L. POALK. 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, the call was approved. 

On motion of P. G. McElinnell, the proceedings of the last meeting 
were read and adopted. 

On motion of P. G. Rice, That a certificate be granted to P. G. 
McKinnell as representative of this Grand Lodge to the Grand Lodge 
of the United States, in accordance with the Constitution of the Grand 
Lodge of the United States, 

A Communication was read from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, respecting 
holding a procession and dedicating their new Hall. Accepted and filed. 

The G. M. stated that he had granted a dispensation to DeSoto Lodge, 
No. 7, to hold a procession on the 9th of August, 1847. The Grand 
Lodge confirmed the action of the G. Master, respecting DeSoto Lodge, 
No. 7. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the G. Secretary notify the Subordinate Lodges of the same. 

The G. Master stated, that in consequence of the sickness and absence 
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28 . Proceedings of the [July, 

of the G. Secretary, Dentzel, he had appointed P. G. Haynes to act in 
his place. The G. L. confirmed the action of the G. M. respecting the 
same. On motion, 

Resolved, That Commercial Lodge, No. 12, be permitted to reconsider their vote electing 
Mr. Parks and Mr. Glenn. 

Bill of P. G. Cohn, of twenty-five dollars, for printing Constitution, 
was accepted and ordered to be paid. 
On motion, 

Resolved, That an order be drawn for seventy dollars, payment of expenses of celebration. 

On motion of P. Gr. Emerson, 

Resolved, That the Gc. Secretary be ordered to certify to any communication from the 
General Relief Committee of the Subordinate Lodges in other States, advising them of 
relief extended to their members. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge closed after receiving 

Per centage of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, - - $165 28 

" " Delta Lodge, No. 15, - - 58 36 

Smidries, - - - - - - - 213 63 



$437 27 
FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec, ^no tern. 



REGULAR QUARTERLY MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, July 27, 1847. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana convened this evening, at 
their Hall, at half past 7 o'clock, in Quarterly Session, pursuant to the 
provisions of the Constitution, and was opened in ample form, with 
prayer by the Grand Chaplain. 

PRESENT : 

D. S. GANS, M. W. G. Master, 

J. D. STEWART, R. W. B. G. Master, 

A. S. PHELPS, R. W. G. Warden, pro. tern. 

FRANK HAYNES, R. W. G. Secretary, pro tern.- 

M. J. REIGART, W. G. Conductor, pro tem.. 

J. S. MEEKINS, R. W. G. Treasurer, 

J. COHN, W. G. Gtiardian, 
And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges, 



1847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 29 

Reports from the following Lodges were read and accepted, viz : 

Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 — Initiated, 45 ; admitted by card, 6 ; re- 
jected, 9; expended in relief, $384; contributing members, 131; whole 
receipts, $1500 77; percentage, $139 44. 

Washington Lodge, No. 3 — Initiated, 16; admitted by card, 2; 
rejected, 6 ; death, 1 ; withdrawn by card, 2 ; expended in relief, $ 195 65 ; 
whole rec'pts, $ 815 95 ; contributing members, 95 ; per centage, $ 73 70. 

DeSoto Lodge, No. 7 — Initiated, 7 ; admitted by card, 4 ; con- 
tributing members, 54 ; expended in relief, $ 10 ; withdrawn by card, 6 ; 
whole amount of receipts, $420 20 ; per centage, $29 41, 

Crescent Lodge, No. 8 — Initiated 33 ; admitted by card, 3 ; with- 
drawn by card, 14 ; rejected, 1 ; deaths, 2 ; contributing members, 143 ; 
amount of receipts, $1791 47; percentage, $165 25. 

Jefferson Lodge, No. 9 ^- Initiated, 33; admitted by card, 3; re- 
jected, 2; contributing members, 35; expended in relief, $10; whole 
amount of receipts, $401 45; percentage, $37 99. 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10 — Initiated, 24; admitted by card, 2; re- 
jected, 9 ; expended in relief, $ 30 50 : contributing members, 57 ; whole 
receipts, $ 857 ; per centage, $ 81 33. 

CommePv-cial Lodge, No. 12 — Initiated, 60 ; admitted by card, 13- 
reinstated, 1 ; rejected, 1 ; deaths, 1 ; withdrawn by card, 4 ; contribu- 
ting members, 124; amount of receipts, $1829 14; per centage, $176 70- 

Hope Lodge, No. 14 — Initiated, 36; admitted by card, 11 ; rejected, 3 ; 
contributing members, 48; receipts, $1009 83; per centage, $98 26. 

Delta Lodge, No. 15 — Initiated, 29; admitted by card, 12; rejected 
4; withdrawn by card, 1 ; contributing members, 40; receipts, $605 75; 
per centage, $58 36. 

Certificates of the following P. Gs. were read and accepted, viz : 
John Crickard, No. 1 ; J. Paisley, No. 3 ; H. V. Babin, No. 7 ; H. W= 
Olmstead, No. 8; W. W. Jourdan, No. 9 ; Brichta, No 10; N. B. 
Kneass, No. 12; T. Cripps, No. 14; D. I. Bicardo, No. 15, who being 
in waiting, the G. L. and P. O. degrees were conferred on them. 

Proceedings of the regular and special meetings were read and adopted 
with the following amendment : In the proceedings of 23d of March, 
1847, the words "Pelican Lodge" be erased, and "Hope Lodge" 
inserted in its place. 

On motion of D. G. M. Stewart, That the G. Secretary insert on the 
minutes, the institution of all future Lodges. 



30 Proceedings of tJie [ Jul y 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, That the blank of Committee on Con- 
stitution be filled up with " three " — carried. 

The G. M. appointed on said committee P. Gs. Andrews, Harris and 
Mott. 

The following report of the M. W. Grand Master was read : . , 

REPORT. 

New Orleans, July 26th, 1S47. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Louisiana : 

Pursuant to the 4th aiticle of your Constitution, I lay before yonr Honorable Body a 
report of my official acts since the last regular meeting, and the state of the Order under 
your jurisdiction. 

"We owe praise and gratitude to the beneficent Grand Master of the Universe for the 
uninterupted health and various other blessings with which He has thought proper to bless 
our beloved Order in this State. And it is a matter of fact and true felicitation that in pro- 
portion to the number of Brethren in the city, very few have been subject to those evils 
■which human flesh is heir to. 

Let us, therefore, beseech and pray Him who does all for the best, to bestow the same 
blessings on the Brethren of the Order in time to come. 

In regard to numbers, the Order in this city has been, since the last six months, that 
prosperous that there is nothing left to be wished for ; and the Lodges, with few exceptions, 
I am happy to say, have gone on harmoniously and peaoeabl}^, and distributed the blessings 
of Benevolence and Charity, I am persuaded to believe, to the extent of their abihties. 

It is reasonable to suppose that the great addition of new members to the Order in so 
short a time, carries with itself the impossibility for these, at least the greatest part of them, 
to possess, so soon, the proper knowledge of Odd Fellowship, its laws, regulations, ancient 
customs and usages. And if it is already proverbial that many heads make many minds, so 
it must necessarily follow that occasional difTerences of opinion in the various Lodges must 
arise, leading, occasionallj^, to errors, which I sincerely believe do not proceed from the 
heart. But at the same time, and owing to the same cause, I must confess, it is connected 
with considerable difficulty to exercise that "supervision " over the Order, which is made 
the duty of the Grand Master by your Constitution and the general laws of the Order, 
during the recess of the Grand Lodge, for the purpose to watch over and see that no en- 
croachments are made on the laws of the State, as well as the general laws of the Order. 
It is left to your knowledge of all matters appertaining to Odd Fellowship, and your wise 
legislation to regulate the Order in this State, who really looks up to you for final information. 

In reference to the action of Comm.ercial Lodge, N"o. 12, and the action of this Grand 
Lodge upon it, in rejecting certain resolutions, proposed by a G. L. committee, which solely 
laid down, as I understood, the general law of the Order, I refer you to document No. I, a 
letter from the M. W. Grand Sire, whose opinion and decision I had solicited about the 
correctness or legality of the matter embodied in those resolutions. I also refer you to 
documents Nos. II and III, containing charges against Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, and 
Crescent Lodge, No. 8, and at the same time that I feel really and truly sorry that I a am 
under the painful necessity to bring those charges, I am happy to say, that the action com- 
plained of was had in the absence of all the P. Gs. of Louisiana Lodge, the G. Lodge 
having held a meeting on the same evening. 

On the 23d of April last I granted a dispensation to Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, to reinstate 
Alexander Dimitry, a suspended member, for non-payment of dues, subject to your approval. 



1847.J Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 31 

In regard to our two Lodges in the country, I refer you to the report of D. D. G. Master 
Wetzlar, accompanying this. 

In pursuance of a resolution of the G. L., passed February 17th last, I paid % 2000 to 
Brother Irwin, as part payment for the lot bought of him, and furnished him, in connection 
with your R. W. G-. Secretary, with three annual notes, each of $ 1100. The first of which 
falls due the 1st January, 1848. 

For the above purposes I received the following sums : 

From your committee to call in the instalment due on the old shares,. . .$ 1712 50 

From G. Treasurer Meekins 50 00 

From Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, first instalment on ten shares 62 50 

, From Brother Wm. Young, of Teutonia 6 25 

" " Wm. Eebentish, " 6 25 

$ 1837 50 
Advanced by me 162 50 

$2000 00 
For which I take the liberty of laying before you my bill to that eiiect. 

On the 24th of last month I succeeded, in accordance with your resolution, dated June 
4th, 1847, of prolonging the note of S 1210, for three months, instead of six, as before, being 
confident, that ere that time, such measures will be taken by j'ou and the Order, generally, 
to insure the prompt payment of it in due time. The cost of prolonging it, § S2 50, I also 
received from the above mentioned committee. 

Before concluding this report, allow me to direct your attention to the following recom- 
mendations : 

1. To confer upon and make it the duty of the " General Relief Committee,'' to take 
charge of transient sick Brothers, and superintend funerals of the same. 

2. The existence of Degree Lodges, being recognized by the G. Lodge of U. S. I 
would recommend the establishment of such a one, for the purpose of bringing about a 
uniformity in giving the degrees, besides, saving a good deal of time to those who give the 
degrees at present. 

3. To form an uniform or general Constitution for the government of Subordinate Lodges 
under your jurisdiction. Although this matter has been before brought before you, I think 
it deserves more consideration than it has received, having been proposed at a special meet- 
ing and disposed of without any debate. I need only refer you to the action of the G. 
Lodges of most all the other States, who have adopted such a Constitution, some of them 
the oldest in Odd Fellowship, to convince j-ou that this subject has been well discussed 
and found highly convenient and proper for the Subordinate as well as the G. Lodges. 

4. I have to direct your earnest attention to the plan of building a Hall, and particularly 
to devise means to meet promptly the payment of those notes, now in the hands of others 
against the Grand Lodge. 

The plan proposed last February by the joint committee of the Lodges, and adoptod by 
you, having in its operation failed to bring about the desifed end, I would suggest to the 
G. L. the propriety of electing a Board of Hall Commissioners or Directors, for the purpose 
of superintending the sale of stock, furnish the shareholder with proper certificates, and 
other business appertaining to it, which you may think fit to charge them with. 

There are two points yet which it would be well for you to decide. Firstly — If it requires 
a final Card for a Brother to join another Lodge ? This has lately been doubted by some 
of the Lodges or Brothers ; and secondly — If a Candidate, who has received, at the first 



32 Proceedings of the "' [ July, 

and second ballot, one black ball, lias, at the meeting following, to be declared elected, in 
case the Brother thus balloting did not make his reasons known to the N. G. ? or does it 
still take a third ballot? 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

in the bonds of F., L. and T., 

D. S. GANS, G-. M. 

Office of Grand Sire, I. O. O. F., I 

Cincinnati, June 22, 1847. 5 
i)r. D. S. Gans, Grand Master of Louisiana, New Orleans : 

Dear Sir and Brother : — Your favor of 8th inst., came to hand in due course of mail, 
I understand you to submit for my opinion, the legality of the opinions embodied in the resolu- 
tions of the committee of theG.L. of Louisiana, in relation to the course of Commercial Lodge. 
I consider, that during the recess of a State Grand Lodge the Grand Master has the right 
to decide all points of law, and that his decisions are binding until reversed by the action 
of his Grand Lodge. It is, in my opinion, improper in a Subordinate Lodge to censure a 
Grand Master or Grand Lodge of the same jurisdiction, but I would not deem it an act of 
insubordination. A Grand Master has the right to call for copies of resolutions or pro- 
ceedings of Subordinate Lodges, whenever he may deem it proper to do so. 
Yours, truly, 

THOS. SHERLOCK, G. S. 

New Orleans, July 26, 1847. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge, L O. O.F., of Louisiana: 

Brothers: — I charge Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, of actions highly improper and illegal 
for a Subordinate Lodge. 

First. For having assumed a power and authority solely vested in this R. W. G. Lodge, 
in investigating and judging the conduct and acts of a Grand officer. 

Second. For censuring, by resolution spread on their minutes, the Chief olEcer of the 
.Grand Lodge of the State. 

Third. For grossly insulting the Grand Master, by charging him unjustly and contrary 
;to truth, friendship and love, that he is not actuated by the principles of benevolence and 
charity. 

Fourth. For insulting Bro. Gans, also, in his character as a private member of the 
Order, in denying to him the principles of benevolence and charity. 

Fifth. For having not only spread on their minutes, the resolutions containing these un- 
brotherly and uncharitable feelings, but, also, for sending them to all the Subordinate 
Lodges m the city, instigating and tempting them to adopt the same. 

Crescent Lodge, No. 8, haviug, in consequence of it, thought fit to concur in the feeling 
expressed in the referred to resolutions, I charge therefore, also. Crescent Lodge, No. 8, 
with the same, except the first specification. 

You are respectfully referred to the accompanying documents, a certified copy of the 
action of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, referred to — as procured from her, for your perusal and 
consideration. 

Leaving this affair to your wise and prompt action, 
I have the honor to be, 

Yours, in the bonds of F. L. and T., 

D. S. GANS, G. Master: 



J:847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. ZZ 

Bayou Sara, July 21, 1847. 
To D. S. Gans, Esq., M. W. G. Master, G. L., State of Louisiana : 

Dear Sir and Brother: — In fulfilling my duty, to give you a report from the Lodges 
of my District, I regret that I must observe that Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, has not yet 
recovered from the downfall she received last year ; there were new officers elected last 
term, but there was no election for this term, owing to the absence of so many members : 
there is not a quorum of members in our little village at present, and the country members 
have not been able to attend, on account of the water and weather, and must hope that in 
due season they may rally again. 

Some of the members would prefer, if the M. W. Grand Lodge would grant them, a nev/ 
Charter. Nevertheless, when the true principles of Odd Fellowship are in question, the 
brothers of F. L. will do their duty ; few as they are now they have distributed, last term^ 
$40 for the relief of a widow. If my news from F. L. were of a gloomy cast, I am happy 
to say that those of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, are of the brightest nature. This Lodge is 
doing very well, always increasing, and numbers between fifty and sixty members. I have 
visited them twice,^ and, each time, it has aflTorded me great satisfaction. 

Hoping soon to have the pleasure of seeing you in Baton Rouge, 
I remain, yours. 

In the bonds of F. L. and T., 

JOSEPH V/ETZLAR, D. D. G. M. 

On motion of D. G. M. Stewart, 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to distribute the subjects referred to 
in the report of the M. W. G. Master, to appropriate committees, with instructions to report 
this evening. 

The G. M. appointed P. Gs. Stewart, Mott and Phelps. 

The committee on the G, M's. report, made the following report: 

The committee appointed to allot the subjects referred to in the report of the M. W. G. M., 
REPORT : 

1st, That they recommend, that so much of the report as relates to the communication 
of the R. "W". G. Sire, be referred to a special committee of three. 

2d, That the charges against Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, and Crescent Lodge, No. 8, be 
referred to the Executive Committee. 

3d, That so much as refers to Bro. Dimitry, be referred to a Committee of the Whole. 

4th, That the bill of the G. M., for $ 162 -50, be referred to a committee on accounts ; 
also, all that has reference to the renewal of a note of $ 1240, 

5th, That the recommendation, to make it the duty of the General Relief Committee to 
take charge of sick strangers and superintend their funerals, be referred to a special com- 
mittee of three. 

6th, That the recommendation to have a uniform Constitution for Subordinate Lodges 
be referred to a special committee of three. 

7th, That so much as relates to building a Hall, be referred to a special committee of 
three. 

8th, That the questions, in relation to depositing of cards and balloting for candidates, 
be referred to a Committee of the Whole. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. STEWART, CfiMtman. 



34 Proceedings of the [ July, 

On motion of P. G. Hillman, the letter of the G. Sire, annexed to the 
report of the G. Master, was acknowledged, and received as an official 
document. 

On motion, the G. Lodge proceeded to consider whether the charges 
brought against Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, and Crescent Lodge, No. 8, 
were within their jurisdiction. 

On a vote being taken, it was found that two-thirds of the members 
present, had voted in the affirmative. The said charges were, therefore, 
declared within the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge. 

The Lodge now formed itself into a Committee of the Whole. 

P. G. M. Eice in the Chair. 

On motion of P. G. Gans, the action of the G. M., in reference to Bro. 
Dimitry, was confirmed. 

On motion of P. G. Haynes, 

Resolved, That no Subordinate Lodge, under this jurisdiction, shall admit a member by 
deposit of a visiting card. 

On motion of P. G. Gans, 

Resolved, That when an individual applying for Membership, receives one black ball, 
he shall be considered elected, if the brother who put in the black ball fails to make known 
his reasons to the N. G, by the next meeting night. 

On motion, the committee rose. 

On motion of P. G. Stewart, the report of the Committee of the 
Whole was adopted. 

On motion of P. G. Hillman, 

Resolved, That the first suggestion of the committee, on the G. Master's report, be 
rejected. 

On motion of P. G. Hillman, 



That the second suggestion of the committee be adopted, and the subject 
referred to the Executive Committee. 

On motion of P. G. Stewart, 

Resolved, That that part of the thire suggestion of the committee, which refers to the 
account of the G. M. for $ 162 50, be rejected ; and the same ordered to be paid. 

The G. M. appointed, as a Committee of Accounts, P. Gs. Ricardo, 
Reigart and Stewart. 

On motion of P. G. Haynes that, that part of the third suggestion of 
the committee, which has reference to the note of $ 1240, was adopted ; 
and the same was referred to the Committee of Accounts, with full 
power to act, and draw on the Treasury. 



1847. 



Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 



35 



The Lodge adjourned, until Saturday, the 31st July, 1847, at half 
past 7 o'clock, p. m., after receivmg : 

Per centage from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, 

" Washington Lodge, No. 3, 
" DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, - 
Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, 
" Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, 
" Commercial Lodge, No. 12, 
Hope Lodge, No. 14, - 

$636 92 



$139 44 


73 70 


- 29 


41 


37 


99 


- 81 


33 


176 70 


- 98 


25 



FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec., pro. tern. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 



Grand Lodge EUll, July 31st, 1847. 

The K. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant 
to adjom'nment. 

Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Ofhcers, and a due represen- 
tation from the Subordinate Lodges. 

Report of Howard Lodge, No. 13, was read and accepted, showing — 
initiated 14, admitted by card 3, withdrawn by card 2, rejected 3, con- 
tributing members 57: amount of receipts $1009 30, per centage $97 92. 

Certificate of P. G. Dolhonde from Howard Lodge, No. 13, was read 
and accepted, the P. G. being in waitmg, the G. L. and P. O. degrees 
were conferred on hun. ■ ^ ' 

On motion of P. Gr. Rice, 



That extracts from the letter of the G-. Sire, so much as refers to his decision, 
relative to the action of Subordinate Lodges, be sent to the Subordinate Lodges in this 

State. 



-§g • ■ Proceedings of the .. [ July, 

The Ayes and Nays being called, resulted as follows, viz : 

Ayes — P. G-s. Stewart, Waters, Haynes, Relgart, Ricardo, Cripps, Kirkland, Crlckard, 
Cohn, Hillman, Harris, Rice, Mondelli, Moore, and Vasconcellos — 15 Ayes. 

Nays — P. G-s. Brown, Buckner, Meekins and Wood — 4 Nays. 

On motion of P. Gr. M. Mondelli, it was '* ' ' . 

Resolved, That nominations be opened for Executive Committee, . ' , 

When the following P. Grs. were nominated, viz : Mondelli, Hillman, 
Cohn, Cripps, Olmstead and Emerson. 

The nominations being closed, the Lodge proceeded to ballot, when 
the following P. Gs. were elected Executive Committee for the current 
year, viz : 

P. G-s. Mondehi, Hillman, Cohn, Cripps and Emerson. 

Certificate read from Delta Lodge, No. 15, of the appointment of P. Gs. 
Reigart and Ricardo as Representatives of that Lodge to the Gr. L. 

Accepted and ordered to be filed. 

Communication read, from Delta Lodge No. 15, asking a dispensation 
to confer degrees on Brothers Richardson and Magloue, Granted. 

Communication read, from Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, for permission to 
hold meetings in their new Hall, until the same be dedicated. 

On motion of P. G. Rice, 

Resolved, That permission be granted to Jefferson Lodge No. 9, to hold meetings in 
their new room, if the G. M. or D. G. M., on examination, find the same proper. 

The Lodge adjourned until Thursday the 5th August, 1847, at half 
past 7 o'clock, p, m., after receiving per centage from Howard Lodge, 

No. 13»-$97 92. ;■/.,,;,:,_ ; , , . ■; :, ,,: ., .,; .:.j. :■.",::.;. ■:! 

. . .. . .... -■ .^^-^ FRANK HAYNES, G, Sec, pro tern,- 



i847.j Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 37 



^. . r ,, ADJOURNED MEETING. ' j^, ^ , 

Grand Lodge Hall, August 5, 1847. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge met this day, at 5 o'clock, p, m. 
Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due repre- 
sentation from Subordinate Lodges. , , ' 

On motion of P. G. Rice, ■ ' 

Resolved, That the suggestion of the G. M. to establish a Degree Lodge, be not con- 
curred in. 

On motion of P. G. Rice, 

Resolved, That the suggestion of the committee to refer the matter of framing a Con- 
stitution and By-Laws, for the government of subordinate Lodges in this State, to a com- 
mittee of three, be adopted, and the committee appointed. 

The G. M. appointed on said committee, P. Gs. Haynes, Ricardo and 
Emerson. 

Report of Union Lodge, No. 6, was read and accepted, showing — 
Initiated 23, withdrawn by card 13, rejected 9, contributing members 171: 
amount of receipts $1165 — per centage $105 53. 

On motion of P. G. Stewart, 

Resolved, That the suggestion of the committee, in reference to making it the duty of 
the General Relief Committee to attend and superintend the burial of strangers, be adopted, 
and the committee appointed. 

The G. M. appointed P. Gs. Stewart, Brichta and Wilcox. 

On motion of P. G. Pvice, the suggestion of the Committee in reference 
to building a Hall was adopted, and a committee appointed. 

The G. M. appointed on said committee, P. Gs. Haynes, Reigart and 
Brichta. 

Petition read from Bros. C. W. Whithall, Daniel Wheeler, R. C.Webb, 
J. Pasley, H. Burns,- G. Andrews, D. B. Forbes, W. Lucas, T. A. Pack- 
ard, and S. W. Wagganer, for the Charter of a Lodge, to be called 
Covenant Lodge, No, 17, to hold its sessions in the Third Municipality, 
New Orleans. 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, ^. .'/,' 

Resolved, That the proceedings of the Grand Lodge, from the 22d of December) 1846) 
be published in a pamphlet form. 



38 Po-oceedings of the ' [ Axjg., 

On motion of P. G. E-ice,. 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to superintend the publishing of 
such extracts from the proceedings of this Grand Lodge as they may think proper, without 
submitting the same to the Grand Lodge. 

The G. M. appointed on this committee, P. Gs. Stewart, Haynes and 
Hilhuan. 

Report of Orleans Lodge, No. 11, read and accepted, showing — initi- 
ated 30, admitted by card 7, rejected 1, contributing members 86 : amoimt 
of receipts $1231 61, percentage $118 82. 

Certificate from Orleans Lodge, No. 11, of P. G. R. C. Ogden ; read 
and filed. 

P. G. Ogden being in waiting, the G. L. and P. O. degrees were con- 
ferred on him. 

On motion of P. Gr. Brown, the committee to print proceedings of tlie 
G. Lodge, were ordered to have three hundred copies printed. 

On motion of P. G. Hilhnan that twenty-five copies be printed in the 
German language. Motion lost. 

A communication was read, from Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, and filed, 
asking permission to keep their proceedings in the German language. 

On motion of P. Gr. Brichta, 

Resolved, That Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, be permitted to keep their proceedings in the 
German language ; Provided, when extracts are required, that the same be translated into 
English. 

A communication from Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, for permission to 
ballot again for Mr. F. V. Bergen. 

On motion of P. G. Crickard, it was referred to the Executive Com- 
mittee ; to report at next meeting. 

A communication from Crescent Lodge, No. 8, in reference to amend- 
ment of their Constitution and By-Laws. 

On motion of P. G. Poalk, it was referred to the Committee on Con- 
stitution and By-Laws. 

A communication was read, and filed, from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, 
respecting the rejection of Mr. Spearing ; and, the ventilation of the 
Lodge-room. 

On motion of P. G-. E-ice, the subject of Spearing was referred to the 
Executive Committee. 

On motion of P. G. Haynes, the subject of ventilating the room, was 
referred to a committee of three, with power to act ; to report at next 
meeting. 



1847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. SQ 

A report was read from P. G. Mondelli, respecting the distribution of 
funds for Celebration. K-eport accepted and filed. 

New Orleans, July 23, 1847. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Loidsiana : 

Resp. Brothers : — I beg leave to submit to your Hon. Body a statement of the ex 
penses incurred in the Celebration of our Order on the 26th April, last, and paid in liquida- 
tion of the same, and the amount of money received from the Lodges, on said account, viz ; — 

PAID : RECEIVED : 

To four bands of music $ 260 00 cOf the R. W. Grand Lodge $ 70 00 

Advertising and printing 74 50 \ Louisiana Lodge 61 -50 

Adams, church sexton, 10 00 > Washington Lodge 45 00 

Hogan, cleaning the lot, 10 00 !j Union Lodge 80 50 

Irwin,' fencing the same, 20 00 > Crescent Lodge 68 50 

Corner Stone 20 00 ^ Jefferson Lodge 14 50 

Sibrecht, for Chief Marshal and i Teutonia Lodge 23 50 

aids, 85 00 s Orleans Lodge . .. = 35 -50 

Frankford, attendance on the Com- s Commercial Lodge 46 00 

mittee, 6 00 s Howard Lodge 23 50 

Sundry petty expenses 5 50 \ Hope Lodge 12 50 

^ Delta Lodge 10 00 

Total Expenses §491 00 > 

Total Receipts $49100 

Yours, in friendship, love and truth, 

A. MONDELLI, P. G. M., Chief Marshal. 

A report from the Hall Commissioners was read ; and, on motion of 
P. G, Stewart, was referred back to the committee, with instructions to 
report the amount received from each Lodge or person. 

A bill from Mrs. A. Brooks, for twenty dollars, for the use of Armory 
Hall. Read, and ordered to be paid. 

A report of the committee on the Constitution and By-Laws of Delta 
Lodge, No. 15, was read, and accepted. 

On motion of P. G. Ricardo, the Constitution and By-Laws of Delta 
Lodge, No. 15, were approved, with this amendment : 

Section 6, reads thus : " Any Brother who has been a member of the 
Order one month, shall be entitled to receive the first degree ; after two 
months, his second ; after three months, his third ; after four months, his 
fourth, after five months, his fifth ; provided, however, that he is in good 
standing and clear of the book of the Lodge. 

On motion, the Lodge adjourned until August 19, 1847, after receiving- 
Percentage from Union Lodge, No. 6, - - $105 93 
" Orleans Lodge, No. 11, - 118 82 

Charter of Covenant Lodge, - - - - 50 00 



$274 75 
FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec, ^ra tern. 



40 Proceedings of the ■ [-Au&., 

On Wednesday, the 11th day of August, 1847, at the Hall of Wash- 
ington Lodge, No. 3, in the Third Municipality, New Orleans, the M. 
W. G. Master, assisted by the R. W. Grand Officers and several mem- 
bers of the Gr. L., instituted and opened Covenant Lodge, No. 17, in a 
solemn and appropriate manner. 

FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec. ^wo tern. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 



Grand Lodge Hall, August 19th, 1847. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 5 o'clock, r. m., pursuant to 
adjournment. > 

Present — J. D. Stewart, D. G. Master, presiding, and a due re|)resen- 
tation from Subordinate Lodges. 

A communication was read and filed, from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, 
asking permission to re-ballot for Mr. P. A. Breaux. 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, 

Resolved, That a dispensation be granted DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, to re-ballot for Mr. 
P. A. Breaux. 

The Committee on the Hall asked for further time — granted. 

The Executive Committee, in reference to charges against Louisiana 
Lodge, No. 1, and Crescent Lodge, No. 8, reported progress. 

The committee on formation of a Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, 
asked for further time — granted. 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, 

Resolved, That in the opinion of this Grand Lodge the difficulties existing in Feliciana 
Lodge, No. 4, ought to be adjusted, that the M. W. Grand Master, the R. W. Deputy 
Grand Master, and the District Deputy Grand Master be hereby instructed to attempt a 
settlement of the difficulties, so that the said Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, may again commence 
operations. 

A bill from J. C. Morgan for $ 2 85, for stationery, read and ordered 
to be paid. 

The report of this Grand Lodge to the Grand Lodge of the United 
States, read and adopted.* 

■* See Appendix . .--..,.,-. 



1847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 41 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, 

Resolved, That an order be drawn for twenty dollars, for the annual dues to the Grand 
Lodge of the U. S. 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, the Lodge adjourned until Wednesday, 
25th August, 1847, at 4 o'clock, p. m. 



■' '• '■ ^ ADJOURNED MEETING. 

■ ■ ■* •■ ■ . GrRAND Lodge Hall, Augaist 14, 1847. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to 
adjournment. 

Presejit—J. D. Stewart, R. W. D. G. M., presiding, the Grand Ofh= 
cers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
On motion, 

Resolved, That the M. W. G. Master, or D. G. Master, be authorized to confer on P. 
G-s. entitled thereto, the P. O. degrees. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the G. Secretary be instructed to place the papers of Teutonla Lodge, 
No. 10, in the hands of the Executive Committee. 

On motion, ^the Lodge adjourned until September 8th, 1847, at 5 
o'clock, p. M. 

D. I. RICAFwDO, G: Sccretarij, ]iro tern. 



. .-o:i.^ ;.v ADJOURNED MEETING. . . . 

Grand Lodge Hall, September 8th, 1847. 

The R, W. Grand Lodge met at 5 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment. 

Preiew«—P, Gr, Master Mondelli, presiding; and a due representa- 
tion. 



42 Proceedings of the [Sept., 

The Executive and Hall Committees reported progress, also the com- 
mittee on ventilating the Grrand Lodge Hall. 

The committee on general Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, made 
the following report ; which was adopted and the committee discharged. 

REPORT. 

To the Officers and. Members of the Grand 'Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Loidsiana : 

Brothers: — The undersigned committee, to whom was referred the subject of pre- 
paring a Constitution, to be used in common by all the Lodges subordinate to this jurisdic- 
tion ; beg leave to report that they have attended to the duties assigned to them, and recom- 
mend that such a Constitution for the use of the Subordinate Lodges of this State be 
prepared, and remitted to the several Lodges for their government. 

FI^^NK HAYNES, j Com^niMee. 

, ■ . " ■ CHAS. W. EMERSON, ) 

On motion of P, G. Emerson, 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to draft a Constitution, to be used in 
common by all the Lodges subordinate to this jurisdiction. The committee to report as 
soon as practicable. 

The G. M. appointed on that committee, P. Gs. Haynes, Emerson and 
Crickard. 

A petition was read from Brothers S. Locke, A. P. E-ucker, H. N. 
Tower, C. A. Kelly, J. Bowler, P. Irwin, F. Downer, and Wm. Mc- 
Duff, for the re-instatement of Perseverence Lodge, No. 2. 

On motion of P. G. Haynes, 

Resolved, That the above petition be referred to the Executive Committee, with full 
power to order the re-instatement of Perseverance Lodge, No. 2. 

A petition was read from Brothers Joseph Font, F. Vasconcellos, A. 
R. Fuertes, Joseph Sahba and Charles F. Nash, for a Charter of a Lodge, 
to hold its sessions in New Orleans, to be called National Lodge, No. 18, 
the proceedings to be conducted in the Spanish language. . 

On motion of P. G. Haynes, 

Resolved, That the application for a Lodge, to be called Natioilal Lodge, No. 18, be 
granted; Provided, the G. M. be satisfied that the brothers, who have made the applica- 
tion, are in good standing, and present their permanent cards. 

The G. Secretary stated, he had received a communication from the 
G. Master ; Avherein, that officer stated that he had granted a dispensa- 
tion to the Subordinate Lodges, to adjourn until November next, or 
meet every two weeks, provided the Relief Committees were in full 
action. 



1 647.J • Grand Lodge of Louis'uina. 43 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, 

Resolved, That we approve of the action of the G. M., in granting his dispensation to 
Subordinate Lodges, to adjourn until next November. 

On motion of P. Gr. Emerson, 

Resolved; That a committee of three be appointed to address a letter of condolence to 
the friends of P. G. Brown, formerly a member of this Grand Lodge, and that the members 
of this Grand Lodge wea.r mourning thirty days. 

The G. M. appointed on this committee, P. Gs. Emerson, Kirkland 
and Cohn. 

On motion of P. G. Haynes, the Grand Lodge closed. 

E-eceipts — Charter of National Lodge, No. 18, - - - - $50 00 

FRANK HAYNES, G, Sec, pro. tern. 



SPECIAL MEETING. 

. ' t 

G-RAND Lodge Hall, Sept. 16th, 1847. 

The R. W. G-rand Lodge met this evening at half past 7 o'clock, pur- 
suant to a call. 

Present — The Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represen- 
tation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Grand Master stated that the meeting was called to receive and 
act on a petition for a Charter of a Lodge, to be called Polar Star, No. 19, 
to work in the French language, and to hold its sessions in the First 
Municipality. 

The petition was read, and signed by Charles Ammel, B. Lafose, E. 
Leguire, T. J. Durant, A. Derbes, J. Genois, F. Parent, J.J. B. Dol- 
honde, Thos. McKeon, T. Buissara, T. Bleau, E. Barnett, C. M, 
Guiranaud, R. de Armas, N. Dejarlais, and N. Fortier. 

On motioia of A. Mondelh, the prayer of the petitioners was granted. 

A petition was read from Bro. Gomez, to become a member of National 
Lodge, No. 18, and sign the petition for the Charter. 

On motion P. G. Haynes it was granted. 
6 



44 Proceedings of the ' • [Sept., 

The G. M. stated, that inasmuch as this Grand Lodge had under its 
jurisdiction 1040 members, it was entitled to two rej)resentatives, and 
must pay a tax of forty dollars. . 

The bills of Municipality No. Two, against this Grand Lodge, were 
read; and, 

On motion of P. G. M. WhithaO, were referred to a committee of twO) 
composed of P. Gs. Emerson and Ricardo. 

On motion of P. G, Emerson, the following resolutions were adopted : 

Resolved, That Commercial Lodge, No. 12, I. O. O. F., be authorized to commence 
their meeting on next Wednesday evening, at half past six o'clock, if the N. (f. thereof 
shall think advisable, for the purpose of giving the Grand Lodge an opportunity of insti- 
tuting National Lodge. 

Resolved, That, for the present. National Lodge, No. 18, be authorized, after its institu- 
tion, to meet on such evening of the week, and at such hour as may be most convenient to 
them and the Lodges occupying this Hall. 

An appeal, by Bro. F. Wild, from action of Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, 
was received and read ; and, 

On motion of P. G. Haynes, the same was referred to the Executive 
Committee. 

On motion of P. G. Haynes, the Grand Lodge closed. 

Ueceipts— Charter fee of Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, - - $50 00. 

FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec, pro. tern. 



On Wednesday, the 22d September, 1347, at the Hall of the Grand 
Lodge, the M. W. G. Master and the G. Officers of the R. W. G. L. of 
Louisiana, instituted National Lodge, No. 18, in a solemn and appropri- 
ate manner. 

FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec, pro tern. 



On Monday, the 27th September, 1847, at the Hall of Washington 
Lodge, No. 3, in the Third Municipality, the M. W. G. M. and the G. Offi- 
cers of the R. W. G. L. of Louisiana, instituted Polar Star Lodge, No. 
19, in a solemn and appropriate manner. ' ■ 

FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec, pro tern. 



1847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 45 



■ REGULAR QUARTERLY MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, October 26th, 1847. 

The E-. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana convened at their Hall, on 
Tuesday evening, October 26th, 1847, at half past 7 o'clock, in Quarterly 
Session, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution, and was opened 
in ample form, with prayer by the Worthy Grand Chaplain. 

PEESENT : 

D. S. GANS, M. W. G. Master, 

J. D. STEWART, R. W. D. G. Master, 

F. THOMAS, R. W. G. Warde7t, 

FRANK HAYNES, R. W. G. Secretary, pro tern. 

J. S. MEEKINS, R. W. G. Treasurer, 

J. CUNLIFFE, W. G. Conductor, -pw tern. 

H. H. HEDDEN, W. G. Guardian, 

ROBT. MOTT, W. G. Marshal, pro. tern. 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

Proceedings of former regular and special meetings read and adopted. 

Certificate read, from Crescent Lodge, No. 8, that P. G. W. T. Yeo- 
mans, was entitled to a seat in this Grand Lodge. 

The same was referred to the Committee of Conference, who reported 
favorably ; when, the P. G. being in waiting the G. L. and P. O. degrees 
were conferred on him. 

Certificates read from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, that P. Gr. Jno. Crick- 
ard was elected its Representative to the Grrand Lodge ; from Hope 
Lodge, No. 14, that they had elected P. Gr. Cripps as Representative ; 
from Covenant Lodge, No. 17, that they had elected P. Gs. Whithall, 
Wheeler and Webb, as Representatives ; from Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, 
that they had elected P. Gs. Dolhonde and Buessard ; from National 
Lodge, No. 18, that they had elected P. Gs. Vasconcehos and Fontas 
their Representatives. 

Report of the M. W, G, Master was read, and ordered to be filed. 



4:6 Proceedings of the [Oct., 

Application was read, for a Lodge to be held at Shreveport, Louisiana. 
On motion, 

Resolved, That the same be granted, as soon as the G. Master receive the card of the 
petitioners, and is satisfied with the same. 

A petition — from Bros. Brichta, Willman, Fulda, Mayer, Fidler, Kruse, 
Wild and others, for a Lodge to hold its sesssions in New Orleans, to be 
called Germania Lodge, No , — was read. 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, the application was ordered to lay over, 
nntil the difficulties now existing in 1 eutonia Lodge, No. 10, are settled. 

A communication read from Bro. Bebontische, in reference to two 
shares of stock of Odd Fellows' Hall, which he held in conjunction with 
Bro. Young ; that Bro. Young being dead, he asks the Gr. L. to purchase 
the same. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge purchase the two sliares owned by Bro. Rebontische 
and the late Bro. Young, and that an order be drawn on the Treasurer, for $ 12 50, in pay- 
ment of the same. 

Report of the Executive Committee in reference to Mr. Spearing ; 
read and adopted. 
On motion, 

Resolved, That Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, be permitted to re-ballot for Mr. Spearing for 
membership, should it think pr.oper to do so. 

Report of the Executive Committee in reference to Mr. Von Bergen, 
F. Scheufel and E. Sonnenberg, read and adopted. 
On motion. 

Resolved, That Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, be permitted to re-ballot on the applications of 
F.Von Bergen, F. Scheufel and E. Sonnenberg. 

Report of the Executive Committee in reference to appeal of Bro. 
Wild ; read and adopted. 
On motion, 

Resolved, That the following part of the report of the Executive Committee, on appeal 
of Bro. Wild, to-wit : " Your committee therefore recommend, that strict inquiry be 
instituted into the proceedings, difficulties, and conduct of Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, for the 
purpose of taking such action upon the matter as the result seems to demand," be referred 
back to the Executive Committee to make full inquiries, and with full pow er to act. 

Report of Executive Committee, in reference to charges of the G-. M. 
against Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, and Crescent Lodge. No. 7, was read. 

On motion, the 0-rand Lodge adjourned until Saturday, the 30th 
October, 1847. 

FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec. pro tern. 



1 847.J Grand Lodge of Loiiisiava. . 47 

ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, October 30th, 1847. 

The Pw. W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, P. m., pursuant 
to adjournment 

Present — J. D. Stewart, D. G. Master, presiding, the Grand Officers, 
and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

Report of the Executive Committee now came up, in reference to 
Louisiana and Crescent Lodges. 

On motion of P. G. Rice, it was 

Resolved, That it be adopted, and that the Gr. Secretary send copies of the same to 
Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, and Crescent, No. 8. 

A petition was read from Bro. Carl, of Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, pray- 
ing the Gr. Lodge to order Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, to grant him an 
appeal to this G-. Lodge, 

On motion, 

Resolved, That the G. Secretary notify Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, that the application of 
Bro. Carl must be granted, and the papers sent to this G. Lodge. 

Report of committee on bills of Municipality No. Two, for taxes, read 
and adopted. 

Report of committee, in reference to payment of notes, read and 
adopted. 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, 

Resolved, That the committee on fitting up room, be authorized to pay $ IS for a pall. 

P. Gr. Crickard, chairman of committee on.G. Lodge Hall, moved that 
an order be drawn on the Treasurer for one hundred and seventy dollars, 
for fitting up Lodge room; subject to the order of the Committe on 
Repairs. 

On motion of P. G. Dolhonde that Polar Star Lodge, No. 1 9, have 
permission to meet in the room. No. 116, Chartres street: Provided, 
the G. M. and D. Gr, M. be satisfied with the same. 

On motion of P. Gr. Emerson, that as he voted for deferring the grant- 
ing of a Charter to a new Lodge, to be called Germania, No. — , until 
the affairs of Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, be settled, he moved a reconx- 
sideration of the same. Carried. 

On motion of P. G. Brichta, that the Charter be granted. Lost. 

On motion of P. G. M. Rice, that the application be laid on the table, 
Carried, 



48 Proceedings of the \ Nov., 

The nominatians for Officers for the ensuing year, were opened : 

For Grand Blaster. 

P. G. WATERS. OF No. G; P.G.STEWART of No. 1. 

For Deputy Grand Master. 

P.G.EMERSON of No. 12; P. G. DENTZEL of No. 1, 

For Grand Warden. 

P. G. WATERS OF No. 6; P. G. CRICKARD of No. 1; 

P. G. CRIPPS OF No. 14 ; P. G. ANDREWS of No. 16 ; 

P. G. RIG ARDO of No. 15. 

For Grand Secretary. 

P.G.ANDREWS of No. 16; P. G. RICARDO of No. 15; 

P. G. WILLIAMS OF No. 1 ; P. G. EMERSON of No. 12. 

For Grand Treasurer. 

P.G.MEEKINS OF No.3; P. G. SYKES of No.11; 

P. G. KIRKLAND of No. 1; P. G. OLMSTEAD of No. 8. 

The Grand Lodge, on motion, adjourned sine die. 

FRANK HAYNES, G. Sec, pro. tern. 



• CALLED MEETING. 

* 

Crescent Hall, Nov. 30th, 1847. 

The Grand Lodge met at 5 o'clock this afternoon pursuant to a call 
of the Grand Master. 

Present — The Grrand Master, the Grand Officers, and a due represen- 
tation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Grand master stated that the Grand Lodge was convened for the 
purpose of making some arrangements to co-operate with the citizens in 
the public reception of Gen. Z. Taylor. An invitation Avas read from 
Mr. E-. Richardson on the above subject, which was received. 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, 

Resolved, That in the opinion of this Grand Lodge it is inexpedient to accept the invita- 
tion just read, inasmuch as it is not in conformity with the laws and usages of the order, to 
join as Odd Fellows in processions in honor of those who are not Odd Fellows ; 

Which was carried, and the Grand Secretary instructed to inform Mr, 
Richardson of the same. 



1847.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 4^ 

On motion of P. G. M. Rice, it was 

Resolved, That the G-eneral Relief Committee take charge of the remains of our deceased 
Brothers Walker and Quarles, late of the U. S. Army, and any others which may arrive, 
and that the Order be requested to turn out, at any time "when ordered," in funeral pro- 
cession. Carried. 

On motion, - • 

Resolved, That P. G. M. Kice be authorized to correspond with the family of our deceased 
Brother Walker, as to what steps should be taken with his remains. 

On motion the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

K.EC'EIPTS. 

From Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, Gas and Rent, 

" Wildey Encampment, No. 1, Gras and Rent, 

" Union Lodge, No. 6. " " 

" Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, " " 

" Commercial Lodge, No. 12, " " 

Howard Lodge, No. 13, 
Miscellaneous, - - .... 

$444 75 
FRED'K A. DENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



$87 


35 


- 58 


^^ 


87 


35 


- 31 


OO 


87 


35 


- 87 


35 


5 


80 



CALLED MEETING. 

Friendship Hall, December 15th, 1847. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met this evening at half jDast 7 o'clock, 
pursuant to call of the M. W. Grand Master. 

Present — The Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, Officers, and a 
due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The G. M. stated that the Lodge had been called for the transaction of 
any business of a general nature that might legally be brought before it. 
He further stated, that for good and sufficient reasons, he had reluclantly 
been compelled to suspend the working of Teutonia Lodge No. 1 0, until 
the action of the Grand Lodge could be had thereon. 

On motion of P. G. M. Pwice, that P. G. Brichta be allowed to address 
the Grand Lodge in behalf of Teutonia Lodge No. 10, and that the paper 
which had been presented be read. Lost. 



50 Proceedings of the [Dec, 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, 

Resolved, That a special committee be appointed to investigate the whole proceedings) 
and report to this Grand Lodge ; and that the course of the G. Master be sustained; Carried. 

On motion, that the committee consist of three, and that they be elect- 
ed. Carried. 

P. Gr. M. E-ice and P. Gs. Kneass and Cmihtfe, were accordingly 
elected. 

On motion, that the Gr. Master convene the G-rand Lodge when said 
committee are prepared to report. Carried. 

A communication was received and read from DeSoto Lodge, ISo 7, 
concerning Mr. Dufroq. Referred to Executive Committee. 

A communication from Crecent Lodge, No. 8, relating to changing an 
article of By-Laws. Approved. 

A communication from National Lodge, No. 18, requestmg permission 
to change their night of meeting from Weddesday to Friday. Approved. 

From same, asking dispensation to confer degrees on certain members 
therein named. Refused. 

From Polar Star Lodge No. 19, requesting permission to change price 
of degrees. Granted. 

On motion of Gr. S. Dentzel, the application for a charter for German! 
Lodge No. — , made to this Grand Lodge on the 26th October, 1847, 
was withdrawn. 

A motion was made to add two to the committee on Constitutions of 
Subordinate Lodges. Carried. . 

P. Gs. F. Thomas and Waters were appointed. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

FRED'K A. DENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



CALLED MEETING. 



Friendship Hall, December 30th, 1847. 



The Pv. "W. Grand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant 
to call of the Grand Master. 

^ Present — The M. W. Grand Master, the Deputy Grand Master, Offi- 
cers, and a duo representation from Subordinate Lodges. 



1847.] Grand Lodge of Loxiisiayia. . 51 

The Gr. M. stated that the meeting was for the purpose of receiving 
the report of the special committee appointed at last meeting, and for any 
other constitutional business that may be brought forward. 

P. Gr. M. Rice, chairman of special committee, made the following- 
report : 

To tlie Grand Master and Members, Grand Lodge La. I. O. O. F. 

The committee appoined to investigate the proceedings of Teutonia Lodge, No. 10 
which induced the Gr. M. to suspend said Lodge, beg leave to report that they have exam- 
ined the books, and taken all evidence in the matter, from which we are led to believe that 
the matters which had occurred previous to the last meeting of the Lodge, were the princi- 
ple causes which led to the suspension, and which matters they did not feel authorized to 
inquire into, the same having been previously referred to the Executive Committee. 

From the investigation had by your committee, they recommend that the course of the 
G-. M. in suspending said Lodge, be approved, and that the said suspension be continued 
until the Executive Committee make their report. 

In the bonds of F., L. and T., 

W. H. RICE, 

Dec. 30th, 1847. 

On motion, said report was received and adopted. 

On motion, the Gr. M. was authorized to forward a Charter to Shreve- 
port, for a Lodge to be styled Neith Lodge, No. 21, the cards, etc., of the 
applicants being in possession of the Grrand Lodge. 

A petition was received from Brothers W. C. Dwight, A. L. Fields, 
R,. E. Talbott, Greo. N. Seagrave and Jos. H. Baldridge, for a Lodge to 
be established at Franklin, Parish of St. Mary, La., to be styled St. 
Mary's Lodge, No. 20. 

The cards of the applicants being in possession of the Grrand Lodge, 
the petition was granted, and a Charter authorized to be made out. 

P. Gr, M, Mondelli, chairman of committee on restoration of Perse- 
verance Lodge, No. 2, made the following report : 
To the R. TV. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L 0. O. F. : 

Brothers : — The Executive Committee, to whom was referred the petition to re-instate 
Perseverance Lodge, No. 2, respectfully report, that they have attended to the duty as- 
signed, and recommend the granting of the petition. 

A. MONDELLI, Chairman. 

On motion, the whole subject was laid on the table till the regular 
meeting. 

The Committee on Constitutions for Subordinates not being prepared 
to report, on motion of P. Gr. M. Rice, they were dismissed, and P. Gsj 
Emerson and Crickard appointed a committee for that purpose, 
7 



52 Proceedings of the \ Dec, , 

P. G. Emerson from the committee on the above, made the foilov/ing 
report, accompanied with a draft of the Constitution. 
To the Officers and Members of the R. W. Grand Lodge, of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

Brothers: — The undersigned, appointed a committee to draft a Constitution for the 
Subordinate Lodges under your jurisdiction, beg leave to report, and offers the accompany- 
ing articles as the result of their labors. 

Submitted, in F. L. and T., 

GHAS. M. EMERSON, Chairma7V 

The above report was received, and the articles of the Constitution 
V were being read, when, 

On motion, the further reading was dispensed with, and 200' copies 
ordered to be printed, under the supervision of P. Gr. Emerson. 

A communication was received from P. Gr. M. Wilhams, on the 
financial affairs of the Grand Lodge. Received and read. 

On motion, a special committee of three was appointed to make ar- 
rangements for the settlement of a note of the Grrand Lodge, due 1st 
January. 

P. Grs. Emerson, Rice and Harris, were appointed. 

A motion of P. G. Reigart, to sell the lot of ground on Poydras street, 
was, on motion laid on the table. 

A motion of P. G. Thomas, that the Gr. Master be authorized to call a 
meeting of the stockholders of the new Hall, as soon as practicable ; was, 
■ on motion laid on the table. 

A card was presented by P. Gr. Ogden, for the decision of the Gtand 
Lodge. The card had been presented to Orleans Lodge, No. 11, by Bro. 
Esinhart, hailing from Prince Albert Lodge, No. 3, Canada ; it was 
countersigned by the Gr. Sec. of the Grrand Lodge of Canada, and had 
an endorsement on the back, requesting any N. Grand to confer the 
A. T. P. W., on the holder of the same. 

On motion, the G. Sec. was directed to correspond with the M. W. G. 
Sire, and obtain his opuiion on the point submitted ; and, also, to notify 
the Subordinate Lodges in this State to decline acting, until further 
advised. 

On motion of P. G. Emerson, it was 

Resolved, That Commercial Lodge, No. 12, be allowed to reconsider the vote, electing 
Mr. M. a member of said Lodge, good and satisfactory reasons being given. 

The Constitution of Templar Lodge, No, 1 6, was presented ; and, on 
motion, laid on the table. 



1846,] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 53 

A bill for stationary — amount % 1 12, was ordered to be paid. 

Received from St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, for Charter, - - - $ 50 00 

. " " NeithLodge, No. 21, " " - - - - 50 00 



$100 00 
On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

F. A. DENTZEL, G. Secretary. 



SPECIAL MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, January 11th, 1848. 
The G-rand Lodge met this evening at 6 o'clock, pursuant to call. 
Present — The Grand Master, the D. G. Master, Officers, and a due 
representation from the Subordinate Lodges. 
The call was read, as follows, viz : 

To the M. W. G. M. of the State of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F. 

Sir AND Brother : — That the undersigned respectfully request you will convene a 
special meeting of the R.. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, for next Tuesday evening, the 
11th inst., at six o'clock, for the purpose of receiving an application for a Charter for a 
Subordinate Lodge, to be styled. Cypress Lodge, No. — . 
Fraternally yours, etc., 

N. B. KNEASS, P. G., No. 12. 

D. L RICARDO, " " 15. 

W. R. FOSDICK, " " 8. 

* J. J. B. DOLHONDE,.... " " 19. 

C. H. LEE, " " 8. 

THOS. CRIPPS, " " 14. 

H. P.ANDREWS, " " 15. 

N. O., January 6th, 1848. 

On motion of P. G-. Kneass, the call was approved. 

A motion was made^ to receive the petition, and grant the request of 
the petitioners. Lost, 

On motion, the petition was laid on the table until the regular meeting. 

The G. Master made a statement of the conduct of the G. C. and 
R. Sec. of the Grand Lodge, U. S., regarding the A. T. P. W. Some 
debate ensued; between the members of the Grand Lodge on the sub- 



54 Proceedings of the [ Jan., 

ject ; when, the G. Sec, made a statement of his action on the above, 
which was received. 

On motion, the conduct of the G. M., in bringing the subject before 
the Grand Lodge, was approved. 

RECEIPTS : 

From Howard Lodge, No. 13, gas and rent, • - 

" Union Lodge, " 6, " " - - 

" "Wildey Encampment, " 1, " " - . . 

" Commercial Lodge, " 12, " "... 



$28 


40 


28 


40 


14 


00 


28 


40 



$99 20 



Franklin, St. Mary's, Jan. 1848. 

The M. W. Grand Master D. S. Gans, assisted by P. G. Phelps, as 
D. G. M., pro tern. J N. B. Kneass, as G. M., ^wo tern., Geo. N. Seagrave, 
as G. S., pro tern., regularly instuted St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, in due 
and ancient form. 

G. N. SEAGRAVE, G. Sec. pro tern. 



REG ULAR Q UAR TERL Y MEE TING. 

/^ Grand Lodge Haxl, January 25th, 1848. 

The R. W. G. Lodge of Louisiana convened this evening at 7o'clock, in 
quarterly session, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution, and 
was opened in ample form, with prayer by the Worthy Grand Chaplain. 



D. S. GANS, M. W. G. Master. 

J. D. STEWART, D. G. Blaster. 

H. W. WILLIAMS, G. Warden, pro tern. 

F. A, DENTZEL, G. Secretary, pro tem. 

J, COHN, G. Conductor, pro tem. 

H. H. HEDDEN, - G. Guardian 

N. E. KNEASS, . ■ G, Marshal. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. ' 55 

The proceedings of last quarterly, and of the various special meetings, 
were read and adopted. 

Pveports from the following Lodges were read and accepted : 

Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 — Laitiated, 13; admitted by card, 6; with- 
drawn by card, 5 ; rejected, 8; suspended, for non-payment of dues, 17; 
deaths, 5; contributing members, 129 ; receipts, $1224 64; percentage 
toG. Lodge, $105 34. 

Washington Lodge, No. 3 — Initiated, 11; admitted by card, 3; 
withdrawn by card, 13 ; rejected, 4 ; suspended, for non-payment of dues, 
2; re-instated, 1; contributing members, 95 ; receipts, §655 20; per 
centage to Gr. Lodge, $ 55 80. 

Union Lodge, No. 6 — Initiated, 18; admitted by card, 4; with- 
drawn by card, 10; rejected, 7; reinstated 2 ; deaths, 2 ; contributing 
members, 184; receipts, $1154 33; per centage to G. Lodge, $98 36. 

DeSoto Lodge, No. 7 — Initiated, 6; admitted by card, 1; with- 
drawn by card, 3 ; death, 1 ; Brothers relieved, 2 ; receipts, $ 328 16 ; 
per centage to G. Lodge, $28 27. 

Crescent Lodge, No. 8 — Initiated, 10; admitted by card, 2; with- 
drawn by card, 3 ; rejected, 1 ; deaths, 3 ; Brothers relieved, 1 6 ; con- 
tributing members, 149 ; receipts, $ 1180 03 ; per centage to G. Lodge, 
$106 62. 

Jefferson Lodge, No. 9 — Initiated, 1 1 ; admitted by card, 1 ; re- 
jected, 2 ; relieved, 11; contributing members, 44 ; receipts, $440 55; 
per centage to G. Lodge, $ 40 54. 

Commercial Lodge, No. 12 — Initiated, 22; admitted by card, 7; 
withdrawn by card, 5 ; rejected, 6 ; re-instated, 1 ; deaths, 5 ; Brothers 
relieved, 23 ; contributing members, 146 ; receipts, $1485 05; per cent' 
age to G. Lodge, $127 65. 

Howard Lodge, No. 13 — Initiated, 9 ; admitted by card, 3 ; with- 
drawn by card, 1 2 ; rejected, 5 ; death, 1 ; contributing members, 59; 
receipts, $571 26 ; -per centage to G. Lodge, $52 63. 

Hope Lodge, No. 14 — Initiated, 23; admitted by card, 4 ; withdrawn 
by card, 4; rejected, 1; deaths, 2; Brother relieved, 1; contributing 
members, 70; receipts, $1086 72; per centage to G. Lodge, $104 87, 

Delta Lodge, No. 15 — Initiated, 10; admitted by card, 5; with- 
drawn by card, 2 ; Brothers relieved, 2 , contributing members, 59 ; re^ 
ceipts, $535 46 ; per centage to G. Lodge, $49 89. 



56 Proceedings of the [ Jan., 

Templar Lodge, No. 16 — Initiated, 24 ; admitted by card, 5 ; with- 
drawn by card, 1; contributing members, 3S ; receipts, $871; per 
centage to G. Lodge, $ 83 60. 

Covenant Lodge, No. 17 — Liitiated, 10; admitted by card, 5; con- 
tributing members, 25; receipts, $429 50; per centage to Grand 
Lodge, s$41 50. 

National Lodge, No. 18 — Initiated, 14; admitted by card, 1; re- 
jected, 1; contributing members, 23; receipts, $370; percentage to G. 
Lodge, $35 82. 

Polar Star Lodge, No. 19 — Initiated, 21; admitted by card, 2; 
rejected, 1; contributing members, 38; receipts, $604 20; percentage 
toG. Lodge, $45 31. 

Certificates from the following Lodges were read and accepted : 

From Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, That Bro. James Strawbridge had 
served as S., V. Gr. and N. Gr. That P. G. J. C. Brady is a member of 
Louisiana Lodge No. 1. That P. Gr. John SouthAvell is a member of 
Louisiana Lodge No. 1. 

From Washington Lodge, No. 3, Tliat Brother B. Trippitt had served 
as V. G. and N. G. 

From Union Jjodge, No. 6, That Brother Thomas H. Shields had 
served as V. G. and N, G. 

From Crescent Lodge, No. 8, That Brother J. O. Nixon had served 
as S., V. G. and N. G. That P. G. Thomas G. Thurston is a member of 
Crescent Lodge No. 8. 

From Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, That Brother W. W. Vaught had 
served as S., V. G. and N. G. 

From Commercial Lodge, No. 12, That Brother G. N. Morison had 
served as S., V. G. and N. G. 

From Howard Lodge, No. 13, That Brother D. B. Crowley had 
served as V. Gr. and N. G. 

From Hope Lodge, No. 1 4, That Brother H. G. Stetson had served 
as V. G. and N. G. 

From Templar Lodge, No. 16, That Bro. S. E. Belknap had served 
as N. G., and was entitled to all the degrees. 

From Covenant Lodge, No. 17, That Bro. H. Burns had served as N. 
G., and was entitled to all the degrees. 

From National Lodge, No. 18, That Bro. A. R. Fuertes had served 
ibis N. G., and was entitled to all the degrees. 



184S.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 57 

From Polar Star Lodge, No, 19, That Bro. T. S. Durant had served 
as N. G., and was entitled to all the degrees. 

From Union Lodge, No. 6, That Bro. D. B. Crowley had served as 
Secretary in that Lodge. 

Certificate of election of Representatives to the Grrand Lodge, to serve 
for the present year, were presented from the following Lodges, viz : 

Washington Lodge, No. 3, P. Gs. Hooper, Moore and Wilcox. 
Union Lodge, No. 6, P. Gs. Harris, Cunliffe, Taylor and Hillman. 

JeiTerson Lodge, No. 9, P. Gs. Wood, Phelps and Vaught. 
Hope Lodge, No. 14, P. Gs. Cripps and Stetson. 

National Lodge, No. 18, P. Gs. Font, Vasconcellos and Fuertes. 

Whereupon, the P. Grs. in waiting were introduced and duly qualified 
to take their seats. 

The Gr. M. presented the following report : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. 0. F., of Louisiana ; 

The year just past has been one of unprecedented success in the annals of Odd Fellow- 
ship ; so much so, that it can be said without fear of contradiction, that the Order in this 
State can compare with any other in the Union, and is here now established on a firm and 
solid basis. Particularly gratifying and happy for the future welfare of the Order in this 
State, is the fact that the Order here is composed generally of what may be called the better 
class of society. Many standing high on account of their great intellectual and moral worth, 
and most all having joined the Order without any selfish motives, but solely for the purpose 
of being enabled to practice Benevolence and Charity, and carry out the philanthropic prin 
ciples which our institution inculcates, better and more fully than it is possible for single 
individuals, w-ithout association, to accomplish. 

There have been chartered during the past year eight Lodges, almost half the number of 
Subordinate Lodges in the State; about a thousand members have been admitted into the 
Order, a good many applications have been rejected, and although this is a proof of the 
care of Brothers in admitting candidates, I fear tkat it does not always proceed from the 
best of motives. During the whole twelve months only a few suspensions and expulsions 
have taken place. 

On the 12th of this month I proceeded in company with P. G-. Phelps, of Jefferson, and 
Kneass, of Commercial Lodge, to Franklin, to open St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20. 

We were cordially received by the Brothers who petitioned for that Lodge, and by their 
zeal shown, by their standing in society, as well as by the favorable opinion which the 
inhabitants of that part of the State seem to entertain for our Order, I am assured that St. 
Mary's Lodge, No. 20, will prosper and become an ornament to our Order. 

After instituting the Lodge, we installed the following Brothers as officers : Field, 
N. G-. ; Talbot, Secretary; Dwight, Treasurer. The V. G. elect, Brother Cook, was 
absent. On no previous occasion have I witnessed such great desire on the part of the un- 
initiated to enter our Order. The time of our stay was very limited, yet we initiated out of 
double that number ten candidates, and conferred on nine of them the first degree. "VVe 
gave the Lodge as much information as time would permit. I am indebted to the above 
mentioned P. Gs. for their valuable services in assisting me to open the Lodge. 



58 Proceedings of the [Jai^., 

On account of the low state of Red River, the Lodge to be established in Shreveport has 
not yet been instituted ; but I hope that my successor will, as soon as possible, take mea- 
sures to have it opened, as the Brothers there are very anxious to commence the work of 
Odd Fellowship. 

The other Lodges respectively prosper, and work as harmoniously, and carry out the prin- 
ciples of the Order as fully as their age in Odd Fellowship, collectively and individually, 
can lead us to expect. Difference of opinion will naturally arise, but there are various cir- 
cvimstances which create, if not disturbances, at least differences more frequent than other- 
wise it would. 

An accumulation of members, for instance, from a small to a large number, in so short a 
time, is of course associated with a comparitive small degree of knowledge of Odd Fellow- 
ship. If the moral principles of the Order are even well understood by the new members ; 
if they are even highly intelligent men, yet a knowledge of the laws, regulations, etc., of 
the Order can only be acquired by age, experience and much reading. The establishment 
of new Lodges under such circumstances leads necessarily to the election of too young 
members of the Order to offices to which they, in reference to Odd Fellowship, are hardly 
qualified ; as the harmony and good condition of a Lodge depends principally upon the degree 
of knowledge possessed by the N. G., his firmness and promptitude in making decisions ; 
upon his ability to reconcile members to their diffeaent views upon certain topics, and pre- 
venting thus the rising up of parties or factions in their respective Lodges. I sincerely 
believe that a law defining and lengthening the time a Brother must be in the Order to make 
him ehgible to the principle chairs, would be very beneficial and prevent many dicfRulties. 
My time of service having nearly expired, I return you, P. Gs., my heartfelt thanks for 
the honor conferred upon me, for the indulgence shown to me in the discharge of my arduous 
duties as chief officer of the Order under your jurisdiction, and for the advice received from 
officers and past officers. 

To the Order here, generally, I would say, that in afi my actions, I left personal consid- 
erations out of view, that I acted solely according to what, in my opinion, was promotive of 
the interests of the Order ; and if I should have offended any one, or vice versa, I proclaim 
let it be forgotten and forgiven. If, P. Gs., in the discharge of my official duties, I have com- 
mitted any errors, I have the consolation of knowing that all my actions proceeded from 
pure motives, and were eye single to the welfare of the Order under your jurisdiction, and 
to the dignity of the honorable body over which I had the honor to preside. 

Praying the Almighty Giver of all good for your personal welfare, and the prosperity of 
the Order, I assure you that I shall still exert my energies, together with you, in promoting 
the interest and carrying out the philanthropic principles of our beloved Order. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 
In F., L. and T., 

, D. S. GANS, G. M. 

New Orleans, January 25, 1848. 

On motion, the report was accepted, and ordered to be spread in fitll 
upon the rnhautes. 

A report was read from D. D. G. M. Wetzler, which, on motion, was 
received and filed. 

Tlie Executive Committee made the following report : • . . 

To the M. W. Grand Master and Members of the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

Brothers — The Executive Committee, to whom was referred the affairs of Teutonia 
Lodge, No. 10, beg leave to report, that after a laborious and severe investigation of the 



184b.] Grand Lodge of Lotcisia?ia. 59 

books of said Lodge, and a thorough examination of a large number of members of that and 
other Lodges, the committee would recommend that the Lodge be reinstated in her former 
rights and privileges, and that a special committee be appointed by the Grand Lodge, to 
visit said Lodge, and in the name of .the Grand Lodge reprimand the Lodge and its mem- 
bers for the manner in which the affairs of the Lodge have been conducted, and the ill 
feeling existing between the members in consequence of the wrong course pursued towards 
each other. 

In the matter of Bro. Carl againt Bro. Wild, the committee find that both Brothers acted 
very wrong and improperly ; Bro. Carl in bringing charges against Bro. Wild, which 
charges he did not substantiate, and refused to give any witness or evidence ; and Bro. Wild 
in ill-treating Bro. Carl in the ante-room, using improper language ; and they also find the 
Lodge acted very wrong in these matters. Therefore, the committee recommend that Bros. 
Carl and Wild be suspended from the Order six months, from the night of the suspension of 
Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, and that said Lodge be severely reprimanded, particularly on this 
matter. 

The committee recommend that the special committee appointed for that purpose, be in - 
structed to inform said Lodge, that in future the books must be kept in a more satisfactory 
manner, and that all reports of cominittees and communications of importance, must be 
spread in fuU in the record book, which your committee finds has not been done. 
• ■ Yours, in F., L. and T., 

A. MONDELLI, CJiairman. 

^ Whereupon, the report and recommendations of the Executive Com- 
mittee were accepted ; and the D. G. M. appointed P. G. M. HiUman 
and P. Gs. Sykes and Kneass as su.ch special committee, to convey the 
decision of the Grand Lodge to Teutonia Lodge, No. 10. 

The foUowing report from the Executive Committee came up in due 
■ order of business : 

TotlieM. W. Grand Master, Officers and Member of the R. W. Grand Lodge of La : 

, Brothers: — The Executive Committee, to whom was referred the appeal of DeSoto 
Lodge No 7, beg leave to report, that they find the same appeal to have been acted upon 
by the R. W. Grand Lodge, and the course of the then G. M. approved. The Executive 
Committee recommend, however, for the honor of the Order, (as Bro. Dufrocqwas innocent 
of any wrong himseli in the matter, and was initiated and received a degree in good faith on 
his part, and that the blame is attached principally to the Lodge and those members who 
took part in his election, illegally and unconstitutional,) that Bro. Dufrocq be acknowledged 
as an Odd Fellow, and that DeSoto Lodge No. 7, be directed to receive and acknowledge 
him as a member of said Lodge in good standing. 

The committee also recommend that said DeSoto Lodge be severely reprimanded for the 
course pursued in this matter, entirely unconstitutional and contrary to the rules of the Or- 
der, and, fnformed, that a repetition of such like offence will forfeit their Charter, 
Yours, in F. L. and T., 

A= MONDELLI, Chairman- 



60' Proceedings of the . - .. • ' [Jan., 

On motion, the report and recommendations of the committee, were 
accepted. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge proceeded to nominations for officers, for 
the present year ; when 

P. G. M. Rice nominated P. G. Wm. H. Fosdick, for G. M. ; P. Gs. 
Waters, Phelps, Simms and Hooper, for D. G. M. ; P. Gs. Hooper, 
Phelps, Andrews, Crickard and Uicardo, for G. W. ; P. G. Williams, 
for G. T. ; P. Gs. Hillman, Mondelli, Gans, Mott, Kneass, Crickard 
and Whithall, for Executive Committee. 

The nominations being closed, P. Gs. Andrews, Crickard, and Pticardo 
declined their nominations for Gr. W., and the Lodge proceeded to elec- 
tion, which resulted in the choice of the following : 

P. G. Jas. D. Stewart, - - - Grand Master. 

" " A. S. Phelps, - - - D. Grand Master. 
" " W. H. Waters, - - - Grand Warden. 

" " H. Porter Andrews - - Grand Secretary. 
" " H. Williams, - - - - Grand Treasurer. 

On motion, the election of Executive Committee was deferred to next 
meeting. 

The Officers elect, having been regularly installed, the G. M. made 
the following appointments of Subordinate Officers : 

P. G. M. Wm. H. Rice, - - Grand Marshal. 

" " " Rev. C. W. Whithall, - Grand Chaplain. 

P. G. Thos. H. Shields, - - Grand Guardian. 
" " John Pasley, - - - Grand Conductor. 

The following resolutiozr was offered, and adopted : v ■ 

Resolved, That the Grand Sec. notify Teutonia Lodge. No. 10, to call a meeting on 
Tuesday night next, to receive the instructions of the committee appointed by the Grand 

Lodge. . - 

On motion, it was 

Resolved, That an order be drawn on the Treasurer, for balance due on note. 
On motion, it was , 

Resolved, That an order be drawn on the Treasurer, for S 129. 

On motion, it was 
Resolved, That an order be drawn on the Treasurer, for amount of tax due on lots» . 



1848.1 



Grand Lodge of Louisia7ia. 



61 



When 


the G. Lodge, according to resolution, 


adjourned 


i to Saturday, 


29th instant. 














RECEIPTS : 










From Union Lodge, 


per centage, 


- 




$98 35 


" 


Louisiana Lodge, 


gas and rent. 


- 




28 


40 


" 


Covenant Lodge,, 


per centage, 


. 




41 


50 


" 


Polar Star Lodge, 


per centage, (note,) 




45 


31 


" 


DeSoto Lodge, 


per centage, 






28 


27 


" 


National Lodge, 


per centage, 






35 


82 




Howard Lodge, 


per centage. 






52 


63 


'< 


Hope Lodge, 


per centage. 






104 


85 


-^ <( 


Jefferson Lodge, 


per centage. 






40 


54 




Delta Lodge, 


per centage. 






49 


89 




Washington Lodge, 


per centage, 






55 


80 




Crescent Lodge, 


per centage, 






106 


62 




Templar Lodge, 


per centage. 






83 


60 




Commercial Lodge, 


per centage, 


. 




127 


Q5 




Louisiana Lodge, 


per centage, 


- 




105 


34 



$1004 57 
H. PORTER ANDREWS, G. Secretary. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

*■ ' Grand Lodge Hall, 

Saturday Evening, Jan. 29, 1848. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment. 



, J. D. STEWART, 

A. S. PHELPS, 
,. H. WH^LIAMS, 
' H. P. ANDREWS, 
;. T. H. SHIELDS, 
J. PASLEY, 



M. W. G. Master, 
R. W. D. G. Master, 
G. Warden, pro tern., 
G. Secretary, 
G. Guardian, . ' 

G. Conductor. 



P. Gs. Cripps, Brichta, Kneass, Crowley, Emerson, Ricardo, Dentzel, 
Rice, Hillman, Dashiell, Gans, Milliken, Forbes, Crickard, Cohn, Cun- 



62 Proceedings of the *; . [ Jan. , 

liffe, Vaught, Strawbridge, Morison, Hoover, Meekins, Stetson, Kirk- 
land, Wood, Fosdick, Buckner, Nixon, Soutliwell, and a due representa- 
tion. 

On motion, the petition for ttie reinstatement of Perseverance Lodge, 
No. 2, was taken np and read. 

A motion to lay the petition on the table until next meeting of the G. 
Lodge was not concurred in. 

On motion of P. G-. M. Pwice, it was 

Resolved, To refer the petition to a special committee, to ascertain the standing of the 
petitioners, which committee to be empowered to examine such books, papers and individu- 
als, as may be necessary for the purpose. 

The Gr. M. appointed as such committee, P. Gs. Pvice, Strawbridge 
and Cunliffe. 

On motion, the petition for a Lodge, to be known as Cypress Lodge, 
No. 22, was taken up and read. 

Also, a petition praying that the word "Magnolia " might be substi- 
tuted for " Cypress ;" when, 

On motioii the prayer of the petitioners was granted. 

On motion of P. Gr. M. Williams, it was 

Resolved, That an order be drawn on the Grand Treasurer, for balance on note due by 
this Grand Lodge ; and also for the amount due P. G. M. Gans. 

A petition was read from Delta Lodge, No. 15, praying permission to 
re-ballot for Mr. J. McC. 

On motion, said petition was granted. ' 

Communications were read from Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, and Na- 
tional Lodge, No. 18, asking the Grrand Lodge to allow them six months 
to pay the per centage due this Grrand Lodge, 

P. Gr. M, E-ice moved to remit the amount due by said Lodges, which 
was not concurred in. 

On motion, it was 

Resolved, That Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, and National Lodge, No. 18, be granted six 
months to make their payment, and that no notes be required. 

A bill for printing the proceeding of this Grrand Lodge, for P. G. 
Cohn, for $75, and also a bill for printing Constitution, for $15, were 
read, and 

On, motion, an order was directed to be drawn on the G. Treasure r 
for the am9unts. , 



1 848 ] Grmid Lodge cf Louisiana. ' i% 

A communication was read from Bro. H. Bier, as Chairman of Ceme- 
tery Committee, asking the Grand Lodge to take the title to the lot pur- 
chased for the "Odd Fellows' ilest," in the name of the Grand Lodge, 
as an incorporated institution. 

P. G. M. MondeUi, moved that the matter be referred to a special com- 
mittee, to report at the next meeting of the Grand Lodge, which was 
not concurred in. 

On motion of P. G. Fosdick, it was 

Resolved, That the application from the Cemetery Committee of the Subordinate Lodges 
under this jurisdiction, to put the title of the piece of ground, recently purchased on the 
Metairie Ridge, in the name of this Grand Lodge, be granted: Provided, one delegate to 
the Board of Managers of said Cemetery be elected annually by this Grand Lodge. 

The Grand Lodge then proceed to ballot for Executive Committee, 
when the following P. Gs., having received a majority of the votes cast, 
were declared duly elected the Executive Committee for the present year: 

Mondelli, Crickard, Whithall, Kneass and Mott. 

The G. M. appointed the following committees : 

Committee of Conference — P. Gs. Olmstead, Cripps and Vaught. 

Committee of Accounts — P. Grs. Ricardo, Joiirdainand Strawbridge. 

Committee of Correspondence — -P. Grs. Fosdick, Sykes.and Dentzel. 

Committee on By-Laws — P. Gs. Nixon, Morison and Milliken. 

On motion, the Constitution for Subordinates was taken up and 
ordered to be read. 

On motion, it was 

Resolved, To take up said Constitution, section by section. -• 

Carried. 

Section 1st was amended by inserting after "I. O. O. F." the words 
" under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge," and adopted as amended. 

Article 2 — section 1, adopted as read. Section 2, insert " also " after 
the word " and " in the second line ; strike out " any meeting may be 
adjourned," and insert " public notice of such meetings shall be given in 
one or more of the public journals, should one be published in the place 
of meeting. Section 3, adopted as read. Section 4, adopted. 

Articles — Section 1, adopted as read. Section 2, insert after the 
word "election," in the second line, " and on the night of election ;" 
strike out " or when the nominees decline." Sec. 3, adopted as read. 
Section 4, strike out " after which, should ten unsuccessful ballotiiigs 
result in no choice, the N. G. shall decide the election." Section 5, 
adopted as read. Section 6, adopted as read. y_ 






(&4 Proceedings of the • [Feb., 

Article 4 — Section 1, adopted as read. Section 2, strike out "pro- 
vided, that No. P. Gr. shall be nominated for the offices of N. Gr., V. Gr., 
S. or W., if there are other ehgible members who will serve and " ; and 
also strike out " fiu-ther," after the word "provided"; the section was 
adopted as amended. P. Grs. Fosdick and Strawbridge desiring that 
their names might be recorded as voting in the negative. 

On motion of P. G. M. Rice, the further consideration of the Consti- 
tution was suspended, and 

The Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at Friendship Hall on the 3d 
proximo. ^ ^ : 

' -- - , RECEIPTS : 

Cash from Union Lodge, No. 6, on Stock, - - $250 00 

" " Magnolia Lodge, No. 22, for Charter, - - 50 OG 



, . ^ $300 00 

InF., L. andT., ' -• , • /• 

H, PORTER ANDREWS, G. Sec. 



INSTITUTION OF MAGNOLIA LODGE, NO. 22. 

- ■ ■ Wednesday Evening, Feb. 2, 1848. . 

The M. W. G. M. J. D. Stewart, assisted by A. S. Phelps, D. G-. M., 
H. Porter Andrews, G. S., H. Williams, G. T., N. B. Kneass, G. W. 
pro tem., T. H. Shields, G. G, J. Strawbridge, G. C. pro tern., A. Mon- 
delli, G. Marshall, pro tem., and P. Gs Cripps, Brichta, Durant, South- 
Well and Crickard, duly instituted Magnolia Lodge, No. 22, and the said 
Lodge having elected their officers, they were regularly installed. 

In F., L. and T., 

< ; H. PORTER ANDREWS, G. Sec. 

^■.. ■■••.• . ; ■ 



i848.] Grand Lodge of Loiusia/ui. 65 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Friendship Hall, February 3d, 1848. 

The R. W, Grand Lodge met this evenmg, pursuant to adjournment, 

Present — J. D. Stewart, M. G. Master, the Grand Officers, and a due 
representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

Certificates were read, from Delta Lodge, No. 15, that Jno. R. Greorge 
had passed the Chairs in that Lodge ; and, from Union Lodge, No. 6, 
that E. D. Lewis had passed the Chairs in that Lodge. 

The Brothers being in waiting, were introduced and quafified to take 
their seats as members of the Grand Lodge. 

The Lodge then proceeded to resume the consideration of the Consti- 
tion for Subordinates. 

Article 5, section 1, was read and adopted. 

Pending which, a motion was made, to amend, by making sickness 
an excuse ; which was not concurred in. 

P. G. Fosdick moved to reconsider the vote, adopting section 2, article 
4, which was decided in the affirmative. 

P. Gr. Fosdick then offered the following amendment, which was 
adopted ; 

Strikeout, after "that of V. Gr.," commencing with, "he must have 
served,'' and ending with, "provided, further," and insert, in place thereof, 
" or Secretary, he must have served one term in some elective or appoint- 
ed office : for that of Permanent Secretary or Treasurer, he must have 
attained the scarlet degree, provided." 

The article was then adopted as amended. 

Article 5 — section 1, adopted as read ; section 2, adopted as read. 

Article 6 — section 1, adopted as read. • .,: ■ 

On motion of P. Gr. Fosdick, it was 

Resolved, That the following Section be inserted, as section 2 of article 6. 

" Li the absence of the N. G., the V. G's Chair must be filled by a 
P. G., or, if none be present, by any N. Gr., V. G., or P. V. G. of any 
other Lodge. Li the absence of the N. Gr. and V. G., the Chairs must 
be filled by P. Gs. if present ; but, should there be no P. Gr. present, the 
Chairs must be filled by quallified Officers, of any other Lodge." 



66 - Proceedings of the [ Feb., 

Section 2, changed to section 3, and so adopted as read ; section 3, 
ciianged to section 4, and so adopted as read ; section 4, changed to sec- 
tion 5, and so adopted as read. 

Article 7 — section 1, adopted as read ; section 2, P. G. M. R.ice moved 
to strike out the words, " been assumed by the Secretary, or; " which 
was carried. 

P. G. Strawbridge moved, further to amend, by inserting after the 
words, " second stated meeting thereafter," — " and no committe shall be 
discharged till they have reported; " and, striking out, " unless," and sub- 
stitute, in lieu thereof, "but;" which was carried, and the section 
adopted as thus amended. Section 3, P. G. Brichta moved to amend, 
by inserting after, "the next stated meeting," in the sixth line, "and in 
the interval, it shall be the duty of the person casting the black ball to 
make his reasons known, privately, to the N. Gr., who, at the next 
stated meeting, shaU make these reasons known to the Lodge, conceal- 
ing the name of his informant." Which amendment was not concurred in. 
P. Gr. Fosdick moved to amend, by substituting, " may " for " shall," 
in seventh line, so as to read, " may be declared elected ; " which was 
not concurred in, and the section was adopted as read. Section 4, adopt- 
ed as read. Section 5, P. Gr. M. Whithall moved to amend, by insert- 
inc, '' unless" in place of, " not even, if, " which was not concurred in, 
so the section was adopted as read. Section 6, adopted as read. Sec- 
tion 7, P. G. M. Whithall moved to amend, by striking out " may," in 
the second line, and substituting therefor," " it shall be his duty to ; " 
which was adopted, and the section adopted as amended. Section 8, 
adopted as read. 

Article 8 — section 1 , P. G. M. Williams moved the following, as a 
substitute for the whole section : " Any member, who is clear of the 
books and under no charge, shall be entitled to receive his first degree, 
one month after his initiation ; his second degree, two months after his 
initiation ; his third degree, three months after his initiation ; his fourth 
degree, four months after his initiation ; and his fifth degree, five months 
after his initiation." Which was rejected. P. G. Dentzel moved the 
following, as a substitute : " Any Brother, who has been a member of 
this Lodge for five months, shall be entitled to receive his degrees ; Pro- 
vided^ he is duly qualified;" which was not received. P. G. Stetson 
moved to substitute, "four weeks," for " one month," where it occurs in 
the second and third line ; Avhich was carried. P. Gr. Stetson moved 
further to amend, by substituting " granting," in lieu of " conferring ;" 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisicma. . ' . 67 

which was not concurred in. P. G. Fosdick moved to amend, by insert- 
ing, " be elected to," before the word, " receive ; " which was carried, 
and the section adopted as amended. Section 2, adopted as read ; sec- 
tion 3, adopted as read. 

Article 9 — Amended, by striking out, "assumed by the Secretary 
or ; " and adopted as amended. 

Article 10 — section 1 , amended by striking out " unless excused there- 
from by vote," and adopted as amended. Section 2, P. G. Shields moved 
to strike out " or refuse" and "may be suspended by vote of the Lodge," and 
insert " shall be suspended," which was not concurred in, and the section 
was adopted as read. Section 3, P. Gr. Southwell offered the following 
substitute for the section, which was not concurred in : " Every member 
in good standing, who has been advanced to the scarlet degree, or has 
been a member nine months, shall, in case of disability to follow his ordi- 
nary occupation, be entitled to a weekly allowance of dollars ; Brothers 
of the scarlet degree, admitted by card, shall be immediately entitled to 
benefits." This section was adopted as read. Section 4, P. Gr. Fosdick 
moved to amend by striking out all after " expenses," which was carried, 
and the section adopted as amended. On motion of P. G. Emerson, it 
was resolved to fill the first blank by inserting "not less than two," and 
the second by inserting " not less than five." 

On motion of P. G-. Stetson, the further consideration of the Constitu- 
tion was suspended for the evening. 

P. Gr. M. Whithall, offered the following preamble and resolution : 

Whereas, At the annual communication of this R. W. Grand Lodge on the 25th Jan- 
uary last, certain P. Gs., members of National Lodge, No. IS, and Poplar Star Lodge, 
No. 19, were allowed to take seats and to vote in this R. W. Body, in violation of section 
3d of article 2d of the Constitution of this Grand Lodge, which section requires that the 
"Revenue" due to this Grand Lodge by its subordinates, sJuill accompany the report for 
the term during which such Past Grands presided as N. G., before they can be admitted as 
members of this R. W. Body ; and whereas, it appears by the records of the proceedings 
of this Grand Lodge, that this constitutional qualification for membership has been violated 
and disregarded, and that said P. Gs. were disqxialified from voting or taking part in the 
proceedings at the aforesaid meeting : therefore. 

Resolved, That so much of the proceedings of the annual meeting on the 2-jth Junuary 
last, as transpired after the unconstitutional admissions of the aforesaid P. Gs., and in which 
they voted, be and the same are hereby declared unconstitutional and void. 

P. G. Emerson moved that the resolution be rejected. 
The ayes and nays being called for, appeared as follows : 

Ayes— Mondelli, Waters, Williams, Shields, Crickard, Crowley, Ivirkland, Emerson, 
Southwell, Dentzel, Morrison, George, Meekins, CunlifTe, Strawbridge, Brady, Wood — 17. 

Nays— Stetson, Cripps, Nixon, Ogden, Belknap, Olmstead, Yeomans, Brichta, Reigart, 
Fosdick, Andrews — 11. 

So the resolution was rejected. . . ,. , . . 

9 



68 '■ Proceedings of the [Feb., 

P. G. Nixon gave notice of his intention to appeal to the Grand Lodge 
of the United States, so far as concerns the matter of Polar Star Lodge. 

On motion, the appeal was granted. 

P. G. Emerson asked permission to withdraw the application for the 
reinstatement of Perseverance Lodge, No. 2 ; 

Which, on motion, was granted. 

Report of the committee appointed to fit up the Grand Lodge Hall, 
was read, and an order ordered to be drawn on the Grand Treasurer for 
amount of balance due on account. 

On motion of P. Gr. M. Wihiams, it was 

Resolved, That the Grand Master petition the Legislature, and also the Second Munici- 
pal Council, to exempt the Grand Lodge from payment of taxes on lots, now due or here- 
after accruing. 

A bill for four dollars, was read from P. G. T. Meekins, being for rent 
of box in post office, for the year ending 3d December, 1 847 ; ordered to 
be paid by draft on Grand Treasurer. 

On motion of P. G. Kirkland, it was 

Resolved, That the G. M. and G. S. be authorized to sell to Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, 
twenty-eight shares of Hall stock, and to receive in part payment the amount of debt due 
Louisiana Lodge No. 1, with interest, and the balance cash. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at Friendship Hall, 
Tuesday evening, 8th inst., at 7 o'clock. 

H. PORTER ANDREWS, G. Sec. 



t . ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Friendship Hall, February 8th, 1848. 

The Grand Lodge met this evening, pursuant to adjournment, and was 
opened in due form. 

Present — J. D. Stewart M. W. G. Master, Deputy Grand Master, 
Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

On motion of P. G. M, Rice, the consideration of the Constitution 
for subordinates, was suspended, for the consideration of other matters 
by the Grand Lodge. 

P. G. M. Rice offered the following resolution, which, on motion, was 
laid upon the table, indefinitely. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. -. 69 

"Whereas, A large number of the members of this Grand Lodge are of the opinion that 
the proceedings of this R. W. Body, at the last annual communication, held on the evening 
of the 25th January last, were irregular, and that the election of Grand Officers, which took 
place at said meeting, were not in conformity to sections 1st and 3d of article 2d of the 
Constitution of this Grand Lodge ; And 

Whereas, It is requisite for the good of the Order, the dignity of this body, and the 
efficiency of its officers, that all doubts on this subject should be removed, and the legality 
of the election of the present Grand Officers fully established ; Therefore, be it 

Resolved, That the proceedings of this Grand Lodge, at the annual communication, on the 
25th January last, particularly the election of the Grand Officers, be referred for investigation 
to the Executive Committee, with instructions to make full inquiry into the same, and report 
at the next meeting of this body. 

Resolved, That the Executive Committee have full power to summon witnesses to appear 
before therh, and especially the last and present Grand Secretary. 

The Lodge then went into consideration of the Constitution. 

Article 11 — section 1, adopted as read. Section 2, adopted as read. 
Section 3, adopted as read. P. G. Haynes moved to amend section 4, 
by striking out " and their opinions as to the result," which was carried, 
and the section was adopted as amended. P. G. M. Mondelli moved to 
amend section 5, by inserting " three" in the place of " six," which was car- 
ried, and the section was adopted as amended. Section 6, adopted as read. 

Article 12 — P. G. Fosdick moved to amend section 1, by striking out 
" one-fourth," and inserting " not less than one-sixth," which was not 
concurred in, and the section was adopted as read. Section 2, was 
adopted as read. 

Article 13 — adopted as read. 

Article 14 — P. G. M. Rice moved to amend section 1st, by inserting 
after the words "contingent expenses of the Lodge," " for assistance to 
sister Lodges," which was carried, and the section was adopted as 
amended. Section 2, adopted as read. 

Article 15 — P. G. M. Mondelli moved to amend section 1, by insert- 
ing " in good standing," after the words '' five resident members," which 
was carried, and the section was adopted as amended. 

On motion, the vote adopting section 2, article 7, was reconsidered, and, 

On motion, the amedment made at a previous meeting, " and no com- 
■mittee shall be discharged till they have reported" was stricken out. 

P. G. Fosdick offered the following resolution, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the institution of Degree Lodges having been recognized by the Grand 
Lodge of the United States, the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana will grant Charters 
without charge, to a limited number of Degree Lodges, to be instituted under her jurisdic- 
tion, provided qualified and competent members of the Order petition for the same, reserving 
to itself the right of deciding upon the qualifications and competency of the petitioners^ 
when their petition comes before this body. 







70 Proceedings of the [ Feb., 

On motion of P. G. M. Pvice, a copy of the above resolution was 
ordered to be sent to eacli Subordinate Lodge in this jurisdiction. 

P. Gr. F. Thomas moved, that the R. W. Grand Pvepresentative be 
directed to make his report forthwith. 

P. G. Emerson moved to amend, by substituting " requested" for " di- 
rected," and " at the next meeting of the Grand Lodge," for " forthwith." 

The motion was adopted as amended. 

P. G. Durant asked for a dispensation to confer Degrees on Bro. Diones, 
which, on motion, was granted. 

The report of Orleans Lodge, No. 11, having been handed in, and it 
having been ascertained, that an order on the Treasurer of that Lodge 
accompanied the report, as payment of the per centage due by that Lodge, 
on motion, it was 

Resolved, That the Grand Lodge receive said order as cash, and the Report be read. 

Report of Orleans Lodge, No. 11, for the second term of 1847. — 
Initiated, 1 1 ; admitted by card, 6 ; deaths, 3 ; relieved, 8 ; withdrawn 
by card, 3 ; contributing members, 95 ; receipts, S661 70 ; per centage, 
$60 15. 

P. G. Durant, asked for a dispensation for Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, 
to confer on the following Brothers, the degrees opposite their names, 
which was granted, viz : 

Brother Lee, First, Second and Third ; Bros. Monseaux, Wagner, A. 
Chapella, Vassereau, and A. Larose, Second, Third and Fourth ; Bros. 
H. Ducatel, F. Lanfranc, L. Gerard, and Bunce, Third, Fourth and Fifth % 
and Bro. H. Delagrave, Fourth and Fifth. 

The following communication from the M. W. Grand Sire was read^ 

and, on motion of P, Gr. M. Whithall, ordered to be spread upon the 

mmutes. 

t 

I. O. O. F., Office of the Grand Sire, ) 
Philadelphia, January 21, 1S4S. ) 

F. A. Dent::el, Esq., G. S. of the G. L. of Louisiana : 

Dear Sir and Brother : — I have received your letter of the 31st ultimo, informing me 
that, by a Resolution of the R. W. G. L. of Louisiana, you were directed to communicate vsrith 
me, and request my opinion as to the legality of Cards issued by the G. L. of Canada, coun- 
tersigned by J. Gushing, Grand Secretary of the same ; and, as to the propriety of a N. G. of 
a Lodge under its jurisdiction conferring the A. T. P. W. on a brother holding a card 
granted by a Lodge under the jurisdiction of Canada. 

By reference to the printed proceedings of the G. L. of the U. S., session 1847, page 22, 
you will find that the Committee on the State of the Order reported that, when a Brother 
is called suddenly from home, a practice has grown up of accompanying the Card, when 
forwarded, by a letter from the N. G. of the Lodge granting it, to the N. G. of some Lodge 
in the place where the travclhng brother is temporarily resident ; and, as that practice had 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Lo%iisiana. 71 

originated in the necessity of the case it should be sanctioned, as it was, by the adoption of 
that report. 

This being the practice throughout the Union, I can see no reason why it should not be 
extended to cases where brothers have left Canada, and are travelling in the States. 
Truly and fraternally yours, 

HORN. R. KNEASS, Grand Sire. 
P. G. M. K-ice, offered the following resolution, which was not con- 
curred in : 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary communicate with the M. "W. Grand Sire, and as- 
certain whether the law of the Grand Lodge of the U. S. requiring all Cards to be counter- 
signed by the Grand Corresponding Secretary of the Grand Lodge of the United States, 
does not apply to Cards emanating from the Grand Lodge of Canada. 

P. G. Fosdick offered the following resolution, which, on motion, was 
laid upon the table till next meeting : 

Resolved, That it is irregular for N. Gs. of Subordinate Lodges under this jurisdiction to 
communicate the A. T. P. W. to visiting brethren, unless they present a letter, signed by 
the N. G. and attested by the seal of the Lodge to which the visiting brother belongs, re- 
questing said A. T. P. W. to be communicated. 

On motion, the G-rand Lodge adjourned to meet on the 15th inst., at 
7 o'clock, at Friendship Hall. 

Receipts. — Orleans Lodge, No. 11, per centage, - - $G0 15. 
H. PORTER ANDPvEWS, GTa7id Secretary.. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Friendship Hall, Feb. 15th, 1848. 

The G-rand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment, and was opened in: 
due form. 

Present — J. D. Stew^art, M. W. Grand Master, the Deputy Grand-' 
Master, Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

A. petition! was received from P. Gs. William R. Fosdick, J. O. Nixon,, 
H. Porter Andrews, S. E. Belknap, Henry W. Olmstead, H. G-. Stetson, 
Thomas Cripps, and R. W. Ogden ; George C. Lawrason, N. G.; H„. 
D. Ogden, V. G.; P. C. Wright, N. G.; G. W. Fv. Bailey, V. G.; Henry 
Bier, N. G.; E. W. Rodd, V. G. John-S. Wallis, N. G.; Pu. C. Faulk-^ 
ner, V. G.; C. T. Esthn, N. G.; M. L. McJilton, V. G.; Pochard Swain,. 
Harmon Doane, Dudley Chase, E. V. Church, Thomas W. Barrett, A. 
B. Bein, Charles Doane, Thomas Kervan, C. C. Nev/ell, F. W. Hart, 



72 Proceedings of the .«■ [Feb., 

William H. Slack, F. H. Barbot, John Frankford, Bernard Maglone, 
and J. N. Carrigan, for a charter for a Degree Lodge, to be called "Cres- 
cent City Degree Lodge. No, — ." When, on motion, the prayer of the 
petitioners was granted, and the blank filled with "2." 

A similar petition was received from William H. Rice, P. Gr. M.; Jas. 
Strawbridge, P. G.; George Hillman, P. &. M.; from P. Gs. S. W. 
Kirkland, J. Crickard, J. Southwell, N, B. Kneass, G. N. Morrison, T. 
H. Shields, F. A. Dentzel, E. L. Milliken, E. D. Lewis, and D. B. Crow- 
ley ; W. W. Herbert, F. Downer, J. T. Hammond, V. G.; John Leslie, 
jr., C. Collins, J. Sidney Uelf, G-. W. Shaw, N. G., and J. G. Dunlop, 
for a charter for a Degree Lodge, to be called ''Harmony Degree Lodge, 
No. — ." When, on motion, the prayer of the petitioners was granted, 
and the blank filled with ''3.'' 

A communication was received from Rodney Lodge, No. 26, Rodney, 
Mississippi, asking permission to initiate persons residing in Louisiana. 

P. G. McKinnell moved that the request be granted. P. G. Nixon 
moved to amend by giving permission to initiate Mr. E. S. F. P. G. 
Cunliffe moved further to amend, by requiring the names of applicants to 
be made known to this body. So the resolution was adopted with the 
amendments. 

Report of Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, for the second term of 1847. — 
Liitiated, 3; admitted by card, 1; withdrawn by card, 13; rejected, 4; 
deaths, 4 ; suspended, 2; relieved, 12; receipts, $265 40; percentage, 
$19 98. 

P. G. Olff being present, and having submitted the proper credentials, 
was duly qualified to take his seat as a member of this Grand Lodge. 

On motion, the consideration of the Constitution for Subordinates was 
laid over till the next meeting. 

The Committee of Accounts submitted a report upon the Secretary's 
and Treasurer's books, exhibiting a balance against P. G. Secretary 
Dentzel of $— . 

On motion, the report was referred to a special committee of three. 
The Grand Master appointed P. Gs. Cunliffe, Shields and George, as 
such committee. 

P. G. M. Rice moved to reconsider the last resolution, which was 
carried. 

P. G. Gates moved to discharge P. G. Secretary Dentzel from the 
balance shown against him ; which was not concurred in. 

P. G. M. Fi-ice moved, to refer the report to a special committee of three, 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. • 73 

with authority to send for books, papers and individuals, which was 
adopted. 

Tlae G. M. appointed P. Grs. Nixon, Olmstead and George, such 
committee. 

Grand Representative McKinnell made the foUowing report, which 
was ordered to be spread upon the record. 

New Oeleans, February 15th, 1848. 
To the M. W. Grand Master, Officers and Memhers of the R. W. Grand Lodge of Lou- 
isiana, I. O, O. F. : 
Dear, Sir and Brothers: — You having honored me with the appointment of 
Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of the United States, I attended the Sessions 
of that Body at Baltimore, commencing on Monday, the 20th September, last year. Its 
proceedings were conducted with great dignity, harmony and decorum. Much important 
business was transacted ; to recapitulate which, would make this report uselessly volumnious ; 
and, to obviate which, I present to you a journal of the proceedings. The Grand Secre- 
tary will, in due time, furnish you copies of it for your own use, and, for distribution among 
the Subordinate Lodges under your jurisdiction. A committee was appointed at the Session 
of 1846, to prepare a Digest of the Laws of the Order, which was faithfully and well done, 
and accepted by the Grand Lodge, as combining and condensing in a small space the laws 
of the Order, for its government and rule of action. The only business, immediately con- 
cerning your jurisdiction, was the passage of a resolution offered by myself, to have 
the work of the Order translated into the French and Spanish languages. I was author- 
ized to have such translations made ; and to have two hundred copies of each printed, at 
the expense of the Grand Lodge of the United States. Not willing myself to undertake a 
responsibility which, I believe, should be under the control of your body, I, therefore, relin- 
quish it, and give my powers to you. I lound, by the returns transmitted to the Grand 
Secretary, that the Grand Lodge of Louisiana was entitled to two Representatives ; and, 
believing that the interest and dignity of your body required its full legal representation, I 
paid the usual fee for a second representative, and was, in consequence, entitled to two votes, 
in that body, which, I trust, were given to your entire satisfaction. 
I have the honor to be, in F., L. and T., 

HENRY McKINNELL, G. Representative. 

On motion of P. G. M. Rice, it was 

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge procure the work to be translated, and published in 
the French and Spanish languages, as authorized by the Grand Lodge of the United States. 

On motion of same, 

P. Gs. Durant, Fuertes and Mondelli, were appointed a committee to 
ascertain the probable cost of such publication, to report at next meeting. 

P. G. Strawbridge, moved that an order be drawn on the Treasurer for 
amount due Grand Representative ; also, for the amount of Representa- 
tive tax, $20, paid by him. Carried. 

P. G. Durant asked for information as to whether the creation of De- 
gree Lodges deprived the subordinates from conferring degrees, and offered 



74 ' Proceedi7igs of the [ Feb., 

the following resolution as a test of the sense of the Grand Lodge, which 
was adopted. 

Resolved, That the creation of Degree Lodges does not take away from working Lodges 
the right of conferring degrees. 

P. Gr. Crickard moved, that the G-rand Lodge go into election of a 
delegate to the Cemetery Committee, which was carried, and resulted in 
the election of P. Gr. Cripps. 

A communication was read from the Grand Treasurer, showing the 
state of the finances of this Grand Lodge, which was ordered on file. 

Grand Treasurer Williams, moved that the Finance Committee be 
authorized to borrow $500. 

P. G-. CunlifFe moved to amend, by adding '' for a time not to exceed 
six months. 

P. G. Nixon, moved further to amend, by adding " at not a greater 
rate of interest than one percent, per month. 

So the resolution was adopted as amended. ■ ' 

P. G. M. Mondehi moved, that a committee be appointed to confer 
with the Building Committee of "Friendship Hall," to ascertain upon 
what terms this body could have use of said Hall. 

Which resolution was laid upon the table. 

On motion, the G-rand Lodge adjourned, to meet again at this Hall, on 
the 22d instant, at 7 o'clock. 

Receipts. — Teutonia Lodge No. 10, per centage, - - $19 98. 
Li F., L. and T., 

H. PORTEPv ANDREWS, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Friendship Hall, February 22d, 1848. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment, and was 
opened in due form. 

Present — J. D. Stewart, M. W. Grand Master, Deputy Grand Mas- 
ter, Ofiicers, and a due representation from subordinate Lodges. 



1§48.] Grand Lodge of Laccisiana. 'J-^ 

The Constitution for Subordinates was taken up and read as amended, 

P. G. M. Rice, moved that it be adopted as read, pending which, 

P. G-. Montgomery, moved to amend section 5 of article 7, by insert 
ing after "petition," "any Lodge under this jurisdiction," which was" 
carried. 

P. G. Fosdick moved to amend section 3 of Article 10, by inserting 
after " initiation," the words "or election," and strike out all after " disa- 
bility," which was carried. 

P. Gr. Fosdick moved to strike out section 2 of article 14, which was 
not concurred in. P. G. M. Pvice, moved to expungo the same section, 
and insert as a substitute, the following, which the G. M. decided to be 
out of order : " The monetary affairs of the Lodge shall be regulated by 
the By-Laws." P. G. Montgomery, moved to strike out " two-thirds 
vote," and insert " vote of the Lodge," which was not concurred in. P. 
G. M. Rice, moved to strike out all after " money," the first word, and 
add, " of the Lodge shall be disposed of in manner specified by the By- 
Laws," which was not concurred in. P. G. Kneass moved to lay on the 
table until next meeting, which was lost. 

P. G. Strawbridge moved to reject the whole Constitution, which was 
not concurred in. 

The question recurring on the final adoption of the Constitution, P. 
G, Nixon, moved it be referred to a committee of three. 

The G. M. decided the motion out of order. , 

P. G. Durant, appealed from the decision of the Chair. 

The question on the appeal having been taken, the decision of the 
Chair was reversed. The question recurring, on motion, to re-commit, 
the resolution was not concurred in. 

P. G. Fosdick moved to amend section 1, article 12, by striking out 
•' one-fourth" and inserting " one-sixth," which was not concurred in. 

The question then recurred upon the final adoption of the Constitution, 
when the motion to adopt was lost. P. Gs. Whithall and Kneass desi- 
ring their names recorded as voting in the negative. 

P. G. M. Rice moved to reconsider, which motion was carried, when 
on motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned, sine die. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

H. PORTER ANDREWS, G. Sec, 

10 



T6^ Proceedings of the ' [ March, 

•-•-"^*'- ^- ' • : CALLED MEETING, 

t 

Friendship Hall, March 23cl, 1848. 
The Grrand Lodge met, and was opened in due form. 

PRESENT : 

J. D. STEWAPvT, M. W. G. Master, 

' --. A. S. PHELPS, R. W. D. G. Master, 

A. MONDELLI, G. Warden, pro tern., 

, ' , , H. P. ANDPvEWS, G. Secretary, 

'. . . • T. H. SHIELDS, G. Guardian, ^ ■ , 

- J. PASLEY, G. Conductor. -"..■^■■•:- 

P. Gs. Cohn, Vasconcellos, Font, Thompson, Brichta, J. "Wilcox, OlfF, 
Dolhonde, Southwell, Cripps, Milliken, Fuertes, Ogden, Strawbridge, 
Crowley, Kneass, Trippett, Buissard, Durant, Hedden, and a due rep- 
resentation. 

The call for the meeting was read, which was for the purpose of re- 
ceiving the report of the committee appointed to ascertain the cost of 
translating and printing the work of the Order into French and Spanish. 

The committee made an informal report, in which was specified propo- 
sals for translating, printing and binding, as follows : 

Translating— each language— $100 - - - $200 
Printing two hundred copes — each language — $240 - 480 

Making a total cost of - - - - $680. 
On motion of P. Gr. Dolhoude, it was 

Resolved, To accept the proposal for translating. • , , , 

On motion of the same, it was 

Resolved, That action on the printing be suspended,, and that the (Trand Secretary cor- 
respond with the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of the United States, and ascertain 
whether this Grand Lodge is fully authorized to have such translating and publishing done- 

On motion of P. G. Kneass, it was 

Resolved, That the translators be paid, only after approval by the Grand Lodge of the 
United States, if such approval be required, or after approval by this Grand Lodge, if the 
approval of the Grand Lodge of the United States is not required. ,_ , ^ 

On motion of D. Gr. M. Phelps, it was •' >> ■:.' 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary also inquire of the Grand Secretary of the Grand 
Lodge of the United States, if it is necessary to transmit a copy of translations for the exam- 
ination and approval of the Grand Lodge of the United States. 

On motion of P. Gr. M. Mondelli, the Grand Lodge closed, 

H. PORTER ANDREWS, G. Secretary. 



r848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 77 

QUARTERLY MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, April 25tli, 1848. 

' ■■ PRESENT : 

J. D. STEWART, M. W. G. Master. 

■■ -• A. S. PHELPS, R. W. D. G. Master. 

W. H. WATERS, R. W. G. Marshal. 

H. P. ANDPwEWS, R. W. G. Secretary. 

H. WILLIAMS, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

E. L. MILLIKEN, G. Conductor, pro tern. 

T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Guardian. 

Rev. C. W. WHITHALL, W. G. Chaplai7i. 
P. Gs. Belknap, Ricardo, Crowley, Dentzel, Kneass, George, Rice, 
McKinnell, Mott, Nixon, Yeomans, Olmstead, Cunliffe, Mondelli, Kirk- 
iand. Stetson, Cripps, Fosdick, Crickard, Wood, Vaught, Strawbridge, 
and a due representation. 

The minutes of the last regular and intervening meetings were read 
and approved. 

The following report of the Grand Master was received, read, and or- 
dered to be spread upon the minutes. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiaiia, I. O. O. F.: 

I herewith submit, as my first quarterly report, a summary of tlie condition of the Order 
in this jurisdiction, and of my official acts during the past three months. 

It is with no ordinary feelings of pleasure, that I tender my congratulations to the Grrand 
Lodge, on the prosperity of the Order in this State— on the harmony that has prevailed since 
■the commencement of this year, and on the uniformity of the work of the several Lodges. 

The officers of the Subordinate Lodges for the present term, have proved themselves 
■worthy of the trust reposed in them, and the deportment of the members has been in keeping 
with the high reputation they have long enjoyed for benevolent actions and charitable and 
kindly feelings, and all, from their devotion to the Order, and their prompt execution of the 
•commands of our laws, seem to be imbued with the true spirit of Odd Fellowship. 

I appointed P. G. Alfred Gates, of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, D. D. G. M. of the district, 
comprising within its limits. Lodges No. 4 and 7, and gave him jurisdiction over St. Mary's 
Lodge, No. 20, until a new district could be created. I have the happiness to say, that he 
iias proved himself an able and efficient representative of the Grand Lodge. 

On the 22d February, I instituted Magnolia Lodge, No. 22. It is in a healthy and pros- 
perous condition, and the officers and members are zealous in the good cause of Odd 
Fellowship. 

On the 19th February Orescent City Degree Lodge, No. 2, was instituted, by P. G. M. 
Wm. H. Rice, to whom 1 here tender my thanks, for his valuable services. 

On the 26th February, I instituted Harmony Degree Lodge, No. 3, and am happy to say, 
that the work of these two Degree Lodges is highly satisfactory, and their utility is ac- 
knowledged by all. 

On the 23d March, Neith Lodge, No. 21, was instituted, at Shreveport, by P .G. John R. 
Creorge, who performed the duty assigned him in an able and efficient manner. The Lodge 



'IS . . .. Proceedings of ike : [Apkil, 

bommenced under favorable auspices, and will no doubt prove an ornament to the order. I 
granted them a dispensation to have a public procession on the 26th instant. 

It will be seen from the report of D. D. G. M. Gates, herewith submitted, that DeSoto 
Lodge, No. 7, is steadily progressing, and that St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, is in a highly pros- 
perous condition. I have taken no action on the recommendation of Bro. Gates, to reclaim 
the Charter and effects of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, and submit the matter to your decision. 

In compliance with your instructions, I petitioned the Legislature of this State, and the 
Council of the Second Municipality of this city, to exempt the property owned by this 
Grand Lodge from taxation. An act was passed by the Legislature, exempting all property 
owned by Lodges of our Order in this State, from taxation. The Council of the Second 
Municipality deferred the matter until after the action of the Legislature, and have not yet 
acted upon it finally. 

Permit me to urge upon your consideration, the importance of final action on the Consti- 
tution for Subordinate Lodges. Some of them have deferred printing their Constitution for 
some time, and have experienced much inconvenience from want of printed copies. 

I would call your attention to the fact that the Lodges working in French and Spanish, 
keep their minutes only in their own language. I find the following in the digest of the 
laws ot the Grand Lodge of the United States : " A Lodge working in a foreign language, 
may keep a record of its proceedings in the language in which.it works, but it is bound, also, 
to keep a record in the English language." 

In conclusion, permit me to hope, that all your deliberations and enactments may tend to 
promote the welfare and harmony of our beloved Order. 

I tender you my most sincere and hearty thanks, for the courteous and kind treatment I 
iiave received at your hands, and for the cheerful aid rendered me in the administration of the 
affairs of the Grand Lodge. 

JAMES D. STEWART, Grand Master, 

On motion, it was 

Resolved, To refer the above report to a Special Committee, to make such suggestiohs 
thereon as may be deemed necessary. 

P. Grs. Whithall, Nixon and Kneass, were appointed such committee. 
The following report of D. D. Gr, M. Gates was read and ordered to 
be spread upon the minutes ; 

I. O. O. F., Baton Rouge, April 12, 1848. 
To James D. Stewart, Esq., 31. W. Grand Blaster of the State of Louisiana : 

Dear Sir and Brother : — According to the fifth section of Article 5th of the Constitution 
of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I do hereby transmit to you a report of the condition of the 
Order in my district, to wit : 

That Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, at Bayou Sara, has not held a meeting since the Ath of Octo- 
ber last. The last election of officers was held on the 23d of August last, Bro. C. B. Collins 
was elected N. G., Wm. McCombs, V. G., J. H. Hand, Secretary, A. Lanna, Treasurer, 
and from the Secretary's journal of proceedings, no report appears to have been made to the 
Grand Lodge, notwithstanding there seems to be plent)^ of the best material for constituting 
a good Lodge; yet from some cause its members display a great deal of apathy, showing no 
disposition to continue the work, under the present state of things with their Lodge. I 
visited them in my official capacity on the 10th and 11th instant, and found the Lodge in 
such a perfect state of chaos, (as it were) that it would be my advice, and I do so recommend 
to the Grand Master, that he do immediately reclaim their Charter, according to the first 
section of the By-Laws of the Grand Lodge, and that he take possession of the funds, books, 
'j^roperty, and effects of all kinds belonging to the Lodge, according to the second section 6i 
^p ssine By-Laws. 



.i?:' 



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Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 



79 



DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, at Baton Rouge, is in a flourishing condition, and its members 
appear to take a deep and abiding interest in the prosperity of the Order. 

St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, at Franklin, I find in a state o*" prosperity, unexampled in the 
historj"- of our Order, in this State. It was instituted about the middle of January, and ten 
days ago, (when I was there) numbered upwards of sixty members, all of whom appear to 
take a lively interest in the prosperity of the Order. 

Such is the first report I make to you, and in relation to Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, I hope 
and believe that there are a few of its members who will petition to have the charter reinstated. 
There are some good and worthy brothers belonging to that Lodge, who, if they were dis- 
posed to exert themselves, might raise their Lodge to a standard not to be surpassed by any 
country Lodge. With sincere respect, I remain, 

In the bonds of F., L. and T., 

ALFRED GATES, D. D. G. Master. 

On motion, the above report was referred to the Executive Committee, 

The Grand Secretary made the following rejDort, which was ordered to 
be spread upon the minutes. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F.: 

I herewith present you my cash statement for the first quarter of 1S4S, showing the 
amount of moneys received by me, since entering upon the duties of my office, specifying 
the sources from which they were derived and of their disposition. 

CASH STATEMENT. 



1848. 






i 


Jan. 25. Per centage of Union Lodge, No. 6 . . 


$98 35 








" '• Covenant Lodge, No. 17. . 


41 50 








Poplar Star Lodge, No. 19.. 


45 31 








De Soto Lodge, No. 7.. 


28 27 








" " National Lodge, No. 18. . 


35 82 








Ho-.vard Lodge, No. 13.. 


52 63 






■4 


Hope Lodge, No. 14. . 


104 85 








" " Jefferson Lodge, No. 9.. 


40 54 








" " Delta Lodge, No. 15. . 


49 89 








, - i< <i Washington Lodge, No. 3.. 


55 80 








" " Crescent Lodge, INo. 8.. 


106 62 








Templar Lodge, No. 16. . 


83 60 








" " Commercial Lodge, No. 12. . 


127 65 








" " Louisiana Lodge, No. 1.. 


105 34 








Feb. 8. " " ■ Teutonia Lodge, No. 10. . 


19 98 




■,•■ 




Orleans Lodge, No. 11 . . 


60 15 








Total, for percentao-e 




§1056 30 






Jan. 25. Gas and rent Louisiana Lodge, No. 1,.. 


28 40 








Total for Gas and Rent 




28 40 






Jan. 29. Stock in Hall, Union Lodge, No. 6.. 


250 00 






' 


Total for stock 


50 00 


2"0 00 






Charter of Mag"olia Lodge, No. 22. . 


* 


Total lor Charter 




50 00 






Jan. 25. This amount paid Grand Trearurc-r, as per 










Receipt Book 






$975 95 
30C 00 




Jan. 29. This amount paid G. Treasurer, as per do. . 




Feb. 15. " 






80 15 




April 18 " 






28 60 




Total pa.id. TrcD-siiver. . * < » 








$1384 70 








$1384 70 


$1384 70 


$1384 70;$13S4 70 



H. PORTER ANDREWS, G. Secretary. 



80 



Troceedings of the 



April, 



The following report of the Grand Treasurer was received, and ordered 
to be spread on the minutes : 

New Orleans, April 22, 1848. 
To tlie Officers and Members of tlie Grand Lodge of Lotiisiajia, I. O. O. F.: 

TREASURER'S ACCOUNT WITH THE GRAND LODGE. 



1848. 

Jan. 25. To Cash received of P. G. Treasurer, J. R. Meekins 

" " " Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, old gas and rent bill 


$113 22 
56 85 

1384 50 
66 00 
84 50 




" " " the five Lodges and Camp rent to March 1 . . 
" " " the five Lodges and Camp Gas to April 1. , 

By eleven orders paid as per resolution of Grand Lodge 

" paid two months rent of Grand Lodge rooms 


$1747 m 
30 00 


" paid three months gas, to April 1 


84 50 


" paid for locks and keys, etc., as per Wilson's bill 

" paid two orders (not yet paid) — Dameron, $94 03— Se- 
bricht, $29 20 


9 75 
1^53 23 








S1705 07 


$1995 46 



Showing a balance due Grand Treasurer of $290 39. 

In F., L. and T., 

HENRY WILLIAMS, Gra?td Treasurer. 



Certificates were read, from St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, setting forth 
that Bro. G. N. Seagrave was a P. G., and a member of that Lodge, 
and from Commercial Lodge, No. 12, that Bro. George Purvis was a 
P. G. and a member of that Lodge. Having been referred to the Commit- 
tee on Credentials, the Committee reported P. G. George Purvis in wait- 
ing and correct, whereupon the brother Avas introduced by the G. C. 

A communication was read from the Grand Master of Texas, which 
was received and ordered on file. 

A communication was read from J. L. Ridgley, Pv. W. G. Secretary 
of G. L. of the U. S., in regard to translating the work into French and 
Spanish, which was received and on file. 

A communication was received from the Secretary of Jefferson Lodge, 
No. 9, informing this Grand Lodge of the expulsion of E. Pv. Beach. 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the accounts of Past 
Secretary and Treasurer, made a report, showing a balance due P. G. 
Secretary Dentzel, of $40 -56. 

On motion, the report was accepted, and the committee discharged. 

P. G. Stetson moved to draw an order on the Treasurer for $40 56, 
balance due P. G. Secretary Dentzel. 

P. G. Fosdick moved to amend, by adding $50 00 in addition to the 
■salary of tire Grand Secretary. , - . 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. ' 81 

P. G. M. Pv-ice, moved further to amend, by allowing the snm of $50 00, 
as compensation to P, G. Haynes, for services as Grand Secretary, during 
the absence of Grand Secretary Dentzel. 

P. G. Vaught, moved to lay both amendments on the table, which 
was concurred in. ' ■ 

The question recurring on the original motion, it was adopted. 

A communication was received from Crescent Lodge, No. 8, contain- 
ing amendments to the By-Laws and Constitution, which were referred to. 
the proper committee. 

A commujiication was received from St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, en- 
closing draft of Constitution and By-Laws, which were referred to the 
proper committee. 

Nominations for Grand Representative to the Grand Lodge of the 
United States, were opened, and the following nominations made : 

P. G. M. Rice nominated P. Gs. Kneass and Mott. 

P. G. Crickard nominated P. G. M. Whithall. 

P. G. Stetson nominated P. G. Srawbridge. - . ^ . 

P. G. Vaught nominated P. G. Fosdick. . . ^ 

P. G. Olmstead nominated P. G. Ricardo. 

P. G. Stetson nominated P. G. Kirkland. 

P. G. Kirkland nominated P. G. Crickard. 
"■ When the Lodge went into election for one representative, which re- 
sulted in the choice of P. G. Kneass ; P. Gs. Strawbridge, Kirkland audi 
Fosdick having previously declined being candidates. 

On Motion of P. G. M. Whithall. 

Resolved, That whereas, P. G. McKinnell having been elected Grand Representative, by 
this Grand Lodge, for the term of one year, that liis term is now expired, and he be now 
ackitowledged as Past Grand Ptepresentative, and entitled to all its privileges. 

Whereupon, the Lodge went into an election for a second representa- 
tive, which resulted in the choice of P. G. Mott. 

P. G. R. McKinnell offered the following resolutions, which were laid 
upon the table. 

Kesolved, That when this Grand Lodge approves the Constitution and By-laws of a Sub- 
ordinate Lodge, it cannot remove a clause or article, nor annul said Constitution, without the 
consent of the Subordinate ; provided, said Constitution and By-Laws do not conflict with 
the fundamental rules of the Order. 

Resolved, That no Constitution passed by this Grand Lodge for the government of Sub- 
ordinates, shall be binding on a Lodge, unless submitted for approval and accepted by the 
Lodge. 

Several bills were received and referred to Committee on Accounts. 
When the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet in this Hall on Tuesday 
evening, May 2d, at half-past 7 o'clock. 

IL PORTER ANDREWS, G. Sec. 



83 Proceedings of the [ May, 

* ■ - ^ ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, May 2, 1848. 

Present— ^^2im.es, D. Stewart, M. W. Grand Master, the Grand Offi- 
cers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Committee on Constitution and By-Laws, reported in favor of the 
approval of the amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws of Crescent 
Lodge, No. 8, whereupon, 

On motion, the same were approved. 

A communication was received from Natchez Lodge, No. 28, Natchez, 
Mississippi, asking permission to initiate a person resident in this jurisdic- 
tion. 

On motion, the request was granted. 

The following communication was received from Crescent Lodge, No. 8: 

Crescent Lod.ge, No. 8, I. O.O. F. 

Extract from the Minutes of the Lodge of the eighth meeting, held on the 2d of 
March, "1848. 

" Bro. Past Grand Mott offered the following resolution : 

" Whereas, at a regular meeting of the members of this Lodge, held on the 24th Feb- 
ruary, the " Order of Business," and " Rules of Order," reported to the Lodge by a commit- 
tee specially appointed for that purpose, were then adopted by the Lodge. 

" Resolevd, That this Lodge do no longer approve oi the same, and that the same be, and 
are hereby annulled. 

" Resolved, That the " Order of Business" and " Rules of Order," by which this Lodge 
has heretofore been guided, and by which it has been heretofore governed, be, and the same 
are hereby revived, and be considered as in full force and effect." 

Extract from the Minutes of the Lodge, of the tenth meeting, held on the 16th of 
March, 1848. 

"The resolutions offered by Bro. P. G-. Mott, were taken up, and after discussion, on 
motion, the vote of the Lodge being called for, stood fifteen for adopting, nine against ; 
whereupon the N. G. decided that the said resolutions were adopted by the Lodge, that the 
i^ew " Order of Business" and " Bules of Order," were anr^ulled, and the old rules revived. 
The N. G. stated that he based his decision on the 14th article of tuo new " Rules of 
Order. From this decision Bro. P. G. Fosdick appealed to the Lodge. The Lodge sus- 
tained the decision of the N. G. Whereupon Bro. P. G. Fosdick rose and gave the following 
notice to tke Lodge : 

" I appeal from the decision of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, to the Grand Lodge, on the ground 
that the said Lodge has violated article 14, of the new "Rules of Order,' ' in deciding that 
a bare majority is sufficient to repeal the new " Rules of Order," and " Order of Business" 
and revive the old ones. 

March 16, 1848. ^ WILLIAM R. FOSDICK. 

"On this notice of appeal to the Grand Lodge, the N. G. deciced that the whole matter 
svas suspended, and that the Lodge must be governed by the new " Rules of Order" and 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 82 

"Order of Business," until the subject was acted upon by the Grand Lodge. From this 
last decision of the N. G-., Bro. P. G. Mott appealed to the Lodge. The Lodge again sus- 
tained the decision of the N. G. 
" I hereby certify the foregoing to be true extracts from the minutes of the Lodge. 
"In faith whereof, I hereunto affix my name and the seal of the Lodge." 
New Orleans, April 28, 1848. GEORGE W. CHRISTY, Secretary. 

On motion, the appeal was referred to a special committee. The 
Chair appointed as such committee P. Gs. Shields, Crickard and 
Morrison. 

On motion of P. Gr. Nixon, it was 

Resolved, To consider the resolution offered at a previous meeting by P. G. McKinnell. 
P. G. Crickard moved that they be laid on the table, which was not 
concurred in. 

On motion, the consideration of the resolutions was postponed until 
next meeting. 

On motion of P. G. Kneass, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet on 
Tuesday evening, 9th instant, at Friendship Hall, at 7 o'clock. 

H. PORTER ANDREWS, Grand Secretary. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Friendship Hall, May 9th, 1848. 

The R. W. G-rand Lodge met pursuant to adjournment, and was 
opened in due form. 

Present — W. H. Rice, Grand Master, pro tern., presiding ; assisted 
by A. S. Phelps, Deputy Grand Master ; and the Grand Officers, and a 
due representation from Subordinate Lodges 

The committee on the appeal of P. Gr. Fosdick, from the action of 
Crescent Lodge, No. 8, made the following report : 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Lozdsiana, I. O. O. F.: 

The Committee to whom was referred the appeal to the Grand Lodge, by P. G. Fosdick, 
from the action of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, in relation to "Rules of Order," etc., on the 
evening of the 16th March last, state that they have given the subject a careful examination, 
and report: that by reference to the 14th section of the new "Rules of Order," of Crescent 
Lodge, No. 8, they cannot understand that the Lodge has violated said section, in deciding 
that a bare majority vote is sufficient to repeal the new " Rules of Order" and "Order of 
Business," (as charged in P. G. Fosdick's appeal) they believing the same to be a legal 
action. 

11 



84 Proceedings of the [ May, 

Your Committee would therefore recommend the adoption of the following resolution : 
Resolved, That the Grand Lodge do sustain the action of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, against 
the appeal of P. G. W. R. Fosdick, which charges the Lodge with having violated the 14tb 
article of her new " Rules of Order.' ' In F. L. and T., 

T. H. SHIELDS, 
Ct. N. MORRISON, 
"■ ■ J. CRICKARD. 

On motion of P. Gr. Mott, the report was received and the committee 
discharged. 

P. G. McKinnell moved that tlie resolution offered bj'- tlie committee be 
adopted ; which was not concurred in. 

P. G. Nixon moved to sustain the appeal of P. G. Fosdick. 

P. G. McKinnell proceeded to remark upon the resolution, when P. 
G. F. Thomas called him to order. 

The Chair decided P. G. McKinnell to be in order. 

P. G. Thomas appealed from the decision of the Chair, when the 
Grand Lodge sustained the Chair in its decision. 

The question recurring on the resolution of P. G. Nixon, it was 
adopted. 

P. Gr. Thomas moved to reconsider, which was carried. 

The question again recurring on the resolution of P. G. Nixon, the 
ayes and nays were called for, and resulted as follows : 

Ayes — Nixon, Waters, Thomas, Dentzel, CunlifFe, Stetson, Phelps, Rice, Emerson, 
Andrews — 10. 
Nays — Mott, Crickard, Yeomans, McKinnell, Shields— 5. 

P. Gr. Mondelli and Fort, excused from voting. 

So the appeal of P. G. Fosdick was sustained. 

P. Gr. Thomas gave notice of a protest against the election of Grand 
Representatives. 

P. G. Emerson moved to take up the Constitution for Subordinates, 
which was not concurred in. 

P. G. Stetson moved, that when the Grand Lodge adjourns, it is at the 
call of the Grrand Secretary, at such place as he may select, for the pur- 
pose of taking decisive action upon the Constitution for Subordinates, 
which was adopted. 

On motion, the resolutions of P. G. McKinnell, offered in the meeting 
of the 25th ultimo, were taken up and considered. 

P. G. Nixon moved that the resolutions be adopted. The ayes and 
nays were called for and resulted as follows : 

Ayes — Nixon, McKinnell, Purvis — 3. 

Nays — Mott, Crickard, Yeomans, Waters, Shields, Thomas, Dentzel, Cunliffe, Stetson 
Phelps, Rice, Emerson, Mondelli, Fort, Andrews, Cripps, Fosdick — 17. 

So the resolutions were not concurred in. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 85 

P. Gr. Fort asked permission for National Lodge, No. 18, to keep a 
journal of proceedings only in the Spanish language. 

On motion, the Grand Secretary was instructed to inform No. 18, and 
No. 19, of the laws of the Grand Lodge of the United States on the 
subject, requiring a record in all cases to be kept in the English language. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. PORTEPw ANDPvEWS, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, May 16th, 1848. 

The Grand Lodge met pursuant to a caU, and was opened in due form. 

Present — J. D. Stewart, M. W. Grand Master, presiding; the Grand 
Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Grand Lodge was visited by P. G. S. Rogers, of Eagle Lodge, 
No, 94, Brooklyn New York. 

The Constitution for Subordinates was taken up and read. 

P. G. Cunliffe moved to strike out in section 3, article 10, " not less 
than five dollars," and insert "not less than seven dollars," which was 
not concurred in. P. G. Emerson moved to strike out in same section 
" or election," and reinstate the proviso appearing in the original drafts — 
making a brother admitted by card immediately entitled to benefits, which 
was carried. 

P. G. Emerson moved to amend section 7, article 7, so as to read, 
■" It shall be the duty of any member of a sister Lodge, knowing aught 
derogatory to the character or qualifications of a candidate for admis- 
sion into this Lodge, to reveal the same to the N. G.," etc, which 
was carried. 

P. G. Cunlifie, moved to insert in section 1, article 12, after the word 
■" vote," the words " of the Lodge," which was carried. P. G. Crickard 
moved to strike out in section 1, article 12, " one-fourth," and insert " one- 
fifth," which was carried. 

P. G. Crickard moved to adopt the Constitution as amended. The 
ayes and nays being called for on this resolution, resulted as follows : 



86 , Proceedings of the [ May, 

Ayes — Stetson, Vasconcellos, Dentzel, Brichta, Morrison, Cunliffe, Olff, Crickard, Colin, 
Fosdick, Ennerson, Southwell, Kneass, Shields, Crowley, Wood, Cripps — 17. 
Nays — Nixon, Olmstead, Williams, McKinnell, Purvis, Andrews — 6. 

So the Constitution was adopted. 

P. G. Emerson moved to reconsider, which was not concurred in. 

P. G. Fosdick moved that the Constitution take effect upon the 1 st of 
July next, and from and after that date, be the legal Constitution of each 
and every subordinate Lodge under this jurisdiction, which was carried. 

P. G. Emerson offered the following resolution : 

Resolved, That three hundred copies be printed under the supervision of the Grand Mas- 
ter and Grand Secretary, and that ten copies of the same be sent to each Lodge in this 
jurisdiction. 

Which was adopted. 

P. Gr. Cunliffe, asked for information, as to whether the section in the 
Constitution j List adopted, giving Subordinates power to enact their own 
By-Laws, did, or did not require such By-Laws to be submitted to the 
Grand Lodge for approval. 

The Gr. M. decided that all By-Laws hereafter adopted by Subordi- 
nates, must be submitted to the Grand Lodge for approval. 

P. G. Cunliffe appealed from the decision of the Chair. 

The Grand Lodge sustained the decision of the Chair. 

P. G. Emerson, moved that when the Grand Lodge adjourns, it is to 
meet on Tuesday evening next, at Friendship Hall, for the purpose of 
conferring the P. O. degrees, which was concurred in. 

P. Gr. Stetson, moved that a committee of three be appointed, to pro- 
cure a room for the Grand Lodge to hold its meetings in, such committee 
to act with a like committee on the part of the Grand Encampment, 
which was carried. 

The Grand Master appointed P. Gs. Stetson, Shields and Brichta, such 
committee. 

A communication was received from Washington Lodge, No. 3, noti- 
fying the Grand Lodge of the suspension of P. G. William Thompson, 
for six months, from April 13, for misconduct. 

When the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at Friendship Hall, 23d 
inst., at half-past 7 o'clock, p. m. 

H. PORTER ANDREWS, G. Sec. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 87 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Friendship Hall, May 23d, 1848. 

The Grand Lodge met this evening, pursuant to adjournment, and was 
opened in due form. 

Present — J. D. Stewart M. W. G. Master, the Grand Officers, and 
a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Grand Master stated that the business first in order would be the 
conferring of the P. O. degrees. 

When several P. Gs. received the P. V. G. and P. S. degree. ' 

The committee appointed at the last meeting, to look for a Hall, made 
a verbal report. 

P. G. Stetson moved that the committes be allowed to expend the sum 
of $75 for that purpose, which was carried. 

The following communication from the Grand Lodge of Alabama 
was read ; 

I. O. O. F., GRAND LODGE OF ALABAMA, ) 
Office of the Grand Secretary, Mobile, May 13, 1848. j 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

Brethren : — I herewith transmit a copy of preamble and resolutions, unanimously 
adopted by the Grand Lodge of Alabama, on the 21st April, 1848, with a request that action 
maybe had on the same by your R. W. Body. 

I am fraternally yours, 

SAMUEL PENNY, Gra?id Secretary. 

Whereas, This Grand Lodge views, with deep regret, the spirit of discord and want 
of harmony at present existing in some of our sister Grand Lodges, which state of feeling 
We believe to have grown out of the organization of those R. W. bodies ; and believing as 
we do, that under the present system, our Grand Lodges must eventually fall to pieces o' 
their own cumbrous weight, and believeing, therefore, that a re-organization of our Grand 
Lodges, would tend in a great measure, to restore that unity, harmony, and concert of action 
so necessary to the prosperity of our Order, and the success of our philanthropic designs ; 
Be it therefore 

Resolved, That the members of this Grand Lodge, now convened as P. Gs. and Repre- 
sentatives, are willing, and do consent to yield our individual privileges and private vested 
rights for the public good of the Order. 

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge will petition, and does hereby petition, the R. W. 
Grand Lodge of the United States, to change the organization of the State Grand Lodges, 
throughout her jurisdiction. 

Resolved, That we most respectfully suggest as a basis of a re-organization, the restriction 
■of the number of P. Gs. as Representatives from the Subordinates, to such a number as each 



€8 ' Proccedi?igs of the « [ May, 

Subordinate Lodge maybe entitled to, in a just ratio, in proportion to numerical strength, 
reserving to P. Gs. only, the right to the Grand Lodge degree, eligibility as representatives, 
and privileges to seats in the Grand Lodge, without privilege to vote in any case. 

Kesolved, That the Grand Secretary be authorized to have these resolutions printed in the 
form of a circular, and that he be instructed to forward the same to the several State Grand 
Lodges throughout the Union, with the request that they shall take action thereon. 

P. G. Grunnagle, moved to lay the communication on the table, which 
was not concurred in. 

P. G. Kneass, moved to refer the same to a special committee, which 
was carried. 

The Chair appointed P. Grs. Kneass, Emerson and Mott, as said 
committee. 

Bill of "Delta" office, for advertising to October 1, 1848, $10, being 
approved by the Finance Committee, was ordered to be paid. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned, sine die. 
In F., L. and T., 
'■ , H. POPvTEPu A'H'D'K'EW^, Grand Secretary. 



REG ULAR q UAR TERL Y MEE TING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, July 25, 1848. 
The R. W. G-rand Lodge met pursuant to the Constitution, and was 
-opened in due form. 

PRESENT : *•'/■;. ^ 

J. D. STEWAPv^T, G. Master. 

A.S.PHELPS, D.G. Master. '..!v. 

W. H. WATEPvS, G. Warden. ,...,. 



H. W. OLMSEAD. G. Secretary, pro tern. ' ' 

H. WILLIAMS, G. Treasurer. 

J. O. NIXON, G. Cojiductor, pro tern. 

E. A. TYLEPv, G. Guardian, pro tem. 

C. W. WHITHALL, G. Chaplain. 

P. Gs. Belknap, Crickard, Kirkland, Stetson, Thomas, Yeomans, 
Vaught, Strawbridge, Southwell, Wilcox, Emerson, Cripps, Fuertes, 
Wood, Brichta, Vasconcellos, Purvis, Hooper, Thisted, Ogden, Cunliffe, 
Fort, Buissard, Webb, Pickett, Olff, and a due representation. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisicma. &9 

The proceedings of the last Quarterly and Special sessions, were read 
and approved. 

Semi-annual reports from the following Lodges, were read and ac- 
cepted* viz : 



Louisiana Lodge, - 


- No. 


1 \ 


: Hope Lodge, 


- No. 14 


DeSoto Lodge, 


- No. 


7 


Temj^lar Lodge, 


- No. IG 


Crescent Lodge, - 


- No. 


8 


: Covenant Lodge, - 


- No. 17 


Jefferson Lodge, - 


- No, 


9 


National Lodge, - 


- No. 18 


Teutonia Lodge, - 


- No. 


10 \ 


: Neith Lodge, 


- No. 21 


Orleans Tiodge, 


- No. 


11 ! 


\ Magnoha Lodge, - 


. No. 22 



Reports from the following Lodges being informal, were, on motion of 
the G. Sec, referred back to their respective Lodges for correction, viz : — 

"Washington Lodge, - No. 3 \ Howard Lodge, - - No. 13 
Union Lodge, - - No. 6 < Delta Lodge, - - No. 15 

Commercial Lodge, - No. 12 ^ 

Annual reports were received from Crescent Lodge, No. 8 ; Hope 
Lodge, No. J 4 ; and Templar Lodge, No. 16. 

The G. M. decided that the junior P. Gs. from the Lodges whose re- 
ports were informal, could not be admitted to a seat in the Grrand Lodge. 
The Committee of Conference reported that the credentials of the fol- 
lowing P. Gs. were correct ; the P. Gs, being in waiting, were intro- 
duced and qualified to take their seats as members of the Grrand Lodge, 
viz: — 

U. Tyson, - - Louisiana Lodge, - No. 1 

G. C. Lawrason, - Crescent Lodge, - No. 8 

Thos. Cook, - Jefferson Lodge, - No. 9 

P. Willman, - Teutonia Lodge, - No. 10 

J. S. Wallis, - Orleans Lodge, - - No. 11 

H. Bier, - - Hope Lodge, - - No. 14 

P. C. Wright, - Templar Lodge, - No. 16 

J. Saliba, ■ - National Lodge, - No. 18 

Pv. N. Wood, - Neith Lodge, - - No. 21 

Wm. Emerson, - Magnolia Lodge, - No. 22 

The P. O. degrees were conferred on several P. Gs., by the G. W. 

The M. W. Grand Master submitted the foUowing report; which was- 

read, and. 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, referred to a committee of three to report 
appropriate committees upon the several subjects therein referred to. 

* See Appendix. 



90 Proceedi7igs of the [ July, 

The Chair appointed P, Gs. Ogden, Strawbridge and Wilcox said 
committee. 

REPORT : 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Lo^iisiaiia, I. O. O. F.: 

You are again assembled to legislate for the welfare of our Order in this jurisdiction, and 
to receive and examine the reports of the work of Subordinate Lodges for the past six 
months. 

It must be gratifying to you to learn, as it is for me to report, that the Order is in a healthy 
and prosperous condition. Peace and harmony continue to pervade every department, and 
its present attitude is such as to fill the breast of every Odd Fellow with the liveliest emo- 
tions of happiness, and with pleasing anticipations of its future well-being and proud 
position. 

It has been my good fortune to mingle much with the Brethren : to make their acquaint- 
ance, and to attend the meetings of some of the Lodges. With pride and pleasure I bear 
testimony to the worth of the men who compose our Order in this State. They have kind 
hearts and sympathizing natures: are ready at a moment's warning to fulfil the duties of 
visiting the sick, relieving the distressed, of burying the dead, and educating the orphan. 
The uniformity of the work in the Lodges I have visited, and, as I learn, in all our Lodges, 
shows that they are composed of men who love our Institution. 

In my last report, I suggested some action by the Grand Lodge, in reference to Feliciana 
Lodge, No. 4. Nothing has as yet been done. D. D. G. M. Gates will doubtless lay before 
you his report of the condition of the Lodges in his district, including Feliciana, No. 4. I 
also took occasion to call your attention to the proceedings of the R. W. Grand Lodge of the 
United States, in reference to Lodges working in a foreign language, and would again res- 
pectfully remind you of the subject. 

The new Constitution for Subordinate Lodges took effect on the 1st instant. Many of the 
Lodges have prepared their By-Laws, which will be submitted to you at the present session. 
I would recommend prompt action on them, as they are very much needed. 

My attention has been called to section 1, article 12, of the Constitution which reads " of 
the dues paid into the Treasury, one-fifth shall be set apart," etc. I am of opinion that it 
was your intention it should read, " not less than one-fifth, etc." Section 1st of article 8, 
requires that at least four weeks shall intervene between the conferring of each of the degrees. 
The Degree Lodges are working under a Constitution of their own, which has no such 
provision. It will be necessary to have them correspond with each other. 

I would respectfully recommend a more frequent reference of important subjects to com- 
mittees ; it would greatly facilitate business, and we would have much more information, 
and be better prepared to vote. It has been suggested, and it appears so tome, that it 
would be well for this Grand Lodge to adjourn from day to day — to sit from 4 to half-past 7 
o'clock, p. M., until the business of the session is finished. This would enable the members 
from a distance to be present during the entire session. 

It appears to me, that the time has arrived when it has become important that the Lodges 
meeting in this city, should have a hall of their own, which would be an ornament to the 
city and a credit to the Order. I have conversed with many members on the subject, and 
have become convinced that it is not only practicable, but that it is the general wish that an 
effort should be made to build. I should be rejoiced to see the Grand Lodge engaged in 
forwarding this most laudable and important undertaking, and hope that some plan will be 
originated which will meet with support. All that the members want to induce them to 
lend a helping hand is, to be assured that whatever plan may be adopted will be vigorously 
prosecuted to a successful termination. 



18*48.] ■ Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 91 

I have the painful duty to perform, before closing this report, of announcing to you the 
death of our esteemed brother. Past Grand Daniel B. Crowley, a member of Howard Lodge, 
No. 13, and of this Grand Lodge. He was respected and beloved by all who knew him, for 
his modest deportment, his kindness of heart, and his devotion to the principles of our Order. 
In conclusion, permit me to hope that all your enactments may tend to promote the wel- 
fare of our Order, and that in legislating for the city you will not forget the country Lodges. 
Very respectfully. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

JAS. D. STEWART, G. Master. 

D. D. G-. M. Alfred Gates submitted the following report, which was 
read and accepted : ... 

Baton Rouge, La., July 20, 1848. 
To tlte M. W. G. M. and Grand Lodge of Louisiajia : 

In making my statement of the condition of the Order, in my district, I have but to repeat 
what I said in my former report, that Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, is completely broken up — her 
books and papers, furniture and parapliernalia scattered about among her members — no 
fraternal feehng among the brothers, and no disposition to meet each other on the broad 
platform of Friendship, Love and Truth. I therefore, again recommend that the charter be 
taken from them, and give those brothers who are good and true Odd Fellows, a chance to 
establish a new Lodge. 

DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, at Baton Rouge, is doing well, and her members appear to take, 
that interest in the Order which is calculated to insure success. 

St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, at Franklin, is still increasing, and numbers about seventy 
members, and from all I can learn, is in a fair way of being one of the first and best Lodges 
in the State. 

ALFRED GATES, D. D. G. M. 

On motion of P. G. M. Whithall, 

The D. D. Gr. M. was instructed to reclaim the charter, books, papers, 
etc., of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4. 

P. G. Charles M. Emerson, from Special Committee, appointed at the 
last session, made the following report : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: -. 

The undersigned Committee, to whom was referred the circular of the R. "W. Grand 
Lodge of Alabama, I. O. O. F., with the resolutions accompanying, most respectfully 
report : 

That they have attentively considered the preamble and resolutions, and do not concur 
therein. Your Committee are not aware that a "spirit of discord and want of harmony" 
exists to an alarming extent in our State Grand Lodges, generally, nor, if such unfortunately 
should be the case, in one or two instances, do they consider it attributable to the organization 
of State Grand Lodges. The true cause must be searched for in another direction. That 
all of the members should fail to view a given subject in the same light, is not surprising. 
To err is human, and an honest difference of opinion must be accorded to Odd Fellows, as 
well as to others, while the expression of opinions honestly entertained, however dissimilar^ 
12 



of the [ July,- 

is no evidence of discord, and is by no means inconsistent with right feelings and a fraternal 
spirit. Nor can we understand how the mere organization of State Grand Lodges contributes 
■ to their dissolution, " by their own cumbrous weight." A large majority of those bodies 
are comparatively small. It often happens that scarcely more than a bare quorum assembles 
for the transaction of business, and if the entire number attended punctually, they could 
hardly be termed cumbrous, and no reasonable objections could be urged to their numerical 
strength. 

Your Committee would be as ready as others to make personal sacrifices for the good of 
the Order ; nevertheless, they believe the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States, would 
not deprive members of the Order of their "individual privileges and private vested rights," 
if they could, and they could not if they would. Hence, no danger can be apprehended 
from that source. 

Possibly the organization of the State Grand Lodges is imperfect, still we believe it to be 
just, fair and equal in its operations, as under the circumstances it well can be. It is founded 
upon the principle, that power and authority emanate from the higher body, and not from 
the lower, and that they are vested in the P. Gs., who form the higher body. With what 
justice then, would you strip the larger portion of the P. Gs. of their authority and vest it 
in a lew ? With respect to the representative system suggested by our brothers of Alabama,. 
the G-rand Lodge of the United States has left that matter to the discretion of the State 
G-rand Lodges. It is a mere question of convenience and expediency, which each Grand 
Lodge can decide for itself. If the P. Gs. of any State become so numerous as to make 
their body unwieldly, and impede the fair and speedy transaction of business, the remedy is 
in their own hands. Under a change in their Constitution they may divest themselves of 
certain of their rights, and place them in the keeping of representatives. In many of the 
States, where the Subordinate Lodges are located at distances remote from the place of 
meeting of their Grand Lodge, the representative system would be attended with great 
inconvenience, inasmuch as it would sometimes be almost impossible to get a quorum 
together, and thus important affairs would be left unattended to. 

If the number of P. Gs. is really a grievance, that grievance can only be felt by a very 
few of the Grand Lodges, and if the large bodies do not complain, we see no reason -why 
the smaller ones should. 

On the whole, your Committee seeing no evidence that "the spirit of discord" exists in 
the State Grand Lodges generally, and no grievance being pointed out in the resolutions,^ 
which the State Grand Lodges cannot themselves remove, recommend that this Grand 
Lodge take no action upon the subject. 

Submitted in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

CHARLES M. EMERSON. 
On motion of P. Gr. Whithall, the report was accepted and adopted, 
and the G-rand Secretary instructed to forward a copy of the same to the 
R. W. Grand Lodge of Alabama. 

P. G. Nixon, from the Committee on By-Laws, made the following 
report, which was adopted : 

To tlie R. TV. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The Committee to whom was referred the Constitution and By-Laws of St. Mary's 
Lodge, No. 20, beg leave respectfully, to report the same back to the Grand Lodge, as the 
action of this body has left nothing for the Committee to do in the premises. 
Respectfully submitted, 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 
' ■ ., ^ . J. O. NIXON, Cfudrmau. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 93 

P. G-. Stetson, from Committee on Room, reported progress. 

On motion, the committee on the report of the Gr. M., at the last Quar- 
terly Session, in April, were granted further time. 

P. G. M. Wliithall, moved that when the Grand Lodge adjourns, it 
shall be to meet to-morrow afternoon, at 4 o'clock, and continue to meet 
at the same hour from day to day, until all business before the Grand 
Lodge is disposed of. 

Which motion was agreed to. 

By-Laws were received from the following Lodges, viz : 

Louisiana, No. 1 ; .Union, No. 6 ; Orleans, No. 11 ; Commercial, No. 
12; Hope, No. 14; Covenant, No. 17; Neith, No. 21; Magnolia, No. 
22 ; and were referred to the Committee on By-Laws. 

A memorial was received from E. R. Beach, an expelled member from 
Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, complaining of the action of said Lodge in his 
case. 

On motion, the Gr. S. was instructed to advise E. R. Beach of the 
proper mode of appeal. 

On motion of P. G. C. M. Emerson, the Grand Master and Grand 
Secretary pro tem., were added to the Committee on Constitutions and 
.By-Laws, and that the Committee have power to approve of such By- 
Laws as may be presented, and return the same. 

A communication was received from Col. Charles A. Labuzan, Grand 
Marshal for the occasion of the reception of Gen. P. F. Smith, inviting 
the Order to participate in the ceremonies on that occasion. 

On motion of P. Gr. Wilcox, the G. S. was authorized to answer the 
communication. 

Certificates of election of representatives from various Lodges, were 
.received and accepted, viz : 

P. Gr. G. C. Lawrason, - Crescent Lodge, - No. 8 

P. G. Phlilip Willman, - Teutonia Lodge, - No. 10 

P. G. Henry Bier, - - Hope Lodge, - - No. 14 

P. G. R. N. Wood, - - Neith Lodge, - - No. 21 

P. G. Wm. Emerson, - Magnolia Lodge, - - No. 22 

The following sums were received from various Lodges, viz : 
Per centage from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, - - $107 43 

" Washington Lodge, No. 3, ■ - - 65 40 
" Union Lodge, No. 6, ... 96 34 

" DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, - ■ - - 23 50 
" Crescent Lodge, No. 8, - - - 66 89 



94 Proceedings of the [ July, 

Amovint brought forward, 
Per centage from Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, 

Cards 
" TeutoniaLodge, No. 10, 
" " " Orleans Lodge, No. 11, 

« " " Commercial Lodge, No. 12, - 

<< " " Howard Lodge, No. 13, - 

«< " " Hope Lodge, No, 14, - 

" Delta Lodge, No. 15, 
" " " Templar Lodge, No. 16, 

" " " Covenant Lodge, No. 17, - 

" Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, - 
" " St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, - 

« NeithLodge, No. 21, - 
" " " Magnolia Lodge, No. 22, - 

Total, ... - 
On motion, the R. W. Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. pro tem. 



^359 56 


63 70 




1 50—65 


20 


- 42 


65 


61 


61 


- 134 47 


59 


09 


- 120 


44 


42 


20 


- 57 


31 


54 


86 


- 96 


84 


- 118 


10 


- 85 


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ADJOURNED JSIEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, JuLy 26, 1848. 
The Pv. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment. 

Present — James D. Stewart, M. W, Grrand Master presiding, the 
Grand Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

Pveports* from Union Lodge, No. 6, and Howard Lodge, No 13, were 
read and accepted. 

The Committee of Conference, reported as correct, the credentials of 
the following P. Gs., who were then introduced, and qualified to take 
their seats as members of the Grand Lodge, viz : 

T. S. Goodwyn, - Louisiana Lodge, - - No. 1 
Geo. W. Shaw, - Union Lodge, - - - No. 6 
F. W. Delesdernier, - Howard Lodge, - - No. 13 

"* See Appendix. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. ' 95 

P. G. R. N. Wood, offered the following resolution, which was 
agreed to : 

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed, to inquire into and report at the next an- 
nual session, the propriety of amending section 1, article 8, of the Constitution, by striking out 
the words, " April and October," and inserting after the words, " seven members," " upon 
twenty days public notice being given.' ' 

The Chair appointed on said committee P. Gs. Pw. N. Wood, W, Em- 
erson, Cripps, Bier and Lawrason. 

Communications were received from National Lodge, No. 18; Polar 
Star Lodge, No. 19 ; and Magnoha Lodge, No. 22 ; requesting dispen- 
sations from the Grand Lodge, to meet but semi-monthly from this time 
until the 1 st of November next. 

On motion of P. Gr. Nixon, the dispensations were granted. 

A communication was received from National Lodge, No. 18, asking 
for a postponement of the payment of the per centage due by said Lodge, 
until the end of the next term ; also, soliciting Diplomas for P. Gs. A. Pw. 
Puertes, and J. Saliba, at the expense of their Lodge. 

P. G. B. N. Wood moved to refer the communication to a committee. 

P. G. Olmsted moved to amend, by extending the time of payment as 
requested. Which was concurred in. 

P. G-.B. N. Wood moved that the request of National Lodge, No. 18, 
for Diplomas, be granted, and that a Diploma be furnished to each P. G., 
at the expense of the Grand Lodge. 

P. G. M. Whithall moved to lay the whole subject of Diplomas on 
the table. Which was concurred in. 

P. G. Lawrason moved to reconsider the resolution offered by P. G. 
B. N. Wood, in regard to amending the Constitution. Which was 
carried. 

On motion of P. G. Crickard, the resolution was laid upon the table. 

A communication was read from the B. W. Grand Lodge of Mis- 
souri, containing a preamble and resolutions adopted by that Grand 
Lodge. 

On motion of P. G. M. Whithall, said communication was ordered 
on file. 

The following communication was read ; ■ ' '' 

Allentown, Pa, June 15, 1848. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge, of Louisiana, I. O. 0. F. : 

Sirs and Brothers: — By the enclosed circular, (a copy of which has been sent to 
each Lodge in your jurisdiction,) you will perceive that we have been compelled to invoke 
the aid of our Brethren abroad, under circumstances the most appalling. We did not 
(when it was prepared) call to mind that regulation of the Grand Lodge of the United 



t96 * Proceedings of the [July, 

States which makes the approbation of the State Grand Lodge indispensable in such cases ; 
:,nor did we ever wait for it when similarly appealed to. 

Anxious, however, to comply with every letter of the law, we appeal to you brethren, by 
I the love which you bear to the Order and its members, to have the necessary certificates 
prepared and forwarded to the Subordinate Lodges under your jurisdiction, the costs and 
■expenses of which will be promptly remitted to you, upon the receipt of the bill, unless 
your Grand Lodge should see proper to make us a donation to that amount. 
Yours, in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

R. E. WRIGHT, 
A. J. RITZ, 
. .^ . E. WEISS, 

.■ ■ ' J. D. LAW ALL, 

J. M. LINE, 
M. HAMMOND, ■ 
A. J. CLIFTON, 
E. J. SEAGER, 
D. SCHWARTZ, 
A. J. HARK, 

Joint Committee. 

The undersigned, on behalf the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, cordially unite in the 
•above request on behalf of our afflicted brethren of Allentown, Pa. 

DANIEL BAKER, G. Master. 
W. CuRTiss, G. Secretary. 

Accompanying was a circular from Unity Encampment, No, 12 ; 
Lehigh Lodge, No. 83; and Allen Lodge, No. 71, of Allentown, Pa.; 
containing an appeal for relief of brothers who were sufferers by the late 
fire at that place. 

P. G. Nixon, moved to lay the communication on the table. Lost. 

P, G. M. Whithall moved that the communication be accepted, and 
the sum of ten dollars be donated for the relief of said Lodges. 

P. G. R. N. Wood, moved as an amendment, that the sum of one 
hundred dollars be donated. Lost. 

The question recurring, on the motion of P. G. Whithall, it was 
;.agreed to. 

On motion of P. Gr. Lawrason, leave was granted to the Subordinate 
Lodges in this jurisdiction, to contribute such an amount as they may 
see fit. 

D. Gr. M. Phelps offered the following resolution : 

Resolved, That hereafter all advertisements of meetings of this Grand Lodge, shall be 
published only in the papers with whose publishers an arrangement has been made to ad- 
vertise annually. 

On motion of P. G. Lawrason, the resoluton was referred to a com- 
mittee of three, with power to act. P. Grs. Lawrason, Shaw, and Del- 
esdernier, were appointed by the Chair. 



l!848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 97 

P. G. Nixon asked permission to withdraw the appeal to the Grand 
Lodge of the United States, made by him at the session of February 3, 
1'848. Granted. 

P. G. Lawrason moved to reconsider the vote appointing the Grand 
Master and Grand Secretary 'pro tern, on the Committee on By-Laws, 
and giving said committee power to approve such By-Laws as might be 
presented to them. Carried. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the Grand Master and Grand Secretary 
pro tern., were added to the Committee on By-Laws. 

The following bills, having been approved by the Finance Committee, 
were ordered to be paid, viz : 

Poplar Star and National Lodges, for Gas, - $ 21 00 

New Orleans Gas Light Company, - - - 149 50 
Stewart & Yeomaus, for Printing, - - - - 36 50 
Commercial Times, for Advertising, - - - 3 50 

H. Williams, for Pvepairs, - - . = - 9 75 

McDufffc Flint, " ..... 2 00 



■ $222 25 
A bill from the Picayune Office, for advertising, was read and referred 
to the Special Committee on D. G. M. Phelps' resolution. 
On motion, the Pv. W. Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. pro tem. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, July 27th, 1848. 

The Grand Lodge met this evening, pursuant to adjournment, and was, 
opened in due form. 

Present — J. D. Stewart, M. W. G. Master; Deputy Grand Master, 
the Grand Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the report of the M. W. 
Grand Master, made the following report, which was read and accepted : 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiajia, I. O. O. F.: 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the semi-annual report of the M. W, 
Grand Master, respectfully submit the following for your consideratiou. 



98 Proceedings of the ' ■'■ ■ [ July, 

That in relation to Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, the action of this body on the night of our 
Quarterly meeting, renders it unnecessary for us to make a report. The Lodges working in a 
foreign language, we find, have for their own use and convenience made translations of the 
work of the Order, under which their business is conducted, without any legal authority 
from the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States. 

It is true the matter was left with this G. L. to be disposed of in their wisdom, and in 

consequence, translations of the ordinary work of have been made in tlie French and 

Spanish languages, by members of Subordinate Lodges, for which the price of $ — each 
was asked. The R. W. G. Correspending Secretary considered this sum as far too great, 
and declined accepting the same. We, therefore, consider this ( rrand Lodge to have omitted 
nothing so far as their duty is concerned towards the Lodges under her jurisdiction. This 
translation concerns the whole of our Order throughout the world, and if made at all, should 
be well made, by competent persons. It must be remembered that it cannot be placed in 
the hands of any professional translator, but in the hands of one who is a member of the 
Order, and has attained the Scarlet Degree. We therefore, recommend the adoption of the 
following : 

Resolved, That our Representatives in the Grand Lodge of the United States be requested 
to urge the acceptance of the translations already offered, at the rate of — , to include all the 
work of a Subordinate Lodge. 

In regard to the meaning of the section 1, article 12, of the Constitution of Subordinate 
Lodges, your Committee recommend that the Subordinates be directed to insert the words 
"not less than," between the words " treasury" and "one-fifth," on the first line of said 
section, from the fact that such was really the amendment in the original. 

To prevent confusion, your Committee deem the suggestion of the G. M. absolutely 
necessary to be complied with, relative to the Degree Lodges, and recommend action in 
accordance therewith, and the adoption of the following : 

Resolved, That the words " not less than" be inserted on the first line of the first section 
of the twelfth article of the general Constitution for Subordinates, and that notice to this 
effect be given to Subordinate Lodges. 

Resolved, That the Degree Lodges be required to have their Constitutions in conformity 
with those of Subordinate Lodges, so far as conferring Degrees is concerned. 

The recommendation of the Grand Master, in relation to the more frequent reference of 
important subjects to committees, the Special Committee deem invaluable, but suggest that 
that is a matter to be proceeded in by motion at the time such subjects are brought before 
the Grand Lodge, Your Committee join heartily in the recommendation, beheving it con- 
ducive to the best results. 

We now approach the subject of the building of a Hall for the Odd Fellows of this city. 
We would, for the short period in which we have to make such a report, and its great 
importance, suggest some plan, if only for the purpose of producing action ; but feeling how 
crude and undigested it must be, after only a few hours study, we offer for your consideration 
the annexed resolutions : 

Resolved, That a Special Committee of five P. Gs. be appointed, to offer to this Grand 
Lodge a plan for building a Hall suitable for the Order in this city ; said plan to contain 
estimates of the cost, and manner of raising the funds, and suggestions as to the disposition 
of our present lots, should they be deemed unsuitable. 

Resolved, That the Commit'.ee report at the next Quarterly Meeting of the Grand Lodge, 
and that Brothers of the Order, generally, be invited to hand in plans to the Chairman of 
said Committee, in order to aid in the report. 

Resolved, That the Representatives and P. Gs. of the different Lodges be requested to 
report to their various Lodges, the passage of these resolutions, and the names of the Com- 
mittee appointed in furtherance of this object. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. ' 99 

The eloquent eulogy pronounced by our excellent Grand Master, on our respected brother, 
D. B. Crowley, lately deceased, leaves the Committee nothing to add. They simply offer 
the following : 

Resolved, That the members of the Grand Lodge, in token of respect for the memory of 
our deceased brother, D. B. Cowley, wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days, and 
that the Charter of the Grand Lodge be hung with mourning for the same period. 

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to Howard Lodge, No. 13, under the 
seal of the R. "VV. Grand Lodge. 
In conclusion, your Committee respectfully submit this their report. 

InF. L. andT., ' 

R. W. OGDEN, 
• JAMES STRAWBRIDGE, 

O. E. WILCOX. 

On motion of P. G. Olmsted, the first resolution was adopted. 

On motion of P. G. Crickard, the second and third resolutions were 
adopted, with the amendment that the word " dues" should be placed in 
the first hne of section 1, article 12, of the Constitution of Subordinates, 
in lieu of " duties." 

On motion of P. G. Crickard, the fourth, fifth and sixth resolutions 
were adopted, and the Chair appointed as Special Committee under these 
resolutions, P. Grs. J. Strawbridge, of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 ; G. W. 
Shaw, of Union Lodge, No. 6 ; Gr. C. Lawrason, of Crescent Lodge, 
No. 8 ; F. W. Delesdernier, of Howard Lodge, No. 13 ; Henry Bier, of 
Hope Lodge, No. 14. 

On motion, the M. W. G-rand Master was added to the same com- 
mittee. 

On motion of Gr. T. Williams, the seventh and eighth resolutions 
were adopted. 

The semi-annual report of Commercial Lodge, No. 12, was read and 
accepted. 

The semi-annual report of Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, was read, ordered 
to be corrected by the G. S., and accepted. 

The committee on By-Laws, made the following report, which was 
read and accepted, and the Gr. S. ordered to notify the various Lodges of 
the approval of the By-Laws submitted by them : 

To the R. W. Graiid Lodge of Louisiaita, I. O. O. F.: 

The undersigned. Committee on By-Laws, to whom was referred the By-Laws of various 
Lodges for examination. 

Report, That they have examined the By-Laws of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 ; Union 
Lodge, No. 6; Orleans Lodge, No. 11; Qommercial Lodge No. 12; Covenant Lodge 
13 



100 • . Proceedings of the [July, 

No. 17 ; Neith Lodge, No. 21 ; Magnolia Lodge, No. 22 ; and that they find nothing therein 
that conflicts with law or usage ; they therefore recommend the approval of the same. All 
of wliich is submitted. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

J. O. NIXON, 
.„ ;• •, :• , , . , . J.D.STEWART. 

The Committee on By-Laws, also made the followmg report, which 
was read and accepted, and the G-rand Secretary directed to notify Hope 
Lodge, No. 14, in corJormity therewith : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F.: 

The undersigned. Committee on By-Laws, to whom was referred the By-Laws of Hope 
Lodge, No. 14, 

Report, That they have examined, and find them in conformity to law, with the exception 
of section 2, of article 13, which gives the N. G. power to grant a travelling Card for three 
months. This power your Committee believe conflicts with sec. 2, art. 7, division 2, of the 
Digest. They therefore recommend the substitution of the following : "Any brother wish- 
ing a travelling Card, must apply for the same in open Lodge, either in person or by proxy, 
when if free from charges, and a majority agree thereto, it shall be granted, upon the pay- 
ment of dues up to the end of the time the Card has to run. 

Submitted, in F., L. and T., 

_ , J. O. NIXON, 

-..1,., ' ■- .', ..^, '; ., ,■,.-....:,■ :. ,;; -ii ::i J. D. STEWART. 

P. G. Lawrason, from Special Committee on that subject, submitted 
the following report, which was adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The Committee to whom was referred the resolution offered by R. W. D. Gr. M. A. S. 
Phelps, relative to the advertising of the Grand Lodge, report, that a contract was made and 
is now in force with the proprietors of the Delta, for the insertion of notices. The Sub- 
ordinates and Encampments, as well as the Grand Lodge, are parties to the contract, each 
of which pay ten dollars per annum. 

A contract was made on the 30th of October last, by Grand Secretary Haynes, with the 
proprietors of the Picayune, for the insertion of notices of the Grand Lodge at twenty dollars 
per annum. We respectfully urge its immediate ratification and payment, and recommend 
its renewal, as it is agreed that the G. L. is to pay at the cheapest rate of advertising, only 
for the notices inserted, and if the amount exceeds twenty dollars in a year, we are to pay 
only that amount. 

A contract similar to the one made with the Delta, could be effected with the Mercury 
or National. 

We report for your consideration, the following resolutions : 

Resolved, That an order be drawn on the Treasurer for twenty dollars, in favor of the 
proprietors of the Picayune, for amount of contract for advertising, made by P. G. Secretary 
Haynes, ,.,,•>.':■( ., • ., :.-.,., ■.-.,. ..,,,.;,,:.,' ,•• --r ■ :<•...,'.,;;■■ 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana^. 101 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be authorized to renew the contract with the pro- 
j);rietors of the Picayune, for one year, at its expiration, on the same terms and conditions. 

G. C. LAWRASON, 
' • G. W. SHAW. 

On motion of P. G. Olmsteacl, the resolutions were adopted. 

On motion of same, the G. S. was authorized to contract with the 
proprietors of the Evening Mercury, and Evening National, for adver- 
tising the notices of the Grand Lodge, for one year, for the sum of ten 
dollars, each. 

The following communication from Crescent Lodge, No, 8. was read : 

Extract from the Minutes of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, held 07i July 13, 1848. 
" Pending the discussion of the Rules of Order, a motion was made to adjourn. 
" The N. G. decided said motion to be out of order. 

" An appeal being taken from the decision of the N. G., the Lodge sustiiined the decision 
of the Chair. 

"Whereupon, Brother P. G. Olmstead respectfully appealed from the decision of the 
Lodge, to the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana." 

I hereby certify the foregoing to be a correct copy from the Minutes of Cres- 
[Seal.] cent Lodge, No. S, at a regular meeting, held July 13. 1848. 

THOMAS J. DIX, Secretary. 
New Orleans, July 27, 1848. 

P. G. Olmstead moved to refer the appeal to the Executive Committee. 

P. G. Cripps moved to amend, by referring the same to a Committee 
of the Whole, which was agreed to. 

On motion of P. G. Lawrason, the Grrand Lodge went into Commit- 
tee of the Whole, upon the appeal. ■ ' •'■ 

P. G. Nixon, in the Chair. :.<■... 

P. Gr. Olmstead, moved that Crescent Lodge, No. 8, be instructed that 
a motion to adjourn was in order. 

P. Gr. Haynes, moved as an amendment, that a motion to adjourn to a 
stated time before the next regular meeting, would be in order. 

D. D. Gr. M. Gates, moved as a substitute, that the appeal of P. Gr. 
Olmstead, be sustained, which was carried. 

On motion, the Committee rose and reported by their Chairman. 

D. D. G. M. Grates, moved the adoption of the report, and that the 
G. S. be instructed to notify Crescent Lodge, No. 8, of the action had by 
this Grand Lodge. 

The yeas and nays being called for, were ordered, and resulted as 
follows : ..,,...,. ,..i-:^.....:- ^ , . .;;:.,,: 



10^ Proceedings of the [ July, 

Yeas — P. Gs. Belknap, Klrkland, Haynes, Nixon, W. Emerson, Bier, Goodwyn, 
Whithall, Gates, Olmstead — 10. 

Nays — P. Gs. Cripps, Williams, Lawrason, Shaw, R. N. Wood, Crickard, Tyson and 
Phelps — 8. 

So the motion of D. D. Gr. M. Gates was adopted. 
The following communication from Cresent Lodge, No. 8, was 
received and read : 

"Extract from, the Minutes of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, June 1st, 1848. 
"The following preamble and resolutions, offered by Brother P. G. Nixon, were adopted 
by a vote of twenty-two to four. 

" Whereas, the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, has adopted a Constitution for the 
government of Subordinate Lodges within her jurisdiction, and requires of Crescent Lodge, 
No. 8, to surrender the Constitution she is now working under, and to receive and be gov- 
erned, from and after the 1st of July next, by the Constitution adopted by the R. W. Grand 
Lodge ; and, Whereas, Crescent Lodge, No. 8, is now working under a Constitution duly 
and regularly approved by the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, which Constitution, it is 
not pretended, does in any way conflict with, or is contrary to the very letter of the law of 
the Grand Lodge of the State under whose jurisdiction she exists, nor of the Grand Lodge 
of the United States, nor of any of the usages of the Order ; Therefore, 

"Resolved, That Crescent Lodge, No. 8, respectfully appeals from the action had by the 
R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, on the ground that the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana 
has no right to take from this Lodge, without her consent, a Constitution regularly adopted 
by this Lodge, and duly approved by the R. W. Grand Lodge, unless said Constitution 
conflicts with the laws or general usages of the Order." 

I hereby certify the foregoing to be a correct copy of the Minutes of Crescent 
[Seal.] Lodge, No. 8, of June 1, 1848. 

THOMAS J. DIX, Secretary. 
. New Orleans, July 27, 1848. 

On motion, the appeal of Crescent Lodge, No, 8, to the R. W. Grand 
Lodge of the United States, was granted. 

The following communication from Templar Lodge, No. 16, was 
received and read. 

Extract from tJie Minutes of Templar Lodge, No. 16, at a regular meeting held June 
30, 1848. 
"In relation to the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, adopted by the Grand Lodge, 
the following resolution was passed : 

"Resolved, That our representatives in the Grand Lodge be instructed respectfully to 
ask from the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, an appeal to the R. W. Grand Lodge of 
the United States." 

Attest. 
[Seal.] DUDLEY CHASE, Secretary. 

On motion, the appeal of Templar Lodge, No. 16, to the R. W. Grand 
Lodge of the United States, was granted. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 103 

P. G. Haynes offered the following resolution, which, on motion of P_ 
G. Lawrason, was indefinitely postponed. 

Resolved, That no member of a Subordinate Lodge shall be admitted into his Lodge, 
•without the semi-annual P. "W., unless he be vouched for by the W. 

P. G. M. Whithall offered the following resolution, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That at the annual meeting, it shall be the duty of the M. W. Grand Master 
to instruct the representatives in Grand Lodge assembled, in all the unvs'ritten vi^ork of the 
five degrees of the Subordinate Lodges. 

P. G. Lawrason offered the following resolution, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That all amendments to the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, shall be 
submitted in writing, and if any objection be made, the amendment shall lie over until the 
next regular meeting. 

A communication from the Committee of Invitation of the General and 
Municipal Councils, requesting the Grrand Lodge to take part in the cere- 
monies of the reception of Gren. P. F. Smith, was received, and the G. 
S. authorized to reply to the same. 

P. Gr. Lawrason moved the following amendment to the Constitution 
for Subordinate Lodges, which was agreed to : 

Li article 4, section 2, add to the qualifications of N. G. and Secretary, 
"must have attained the Scarlet degree." 

P. G. Bier moved an amendment to article 7, section 3, of the Con- 
stitution for Subordinate Lodges, which, on motion, was laid on the table, 
and the representatives were instructed to inform their respective Lodges, 
that white and black balls must be used for balloting. 

P. Gr. M. "Whithall, moved that a committee of three be appointed to 
revise the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, to report to-morrow 
afternoon, which was agreed to, and the Chair appoinied P. G. Master 
Whithall, and P. Gs. Lawrason and R. N. Wood, said committee. 

D. D. Gr. M. Grates moved that a committee of three be appointed to 
supervise the printing of the proceedings of this Grand Lodge for the 
past year, and including the present session, which was agreed to, and 
P. Grs. Crickard, Belknap and W. Emerson, were appointed said Com- 
mittee. 

P. Gr. R. N. Wood appealed to the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United 
States from the decision of this Grand Lodge, sustaining the appeal of P. 
G. Olmstead from the decision of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, upon a motion 
of adjournment. 

On motion, the appeal was granted. 

On motion of P. G. M. Williams the Grrand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTEAD, G. Sec. pro tern. 



10.4 Proceedmgs of the [ July, 



H;i.A> •. . AVJO URNED MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, July 28tli, 1848. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — J. D. Stewart, Grrand Master ; the Grand Officers, and a 
due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

Semi-annual reports * from Washington Lodge, No. 3, and Delta Lodge, 
No. 15, were read and accepted. 

Certificates of the following P. Gs. were reported correct by the Com- 
mittee of Conference, viz : 

E. Maunsell, Washington Lodge, No. 3 ; C. T. Estlin, Delta Lodge, 
No. 15 ; F. Parent, Polar Star Lodge, No. 19. 

Certificate from Howard Lodge, No. 13, of the election of P. G. Deles- 
dernier as representative to this Grand Lodge, in place of P. G. D. B. 
Crowley, deceased, was read. 

P. Gs. E. Maunsell, of Washington Lodge, No. 3 ; and C. T. Esthn, 
of Delta Lodge, No. 15 ; being in waiting, were introduced and qualified 
to take their seats as members of this Grand Lodge. 

P. G. Lawrason, from the Special Committee on that subject, made 
the following report, which was read and accepted, and the resolution 
adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L 0. O. F.: '"■.-» 

The undersigned Committee, to whom was referred the Constitution of the Subordinate 
Lodges, for the purpose of correcting typographical errors, and the phraseology, where 
needed, report, that they have attended to the duties assigned them, and now present a copy 
so corrected, for the consideration of your worthy body, and would recommend the adoption 
of the following resolution : 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to have — copies of the Constitution 
for Subordinate Lodges, as altered and corrected, printed, and when finished, to hand the 
same to the R. W. Grand Secretary, for distribution among the Subordinate Lodges of this 
State. 
. . ' In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

GEORGE C. LAWRASON, 
C. W. WHITHALL. 

On motion, the blank was filled with the number of five hundred, and 
the same committee were authorized to have that number printed. 

^ See Appendix. 



1848,] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. lOS' 

P. G-. Lawrasoil offered the following amendment to the Conititution 
for Subordmate Lodges, which was ordered to lie over, under the rule : 

Resolved, That the word "must" in the fifth line of article 6, section 2, be erased, and 
the word " may' ' substituted therefor. 

P. G. Pv. N. Wood offered the following amendments of the Con- 
stitution for Subordinate Lodges, which were ordered to lie over, under 
the rule : 

To amend article 10, section 2, by inserting after the word " paying" 
the words " double amount." 

To amend article 7, section 3, by making it the duty of a brother 
casting one black ball, to call upon the N. Gr., and state his reasons for 
so doing, which reasons shall be made known to the Lodge by the N. 
Gr., he carefully concealing the name of the brother casting the black 
ball. 

P. Gr. M. Whithall offered the following resolution, which was 
agreed to : 

Resolved, That the future Quarterly Meetings of this Grand Lodge shall be commenced 
at 4 o'clock, p. M., and be continued from d:iy to day until the business of the session shall 
be completed. 

P. Gr. K-. N. Wood moved to reconsider the above resolution, which 
was not concurred in. 

P. Gr. R. N. Wood offered the following resolution, which was 
agreed to : 

Resolved, That Neith Lodge, No, 21, be and is hereby authorized to purchase a lot in 
the town of Shreveport, and build such Hall as by a vote of said Lodge maybe directed. 

A communication from Howard Lodge, No. 1 3, transmitting a copy 
of By-Laws adopted by that Lodge, was read and referred to the Com- 
mittee on By-Laws. 

P. G. Crickard submitted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the Grrand Secretary be authorized to have printed in a neat and tasteful 
form, on fine letter paper, with a copy of the seal of this Grand Lodge, one ream of blanli: 
Cards for Wives and Widows of members of the Order, of the form adopted by the Grand 
Lodge of the United States, contained in volume 2, page 210, of the Journal of Proceedings 
of that body, and that he be further authorized to furnish the same to subordinate Lodges 
under this jurisdiction, at the same rate as other cards. 

The Chair decided the resolution to be out of order. 

P. Gr. R. N. Wood appealed from the decision of the Chair, and the 
question being put, " Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the judg- 
ment of the Grrand Lodge," it was resolved in the negative. 

On motion, the resolution was amended, by adding the following 



106 Proceedings of the ' [ July, 

words, " provided that the foregoing does not conflict with any law of 
the Grand Lodge of the U, S." 

The question recurring upon the resolution as amended, it was 
adopted. 

A communication was received from Polar Star Lodge, No. J 9, trans- 
mitting papers relative to the appeal of brother A. Thierry, from the action 
of the Lodge in his case. E-ead, and referred with accompanying docu- 
ments to the Executive Committee. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. O. E. Wilcox and W. Emerson, on the 
Executive Committee, as substitutes for P. Gr. Mott and Kneass, absent 
from the city. 

A communication purporting to be from the Grand Secretary of the 
Grand Lodge of New York, addressed to brother John U. Dohn, and 
signed " Benj. J. Pentz," covering a certificate from said Grand Lodge, 
dated May 16, 1848 — that brother John U. Dohn was formerly a mem- 
ber of Brooklyn Lodge, No. 26, now suspended, and had by a vote of 
said Grand Lodge been restored to fellowship in the Order ; also contain- 
ing a request to the N. Gr. of any Lodge in the city of New Orleans, to 
communicate to brother Dohn, the A. T. P. W., was read and referred 
to the Executive Committee, with instructions to report on the same 
to-morrow. 

The Executive Committee having obtained leave, made the following- 
report : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I O. O. F.: 

The undersigned Committee to whom was referred the appeal of brother A. Theirry, who 
was suspended by Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, upon the examination of the papers submitted 
to them, beg leave to report t he following resolutions : 

Resolved, That the action of Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, in the suspension of brother A. 
Thierry, was incorrect, they not complying with section 3, of article 11, of the Constitution. 
Resolved, That Polar Star Lodge, No., 19, be instructed to order a new trial in the case 
of brother A. Thierry. 

C. W. WHITHALL, 
J. CRICKARD, 
W. EMERSON. 

On motion, the report was accepted, resolutions adopted, and the Gr. 
Secretary instructed to notify Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, of the action 
had by this Grand Lodge. • — 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTEAD, G. Sec, pro tern. 



1848.J Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 107 

ADJOURNED MEETING. ■ '■'■■ 

Crescent Hall, July 29th, 1848. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment. 

Present — James D. Stewart, M. W. G-rand Master, presiding; the 
Grand Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

P. Gt. R. N. Wood ;iioved that a standing committee of three be ap- 
pointed, to be styled the "Committee on the State of the Order;" which 
was not concurred in, 

P. G-. Nixon, from the Committee on By-Laws, made the following 
report, which was adopted ; and the Grand Secretary' instructed to trans- 
mit to Howard Lodge, No. 13, the By-Laws as approved. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge, of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The undersigned committee, to whom was referred the By-Laws of Howard Lodge, 
No. 13, respectfully report, that they have examined the same, and find them in conformity 
to existing law. 

Respectfully submitted, in F., L. and T., 

J. O. NIXON, Chairman. 

A communication was received from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, trans- 
mitting papers relative to the appeal of P. G, M. Williams from the ac- 
tion of that Lodge, in the case of Bro. P. G. A. Menzies. 

Read, and referred to the Executive Committee. 

The Executive Committee asked for further time to report upon the 
case of John U. Dohn ; which was granted. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned, to meet at 7-^ o'clock, p. m., 
at the Hall of the G-rand Lodge. 

H. W. OLM STEAD, G. Sec. pro tem. 



AD JO URNED MEE TING — Evening Session. 

Grand Lodge Hall, July 29th, 1848. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge rnet this evening, pursuant to adjournment, 
at 7| o'clock. 

Present — J. D. Stewart, M. W. G. Master; Deputy Grand Master, 
the Grand Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
14 



1 08 Proceedings of the [ July, 

A communication was received from Louisiana Lodge No. 1, submit- 
ting Sec. 13 of Art. 11, of their By-Laws for approval. On motion, it 
was referred to the Committee on By-Laws. 

The Committee reported, approving the same. • 

On motion, the report was adopted. 

P. Gr. M. Mondelh, from tlie Executive Committee, submitted the 
following Pv-eport, wliich was read and accepted, and the resolution 
adopted. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F.: ' r • ' 

The Executive Committee, to whom was referred the appeal of P. G-. M. Williams from 
the action of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, in the case of Bro. A. Menzies, Report, that upon a 
careful examination of the documents submitted to them, they are unable to find any thing 
to justify them in advising this Grand Lodge to order new proceedings in the case. They 
would therefore respectfully offer the following resolution : 

Resolved, That Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, be authorized to appoint a new committee on 
the application of Bro. A. Menzies, and to re-ballot for him if it should see proper to 
do so. 

A. MONDELLI, 
J. CmCKARD, 
W. EMERSON. 

P. Gr. M. Mondelli, from the same committee, submitted the following- 
Report, which was read and accepted, and the resolution adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge, J. O. O. F., of Louisiana: 

The Executive Committee, to whom was referred certain documents emanating from a 
body professing to be the Grand Lodge of the State of New York, have not been able to 
arrive at any satisfactory conclusion on the subject, and would respectfully ask for further 
time, and beg leave to offer the following resolution : 

ReSolvedy That the M. W. Grand Master of this State be respectfully requested to enter 
into correspondence with the proper functionaries of the Grand Lodge of the United States^ 
in order to ascertain, if possible, which of the two bodies now professing to be the Grand 
Lodjge of the State of New York, we should recognize as such. 

A. MONDELLI, 

^ J. CRICKARD, 

W. EMERSON. 

P. G. Kirkland, moved to reconsider the vote taken at the afternoon 
session upon the motion of P. Gr. R. N. Wood, to appoint a committee 
on the state of the Order ; which was not concurred in. 

On motion, the Gr. M. and G. S. were added to the committee author- 
ized to print the proceedings. 

On motion of P. G. M. Williams, 

Said committee were empowered to employ assistance in preparing 
the proceedings for the printer. . , ,_ , . . ,, . 



l'84S.j Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 109 

P. G. Crickard, moved that the sum of sixty dollars be appropriated 
for the purpose of purchasing for this Grand Lodge, an interest in the 
" Odd Fellows' Cemetery," which was agreed to. 

Bill of Bro. Wm. Wilson was read, for services as Host, $\o 50. 

D. D. G. M. Gates, moved that the bill be paid. 

P. G. Crickard, moved to amend by adding a donation to Bro. John 
Frankford, Host at Crescent Hall, ^10, for services rendered to the Grand 
Lodge, which was concurred in. 

The question recurring upon the motion of D. D. G. M. Gates, as 
amended, it was agreed to. 

P. G. Cripps, moved that the Host be discharged ; lost. 

P. G. Crickard, moved that a committee of three be appointed, who 
shall have supervision of the Hall of the Grand Lodge, and that they be 
•authorized to discharge or employ a Host at their discretion. 

The motion was agreed to, and the Chair appointed on said commit- 
iee, P. Gs. Crickard, Shaw and Bier. 

On motion of D. D. G. M. Gates, 

The Grand Lodge adjourned sine die. 

H. W. OLMSTEAD, G. Sec. protem. 



To the M. W. Grand Master of I. O. O. F., of the State of Louisiana : 
JAMES D. STEWART, Esq. 
Dear Sir and Brother — In obedience to instructions from the R. W, Grand Lodge, 
at its session held on the 25th inst., I proceeded immediately to Bayou Sara, and demanded 
by authority of said Grand Lodge, all the books, papers, charter, seal, funds, furniture and 
effects from Feliciana Lodge No. 4, all of which I did in the name of the Grand Lodge 
take possessian of and forward to you, as now the property of the said Grand Lodge of 
this State. 

ALFRED GATES, D. D. G, M. 
July 31st, 1848. 



AlO Proceedings of the [ Oct,, 



REGULAR QUARTERLY SESSION. 

Grand Lodge Hall, October 24th, 1848. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge convened at 4 o'clock, p. m., and was 
apened in due form by the R. W. D. Grand Master. 

PRESENT : 

J. D. STEWART, M. W. G. Master, 
A. S. PHELPS, R. W. D. G. Master, 

F. A. DENTZEL, R. W. G. W. pro tern. 

H. W. OLMSTEAD, R. W. G. S. pro tem. 
•• ' H. WILLIAMS, R. W. G. Treasarer. 

J. PASLEY, W. G. Conductor. 

'■''" ^ T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Guardian. 

J. O. NIXON, W. G. Marshal, pro tern., 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
The M. W. Grand Master submitted the following report, which was 
read, and, on motion of P. G. Olmstead, referred to a committee of three 
to report thereon. The Chair appointed P. Gs. Nixon, Ricardo, and 
Southwell, said committee. 

REPORT : 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O, O. F., of Louisiana : 

It again becomes my duty to report to you upon the condition of the Order in this jurist 
diction. 

As no reports are made by the Subordinate Lodges at this season of the year, you cannot 
be informed of its precise condition. All that I can say is, that the same harmony exists ; 
the same unflinching zeal is manifested, and the same success attends the operation of our 
Lodges, as when their condition was last laid before you in detail, 

My official duties for the past three months have consisted principally in granting dispen- 
sations where emergencies required, and in deciding questions which subordmates did 
me the honor to refer to for solution. The important ones I will enumerate, in order that 
you may sanction or reverse my decisions. The first was submitted to me by Jefferson 
Lodge, No. 9, and was in substance as follows: 

" If a committee appointed under Section 2d of Article 7 of the Constitution of Subor- 
dinate Lodges, fails to report at the end of two weeks, can it be discharged and a new one 
appointed, and if this is done, must the new committee also have two weeks ?" 

I decided that there was nothing in the Constitution which could be construed as prohib- 
iting a Lodge from appointing a new committee, if the one first appointed failed in the 
discharge of its duties, and of requiring a report forthwith, or at the end of one or two 
weeks, as the pleasure of the Lodge might be. There is no mention in the section 
referred to, of a second committee, and I think it was the intention of the framers of the 
aeetion, after providing that the first committee should have two weeks, that the matter 



1846] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. HI 

should then be left to the decision of the Lodge, and every Lodge is capable, I think, and 
should have the privilege, of deciding whether there should be a new committee, and when 
that committee should report. 

The second question submitted to me was the following : " Does the words ' past dues ' 
in Section 2d of Article 10th of the same Constitution, refer to the amount due at the time 
of suspension, or does it include the amount that accrues during suspension?" 

I have decided that they can only refer to the amout due at the time of suspension, unless 
in the case of suspension as a means of punishment. I do not think that it is the usage, or 
that it is rigkt, to charge a member with dues while he is under suspension for non- 
pajonent. 

The third question upon which I have decided was : " Whether a member in arrears, 
and not under suspension, it entitled to benefits ?" 

My decision in this case was, that as the Constitution and By-Laws provided for the sus- 
pension of members who neglect or refuse to pay their dues, all members not under suspen- 
pension were entitled to benefits, no matter what amount of dues they might owe. 

The above three, are the most important of the questions referred to me, and in consider- 
ation of their great importance, I would respectfully urge a careful examination of them, 
and either a sanction or reversal of my decisions, the present session. In view of the 
necessities of the case, I approved, "subject to your sanction," of the By-Laws of Lodges 
Nos. 10, 15, 16, and 20. They were thoroughly examined, and conform to the Consti- 
tution. 

Since you last met together, two members of this R. W. Grand Lodge have been called 
from their work on earth. P. G. E. L. Milliken died in this city recently, and P. G. E. D. 
Lewis, at Nice, Italy, whither he had gone with the hope of recovering his health. Both 
were active and efficient members of Union Lodge, No. 6, and fulfilled the duties which 
devolved upon them as members of our Order with alacrity. May our loss be their ever^ 
lasting gain. 

* Respectfully submitted. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

JAS. D. STEWART, G. Master. 

D. D. G. M. Alfred Gates submitted the following report, which, on 
motion, was referred to the committee on the report of the G. Master. 

Franklin, October 16, 1848. 
James D. Stewart, Esq., M. W. G. Master R. W. G. L. I. 0. O. F. of La. : 

Dear Sir and Brother — It becomes my duty to again report to you my official act? 
as your Deputy for this District, upon all matters connected with the Order, that are not 
contained in the semi-annual reports from the difTerent Lodges. 

At the beginning of the present term, I installed the officers elect to serve in the Lodges 
under my charge, namely: DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, and St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, in due 
form. 

By directions as per resolution of the G. L. of Louisiana in July last, I proceeded to 
Bayou Sara and demanded the charter, books and papers of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, which 
was promptly acceded, and forwarded to your address. I have since, by your directions, 
rented the room to the Sons of Temperance, the amount of rent to be stipulated by them. 

The Lodges under my charge are still progressing, and command the respect for Frind- 
ship, Love and Tmth which the Order so eminently demands. 

Yours, in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

ALFRED GATES, D. B. G. Master. 



|'I§!, ' Proceedings of the [Oct., 

Tiie Grand Secretary submitted his Quarterly P^eport as follows : 

New Orleans, October 24th, 1848. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

I herewith submit a statement of cash received by the Grand Secretary during the past 
three months, and the disposition thereof: 

[1848.] 
July 25. To cash received from sundry Lodges for semi-annual dues and cards, 

as per journal $1,343 65 

July 26. By cash paid Grand Treasurer as per receipt 1.343 65 

Respectfully submitted, 

HENRY W. OLMSTEAD, G. Sec'y pro tern. 

On motion, the report was referred to the Committee on Finance. 

The Committee of Conference reported that the credentials of P. G. 
W. Cunningham, of Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, and P. Gr. L. L. Brown, of 
Commercial Lodge, No. 12, were correct, and being in waiting, they 
were introduced and duly qualified as members of the Grand Lodge. 

A petition from F. Brichta, P. G., P. Willman, P. G., Bros. J. D. 
Kamper, J. Gerlach, N. Fulda, J. F. Mayer, C. C. Weingart was re- 
ceived, and, on motion, referred to a special committee of P. Gs. Lawra- 
son, Jourdan and J. B. Wilcox. 

The By-Laws of Jefferson Lodge. No. 9, and National Lodge, No. 
18, were referred to the Committee on By-Laws. 

The folloAvino- communication was received from the Grand Lodge of 
New York, and on motion, referred to the Executive Committee. 

Office of the G. Sec. G. Lodge of the State of New York, I. O. O. F., ) 
Odd Fellows' Hall, City of New York, October 5th, 1848. J 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of the State of Leiiisiana : 

Officers and Brothers: — You are hereby notified, that at this session of the R. 
W. Grand Lodge, among other proceedings, the following was had : 

Resolved, That Hope Lodge, No. 3, of Albany, Good Intent Lodge, No. 6, Stockport, 
Columbia county; Rensselaer Lodge, No. 53, Troy, Rensselaer county; and Allen Lodge, 
No. 92, Hudson, Columbia county, be reinstated into membership in the Order. 

You will, therefore, admit to visit and recognize brothers haiUng from said Lodges. 

Resolved, That the Order at large be notified that no card purporting to be issued within 
tTnis jurisdiction, after this date, is regular, unless countersigned by the Grand Secretary of 
this Grand Lodge. 

Yours, fraternally, 

BENJAMIN J. PENTZ, G. Secretary. 

A communication' was received from Orleans Lodge, No. 11 , advising 
of the expulsion of P. G. James L. Poalk from that J^odge. 

On motion of P. G. Ricardo, the Grand Secretary was directed to 
potify the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania of the same. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 113 

Certificate was received from Delta Lodge, No, 15, that P. Grs. M. J. 
E-eigart, J. Bensadou, and C. T. Estlin, had been duly elected represen- 
tatives to the Grand Lodge. 

A communication from Delta Lodge, No. 15, to the Grand Master, 
was read, containing resolutions adopted by that Lodge, approving of 
the course pursued by the Grand Sire elect, in refusing to address ?i 
political assemblage. 

On motion, it was referred to a special committee of P. Grs. Lawra- 
son, Ricardo and Jourdan. 

A communication was received from Delta Lodge, No. 15, asking the 
Grand Lodge to devise some uniform mode of work for the Subordinate 
and Degree Lodges. Read and referred to the Executive Committee. 

The following cases of appeal were referred to the Executive Com- 
mittee, viz : 



P. G. R. N. Wood, from - 


- Neith Lodge, 


No. 


21 


Bro. E. R. Beach, from - 


Jeff"erson Lodge, 


- No. 


9 


P. G. J. Font, from - 


- National Lodge, - 


No. 


18 


Bro. J. Fulda, \ 








" F. Brichta, 1 ^ 
" F.M.Koch, and f^^-°^^ 


- Teutonia Lodge, 


- No. 


10^ 


" A. W. Solomon, 









A communication was received from Neith Lodge, No. 21, advising- 
of the appointment of proxies, in the absence of their representatives in 
the Grand Lodge, as follows : 

P. G. Crickard, proxy for - - P. G. Pw. N. Wood. 
P. G. G. C. Lawrason, proxy for - P. G. W. H. Glass, 

P. G. W. Emerson, proxy for - - P. G. J. W. Fvobb. 

On motion of P. G. Crij^ps, the P. Gs. named were recognized as 
proxy representatives of Neith Lodge, No. 21, 

P. G. Crickard offered the following preamble and resolutions : 

Whereas, Believing that a Magazine of proper character to advance the interests and 
welfare oi the Indedendent Order of Odd Fellows, in the South and West, would meet the 
approbation of the Order generally ; and. Whereas, Bro. W. Van Benthuysen proposes to 
publish such a Magazine, monthly, in the city of New Orleans ; be it therefore 

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge cordially approves the undertaking, and earnestly re- 
commends said publication, "The Magnolia," to all good Odd Fellows, and requests their 
exertions in its behalf. 

Resolved, That the Grrand Secretary be requested to transmit to Bro. Van Benthuysen 
an attested copy of the foregoing preamble and resolutions, and that he be permitted to use 
the same in aid of procuring a circulation for said Magazine, should he think proper so 



114 Proceedings of the • [OcT.i 

On motion of P. Gr. Nixon, the preamble and resolutions were 
unanimously adopted. 

P. Gr. Dentzel, offered the following preamble and resolutions, which 
were unanimously adopted : 

Whereas, By a recent decree of Providence, our worthy brother, P. G. E. D. Lewis, 
has been removed from our midst, while travelling in a foreign land in search of health ; and. 
Whereas, in all his social relations to his fellow-man, he has always acted on the principle 
of the " Golden Rule," to " do unto others as he would that others should do unto him." 
Be it therefore 

Resolved, That the officers and members of the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, sin- 
cerely regret the event which has removed our late worthy brother P. G. E. D. Lewis, 
from our midst. 

Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with the young widow and family, of our deceased 
brother, and will, as far as in our power, perform for her all that is enjoined upon us by 
the laws of our Order. 

Resolved, That as a mark of respect for the memory of the deceased, that the officers and 
members of this G. L. wear the usual badge of mourning, and decorate the Charter of the 
Grand Lodge with the same, for the space of three months. 

Resolved, That a copy of this preamble and resolutions be attested by the G. Master and 
G. Secretary, and be forwarded to the widow and family of our deceased brother, and to the 
Lodge of which he was a member. 

The Chair appointed P. G. Bier on the Committee on By-Laws, 
in the place of E. L. Milliken, deceased. The amendment to the Con- 
stitution of Subordinate Lodges, offered by P. G. Lawrason, at the 
session in July, was taken up and discussed. 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, it was referred to the Committee on 
By-Laws. 

On motion, the Committee appointed on the Grand Master's report, at 
the April session, were discharged. 

On motion of P. G. Crickard, it was ordered, that when the Grand 
Lodge adjourns, it does so to meet at Crescent Hall, to-morrow, at 4 
o'clock, p. M. Carried. 

The following proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Grand 
Lodge, were offered by P. G. R. N. Wood : 

Article 8, section 1. Strikeout " quarterly," and insert "semi-annual;" also "fourth," 
and insert "second;" also strikeout " April and October," so that the section will read^ 
"'The stated meetings shall be held on the second Tuesday of January and July," etc. 

Article 3, section 1. Strike out all after " United States." 

Article 4, section 4. Add after " Grand Secretary," " He shall at the close of each official 
year, prepare a copy of the proceedings for publication, ending with the January session." 
Strike out "$100," and insert "$250;" so that it will read, "He shall receive for the 
faithful performance of his duties, the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars per annum 
payable at the close of each session." 

That the R. W. Grand Representatives be elected eis provided in article 8, section 2. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 116 

Nominations of Officers for the ensuing year were then declared in 
order, and the following P. Gs. were duly nominated : 

For Grande Master. 
P. G. A. S. PHELPS.... Off No. 9 P. G. W. R. FOSDICK. . .of No. 8 

P. G. C. M. EMERSON of No. 12 

P. Gs. Crickard, Nixon, Jourdan, Cripps, and Ricardo, declined. 

For Deputy Grand Master. 

P. G. J. CRICKARD of No. 1 P. G.J.SOUTHWELL. .. .of No. 1 

P. Gs. Vaught, Pasley, O. E. Wilco.\ and J. O. Nixon, declined. 

For Grand Warden. 

P. G. H. BIER. OF No. 14 P. G. T. CRIPPS. ....... .of No. 14 

P. G. G. STETSON of No. 14 P. G. H. WEBB. . : of No. 17 

P. Gs. Lawrason and Shields, declined. 

For Grand Secretary. 

P.G.J.STRAWBRIDGE.oF No. 1 P. G. H. W. OLMSTEAD.of No. 8 
P. G. H. P. ANDREWS of No. 16 

P. Gs. Ricardo and Crickard, declined. 

For Grand Treasurer. 

P. G. M. H. WILLIAMS . of No. 1 P. G. W. H. RICE of No. I 

P. G. D. S. GANS OF No. 

P. G. Southwell, declined. 

On motion, the nominations were closed. ^ 

On motion of P. G. Ricardo, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

HENRY W. OLMSTEAD, G. Sec. pro tem. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, October 25th, 1848. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to 
adjournment. 

Present — J. D. Stewart, M. W. Grand Master; the D. G. Master, 
Grand Officers, and a due representation from the Subordinate Lodges. 

The following communication from the M. W. Grand Master, was 
received and read : 
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116 Proceedings of the ' [Oct., 

To then. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

Several amendments to the Constitution of this Lodge have been offered, many others 
have been suggested, and will doubtless be offered at this, or the next session. 

The present Constitution is very defective, and some of its provisions embarrass the 
operations of the G. Lodge. Article 7, provides for the appointment at the annual session, of 
five Standing Committees. At a succeeding session, it is very rare that a majority of any 
of them is present. It certainly vi'ould be better to have these Committees appointed at 
each session, to serve during the session. 

There is no provision for two or three necessary Committees, viz : Committee on 
Petitions; Committee on Appeals; Committee on Returns; Committee on State of the 
Order, etc. Appeals are, from necessity, referred to the Executive Committee, who are 
generally burthened with too much business. I think that the welfare of the Order in this 
jurisdiction, requires that article 8, should also be revised. We have now three Subordi- 
nates in the country, and we may reasonably expect that there will be a number more in the 
course of a year or two. Their P. Gs. cannot be expected to attend v«ry frequent meetings 
of this body ; two sessions in a year, it seems to me would be amply sufficient, and at these 
all of the country Lodges could be represented. 

I believe that called sessions should not be held unless great emergency requires them. 
At the close of the two regular sessions suggested, the proceedings should be published 
and immediately placed m the hands of Subordinates. 

Believing that the welfare of the Order and of this body requires the above mentioned 
alteration, together with others which it is not necessary to enumerate here, I most res- 
pectfully recommend the appointment of a Committee of Revision, to report at the next 
session. 

Respectfully submitted, 

In F. L. and T., 

JAS. D STEWART, G. Master. 

P. G. Nixon moved to adopt the recommendation of the Grand Master, 
which was unanimously agreed to. The Chair appointed as Com- 
mittee, P. Gs. Nixon, Dentzel, and O. E. "Wilcox. 

P. G. Nixon, from the Committee on By-Laws, submitted the following 
report, which was adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The Committee on By-Laws, to whom was referred the By-Laws of Jefferson Lodge, 
No. 9, and National Lodge, No. 18, respectfully report : That, after due examination, they 
recommend them to the R. W. Grand Lodge for approval. 
All of which is respectfully submitted, 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 
• ; ;. - ■ J. O. NIXON, 

H. BIER. 

P. G. Lawrason from the Special Committee on that subject, made 
the following report, which was read and accepted, and the resolution 
adopted : 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 117 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F.: 

The undersigned, to whom was referred the petition of Brother P. G. Brichta and others, 
from Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, praying for a Charter for a new Lodge, to be styled 
"Independence Lodge, No. 23," to work in the German language, beg leave to report : 
that although your Committee are much opposed to the increase of Lodges, where the 
iTtmost necessity is not apparent, upon a careful investigation of the prayer of the petitioners, 
they are made to believe that the interest of our beloved Order may be materially advanced 
by granting the prayer of said petitioners, and under that belief they would most respectfully 
recommend the following resolution to the favorable consideration of your worthy body. 
, * GEO. C. LAWRASON, 

AUG. W. JOURDAN, 
JOHN B. WILCOX. 

Hesolved, That the prayer of brothers Brichta, "Willmann and others, asking for a Charter 
for a new Lodge, to be styled "Independence Lodge, No. 23," to work in the German 
language, and to be instituted the first of next term, be, and the same is hereby granted. 

P. G. Lawrason from Special Committee on that subject, made the 
following report, which was read and accepted, and the resolution con 
curred in : " ' 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O F.: 

The undersigned, to whom was referred the communication from Delta Lodge, No. 15, con^ 
taining resolutions highly commendatory of R. H. Griffin, the M. W. G. Sire, elect, for refusing 
to address a political meeting, in consequence of certain political papers in the city of Baltimore, 
having announced as an additional inducement for attendance, "that R. H. Griffin, Esqr., 
had been recently elected Grand Sire of the I. O. O. F., and requesting the Grand Master 
to procure the assent of the Grand Lodge of this State to said resolution, and immediately 
forward the same to Grand Sire Griffin," beg leave to report : That Delta Lodge has the 
right to forward to the Grand Sire elect, said preamble and resolutions, without the consent 
of your worthy body, and if your worthy body deem it necessary to express the commendation 
which all must feel for the course pursued by our M. W. Grand Sire, elect, on the occasion 
above referred to, your committee believe it should originate in the Grand Lodge, and go 
forth as the action of the representatives of our beloved Order in Louisiana. Your Com- 
mittee would therefore recommend the following resolution for your consideration : 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be requested to inform Delta Lodge, No. 15, that 
they have the right to forward said preamble and resolutions without the consent of the 
Grand Lodge. 

In F., L. and T., 

GEO. C. LAWRASON, 
AUG. W. JOURDAN, 
D. I. RICARDO. 

P. G. Cripps, Director of the Cemetery from the Grand Lodge, sub- 
mitted the following report, which was received and read, and on motion 
of P. Gr. Olmstead, was ordered to be spread on the minutes: 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F.: 

I deem it my duty to report upon the progress making in the Cemetery (Odd Fellows' 
•Rest) which is about being established by our beloved Order. The site is upon the Metairie 



118 Proceedings of the [Oct., 

Ridge, fronting upon the Metairie Road, on one side, and Canal street on the opposite, and 
acknowledged to be handsomely situated. 

A contract has been entered into with Brother H. Mitchell, for building sixty vaults, 
which are nearly finished, with marble fronts ; to fence in the whole property, level and lay 
out the ground, white- wash the'-fences, etc., all of which is in a forward state. 

A desire having been expressed by many members of the several Lodges to obtain from 
Brother Mitchell, that portion owned and occupied by him, steps are being taken to accom- 
plish this object, by purchasing from the Canal Bank, a small portion of ground next adjoin- 
ing the Cypress Grove Cemetery, and removing his house upon it. The expense will be 
small in comparison to the great advantages and beauty which the addition of this portion 
will be to the appearance and general character of the who'e. 

All of v-'hich is respectfully submitted, 

la F,, L. and T., 

THOMAS CRIPPS. 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the report of the Grand 
Master, made the following report, which was accepted and the resolu- 
tions adopted : 

To tlie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiaim, I O. O. F.: 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the quarterly reports of the M. W. Grand 
Master, and D. D. G. M. Gates, have had the same under consideration. They beg leave 
to report a resolution confirming the Jirst point decided by the M. W. Grand Master. 

Resolved, That when a committee appointed agreeably to article 7, section 2, of the Con- 
stitution of Subordinates, fails to report at the end of two weeks, the Lodge is competent to 
discharge said committee, and to appoint a new one to report at such time as the Lodge 
may determine. 

With regard to the second point decided by the Grand Master, the Committee are reluc 
tantly compelled to differ with him, as in their opinion, a suspended member is liable for dues 
during such suspension, unless his Lodge should see fit to remit said dues. They submit 
the following resolution : 

Resolved. That when a brother is suspended by his Lodge, his dues still accrue during 
such suspension. 

With regard to the third point, they are of the opinion that the Grand Master's decision 
is in conformity with article 10, sections 1 and 2, of Constitution for Subordinates, although 
they cannot but believe it was the design of said article and sections to leave the question 
open for the Subordinate Lodges to settle by their By-Laws, as in fact many of the Lodges 
have already done. 

The report of D. D. G. M. Gates presents matter that your Committee are unable to 
obtain any information of, and they are consequently unable to act upon it. 

All of which is repectfuUy submitted. 

InF., L. andT., 

J. O. NIXON, 
D. L RICARDO, 
JOHN SOUTHWELL. 

A certificate was presented from Hope Lodge, No. 1 4, that P. G-. Geo. 
A. Pickett was a member in good standing, of that Lodge. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 119 

A communication from Mrs. E. M. Wetzlar was read, and on motion, 
was referred to a special committee, consisting of P. Gs. Bier, Cripps 
and Tyson, with power to act. 

The Grand Master appointed the following members of the Executive 
Committee as substitutes, viz : 

P. G. J. B. Wilcox, in place of P. G. M. Whithall. 
P. G. Jourdan, " P. G. Mott. 

P. G. Wm, Emerson, " P. G. Kneass. 

P. G. H. G. Stetson, " P. G. Mondelli. 

P. G-. Strawbridge, from the Special Committee on the Hall, made a 
verbal report, and asked for further time. 

On motion, the request was granted, and the Grand Master was de- 
sired to call a meeting of the Grand Lodge, whenever the committee 
were ready to report. 

On motion of P, Gr. Crickard, the Special Committee on the Hall were 
requested to ascertain what the property on Poydras street, owned by the 
Gr. L., would sell for. 

The Committee on Accounts submitted the following report, which 
was read and accepted, and on motion, the bills were ordered to be paid : 

To tJte R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I O. O. F.: 
The Committee on Accounts, to whom were referred the accompanying bills, beg leave to 

report that they are found to be correct, and request that the same be paid. 

For taxes S 13 00 

Cook, Young & Co., for printing 172 00 

Stewart & Yeomans, " " 18 00 

J. H. Bechtel, " Book 100 

D. Felt & Co., " Books 19 25 

T. H. Shields, " Wood cut 6 00 

Repairs in Hall 4 00 

New Orleans Gas Company 23 00 

$256 25 
The committee also report favorably on the Secretary's account, and recommend the 
reception of the same. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

D. I. RICARDO, 
AUG. W. JOURDAN. 

P. G. Olmstead offered the following resolution, which was read and 
adopted : 

Resolved, That it shall be the duty of each Sobordinate Lodge under this jurisdiction, to 
forward the Annual and Semi-Annual Reports required by article 6, sections 4 and 5 of the 



120 Proceedings of the * [Oct., 

Constitution, to the Grand Secretary, within ten days after the close of the term, under a 
penalty of ten dollars to any Lodge neglecting to comply with this resolution. 

P. Gr. Crickard offered the following amendment to the Constitution 
of the Grand Lodge ; 

Art. 6. sec. 1. Add, " and to be eligible to the office of Grand Warden or Grand Sec- 
retary, he must have attained all the past official degrees." 

The following amendments were proposed to the Constitution for 
Subordinate Lodges, and laid over, under the rule. 
By P. G. Dentzel : 

Art. 10, sec. 3. Strike out all after the, word "card," in the fifth line, and insert "and a 
member of this Lodge for six months, and in good standing, shall be entitled to benefits." 

By P. G, Yeonians : 

Art. 8, sec. 1. "Brothers entitled to advancement, and who have been members of the 
Order four weeks, shall be entitled to receive the First Degree ; after eight weeks they 
shall be entitled to receive the Second Degree ; after twelve weeks their Third Degree ; 
after sixteen weeks their Fourth Degree ; and after twenty weeks they shall be entitled to 
receive their Fifth Degree : Provided, that on the exhibition of a dispensation from the proper 
authority, the above delays miay be dispensed with. 

By P. G. Bier : 

Art. 7. sec. 2, first line — strike out "by initiation." Sec. 3, second line — after "mem- 
bership," insert " by initiation." Sec. 5, second line— after " candidate," insert " for initia- 
tion." Sec. 6, fifth line— after "Article," insert "when, if two-thirds of the members 
present agree thereto, they shall be admitted ; but if not, they shall not be allowed to peti^ 
tion any Lodge under this jurisdiction again, for the space of one year." 

On motion of P. G. M. Williams, the G-rand Lodge adjourned. 

II. AV. OLMSTEAD, G. Sec. pro tem. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, October 26th, 1848. 

The Pv. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. jl, pursuant to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — J. D. Stewart, Grrand Master ; the Grand Officers, and a 
due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Committee on By-Laws made the following report, which was 
read and accepted : 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 121 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The undersigned Committee, to whom was referred the proposed amendments to the 
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, found on page 107 of the Journal of last session, 
respectfully report the accompanying resolutions as embodying their views in the premises. 
Submitted in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

J. O. NIXON, Chairman. 

Resolved, That the Grand Lodge concur in the proposed amendment to art. 6, sec. 2, 
as offered by P. G-. Lawrason. 

Resolved, That the Lodge reject the proposed amendment to art. 10. sec. 2, as offered 
by P. G-. R. N. Wood. 

Resolved, That the Grand Lodge adopt the proposed amendment to art. 7, sec. 3, as 
offered by P. G. Wood, and that the section, as amended, shall read as follows : " Elections 
for membership shall in all cases be held with ball ballots ; should all of the balls cast be 
white, the candidate shall be declared duly elected, after an inspection of the ballot-box by 
the N. G. and his R. and L. S. Should one black ball be cast, the Lodge shall forthwith, 
and without debate, proceed to a second trial ; and if that be attended by the same result, 
the application shall lie over till the next stated meeting ; and in the meantime the brother 
voting the black ball shall privately state to the N. G. his reasons of his opposition to the 
applicant. At the ensuing meeting, the N. G. shall, without giving the name of the inform- 
ant, state the reasons to the Lodge, whereupon a ballot shall again be entered into, and if 
only one black ball appear, the candidate shall be declared elected.' ' 

P. G. Bier moved to reject the first resolution. Carried. 

On motion of P. Gr. Olmstead, tlie second and third resolutions were 
adopted. 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, the resolution of P. Gr. M. Whithall, 
adopted at the last session, in reference to the Grand Lodge meeting at 
4 o'clock, from day to day, was repealed. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge took a recess of fifteen minutes. 

The Grrand Lodge being called to order, P. G. Crickard, from the Ex- 
ecutive Committee, submitted the following report, which was read and 
accepted, and the resolution adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The Executive Committee, to whom was referred the appeal of Brother P. G. R. N, 
Wood, of Neith Lodge, No. 21, relative to the decision of the N. G. of that Lodge, on a 
vote for a resolution to pay the O. G. a compensation for his services, report : That the 
decision of the N. G. was correct, as the resolution, without having the blank filled up, 
was merely the form of a resolution, and only required a majority vote ; also, that filling the 
blank with a certain sum, required only a majority, and if the resolution, as thus completed, 
was then passed by a two-third svote, the proceedings were correct. The committee recom-. 
mend the adoption of the following resolution : 

JOHN CRICKARD, 
A. W. JOURDAN, 
W. EMERSON. 
Resolved, That the decision of the N. G. of Neith Lodge, No. 21j referred to in the 
accompanying report, was correct, and that the appeal be dismissed. 



122 Proceedings of the > [Oct., 

P. G-. Crickard, from the same committee, made the following report, 
which was read and accepted, and the resolution adopted. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of LouisiaTUZ : 

The Executive Committee to whom was referred the appeal of brother P. G. J. Font, from 
a decision of National Lodge, No. 18, report ; 

That upon due deliberation, they consider that the spirit of article 10, section 3, of the 
Constitution of Subordinates Lodges, and the general usage of the order, implies nothing 
less than weekly benefits, and that, requiring that a brother be confined to his bed, to entitle 
him to benefits, is contrary to the true principles of benevolence. 

The Committee recommend the adoption of the following resolution : 

J. CRICKARD, 
A. W. JOURDAN, 
W.EMERSON. 

Resolved, That the decision of the N. G-. of National Lodge, No. 18, in the case of the 
present appeal, is erroneous, and that if brother Past Grand J. Font, was incapable of 
attending to his ordinary business by reason of sickness and the effect thereof, for the space 
of one week, he be entitled to benefits as provided for in article 10, section 3, of the Constitu- 
tion of Subordinate Lodges, and of the By-Laws of the Lodge. 

P. G. Crickard, from the same committee, submitted the following 
report, which was read and accepted, and the resolutions adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The Executive Committee to whom was referred the communication of the R. W. Grand 
Lodge of the State of New York, under date of October 5, 1848, notifying of the reinstate- 
ment of certain Lodges, offer the following resolutions, and recommend their adoption by 
this Grand Lodge. 

J. CRICKARD, 
, ^ A. W. JOURDAN, 

\V. EMERSON. 

Resolved, That the members of Hope Lodge, No. 3, Albany, Albany county ; Good 
Intent Lodge, No. 6, Stockport : Rensselaer Lodge, No. 53, Troy ; and Allen Lodge, No. 
92, Hudson, be recognized as in good standing in the Order. 

Resolved, That the Subordinate Lodges under the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge, 
be notified that the Grand Lodge of the State of New York will consider no Card 
issued after the 5th of October, 1848, as regula,r, unless countersigned by Benjamin J. 
Pentz, Grand Secretary of the R. W. Grand Lodge, meeting in Odd Fellows' Hall, in the 
eity of New York. 

P. G. Crickard, from the same committee, made the following report, 
which was read and accepted, and the resolutions concurred in : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The Executive Committee to whom was referred the resolution of Delta Lodge, No. 15, 
requesting the Grand Lodge to devise a uniform mode of work, for the Subordinate and 
Degree Lodges, in the matter of conferring Degrees, report : 

That the Committee consider the subject of great importance, and unless modified, may 



1848.J Grand Lodg& of Louisiana. 123 

eventually lead to great confusion ; they therefore recommend the adoption of the follow- 
ing resolutions : 

J. CRICKARD, 
'•• ' .. ' ' • A. W. JOURDAN, 

W. EMERSON. 
Resolved, That as soon as our Grand Representatives return and communicate the ne- 
cessary information, that the Grand Master cause each Degree and Subordinate Lodge in 
the State, to be instructed in a uniform method of conferring Degrees. 

Resolved, That whenever necessary expenses are incurred by the person appointed as 
Instructor, in visiting any Lodge for the purpose of instruction, said expense shall be borne 
by the Lodge for whose benefit such expenses became necessary. 

The Executive Committee reported upon the cases of appeal of brother 
E. R. Beach, of Jefferson Lodge, No 9, and of brothers Fulda, Brichta, 
and others, from Teutonia Lodge, No. 10. 

On motion of P. Gr. Lawrason, the reports were referred back to the 
Committee, with power to send for persons and papers. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at Crescent Hall, to- 
morrow, at 4 o'clock, p. M. 

H. W. OLM STEAD, G. Sec, pro tern. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, October 27th, 1848. 

The R. W. G-rand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m,, pursuant to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — J. D. Stewart, M. W. G. Master ; the Grand Officers, and 
a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

P. Gr. Olmstead moved that two members be added to the Special 
Committee on Revision of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, which 
was agreed to, and P. Gs. Crickard and Vaught were appointed by the 
Chair. 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, all amendments to the Constitution of 
the Grand Lodge, were referred to the Special Committee. 

On motion, the committee were authorized to have two hundred 
copies of the Constitution (as revised) printed for the use of the Grand 
Lodge. , , : I-J-) 

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124 Proceedmgs of the [ Oct., 

Oil motion of P. G. Nixon, the Grand Secretary was authorized to 
countersign the cards for Wives and Widows of Odd Fellows. 

On motion of P. Gr. Nixon, the Grand Secretary was instructed to 
notify all the Subordinate Lodges under this jurisdiction, of the amend- 
ments to their Constitution. 

P. G. Crickard from the Executive Committee, submitted the follow- 
ing report, which was read and accepted, and the resolution adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F.: 

The Executive Committee, to whom was referred the Card of Brother John E. Dohm, 
report that the evidence of brother John E. Dohm's good standing in the Order, is sufficient 
to entitle him to the privileges of the Order, and recommend the adoption of the following 
resolution : 

J. CRICKARD, 
' :-'■ - ■ C. WHITHALL, 

R. MOTT, 
• "W. EMERSON, 

H. G. STETSON. 

Resolved, That any Subordinate Lodge of the State of Louisiana, is hereby authorized 
to elect brother John E. Dohm, to full membership therein, after compliance with the laws 
of the Order, and the By-Laws of such Lodge. 

On motion, the Grand Secretary was authorized ta furnish brother 
Dohm with a copy of the above resolution, under the seal of the Grand 
Lodge. 

The following amendments to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge 
were proposed, and referred to the Special Committee. 

By P. G. Cripps : 

Article 7, section 1. Strikeout " every regular annual session," and insert " the com- 
mencement of every i 



By P. G. Nixon : • . . ; . . . .,' ■■;,.,■ ,Sx 

To repeal article 12. •• ' " . ' , - ■ , . .. ^ i ::: ■■r. '[■>■> -vji' 'l 

On motion of P. G. Stetson, it was ordered to be inserted on the min- 
utes of the Grand Lodge, that he was entitled to all the P. O. Degrees, 

On motion of P. G. Cripps, the appeal of brothers Fulda, Brichta and 
others, from Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, was recalled from the hands of the 
Executive Committee, and referred to a Committee of the Whole, D. G. 
M. Phelps in the Chair. 

On motion of Grand Master Stewart, the appeal was declared to be 
sustained. 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 125 

On motion of P. G-. Nixon, the Committee rose and reported by their 
Chairman. 

On motion P. G-. Cripps, the report was adopted. 

On motion of P. Gr. M. Whithall, the Grand Secretary was instructed 
to notify Tentonia Lodge, No, 10, to refmid to brothers Juhus Fulda, F. 
Brichta, F. M, Koch and A. M. Solomon, money advanced by them for 
procuring their Charter. 

R. W. Gr. Representative Mott, asked to be excused from making a 
report, until the return of his colleague, Representative Kneass. 
Granted. 

On motion of P. G. Stetson, the Special Committee on procuring an 
eligible and suitable Lodge room, were discharged. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the sum of five dollars was donated to 
brother John Frankford, for services as host, during this session of the 
Grand Lodge. 

On motion of Grand Pvepresentative Mott, the G-rand Lodge adjourned 
sine die. 

H. W. OLM STEAD, G. Sec. pro tern. 



'■ CALLED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, December 19th, 1848. 

PRESENT : 

X D. STEWART, M. W. G. Master, 
A. S. PHELPS, R. W. D. G. Master, 

W. H. WATEPvS, R. W. G. Warden, 
H. P. ANDPvEWS, R. W. G. Secretary, 
H. WILLIAMS, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

ROBERT MOTT, R. W. G. Representative. 

J. CRICKAPwD, W. G. Marshal, pro tern., 

J. SOUTHWELL, W. G. Chaplai?t, pro tern. 

P. Gs. Yeomans, Hedden, Nixon, Cunliffe, C. M. Emerson, W. Em- 
erson, Kneass, Bier, Pvice, Backus, Parent, Brown, Shaw, Dentzel, 
Brandt, Stetson, Harris, Olmstead, Tyson, Hooper, Hoover, Jourdaii, 
Mondelli, R. N. Wood. 



126 Froceedhigs of the [Dec, 

The Grand Master stated that the meeting had been called to provide 
for the payment of a note for $2,000, due by the Grand Lodge, in pay- 
ment of the Poydras street property, and for such other business as 
might be brought before it. 

A communication was read from Grand Treasurer Williams, in refer- 
ence to said note. 

P. G. Bier moved that an application be addressed to the several 
Lodges in the city, asking a loan to meet the same. 

P. G. Olmstead moved to amend, by adding that a committee of three 
be appointed, of which committee the Grand Master be Chairman, with 
power to borrow $1,000, for a time not to exceed one month, at 8 per 
cent, per annum, which amendment was concurred in. 

P. G. W. Emerson moved to amend, so as to give the committee sixty 
days, which was concurred in, and the resolution, as amended, was 
adopted. 

The Grand Master appointed P. Gs. Bier, Shaw, and W. Emerson 
such committee. 

The committee having in hand sundry repairs of Grand Lodge Hall, 
made a report, and presented a bill for the same, which was, on motion, 
accepted, and a draft ordered to be drawn on the Treasury for the amount 
of the same. 

P. G. Bier stated that the committee on the construction of the Hall 
had no report in readiness for this meeting, and 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, it was 

Resolved, That the Hall Committee be granted till the regular annual session to make 
their report. 

The following appeals were received and read : 

The appeal of Bro. S. S. Searight from the action of Commercial Lodge. Referred to 
the Executive Committee. 

The appeal of Bro. J. L. Van Bokkelen from the decision of Delta Lodge. 

On motion of P. G. Kneass, it was 

Resolved, That the appeal of Bro. J. L. Van Bokkelen be returned to him with the 
information, that previous to an appeal to the Grand Lodge being in order, an appeal must 
first be taken from the decision of the N. G., when, if the Lodge sustain the decision of the 
N. G., the brother may appeal to the Grand Lodge. 

An application was received from Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, to confer 
several Degrees upon brothers of that Lodge. P. G. Parent stated that 
a dispensation was the object of the application to the Grand Lodge. 

P. G. Mott moved that the Grand Master be authorized to grant a 



J 846.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 127 

dispensation to confer degrees upon those members whose avocations 
render it difRcult for them to attend every meeting of the Lodge, and 
thus obtain their degrees at the stated lawful intervals, 

P. Gr. E-. N. Wood moved to grant the dispensation as originally 
applied for, which amendment was concurred in. 

P. G. Rice moved, as a substitute, that the matter be referred to the 
Grand Master, with direction to act as he deemed expedient. 

The ayes and nays being called for on the substitute, resulted as fol- 
lows : 

Ayes — P. Gs. Backus, CunlifFe, C. M. Emerson, W. Emerson, Hedden, Kneass, Mon- 
delll. Shields, Southwell, Rice, Stetson, Shaw — 12. 

Nays — P. Gs. Andrews, Bier, Brown, Brandt, Crickard, Dentzel, Harris, Hooper, 
Hoover Jourdan, Mott, Nixon, Olmstead, Phelps, Parent, Tyson, E.. N. Wood, Waters, 
Yeomans — 19. 

So the substitute was rejected. 

P. G. Rice moved to lay the amendment of P. Gr. Wood upon the 
table. 

The ayes and nays were called for on this motion, and the chair 
decided the call to be in order^ when an appeal was taken from the decis- 
ion of the chair, on the ground that it was too late to call for the ayes 
and nays after the resolution had been stated to the Lodge. 

The decision of the chair was sustained, so the ayes and nays were 
taken, and resulted as follows : 

Ayes — P. Gs. Hedden, Kneass, Brandt, Harris, Mondelli, Stetson, Shaw, Southwell, 
nice, Shields, Waters ^-11. 

Nays — P. Gs. Andrews, Backus, Brown, Bier, Crickard, Cunliffe, Dentzel, C. M. Em- 
erson, W. Emerson, Hooper, Hoover, Jourdan, Mott, Nixon, Olmstead, Phelps, Parent, 
Tyson, Wood, Yeomans — 20. 

So the motion to lay on the table Avas lost. 

The main question was then called for, and the ayes and nays being 
called, resulted as follows : 

Ayes — P. Gs. Andrews, Backus, Brown, Bier, Crickard, Brandt, Dentzel, C. M.Em- 
erson, W. Emerson, Hooper, Hoover, Jourdan, Mott, Nixon, Olmstead, Phelps, Parent, 
Tyson, Wood, Yeomans — 20. 

Nays — P. Gs. Hedden, Kneass, Harris, Mondelli, Stetson, Shaw, Cunliffe, Southwell, 
Rice, Shields, Waters — 11. 

So the motion was adopted. 

R. W. Grand Representatives Mott and Kneas, presented the follow- 
ing report, which was read and ordered to be entered on the minutes. 

To the R. W. Officers and Member of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I O. O. F. .- 

The undersigned. Representatives to the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States, beg 
leave to report, that they attended the regular annual session held in September, 1848, and 



128' Proceedings of the ' [Dec, 

presented the two appeals taken from the decision of this Grand Lodge, which were con- 
sidered, and the decisions appealed from, sustained. 

Various questions of grave import were discussed, considered and settled in accordance 
with the principles of Friendship, Love and Truth. But one question presenting any seri- 
ous difficulty, and the majority in favor of the action had, being a large one, it is hoped that 
the parties interested will be induced to yield obedience to the mandate of the predominate 
power of the Order, though the undersigned are sorry to say that opinions derogatory to the 
recognized power of the Grand Lodge of the United States, had been expressed with such 
violence as to induce great fears for the continuance of that fraternal Love so necessary to 
the existence of the Order; but as right has always triumphed when not oppressed by force, 
it is to be hoped that the true source of our extended greatness, will in time act so bene- 
ficially as to induce the refractory members to yield individual preferences, and supposed 
personal grievances, to the good of the Order. 

It is necessary to inform you that a committee was appointed to draft a general Constitu- 
tion for the use and governance of all the State Grand Lodges, and the vote upon the adopt- 
on of the resolution for that purpose was such as to indicate the adoption of the report of 
the committee when made. 

There were other proceedings of vast importance to the Order in general, but we know of 
none necessary to be particularized further, than by a reference to the proceedings of that 
body, a copy of which has been furnished our M. W. Grand Master, and a compilation and 
digest of which will, with your consent, be furnished at a future meeting of the G. Lodge- 
Respectfully submitted, 

R. MOTT, 

N. B. KNEASS. 

New Orleans, Dec. 19, 1848. 

After which report the Grand Representatives instructed the Lodge in 
the work of the Order. 

The certificate of P. Gr. Philips, from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, entitle- 
ing him to a seat in this Grand Lodge, was read and accepted, and or- 
dered to be filed. 

P. G. Nixon offered the following resolutions : 

Resolved, That a charter for a Degree Lodge be and is hereby granted to the members 
in good standing of Crescent City Degree Lodge, No. 2, and Harmony Degree Lodge, No. 
3, under the name, style and title of Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1. 

Resolved, That Crescent City Degree Lodge, No. 2, and Harmony Degree Lodge, No. 3, 
be and are hereby authorized to surrender their charters to the Grand Lodge. 

Resolved, That Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, be and is hereby invested with all funds, 
books, and papers and effects of all kinds, heretofore belonging to Crescent City Degree 
Lodge, No. 2, and Harmony Degree Lodge, No. 3, and the proper officers of said Lodges 
are hereby authorized to deliver such effects to the first N. G. of Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1. 

Wliich were adopted. 

The G-rand Master stated that he had been called upon by Col. Turn- 
bull, who requested that the Order should join m the ceremonies of lay- 
ino; the corner-stone of the new Custom-house. .,.,..;; , , . , 



1848.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 129 

P. Gr. Shields moved that the invitation be respectfully declined, which 
was concurred in. 

P. G. Olmstead moved that permission be given the Lodges in this 
jurisdiction, to have a procession in full regalia, within two months from 
this date, for the purpose of dedicating " Odd Fellows' Rest " Cemetery. 

P. Gr. CunlifTe moved to amend by striking out "two months," which, 
was concurred in. 

P. Gr. C. M. Emerson, moved further to amend, by permitting the pro- 
cession to be had at any time, at the call of the Grand Master, which 
was concurred in, and the resolution adopted as amended. 

Several questions of law, and the usage of the Order, were submitted 
by members of Orleans Lodge, which, on motion, were referred to a 
Special Committee of three, to report at the annual session. 

The Grand Master appointed as the committee, P. Grs. Mott, CM. 
Emerson, and Phelps. 

P. Gr. Shields stated that a member of this Grand Lodge had made 
improper use of certain emblems of the Order, when on motion, the 
matter was referred to a committee of three, to investigate and report at 
the next annual session. 

The Grand Master named as the committee, P. Gs. Shields, Stetson, 
and Dentzel, 

On motion of P. G. C. M. Emerson, the Secretary of Commercial 
Lodge was required to furnish the Executive Committee with all the 
papers in the case of brother S. S. Searight. 

When, on motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. PORTER ANDREWS, G. Sec, 



130 Proceedings of the ■■• [Jan., 

INSTALLATION OF INDEPENDENCE LODGE. 

Independence Hall, January 22d, 1849. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge convened for the purpose of Installing 
Independence Lodge, No. 23. ... 

PRESENT : 

J. D. STEWART, M. W. G. Master. 

A. S. PHELPS, R. W. D. G. Master, 

W. H. WATERS, R. W. G. Warden, 

H. PORTER ANDREWS, R. W. G. Secretary. 
H. WILLIAMS, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

W. H. RICE, W. G. Marshal. 

T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Guardian. 

P. Grs. Crickard, Olmstead, C. M. Emerson, Dentzel, Brown, Shaw, 
Southwell, Morrison, and Bier. 

The Lodge was duly instituted, in accordance with the usual forms^ 
and the officers installed to serve the balance of the term. 

H. PORTER ANDREWS, G. Sec. 



ANNUAL SESSION. 

Grand Lodge Hall, January 2od, 1849. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge convened at 4 o'clock, p. m., and wast 
opened in due form. 



PRESENT : 



J. D. STEWART, 

A. S. PHELPS, 

W. H. WATERS, 

H. PORTER ANDREWS, 

H. AVILLIAMS, 

N. B. KNEASS, 

J. PASLEY, 

C. W. WHITHALL. 

W. H. RICE, 

T. H. SHIELDS, 



M- W. Grand Master. 
R. W. D. G. Master. 
R. W. G. Warden. 
R. W. G. Secretary. 
R. W. G. Treasurer. 
R. W. G. Representative. 
W. G. Conductor. 
W. G. Chaplain. 
W. G. Marshal. 
W. G. Guardian, 



And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges, 



1849.] Grand Lodge af Louisiana. 131 

The proceedings of the last Quarterly Session, and of the Special 
Session of December 19th, 1848, were read and aj^proved. 

The M. W. Grand Master submitted his annual report, which was 
read, and on motion of P. G. Olmstead, referred to a committee of three, 
to report upon matters suggested therein. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. Rice, Stetson, and Kneass, on said com- 
mittee. 

REPORT : 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

It becomes my pleasant duty to inform you, in this my last official report, that the work of 
the Subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction, for the past three months, has been characterized 
by the same zeal and spirit of harmony that existed during the previous months of the year. 

The semi-anual reports of the past term show a considerable increase of valuable merii- 
bers, while we have lost but few by the ravages of death, although our city has been visited 
by pestilence. Expulsion and suspension, as a means of punishment, I am gratified to say, 
are of rare occurrence. The number suspended for non-payment of dues is large, but will, 
no doubt, have a happy effect in prompting members to be more punctual. I caused the 
instructions received through our R. W. Grand Representative to be communicated to the 
Lodges in this city and Lafayette, at the time of the installation of their officers. I was 
unable to engage a P. G. to visit the country Lodges, and my engagements were such as 
to prevent me from attending them ; the duty of having them instructed will therefore 
devolve upon my successor. 

On the 6th instant I installed the officers of Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, chartered at your 
last meeting, and instructed the R. W. Grand Secretary to take possession of the charters 
surrendered by Crescent City Degree Lodge, No. 2, and Harmony Lodge, No. 3 ; the books, 
funds, etc., were delivered to Eagle Lodge, No. 1. It is my earnest hope that this Lodge 
will meet the expectations of the Order. It may be made highly useful, if conducted right. 
I commend it to the fostering care and supervision of the Grand Officers for the ensuing 
year. 

On the 22d instant, I instituted Independence Lodge, No. 23. The character of our 
German brethren to whom the Charter was committed, is a sure guarantee that it will be 
successful. 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, I am happy to say, has surmounted all her difficulties, and is 
now working harmoniously. The only Lodge not entirely prosperous, is National Lodge, 
No. 18. She is involved to a considerable extent, and I would respectfully recommend an 
investigation of her condition. 

Great credit is due to the worthy P. G., who conceived the beautiful and appropriate idea 
of establishing a Cemetery. This, I consider, one of the most important operations of the 
past year ; the location is an eligible one, at the junction of Canal street and Metairie road. 
An addition has recently been purchased which should be sanctioned by you, as the pro- 
perty is held in the name of this Grand Lodge. 

Past Grand Henry Bier, to whom we are so largely indebted, for first proposing the 
establishment of a Cemetery, and for his indefatigable exertions, in carrying out the under- 
taking, can give you all necessary information. 

The period for which I was chosen as Grand Master, has now expired. I Tvish to bear 
.testimony before retiring, to your kind indulgence in my imperfections as your presiding 
officer, and to the uniform courtesy which has been extended to me by yourselves, as well 
as by the Lodges you respectively represent. I shall always cherish in grateful remembrance 
the endearing friendships I have formed among you, and shall ever feel bound to co-operate 
with you here and elsewhere, in your works of benevolence. 
Yours, fraternally, 
17 JAS. D. STEWART, G. Master. 



132 



Proceedings of the 



[Jan.^ 



The semi-annual reports * from the following Lodges, were read and 
accepted, viz : 



Louisiana Lodge, 


No. 


1 \ 


\ Hope Lodge, 




No. 14 


Washington Lodge, - 


No. 


3 


; Delta Lodge, 




No. 15 


Union Lodge, 


No. 


6 


Templar Lodge, - 




No. 16 


DeSoto Lodge - - 


No. 


7 


: Covenant Lodge, - 




No. 17 


Crescent Lodge, - 


No. 


8 1 


; National Lodge, - 




No. 18 


Jefferson Lodge, - 


No. 


9 \ 


; Poplar Star Lodge, 




No. 19 


Teutonia Lodge, - 


No. 


10 ; 


; St. Mary's Lodge, 




No. 20 


Orleans Lodge, 


No. 


11 : 


; Neith Lodge, 




No. 21 


Commercial Lodge, - 


No. 


12 i 


; Magnolia Lodge, - 




No. 22 


Howard Lodge, - 


No. 


13 ' 








The Committee of Conference, reported that the credentials of the 


following P. Gs. were 


correct, 


and being in waiting, they were intro- 


duced and qualified to take their seats as members of the Grand Lodge, 


viz : 

J. T. Hammond, 


. 


Louisiana Lodge, 


No. 


1 


J. S. Maunsell, 


- 


Washington, Lodge, - 


No. 


3 


H. D. Ogden, 




Crescent Lodge, 


No. 


8 


"Walter Carswell, 




Crescent Lodge, 


No. 


8 


E. Hiestand, 




Jefferson Lodge, 


No. 


9 


Julius Fulda, - 




Teutonia Lodge, 


No. 


10 


W. Winant, - 




Commercial Lodge, 


No. 


12 


J. R. G-eorge, - 




Commercial T-ndge, 


No, 


12 


Thomas Murray, 




Commercial Lodge, 


No. 


12 


Morton Taintor, 




Commercial Lodge, 


No. 


12 


W. H. Foster, - 




Commercial Lodge, 


No. 


12 


J. C. Larue, 




Howard Lodge, 


No. 


13 


E. W. Rodd, - 




Hope Lodge, 


No. 


14 


M. L. McJilton, 




Delta Lodge, 


No. 


15 


G. W. R. Bailey, 




Templar Lodge, - 


No. 


16 


D. B. Forbes, - 




Covenant Lodge, 


No. 


17 . 


T. A. Packard, - 




Covenant Lodge, 


No 


17 


E. J. Gomez, - 




National Lodge, - 


No. 


18 


H. C. Cook, - 




St. Mary's Lodge, 


No. 


20 


A. L. Fields, - 




St. Mary's Lodge, 


No. 


20 


W. W. W. Wood, 


- 


Neith Lodge, 


No. 


21 


V. BouUemet, - 




Maj 


jnolia Lodge, ■ 


No. 


22- 



* See Appendix. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 133 

A Certificate was also received and accepted, from Louisiana Lodge, 
No, 1, that P. G-. John Crickard had served as Secretary of that Lodge. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge took a recess of one hour. 

At 7 o'clock, p. M., the business of the Grand Lodge was resumed, and 
on motion, the nominations for officers for the present year were declared 
in order, and the following P. Grs. were nominated : 

Fo7- Deputy Grand Master. 

P. Gs. Southwell, Sykes, and Olmstead, declined. 

For Grand Secretary. 
P. G. HAYNES OF No. 13 

P. Gs. Andrews and Strawbridge, declined. 

For Grand Treasurer. 
P. G. C. H. LEE OF No. 9 

P. Gs. Emerson, Bier, Willnaann, Morrison and Sykes, declined. 

For Executive Committee. 

I'.G. RICE OF No. 1 P.G.LARUE of No. 13 

P. G. WM. EMERSON.. of No. 22 P.G.FOSTER of No. 12 

P. G. PHELPS OF No. 9 

For Director in the Board of Directors of " Odd Fellows' Rest.'' 
P. G. T. H. SHIELDS of No. 6 

The nominations being closed, the Grand Lodge proceeded to election 
which resulted in the choice of the following officers : 

P. G. C. M. Emerson, of No. 12, M. W. G. Master, 

P. G. J. Crickard, of No. 1, R. W. D. G. Master. 

P. G. Henry Bier, of No. 14, R. W. G. Warden. 

P. G. H. W. Olmstead, of No. 8, R. W. G. Seretary. 

P. G. H. Williams, of No. 1, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

• Executive Committee. — P. Gs. Rice, Larue, Wm. Emerson, Foster, 
and Phelps. 

Director in the Board of Directors of " Odd Felloivs' Rest." — P. G. 
Shields. 

The officers elect having been regularly installed, the Grand Master 
made the following appointments of subordinate officers : 

P. G. T. H. Shields, - - Grand Marshal. 

P. G. George Hooper, - - Grand Chaplain. '■ 

P. G. William Emerson, - - Grand Condv/:tor. 

P. G. D, B. Forbes, - ^ Grand Guardian. . 



lS4 Proceedings of the [ Jan., 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, the appointment of the various standing- 
committees was deferred until the report of the Committee on the Con- 
stitution of the Grand Lodge should be received. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned until Wednesday at 4 o'clock, 
p. M., to meet at Grand Lodge Hall. 

HENRY W. OLMSTEAD, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNS D MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, January 24, 1849. 

The It. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn^ 
ment. 

Present — C. M. Emerson, M. W. Grand Master ; the Deputy Grand 
Master, the Grand Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate 
Lodges. 

On motion of P. G. R. N. Wood, the Grand Lodge proceeded to recon- 
sider the vote of yesterday, upon the resolution deferring the appointment 
of Standing Committees, until the reception of the report of the Commit- 
tee on the Constitution ; when the resolution was laid on the table. 

The following Standing Committees were then appointed : 

Committee on Conference — P. Gs. R. W. Ogden, Delesdernier and 
Brichta. 

Coimnittee on Accounts — P. Gs. Strawbridge, Nixon, Paisley. 

Committee on Correspondence — P. Gs. Lawrason, Morrison, and 
Larue. 

Committee on By-Laivs — P G. Stewart, Fosdick and Harris. 

P. G. M. Stewart offered the following resolution, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to district the State. 

The M. W. Grand Master appointed as the committee, P. G. Master 
'Stewart, P. Gs. Stetson, and Dashiell. 

P. G. Crickard from the Executive Committee, to whom was referred 
the appeal of brother E. R. Beach from the action of Jefferson Lodge, 
No. 9, made the following report * which was read, Avhen, on motion, 
the report and recommendation were adopted, and the Grand Secretary 
requested to notify Jefferson Lodge of the action of this Grand Lodge. 

* The Report has been lost or mislaid by the G. Secretary. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisianii. 135 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the Annual Pveport of 
the M. W. G-rand Master, made the following report, which was 
accepted, and the committee was discharged. 

New Orleans, January 23d, 1849. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. P., of Louisiana : 

The committee to whom was referred the report of the Grand Master, beg leave to report 
that they have examined the same, and recommend that the Representatives to this Grand 
Lodge be required to instruct their respective Subordinate Lodges in the actual work, and 
Such matters necessary to the same, and also to give such instructions to the proper officers 
of said Lodges, in the work, when requested to do so by such officers ; that so much of the 
report as relates to National Lodge, No. 18, be referred to a special committee of three ; that 
so much as relates to the additional purchase made by the Cemetery Committee, be acted 
oh by approving the purchase. 

In conclusion, they beg leave to offer the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge are due, and are hereby tendered, to P. 
G. M. James D. Stewart, for the very able and dignified manner in which he has presided 
over the deliberations of the sessions of this Grand Lodge during his administration, and for 
his active and efficient exertions for the prosperity of our beloved Order. 
Respectfully submitted, 

N. B. KNEASS, 
W. H. RICE, 
H. G. STETSON. 

On motion, the recommendations and accompanying resolution were 
taken up separately. 

On motion of P. Gr. Crickard, the first recommendation was laid on 
the table. 

On motion, the second recommendation was referred to a committee 
of three, consisting of P. Gs. Stewart, Williams, and Buissard. 

On motion, the third recommendation was adopted. 

On motion, the resolution accompanying the report was unanimously 
adopted. 

On motion of P. G. it. N. Wood, the Grand Secretary was directed 
to transmit a copy of the foregoing resolution to P. G. M. Stewart. 

On motion of P. G. M. Rice, the vote referring the second recommen- 
dation to a committee of three was reconsidered, and the re.=olution was 
amended by adding to the committee P. Grs. Strawbridge and Foster. 

The special committee to whom was referred the questions propounded 
by members of Orleans Lodge, No. 11, made the following report : 

New Orleans, January 24, 1849. 
To the Officers and Members of tJie R. W. Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana : 

Brothers — The undersigned committee, to whom were referred the questions pro- 
pounded by members of Orleans Lodge, No. 11, 1. O, O. F., beg leave respectfully to report 
as follows, viz : 



136 Proceedings of tJte [ Jan., 

The first question was, whether a member who had paid for his Fourth and Fifth Degrees, 
fout who was in arrears for nine months' dues, was entitled to the degrees ? 

Article 10th, section 1st of the uniform Constitution, requires that every member shall 
once in three months, pay into the treasury, the sum of not less than two dollars. The dues 
are therefore payable at least once every quarter. 

Article Sth, section 1st of the Constitution, says that "Brothers entitled to advancement, 
may, on application made in open Lodge, be elected to receive" their degrees, etc. And 
article 4th, section 1st, says, " that no member shall be eligible to office, or to advancement 
in the Order, unless he is in good standing and clear of the books." This, we think, is 
decisive of the question, for a member cannot be said to be clear of the books who owes 
three quarters' dues. He is not, therefore, entitled to the degrees. 

The second question embraces the case of an officer, who had received leave of absence, 
and who did not attend the next stated meeting after his return. One brother maintained, 
that the office held by the absent officer might be declared vacant; and another, that that 
step could not be taken, unless the officer failed to attend for three successive stated meet- 
ings after his leave of absence had expired. We think the latter opinion to be the correct 
one. Absence under leave, is absence voted by the Lodge, of which no advantage can be 
taken, inasmuch as the Lodge could not punish as an offence, what she herself had sanc- 
tioned. So far forth as the penalty established in section 1st, article 4th of the Constitution 
is concerned, viz : of being liable to be removed from office — the stated meetings held during 
the leave granted to the officer, cannot be counted against him. 

In conclusion, we beg to offer the following resolutions: 

1st. That no brother, whose dues are in arrears for more than one quarter, is entitled to 
degrees. 

2d. That when a Subordinate Lodge has granted leave of absenca to an officer, it cannot 
declare his office vacant, unless he is absent or refuses to serve, for three successive stated 
meetings after his leave of absence has expired. 

Submitted in F., L. and T., 

ROB. MOTT, ) 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, \ Committee. 

AUG. S. PHELPS, 3 

P. G. M. Rice moved to accept the report and discharge the committee. 

P. G. Shields moved to re-commit the report. 

The previous question being called for, was sustained, and the main 
question was then put and carried, and the report accepted and the com- 
mittee discharged. 

P. G. M. Rice moved to adopt the resolutions accompanying the re- 
port. 

P. G. Shields moved to lay the report and accompanying resolutions 
upon the table, which was lost. 

On motion, the resolutions were taken up separately, and adopted. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the Grand Lodge reconsidered the vote 
adopting the report of the Executive Committee, upon the appeal of E. 
R. Beach. 

P. G-. R. N. Wood, moved to recommit the report to the same com- 
mittee, which was concurred in. 



1849] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. IST 

The following protest was ordered to be entered upon the mmutes : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The undersigned Past Grands, believing the decision of the Grand Lodge, on the report 
of the special cotnmitttee to whom was referred certain questions propounded by members 
of Orleans Lodge, No. 11, to be virtually an alteration and amendment of article 4, section 
1, of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges, because said decision has the effect of extend- 
ing the period of good standing from the time a brother is clear of the books, to a period of 
three months. They beg leave, therefore, to enter this their protest against the adoptioni of 
said report, as contrary to said law, as existing in the Constitution of Subordinates. 

J. STRAWBRIDGE, P. G. No. 1. 

R. N. WOOD, P. G. No. 21. 

G. W. SHAW, P. G. No. 6. 

T. H. SHIELDS, P. G. No. 6. 

P. G. Crickard, from the Executive Committee, to whom was referred 
the appeal of Bro. S. S. Searight, of Commercial Lodge, No. 12, made 
the following report, which was read and accepted, and the accompany- 
ing resolution adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge, of Louisiana, L 0. O. F. : 

The Executive Committee, to whom was referred the appeal of Bro. S. S. Searight, from, 
the decision of Commercial Lodge, No. 12, report that they have examined the question, 
with all the testimony submitted to them, as follows, viz : 

1st. The report of the committee appointed by Commercial Lodge to examine into and 
report all the facts of the case to the Lodge. 

2d. The letters and medical certificates of Brother Searight; and thirdly, the testimony 
of some of the members of that Lodge ; all of which, joined with the knowledge of the 
members of your committee, authorize them in reporting as follows, viz : 

That Brother Searight was, at the time of his initiation into the Order of Odd Fellows, 
afflicted with a disease of the lungs, which had at one time caused a hemorrhage. That he 
had consulted with an eminent physician of this city, who had informed him that one of his 
lungs had been partly destroyed, and that subsequently, he had also consulted with emi- 
nent physicians in Europe, who advised him that his lungs were affected with tubercles. 
That at the time of his initiation into Commercial Lodge, he was using medicines to prevent 
the violence of some disease of the chest, which it has been shown that Brother Searight 
said was to alleviate a recent cold; all which testimony leads irresistably to the conclusion, 
that at the time of Brother Searight' s application for membership, and consequently at the 
time of his initiation, he was affected with a pulmonary complaint. But while your com- 
mittee recognize the truth of the accusation of Commercial Lodge before them, they have 
great hesitancy in coming to the conclusion that Brother Searight was aware of the exist- 
ence of an incurable disease, or one that would prevent him from attending to his avoca- 
tions, not from the want of belief of the existence of the disease, but from a knowledge of 
human nature, and the proneness of persons similarly affected to resist the belief that they 
are on tlie eve of departure to another world ; for it is an acknowledged fact, that the victims 
of this most insidious of all diseases, linger from month to month, in the hope of a speedy 
recovery, and die in the expectation of a speedy restoration to health. Altogether, the weight 
of the testimony offered in the case, inclined your committee to the opinion, that Brother 
Searight is not entitled to the claim for benefits, and therefore recommend the adoption ol' 
the subjoined resolution. 



138 ' Proceedings of the [Jan., 

Your committee cannot close the subject without expressing the belief that Brother Sea- 
right was initiated at a time when Commercial Lodge was anxious to obtain members, and 
like many other Lodges in a state of infancy, they were anxious to increase the number of 
their members, without due regard to their proper qualifications for membership. 

C. W. WHITHALL, 
ROBERT MOTT, 
JNO. CRICKARD, 
N. B. KNEASS. 
Resolved, That the appeal of Brother Searight be dismissed. 

The special committee to whom was referred that part of the report 
of the M. W. Grand Master, relative to the building of a Hall for the 
use of the Order in this city, made the following report, which was read, 
and on motion, the report was accepted and the committee discharged : 

To the M. W. G. M., Officers and Members of the R. W. G. L. of Louisiana : 

Brothers — The special committee to whom was referred that portion of our "W. G-, 
Master's semi-annual report, in regard to building an Odd Fellows' Hall in this ci(y, for the 
use of our Order, having had the same under consideration, beg leave respectfully to report : 

That such a building, suited to our comfort and convenience, is highly desirable, and the 
practicability of its erection, in our present advanced state, is beyond a doubt. One step 
towards the desired end has long since been made ; but as your committee believe this step, 
made in haste and without due reflection and consideration, was a false one, and should be 
retraced. Your committee alludes to the purchase of the lots on Poydras, near Carondelet 
street, on which the corner stone of art intended building was some time ago laid. They 
believe this location to be entirely unsuited to the purpose. The front is too small for the 
general use of the Order, and the depth barely sufRcient. It is surrounded by high builds 
ings overlooking it, and from that fact alone, unsuited, because of its publicity. To open 
windows in the sides, it will be necessary to build off of our line, leaving a space between 
Jhe adjoining buildings and ourselves, diminishing the width ot the lots to the same extent, 
■without obtaining a corresponding value by ventilation, or obtaining piore light. Your 
committee show, that this property, since its purchase, has greatly increased in value, and 
should the Order deem proper to part with it, it can be disposed qf to great advantage. 

In place of this site, the committee, in seeking another, have selected that at the corner 
of Lafayette and Camp streets, measuring over ninety feet front on Camp street and Lafa- 
yette Square, by one hundred and eighty-five feet in depth and front on Lafayette street. 
The advantages of this position are obvious, as also its superiority in regard to size and 
room. It can be overlooked from one side only, having in front the square, and on the side 
Lafayette street. It is a corner lot, and is susceptible of great ventilation in the summer 
months, with perfect light. From its size, four Lodge rooms on the upper floor, forty feet 
wide by eighty feet in length, can with ease be constructed: thus accommodating twenty 
different Lodges, and leaving one night in each week for the meetings of Encampments, 
Degree Lodges, and the R. W. G. Lodge. The ground floor divided into stores, will yield 
a handsome revenue, as the room on the second floor will also do, if suitably cofistructed 
for a concert room, exhibition, or lecture room, and serve also for meetings of the Order at 
large. In addition to these, there will be ample room for an ante-chamber, and places for 
regalia. We annex hereto, an estimate of the revenues of such a building. 

As regards the cost. From Information indirectly received from the owners of this pro- 
perty, we understand it can be purchased for the sum of about forty thousand dollars. 



JS49.J Grand Lodge of Liouisiwia. 139 

4-1 first blush; this seems to be a sum entirely too great for the resources of the Order, 
but your committee, after considering the position and extent of this lot, and not less the 
amount of rent to be derived from the lower stories, deem it best to allow a little over its 
market value, than to lose the opportunity of securing to ourselves so valuable a spot in 
every view. It must also be remembered, that of this forty thouss^nd dollars, full twelve 
thousand dollars in cash, now stands in real estate, oil Poydras street, which can piEisily be 
exchanged, or sold without loss, to njeet the cash paynjent, and a portion of i^p first pay- 
ment on time. The estimate of the committee for the erection of the Hall, oo this lot) 
amounts to another sun^ of forty thousand dollars ; so that in all, the suiri of eighty thousand 
dollars is to be found to carry out this plan, so much wished for by every Odd FpUow in this 
jurisdiction, in a manner reflecting credit and honor upon themselves and their Iijstitution. 

J^efore entering into any explanation as to the means of raising so large a sum, or rather 
^? forming a portion of the explanation, which is here offered, your conimittee beg leave to 
report, that the desire of seeing a Hall built for our accommodation, iio longer exists in the 
jjodies of Lodges alone. Individual members now look forward to it, anxious to lend their 
mite in the undertaking ; some as an investment, others wif}) the sipiple motive of assisting 
in its erection, for their comfort and that of their Lodges. This is evidenced by the daily 
applications to the committee, for iijforniation, by all classes of members. Your committee 
further find that the continual and varying legislation, uppn which no dependence could be 
placed, from one day to another, on piatters touching the proposed new Hall, has of itself 
been sufficient to clog the ijndertakiijg ajjd dampen the energies of its best friends. Individ- 
uals will not and cannot justly be called upoji to furnish their means to unstable views ; fo 
views in maturing which, they have had no part or voice. AV^e, therefore, recommend that 
this matter be riot held under thp sole control of the Grand Lodge, but that individuals 
holding certain amounts of shares ip the various Lodges and the Subordinate Lodges 
themselves, be admitted fo participate in the regulations and deliberations concerning the 
proposed nesy bHilding, acting always under the name and authority of the Grand Lodge- 
Having then an injmediate and appreciable interest, their plan cannot fail in success, their 
feelings being enlisted with their own offspring. \xi order to place it within fhp mpans and 
reach of every member of the Order, to contribute and remove the dread obstacle, caused by 
the former large rates of subscription to stock, it is proposed now to raise the necessary funds 
somewhat as follows : 

By issuing eight thousand shares of stock at $10 per share — $80,000. Of this amount, 
we have the Poydras street lot already paid ; leaving the actual balance to be raised, say 
$40,000. 

This amount, we believe, can be raised by the city members alone, without great difficulty, 
on a proper statement. "We have at any rate, strong inducements to believe that a large 
portion of this required amount can be had among our Northern brethren, who are desirous 
of investing their funds at a rate of from six to eight per cent, per annum. 

In making their estimates, the committee have debited the Order with the highest sums 
to be paid out, either for interest or other expenditures, and in crediting, have allowed but ^ 
low rate of rents, etc., leaving still, as will be seen, a handsome profit, thus : 

Dr. Cr. 

To interest, 10 per cent, on $80,000— borrowed .$8,000 

By rent of six stores on Camp aijd Lafayette streets $8,000 

By rent of Concert Ball room. • ■ • ■ 4,000 

By rent of twenty Lodge rooips, at $75 per Lodge 1,500, 

Making ..,.......,,.,. $13,500 

From which deduct interest as above 8,000 

Leaving nett profits of (per ^nnum) ...,,... $5,500, 

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140 Proceedings of the [ Jan., 

By this statement it will be seen, that the whole smn of eighty thousand dollars is consid- 
ered as borrowed at an exorbitant rate of interest, neither the cash value of the Poydras 
street property, or the amount of stock subscribed and paid for by city members being 
included, although the two cannot be calculated at less than half the amount sought for, and 
therefore the sum of $4,000 is to be deducted from the debtor side to be added to the 
creditor. 

In collecting the stock subscriptions, we recommend that they be made payable, one- 
fourth cash, and the balance at six and twelve months. Thus enabling those of our brothers 
with limited means, to enter into the undertaking without fear of being called upon foi 
sums, which might prove inconvenient, and a burden to them ; and allowing those who 
wish to contribute large sums, an unlimited margin. The nun^ber of those who will take 
one or two shares is great, and many would be deterred altogether should the stock be placed 
at a high rate, or made payable at short time. 

We annex hereto a series of resolutions for your consideration, unanimously concurred in 
by the committee. 

Respectfully submitted, 

In Friendship. Love and Truth, 

JAMES STRAWBRIDGE, 
JAS. D. STEWART, 
GEO. C. LAWRASON, 
HENRY BIER. 
F. W. DELES DERNIER, 
T. H. SHIELDS. 



On motion, the consideration of the report was made the special order 
of the day, for to-morrow at 5 o'clock. 

The report of the committee to whom was referred the case of brother 

■^ , charged with making improper use of the emblems of the Order, 

was read, and the resolutions accompanying the report, adopted, as 
follows : 

To tJie Officers and Members of tJie Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana, I O. O. F. : 
Brothers :— ^The committee appointed to take into consideration the matter arising out 
of the statement made in this Lodge, that one of the members of the Order in this city had 
made use of the Emblems appertaining to Odd Fellowship in connection with a public 
newspaper advertisement, with a view to enhancing his personal interest with the public at 
large — beg leave to report : 

That while they refrain from expressing their disapprobation of the offence in question, 
(presuming the same to have been the result of ignorance, rather than design in the premi- 
ses,) would submit a resolution, which they trust w^ill be a salutary caution to the naembers 
of the Order within this jurisdiction, to avoid in future an offence so calculated to foster the 
prejudice already existing against this institution. 

Submitted in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

THOS. H. SHIELDS, 
H. G. STETSON, 
F. A. DENTZEL 



J 849.] Grand Lodge of Louincma. 141 

Resolved, By the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana, L O. O. F., that the use of 
any of the Emblems belonging to the Order, in connection with any advertisement or of 
other public display, not directly pertaining to the wants of the Order, is a violation of the 
spirit and meaning of this Institution, and contrary to its character and interests ; and any 
member of the Oixler, within this jurisdiction, so offending, by making use of the same for 
his own advantage, shall be liable to suspension, or expulsion^ as the Lodge to which he 
belongs may determine. And it shall be the duty of said Lodge to take cognizance of, and 
enforce the spirit and meaning of this resolution. 

Resolved, That the R. W. Grand Secretary be, and he is hereby instructed, to transmit a 
copy of the foregoing resolution to each of the Subordinate Lodges in the State. 

A communication was received from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, relating to 
the disappearance of brother Wetzlar, which, on motion, was referred to 
the Special Committee appointed at the last term, with instructions to 
report to-morrow. 

P. G. Fosdick, offered the resolution, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That nothing contained in articles 10 and 11 of the Constitution for Subordi- 
nates, under this jurisdiction, shall be so construed as to prevent Subordinates from suspend- 
ing members, for nine months and over arrearages for dues, without the formality of 
preferring charges, and trial of members thereon. 

A communication was received from Independence Lodge, No. 23, 
asking permission to insert in the charter of said Lodge, the name of 
Brother Henry Clason, in the place of Brother Jacob Schorsch. 

On motion of P. G. R. N. Wood, the prayer of the petitioners was 
granted. 

The appeal of Brother P. G. Fosdick from certain action of Crescent 
Lodge, No. 8, was received and read, and on motion, the Appellant was 
allowed to withdraw the same. 

The Constitution and By-Laws of Independence Lodge, No. 23, was 
submitted for approval. 

On motion of P. Gr. Brichta, they were referred to a special committee 
of three. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. Heistand, Cohn, and Hermann, said com- 
mittee. 

On motion of P. Gr. M. Rice, the Grand Lodge adjourned until to- 
morrow, at 4 o'clock, p. M. 

H, W. OLMSTEAD. G. Secretary. 



l4g Proceedings of the \ Jan., 



ADJOURlStED MEETinO. 

Grand Lodge Hall, January 25, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment. 

Present — C. M. Emerson, M. W. Grand Mastei'; the Grand Officers 
and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges^ 

The Conimittee on Constitutions and By-Laws subtnitted the follow- 
ing report, whidh was accepted and adopted : 

New Orleans, January 26th, 1849. 
To tlw J2. W. Grand Lodge of liouisiatia : 

The Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws, to whom \Vas referred section 8, article 
7, of the Constitution of Subordinates, report : That the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United 
States decided at its last session, that applicatiofls for membership may be withdrawn 
before the report of the Committee is presented, but not subsequently ; and that if the re- 
port is recommitted to the committee, it ia then too late to withdraw the name of the 
candidate. 

We recommend that the section be altered so as to read : " No appUcation for niember- 
ship shall be withdrawn after it has been reported on by the Committee of Investigation.' ' 

JAS. D. STEWART, 
WM. R. FOSDICK. 

On motion, the Grand Secretary was instructed to notify the Subor- 
dinate Lodges, under this jurisdiction, of the decision of the G-. Lodge of 
the U. S. in the above matter. 

The Special Committee appointed to district the States, made the fol- 
lowing report. Which was read, accepted, and the committee discharged : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. .■ 

The committee appointed to district the State, report : That as there is a large number of 
Parishes in which no Lodge exists, they would recommend the establishment of only the 
three following districts, composed of Parishes in which Lodges exist, and adjoining Par- 
ishes in which it is contemplated to establish Lodges at an early day. 

Baton Rouge District, No. 3, to be composed of the Parishes of East and West Baton 
Rouge, Feliciana, and Point Coupee. St. Mary's District, No. 2, to be composed of the 
Parishes of St. Mary's, St. Martin's and Lafayette. Caddo District, No. 1, to be composed 
df the Parishes of Caddo, DeSoto, Bossier, Claiborne, Natchitoches, and Rapides. 
All of which is respectfully submitted. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

.TAMES D. STEWART. 
H. Cr. STETSON, 



1849.] Grand JJodge of Lmdsiana. 143 

On motion of P. G. R. N. Wood, the report was amended by adding 
to District No. 1, the Parishes of Bienville, Union, Jackson, Ouachita, 
and Sabine ; and to District Nd. 2, the Parish of St. Landry. 

The Grand Master then made the following appointments of D. D 
Gr. Masters, which were concurred in. 

District No. 1, - - - - P. G. Pv. N. Wood. 
District No. 2, - ^ - - P. G. H. C. Cook. 
District No. 3, - - - - P. G. G. S. Lacey. 

On motion, the report of the Committee on Hall, (being the special 
order of the day) was taken ilj); and 

On motion of P. G. Larue, -U^as referred to a siDecial committee of five, 
to digest a plan to carry out the views of the former Committee. 

The Chair jlt)pointed P. Grs. Crickard, Larue^ E-ice, Phelps, and 
R. N. Wood. 

On motion, thd Grrand Master was added to the cdmmittee. 

On motion of P. G. W. W. W. Wood, it was ordered, that when this 
Grrand. Lodge adjourns, it be until to-morrow, at 4 o'clock, p. m. 

A communication was received from Neith Lodge, No. 21, asking for 
permission to re-ballot upon the application for rnembership of Brother 
Leopold Levy. 

P. G. R, N. Wood moved that permission be griinted. 

P. d-. i^orbds Called folr the ayes aiid nays upon the question, which 
were ordered and resulted as follows : 

Yeas — P. Gs. Dentzel, Cboke, Shields, Larue, Stewart, Titus, Thomas, Vaught, Boul- 
lemet, Phelps, Fosdick, Shaw, Bier, Forbe^j Webb, Cohen, R. N. Wood, Morrison. Feur- 
tes, E.. Wood, Cripps, L. L. Brown, Nixonj Brady, Delesdernier, W. W. W. Wood, Belk- 
hap, Andrews, Crickard, Olihstead, Strawbfidge — 31. 

Nays — P. Gs. Rice, Packard, Emerson, Waters, Foster, Backus, Ogden, Cunliffe^ 
and Williams — 9. 

So the request of the Lodge was granted. 

P. G. Forbes offered the following resolution, which was read and re- 
ferred to the Executive Committee : 

Resolved, That the M. W. G. M. be, and he is hereby required to transmit quarterly^ 
instead of semi-annually as heretofore, a P. W, to each Subordinate Lodge under this juris- 
diction. 



H4 Proceedings of the [Jan.> 

TiiG Committee of Conference, reported that the certificates of the fol- 
Jowiiig Past Grands, as Pvepresentatives, were correct, viz : 

P. Gs. E.ice, Strawbridge, Kirkland and Soutliwell, No. 1 
P. Gs. Hooper, Moore, and E. Maunsell, - - No. 3 
P. Gs. Shaw, Shields, Leelie and Taylor, - - No. 6 
P. Gs. Ogden, Olmstead, Nixon and Lawrason, - No. 8 

P. Gs. OlfF and Fulda, No. 10 

P. Gs. H. W. Ogden, Sykes and Faulkner, - - No. 11 
P. Gs. C. M. Emerson, Foster, Morrison, - - No. 12 
P. Gs. Stetson, Bier and Rodd, . - - - No. 14 

P. Gs. Belknap, Bailey and Wright, - - - No. 16 

P. Gs. R. C. AVebb, Burns and Forbes, - - No. 17 

P. Gs, Gomez and Fuertes, .... No. 18 ' 

P. Gs. H. C. Cook, A. L. Fields and H. G. Stetson, No. 20 
P. Gs. R. N. Wood, Robb and W. W. W. Wood, - No. 21 
P. Gs. W. Emerson and BouUemet, - - - No. 22 

The Special Committee appointed to obtain a loan, submitted the 
following report, which was accepted, and the committee discharged. 

To tJie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 
The undersigned commktee, appointed to effect a loan of twelve hundred dollars, from 

tiie Subordinate Lodges, for the purpose of paying a property note, (on lots in Poydras 

street,) due the 4th instant, beg to report, that they obtained promptly the amount, from 

the following Lodges : 

Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, $350 

Union Lodge, No. 6, , 2-50 

Commercial Lodge, No. 12, 300 

Howard Lodge, No. 13, 100 

Hope Lodge, No. 14, ... , 250 

Total, $1,250 

The Committee would here remark, that Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 ; Union Lodge, No. 6 . 
and Howard Lodge, No. 13 ; made their respective loans free of interest ; while with Com- 
mercial Lodge, No. 12 ; and Hope Lodge, No. 14 ; an interest of S per cent, per annum is 
charged. An assurance was given to the several Lodges making the loan, that they would 
be refunded from the receipts of the per centages of the Subordinate Lodges, in Jan- 
uary 1849. 

All of which is repectfuUy submitted, 

In F., L. and T., 

H. BIER, 
G. W. SHAW. 
January 24th, 1S49. 

P. G. M. Stewart, moved that orders be drawn on the G-rand Treas- 
urer for the amounts loaned to this Grand Lodge — which was con- 
curred in. 



184.9.] Gand Lodge of Louisiana. [145 

The Special Committee, to whom was referred the case oi brother J. 
Wetzlar, submitted the following report, which was read and accepted, 
and the committee discharged : 

New Orleans, Jan. 25th, 1849. 
To the M. W. G. M., Officers and Members of the R. W. G. L. of Louisiana : 

The committee to whom was referred the communication from Mrs. Wetzlar, to P. G. 
M. Rice, and subsequently, the letter from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, Baton Rouge, to brother 
H. W. Olmstead, Grand Secretary, making inquiry after brother Wetzlar, respectfully beg- 
to leport, that they did attend to the business upon the first letter, and were unable to obtain 
any information ; and that since that time, no intelligence has been received of brother Wetz- 
lar. Regreting that it is not in our power to alleviate the anxiety of his family and friends, 
and with the assurance that any information which may be received will be comniunicated. 
We remain in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

HENRY BIEU, 
THOMAS CRIPPS. 

P. G-. Crickard,. from the Committee on the Hall, made the following 
report, which was read, and on motion, laid upon the table, subject to 
call: 

To tlie a. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F.: 

The undersigned Committee on Grand Lodge Hall, beg leave to report, that they have 
employed P. G. M. H. Williams, as Grand Herald for the current year, and have placed 
all the property belonging to your R. W. body, appertaining to the Hall, under his especial 
charge and safe keeping; and in view of the duties and responsibilities connected with that 
office, they have agreed to allow him the sum of fifty dollars per annum, payable semi- 
annually, at the close of each term. 

J. CRICKARD, 
G. W. SHAW, 

January 25th, 1849. HENRY BIER. 

P. G. Nixon, from the Special Committee on the Revision of the 
Constitution of the Grand Lodge, submitted the following report, which 
was read and accepted, and the committee discharged : 

New Orleans, January 24, 1849, 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The undersigned, a Special Committee appointed at the last session to revise the Consti- 
tution of the Grand Lodge, respectfully report, that they have had the subject under con- 
sideration, and, in view of the probable action of the Grand Lodge of the United States, at 
their next session, they propose to the Grand Lodge only those alterations and amendments 
which they conceive to be required for facilitating the business of your R. W. body. 

They beg leave to recommend : 

First. Article 3, section 1. Strike out iu ninth line, "April,'' and substitute "January,' 
Strike out all after " Grand Masters' ' in fifteenth line. 

Second. Article 4, section 4. Insert after the word '" Master," in the seventeenth line, 
"He shall, at the close of each regular session, prepare a copy ol the proceedings of the G, 
L., for publication.' Strike out eighteenth line of same section, and insert, " .For the faith- 



146 Praceedings of the [Jan., 

I'ul discharge of the Juties of his of^ce, he shall be allowed the sum of two hundred and 
fifty dollars, payable semi-annually." 

Third. Article 6. Strike oat the whole article, and insert as follows : 
Sec. 1.— To be eligible to the office of G. M., or D. G. M., the candidate must have 
received all the P. O. Degrees, and have beeji a member of this Grand Lodge one year. 

Sec. 2. — To be eligible tq the office of G. Repreresentative, the candidate must have at- 
tained the R. P. Degree, an4 have received all the P. O. Degrees. 

Sec. 3. — Candidate? for all other offices, whether elective or appointed, must have 
received all the P. O. Degrees. 

Fourth. Article 7. Strike out the wholp article, and insert as follows : 
Sec. 1. — There shall bP appointed at eypry regular session the following Standing Com 
nattees, to consist of three pach, viz : 

On Elections and Returns. On Petitions and ApppEtls. 

On Constitutions aijd By-Laws. On Finance, 

On Correspoiiderjce. On the state pf the Order. 

On Printing. 

Sec. 2. — The Committee on Elections and Returns, shall examine and report to the 
Grand Lodge, without delay, on the returns of subordinates, and the election and eligibility 
of Representatives from Subordinate Lodges. 

Sec. 3. — The Committee on Petitions and Appeals, shall ejcamine and report on all peti- 
tions and appeals coming from Subordinate Lodges, or members thereof. 

Sec. 4.^The Committee on Constitutions aud By-Laws, shall examine and report on all 
matters of this nature referred to thern. 

Sec. 5. — The Committee on Finance, shall examine s^W claims against the Grand Lodge, 
previous to their being paid. Immediately after their appointment, they shall examine the 
books and accounts of the Grand Secretary and Treasurer, and report thereon to the Grand 
Lodge. 

Sec. 6. — The Committee on Correspondence, shall examine and report on all correspond- 
ence of the G. L. that may be referred to tljem. 

Sec. 7. — The Committee on the state of the Order, shall carefully investigate all ques- 
tions of usage or custom referred to them, and report thereon to the Grand Lodge. 

Sec. 8. — The Committee on Printing shall superintend all printing, which may be or- 
dered, and have authority to contract therefor, except such as may be otherwise hereinafter 
provided. 

Fifth. Articles, section 1, first line, strike out "quarterly," and insert "semi-annual." 
In second line, strike out '■ April and October," so that the section will commence thus ? 
" The stated semi-annual meetings, shall be held on the fourth Tuesdays in January and 
April." 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

J. O. NIXON, 
W. W. VAUGHT, 
J. CRICKARD, 
F. A. DENTZEL 

Oa niotiou ol P. G. Olmstead, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OJ^MSTEAP, 6*. Secreianj. 



1849,] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 147 

ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, Januray 26, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m,, pursuant to 
adjournment. 

Present— Ch.?iS. M. Emerson, M. W. Grand Master, the Grand 
Officers, and a due representation from Subordmate Lodges. 

On motion, the proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Grand 
Lodge, as reported by the Special Committee, were taken up and dis" 
cussed. 

On motion of P. G. Pw. N. Wood, the first clause of the amendment 
to article 3, section 1 , was adopted. 

On motion, the second clause of said amendment was rejected. 

On motion of P. G. W. W. W. Wood, the amendment to article 4, 
section 4, of the amendment of the Special Committee, was amended 
by substituting " quarterly," instead of " semi-annually," and the section 
was adopted. 

After some discussion, section 3 of the same article was laid upon the 
table. 

The substitute for article 7th, as reported by the committee, was 
adopted. 

The ame'^Jment to article S, section 1, was adopted. 

On motion of P. G. M. Stewart, the Grand Secretary was instructed 
to forward a copy of the amendments, as adopted, to the M. W. Grand 
Sire for approval. 

P. G. Shields oifered the following resolution, which was laid over 
under the rule : 

Resolved, That the election of the officers of this Grand Lodge be held on the second 
day of the Annual Session, in January of each year. 

P. G. R. W. Ogden moved that the amendments to the Constitution 
of the Grand Lodge, just adopted go into fuU force at once. 

The Chair decided the motion not to be in order. 

P. G. R. N. Wood appealed from this decision, and the question being 
put, the decision of the Chair was sustained. 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the report of a former 
committee, on the subject of building a new Hall, submitted the follow. 
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148 Proceedings of the [ Jai^t 

ing report, wliich was read, and on motion of P. Gr. Lawrason, the re- 
port was adopted, and the committee discharged. 

To tlte E. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I O. O. F.: 

The special committee to whom was referred the report and resolutions of a committee 
ofTered on the subject of building an Odd Fellows' Hall, report, that they have maturely- 
considered the subject, and approve said report, in all its parts, except the proposed manner 
of organizing, and would respectfully recommend that an organization be formed, under the 
provisions of an act of the Legislature of the State of Louisiana, approved the 30th day of 
April, 1847, the form and manner of which organization will be understood by referring to 
the annexed form of an act of incorporation, which the committee respectfully submit for 
consideration. 

AUG. S. PHELPS, 
JOHN C. LARUE, 
JOHN CRICKARD, 
W. H. RICE, 
C. M. EMERSON, 
R. N. WOOD. 

State of Louisiana, Parish of Orleans. 

Whereas, By an act of the General Assembly of the State of Louisiana, approved by 
the Governor, on the 30th day of April, 1847, entitled "An act providing for the organiza- 
tion of certain corporations in this State," it is, among other things, provided and enacted 
by the Senate and House of Representatives of said State, that " whenever any number of 
persons, exceeding six, may desire to associate themselves for any literary, scientific, reli- 
gious or charitable purpose, and to assume and enjoy the powers and immunities of a cor- 
poration or body politic in law, it shall and may be lawful for such persons- to prepare an 
instrument in writing, wherein they shall specify the purposes and objects of said 
association, and the name, style or title thereof;" that the same may be exhibited to the 
District Attorney of the District wherein such applicants, or a majority of them may re- 
side, for such action as is contemplated and directed by the provisions of said act. 

Noiv, therefore, we the undersigned, , residents of the Parish of Orleans, 

and State aforesaid, do by this instrument of writing, declare our desire to form ourselves 
into a charitable association, the same to continue in our associates and successors, under 
the provisions contained in the act before mentioned; and do specify as the purposes and 
objects of said association, the "aid and relief of distressed persons, according to the cus- 
toms and usages of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and to build a Hall, to be prin- 
cipally appropriated for the meetings of the members of said Order ; " and' the undersigned 
further declare their desire and intention to be known and designated as " Odd Fellows' 
Hall Association," and by that name and designation they do declare their desire to 
acquire and enjoy the immunities of a corporation or body politic in law ; and that they, 
their associates and successors, by the name and title aforesaid, shall be capable of sueing 
and being sued, to plead and be impleaded in all courts of Louisiana, as well as elsewhere, 
and in any and all manner of causes and actions, capable of being heard and being repre- 
sented by agents and attorneys at law ; of contracting, receiving, holding, leasing, purchasing 
and conveying, any and all property, real and personal ; provided the value thereof shall not 
exceed three hundred thousand dollars ; and of compromising, arbitrating, and transacting 
in regard thereto ; and shall have authority to adopt a common seal, and the same to alter 
and change at their pleasure ; to adopt Rules, Regulations and By.Laws, and do every other 



1849.) Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 149 

act, and have every other advantage and benefit under the provisions of the act before men- 
tioned, as though they and each of them were herein specially set forth and mentioned. 

They further declare, as fundamental rules and regulations of this Incorporation : 

I. That the capital stock shall be $100,000, to be divided into 10,000 shares of $10 each, 
which stock may be subscribed for and held by the Grand Lodge of I. O. O. F. of the State 
of Louisiana, the Grand Encampment of the State of Louisiana, the Grand Lodges or En- 
campments of any of the States of the United States or of Canada; and any Subordinate 
Lodge or Encampment, or individual member, of the I. O. O. F. in the United States or 
Canada. 

IL The shares shall be subscribed, paid for, and made transferrable, in such manner as 
shall be directed by the first Board of Directors chosen. 

in. The proprietors and shareholders of the lots at present held for the purpose of erect- 
ing a Hall in the city of New Orleans, or such of them as see fit, shall be shareholders, to 
the value of their interest in said lots, and shall choose the first Board of Directors, under 
the direction of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Louisiana, as soon 
as practicable, which Board of Directors shall remain in office up to the first Monday of 
May, 1849, and shall do no oilier business than to receive subscriptions to stock, and make 
such by-laws and regulations as may be necessary for the organization of the business of 
the corporation. 

IV. The business of this corporation shall be conducted by a President and Board of 
twelve Directors, who shall be chosen by the stockholders on the first Monday of May in 
each year, and shall hold their office for the term of one year. Each shareholder shall be 
entitled to one vote for each share of stock which he may hold, up to five share, one vote 
for each ten shares he may hold over five ; but no shareholder shall be entitled to more than 
fifty votes in the election of such Board of Directors ; provided, however, that the Grand 
Lodge of the I. O. O. F. of the State of Louisiana shall be entitled to appoint three of said 
Directors, one of whom shall be the Grand Master, for the time being, which said Grand 
Master shall be ex officio President of the Board of Directors. 

V. The capital subscribed shall be devoted to the purchase of land, and the erection of 
a Hall, as contemplated in the purposes for which this corporation is formed. When the 
said Hall shall be finished, the different parts thereof shall bexented, for the purposes to 
which they are adapted, and the annual income therefrom, after paying necessary expenses, 
shall be the profits of the corporation, and shall be divided annually among the shareholders, 
in the proportion of their respective shares, after deducting therefrom one-fourth of all such 
profits as may exceed ten per cent, to be devoted to the education of the orphans of Odd 
Fellows, under the direction of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana ; but in the renting and 
general disposition of said Hall, it is stipulated and agreed, that the Grand Lodge of I. O. 
O. F. of the State of Louisiana shall forever have the power of saying by whom and for 
what purpose it may be occupied, provided they direct no other disposition of it than designed 
by the purposes for which the corporation is formed, as above expressed. 

And it is further declared, that the property, chattels, goods and effects of said Charitable 
Association, shall not be liable in any naanner for the debts or liabilities of individuals or 
corporations, which may be members of said Association, nor shall any member or members 
of said Association, at any time, be held liable to any debts or liabilities of said Association? 
in a greater amount than the original value of the stock he or they may own. 

On motion of P. Gr. Vaught, the recommendations of the committee 
were adopted. 



150 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

P. Gr. Vaught offered the following resolution, which was concurred in ; 

Resolved, That a committee of five b^ appointed by this Grand Lodge to carry into effect 
the resolutions and recommendations relative to the subject of building a Hall, of which 
committee the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, and Grand Secretary shall be members. 

The Chair appointed P. G. M. Stewart and P. G. Nixon on said com- 
mittee. 

On motion of P. Gr. Shields, three hundred copies of the proceedings 
of this Grand Lodge, in relation to the new Hall, were ordered to be 
printed, for the use of the Subordinate Lodges and the stockholders in 
the " Odd Fellows' Hall Association," to aid the committee in procuring 
their assent to the transfer proposed, and to give them a full understand- 
ing of the plan and action contemplated. 

On motion, the Special Committee of five was ordered to superintend 
the publication of the above proceedings. 

P. Gr. Crickard moved that substitutes be appointed in place of ab- 
sentees, on the committee on the appeal of brother E. R. Beach, which 
was concurred in, and P. G. M. Stewart, P. Gs. R. N. Wood and R. 
W. Ogden, were appointed. 

P. G. M. Rice, from the Executive Committee, submitted the following 
report : 

To tJie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana ■ 

The Executive Committee to whom was referred the resolution of inquiry of P. G. Forbes, 
respecting the change of time of giving the P. W., respectfully report : That after duly 
considering the matter, they are of opinion that it is inexpedient to make the change 
suggested. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. H. RICE, Chairman. 

P. G. R. N. Wood moved to lay the report on the table, which was 
not concurred in. 

On motion, the original resolution, as offered by P. Gr. Forbes, was 
substituted in place of the report, and adopted. 

On motion, the Grrand Secretary was ordered to notify the Subordinate 
Lodges of the action had in the above matter. 

On motion of D. Gr. M. Crickard, the Grand Lodge adjourned until 
to-morrow^ at 4 o'clock, p. m. 

HENRY W. OLMSTEAD, G. Sec, 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 151 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, January 27th, 1849. 

The R. W. G-rand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — J. Crickard, R, W. D. G. Master, presiding ; the Grrand 
Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The following communication was read : 

LiTTLK Rock, Arkansas, January 13, 1849. 
Dear Sir and Brother : — I am instructed by Far West Lodge, No. 1, I. O. O. F., 
at this place, to inform you that Jonn H. Robinson, who hails from this place, and who, as 
Far West Lodge has learned, is in the habit of visiting Lodges in your city, is a suspended 
member of " Far West Lodge," by operation of law; and further to advise you, that said 
Robinson has placed himself beyond the hope or possibility of ever regaining a membership 
here, by certain acts of outrageous conduct, which it is deemed unnecessary at present to 
specify. 

Respectfully submitted, 

InF. L. andT., 

JNO. M. BUTLER, 
Secretary of Far West Lodge, No. 1. 

On motion, the Grand Secretary was instructed to notify Subordinates 
of the purport of the above communication. 

P. G. Olmstead moved to take up the report of Committee on Grand 
Lodge Hall, which was concurred in. 

Thereupon the said report was taken up, read, and on motion of P. G. 
Olmstead, adopted. 

D. G. M. Crickard from the Executive Committee made the following 
report, which on motion, of P. G. Olmstead, was adopted : 

To the E. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 
The Executive Committee, to whom vras referred back their report on the appeal of 

brother E. R. Beach, from the action of Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, report : That they see no 

reason to authorize any change in their former report, except to strike out the words, " and 

impartial." 

J. CRICKARD, 
J. D. STEWART, 
W. EMERSON, 
WM. H. RICE. 
New Orleans, January 27th, 1849. 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, it was 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be instructed to notify Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, of the 
action had on the case. 



&52 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

The Finance Committee made the following report, and, on motion, 

it was 

Resolved, That the report be adopted, and orders drawn upon the Treasurer for the vari- 
ous amounts. 

New Orleans, January 27th, 1849. 
To the R. TV. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F.: 

The Committee on Finance, having examined the following bills, recommend they be 
paid: 

Bill of H. P. Andrews, Grand Secretary, for salary, postage, etc., $ 61 50 

Bill of Gas Company, for gas Ill 60 

Bill of Second Municpality, for taxes on property for years 1846 and 1847, 120 00 
Bill of H. W. Olmstead, Grand Secretary, pro tern., for amount for print- 
ing, etc., etc 12 00 

Bill of William Wilson, for services as Host, 15 30 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

JAMES STRAWBRIDGE, 
J. O. NIXON. 

P. G-. Olmstead offered the following resolutions, which, on motion, 
were taken up, acted upon separately, and adopted : 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be authorized to open a complete set of books for 
the Grand Lodge, commencing with January 1st, 1848 ; and without having any reference 
to the old books, except so far as relates to the cash, treasury, property and note accounts. 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be authorized to have printed, such blanks as are 
necessary for his office, and for the office of the Grand Master ; and that the Grand Master 
be authorized to issue an order upon the Grand Treasurer, for payment of all necessary ex- 
penses incurred under these resolutions. 

The amendments to the Constitution of Subordinates, offered at the 
October session, and laid over under the rule, were called up, whereupon 
the G-rand Lodge resolved itself into Committee of the Whole, P. Q. 
Larue in the Chair. The amendments were taken up and considered, 
seriatim ; when the Committee rose and reported by its Chairman, that 
they had laid all the amendments upon the table. 

P. G. Olmstead moved to adopt the report of the committee, excepting 
so far as concerned article 7, section 6, which was concurred in. 

P. G. Olmstead moved to adopt the amendments. The ayes and nays 
being called for resulted as follows : 

Yeas — Bailey, Crickard, Forbes, Nixon, Olmstead, E,. N. Wood — 6. 

Nays — Andrews, Brady, L. L. Brown, Belknap, Cripps, Cook, Cunliffe, Cohen, Dent- 
zel, W. Emerson, Fosdick, Foster, Heistand, Kneass, Larue, Morrison, Phelps, Rice; 
Stewart, Vaught, Williams, W. W. W. Wood, Strawbridge — 28. 

So the motion to adopt was rejected. 

On motion of P. G. Fosdick, it was resolved, that the Grand Lodge con- 



i849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 153 

cur in the action of the Committee of the Whole, as refers to the report 
on article 7, section 6. 

On motion of P. Gr. M. Rice, the Grand Secretary was instructed to 
call a meeting of the Grand Lodge, and of the Order generally, at 9 
o'clock, A. M., to-morrow, to attend the funeral of brother Gillett, late of 
Neith Lodge, No. 21. 

P. G. W. Wood offered the following resolution, which was ordered 
to lie over under the rule. 

Constitution of Suhcrrdinates. — To amend article 7, section 6, by inserting after the 
word " Article," " when if four-fifths of the members present agree thereto, they shall be 
admitted, but if not, they shall not be allowed to petition any Lodge under this jurisdiction, 
again, for the space of one year." 

On motion, the Grand Secretary was desired to notify the Subordinates 
under this jurisdiction, of the action of the Grand Lodge of the United 
States, as embodied and set forth on page 116, of the printed journal of 
proceedings of that body, as follows : 

"Resolved, That it shall be the duty of the Scribe of each Subordinate Encampment, to 
furnish to the Secretary of each Subordinate Lodge, a list of the members of said Lodge, 
who are also members of such Encampment ; and that it shall be the duty of each Secretary 
to advise each Scribe within a reasonable time, of the granting of a withdrawal card to any 
member of his Lodge who is also a member of such Encampment ; and also of the suspen- 
sion, expulsion, or reinstatement of any such member." 

P. G. Kneass offered the following resolution : 

Resolved, That any alterations or amendments to the Constitution for Subordimtes, shall 
be presented to this Grand Lodge, approved by at least two Subordinate Lodges, who shall 
state the reasons for desiring the same to be passed. 

The yeas and nays being called for on its adoption, resulted as 
follows : 

Yeas — Cunliffe, Foster, W, Emerson, Kneass, Nixon, Phelps, Strawbridge, and 
Larue — 8. 

Nays — Andrews, Bailey, Belknap, L. L. Brown, Brady, Cooke, Crickard, Dentzel, Fos- 
dick, Forbes, Heistand, Hooper, Morrison, Olmstead, Rice, Stewart, R. N. Wood, W. W. 
W. Wood, Williams — 19. 

So the resolution was not conciuTed in. 

The Finance Committee made the following report, which was, on 
motion adopted : 

New Orleans, January 27th, 1849. 
To tlie R, W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. .- 
The Finance Committee, in the discharge of their duty, have examined the books of the 



154 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

Grand Secretary and Treasurer. From the books of the Grand Secretary, we find the 
receipts of the year from ordinary sources, to amount to $2,728 35. 
The receipts of the Grand Treasurer, as follows : 

Balance from Ex-Treasurer f 113 22 

From Grand Secretaries, Andrews and Olmstead 2,728 35 

For rent of lots on Poydras street 75 00 

From Lodges, for rent of Grand Lodge Hall, and Gas 680 00 

Borrowed from sundry Lodges 1,250 00 

$4,846 57 

He has paid out — 

Sundry orders. No. 1 to 43 $2,955 20 

Rent of Hall, and Gas Company's bills 464 00 

'Paid note for lots on Poydras street 1,232 00 

$4,651 20 

Balance in the Treasury at the commencement of the year. . . $195 37 

All of which is submitted. 

JAMES STRAWBRIDGE, 
J, O. NIXON. 

In the matter of the apphcation of Brother F. E. Mayo, a member of 
Fehciana Lodge, No. 4, now suspended, for a card of re-instatement 
from the Grand Lodge — 

On motion of P. G Fosdick, it was 

Resolved, That the subject be referred to the Grand Master, to report after examining the 
books, etc., of Feliciana Lodge, and seeking evidence of good standing — with power to 
grant the necessary certificate. 

On motion, it was 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary supply each Lodge in this jurisdiction with one copy 
of the Journal of the Grand Lodge of the United States. 

On motion, it was 

Resolved, That four hundred and fifty copies of the proceedings of the Grand Lodge be 
printed, provided the expense does not exceed one hundred dollars. 

On motion, it was 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of the United States, be author- 
ized to draw a draft on this Grand Lodge, in favor of P. G. Nixon, for thirty dollars. 

On motion of P. G. Olmstead, the Grand Secretary was instructed to 
inform the Subordinate Lodges of this jurisdiction, that they are prohib- 
ited from using any copies of the odes, except those prepared by the G. 
L. of the U. S. ; and, also, that every Subordinate Lodge is required to 
furnish itself with a set of working jewels. 



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P. G. Shields offered the following resolution : 

Besolved, That every member of the Order is entitled to all the rights and privileges 
arising therefrom, until he is suspended or expelled by the Lodge to which he belongs. 

P. G. M. Rice moved to lay the motion on the table, which was con- 
curred in. 
P. G. Kneass offered the following resolution : 

Resolved, That it is hereby recommended to the Subordinate Lodges under this jurisdic- 
tion, the enactmenlfof such By-Laws as will insure the estabhshment of a sinking fund, 
for the formation of a library for the use of the Order — say half-a-dime per month from each 
member. 

P. Q-. M. Rice move that the Grand Lodge adjourn, which was con- 
curred in, and the Grand Lodge adjourned sine die. 

H. W OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



CALLED MEETING. 

Independence Hall, February 19th, 1849. 

The R, W. Grand Lodge met at the Hall of Independence Lodge, 
No. 23, at 7 o'clock, p. m., in pursuance of a call from the M. W. Grand 
Master, 

Present — Chas. M. Emerson, M. W, G. Master; the Grand Officers 
and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The call of the M. W. Grand Master was then read and approved, 
as follows, viz : 

Office of the Geand Master R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, ) 
New Orleans, February 15th, 1849. \ 

The R. W. Grand Secretary of the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F., will 
please call a special meeting of said Lodge, to be holden at Independence Hall, No. 4, 
Front Levee, on Monday, the 19th instant, at 7 o'clock, p. m., for the following objects, viz : 

1st. To take into consideration the subject of transferring to the Odd Fellows' Hall As- 
sociation, about to be organized, the stock and share of the Lodge in the lots now owned 
by the Lodge, and all matters relating thereto, and to take action thereon. 

•2d. To direct in what manner, and by whom, the votes of the Lodge shall be cast in the 
election of Directors of said Association, and to appoint three Directors of said Board. 

3d. To decide whether the Grand Lodge, as a distinct body, will participate in the cere- 

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156 Proceedings of the [Feb., 

mony of consecrating the Cemetery, and if so, in what manner and under what rules ; and 
to take into consideration any matter relating to said ceremony. 

4th. To receive and act upon an invitation to assist in laying the corner-stone of the new 
Custom-house, on the 22d instant. 

5th. To receive and act upon the reports of any committees ready to report. 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, G. M. 

The Act of Incorporation, reported by a former committee, was on 
motion, taken up and re-considered, and after being amended, was adopted 
as follows : • 

ACT OF INCORPORATION OF THE ODD FELLOWS' HALL ASSOCIATION. 

The undersigned, principally residents of the city of New Orleans, in the State of Loui- 
siana, to wit: Charles M. Emerson, Henry Bier, Henry W. Olmsted, Henry'\Vil- 
liams, George Hooper, William Emerson, D. B. Foi'bes, George S. Lacy, James D". 
Stewartj and Augustus S. Phelps, being desirous of associating themselves for chari- 
table purposes, and for the building of a Hall ; and in order to acquire and enjoy the 
powers and immunities of a corporation and body politic, in law, under an act of the 
Legislature of the said State, entitled, " An act providing for the organization of cer- 
tain Corporations in this State," approved on the 30th day of April, A. D. 1847, do by 
this instrument declare and agree as follows, to wit : 

1. Tliat they hereby form themselves into an Association or Corporation, to be located 
in the said city of New Orleans, and to be known, styled and designated as " Odd Fel- 
lows' Hall Association ;" by that name, style and' title to have continuance in the 
associates and successors of the undersigned ; by that name, style and title to make, have 
and Use' a common seal, with such device and inscription as they shall deem proper, and 
the same to break, alter and change at their pleasure ; to be able and capable in law to sue 
and be sued, plead and be impleaded in any Court or Courts, before any Judge, Judges or 
Justice of the Peace, in all manner of suits, complaints, pleas, causes, matters and demands 
whatsoever ; to make contracts ; to receive, hold, purchase, lease, sell, transfer, convey and 
exchange, any and all kinds of property, real and personal, up to the value of three hundred 
thousand dollars, and to compromise, arbitrate and transact in relation thereto ; to make, 
adopt, alter and amend any and all rules, by-laws and ordinances ; and do every thing need- 
ful for the good government, preservation and support of this Corporation and its property : 
Provided, that Said rules, by-laws and ordinances be not inconsistent with the laws, usages 
and customs of the I. O. O. F., nor repugnant to the Constitution and laws of the United 
States, nor to the Constitution and laws of this State, nor to this instrument ; and generally 
to do every other act, and exercise every other right and privilege, under the act of the 
Legislature aforesaid, as fully as though they were herein specially set forth. 

IL That the objects and purposes of this Corporation are declared to be the following : 
viz : the aid and relief of widows, orphans, and distressed persons, according to the usages- 
and customs of the Lidependent Order of Odd Fellows ; and the building, furnishing, 
management and preservation of a Hall, to be principally appropriated to the use and meet- 
ings of the members and Lodges of said Order. 

III. That the capital stock shall be one hundred thousand dollars, to be divided into ten 
thousand shares, of ten dollars each ; which stock may be subscribed for and held by any 
Grand or subordinate Lodge or Encampment, I. O. O. F., of any of the United States or of 
Canada, or by any member of said Order in the United States or Canada. The shares shall 



1'849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 157 

■be subscribed and paid for in such manner and at such times as the first Board of Directors 
may ordain ; and shall be transferable under such rules as may be established by the Board 
of Directors. 

IV. That the proprietors and shareholders of the lots of ground at present held by the 
Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Louisiana, for the purpose of erecting thereon a Hall, in the 
city of New Orleans, or such of them as may see fit, shall be stockholders in this Corpora- 
tion, to the extent of their interest respectively in said lots ; and they shall choose the first 
Board of Directors, under the direction of the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, I. O. O- 
F. of Louisiana, as soon as practicable ; which Board of Directors shall remain in office 
up to the first Monday of May, 1849, and shall do no other business than to make provision 
for and receive subscriptions to the capital stock, and make such regulations as may be 
necessary for the organization of the business of the Corporation. 

y. That the business of this Corporation shall be conducted by a Board of thirteen 
Directors, to continue in office for the term of one year, and until their successors are chosen ; 
of which Board, ten shall be chosen by the stockholders at large, on the first Monday in 
May of each year, and three shall be appointed by the Grand Lodge, L O. O. F. of Louisi- 
ana, of whom the Grand Master, L O. O. F. of Louisiana, for the time being, shall be one, 
and he shall be ex officio Preside-nt of the Board. At all elections for Directors, the candidates 
who receive a plurality of the votes east, shall be declared elected ; and the said Board of 
Directors, shall have power to ordain the rules, by-laws and ordinances before mentioned. 

VI. That each shareholder, in the election of Directors, shall be entitled to one vote for 
every share of stock he may hold, up to five shares, and one vote for every five shares he 
may hold over five shares ; but no shareholder shall be entitled to more than fifty votes in 
any election of Directors. 

VII. That the capital subscribed shall be devoted to the purchase of land, and the erec- 
tion, furnishing and finishing of a Hall, as contemplated in the purposes for which this 
Corporation is formed. Dividends, arising from the income and profits of the Corporation, 
shall be made at such times, and in such amounts, as the Directors may ordain, first reserving 
from said income one-fourth of the excess over ten per cent, per annum, to be expended 
under the direction of said Grand Lodge of Louisiana, for the education of the orphans of 
Odd Fellows ; and it is expressly stipulated and agreed, that the said Grand Lodge of 
Louisiana shall forever have the power of directing by whom, and for what purposes, the 
said Hall shall be occupied, and shall have the police of it : Provided, they direct no other 
disposition of it than that designed by the purposes for which this Corporation was formed. 

VIII. That the shareholders shall be liable individually for the debts and liabilities of 
this Corporation only to the value and extent of the stock by them respectively owned, and 
according to the laws in such cases provided. 

(Signed) CHAS. M. EMERSON, HENRY BIER, 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, HENRY WILLIAMS, 

W. EMERSON, D. B. FORBES, 

GEORGE HOOPER, JAMES. D. STEWART, 

GEORGE S. LACEY, AUG. S. PHELPS. 

On motion, the interest of the Grrand Lodge in the lots on Poydras 
street, was ordered to be invested in the new incorporation ; and 

On motion, the Grand Master was instructed to carry out the designs 
of the Grand Lodge in the matter. 

On motion, nominations were opened for two Directors on the part of 
the Grand Lodge, in the '-Odd Fellows' Hall Association." P. G. M, 



158 Proceedings of the [ Feb 

Stewart, P. Grs. Larue, Kneass, Phelps and Bier, Were nominated. P. 
Gr. M. Williams declined. 

The Grand Lodge then proceeded to election, which resulted in the 
choice of P. G. M. Stewart and P. Gr. Larue. 

On motion, a committee of three was appointed, to cast the votes of 
the Grrand Lodge, at the election to be held for Directors. 

P. Grs. Olmsted, Bier and Morrison were appointed by the Chair. 

An invitation from the Board of Directors of " Odd Fellows' Rest," 
to participate in the ceremonies, on the occasion of the consecration of 
the Cemetery, was read and accepted. 

On motion, the Grrand Lodge resolved to join the procession in full 
regalia. 

On motion of P. Gr. Olmsted, it was 

Resolved, That the Grand Marshal be authorized to expend an amount, not exceeding 
thirty dollars, to make the necessary preparations for the occasion. 

P. G. Kneass offered the following resolution, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That in the opinion of this Grand Lodge, it would be detrimental to the inter- 
ests of the Order, to join as a body in any parade or public display, on the Sabbath. 

An invitation to join in the ceremony of laying the corner stone of 
the new Custom-house, was read. 

On motion of P. Gr. Dentzel, the Grand Secretary was directed to res* 
pectfully decline the same, on behalf of the Grand Lodge, and state the 
reasons therefor. 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the By-Laws of Lide- 
pendence Lodge, No. 23, submitted the following report, which was 
read and accepted, and the committee discharged. 

To tJw M. W. G. Master, Officers and Members of tJie R. W. G. L., State of La : 

The undersigned Committee, to whom was referred the By-Laws of Independence 
Lodge, No. 23, I. O. O. F., of this city, most respectfully beg leave to report : That they 
have examined the By-Laws submitted to them, and find nothing therein which, in their 
opinion, conflicts with the rules of the Order. 

Your committee Would, however, recommend, that the amount to be allowed for the 
interment of the deceased wife of a brother, should be fixed at a certain sum. (See article 
11, section 3, of manuscript.) 

Your conunittee would further remark, that they have some doubts as to the powers con- 
ferred on the Finance Committee, by article 24, which is, that the Finance Committee may, 
by a vote of two-thirds of the members, be authorized to loan the funds of the Lodge, (after 
retaining $100 in the treasury) to brothers, at 8 per cent, interest, for six months, on notes 
to be endorsed by brothers. The committee are of opinion, that the funds of this Order 
><hould never be placed in such a situation as to be liable to the contingencies of trade, or 



1849.] Gf ami Lodge of Louisiana. 159 

the solvency of individuals, Mvhen the same can be avoided ; while at the same time your 
committee see no good reason why the surplus funds of a Lodge should not be profitably 
invested, if the same can be done in such a manner as to render them absolutely secure. 
All of which is respectfully submitted, 

In F., L. and T., 

EZRA HEISTAND, 
JOSEPH COHN, 
P. HERMAN. 

On motion, the By-Laws of said Lodge, as submitted to the Grand 
Lodge, were approved. 

On motion, the N. G. of Independence Lodge, No. 23, was required 
to furnish the Grand Lodge with a copy of the By-Laws of that Lodge, 
in EngUsh. 

A communication from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, requesting information 
on certain points, was referred to the Executive Committee. 

The By-Laws of the same Lodge were submitted, and referred to the 
Committee on By-Laws. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned, sine die. 

H. W. OLMSTED, Q. Sec. 



CALLED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, March 3d, 1849. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to a call, 
and was opened in due form. 

Present — C. M. Emerson, M. W. G. Master ; the Grand Officers, and 
a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
The call for the meeting was read as follows : 

To tJieM. W. G. Master of tlie Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

The undersigned, members of the Grand Lodge of I. O. O. F. of Louisiana, have to 
request you to call a meeting of the Grand Lodge of I. O. O. F., on Saturday, the 3d day of 
March, at 4 o'clock, p. m , at the Hall of the Grand Lodge, to take action upon any motion 
or resolution that may be brought before said G. L., upon the subject of Hall stock, and to 
receive and act upon communications from Subordinate Lodges. 
Fraternally yours, 

S. W. KIRKLAND, 
J. STRAWBRIDGE, 
J. T. HAMMOND, 
tt. G. STETSON, 
R. W. OGDEN, 
# H. THOMAS, Jr., 

March 1, 1849. 1". H. SHIELDS. 



160 Proceedings of the [March, 

On motion the call was approved. 

A communication was received from Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, advising 
of their removal to Friendship Plall. 

On motion of P. G. Bier, the action of the Lodge was approved. 

A communication was received from Commercial Lodge, No. 12, 

asking for permission to re-ballot upon the application of , 

for membership. 

On motion of P. Gr. Cripps, the request was granted. 

P. Gr. Kirkland moved that the Grand Master be authorized to transfer 
to Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, fourteen shares of the stock in the old "Hall 
Association," owned by the Grand Lodge, and to Hope Lodge, No. 14, 
ten shares, in payment for money borrowed from said Lodges. 

P. Gr. Shaw, offered the following resolution as a substitue : 

Jiesolved, That the Finance Committee be authorized to borrow $ , for six months 

from Subordinate Lodges, for the purpo.se of returning the money borrowed in December 
last. 

The previous question being called for, was sustained, and the original 
motion of P. G. Kirkland adopted : 

P. G. Kneass offered the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the unissued shares of stock be disposed of at par value, to any of the 
Lodges desirous of purchasing the same. 

P. G. Forbes moved to amend, by adding " to the amount of fifteen 
shares, and that the same be paid for in cash." 

On motion of P. Gr. Crickard, the whole subject was laid on the table. 

P. Gr. Stetson offered the following resolution, which, on motion, was 
referred to the Executive Committee : 

Resolved, That the action of Hope Lodge, No. 14, on the evening of February 21st, in 
balloting a third time for a candidate, having balloted for the same candidate twice on a 
preceding evening, is hereby approved, notwithstanding the brother casting the black ball 
did not communicate with the N. Gr. of said Lodge. 

On motion, the Grrand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



1849.] Gand Lodge of Louisiana. [161 

CALLED MEETING 

Grand Lodge Hall, March 20, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., inusuaiit to a call 
from the Grand Master, and was opened in due form. 

PRESENT : 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, M. W. Grand Master, 

J. CRICK ARD, R. W. D. G. Master. 

HENRY BIER, R. W. G. Warden. 

H.-W. OLMSTED, ' R. W. G. Secretary. 

H. WILLIAMS, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

WM. EMERSON, W. G. Conductor. 

T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Marshal. 

D. B. FORBES, W. G. Guardian, 

• And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
The call for the meeting was read, as follows : 

New Orleans, Marcb 17tili, 1849. 
To CJias. M. Bmerson, Esq , M. W. G. M of the R. W. G. L. of Louisiana, I. O. O. F.: 
Dear Sir : — The undersigned respectfully ask, that the R. W. Grand Lodge of 
Louisiana, be called in special session, on Tuesday evening next, the 20th instant, at 7 
o'clock, on business connected with the "New Hall Association," and the disposition of the 
lots on Poydras street, standing in the name of the Grand Lodge ; also, to receive and act 
upon any communication that may be presented. 

J. CRICKARD, 
S. W. KIRKLAND, 
HENRY BIER, 
B. COHEN, 
D. B. FORBES, 
J. C. BRADY, 
F. A. DENTZEL. 
THOS. H. SHIELDS, 

On motion of P.G. Olmsted, the call was approved, 

P. Gr. Shaw, moved that a committee of three be appointed, to dispose 

of the property on Poydras street, standing in the name of the Grand 

Lodge, on the best terms — the Grand Master and Grand Secretary to 

have full power to convey the same to the purchaser. 

P. Gr. Shields moved to amend, by limiting the price for which the 

property should be sold, to the sum of twelve thousand dollars, which 

was not concurred in. 



162 Proceedings of the [March, 

On motion of P. Q-. CunlifFe, the committee were restricted to the 
price of six thousand dollars per lot, if sold at private sale. 

The previous question being called for, was sustained, and the original 
motion as amended by P. G. Cunliffe, adopted. 

The Chair appointed P. Grs. Crickard, F. Thomas and Stetson, said 
Committee. 

On motion of P. G. Larue, the Grand Secretary and Q-. Treasurer were 
requested to furnish a list of the stockholders in the old " Hall Associa- 
tion." 

A communication was received from brothers Jas. L. Sterling, J . H. 
Hand, Chas. B. Collins, G. Long, A. A. Latham, A. Lartigue, James 
Ash worth and Oscar Pillet, formerly members of Feliciana Lodge, No. 
4, praying that the charter of said Lodge might be returned to them, 
with authority to hold their meetings at St. Francisville, in the Parish of 
West Fehciana. 

On motion of P. Gr. M. Rice, the subject was referred to the Grand 
Master with power to grant the request, upon receiving the application 
in form. 

A communication was received from St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, 
which, being informal, was, on motion of P. G. Olmsted, returned for 
correction, and the Grand Master authorized to grant their request when 
properly presented. 

Certificate of L. L. Brown, as Representative from Commercial Lodge, 
No. 12, was read and accepted. 

The following communication was read, and on motion of P. G. Nixon, 
referred to a special committee of three. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. Nixon, Rice and Larue on said committee. 

Office of the G. Sec. R. W. Gkand Lodge I. O. O. F. of Kentucky, ) 
Louisville, February 20th, 1849. ) 

To tlie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

Brethren — In obedience to the directions of the Right Worthy Grand Lodge of Ken- 
tucky, I have the honor to submit for your consideration the subjoined copy of preamble and 
resolutions, unanimously adopted by that body at its semi-annual session, January 19, 1849, 
Yours truly and fraternally, 

J. M. JONES, Grand Secretary. 

PREAMBLE AND RESOLUTIONS: 

Whereas, The powers of the Grand Lodge of the United States, and of the Grand 
Sire, have not been clearly defined and generally understood ; and, W/iereas, powers have 
been claimed' and exercised, which are not granted by the Constitution, or recognized by 
any written law, but sustained alone upon the authority of " ancient usage ;" and. Whereas, 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 16'3 

the authority of " ancient usage," is of all others the most doubtful, uncertain and danger- 
ous, depending too often upon the wishes rather than the judgment of individuals ; Therefore, 

Resolved, That it is expedient that the powers of the Grand Lodge of the United States, 
should be fully and clearly defined, specifying the subjects of legitimate legislation by that 
body, and limiting said Grand Lodge in its legislative and judicial powers, in such a manner 
as to prevent an unwarrantable interference with the rights and powers of State Grand 
Lodges — securing to them that independence and freedom of action, essential to their 
usefulness and existence. 

Resolved, That the powers of the Grand Sire are strictly executive, and to be found only 
in the Constitution of his Grand Lodge, and that to exercise other powers than those ex- 
pressly granted in the Constitution, or directed by his Grand Lodge, is an usurpation 
dangerous to the best interests of the Order. 

Resolved, That the Grand Representatives of Kentucky to the Grand Lodge of the U. 
States, be, and they are hereby instructed to endeavor to have the powers of the Grand 
Lodge of the United States and her officers, clearly defined and properly limited. 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary of Kentucky be directed to submit a copy of the 
above preamble and resolutions to sister Grand Lodges. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned, sine die. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



REGULAR QUARTERLY SESSION. 

GrRAND Lodge Hall, April 23d, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge convened at half- past seven o'clock, pursuant 
to the Constitution, and was opened in due form. 

PKESENT : 

C. M. EMERSON, M. W. G. Master. 
J. CRICKARD, R. W. D. G. Master. 
HENRY BIER, R. W. G. Warden. 
HENRY W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 
T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Marshal 
WM. EMERSON, W. G. Conductor. 

D. B. FORBES, W. G. Guardian. 
W. TYSON, W. G. Herald, 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

On motion, the reading of the proceedings of the last quarterly and 
subsequent sessions, was dispensed with. 

D. D. G. Sire, F. C, Kendall, of Arkansas, visited the Grand Lodge, 
being introduced by P. G. Representative Kneass. 
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164 Proceedings of the [April, 

The M. W. G-rand Master submitted the following report, which was 
read, and on motion of P. G. Olmsted, referred to a Special Committee 
of three, to report upon matters suggested therein. 

The Chair appointed P. G. M. Stewart, P. Grs. Stetson and Dentzel, 
on said committee. 

REPORT : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

Past Grands : — Since your last quarterly session, but little has transpired which re- 
quires an especial notice — I shall therefore, tax your patience with only a recapitulation. 

Soon after the installation of the Grand Officers, accompanied by them, and by one of 
the Grand Representatives, I visited all of the Subordinate Lodges in this part of our juris- 
diction, and the instructions commanded by the R. W. Grand Lodge of the U. S., were 
communicated and explained, so far as the Subordinates were entitled to receive them. We 
found the Lodges working in appropriate manner, and giving evidence of proficiency in the 
principles, laws and ceremonials of the Order. It is a subject of complaint, however, that 
for some time past, the regular meetings of some of the Lodges have been thinly attended. 
This result, probably, may be traced to a variety of causes. A leading cause may doubtless 
be found in the want of interest manifested by many of the P. Gs., for if those who have 
been advanced, and whom the members have a right to look for good counsel and example, 
abandon the Lodge room, or rarely attend the meetings, how can a better state of things be 
expected from those of a lower grade ? Probably, no coercive remedy can be applied to 
the evil ; nevertheless, I have deemed it my duty to lay the matter before you, for such 
comment or action as you may consider advisable. 

Under your resolution of January 25th, 1849, the quarterly P. W. has been transmitted 
to the several Lodges in the State. As some of them are located at a distance from the 
place of your meetings, it is often difficult to forward the P. W. in season for the commence- 
ment of the quarter, and if no ****** is in the possession of the P. G officers, I would 
recommend that one be adopted, in which event, the delays incident to a communication 
with distant Lodges would be avoided. 

On the 27th of January last, you adopted a resolution requiring the G. M. to examine the 
books of Feliciana Lodge, then suspended, and to give brother F. E. Mayo a card, if found 
to have been in good standing. This duty has become unnecessary by the revival of that 
Lodge. 

At your called meeting of February 19th, your interest in the lots on Poydras street, was 
ordered to be invested by me, in the stock of the Hall Association. I have not yet complied 
with this injunction, in consequence of the failure to sell one of the lots, but at the next 
election of Directors of that Association, the G. L. will be allowed to vote on the amount of 
its interest in the lots. It will be necessary, therefore, for you to appoint proxies to vote in 
your behalf. 

At your called meeting of March 3d, you ordered fourteen shares of the old Hall Associa- 
tion to be transferred to Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, and ten shares to Hope Lodge, No. 14, in 
payment for borrowed money. This duty has been fulfilled. 

At your special meeting of March 20th, a committee was raised with authority to sell 
the lots on Poydras street, under certain restrictions. Under this authority, the committee 
sold one of the lots at auction, to Mr. E. "VV. Sewell, for the sum of $5,900. The terms 
will be made known to you by the report of the committee. The other lot has not been 
sold, but is advertised for sale on Saturday next. The deed conveying the lot sold to Mr. 
Sewell has ceen duly executed by the officers designated in the vote to sell. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 165 

At the same meeting, a petition was received from sundry brothers of Feliciana Lodge, 
No. 4, for the reinstatement of that Lodge, and the subject was referred to me, with power 
to act, on receiving an application in due form. A few days afterwards such an application 
came to hand, and I lost no time in desiring our R. W. D. G. M. to carry into effect the 
prayer of the petitioners. This request he acceded to with alacrity, and on the 29th of 
March last, reinstated the Lodge and installed its officers. My thanks are due and tendered 
to him, for the prompt and efficient manner in which he attended to the duties imposed upon 
him. His report is herewith submitted. 

A communication was laid before you at the same meeting, from St. Mary's Lodge, No. 
20, asking your approval of certain alterations in their By-Laws. Being informal, it was 
referred to me, with power to approve the alterations as soon as application should be made, 
duly sealed and certified. A formal communication was afterwards forwarded, and I then 
approved of the changes indicated. 

On the 4th instant, I received a letter from Feliciana Lodge, in which the following inter- 
rogatories were propounded, viz : 

1st. Is the hour of meeting fixed in the Constitution obligatory ? This I answered in 
the affirmative. 

2d. Can a permanent Secretary be dispensed with ? Which I also answered in the 
affirmative. 

3d. Their N. G. being District Judge, and therefore necessarily obliged sometimes to be 
absent more than three consecutive stated meetings, were they obliged to declare his office 
vacant ? To which I replied in the negative. 

4th. Were they compelled to adopt the minimum fees specified in the Constitution, and 
were they at liberty to charge less ? I answered that they could charge more, but not less. 

On your table are two petitions from brothers of the Order for new Lodges, one to be 
located at Algiers, and the other at Opelousas. 

I submit an official quarterly report from the worthy D. D. G. M. for District No. 1. I 
have received an unofficial report from the Deputy of the Second District, and none from 
the Third, and am therefore unable to state the condition of the Order in that part of our 
jurisdiction, but from private sources, I believe it to be prosperous. 

The election of Directors of the Odd Fellows' Hall Association, to serve for one year, 
will be held on the first Monday of May next. Two of them are to be appointed by this 
body, and it is essential to appoint them at this session. 

Submitted in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, Grand Master. 

The following reports from Deputy G. M. Crickard, and D. D. G. M. 
Wood, were read and referred to the Committee on the report of the 
Grand Master : 

New Orleans, April 4th, 1849, 
To C. M. Emerson, Esq., M. W. Grand Master I. O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

Dear Sir and Brother — I have the honor to report, that by virtue of your commis- 
sion to me directed, under date of 27th March, 1849, and agreeable to your instructions, I 
visited St. Francisville, Parish of West Feliciana, on Thursday, the 29th, when, after dedi- 
cating a temporary hall — dispensing with so much of the ceremonies as were inapplicable 
to the circumstances — I reinstated Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, to all the rights and privileges 
of the Order, and delivered to the following Brothers, (petitioners for the same,) to wit •' 
James L. Sterling, A. Lartigue, A. A. Latham, Oscar Fillet, James Ashworth, George 
Long, and Charles B. Collins, the charter, books, papers, and other property, reclaimed from 



166 PrGceedings of the [ April, 

said Lodge by D. D. Gr. M. Gates, in accordance with a resolution adopted at the Quarterly 
Communication of the R. "W. Grand Lodge, in July last. After which, the following offi- 
cers, having been duly elected, were installed into their respective chairs, and instructed in 
the work of the Order, viz : J. L. Sterling, N. G. ; C. B. Collins, V. G. ; A. Lartigue, 
Sec'y ; A. A. Latham, T. I granted a dispensation to the Lodge to ballot for the following 
Brothers as Ancient Odd Fellows, on the same evening of their application for membership, 
to wit : Wm. McCombs, A. Lanna, Wm. Ball, F, Miller, and F. E. Mayo. Also to confer 
on Bro. J. Ashworth the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Degrees, all on the same evening. 

From the interest and zeal manifested by the brethren now constituting that Lodge, its 
highly favored locale, and their highly intellectual and moral worth, I feel confident that the 
trust confided to their hands is safe, and that their Lodge must soon rank among the best, 
if not the strongest, in the jurisdiction. 

To Brothers P. Gs. Charles B. Collins and James L. Sterling, I am greatly indebted for 
the ready and valuable assistance rendered me on that occasion. 

In conclusion, it affords me much pleasure to bear testimony to the uniform courtesy and 
hospitality which the brethren have been pleased to extend to me during my brief visit 
among them. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN CRICKARD, De^mty Grand Master. 

Office of the D. D. G. M. of District No. One, ) 
Shreveport, La., March 28, 1849. ) 

To C. M. Emerson, Esq., M. W. G. Master : 

Dear Sir and Brother — I beg leave herewith to submit my report for the current 
quarter, and exceedingly regret my inability to report a more satisfactory and encouraging 
state of affairs in my District. On my return from the annual session of the Grand Lodge, 
I installed the officers elect of Neith Lodge, No. 21. That Lodge is again in a prosperous 
and flourishing condition ; a more lively interest being evinced by the members, and harmony 
and concord appearing in all their acts. 

I deemed it proper, on application of Brother Lamerick, to grant a dispensation for him 
to receive all the degrees on one and the same evening, he being about to leave the State. 
I also conferred same favor on Brothers W. B. Means and Joshua G. Jones, to receive the 
Fourth and Fifth Degrees for Brother Means, he being one of the Brothers organizing a 
new Lodge in DeSoto, and to Brother Jones, he being a resident remote from the Lodge. 
In fact, applicants to Neith Lodge from the surrounding country necessarily require a fos- 
tering care, and extension of those favors which, properly and judiciously dispensed, lead 
to favorable results. It would be gratifying to know that the cardinal principles of Friend- 
ship, Love and Truth were widely extended, reaching to every hamlet, town and village, 
all under the benign influence of Odd Fellowship. This great object may be measurably 
attained by freely extending our membership (to those who are worthy) in remote neighbor- 
hoods ; and &s the mountain snows, drift by drift, accumulate into mighty pyramids, so may 
these brothers unite, create, form, and organize new Lodges, and thus give a wide scope to 
the influence of our Order. I have aroused our brethren of DeSoto to a true sense of duty, 
and in a short time will have the pleasure of forwarding application for dispensation for a 
new Lodge in that Parish, at Mansfield. Indeed, I have received from them an informal 
application, accompanied with three cards only, and advised them fully as to the course 
necessary to pursue, etc. In due time they will unfurl their banner, and much good may 
be looked for in that quarter, as the material who compose that Lodge are such as reflects 
credit on our Order. It is not improbable that a Lodge may also be organized at Minden, 
Claiborne Parish. My every energy shall be used for the diftusiop of our principles in that 



1849. 1 Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 1G7 

quarter. I hear it frequently regretted that the Grand Lodge did not deenn it proper to 
amend our Constitution, as to the number of ballots necessary to reject an applicant on 
cards ; the only subject which has in any manner marred the social feeling of Neith Lodge, 
arises alone from this source. A distinction, I am confident, between a candidate and a 
member, should me made. Much good would result from it. 
I am, dear sir, yours, etc., in F., L. and T., 

R. N. WOOD, J>. D. G. M., District No. One. 

The Grand Secretary submitted his quarterly report, which was read 
and accepted : 

New Orleans, April 24th, 1849. 
To theR. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F.: 

I have the honor to report, that the directions of the Grand Lodge, so far as found on 
pages 29, 35, 42, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 53, and 57, of the printed proceedings of this body, have 
been complied with. The resolution of the Grand Lodge, authorizing the Grand Secretary 
to open a complete set of books, commencing with January, 1848, etc., has not been com- 
pleted as yet ; a pressure of busmess having compelled me to defer that intricate and labori- 
ous task until the dullness of the summer season, would allow time for the purpose. The 
resolution to be^und on page 58, " requesting the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer," 
to furnish a list of the stockholders in the old "' Hall Association," has been complied with, 
so far as the knowledge and capabilities of the two officers named, extend. The resolution 
of the Grand Lodge, directing that four hundred and fifty copies of the proceedings should 
be printed, at an expense not exceeding one hundred dollars, was supposed by the Grand 
Secretary, to be a virtual interdiction of the printing thereof, as the expense must necessarily 
exceed that amount ; but having been solicited by numerous members of the Grand Lodge 
to have the same done, it was undertaken at a late hour, and the result is before you. The 
amount of cash received by the Grand Secretary, during the last quarter, is $1013 57, 
which amount has been paid to the Grand Treasurer, as per his receipt. 
Respectfully submitted, 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 

A petition, accompanied by certificates of membership in good standino-, 
was received from brothers James Martin, P. Gs. Peter Neidal, Edward 
John Dohm, William Sarazin, and Michael McMahon, asking for a 
Charter for a Subordinate Lodge to be located at Algiers, Parish of Or- 
leans, and to be known and hailed as " Columbus Lodge, No. — ." 

P. Gr. Cripps moved that the petition be granted. After some discus- 
sion, the previous question was called for and sustained, and the main 
question being put, was carried, and the charter granted. 

On motion, the blank was filled with 24. 

A petition was received from Brothers John G. Pratt, D. D. E-oo-ers 
Jas. M. Porter, Wm. S. Read, C. Peven, Geo. W. Scranton and J, 
Campbell, asking for a charter for a Subordinate Lodge, to be located in 
the town of Opelousas, Parish of St. Landry, and to be known and 
hailed as "Plaisance Lodge, No. — ." 



168 Proceedings of the [ April, 

On motion, it was 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary notify the applicants thai their petition was informal, 
and that the Grand Master be authorized to grant the prayer of the petitioners, upon receiv- 
ing evidence of their good standing in the Order. 

A communication was received from Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, asking 
permission to re-ballot upon the application for membership of Bro. . 

P. G. Rep. Kneass moved that the request be granted. 

P. G. M. Rice moved to refer the same to the Executive Committee. 

The previous question was called for and sustained, and the question 
recurring upon the motion of P. G. Rep. Kneass, it w^as concurred in. 

A communication from Covenant Lodge, No. 17, asking permission 

to re-ballot upon the application for membership of ■ , was read, and 

on motion of P. Gr. Fosdick, laid on the table subject to call. 

P. G. Olmsted moved that the Grand Lodge proceed to the election of 
a Grand Representative to the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States, 
for the ensuing two years, which was agreed to, and the folliwing nomi- 
nations were made : 

P. G. Rep. Kneass ; P. G. Strawbridge. 

P. Gs. Fosdick, Bier, Forbes, Simms, Lawrason and Shaw, declined. 

The Chair appointed P. G. M. Stewart and P. G. Fosdick as tellers. 

Upon the first ballot, P. G. Rep. Kneass received 25 votes ; P. G. 
Strawbridge received 25 votes. 

There being no election, the Lodge proceeded to a second ballot, 
which resulted as follows : 

P. G. Strawbridge received 26 votes ; P. G. Rep. Kneass received 24 
votes. 

Whereupon, P. G. James Strawbridge, of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, 
was declared duly elected Grand Representative, for the term of two 
years. 

On motion P. G. Olmsted, the Grand Lodge then proceeded to the 
election of two Directors in the " Odd Fellows' Hall Association," and 
the following nominations were made : 

P. G. Ms. Rice and Mondelli, and P. Gs. Forbes and Larue. 

P. Gs. Fosdick, Kneass, Shaw, Stewart, Vaught, Crickard, Shields, 
'Titus BouUemet, Yeomans, Bier, Simms, CunlifFe and Morrison, dechned. 

The nominations being closed, the Lodge entered upon a ballot, which 
i-esulted in the election of P. G. M. Wm. H. Rice, and P. G. John C. 
Larue, as Directors in the " Odd Fellows' Hall Association," on the part 
"of the Grand Lodge. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 16'9 

On motion of P. G. Forbes, nominations were opened for three proxies, 
to cast the vote of the Grand Lodge, at the ensuing election of Directors, 
by the stockholders of the "Odd Fellows' Hall Association," and the 
following nominations were made : 

P. Gs. Forbes, Kneass and Shaw. 

P. Gs. Cripps, E-odd, Shields, Hammond, Ogden, Lawrason, Olmsted, 
Bier and Crickard, declined. 

The nominations were closed, and there being only three candidates 
in nomination. 

On motion of P. G. Lawrason, the rules wei's dispensed with, and P. 
Gs. Forbes, Kneass and Shaw were declared duly elected said proxies. 

D. G. M. Crickard, from the Special Committee appointed to dispose 
of the lots on Poydras street, submitted the following report, which was 
read and accepted, and ordered to be spread upoji the journal : 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Lmiisiaiia, I. O. O. F.: 

The undersigned committee, appointed at a special meetipg of your R. W. body, convened 
on the 20th ultimo, to dispose of two lots of ground on Poydras street, have attended to the 
duty assigned them, and beg leave to submit the following report, viz : 

Your committee, finding themselves unable to effect an advantageous sale in private, as 
originally contemplated, they placed said lots — with the plan of the same, and adjacent 
property, kindly loaned them by J. B. Marks, Esq., Notary Public — in the hands of Messrs. 
Beard, Calhoun & Co., auctioneers, who very kindly tendered their services, free of com- 
mission, and after due notice, disposed of lot No. 2, (purchased of Mr. P. Irwin, in January, 
1847,) to Mr. E. W. Sewell, for the sum of fifty-nine hundred dollars, on the terms 
specified in the notices of sale, to-vidt : One-fourth cash, and the balance in three equal pay- 
ments, at six, twelve and eighteen months. 

Your committee subsequently found it expedient to propose a slight alteration in the terms, 
with a view of inducing Mr. Sewell \o assume the payment of the last note due on said lot, 
which, with the interest at maturity, say on the 4th day of January next, will amount to 
twelve hundred and ninety-eight dollars. Mr. S. also agreeing to pay in cash one hundred 
and seventy-seven dollars, (being the difference between the note and interest) and the first, 
or six months' note, which he would otherwise have been required to furnish. 

This done, the sale was closed forthwith, and the act passed before J. B. Marks, Esq.^ 
Notary Public, under date, 19th instant, the proceeds composing cash and notes, have 
been paid into the haiids of P. G. M. J. D. Stewart, Treasurer of the new Association, as 
follows, viz: Cash, $1,652 — less paid expenses of sale. State duty or per centage on sale, 
advertising, notarial and mortgage fees, $101 50, as per accompanying vouchers, Nos. 1 
and 2, and two notes drawn by E. "W. Sewell to his own order, with special mortgage, etc., 
for the sum of $1,475 each, at twelve and eighteen months. 

Upon the sale of the other lot, which the committee entertain the hope will be made by 
the same gentlemen, on the 5th of May next, the pro rata can be made, and the nett proceeds, 
of both lots, passed to the credit of the several stockholders, on the books of the new Cor- 
poration, and stock certificates issued in accordance therewith. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. CRICKARD, 
H. G. STETSON, 

New Orleans, April 23d. 1849. FRANCIS THOMAS. 



170 Proceedings of the [April, 

P. G. Fosdick, from the Committee on By-Laws, made the following 
report, which was read and accepted : 

New OkleanS;, April 24th, 1849. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The Committee on By-Laws, for Subordinate Lodges, have had under examination, the 
By-Laws of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, and beg leave to report the following amendment : 

Section 3d, of Law 5th, which requires candidates for office to retire from the Lodge 
room, during the time of balloting for them, to be stricken out; your committee being of the 
opinion, that brothers in good standing cannot be disfranchised, even though they may be 
candidates for election. 

Your committee would further report, that they have been handed with the By-Laws of 
DeSoto Lodge, Rules of Order for the government of said Lodge, but being of the opinion 
that Subordinate Lodges have the right to adopt such rules for their own government, as 
may be found necessary and beneficial, without the approval of your R. W. body. Your 
committee, therefore, have not deemed it necessary to examime the same. In conclusion, 
your committee beg leave to submit the following resolutions. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

W. R. FOSDICK. 

Resolved, That section 3, of law 5, in the By-Laws of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, be striken 
out, and with this amendment said By-Laws be, and are hereby approved. 

Resolved, That DeSoto Lodge be authorized to adopt such Rules of Order for her gov- 
ernment, as she may find necessary, without referring same for approval to this R. W. G. 
Lodge, provided such rules do not conflict with the fundamental principles and usages of 
the Order. 

A motion was made to adopt the first resolution, accompanying the 
report, which was not concurred in. 

On motion, the second resolution was adopted. 

On motion of P. G. Fosdick, the By-Laws of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, 
as originally submitted, were approved. 

A communication was received from Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, asking 
for a dispensation for that Lodge, to enable them to admit " Ancient Odd 
Fellows " as members, for the sum of five dollars — said dispensation to 
continue in force until the last day of May, 1849. 

Deputy G. M. Crickard moved that the dispensation be granted. 

After much discussion, the previous question was called for and sus- 
tained, and the main question being put, the motion of D. G. M. Crick- 
ard was lost. 

P. Gr. Forbes offered the following resolution, which was concurred in ; 

Resolved, That the sum of seventy dollars be, and is hereby appropriatedj to pay the 
second assessment due by this body to the Board of Directors of " Odd Fellows' Rest." 

The By-Laws of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, and Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, 
were received and referred to the Committee on By-Laws. 



Ib49.] . Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 171 

A communication from Commercial Lodge, No. 12, with accompany- 
ing papers in the case of the appeal of brother S. S. Searight, was 
received, and on motion, referred to a Special Committee of three. 

The Chair appointed as said committee, P. Gs. Stetson, Lawrason 
and Shields. 

Sundry bills were read and referred to the Finance Committee. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at Crescent Hall, to- 
morrow, at 4 o'clock, p. M. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, April 25th, 1849. 

The R. W. Grrand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — Chas. M. Emerson, M. W. Grand Master, the Grand 
"Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

P. G. M. Stewart, from the Special Committee to whom was referred 
the reports of the Grand Master, D. G. M. and D. D. G- M. Wood, 
submitted the following report, which was read and accepted, and the 
Committee discharged. 

New Orleans, April 2-5th, 1849. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Louisiana : 

The Committee to whom was referred the report of the M. W. Grand Master, report : 
That they have given careful attention to the matters contained in said report requiring the 
action of this Grand Lodge. 

Your committee concur in opinion with the M. W. G. Master, that the want of interest 
manifested by many P. Gs., is a leading cause of the thin attendance at some of the Lodges. 
The attendance of P. Gs. at their Lodges cannot be coerced, but your committee would urge 
upon their consideration the importance of being present to counsel and advise, for it is to be 
presumed that they are infinitely better acquainted with law and usage, than younger mem- 
bers of the Order. 

Your committee would recommend that so much as relates to the transmission of the Q.. 
P. W. be referred to a Special Committee of three. 

That the action of the M. W. G. Master in regard to transfers of stock, the re-instatemejit 
of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, and his approval of the By-Laws of St. Mary'.s Lodge, No. 20, 
be confirmed, 

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172 Froceedings of the [ Aruii. 

We also recommend your approval of the following decisions ; 
First — That the hour of meeting fixed in the Constitution is obligatory. 
Second — That a Lodge may dispense with a permanent Secretary. 
Third — That a Lodge is not obliged to declare the ofRce of N. G. vacant, because the 
incumbent is absent three successive meetings. 

Fourth — That the fees fixed in the Constitution are the minimum rate, and the Lodge 
can charge more, but not less. 

The provision in the Constitution to which D. D. G. M. Wood refers, viz : That two 
black balls shall suffice to reject a candidate for admission, (whether by card or initiation,) 
has worked well in this jurisdiction for several years, and your committee are of opinion 
that it would be injudicious to change it. Other matters contained in the report, were act- 
ed upon by you last evening. 

Repectfully submitted, 

In Friendship,. Love and Truth, 

J. D. STEWART, 
H. G. STETSON. 

On motion, the recommendations of the Committee were taken up 
seriatim. 

The first and second recommendations were adopted, and the Chair 
appointed P. Gr. M. Stewart, P. Gs. Ohiisted and Dentzel, Special Com- 
mittee, on the first recommendation. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the report of the committee approving the 
third decision of the G. Master, was amended by adding " unless the 
By-Laws of the Lodge make it imperative." 

Whereupon, all the decisions of the Grand Master were approved. * 

P. G. Lawrason moved that action upon the opinion of the Committee, 
relating to the number of black balls required to reject a candidate for 
admission, be postponed ; which was concurred in. 

A remonstrance from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, against the appoinment 
of P. Gr. Greorge S. Lacy, as D. D. G. M. of District, No. 3, was received! 
and read. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the subject was referred to a Special Com- 
mittee of three. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. Nixon, Bier and Kneass. 

A communication from brother Van Benthuysen, a member of Delta 
Lodge, No. 15, complaining of certain action of that Lodge, was received 
and read, and on motion of D. G. M. Crickard, it was referred to the 
Executive Committee. 

The Committee of Conference submitted the following report, which 
was read and accepted. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Laidsiaiw, ■ 

The Committee of Conference beg most respectfully to report, that they have examined 
the certificate of brother P. G. James Martin, granted by Covenant Lodge, No, 17, and 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 173 

also the certificate of Joseph Font, granted by Commercial Lodge, No. 12, and find them 
correct. 

We have also examined the certificate from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 appointing P. G. U. 
Tyson, their representative to the Grand Lodge of La., in place of P. G. Master William 
H. Rice withdrawn. Also, the certificate from Magnolia Lodge, No. 22, appointing P. G. 
M. Wm. H. Rice, their representative to this Grand Lodge. Also, the certificate from 
Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, appointing brothers P. G. Charles B. Collins, John H. Hand, and 
Alonzo A. Latham, their representatives to this Grand Lodge. Also, the certificate of 
Howard Lodge, No. 13, of the election of P. Gs. Larue, Haynes and Delesdernier, as rep- 
resentatives of that Lodge to this Grand Lodge. All of which they find correct. 

The committee further report, that they find written upon the bottom of the certificate 
from Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, a transfer by Charles B. Collins, of his office and duties, ap- 
pointing brother P. G. John C. Brady, his substitute or proxy, which the committee consider 
informal, and therefore report against .such act. 

In F. L. andT., 

R. W. OGDEN, 
F. BRICHTA. 

New Orleans, April, 25th, 1849. 



P. Gr. Olmsted moved to adopt the report, with the exception of the 
last clause, which was agreed to. 

P. G. Olmsted moved to reject the last clause of the report. 

P. G. Repersentative Kneass moved to lay the motion on the table 
indefinitely, which was concurred in. 

On motion, the report of the committee was adopted. 

The communication from Covenant Lodge, No. 17, asking permission 
to re-ballot, etc , was called up, and on motion, P. G. Forbes was permit- 
ted to withdraw the same on the part of the Lodge. 

The following communication from the R. W. G-rand Lodge of New 
York, was received and read : 



Office OF the G. S., Grand Lodge, State of N. Y., I. O. O. F., ) 
Odd Felhivs' Hall, Corner Grand uTid Ceyitre Streets. ] 

New York, April 6, 1849. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

You are respectfully invited to unite with the R. W. Grand Lodge of the State of New 
York, in celebrating the twenty-sixth anniversary, on Monday the 4th day of June next, in 
the dedication of the Odd Fellows' Hall, in the city of New York. It is contemplated to 
have a procession in full regalia, an oration and other appropriate exercises, programmes of 
which will be transmitted to you at the earliest possible moment. 

The Grand Lodge of the State of New York confidently expects a large attendance from 
the Grand Lodges and Encampments of sister States ; and trusts that invitations will be 
extended by your R. W. body, to the Subordinates in your jurisdiction, requesting them to 
unite with us upon this interesting occasion. 



1 74 Proceedings oj the [ April 

Information as to the probable number that will attend from your jurisdiction, would 
materially aid the committee in making the necessary arrangements for reception. 

JOSEPH D. STEWART, 1 
E. H. HOWELL, I 

JAMES BERGEN, \ Committee. 

S. S. GUY, I 

,A. LEWECK. J 

J. D. STEWART, Chairman. 
E. H. Howell, Secretary. 

On motion of P. G. Shields, the invitation was accepted. 

P. G. Lawrason, from the Specal Committee to whom was referred 
the appeal of Brother S. S. Searight, submitted the following majority 
report : 

New Orleans, April 25th, 1849. 
To the R. W. Graiid Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The committee to whom was referred the appeal of Brother Searight from the decision 
of Commercial Lodge, No. 12, (of which he was a member,) expelling him therefrom, beg 
leave to report : That after a careful perusal and examination of the documentary evidence 
submitted in the case, are of the opinion that the only question at issue between Brother 
Searight and Commercial Lodge, is contained in the first specification of the charges pre- 
ferred against him, which alleges that he falsely represented the condition of his health 
when he applied for admission in said Lodge. In regard to said first specification, which 
charges him with false representation as to the state of his health, your committee are of 
opinion that said charge is not sustained. The evidence submitted shows that eminent 
physicians differed in opinion as to the character of his disease ; his friends who had known 
him intimately for years certify to his general good (although not robust) health, and expe- 
ence teaches us, that all who are so unfortunate as to be afflicted with that insidious disease, 
consumption, delude themselves with the hope of recovery until they approach the verge 
of eternity. 

Your committee are therefore decidedly of opinion that although Brother Searight appears 
to have been in feeble and unsound health when initiated, yet they do not think that he was 
conscious of his actual condition, or aware that his indisposition would result in serious or 
protracted illness. If there were any impropriety in the admission of Brother Searight into 
Commercial Lodge, the blame should attach to the brothers who recommended him, to the 
investigating committee who reported favorably upon his application, and to the Lodge 
itself, who initiated him into the Order, after he had stated in the ante-room to the O. C. 
that he had a cough and felt unwell. The fact of his subscribing himself in the afRrmative 
the sixth interrogatory propounded by the O. C. after making this statement, and being in- 
formed that it was proper for him to do so, notwithstanding his then indisposition, does not 
make him guilty of any premeditated design to misrepresent the state of his health. 

In view of all the facts of the case elicited from the documentary evidence before them 
and beyond which they cannot go, your committee are of opinion that Commercial Lodge, 
in her anxiety for members, has received this brother with sufficient knowledge of the risk 
she incurred of being called on for sick benefits, and having so received him, is bound to 
grant him all the privileges of a member, and would recommend the passage of the follow- 
ing resolution. 

H. G. STETSON, ) r'„™«„>/.. 

GEO. C. LAWRASON, \ Co»«'«'««^. 



1849 ] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 175 

Resolved, That the appeal of Brother Searight, of Commercial Lodge, No. 12, from a 
decision of said Lodge expelling him from the Order, be and the same is hereby sustained, 
and that Commercial Lodge, No. 12, be ordered to reinstate him with all his rights and 
privileges, the same as if such expulsion had not taken place. 

P. G. Shields, from the same committee, made the following minority- 
report : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F.: 

The undersigned, one of the Special Committee to whom was referred the appeal of 
Brother S. S. Searight from the action of Commercial Lodge, No. 12, in the matter of his 
expulsion from said Lodge, begs leave to report : That he feels constrained to differ with 
the majority of the committee in their conclusions, from the documentary evidence sub 
mitted to them, and would recommed the adoption of the subjoined resolution. 
Respectfully submitted, 

THOS. H. SHIELDS. 

Resolved, That the action of Commercial Lodge, No. 12, in the expulsion of Brother S. 
S. Searight, be approved by this Grand Lodge. 

Cn motion of P. G. Rep. Kneass, the reports were accepted, and the 
committee discharged. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the Grand Lodge went into Committee 
of the Whole, upon the reports — P. Gr. Henry D. Ogden in the chair. 

After discussion, the committee rose, and by their chairman reported 
progress, and asked leave to sit again. 

On motion of P. G. Rep. Kneass, the request was granted, and the 
s^ibject was made the special order of the day at 5 o'clock, p. m., to-morrow. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at Crescent Hall, at 4 
o'clock, p. M., April 26. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



AD JO URNED MEE TING. 

Crescent Hall, April 26th, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant ta 
adjournment. 

Present — Chas. M. Emerson, M. W. Grand Master; the Grand 
Officers and Representatives, and a due representation from Sudordinate 
Lodges 



176 Pnceedings of the [Apr.il, 

P. G. Fosdick, from the Committee on By-Laws, submitted the follow- 
ing report, which was read and accepted, and the resolution adopted : 

New Orleans, April 26th, 1849. 
To the B. TV. Grand Lodge of LouisiaTia, I O. O. F.: 

The Committee on By-Laws for Subordinate Lodges, have examined the By-Laws of 
Crescent Lodge, No. 8, and Fehclana Lodge, No. 4, and beg leave to report that they find 
nothing objectionable in either of them. The following resolution is therefore respectfully 
submitted. 

Fraternally yours, 

W. R. FOSDICK. 

Resolved, That the By-Laws submitted by Crescent Lodge, No. 8, and Feliciana Lodge, 
No. 4, be, and the same are hereby approved. 

P. Gr. Nixon, from the Special Committee on the resolutions of the 
O-rand Lodge of Kentucky, made the following report, which was read 
and accepted, and the committee discharged : 

New Orleans, April 24th, 1849. 
To tlie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

The undersigned committee, appointed at a called meeting on the 2Sth March last, to 
whom was referred the preamble and resolutions from the R.. W. G. L. of Kentucky, have 
iiad the same under consideration, and although not perfectly agreeing with the te^ior of the 
same, still think the object had in view a good one ; they therefore report the accompanying 
preamble and resolutions. 

All of which is submitted in F., L. and T., 

J. O. NIXON. 
J. C. LARUE. 

Whereas, The powers of the Grand Lodge of the United States and of the Grand Sire 
are not clearly defined and generally understood ; and whereas, authority is claimed and 
exercised under the sanction of " ancient usage " — an authority necessarily vague and un- 
certain — and whereas, believing it practicable and expedient that the powers of the Grand 
Lodge of the United States should be fully defined — specifying the subjects of legitimate 
legislation by that body ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Grand Representatives of Louisiana to the Grand Lodge of the United 
States be, and are hereby instructed, to endeavor to have the powers of the Grand Lodge 
of the United States and her officers clearly defined and properly limited. 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be instructed to notify sister Grand Lodges of the 
passage of the above preamble and resolutions. 

P. Gr. Larue moved to insert " requested" in place of " instructed," in 
the first resolution, which was concurred in. 

On motion, the preamble and resolutions were adopted, as amended. 

The Committee on Finance made the following report, which was read 
and accepted : 



1819.] Gand Lodge of Louisiatia. [177 

New Orleans, April 25th, 1849. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisia7ia, I. O. O F.: 

The Committee on Finance have examined the following bills, and recommend they be 
paid, viz : 

The Picayune, for advertising for one year, as per contract made $20 00 

The Delta, do. do. do. do 10 00 

The Evening Mercury, for advertising six months, as per contract 5 00 

The bill rendered by the Grand Lodge of the United States, they beg leave to return, 
and recommend that further action upon it be deferred until the July session. 
All of which is repectfully submitted in F., L. and T., 

J. STRAWBRIDGE, 
J. O. NIXON. 

D. G. M. Crickard moved that the report of the Committee on Fi- 
nance be received and adopted, and that orders be drawn on the Trea- 
surer for the various amounts ; which was agreed to. 

The hour of five having arrived, the special order of the day was 
taken up, being the consideration of the reports of the Special Commit- 
tee on the appeal of Bro. S. S. Searight from Commercial Lodge, ]No. 
1 2 ; and, on motion, the Grand Lodge went into Committee of the 
Whole — P. G. Larue in the Chair. 

After a full and complete hearing of the facts and evidence in the case, 
the committee rose and reported by their Chairman, " that they recom- 
mend, in the case of the appeal of brother Searight from Commercial 
Lodge, No. 12, that the judgment of said Lodge be reversed, and the 
whole matter be returned to the Lodge for a new trial, on the ground of 
new evidence having been discovered." 

On motion the report was accepted, and the committee discharged from 
further consideration of the matter. 

P. Gr. H, D. Ogden moved that the Grand Lodge adopt the recom- 
mendation of the Committee of the Whole. 

P. Gr. Forbes offered, as a substitute for the recommendation of the 
■ committee, "that the case be remanded to Commercial Lodge, No. 12, 
with instructions for a new trial, on the ground of the discovery of new 
evidence." Which was concurred in. 

On motion of P. G. Stetson, the Executive Committee were instructed 
to report upon all business that may be in their hands. 

On motion of P. Gr. Rep. Kneass, it was ordered that when the Grand 
Lodge adjourn, it be to meet at Crescent Hall, at 4, p. m,, to-morrow. 

P. G. M. Williams, Treasurer of the old " Hall Association," requested 
through the Grand Secretary, that he might be permitted to surrender all 
the books and papers of his office, and that a committee be appointed to 
examine the same. 



178 Proceedings of the [April, 

On motion, the request was granted, and the Chair appointed on said 
committee, P. Gs. Foster, Rodd and Bellinap. 

A communication from Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, asking permission 
to re-ballot upon the application for membership of , was read, and, 

On motion of P. Gr. Lawrason, the request was granted. 

P. G. Bier offered the following resolution, and moved the adoption of 
the same : 

Resolved, That all persons making application for admission into the Order of Odd Fel- 
lowship, within the limits of this State, whether by card or initiation, shall, when making 
their appUcation, give the names of at least two respectable persons, (in the city or town 
wherein the application is made,) as referees, in regard to character, etc. 

Objection to the resolution were made, on the ground that it was an 
amendment to the Constitution of Subordinates, and therefore must he 
over under the rule. 

P. Q-. Hammond moved to amend, by recommending the same to the 
Subordinate Lodges. 

P. G. Forbes, moved to lay the whole subject on the table, which was 
concurred in. 

P. G. Nixon, from the Special Committee on that subject, made the 
following report, which was read and accepted, and the committee dis- 
charged : 

New Orleans, April 26th, 1849. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The undersigned Committee, to whom was referred the remonstrance of DeSoto Lodge, 
No. 7, against the appointment of P. G. G. S. Lacy, as D. D. G. M., of District No, 3, beg 
leave to report, that they have had the same under consideration, and are of opinion that 
they would not be able to arrive at a thorough investigation during the present session. As 
the Executive Committee of this Grand Lodge have power to sit during the recess of the 
Grand Lodge, we would recommend that it be referred to them. 
All of which is submitted, 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, ^ 

J. O. NIXON, 
N. B. KNEASS, 
H, BIER. 

On motion of P. G. Lawrason, the recommendation was adopted. 

Certificates were received from Commercial Lodge, No. 12, that P. G. 
N. B. Kneass had been duly elected a representative from that Lodge ; 
also, that P, G. W. Winant was a member in good standing of that 
Lodge. 

On motion of P. G. Olmsted, the certificates were accepted. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

II. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec, 



1819,} Gnmd Lodge of Louisiana. i79 

ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, April 27th, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment and was opened m due form. 

Present — Chas. M. Emerson, M. W, Grand Master; the G-rand 
Officers and Pv,epresentatives, and a due representation from Subordinate 
Lodges. 

P. G. Representative Kneass offered the following resolutions, which 
were adopted : 

Resolved, That our Representatives to the Grand Lodge of the United States, be requested 
to submit to that body, at its next annual communication, the following questions, viz : 

1 — If an application for membership in a Subordinate Lodge or Encampment, by deposit 
of card, be made and rejected, have the Lodge or Camp the power to keep possession of the 
card, or must it be returned again to the applicant as when deposited? 

2 — If a member of a Subordinate Lodge or Encampment, applies for one or more 
degrees, and should be black-balled, what probation is necessary before he can again apply 
for the same? 

3 — If a person desiring membership, does not wish to join a Subordinate Lodge or 
Encampment in the same County or Parish in which he resides ; can he apply to a Lodge 
or Encampment ia an adjoining Parish or County, if it be nearer to his residence than the 
Lodge or Encampment in his own Parish or County, and if both Counties or Parishes be 
in the same District, and under the supervision of the same officer of the Grand Lodge ? 

4 — To define fully the laws of the Order in relation to Degree Lodges. 
First — The titles of the officers. 

Second — Which offices must be filled by P. Gs. 

Tliird — Eligibility of members for offices. 

Foiirth — Any other matter relating to governance of Degree Lodges. 

Resolved, That our Representatives in the Grand Lodge of the United States, at its next 
annual communication, be requested to endeavor to procure the passage of a general law 
for the Order, defining the number of black-balls necessary to reject a candidate for admission 
by initiation ; and also, the number necessary to reject a candidate for admission by deposit 
of card, or as an ancient Odd Fellow. 

On motion of P. G. Olmsted, the amendment to the Constitution of 
Subordinates, offered by P. Gr. W. ^. W. Wood, at the annual session, in 
January, (see page of proceedings,) was taken up and discussed, and 
on motion, the amendment was rejected. 

On motion of P. Gr. Forbes, the Grrand Lodge re-considered the vote, 
rejecting the petition of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, for a dispensation to 
admit former member.s of that Lodge, for the sum of five dollars, until 
the last day of May^ 1849 ; and on motion of D. G. Crickard. the dis- 



180 Proceedings of the [April^ 

pensation so far as regards former members of that Lodge, was granted 
unanimously. 

The following report from D. D. Gr. M. Lacy, was received and read, 
and referred to the Executive Committee : 

To the M. W. Grand Master of the I O. O. F. of the State of Louisiana : 

The undersigned D. D. G-. M. for District No. 3, reports ; That on his return from the 
Supreme Court in New Orleans, in the month of March last, he found awaiting his arrival, 
the commission which you had caused to be forwarded ; and that it was not until that time, 
that the undersigned was invested with the power, and possessed the necessary credentials 
to act as your Deputy. From that period to the present moment he has been too busily 
engaged in-actual attendance upon Court, to be able to obtain sufficient information upon 
which, to base a reliable report ; it is his intention, however, during the approaching sum- 
mer, and as soon as his business will permit, to devote a considerable part of his time and 
much of his attention to the faithful discharge of his duties. If it be true that you are in 
possession *■ * * * can be transmitted, it is a matter of some importance, 
that the same should be placed in the possession of those in the country who are authorized 
to receive them — as by that means, much delay in the transmission of the Q. P. W. will 
be avoided. Feliciaim Lodge, No. 4, coming within my jurisdiction, I will make it a point 
soon to visit her, and inquire into her wants, condition, and prospects. From the character 
of the officers who now have charge of the Lodge, I have no doubt but that she will soon 
be one of the most flourishing branches of the Order in the State. 
Yours, in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

GEORGE S. LACY, D. D. G. M. JDis. No. 3. 

April 22d, 1849. 

On motion, it was ordered that when the Grand Lodge adjourn, it be 
to meet at Friendship Hall, to-morrow evening, at 7 o'clock. 

P. G, Shields moved, that P. Gr. A. Read, of No. 7, be admitted to a 
seat in this Grand Lodge, without producing the certificate required by 
the Constitution. 

The Gr. M. decided the motion to be out of order. 

On motion of D. Gr. M. Crickard, the papers referred to the Executive 
Committe were taken out of their hands, and referred to a Committee of 
the Whole. 

P. G. Representative Kneass offered the following resolution, and 

moved to adopt the same : 

» 

Resolved, That it is hereby recommended to the Subordinate Lodges under this jurisdic- 
tion, to enact such By-Laws as will ensure the establishment of a fund for the formation of 
a Library, for the use of the members of the Order — say half a dime per month. 

P. Gr. Shields moved to lay the resolution on the table, subject to call. 
The previous question was called for and sustained, and the main- 
question being put, the resolution was adopted. 



1S49,] Grand Lodge of Louisiang,. 181 

P. G-. Forbes offered the following as an addition to section 1, article 
4, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, which was laid over under 
the rules : * 

" That all acts of the M. W. Grand Master, dispensing with the requirements of sections 
'2, 5 and 6, of article 7, of the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, shall be reported by him 
to this body, at the regular session ensuing, with the reasons therefor." 

The Grand Lodge then went into Committee of the Whole, on motion 
of D. Gr. M. Crickard, upon the matters referred to the Executive Com- 
mittee. P. (3-. Larue in the Chair. 

On motion, the Committee rose and reported by their Chairman, that 
the comrnittee had under consideration the resolution offered by P. G. 
Stetson, at the annual session in January last, and referred the same back 
to the Grand Lodge for further consideration. 

On motion, the report was adopted. 

P. Gr. William Emerson tendered his resignation as a member of the 
Executive Committee. 

On motion of D. G. M. Crickard, it was not accepted. 

On motion of D. G. M. Crickard, sundry papers were referred back to 
the Executive Committee, with the exception of the resolution of P. Gr. 
Stetson. 

The bill of Yeomans & Fitch, for printing the proceedings, amounting 
to one hundred and twenty dollars, was read and ordered to be paid. 

On motion of D. G-. M. Crickard, the Q-rand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Friendship Hall, April 28th, 1849, 

The R. W. Grrand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to ad- 
journment. 

Present— C. M. Emerson, M. W. G. Master ; the Grand Officers, and 
a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Special Committee, to whom was referred the books and papers 
of the Treasurer of the Commissioners of the old " Hall Association," 



182 *■ Proceedings of the [ April. 

made the following report, which Avas read and accepted, and the com- 
mittee dischara-ed : 

• 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

Your committee, to whom was referred the books and accounts of the Treasurer of 
" Grand Lodge Committee on Old Hall Stock " for examination, and to report thereon, beg 
leave to report : That they have faithfully examined the Treasurer's books and accounts 
accompanying, and find by the Treasurer's book that there is yet due to "Grand Lodge 
Committee " on subscriptions for " Old Hall Stock," the amount of $1273 04. They also 
find a balance sheet of the Treasurer, embracing a period of two years, from April, 1847, to 
April, 1849, in which he stands charged with receipts from sundry persons, to the amount 
of $2964 50, and credited to the amount of $2894, leaving a balance due by Treasurer of 
$70 50, all which we svpposn to be correct, but find no vouchers which will enable us to 
verify the same. 

R^spectfullv submitted, 

W. H. FOSTER, 
E. W. RODD. 

New Orleans, April 28th, 1849. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the report was adopted, and the subject 
referred to the Representatives of this Grand Lodge in the Board of Di- 
rectors of the "Odd Fellows' Hall Association," to lay the same before 
the Board, with power to settle with the I'reasurer, as per report. 

D. G-. M. Crickard offered the following resolution, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That our R. W. Grand Representatives to the Grand Lodge of the United 
States be, and they are hereby authorized, to endeavor to obtain a translation in French, of 
the work of the Order, a correct MS. copy of which will be cheerfully furnished them for 
that purpose, by Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, who are much in want of said translation. 

On motion, a Special Committee of three was appointed to procure an 
advance from Subordinate Lodges on their per centage for the present 
term, to pay current expenses of the Grand Lodge. 

P. Grs. Nixon, Kneass and Dentzel were appointed. 

P. G. Larue, from the Executive Committee, submitted the following- 
report, which was read and adopted, and the committee discharged from 
further consideration of the subject. 

To tJie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The Executive Committee, to which was referred the remonstrance of DeSoto Lodge, 
No. 7, to the appointment of P. G. George S. Lacy, as D. D. Grand Master of District 
No. 3, beg leave to report that they cannot concede to DeSoto Lodge the right to remon- 
strate against the action of this Grand Lodge. They find no authority for such a pro- 
ceeding in the nature, constitution and usages of the Order. The complaints made against 
D. D. Grand Master Lacy are too vague, general, and indefinite, both as to acts, omissions 
and neglect of duty, to justify any proceedings on the part of this Grand Lodge. If there 
be any charges against D. D. Grand Master Lacy, as a member of the Order, they should 
^lave been preferred to and tried before his Lodge ; hut while he continues to be a member 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 163 

of that Lodge in good standing, the committee deem any communication against him, not 
specifying any dereHctlon of duty in his office, as improper and objectionable. They there- 
fore beg to be discharged from the further consideration of the subject, and that the remon- 
strance be returned to DeSoto Lodge, No. 7. 

J. C. LARUE, 
W. H. FOSTER, 
W. EMERSON. 

P. Gr. Lame, from the same committee, submitted the following report, 
which was read and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Loidsiana : 

The Executive Committee, to whom was referred a communication from DeSoto Lodge, 
No. 7, after having given the same due consideration, would respectfully report, that in their 
opinion, the first question, viz : " What action can this Lodge take with delinquents who 
refuse to pay their dues ? " is fully answered by the 2d section of article 10th of the Consti- 
tution furnished by this Lodge to Subordinates. 

As regards the second question: "Whether Ancient Odd Fellows, or Odd Fellows hold- 
ing Permanent Cards, not expired, who have presented their Cards for deposit, in a Lodge 
under this jurisdiction, and been rejected, can be permitted to join in funeral or other pro- 
cessions, wearing the regaha or insignia of this Order, the same as if they were members 
in good standmg ? " Your committee deem that the laws, regarding what constitutes " good 
standing " in the Order, have been well defined, and would consider any officer deserving of 
"censure, who would permit any proceeding of the kind. 

J. C. LARUE, 
W. H. FOSTER, 
W. EMERSON. 

P. G. Larue, from the same committee, made the following report, 
which was read and accepted, and the resolution adopted : 

To the Ji. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

The Executive Committee, to which was referred the communication of Brother W. Van 
Benthuysen, of Delta Lodge, No. 15, have had the same under consideration, and report 
that th«re is nothing in the said communication which calls for any action on their part, 
except the representation of the brother that Delta Lodge had refused him an appeal, to 
which the committee think he was entitled, and upon which, when it comes up, the various 
matters involved in the communication can be inquired into. They therefore beg to report 
the following resolution : 

'Resolved, That Delta Lodge, No. 1-5, be directed to grant Brother W. Van Benthuysen 
the appeal prayed for by him, at the meeting of that Lodge known as the third meeting of 
the first term of 1849. 

J. C. LARUE, 
W. H. FOSTER, 
W. EMERSON. 

On motion of P. G. Olmsted, the Grand Lodge went into Committee 
of the Whole, upon the resolution offered by P. Gr. Stetson, ajDprovino- 
certain action of Hope Lodge, No. 14, — P. Larue in the Chair. 



184 Proceedings of the [April, 

On motion, the committee rose and reported by their Chairman, that 
they recommend that the resolution be rejected. 

On motion, the report was accepted. 

P. G. Foster moved to lay the whole subject upon the table, which 
was not concurred in. 

On motion of P. G. Representative Kneass^ the recommendation of the 
committee was adopted. 

So the resolution of P. Gr. Stetson was rejected. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge proceeded to the election of a member of 
the Executive Committee. 

P. Gr. M. Rice being the only nominee, on motion of P. Gr. Lawrason, 
the rules were dispensed with, and P. G. M. Rice was declared duly 
elected viva-voce. 

D. G. M. Crickard offered the following preamble and resolution, which 
was read, and on motion of P. G. Nixon, was adopted. 

Whereas, Rumors are current, of numerous difficulties at present existing among the 
members of National Lodge, No. 18 ; and whereas, it is right and proper that this Grand 
Lodge should be correctly informed on the subject, both in justice to the Lodge and its 
members, be it therefore 

Resolved, That a Special Committee of three be appointed to examine into the nature 
and character of the same, and report to the M. W. Grand Master as early as practicable. 

The Chair appointed P. Gi-. Ms. MondelU, Stewart, and P. G. Mor- 
rison. 

P. Gr. Foster submitted the following resolution, which was read, and 
'on motion of P. G. Nixon, adopted : 



I, That the Subordinate Lodges under this jurisdiction be instructed that the 
'Construction put upon article 7, section 3 of the Constitution be, that when the brother who 
may have deposited a black ball against a candidate for admission, fails to make his objec' 
tion known to the N. (3c., at the succeeding meeting the candidate shall be declared elected 
without any further formaUty. 

D. G-. M. Crickard offered the following resolutions, which were adopted 
iinanimously : 

Resolved. That an order be drawn on the Treasurer of this Grand Lodge, in favor of 
Messrs. R. Hall & Co., for twenty-five dollars, being for a frame furnished by them for the 
portrait of P. G. M. Williams, which the subscribers to the same design presenting to the 
R. W. Grand Lodge, to be placed in the new Hall. 

Resolved, That the sum of six dollars be donated to Brother John Frankford, Host, for 
services rendered the Grand Lodge, during its recent sessions at Crescent Hall. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge are due, and are hereby tendered, to 
Crescent Lodge, No. 8, for the use of their Hall, during the recent sessions of the Grand 
Lodge. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 185 

Resolved, That the proper officers of this Grand Lodge be, and they are hereby author- 
ized, to draw upon the Treasurer for printing the proceedings of the present session, provided 
the amount does not exceed the sum of fifty dollars. 

Resolved, That the proper officers of this Grand Lodge be, and they are hereby author- 
ized, to draw upon the Treasurer for the sum of six dollars and fifty cents, in favor of the 
Committee of Arrangements of this (Friendship) Hall, for the use of the present session of 
the Grand Lodge. 

The amendment offered by P. G. Shields, at the Annual Session in 
January, (see page 147,) was, on motion, taken up and adopted unani- 
mously. 

On motion of P. G. Larue, 

The Grrand Lodge adjourned &ine die. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



INSTALLATION OF COLUMBUS LODGE, NO. 24. 

May 16, 1849. 
The M. W. Grand Master, Chas. M. Emerson, Esq., assisted by the 
R. W. Grrand Officers, of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, instituted 
Columbus Lodge, No. 24, at Algiers, in the Parish of Orleans, and 
installed the Officers thereof, with the customary rites and ceremonies in 
ample form. 



SPECIAL MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, May 22d, 1849. 
The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 5 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to a call 
from the M. W. Grand Master, and was opened in due form. 

PRESENT : 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, M. W. Grand Master. 

J. CRICKARD, R. W. D. G. Master. 

J. SOUTHWELL, R. W. G. Warden, pro tern. 

H. W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Marshal. 

H. a. STETSON, W. G. Conductor, pro tern. 

D. B. FORBES, W. G. Guardian, 

H. WILLIAMS, R. W. G. Treasurer. 
And a due representation from Subordinate Lodffes, 



186 Proceedings of tke [May, 

The call of the meeting was read, as follows : 

Office of the Grand Mastee, of I. O. O. F., ) 
R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisimia. ) 

New Orleans, May 21, 1849. 
The R. W. Grand Secretary ^f/l\\ please call a meeting of the E.. W. Grand Lodge of 
Louisiana, L O. O. F., to be held on the 22d instant, at 5 o'clock, p. M., for the purpose 
of taking into consideration the sale of the lot now owned by said Lodge, and all matters 
and things appertaining thereto ; and to receive communications. 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, G. Master, 

On motion of D. Gr. M. Crickard, the call was approved. 

P. G. Stetson, from the Special Committee on the sale of lots on 
Poydras street, made a verbal report as to the progress thus far, and 
moved that discretionary power be given to the Committee, to dispose of 
the remaining lot to the best advantage, at a sum not less than five 
thousand dollars ; which motion was carried. 

A communication was received from the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 
which, on motion of P. Gr. Olmsted, was referred to a Special Committee 
of three. 

P. Grs. Phelps, Southwell and Kneass, were appointed by the Chair. 

A certificate was received from Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, of the election 
of P. Gr. Master Stewart, as representative of that Lodge, to this Grand 
Lodge, in place of P. G. Kirkland, resigned ; and from Neith Lodge, No. 
21, appointing the following proxies, which were read, and on motion, 
accepted, viz : 

D. G. M. J. Crickard, for - P. Q. R. N. Wood. 

P. G. a. C. Lawrason, for - P. a. W. W. W. Wood. 

P. G. S. E. Belknap, for - - P. G. J. W. Robb. 

On motion, the Grand Secretary was instructed to procure a sufficient 
number of Charge and Degree books from the Grand Secretary of the 
Grand Lodge of the United States. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



1849.] 



Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 



187 



REGULAR QUARTERLY SESSION. 



Grand Lodge Hall, July 24, 1849. 

The Grand Lodge met at their Hall on Tuesday, the 14th day of July, 
at half-past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to constitutional provision. 



PRESENT : 




C. M. EMERSON, 


M. W. G. Master. 


J. CRICKARD, 


R. W. D. G. Master. 


HENRY BIER, 


R. W. G. Warden. 


HENRY W. OLMSTED, 


R. W. G. Secretary. 


H. WILLIAMS, 


R. W. G. Treasurer. 


ROBT. MOTT, ) 
JAS. STRAWBRIDGE, \ 


R. W. G. Reps. 


G. HOOPER, 


W. G. Chaplain. 


WM. EMERSON, 


W. G. Conductor. 


T. H. SHIELDS, 


W. G. Marshal. 


J. CUNLIFFE, 


W. G. Guardian, pro tern. 



And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The Lodge was opened with prayer by the W. Gr. Chaplain. 

On motion, the reading of the minutes of the last regular meeting 
was dispensed with, (the same being printed for the use of members,) 
and on motion, the minutes of the special sessions of May were read 
and approved. 

The semi-annual reports of the following Subordinate Lodges were 
read and accepted : 

Louisiana Lodge, - 
Washington Lodge, 
Feliciana Lodge, - 
Union Lodge, 
DeSoto Lodge, 
Crescent Lodge, 
Jefferson Lodge, - 
Teutonia Lodge, - 
Orleans Lodge, 
Commercial Lodge, 
24 



No. 


1 ; 


, Howard Lodge, 


- No. 13 


No. 


3 i 


! Hope Lodge, 


- No. 14 


No. 


4 i 


1 Delta Lodge, 


- No. 15 


No. 


6 ; 


• Templar Lodge, 


- No. 16 


No. 


7 i 


• Covenant Lodge, - 


- No. 17 


No. 


8 i 


; National Lodge, - 


- No. 18 


No. 


9 ; 


; Polar Star Lodge, - 


= No. 19 


No. 


10 : 


: St. Mary's Lodge, 


= No. 20 


No. 


11 \ 


: Magnolia Lodge, - 


^ No. 22 


No. 


12 ■ 


; Independence Lodge, 


= No. 23. 



No. 


1 


No. 


3 


No. 


6 


No. 


8. 


No. 


9 


No. 


13 


No. 


14 


No. 


15 


No. 


16 


No. 


17 



188 Proceedings qf the |July, 

The Committee of Conference, appointed to examine the credentials, 

of Past Grands for admission into the Grand Lodge, reported the follow- 
ing brothers as having passed tlie chairs of N. G., Y. G. and Secretary: 

J. H. Bechtel, - Louisiana Lodge, 

John Hayman, - Washington Lodge, 

J. Sidney Relf, - Union Lodge, 

G-eo. W. Christy, - Crescent Lodge, - 

S. S. Burdett, - - Jefferson Lodge, - 

J. G. Dunlap, - - Howard Lodge, - 

A. B. Bein, - - Hope Lodge, 

B. Maglone, - - Delta Lodge, 
H. Doane, - - Templar Lodge, - 
J. Dirmeyer, - - Covenant Lodge, 
R. De Armas, - - Polar Star Lodge, - No. 19 

The following as having only passed the chairs of N. G. and V. G. ; 
J. E, Renter, - - Tentonia Lodge, - - No. 10 
Jos. Etter, - - Orleans Lodge, - - No. 1 1 

J. F. Wilson, - - Magnolia Lodge, - No. 22 

The committee also, reported that Brother P. G. Thos. H. Shields has 
served one term as Secretary. 

The Past Grands in waiting were introduced and qualified to take 
their seats as members of the Grand Lodge. 

On motion of P. G. M. Rice, all Lodges having failed to make their 
reports within ten days after the close of the preceding term, were ordered 
to be fined. 

The annual reports from the various Subordinate Lodges were, on 
motion, referred to a Special Committee of three. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs, Phelps, Dentzel and Cohen said committee. 

The M. W. Grand Master submitted the following report, which was 
read : 

REPORT : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, J. O. O. F. : 

Past Grands : — The quarterly returns from the various Lodges within your jurisdiction, 
win show better than I can describe, their continued high state of prosperity, and the interest 
generally manifested by the members, while the reports of our worthy D. D. G. Masters, 
herewith submitted, will advise you of the extent to which the principles of our Order, are 
on the eve of being disseminated in the interior of the State. 

Since your last regular communication, 1 have, with the assistance of the Grand officer.?, 
organized Columbus Lodge, No. 24, installed its officers and dedicated their Hall. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 189 

I have granted a dispensation to open a new Lodge, which bears the title of Wood 
Lodge, No. 26, to brothers residing at Mansfield, in the Parish of DeSoto, and it is now 
in full and sirccessful operation. It is for you to decide whether a Charter shall be granted 
to them. 

From the brothers who petitioned for a new Lodge at Opelousas, I have received no 
intelligence since your action upon their application, but I learn that they expect to be in 
readiness to organize, during the current summer. 

On your table will be found a petition to establish a Lodge at Clinton, in the Parish of 
East Feliciana ; also, a petition for another Lodge, to be located in this city, and to work in 
the German language. 

At your meeting on the 25th of January last, three Districts were organized. I would 
recommend that the First District be enlarged, so as to include the Parish of Rapides, and 
the Third District, so as to include East and West Feliciana, and the Parish of Iberville. 
As at present organized, Feliciana is designated, without specifying which of the two Par- 
ishes was intended. 

By the report of t!ie committee appointed to sell the lots standing in the name of the 
Grand Lodge, it will be perceived, that the second lot has been disposed of for the sum of 
five thousand two hundred and fifty dollars. The act of sale has been executed in due 
form. 

The following questions have been propounded to me for solution, viz : 

Pending the trial of an accused brother before his Lodge, have any of its members a right 
to express an opinion in debate, as to the guilt or innocence of the party on trial, except the 
accused himself? I held, that as any member in good standing had a right to debate any 
question, which was not expressly excepted by law, and iu such debate, to argue for or 
against the accused, he could not be precluded from expressing an opinion. 

Can a brother be permitted to join a Lodge by depositing his Card, unless he is in 
possession of the T. P. W.? Considering the articles of the Digest on the subject, and 
especially article 6, section 1, page 34; article 7, section 6, page 36 ; and article 8, sections 2 
and 4, page. 2S, I decided this question in the negative, believing that if there was any 
necessity for disclosing the P. W., when applying for admission as a visitor, that necessity 
vi'as increased, when the brother applied for admission as a member. 

Our brethren of DeSoto'Lodge, No. 7, applied to me last month, for a dispensation to 
enable them to have a procession on the 4th of July, which I declined giving, believing I 
•had no authority to grant it. Article 3, section 1, page 31, of the Digest, prohibits such 
procession, unless permission is given by the Grand Lodge or the Grand Master ; and 
section 11, page 45, requires Grand Lodges to enact laws restricting public displays, in 
regaha, while section 4, of the By-Laws of this body, prohibits them, without permission 
from the Grand Lodge. It seemed to me, therefore, that under this section, I was without 
authority to grant the request. 

At the kte election held by Washington Lodge, No. 3, a brother who had been that 
evening initiated, voted for Treasurer, who was elected by a majority of one, and my 
■opinion was asked as to the legality of the election. I desired the worthy P. G. Master who 
mstalled the officers, to inquire into the matter, and if he found on examination, that the 
newly initiated brother voted for the successful candidate, I authorized the installing officer 
to declare the election null; but if on the contrary, the vote was cast for the opposite candi- 
date, to declare the election valid, inasmuch as by deducting the illegal vote, the majority 
would be increased. 

Inquiry has been made of me, whether the .side degrees of this body can be conferred by 
deputation, and in any other place than the Lodge room or its adjoining rooms. The prac. 
tice, I believe, has been to allow these degrees to be conferred by deputation, and a 



190 Proceedings of the [July, 

restriction of the practice would lead to much inconvenience, since it is not always practicable 
for the P. G-s. who reside in the interior, to attend your meetings. There being some doubt 
on the subject, I refer the matter to your decision, and desire you to determine what, and 
how many of these degrees may be conferred, if any, by deputation, and elsewhere than at 
your place of meeting. 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of a ****=* * having failed to report, 
I adopted one, which I submit. 

Trusting that your deliberations will tend to the promotion of our noble cause. I submit 
■the foregoing. 

In F., L. and T., 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, G. Master. 

On motion of P. G. M. Rice, the report was referred to a Special 
Committee of three ; and P. G. Masters Rice and Gans, and P. G. South- 
weU were appointed by the Chair. 

D. D. G. Master R. N. Wood, submitted the following report, which 
was read, and on motion, referred to the committee on the report of the 
Grand Master. 

Office of D. D. G. M. District, No. 1, ) 
Shrevepart, La., July 9, 1849. ) 
To C. M. Emerson, Esq, M. W. G. M.: 

Dear Sir and Brother : — In making this my quarterly report, I am sensi- 
ble of the growing importance of our Order in the interior districts. I have the 
■pleasure to inform you that I duly instituted "Wood Lodge, No. 26, at Mansfield, 
Parish of DeSoto, and installed the officers elect, on the 21st of June last ; and on 
the 23d of the same month, dedicated their Hall. In discharging these duties, I was 
placed under many obligations by the obliging kindness of P. G. Wm. W. W. "Wood, R. A. 
"Walker, V. G. Samuel "7an Bibber, Secretary J. J. Kline, of Neith Lodge, and brother 
Samuel Bennett, of St. John's Lodge, Massachusetts, who, forsaking their vocations and 
business for the time, accompanied me to DeSoto, and rendered me efficient aid. While I 
here take occasion to pay a tribute of merit to the officers and members of Wood Lodge, 
for their attentions and considerations, lavished on us during our stay, with an amiability) 
frankness and brotherly love, so eminently calculated to cement undying friendships. I send 
herewith, a rough abstract of proceedings had at that Lodge, to which I invite your 
attention. 

The original members of Wood Lodge, live at remote distances from each other, with 
the exception of two, who reside in Mansfield ; and from the remoteness of residence of many 
of those applicants for membership from Mansfield, 1 was induced to grant the dispensa- 
tions you see embodied in the accompanying documents. This, with the two additional 



First — That as the members live at distances of from fifteen to thirty-seven miles from the 
Lodge, it would be necessary to have a sufficient number instructed, that the Lodge would 
at all times, have the necessary material to work with. 

Second — In the creation of a new Lodge, a heavy expense would naturally be incurred, 
and in the case of Wood Lodge, it has proved no exception to the general rule. These reasons 
jnduced me to pursue the course I adopted, which, from being present, and cognizable of all 
the facts, I considered ample justification. Wood Lodge bids fair to rival her sister Lodge, 
,' Neith) in this Parish. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 19i 

It will be gratifying to know, that the very seriovis obstacles and inconveniences to which 
Neith Lodge, for some months has been made to feel, for want of a proper and suitable Hall, 
no longer exists ; on the contrary, the brethren, with commendable zeal, have secured the 
use of a Hall in the second story of a brick building, seventy-five feet by twenty-six, which 
is fitted up and furnished as well as could be desired ; and on the 4th of July, I granted a 
dispensation to said Lodge, for a procession, and also dedicated their Hall. Herein I was 
again placed under obligations by brothers P. Gs. Wood, Glass, Walker, and brother 
Means, of Wood Lodge, and brothers Mitchell, Wells and Hall, of Neith Lodge, who ren- 
dered me invaluable services. 

There is now on the tapis, the creation of a new Lodge, in Bossier Parish, and I hope in 
a few days to forward their application. I also learn this day, that an application will be 
made for a new Lodge in Shreveport, to be known aS Job Lodge. Thus, the fact is evident, 
that the principles of our Order are becoming diffused and properly appreciated. 

The quarterly P. W. has been duly transmitted to the officers of Neith and Wood 
Lodges, 

Yours, in F., L. and T., 

R. N. WOOD, T>. D. G. M. District No. \. 

I had neglected to say that the officers of Neith Lodge will be installed on the 11th inst. 

The following reports from D. D. G-rand Masters Gr. S. Lacy and H. 

C. Cook, were read and referred to the Committtee on the report of the 

■G-rand Master : 

Office of D. D. G. M. District No. 2. ) 
FranUin, La., June 12, 1849. ( 
To C. M. Emerson, Esq., M. W. G. M.: 

Dear Sir and Brother: — The state of the Order under my jurisdiction is highly 
gratifying. St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, continues to increase in numbers, and by the zeal 
and deep interest manifested by the members, we are convinced of the sincerity of their 
professions and high appreciation of the principles of our beloved Order. The high stand 
taken by this Lodge, in society, assures us that much good may be expected from this 
source. 

I have had but few occasions to act in my official capacity. Brothers Yancy and Roberts 
being about to leave for California, received all five of the Degrees; so also, the fourth and 
fifth degrees were conferred on brothers John Garret, and Thomas L. Sawj^er ; the first 
being anxious to advance, and living at an inconvenient distance, the latter wishing to leave 
the State. On the 5th of June, brother G. N. Seagrave was installed as Treasurer, and 
brother G. B. Shepherd as Permanent Secretary, to fill out the vacancies occasioned by the 
resignation of brothers Dartigue and Tuttle. 

The O. F. Union Hall now being erected in this place, bids fair to become an ornament 
to the town, and speaks well for the Order. 

It will be remembered, that St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, is the only Lodge in District No. 
2 ; it is gratifying to note, however, that several worthy members from St. Martinsville, have 
joined this Lodge, and the petition of others are now before it, with the intention of estab- 
lishing a Lodge. I have also good reasons to believe that a Lodge will soon be established 
at Opelousas. 

I cannot doubt but that several Lodges may be advantageously established in this Dis- 
trict, and sincerely hope that the day is not distant, when the principles of the Order will 
ilje more widely disseminated. 

Yours sincerely. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

H. C. COOK, D. D. G. M. District No. 2. 



1 92 Proceedings of the [ J cjlY; 

Office of the D. D. Ct. M. of District No. 3, ) 
Baton Rouge, La., July 12, 1849. ) 

To C. M. ^Smerson, Esq., M. W. G. Master: 

Dear Sir AND Beotheu — The report of the imdersigned, }^our Deputy for this Dis- 
trict, respectfully shows : That immediately upon the receipt of your communication, bearing 
date the 15th May last, the construction placed upon article 7, section 3, of the Constitution 
of the Grand Lodge of this State, was at your request particularly noted, and the attention 
of the Lodges working under my jurisdiction at once called to the same. 

On the same day, a correspondence was opened by me with John McVary, George Mc- 
Clelland, and Preston Pond, Esqs., the latter residing at Clinton, and the two former in 
Jackson, Parish of East Feliciana, with a view of inducing those persons to become inter- 
ested in the difTusion, through our Order, of the principles of Benevolence and Charity, 
and thereby to procure the establishment of a Lodge in the Parish above mentioned. None 
of these gentlemen, with the exception of the latter, have promised to lend their assistance ; 
but fortunately for us, the good work can be advanced, in the absence of their aid and coun- 
tenance. 

On the 15th May, 1849, I wrote to the officers and members of Feliciana Lodge, notifying 
them of my intention to interest myself in their behalf, and requesting them to notify me of 
such steps as may be needed to promote the usefulness and prosperity of their Lodge ; I at 
the same time desired them " to communicate with me relative to their condition and pros- 
pects, and to place me in possession of all information not necessarily communicated to the 
Grand Lodge, by the regular reports." To this communication I have not received a 
written reply, but verbal statements made by the former N. G. and V. G., enable me to 
report to you the satisfactory progress of Feliciana Lodge. T also wrote, in the above men- 
tioned communication, as follows : " At a meeting of the Grand Lodge, held April 27th, 
1849, it was recommended to the Subordinate Lodges to enact such By-Laws as will insure 
a fund for the formation of a library, for the use of the members of the Order, say half-a- 
dime per month. This is not authority, but simply an expression of opinion from the Grand 
Lodge. I trust, nevertheless, it may receive at your hands due consideration.' ' 

On the 16th of May last, the same views relative to the formation of a library, were com- 
municated to DeSoto Lodge ; and at the same time, the following written : " A practice has 
long prevailed in DeSoto Lodge, of leaving the first door, during the sitting of the Lodge, 
insecure ; and as that practice is contrary to the rules and work of the Order, it ought to be 
stopped. The N. G. will hereafter see, that during the time the Lodge is in session, the 

outside door is kept fastened, and that no one enters thereby, unless according to the rules 

'of the Order." 

May, 1849. — Visited Brother Poole, in Clinton, and ascertained from him that theie, with 
himself, five Odd Fellows in that town, viz : Brothers Winans, Downs, Farquar and Dooley ; 

"saw those brothers and induced them to take an interest in the Order. A foundation was 

'thus laid, upon which a Lodge in Clinton will soon be commenced. 

I visited the N. G. and V. G. of Feliciana Lodge, and ascertained from them that this 
Lodge was doing well ; not making a great number of members, but at times introducing 

■and initiating a member who is calculated to reflect credit upon the Order, and who will 

-carry out the principles of Friendship, Love and Truth. 

I visited Port Hudson, and saw and conversed with several v/ho seemed to be much 

■interested in the Order. I found a very flattering prospect for instituting a Lodge at that 
place, by the middle of the approaching winter. 

Jidy 10, 1849. — I forwarded to the Grand Master an application for a Dispensation or 

'Charter to establish a Lodge at Clinton, East Feliciana, to be known by the name of 

Lodge, No. — . If this application be granted, a Lodge, with a flattering prospect, will be 

■set in motion at or before the commencement of the next month. This Lodge, when fairlj 



1849.} Gaud Lodge of JLouisiana. 193 

started, will, I doubt not, render a good account of itself to the Grand Lodge of this State. 
The last quarter has improved the prospects of DeSoto Lodge, and she, as well as Mag- 
nolia Encampment, is at present in a flourishing condition. I am informed that several 
initiations will take place in the latter, at the next meeting. The sickness of members and 
the sickly season has somewhat retarded them in their onward progress. 

Upon the whole, I think you and the officers and members of the Grand Lodge, may be 
well satisfied with the condition of the Order in this District. 
All of which is submitted, in F., L. and T., 

GEO. S. LACY, D. D. G. M., District No. 3. 

D. G. M. Crickard, from the Special Committee to whom was referred 
the disposition of the lots on Poydras street, standing in the name of the 
G. Lodge, submitted the following report, which was read, and on motion 
of P. G. Shields, accepted, and the committee discharged. 

REPORT : 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, J. O. O. F.: 

The undersigned committee, appointed to dispose of the Poydras street property, etc., 
report, : That, failing to sell the remaining lot referred to in their previous report, (see pro- 
ceediings of April session last,) at any thing like the nominally stipulated price, they with- 
drew the same and referred it back to the R. W. Grand Lodge ; and at a called meeting of 
that body, held on the 22d of May last, the subject was again referred to them, "with dis- 
cretionary powers to sell, etc.," provided, at a sum not less than $5,000. 

In obedience to which, your committee cheerfully undertook the task, and are most happy 
in being enabled to report the sale of said lot, on the 7th instant, to Mr. Paul E. Layet, for 
account of Mr. J. U. Lavillebeuvre, for the sum of $-5,250, on the following terms, viz : 
one-fourth cash, and the balance in two equal payments, at twelve and twenty-four months, 
for notes, secured by mortgage, until final payment, as per act before Theo. Guyol, Esq., 
Notary Public, under date 11th instant, and the proceeds (less expenses paid brokerage, 
advertising, and mortgage fees, $111 50,) have been placed in the hands of P. G. Stetson, 
Treasurer of the Association. 

In order to facilitate the final settlement with the old subscribers, which it is desirable 
should be made at as early a day as possible, the committee beg to hand herewith, a state- 
ment (for the preparation of which they are mainly indebted to Brother T. W. Van Wyck, 
Secretary of the Hall Association,) compiled from data furnished them by the Grand Sec- 
retary and Grand Treasurer, showi^g the comparative cost and nett proceeds of both lots.;, 
the payments of stock by Lodges and individuals; nett profit on lots, say $273 54, or 
2 99-100 per cent., divided among the stockholders, agreeably to their respective interests: 
paid, together with the number of shares in the new stock that the subscribers will be 
entitled to, upon the payment of the fractional sums appearing opposite the name of eachj^ 
in order to make even amounts and whole shares. 

In view also of the difficulties that are likely to arise in the contemplated settlement with 
individuals, in consequence of the fractional part of shares, amounting in all to $239, the. 
committee would respectfully suggest to the Grand Lodge, the propriety of purchasing 
(from those who may desire to dispose of the same,) these small amounts, and receive new 
stock for the same. 

Having now disposed of the somewhat important trust confided to them, with an eye 
single to the interests of all parties they had on this occasion the honor to represent, youE 
committee would respectfully submit this their final report, and ask to be discharged. 

J. CRICKARD, 

July 24, 1849. H. G, STETSON, 



194 Proceedings of the [July, 

PAYMENTS OF STOCK — AVERAGE DUE IST JANUARY, 1850. 

Nett proceeds of Lots on Poydras street, average due May 30, 1850 $9,749 50 

Less 150 days discount, to make the payments equal to those of stockholders . . . 324 96 



Less note of Grand Lodge (assumed by E. W. Sewell) held by Commer- 
cial Lodge, to 1st Jan., 1S51, including interest 1,298 

$9,102 

Expenses, stationery, etc 39 

$9,141 m 

Nett profits on Lots $273 54 



STOCKHOLDERS. AMOUNT. INTEREST. 

Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 $2050 00 $61 30 

Washington Lodge, No. 3 250 00 7 48 

Union Lodge, No. 6, 2500 00 74 81 

Hope Lodge, No. 14 250 00 7 48 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10 62 50 188 

Wildey Encampment, No. 1 750 00 22 44- 

J. R. Meekins 50 00 1 50 

J. Saliba 50 00 1 50 

A. Costa 50 00 1 50 

J. Titus 50 00 1 50 

W.Harris 25 00 75 

J. S. Meekins 50 00. 1 50 

N.W.Brown 25 00 75 

H.Williams 50 00 1 50 

P. Brandt , 50 00 1 50 

C. M. Emerson 25 00 75 

E.. Wood 50 00 1 50 

J. Ledoux 13 00 39 

R. H. Stehn 17 50 51 

John Frost 13 00 39 

M.Brown 8 00 25 

R. H. Montgomery 11 00 33 

W.R.Fosdick 19 50 60 

H. H. Hedden 44 50 135 

H. Benedick 17 00 50 

J. C. Morgan 34 00 1 02 

G-. P. Van Vechten 17 00 50 

J. Bentford 5 00 16 

W.A.Chambers 39 50 120 

$6,576 50 $196 84 

6rand Lodge 2,564 50, 76 70 



:9.| 

Total amount paid 
Louisiana Lodge, 
Wash' ton Lodge, 
Union Lodge, 
Hope Lodge, 
Teutonia Lodge, 
"Wildey Encampm 
J. R. Meekins, . . . 
J Saliba 


Ch-an 

. including 

No. 1, . 

No. 3, . 

No. 6, . 

No. 14, . 

No. 10, 
ent, " 1, , 


\d Lodge of Louisiana. 

profit. Balance due to entitle each to 
$2 111 30 SS 70 . . . . 


1{ 

No. Shares. 
212 


257 48 


2 52 


26 


2 574 81 


5 19 


258 


257 48 


. 2 52 


26 


64 38 


5 62 


7 


779 44 


7 56 


78 


51 50 . . . 


8 50 


6 


51 50 


8 50 


6 


A. Costa, 


51 50 


8 50 


6 


51 50 . . . 


8 50 


6 


W Harris 






25 75 ... 


4 25 


3 


J S. Meekins, . . , 


51 50 . . . 


, 8 50 


6 


N.W.Brown,.... 






25 75 ... 
51 50 ... 


4 25 


3 


H Williams 






8 50 


6 


P.Brandt 


51 50 . . . 
25 75 . . . 
51 50 . . . 


,. 850 

4 25 ... . 


6 








3 


R. Wood, 


8 50 


6 














Fractions, 

Profit, 

Grand Lodge, 


$6,527 14 

. . 239 00 ) 

7 20 S 

. . 2,641 20 ) 


$112 86 
2 60 


664 
289 




$9,414 54 
115 46 


$115 46 


953 









$9,530 00 



Equal 



On motion, the report, so far as it relates to the sale of the property, 
was adopted. 

On motion, the thanks of the Grand Lodge was tendered to the com- 
mittee for the faithful manner in which they had discharged their arduous 
duties. 

The committee to whom was referred the annual reports from Subor- 
dinate Lodges reported as correct, the following : 



Louisiana Lodge, 


No. 


1 ; 


; Hope Lodge, 


- No. 


14 


Union Lodge, - 


No. 


6 i 


: Delta Lodge, 


- No. 


15 


Crescent Lodge, - 


No. 


8 ; 


; Templar Lodge, - 


- No. 


16 


Jefferson Lodge, - 


No. 


9 ; 


\ Poplar Star Lodge, 


No. 


19 


Orleans Lodge, - 


No. 


11 ; 


; Magnolia, Lodge, 


■ No. 


22 


Commercial Lodge, - 


No. 


12 ; 









The committee also reported the following as incorrect, viz : 
DeSoto Lodge, No. 7. Every item wanting, except the number of 
members. 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, The list of members omitted. 
g5 



1:96' Froceedings of the [ Ju£Y, 

Howard Lodge; No. 13. The number of deaths, names of brothers 
deceased, and names of brothers reheved, all omitted. 

Independence Lodge, No 23. No seal of the Lodge. 

From the following Lodges there were no reports, viz : 

Washington, No. 3 ; Feliciana No. 4 ; National, No. 18; St. Mary's, 

No. 20 ; Neitb, No. 21 ; Columbus, No. 24 ; , No. 25 ; and 

Wood, No. 26. 

On motion, the report was adopted, and the Grand Secretary instructed 
to notify the delinquent Lodges to forward their reports as early as 
practicable. 

An application was received for a Charter for a Lodge, to be Held at 
Clinton, La., to be known as Clinton Lodge, No, ■— . The application, 
was in due form, and signed by brothers C. C. Tuttle, F. C. Lalier, 
Thomas BR. Hatch, F. Bretzand, H. F. Babin. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned, to meet at Crescent Hall, to- 
morrow, at 4 o'clock, p. M. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, July 25th, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m,, pursuant to 
adjournment. 

Present — Chas. M. Emerson, M. W. Grand Master; the Grand 
Officers and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate 
Lodges 

The annual report of Neith Lodge, No. 21, was read and accepted, and- 
on motion, the Grand Secretary was requested to instruct that Lodge as 
to the correct method of making its reports. 

On motion, the annual report of Independence Lodge, No. 23, was 
returned to that Lodge for correction. 

On motion of P. G. Haynes, the Grand Secretary was authorized to 
procure the printing of a sufficient number of blank returns, to be distrib- 
uted among the Subordinate Lodges under this jurisdiction. 

An application was presented for a Charter for a new Lodge, to be 
established in this city, and to work in the German language. 

p. G. Haynes moved that the Charter be granted. 



5 849.] 'Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 19'/ 

P. G. M. Pwice moved to lay the application on the table, which motion 
was carried. 

An application for a Charter for a new Lodge, to be located at Mans- 
field, Parish of DeSoto, and to be known and hailed as Wood Lodge, No. 
— , signed by William B. Means, R. T. Gribbs, J. M. N. Arrington, B. 
R. Hogan and M. T. J. Alston, was received, and on motion, the Charter 
was granted. 

An application for a Charter for a new Lodge, to be located at Shreve- 
,port, signed by John B. Mereta, Adolphus L. Heine, Leopold Levy, W. 
Rose, H. F. Beckman, Albert McDaniel, Wm. H. Glass and A. F. Alfred, 
was received, and on motion, referred to a committee of three. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. Shields, Bier and Phelps. 

The committee to whom was referred the communication from the 
Grand Lodge of South Carolina, made the following report : 
To theR. T'F, Grand Lodge of Loiiisiana, I. O. O. R: 

The undersigned, a committee to whom was referred a coffirtiunication from the R. W. 
'Grand Lodge of the Slate of South Carolina, dated Charleston, April, 1849, report : 

That in the opinion of your committee, the subject of said communication is therein so 
fully, fairly and ably discussed, as to require from your committee no further action in the 
premises, than to recommend the adoption of the following : 

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge coincide in opinion with the R. W. Grand Lodge of 
South Carolina, as expressed in the report and resolutions unanimously adopted by said 
Grand Lodge, contained in a circular letter, dated 26th April, 1849 ; and which relate to 
the " New York difBculties." 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary of this Grand Lodge, be instructed to forward a 
copy of the foregoing, to the R. "W. Grand Lodge of the United States; to each of the 
-State Grand Lodges, and to each of our Representatives in the Grand Lodge of the United 
States. 

AUG. S. PHELPS, 
JOHN SOUTHWELL, 



Committee. 



On motion of P. G. Christy, the report was laid on the table until to- 
morrow. 

A communication from Delta Lodge, No. 15, relative to the appeal of 
■brother Van Benthuysen from various decisions of that Lodge, was read, 
and on motion of P. G. Olmsted, referred to the Executive Committee. 

P. G. M. Stewart, from the committee appointed to investigate the 
"affairs of National Lodge, No 18, made the following report, which, 
on motion of P. G. Haynes, was read and accepted, and the committee 
discharged : 
To the M. W. G. Master of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

The undersigned committee, appointed to investigate the condition of National Lodge, 
No. 18, report : 

That they attended that Lodge last evening, and made full and careful inquiry into her 



1 9B Proceedings of the [ July, 

affairs, and take great pleasure in saying that the Lodge is in good condition, and that the 
disposition manifested by the members, with the exception of one or two, is highly favorable 
for the future prosperity of the Lodge. 

They find that their proportion of the expense of fitting up the Hall and the purchase of 
Regalia, amount to about $2,200. They have paid some $1,692, leaving a balance due, of 
about $508. Orders have been drawn for $125, which will reduce the debt to $383. In 
addition to this, they owe about $205. The expenses of the Lodge from the 1st instant to 
31st of October, will be $190, making their liabilities to that time $778. 

The receipts of the past four months have averaged about $140 per month ; there is good 
prospect of an increase for the next six months, which will put the Lodge nearly or quite 
out of debt. The Lodge numbers forty-nine members ; only six have withdrawn since its 
institution ; three of them within the three past months, and two of these have expressed a 
wish to return. The Lodge has had many difficulties to contend with ; there has been much 
sickness among the members, and the Lodge has buried one member and the wife of another, 
during the present term. Your committee are surprised that with so many difficulties to 
encounter, the Lodge is in so properous a condition. Much credit is due to P. Gs. Fuertes 
and Gomez, and the present officers of the Lodge. 

J. D. STEWART, CJmirman. 

The appeal of brother Dennett from the decision of St. Mary's Lodge, 
on charges preferred against brother D. D. Gr. M. Cook, was received 
and read, and on motion, referred to the Executive Committee. 

A communication from Howard Lodge, No. 13, relative to the ap- 
pointment of Host, by that Lodge, was received and read, and on motion, 
laid on the table. 

Communications were received from Polar Star Lodge, No. 19 ; Or- 
leans Lodge, No. 11 ; and Neith Lodge, No. 21 ; asking the consent of 
the Grand Lodge, to their holding meetings only each alternate week, 
until the first of November next. 

On motion of P. Gr. Shields, the requests were refused. 

A communication was received from P. G. M. Williams, requesting 
the Grand Lodge to purchase five dozen regalias for the use of its mem- 
bers; which on motion, was laid on the table. 

An application was received from Magnolia Lodge, No. 22, for the 
use of the Hall of the G-rand Lodge, on Tuesday evenings, which was 
rejected. 

P. G. M. Williams asked permission of the Grand Lodge, to loan to 
the Directors of the Hall Association, such properties as the Directors 
may require, belonging to the Grand Lodge, and which are in his posses- 
sion for safe keeping. 

On motion, the request was granted. 

On motion of P. G. Maccory, the Grand Lodge reconsidered its vote 
of yesterday, fining all Subordinate Lodges which had not complied 
with the laws in relation to making their returns in due time. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 199 

P. G. Shields moved that the fines be remitted, which motion was 
•lost. 

On motion of Past Grand Stetson, the Grand Secretary was instruct- 
ed to inform delinquent Lodges, that they had been fined ten dollars 
■each. 

P. G. Shields offered the following resolution, which was read and 
referred to a Special Committee of three. 



, That our Representatives to the Grand Lodge of the United States, be requested 
to ascertain from that body, the law regulating the ehglbility to office in Degree Lodges, 
and if it be true that none others than P. Gs. are competent to fill the Chairs, m Degree 
Lodges, that they be requested to use their best exertions to have such a law passed, as 
will render eligible to the same, any member of the Scarlet Degree — restricting the N. 
Gs. and V. Gs. only, of said Lodges, to such past duties as observed in Subordinate 
Lodges ; and that each past N. G. of said Degree Lodges, be entitled to a seat in the Grand 
Lodge of their respective jurisdictions, witb all the rights, privileges and immunities of P. 
Gs. of Subordinate Lodges. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. Etter, Shields, and P. G. M. Gans, the 
•committee. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned, to meet at Crescent Hallj to- 
jmorrow, at 4 o'clock, p. m. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING, 

Crescent Hall, July 26th, 1849. 

The R.. W. G-rand Lodge met at 4 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjoUrn- 
•ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — Chas. M. Emerson, M. W. Grand Master, the Grand 
Officers and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate 
Lodges. 

An application was presented for a Charter for a new Lodge^ to be 
located at the Bahze, and to be known and hailed as Nautilus Lodge, 
No. 38. 

On motion of P. G. Kirkland, the Grand Master was authorized to 
grant the Charter appUed for, whenever the necessary formalities were 
■complied with. 



200 Proceedings of ike [ July, 

On motion of P. Gr. Stetson, it was ordered that David Johnson and 
Joseph E. Dunham be recognized as charter members of said Lodge, 
whenever they shall present to this Grand Lodge or to the Grand Mas- 
ter, the proper certificates or cards. 

On motion, it was ordered that B. P. Poole be recognized as charter 
member of Clinton Lodge, No. 27. 

The following bills were presented and ordered to be paid : 

Bill of H. Williams, as G-. Herald, - - - $26 50 

" R. Horton, for repairing Gr. Lodge room, - 2 25 
'' " Crescent," for advertising, - - - 3 00 

" Grand Secretary, for stationery, etc., - - 21 50 
" Grrand Lodge of the United States, balance, - 154 00 

Hyde & Goodrich, 4 29 

The Special Committee appointed by the Grand Lodge at its last ses- 
sion, to procure advances from Subordinate Lodges, made the following- 
report, which was read and adopted, and the committee discharged : 

To the B. W. Grand Lodge of Loioisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The undersigned, one of the committee appointed at the last session of the Grand Lodge 
to procure from Subordinate Lodges an advance on their per centage, due June 30, 1849, 
in the absence of his associates, begs leave to make the following report : 

That they procured from 

Union Lodge, No. 6 $50 00 ) Hope Lodge, No. 14 $50 06 

Crescent Lodge, No. 8 50 00 Delta Lodge, No. 15 25 00 

Orleans Lodge, No. 11 25 00 Templar Lodge, No. 16 50 00 

Commercial Lodge, No. 12 50 00 ) Covenant Lodge, No. 17. . . . . 50 00 

Making an amount of $350 00 

Which is recommended to be placed to the credit of the several Subordinate Lodges, in 
settlement of their per centage ; and having pierformed all the duties assigned them, beg 
leave to be discharged. 

F. A. DENTZEL. 

On motion of D. Gr. M. Crickard, the report of the committee to whom 
was referred the communication of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina, 
'(laid on the table yesterday,) was taken tap. 

P. G. Haynes moved to lay the report on the table, which motion was 
lost. 

On motion of P. G. Cripps, the report was received, and the commit- 
'tee discharged. 

P. G. Olmsted moved to adopt the report of the committee. 

P. G. M. Gans moved, as an amendment, the adoption of the third 
resolution accompanying the communication from the South Carolina 
'Grand Lodge. 



1849: ] Grand Lodge of Loui/siatia. 201 

P. Gr. Rice moved, as an amendment, that the Grand Secretary be 
instructed to forward to the R. W. Grand Lodge of South Carohna, a 
copy of the resolutions adopted by this Grand Lodge, in reference to the 
address and resolutions of the R. W. Grand Lodge of Kentucky, as the 
action of this Grand Lodge ; which amendment was carried. 

The Special Committee, to whom was referred the report of the M. 
W. G. Master, submitted the following report, which was read and 
accepted, and the committee discharged : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O F.: 

The committee to whom was referred the report of the M. W. Grand Master, and those' 
of the R. W. D. Deputies, beg leave to submit the following : 

I. The establishment of several Lodges in the country makes it necessary that the State 
should be newly districted, and w^e- therefore offer the recommendation of our M. W. Grand. 
Master, as a resolution, viz : 

Resolved, That District No. 1 shall include the Parish of Rapides, and District No. 3, 
the Parishes of East and West Feliciana and the Parish of Iberville. 

II. Every member of a Lodge has a right to participate in debate on the trial of an. 
accused brother, and he may speak either for or against the accused. 

III. A brother who wishes to deposit his Card in a Lodge, must be in possession of the 
A. T. P. W. of the year in which his Card is dated. 

IV. Sy the By-Laws of this Grand Lodge, the Grand Master has no authority to grant 
a dispensation for a public procession of the Order in regalia. 

V. In reference to the case of Washington Lodge, No. 3, your committee are of the 
opinion that a new election should have been entered into ; as the fact of the newly initiated 
member having voted for the successful candidate, could not alter the illegal vote thus cast, 
and consequently not the illegality of the election. 

VI. The side degrees of the Grand Lodge must be conferred in the room or adjoining 
rooms of the Grand Lodge. The mere possession of these side degrees cannot benefit a, 
brother P. G., as long as he does not ask for admission into a Grand Lodge ; but after 
admission, he can at all times and under all circumstances, receive them. 

VII. The ****** adopted by the M. W. G. Master, we recommend to be adopted 
by the Grand Lodge. 

VIII. In reference to the reports of the D. D. G- Masters, we have nothing to observe,, 
but that those officers have no authority to grant dispensations for processions of the Order 
in regalia, in their respective districts. 

All of which is fraternally submitted is F., L. and T., 

WM. H. RICE, 

D. S. GANS, 

J. SOUTHWELL. 

On motion, the recommendations and resolutions were taken up sepa-. 
i-ately. 

On motion, the first recommendation, relating to the extension of the^ 
first and third districts, was adopted. 

On motion, the second recommendation, referring to certam rights m. 



202 Proceedings of the [July,. 

debate, was adopted, as was also the recommendation in reference to the 
deposit of Cards. 

The fourth recommendation, declaring the Grand Master has no power 
to ffrant dispensations for public processions of the Order, was, on mo- 
tion, adopted. 

So much of the report of the committee as refers to the election in 
Washington Lodge, No 3, was rejected, and on motion of P. G. Dun- 
lap, the views of Grand Master, as embodied in his report,, were sus- 
tained. 

The recommendations of the committee in relation to conferring 
the side degrees, were adopted : as was also their recommendation in rela- 
tion to ******. P- Gr. Haynes dissenting from the latter. 

The last recommendation of the committee, defining the powers of D. 
D. G. Masters, in relation to their granting dispensations for processions, 
was adopted. 

P. Gr. M, Rice, from the Executive Committee, to whom was referred 
the appeal of Brother Dennett, submitted the following report : 

To the R. W. Graiid Lodge of Louisiana, I O. O. F.: 

The Executive Committee, to whom was referred the appeal of Brother Dennett, of St. 
Mary's Lodge, No. 20, after having given the same due consideration, beg leave to ofTer the 
following resolution, and ask to be discharged from any further consideration of the subect. 
In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

WH. H. RICE, 
AUG. S. PHELPS, 
WM. EMERSON. 
Eesolved, That the appeal of Brother Dennett, from the decision of St. Mary's Lodge,, 
be sustained. 

On motion, the report and accompanying resolution were adopted. 

P. G. M. Rice, from the same committee, to whom was referred the 
appeal of Brother Van Benthuysen, from the decisions of Delta Lodge, 
No. 15, submitted the following report, which was received and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F.: 

The Executive Committee, to whom was referred the appeal of Brother Van Benthuysen, 
from the decisions and action of Delta Lodge, No. 15, beg leave to report, that from the 
record furnished the committee, they are unable to form an opinion upon the case, and ask 
power to examine the minutes of the Lodge, and also, if necessary, to examine any mem- 
ber of said Lodge, in order to arrive at a full knowledge of the matter. 

WM. H. RICE, 
AUG. S. PHELPS, 
WM, EMERSON. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiami. 203 

P. G. Etter, from the Special Committee to whom was referred the 
resolutions of P. G. Shields, relative to Degree Lodges, submitted the 
following report, which was read : 

To the M. W. Grand Master, Graiid Lodge I. O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

The uudersigned committee, to whom was referred the subject of eligibility to office in 
Degree Lodges, beg leave respectfully to report : 

That inasmuch as the subject is one of great importance, and entirely new in its every 
feature, your committee are unprepared to give it either their entire sanction or disapproval. 
To enable the Grand Lodge, however, to arrive at some understanding of the subject, they 
have carefully searched for any matter which might have, or seem to have, a bearing on the 
subject. Though their researches have proved almost fruitless, such as they have, they lay 
before you. 

In the Digest, page 52, article 4, section 1, we find the following: "The legality of 
Degree Lodges is recognized by the Grand Lodge of the United States." This, we believe, 
is the only place in the Digest where Degree Lodges are named ; and for the rules under 
which they work, and the laws governing their transactions, we have to look to other sources. 
We find by article 1, section 4, that the R. "W. Grand Lodge of the United States " has 
exclusive power to create Grand and Subordinate Lodges and Grand and Subordinate En- 
campments," and by section 3, "that it has exclusive power to make, alter and regulate the 
work, language and regalia of the Order ; to pass general laws, etc., and to declare the 
usages of the Order." We find also, under the third division, page 43, article 1, section 5, 
that " each Grand Lodge consists of all the Past Grands in good standing ; ' ' and section 7 
explains the article, by saying that a Past Grand is one who has " performed the duties of 
Noble Grand in a Subordinate Lodge," and that the Grand Lodge Degree shall be conferred 
on no other person. 

In view of these facts, it is apparent that the officers of Degree Lodges have never been 
contemplated as performing duties which would entitle them to seats in Grand Lodges. 

But aware that the duties performed by the officers of Degree Lodges are very onerous, 
and believing that some law should be passed, by which they might hope for advancement 
in the Order as a reward for meretorious service, your committee would respectfully recom- 
mend, that so much of the resolution as asks for definition of law, etc., be unanimously 
adopted, viz : 

Resolved, That our Representatives to the Grand Lodge of the United States be requested 
to ascertain from that body, the law regulating eligibility to office in Degree Lodges ; and 
if it be true, that none others than P. Gs. are competent to fill the Chairs in said Degree 
Lodges, that they be requested to use their best exertions to have such a law passed as will 
render ehgible to the same, any member of the Scarlet Degree, restricting the N. Gs. and 
V. Gs., only of said Lodges, to such past duties as are observed in Subordinate Lodges." 

To the last recommendation in the resolution of P. G. Shields, viz : 

" That each Past Noble Grand of said Degree Lodges be entitled to a seat in the Grand 
Lodge of their respective jurisdictions, with all the rights, privileges and immunities of 
P. Gs. of Subordinate Lodges." 

We recommend that our Representatives be requested to lay said resolution before the 
Grand Lodge of the United States, to elicit information on the subject, and that they be left 
free to exercise their judgments and votes by the lights that are there laid before them. 

Before concluding, your Committee would respectfully suggest, that the subject being 
new and important, it would be well, if the Grand Lodge of the United States do not think 
26 



204 Proceedings of the [ July, 

proper to admit the P. Gs. of Degree Lodges, " with all the rights, privileges and immuni- 
ties of P. Gs. of Subordinate Lodges," to inquire into the expediency of admitting them as 
sitting members, with all those privileges except the right to vote. 
All of which is respectfully submitted, 

In Friendship, Love and Truth. 

JOSEPH ETTER, 
T. H. SHIELDS, 
D. S. GANS. 

F. G. Master E-ice moved to lay the report on the table, which motioii 
was lost. 

On motion, the report was adopted. 

P. G. Shields from the Special Committee, to whom was referred the 
application for a new Lodge at Shreveport, submitted the following report, 
which was read, and on motion, adopted, and the committee discharged. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Lotdsiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The committee to whom was referred the application for a Charter to establish anew 
Lodge at the town of Shreveport, La., have had the matter under consideration, and beg 
leave to report unfavorably to the application, for the reasons that one of the applicants for 
said Charter, sought to deposit his Card in Neith Lodge, No. 21, in said town of Shreveport, 
within the past twelvemonths, a.xidi \vz.s rejected. And further, that the establishment, at 
this time, of another Lodge at Shreveport, is unnecessary. 

Submitted in Friendship Love and Truth, 

T. H. SHIELDS, 

H. BIER, 

AUG. S. PHELPS. 

On motion of P. G. Belknap, the application for the Charter of a new 
Lodge to be established in this city, to be known and hailed as Grermania 
Lodge, No. — , and to work in the German language, was taken up. 

P. G. Olmsted moved that the Charter be granted. 

The yeas and nays being called for on the resolution, resulted as 
follows : 

Yeas — P. Gs. Brown, Belknap, Cohen, Christy, Cripps, Dunlap, Dentzel, Harris, 
Haynes, Nixon, Olmsted, Phelps and Shields — 13. 

Nays — Bier, Crickard, Doane, Etter, Emerson, Goodwin, Gans, Kirkland, Maccory, 
Reuter, Rice, Stetson, Southwell, Williams, Wilson, Wellman — 16. 

So the application was rejected. 

On motion of P. G. Stetson, the Grand Lodge granted permission to 
St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, to have a public procession, in full regaha, at 
the dedication of their new Hall, at such time as they may select, pre- 
vious to January 1st, 1850. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 205 

P. G. Phelps arose and said, it was his painful duty to announce to the 
Grand Lodge, the decease of one of its members since the last regular 
session. P. G. Thomas Cook, late a member of Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, 
and also, a member of Lafayette Encampment, No. 7, died of Cholera, 
in the town of Independence, Mo., on the 6th of May last. Brother 
Cook was a zealous and efficient member of the Order, and a "worthy 
and highly respected citizen ; therefore, 

Be it Resolved, That the members of this Grand Lodge, wear, during the next thirty 
days, the usual badge of mourning. 

On motion, the resolution was unanimously adopted. 
P. Gr. Master Crickard offered the following resolution, which was 
read and ado^Dted : 

Resolved, That the Grand Master and Grand Secretary be, and they are hereby author- 
ized, to call in the certificates of the old stock, and issue to the respective holders thereof, a 
certificate, under seal of the Grand Lodge, specifying, in writing, the number of shares that 
each may be be entitled to, upon the basis or scale reported by the committee on the sale of 
the Poydras street property, and otherwise transfer all the old to the new organization. 

On motion of P. G. Lawrason, so much of the report of the commit- 
tee of last April session, to whom was referred the reports of the M. W. 
G. Master and D. D. Gr. Masters of tliat session, as refers to the number 
of black balls requisite to reject a candidate, was taken up, and on mo- 
tion, laid on the table indefinitely. 

The following resolution, offered by P. Gr. Bier, at the last April ses- 
sion, was taken up, and on motion, it was indefinitely postponed : 

Resolved, That all persons making application for admission into the Order of Odd Fel- 
lowship within the limits of this State, whether by card or initiation, shall, when making 
their application, give the names of at least two respectable persons, in the city or town 
wherein the application is made, as referees in regard to character, etc. 

On motion, tlae following amendment to section 1 of article 4 of the 
Constitution of the Grand Lodge, offered by P. G. Forbes at the last ses- 
sion, and laid over under the rules, was taken up, and on motion, it was 
laid over to the next regular meeting : 

"That all acts of the M. W. Grand Master, dispensing with the requirements of sections 
2, 5 and 6, of article 7 of the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, shall be reported by him 
to this body, at the regular session ensuing, with the reasons therefor.' ' 

P. Gr. M. Gans offered the following, as an amendment to section 3 of 
article 1 of the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, which was laid over 
to the next regular session, under the rule ; 



206 Proceedings of th^ [ Aug., 

"Accusations for any offence involving reprimand, suspension or expulsion, shall be 
handed to the N. G. in writing, who shall carefully conceal the name of the accuser, until 
i t shall be proven by trial or otherwise, that the charges were brought for malicious motives. 
They shall be referred to a committee of not less than three, for investigation, etc." 

On motion of P. G. Kirkland, the Grand Secretary was instructed to 
procure the printing of the proceedings of this session, and to draw ari 
order on the Treasurer for the payment of the same. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned, sine die. 

H. W OLMSTED, G. Secretary^. 



INSTSTUTION OF NAUTILUS LODGE, NO. 28. 

August 27, 1849. 

The Grand Officers of the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 
I. O. O. F., convened at Balize, for the purpose of instituting a new 
Lodge, to be known and hailed as " Nautilus Lodge, No. 28." 

PRESENT : 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, M. W. Grand Master. 

S. W. KIRKLAND, R. W. D. G. Master, pro tern. 

G. W. CHRISTY, R. W. G. Warden, pro tern. 

JOHN SOUTHWELL, R. W. G. Secretary, pro tem. 

H. WILLIAMS, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Marshal 

E. HEISTAND, W. G. Conductor, pro tem. 

A. W. JOURDAN, W. G. Guardian, pro tem. 

P G. Ms. Rice and Hillman, P. D. G M. Phelps, and P. Gr. Cripps. 
The Lodge was duly instituted, and the officers elect installed intq 
their Chairs in ample form. 

JOHN SOUTHWELL, G. Sec, pro tem. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 207 

SPECIAL SESSION. 

Grand Lodge Hall, September 4, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at half-past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant 
to a call, and was opened in due form. 

PRESENT : 

C. M. EMERSON, M. W. G. Master. 

J. CRICK ARD, R. W. D. G. Master. 

HERY BIER, R. W. G. Warden. 

H. W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

H. WILLIAMS, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

G. HOOPER, W. G. Chaplain. 

A. W. JOURDAN, W. G. Marshal, pro tern. 

WM. EMERSON, W. G. Conductor. 

JAS. CUNLIFFE, W. G. Guardian, pro tern. 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
The call for the meeting was read, as follows : 

To C. M. Em., on, Esq, M. W. G. M. of the R. W. G. L., State of La.: 

Sir : — The undersigned, members of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, respectfully 
request you to call a meeting of the Grand Lodge, as provided in article 8 of the Constitu- 
tion, to be held on some day most convenient, next week, for the purpose of taking into 
consideration a petition which will be then presented to charter a German Lodge, to be located 
in the city of Lafayette ; also, to receive and act upon any other communication that may 
be presented. 

Yours, fraternally, 

AUG. S. PHELPS, W. W. VAUGHT, 

JAS. CUNLIFFE, A. W. JOURDAN, 

WM. H. WATERS, THOS. G. THURSTON, 

J. CRICKARD, FRANK HAYNES, 

J. G. DUNLAP, BERNARD MAGLONE, 

JNO. SOUTHWELL, P. HERMAN. 

H. W. OLMSTED. 

On motion of D. Gr. M. Crickard, the call was approved. 

A petition for a Charter for a Subordinate Lodge, to be located at 
Lafayette, Parish of Jefferson, and to be known and hailed as 
" Germania Lodge, No. — ," signed by brothers Charles Geheeb, J. A. 
G-oldman, Peter Daniel, H. Oertling, Aaron Frank, S. Seibert, T. Linden, 
Chas. F. Burner, M, Mischler, Geo. Rohleter, P. Beckman, C. Gelbke, 



208 Proceedings of the [Sept., 

G. Damron, S. P. Cockrill, Wm. Kalle, C. Louis Gehrs, John Deniger, 
Daniel Nafe, and J. R. Borgstede, was received and read. 

D. Gr. M. Crickard moved that the prayer of the petitioners be 
granted. 

P. Gr. Hooper called for the yeas and nays upon the question, which 
being ordered, resulted as follows : 

Yeas — P. Gs. L. L. Brown, Crickard, Cunliffe, Cohen, Dunlap, "Wm. Emerson, Hooper, 
Harris, Haynes, Hermann, Jourdan, Kirkland, Maglone, Olmsted, Shaw, Tyson, Vaught, 
and Yeomans — 18 

Nays — P. Gs. Bier, Brichta, Reuter, Whitall and Wilson — 5. 

So the application for the Charter was granted, and the blank filled 
with the No. "29." 

A communication was received from Howard Lodge, No. 13, submit- 
ting an impression of the new seal of the Lodge ; also, a copy of their 
By-Laws, for the approval of the Grand Lodge. 

On motion, the seal was approved. 

The By-Laws were referred to the Committee on By Laws. 

A bill was presented by D. I. Ricardo, for notarial fees, $27 ; referred 
to the Finance Committee. 

P. G. Etter presented a certificate from Columbia Lodge, No. 10, 
Washmgton, D. C, of his having passed the chair of Secretary, which 
was read and accepted. 

On motion of P. Gr. Vaught, the Grand Lodge approved the decision 
of the Grand Master, that " an officer of the Grand Lodge cannot exer- 
cise the functions of his office while under charges." 

On motion of D. G. Master Crickard, the subject of the translation of 
the work of the Order into the French language, was referred to the 
Grand Master, with power to draw an order on the Treasurer for payment 
of the same. 

On motion of D. G. Master Crickard, the Grand Secretary was 
authorized to procure a new seal for the Grand Lodge, with the present 
device. 

On motion of P. G. Yeomans, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G, Sec. 



1849.] Grand Lodge qf Louisiana^ 209 

INSTITUTION OF GERMANIA LODGE, NO. 29. 

September, 18, 1849. 

The Grand Officers of the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana met at 
Jefferson Hall, city of Lafayette, to institute a new Lodge, to work in 
the German language, and to be known and hailed as " Germania 
Lodge, No. 29." 

PRESENT : 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, M. W. Grand Master. 

JOHN CRICKARD, R. W. D. Grand Master. 

H. G. STETSON, R. W. G. Warden, pro tem. 

H. W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

GEO. W. SHAW, R. W. G. Treasurer, -pro tem. 

J. SOUTHWELL, W. G. Chaplain, pro tem. 

T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Marshal. 

P. HERMAN, W. G. Conductor, pro tem. 

E. HEISTAND, W. G. Guardian, pro tem. 

P. Gs. Bein, Cunliffe, Phelps and Pickett. 

The Lodge was instituted, and the ofl&cers elect installed, in ample 
form. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



SPECIAL SESSION. 

Crescent Hall, October 17th, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 1 1 o'clock, a. m., pursuant to call from, 
the M. W, Grand Master, and was opened in due form. 

Present — C. M. Emerson, M. W. G. Master ; the Grand Officers, and 
a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The call for the meeting was read, as follows : 

Office of the G-. Master, G. Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F., ) 
New Orleans, October 16th, 1849. ) 

To the R. W. Grand Secretary : 

You will please call a special meeting of the R. W. Grand Lodge, L O. O. F. of Lou- 
isiana, to be held to-morrow, the 17th instant, at 11 o'clock, a. m., at Crescent Hall, for the 



210 Proceedings of the [Oct., 

purpose of acting upon the proposed amendment to the Act of Incorporation of the " Odd 
Fellows' Hall Association ; " to choose a proxy or proxies to vote thereon on behalf of the 
Grand Lodge, and to act upon such other matters as may be brought before the Lodge. 

CHAS. M, EMERSON, Grand Master. 

On motion of Gr. Sec. Olmsted, the call was approved. 
A circular from the Board of Directors of the " Odd Fellows' Hall 
Association " was read, as follows : 

To the Stocklwlders of the Odd Fellows^ Hall Association : 

The Board of Directors have advised an amendment to the Act of Incorporation, in order 
to enable persons who are not members of the Order to subscribe for a limited number of 
shares. The whole number of shares is ten thousand, and at present the subscription is 
confined to our Fraternity. Less than five thousand shares have been taken up. 

Article III. of the Act of Incorporation reads as follows : 

" That the capital stock shall be $100,000— to be divided into 10,000 shares ; which stock 
may be subscribed for and held by any Grand or Subordinate Lodge or Encampment in the 
United States or Canada, or by any member of said Order in the United States or Canada." 

It is believed that the work will progress more rapidly if the article should be made less 
exclusive. It is therefore proposed to amend it, by adding after the clause, " or by any 
member of said Order in the United States or Canada," the follovnng provision, viz: 

" And any number of shares, not exceeding thirty-five hundred, may be subscribed for by 
persons who are not members of said Order." 

A meeting of the Stockholders is notified to be held on Wednesday, the 17th instant, at 
the office of the Board, No. 13 Camp street, third story, immediately under " Crescent 
Hall," for the purpose of voting on the proposed amendment. 

The polls will be open from 9 o'clock, A. M., to 3 o'clock, P. M. A general attendance is 
requested. By order of the Board. 

THOMAS W. VAN WYCK, Secretary. 

P. G. Kneass moved that the Grand Lodge concur with the Board of 
Directors in the amendment, which was agreed to. 

On motion of P. Gr. Nixon, the Grand Master was authorized to cast 
the votes of the Grand Lodge, upon the amendment, 

A communication from Neith Lodge, No. 21, containing a resolution 
of that Lodge, was read and ordered on file. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



1849.) Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 211 



REGULAR QUARTERLY SESSION. 

GrRAND Lodge Hall, October 23d, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at their Hall on Tuesday, October 23d, 
1849, at 7 o'clock, v. m., pursimnt to constitutional provision, and was 
opened in due form. 



CHAS. M. EMERSON, M. W. Grand Master. 

J. CRICKARD, R. W. D. G. Master. 

WM. H. RICE, R. W. G. Warden, pro tern, 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

H. WILLIAMS, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

ROBT. MOTT, ) t^ -vfr r -R^m. 

JAS. STRAWBRIDGE, \ ^- vv . Lr. £Leps. 

GEO. HOOPER, W. G. Chaplain. 

T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Marshal. 

WM. EMERSON, W. G. Conductor. 

D. B. FORBES, W. G. Guardian, 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The minutes of the proceedings relative to the institution of Columbus 
Lodge, No. 28, the Called Session, September 4th, the institution of 
G-ermania Lodge, No 29, and the Special Session, held 18th inst., vi^ere 
read and approved. 

P. Gr. Delesdernier, from the Committee on Conference, made the fol- 
lowing report, which was, on motion, received and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The Committee on Conference, to whom was referred the certificates of Brother V. Ale- 
man, of National Lodge, No. 18, and Brother C. C. Tuttle, of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, have 
examined the same and find them correct. 

Your committee respectfully submit the same. 

F. W. DELESDERNIER, 
J. D. STEWART, 
AUG. W. JOURDAN. 

The following Past Grands being in waiting, were introduced and 
duly qualified to take their seats as members of the Grand Lodge, viz : 
27 



212 Proceedings of the [Oct., 

C. C. Tuttle, of - - DeSoto Lodge, - - No. 7 

V. Aleman, of - - National Lodge, - - No. 3 8 

J. H. Bechtel, of - - Louisiana Lodge, - - No. 1 

T. N. Blake, of - - Commercial Lodge, - No. 12 

The M. W. Grand Master submitted the subjoined report, which was 
read, and on motion of (x. Secretary Olmsted, was referred to a Special 
Committee of three, to allot the subjects therein referred to, to appropriate 
committees. 

The Chair appointed P. Gr. M. Stewart, P. Gs. Dentzel and Nixon 
said committee. 

REPORT : 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiatm, J. O. O. F.: 

Past Geands — Since my last report, three Subordinate Lodges have been organized 
within this jurisdiction, and their officers duly installed, viz : Clinton Lodge, No. 27, at 
Clinton, in the Parish of East Feliciana ; Nautilus Ledge, No. 28, at the Balize, and Ger-^ 
mania Lodge, No. 29, at Lafayette, Parish of J efFerson. 

At your April session I was authorized to grant a charter to certain brothers who peti- 
tioned for a new Lodge, to be located at Opelousas, on the production of the necessary 
documents. Up to this time no intelligence has reached me from the petitioners, and I am 
not advised whether or not they have abandoned their desire for a new Lodge. 

I am informed, from a reliable source, that the present N. G. of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, 
has never passed the V. G.'s chair. In the year 1839, he was promoted directly from the 
Secretary's chair to that of N. G., without having filled the intermediate one. This was 
done in good faith, and under the belief that the step was legal. When the Lodge was rein- 
stated in March last, the brother in question participated in the measure as P. G. Under 
these circumstances, it would,^ perhaps, be inadvisable to make some provision to legalize 
the acts of the Lodge, from the commencement of the present term, unless in your opinion 
the N. G., having received a certificate as P. G. is entitled to a seat in this body. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States has left it to the legislation of State Grand 
Lodges to determine what probation, if any, is necessary when application for degrees in 
Subordinate Lodges have been rejected. I recommend some action upon this subject. 

At your special session, held on the 4th ultimo, a resolution was passed authorizing me to 
draw an order on the Treasury to indemify the brother who had translated the work of the 
Order into the French language. The translation has been referred to two brothers who. 
are fully competent to examine it and pass upon its merits. As soon as their report is made 
I shall be ready to act under the resolution, unless the recent proceedings of the Grand- 
Lodge of the United States render it unnecessary for me to draw the order. 

The change efTected at the last session of the Grand Lodge of the United States, in the 
mode of paying the Representatives to that body, may render some further legislation on 
your part necessary. I call your attention to the matter. 

It has recently been held by some of the Subordinate Lodges within your jurisdiction' 
that in order to suspend a member for non-payment of dues, a two-thirds vote by ballot is 
necessary ; and by others, that the suspension can be effected by a mere majority and with- 
out a ballot. As the practice is not uniform, it would be well to settle the question at once 
by giving a construction to the article in the Constitution oi Subordinates which provides. 
ior such suspension. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 213' 

In compliance with your resolution passed at the special session held on the 17th instant, 
the vote of this body was given in favor of the amendment to the Charter of the Odd Fel- 
lows' Hall Association, and I have to report that the amendment was sanctioned by a 
majority of the stockholders. 

I have received no reports for this quarter from our worthy D. D. G. Masters, and I am, 
therefore, unable to furnish any official information respecting the condition of the Order in 
the interior of the State ; but from a variety of sources, I derive the intelhgence that the 
Lodges are prosperous and the good work steadily progressing. 
Yours, in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, G. M. 

P. Gr. Nixon, from the Finance Committee, submitted the following 
report, which was accepted, and the recommendation adopted : 

New Orleans, October 23d, 1849. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The undersigned, Committee on Accounts, to whom was referred the bill of D. I. Ricardo 
for notarial fees, have had the same under consideration, and find the second and fourth 
items were for account of the Cemetery Committee. The first and third items, amounting 
to $11, being for account of the property of the Grand Lodge on Poydras street, they would 
recommend an order be drawn on the Treasurer for the amount. 

J. STRAWBRIDGE, 
J. O. NIXON. 

P. G. M. Stewart, from the Special Committee on the report of the 
Grand Master, made the following report, which was accepted and 
adopted, and the committee discharged. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The Special Committee to whom we referred the report of the M. W. Grand Master, 
for the purpose of allotting the subjects referred to therein to appropriate committees, report 
that they recommend so much as relates to the N. G. of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, be referred 
to the Executive Committee ; that so much as relates to the probation necessary when apli- 
cations for degrees are rejected, be referred to a Special Committee ; that the action of the 
M. W. Grand Master, in regard to the translation of the work into the French language, be 
approved ; that so much as relates to the paying of the R. W. Grand Representatives to the 
Grand Lodge of the United States, be referred to the Finance Committee ; that so much as 
relates to the suspension of members for non-payment of dues, be referred to a Special 
Committee. The above are all the subjects requiring the action of this Grand Lodge. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. STEWART, 
F. A. DENTZEL. 
October 23d, 1849. J. O. NIXON. 

The Chair appointed Special Committees, as follows : 
Upon so much of the report of the Grand Master as relates to appli- 
cations for degrees — P. G. Master Stewart, and P. Gs. Phelps, and 
Cohen. 



2J4 Proceedings of the [Oct. 

Upon so much as relates to the suspension of members for the non- 
payment of dues — D. G. Master Crickard, and P. Gs. Blake and Rice. 

A communication was received from National Lodge, No. 18, asking 
permission to re-ballot upon the application of brother , for mem- 
bership in that Lodge. 

On motion of P. G. Master Rice, the request was granted. 

The By-Laws of Germania Lodge, No. 29, were referred to the Com- 
mittee on By-Laws. 

The following amendment to the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, 
offered by P. G. Forbes at the Quarterly Session in April, was taken up 
and adopted : 

To amend article 4, section 1, by adding — 

" That all acts of the M. W. Grand Master, dispensing with the requirements of section 
2, 5, and 6, of article? of the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges, shall be reported by him 
to this body, at the regular session ensuing, with the reasons therefor.' ' 

The amendment of article 11, section 3, of the Constitution of Subor- 
dinate Lodges, offered by P. G. Master Gans, at the quarterly session in 
July, was taken up. 

P. G. M. Rice moved to reject the amendment. 

P. G. Dentzel moved that the amendment be laid on the table, subject 
to call, which was concurred in. 

P. G. Shaw moved that it be declared the sense of this Grand Lodge, 
that, it is sufficient for a brother visiting a sister Lodge during the first 
week in a new quarter, to give the Q. P. W. of the preceding term. 

P. G. M. Rice moved to lay the whole subject on the table, which 
was concurred in. 

On motion, the Executive Committee were granted further time to 
report upon the appeal of brother Van Benthuysen from Delta Lodge, 
No. 15. 

Grand Representative Mott asked for further time to enable the Grand 
Representatives to the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States to 
make their report. Granted. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. Phelps and Heistand on the Committee 
on By-Laws, in place of P. Gs. Fosdick and Harris, absent ; P. G. M. 
Stewart and P. G. Jourdan, on the Committee of Conference, in place of 
P. Gs. R. W. Ogden and Brichta ; and P. G. Whithall on the Finance 
Committee, in place of P. G. Pasley. 



1849.J Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 215 

The nomination, of the Grand officers for the ensuing year being in 
order, were declared open, and the following nominations made, viz : 

For Grand Master. 
D.G. M. Jno. CRICKARD.OF No 1 P. G. T. H. SHIELDS. . .of No. 6 
P. G. REP. N. B. KNEASS of No. 12 

For Deputy Gravid Master. 

P. G. D. B. FORBES of No. 17 P. G. H. P. ANDREWS, .of No. 16 

P. Gs. Shields, Wm. Emerson, Delesdernier, Mott, Kneass, Kirkland, Dunlap, Ricardo, 
and W. W. W. Wood, declined. 

For Gra7id Warden. 
P. G. H. G. STETSON of No. 14 

P. Gs. Belknap, Southwell and W. Emerson, declined. 

For Grand Secretary. 
P. G, H.W.OLMSTED of No. 8 

P. Gs. Belknap, Baily, Rice, and Lee, declined. 

For Grand Treasurer. 

P. G. M. H. WILLIAMS . of No. 4 P. G. M. W. H. RICE .... of No. 22 

P. G. C.H.LEE OF No. 8 

P. Gs. Kirkland, Southwell, Hooper, and P. G. M. C. W. Whithall, declined. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned, to meet on Tuesday evening 
October 30, at 7 o'clock. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, October 30th, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment and was opened in due form. 

Present — Chas. M. Emerson, M. W, Grand Master; the Grand 
Officers and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate 
Lodges. 

The credentials of P. G. R. C. Faulkner, certifying that he had passed 
the Chairs of Secretary, V. G., and N. G., of Orleans Lodge, No. 11, 



216 Froceedmgs of the [Oct., 

were read and accepted^ and P. G. Faulkner being in waiting, was 
introduced and duly qualified as a member of the Grand Lodge. 

P. G. M. Stewart, from the Special Committee on that subject, sub- 
mitted the following report and resolutions, which were accepted and 
the committee discharged : 

The Special Committee to whom Was referred so much of the report of the M. W. G. 
Master, as related to the probation necessary when applications for degrees are rejected, 
report, by recommending for your adoption the following resolution : 

Resolved, That when an application for a degree is rejected, the applicant shall not again 
be balloted for, until the fourth meeting thereafter. 
Your committee also recommend for your adoption the following resolution : 
Resolved, That two black-balls shall suffice to reject an application for a degree. 
Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. STEWART, 
AUG. S. PHELPS, 
BERNARD COHEN. 

P. G. M. Stewart, from the Committee on By-Laws, submitted the 
following report, which was accepted and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. 0. O, F. of Louista?ia : 

The Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws, to whom was referred the accompanying 
sections added to the By-Laws of Howard Lodge, No. 13, report : — 

That they recommend their approval, with the following alterations, viz : In section 6, 
strike out " only sufficient," and insert "there is only one ;" strike out " to fill," and insert 
" for ;" strike out " are before the Lodge ;" strike out " usual sign," and insert "ayes and 
nays." In section 7, strike out "his," and "on the Secretary's books." Section 10, 
strike out the whole section. The first part of this section requires certain By-Laws to be 
read at the first meeting of each quarter ; there is a regulation requiring the whole of the 
By-Laws to be read at the first meeting of each quarter ; the balance of the section requires 
ibe Secretary to present to the Lodge a statement of a deceased brother's account, pre- 
viously to taking a vote on the amount of his funeral benefits ; if the brother is entitled to 
funeral benefits, no vote can be taken, as the Constitution and By.Laws require that such 
benefits shall be paid ; and we do not believe that the Lodge has a right to deduct from the 
funeral benefits of a deceased brother, " entitled to them," the amount of his account. Sec- 
tion 11, strike out "having the," and insert "with." Section 12, strike out "such," and 
insert "a." 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. D. STEWART, 
AUG. S. PHELPS. 

P. G. Hiestand, from the same committee, submitted the following 
report, which was accepted and adopted. 

To the R. W. G-rand Lodge of Loxdsiana, L O. O. F.: 

The undersigned committee, to whom was referred the By-Laws of Germania Lodge, 
No. 29, beg leave to report that they recommend that the said By-Laws be referred back to 
the said Lodge for further consideraton, because the same contain and repeat the duty of the 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisianu. 217 

officers of the Lodge as being down in the charges of the order, which the committee deem 
wholly useless. Further, because the English copy is defective in this, that article 5, of the 
German copy, relating to sickness and relief, is entirely omitted from the English copy ; and 
that article 6th of the German, is called article 5th of the English, and the next is called 
article 7th, and there is no article 6th in the English. Further, that the committee find the 
language of the English defective in its construction. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

J. D. STEWART, 
E. HIESTAND, 
AUG. S. PHELPS. 

The Finance Committee offered tlie sujoined recommendation, which 
was read and laid over under the rule : 

To tJie R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Louisia7ia : 

The Finance Committee recommend that the words "and the sum of $150 shall be 
appropriated for his services," being the last clause of section 9, of article 4, of the Consti- 
stution, be stricken out ; the Grand Lodge of the United States, at its last session having 
provided for the payment of Grand Representatives. 

All of which is submitted, 

J. STRAWBRIDGE, 
J. O. NIXON. 

D. Gr. M. Crickard, from the Special Committee on that subject, sub- 
mitted the following report : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The Special Committee to whom was referred so much of the Grand Master's report as 
was referred to them, respecting the Constitutional vote required to suspend for the non- 
payment of dues, etc.; have had the same under consideration, and report : — 

That they regard the elucidation of the question submitted to them as being so simple 
and plain, as to make it a matter of surprise, that any difference of opinion should have 
arisen in reference to it ; nevertheless, as it is one of much importance, as a governing prin- 
ciple, involving the highest and most sacred rights of every member of the Order, when its 
true interpretation has been called into question. The only safe rule, in the opinion of your 
committee, for the guidance of the Subordinate Lodges, in the solution of such questions, 
is to examine and consider all parts of the Constitution which relates to the same subject; 
for it certainly never was intended by the framers of that instrument, that one portion of it 
should conflict or contradict another portion of the same question. 

Your committee therefore recommend the adoption of the subjoined resolutions, and ask to, 
be discharged from the further consideration of the same. 

J. CRICKARD, 
T. N. BLAKE. 



That the true and proper construction of the second section of article 10 of 
the Constitution for Subordinate Lodges be, " That no brother should be suspended, unless 
by a vote of two-thirds, present — the same that it requires to reinstate — and the vote shall 
be taken by ball ballots, in accordance with the express provisions of sections 2 and 5, of 
article 11, of said Constitution." 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be required to furnish each of the Subordinate 
Lodges under this jurisdiction, with a copy of the foregoing resolution, 



218 Proceedings of the [Oct., 

P. G. M. Rice, from the same committee, submitted a minority report, 
as follows : 

To the R. W. Graiid Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O F.: 

The Special Committee, to whom was referred that portion of the Grand Masters report, 
relating to the suspension of members of Subordinate Lodges, for the non-payment of dues, 
beg leave to report : 

That although in the opinion of your committee, the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges 
is clear and explicit on the subject, still, as doubts have arisen, they would recommend the 
adoption of the subjoined resolution. 

It has been argued in some of the Lodges, that no member can be suspended for non- 
payment of dues, except by a two-thirds vote of the Lodge ; this argument is founded on 
section 5 of article 11, which says : " No brother shall be suspended or expelled, unless by a 
vote of two-thirds present, and the vote shall be taken by ballot,' ' etc. Your committee, 
however, cannot think that this section of the article refers to suspension for non-payment 
of dues, as we must take the whole article together, and the first section defines the offences 
for which the succeeding sections provide a punishment, which is habitual drunkenness, 
grossly immoral, or scandalous conduct, or of any crime accounted infamous. The same 
article requires accusations to be brought in writing, to be declared cognizable by the rules 
of the Order by a two-thirds vote, to be referred to a committee of three, etc., etc. Your com- 
mittee cannot believe the Grand Lodge, in forming the Constitution for their Subordinates, 
intended this article to apply to members who were in arrears for non-pa)rment of dues, 
thereby virtually accusing such members of infamous crime, and almost putting it out of 
the power of any Lodge to suspend a member for non-payment of his dues, who, if not 
duly suspended (though he may have never paid dues,) is fully entitled to all the benefits 
due to sick members, as he is in good standing, until legally suspended. 

Your committee, however, on referring to article 10, of dues and benefits, find that section 
2 reads as follows : Members, who being in arrears in nine months, shall neglect or refuse 
to cancel the same, may be suspended, by vote of the Lodge. This section, we believe, is 
conclusive as to the intentions of the Grand Lodge, in framing the Constitution ; it is left to 
the Lodge to suspend, or not, as they may think for the good of the Lodge and the Order. 
If a majority (which your committee believe is the correct interpretation of " the vote of 
the Lodge,") think he should be suspended, they may do so, without any other form than 
a motion to that effect. The same section provides that, by applying for re-instalment, and 
paying their past dues, a member may be re-instated, by a vote of two thirds, which clearly 
shows the difference between a vote of the Lodge and a two-third, or any other vote. 

Believing this to be the true meaning and intent of the Constitution, and the best and 
most consistent construction of it, your Committee beg leave to offer the subjoined resolu- 
tions, and to be discharged. 

WM. H. RICE. 

Resolved, That article 11 of the Constitution of Subordinate Lodges does not apply to 
suspension of members for non-payment of dues. 

Resolved, That section 2d of article 10 must govern Subordinates in suspending members 
for non-payment of dues, and that a majority of the Lodge is only necessary to suspend a 
member for non-payment of dues. ' 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary send a copy of the above resolution to each Subor- 
dinate Lodge. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 219 

The R. W. Grand Representatives to the Grrand Lodge of the United 
States submitted the following Report, which was read and accepted : 

New Orleans, Oct. 24th, 1849. 
To the R. W. Graiid Lodge of Louisiatm : 

The Representatives to the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States report : 

That they attended the last Annual Session of that body, and participated in its delibera- 
tions, which were characterized by ha:rmony and a spirit of conciliation worthy of the high 
objects of the Order. 

Prominent among the subjects considered, was the state of the Order in the jurisdiction 
of New York. A committee was appointed, consisting of three members, to take the sub- 
ject under consideration. In due season, they reported in favor of re-organizing the new 
Constitution party, as already organized as the Grand Lodge of Northern New York giving 
it jurisdiction over that portion of the State comprised in the Northern Judicial District, as 
defined by Act of Congress, for the United States Courts, and confining the jurisdiction of 
the recognized Grand Lodge of New York to the Southern Judicial District, as defined by 
the same law, giving the Subordinate Lodges in existence within the territorial jurisdiction 
of each, for a limited period, the right of selecting under which Grand Lodge they would 
hold their charters. The same recommendations were made as to the Grand Encampments. 
The report was in substance adopted, after a prolonged discussion, conducted with spirit, 
but controlled with urbanity and courtesy. The necessity for some immediate and final 
action for this vexed question was very great, as it threatened serious consequences to the 
continued unity of the Order, from the large number of brothers in other States who were 
disposed to support the disaffected in the State of New York. The resolutions required and 
received a vote of two-thirds of the Grand Lodge to carry them. 

The proposition which had been submitted at the preceding session to amend the Consti- 
tution, etc., so as to require the Grand Lodge to pay its members mileage and per diem, was 
entertained and adopted. The bodies of the several States are to be assessed for this pur- 
posey according to the number of their respective Subordinates. The Representative tax of 
twenty dollars, paid for each Representative, is to be applied to this fund — 90, 193, and 116, 
Daily Journal. By this change, the Grand Bodies of those States which the Grand Lodge 
of the U. S. may meet, are compelled to contribute to the payment of the expenses of 
all the Grand Representatives ; and the more remote and proper Grand Bodies are assured 
a voice in the Head of the Order, without being taxed beyond their means and revenues. 

It was determined that the next Annual Session shall be held at Cincinnati. The present 
Grand Lodge of the United States adjourned to meet in that city on the second Monday of 
September, 1850, for the single purpose of taking into consideration the present Constitu- 
tion of that body, to digest and report on the same, with such alterations and amendments 
as may be deemed advisable, which being agreed upon, are to be entered on the minutes 
as proposed amendments to the Constitution, to be considered at the next Annual Session- 
pages 93 and 104. 

As amendments to the Constitution must be proposed one session before they can be acted 
on, it was necessary to have an adjourned meeting, at which the amendments could be 
proposed. 

It was decided that the present members of the Grand Lodge of the United States will 
compose that body, at the meeting on the 2d of September next, and the members to be 
elected being entitled to take their seats only on the third Monday of September, at the 
Annual Session of the Lodge. See page 111, Daily Journal. 

The Committee of P. G. Sires, appointed at the session of 1848 to report uniform Con- 
stitutions for State Grand Lodges and Encampments, made a report, with accompanyiag 
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220 Proceedings of the [Oct., 

Constitutions, the consideration of which was indeflninitely postponed, by such a vote as to 
indicate a very strong feeling against the measure. 

A Special Committee was appointed, with instructions to report, at the next regular 
session, a form for opening and closing Degree Lodges, and for he installation of their 
officers. 

The same committee was instructed to report, at the same time, appropriate actions to 
be given in conferring the past official degrees. 88, Daily Journal. 

A committee was appointed to procure a suitable block of marble or other suitable stone, 
to be contributed on the part of the Order to the monument being constructed at the capital, 
in honor of the immortal Washington. 

We early turned our attention to the requests you had done us the honor to make, and 
obtained the following opinions and decisions : 

That the question of, whether other than P. Gs. can fill chairs of Degree Lodges? is sub- 
ject for local legislation. 

If an applicant to deposit a card is rejected, the card, being the property of the applicant, 
must be returned to him as when deposited. 

The probation necessary, before he can apply again, for a brother who has been black 
balled, when an apphcant for degrees, is subject to local legislation, or the By-Laws of 
Subordinates. 

A person desirous to join the Order, or a brother to deposit his card, should apply to the 
Lodge nearest his residence, irrespective of parochial limits. 39 and 40, Daily Journal. 

Ancient Odd Fellows, or Odd Fellows holding unexpired permanent cards, whether they 
have applied for admission and been rejected, or not, have no right to join in procession of 
the Order, without first obtaining the consent of the Lodge in procession. 14, 62, 79, 95, 
and 107, Daily Journal. 

On the last day of the session, the following very important resolutions were passed : 

" Resolved, That there shall be made a uniform translation of the work of the Order, for 
the use of the French and Spanish Lodges in this jurisdiction ; provided that all such 
Lodges shall continue to keep one copy of their minutes in the English language." 

" Resolved, That the Representatives of Louisiana be appointed to supervise the trans- 
lation of the work of Subordinate Lodges in the French and Spanish languages, respec- 
tively, and that they have the same printed ; provided, the cost of each translation does not 
exceed the sum of one hundred dollars for each language." 

We are glad to be able to inform you that the finances of the Grand Lodge of the United 
States are in a prosperous condition, and that the reports of the Past Grand Sire, and the 
Grand Corresponding Secretary, show a rapid increase of the Order, joined with great pros- 
perity, and show that the question that disturbed the harmony of the entire Order has been 
settled to the apparent satisfaction of the parties most interested. We have every reason to 
believe that nothing will retard our onward course in prosperity, and doing good. 
Respectfully submitted, in F., L. and T., 

ROBERT MOTT, \ n n 

JAMES STRAWBRIDGE, J ^- ^PreseMattves. 

On motion of P. G. Phelps, so much of the Grand Representatives' 
report as referred to applications for membership, within certain limits, 
was referred to a special committee of three. The Chair appointed P. 
Gs. Phelps, Mott and Kneass, on said committee. 

On motion of P. Q. Shields, so much of said report as relates to De- 
gree Lodges was referred to a special committee of three. 



1849.J Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 221 

P. Gs. Shields, Stewart and Nixon were appointed by the Chair. 
D. G. Master Crickard offered the subjoined resolutions, which were 
adopted : 

Resolved, 1st, That a committee of three be appointed to revise the By-Laws and Rules 
of Order of the Grand Lodge, so as to conform with the recent amendments of the Consti- 
tution, approved by the Grand Lodge of the United States at its late session. 

Resolved, 2d, That the same committee be instructed to draft "A Course or Order of 
Business," for the better regulation and facilitation of the business of this Grand Lodge. 

Resolved, 3d, That the same committee be also instructed to draft the following named 
"Forms" or Certificates, vix : 1st, of a Past Grand ; 2d, of a Representative; 3d, of a 
Proxy Representative, for the guidance and formation of Subordinate Lodges, agreeably to 
the provision of section 6, article 11 of the Constitution. 

Resolved, 4th, That the same committee be instructed to draft a Form of Petition for a 
Subordinate Charter ; also, a Form of Procession to be used by the Grand and Subordinate 
Lodges at celebrations, etc. 

Resolved, 5th, That when the Grand Lodge adjourns,'it does so to meet at this Hall, on 
Tuesday evening, the 27th proximo, at 7 o'clock, for the purpose of acting upon the various 
subjects referred to in the foregoing resolutions, agreeably to the provisions of the 6th section 
of the By-Laws. 

D. G. M. Crickard, and P. Gs. Stetson and Mott were appointed a 
committee under the above resokitions. 

P. Gr. Shaw offered the following resolution, which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the " Hall Committee " be authorized to have the furniture and fixtures 
in the Hall of the Grand Lodge cleaned, and such repairs made to the same as they may 
deem necessary. 

A communication was received from Messrs. Bonner & Smith, in re- 
lation to the property on Poydras street, lately owned by the G-rand 
Lodge, which, on motion, was referred to a special committee of P. Gs. 
Shaw, Mott, Crickard and Stetson. 

The following report, from D. D. G. M. Lacy, was received and read : 

Office of the D. D. G. M. of District No. 3, ) 
Baton Roiige, La., October 29, 1849. ) 

To C. M. Emerson, Esq., M. W. G. Master, of I. O. O. F., of State of La.: 
Dear Sir and Brother — The undersigned, your Deputy for this District, begs leave 

to report : 

That on the 21st day of July 1S49, I granted a dispensation to DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, to 

dispense with the time usually required to confer degrees ; and to proceed and make brother 

J. B. P. Poole (provided he was elected thereto) a member of the Fifth or Scarlet Degree. 

The object of this dispensation was to enable the brother to become a qualified applicant for 

a Charter of Clinton Lodge, No. 27, then soon to be instituted. 

September 22d, 1849. — Instituted Clinton Lodge, No. 27, and installed the following 

brethren : C. C. Tuttle, N. G., J. B. P. Pool, V. G., and B. R. Hatch, Secretary. None 

of the applicants being willing to act as Treasurer, the chair was filled pro tern. The O* 



222 Proceedings of tke [Oct., 

B. N. appertaining to the institution of a new Lodge has been administered to brothers 
Tuttle, Poole, Hatch, Babin and Lalier, five of the petitioners for the charter. The same 
day I granted a dispensation to admit upon card, without the usual delays, brothers Farquar 
Winans and Dooley ; and a further dispensation to confer upon brothers Winans and Far- 
quar the 3d, 4th, and 5th degrees ; and upon brother Dooley, the 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, and 5th. 
The Degrees were conferred by myself, assisted by brother Slack, of Hope Lodge, whose 
thorough acquaintance with the degrees, whose able assistance and untiring zeal, rendered 
his presence on the occasion a great desideratum, The ofKce of Treasurer being vacant, 
and brother Hatch having resigned as Secretary, these offices were filled, after due proceed- 
i ngs had, by brothers Winans and Farquar, who were duly installed into office by myself, 
assisted by brothers Matta, Barbee and others, of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7. 

Granted a dispensation to initiate R. C. Carman and Geo. A. Mafis, and to confer upon 
each of them the first degree. 

On the afternoon of the same day above referred to, I dedicated, in the name of F., L. 
and T., the Lodge-room of Clinton Lodge, No. 27, and in due form set it apart as a channel 
through which to disseminate the principles of benevolence and charity. 

On this interesting occasion, I was fortunate in having the assistance of brothers P. G. 
Ricardo, Matta, Barbee, Hatch, Bradford, and the R. W. G. Secretary of the Grand Lodge- 
The R. W. G. Secretary and brother Ricardo, subjected themselves to much inconvenience 
in being present, and their zeal and proficiency in the entire workings of the Order, entitle 
them to high commendation at the hands of its members. 

I have great hopes of Clinton Lodge ; and I trust that time will evidence the wisdorn of 
the Grand Lodge in granting her a charter. 

Fehciana Lodge, No. 4, is, I understand, doing as well as might, under the circumstances 
which press upon her, be expected. It is my intention soon to visit this Lodge, and I will 
communicate to the M. W. Grand Master any information which I may consider important 
for him to know. The material of the Feliciana Lodge is of the best kind, and I would 
not be surprised if she should soon, among her sister Lodges, become No. 1. 

DeSoto Lodge is now working admirably ; and I can assure you, the great and benevolent 
Order to which we are attached, has no cause of regret on account of her representative in 
this place. The members of DeSoto seem to be truly mindful of the obligations which they 
have all taken, and, by their conduct, exhibit proper regard for them. 

The * * * has been placed in the possession of the N. Gs. of Feliciana and Clinton 
Lodges, and these officers cautioned to preserve and strictly guard, etc. The Q. P. W. is 
regularly transmitted as soon as received. 

All of which is submitted. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

GEO. S. LACY, D.D. G. M. Dist. No.3. 

The Annual Report of St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, (due July 1, 1849,) 
was received, and being informal, the Grand Secretary was instructed to 
return the same for correction. 

An appeal of P. Gr. Maccory, from the decision of Crescent Lodge, 
No. 8, was received and referred to the Executive Committee. 

A communication was received from Hope Lodge, No. 14, asking 

permission to re-ballot upon the application of Mr. , for membership 

in that Lodge. 

On motion, the permission was granted. 



184-9.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 223 

On motion of D. G. M. Crickard, the fine imposed upon Columbus 
Lodge, No. 24, for non compliance with the law, relating to returns, 
was remitted. 

Grand Sec. Olmstead moved to reconsider the vote, referring that por- 
tion of the Grrand Master's report, relating to the N. G, of Feliciana 
Lodge, No. 4, which was concurred in. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the Grand Lodge resolved itself into Com- 
mittee of the Whole upon that subject. G. Representative Mott in the 
Chair. 

After deliberation, the committee rose and reported by their Chairman, 
that it was the sense of the committee, that the N. Gr. of Feliciana 
Lodge, No. 4, was not qualified to act as such. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the report was received. 

On motion of P. G. Phelps, the whole subject was referred to a Special 
Committee of three, which was concurred in. 

P. Gs. Phelps, Stewart and Rice were appointed. 

On motion of D. G. M. Crickard, an order was drawn on the Trea- 
surer for six dollars, in favor of Bro. John Frankford. for services as 
Host at the session in July. 

On motion, the nominations for Grand Officers for the ensuing year, 
were declared open, and the following additional nominations were 
made, viz: 

For R. W. Grand Representative — P. Gs. Mott, Kneass and 
Shaw. 

P. G. Ms. Stewart and Williams, G. M. Chas. M. Emerson, P. Gs. 
Phelps," Forbes and McGinnis, declined. 

P. G. Kneass declined the nomination for Grand Master, made at the 
l^st meeting. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, November 27th, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — Chas. M. Emerson, M. W. Grand Master; the Grand 
Officers and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 



224 Proceedings of the [Nov., 

D. G. M. Crickard, from the Special Committee on the revision of the 
By-Laws, etc., submitted the following report, which was read and ac- 
cepted. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F.: 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the resolutions offered at the quarterly 
communication, relative to the revision of the By-Laws, Rules of Order, and Order of Busi- 
ness, form of Processions, and form of Certificates, etc., beg leave to report, that they have 
attended to the duty assigned them, and herewith present the result of their labors ; they 
have divided the Rules of Order into Rules of Order and Order of Business, believing the 
division conducive of facility in transacting the business of the Grand Lodge. 

The necessary examination of the Constitution, in performing their duties, has wrought 
the conviction that that instrument could be amended in many particulars, with great pro- 
priety ; and that the formation of a new Constitution would be productive of great good, — 
the march of improvement having left us far behind the age. 

Your committee have in view the Constitutions of some sister Grand Lodges, which 
could easily be altered to suit all our wants, and should the matter be referred to them, they 
will cheerfully undertake the duty of proposing and reporting a form for adoption, at the 
next regular meeting of your R. W. Body. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. CRICKARD, 
H. G. STETSON, 
R. MOTT. 

November 27, 1849. 

On motion, the report, with accompanying documents, was re-com- 
mitted, with instructions to the committee to submit a printed report, 
including Constitutions, Forms, etc., as revised and amended. 

P. Gr. M. Stewart, from the Special Committee on that subject, sub- 
mitted the following report, which was accepted and adopted, and the 
committee discharged. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Loidsiana, I O. O. F.: 

The Special Committee to whom was referred so much of the report of the M. W. Grand 
Master, as relates to the rank of brother Hinch, now N. G. of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, re- 
port that upon e.xamination of the records, they find that at a session, held on the 25th of 
April, 1840, brother Henry Hinch, of FeUciana Lodge, No. 4, presented a certificate, and 
was admitted as a member of this Grand Lodge. We, therefore, recommend the adoption 
of the following resolution : 

" Resolved, That brother Henry Hinch, of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, be recognized as a P. 
G. and member of this Grand Lodge." 

J. D. STEWART, 
WM. H. RICE. 

On motion, the above resohition was adopted in regard to the case of 
P. Gr. Titus, and any other Past Grand situated in like manner. 

P. G. Shaw, from the Special Committee on that subject, submitted 
the following report, which was read and accepted. 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana 225 

New Orleans, November 27th, 1849. 
To tlie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The undersigned Special Committee, to whom was referred the communication and claim 
of Messrs. Bonner and Smith, on account of property on Poydras street, sold by the Grand 
Lodge, beg leave to report : That they have carefully examined into the matter, and find that 
Messrs. J. U. Lavillebeuvre and E. W. Sewell, the purchasers of the above named property, 
will pay nothing additional in consideration of the improvements and material which were 
placed upon it by Messrs. Bonner and Smith, as they look upon them as a portion of their 
original purchase ; your committee have made enquiry of builders and others, and from the 
best evidence, of which they have been able to possess themselves, they are of opinion that 
all the effects upon said property at the time the sale was made, belonging to Bonner and 
Smith, was not worth, for removing, more than from one hundred to one hundred and fifty 
dollars. 

Messrs. Bonner and Smith have expressed their viallingness to accept two hundred dollars, 

as compensation in full for their claim, and thus settle the matter ; and with a view to an 

amicable and speedy settlement, your committee beg leave to offer the following resolution : 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to settle with Messrs. Bonner & 

Smith, on the best terms possible, provided that the amount paid them shall not exceed $150. 

All of which is respectfully submitted for your consideration ; and your committee ask to 

be discharged from the further consideration of the subject. 

Yours, Fraternally, 

G. W. SHAW, ) 

J. GRICKARD, > Committee. 

H. G. STETSON, j 

On motion, the report was re-committed, and the committee empow- 
ered to act, and to draw on the Treasurer for an amount sufficient to 
settle said claim. 

P. Gr. M. Rice, from the Executive Committee, submitted the follow- 
ing report, which was accepted and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of LmdsianM, I. O. O. F.: 

The Executive Committee, to whom was referred the appeal from Crescent Lodge, No. 
8, by P. G. Maccory, beg leave to report, that they find that Brother Washburn was con- 
victed of conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow, after regular charges had been preferred, 
referred to a committee, and all the formalities required by the Constitution legally gone 
through with, his sentence was a reprimand from the N. G. The N. G., before the vote 
was taken, stated that it required a two-thirds vote by ballot, to punish the brother. Bro. 
Maccory appeals from that decision. Your committee believing the decision a correct 
one, recommend that the appeal be dismissed. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. H. RICE, 
W. EMERSON, 

P. G. M. Rice, from the same committee, submitted the following re- 
port, which was accepted and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The undersigned, to whom was referred the appeal of Brother Van Benthuysen from the 
action of Delta Lodge, and also his charges against the Lodge, beg leave to report, that on 
his appeal from the appropriation of $70 for the purchase of " Odd Fellows's Rest," they 



226 Proceedings of the [Nav., 

believe the Lodge had a constitutional right to appropriate said money, and recommend that 
the appeal be dismissed. On the appeal from the decision of the Lodge annulling his elec- 
tion to the "Cemetery Committee," we find that on the night Brother Van Benthuysen 
was declared elected, the N. G. of the Lodge, Brother MeJilton, voted after the ballots had 
been counted and declared. The By-Laws of the Lodge say the N. G. shall have the cast- 
ing vote in all cases, except in case of the vote being taken by ballot. In taking the vote 
by ballot, the N. G. has the same right as any other member of the Lodge, and may cast 
his vote at any time previous to counting the ballots ; but your committee cannot see the 
propriety or justice of the N. G. counting the votes, declaring the result, and then voting ; 
this would be giving him a privilege that Is not accorded to any other member. It has also 
been asserted that the N. G., in case of the vote being taken by ballot, has a right to vote 
as a member of the Lodge, and in case of a tie, to give the casting vote as N. G. ; this your 
committee believe to be an error — the N. G. cannot vote twice on any question. The elec- 
tion of Brother Van Benthuysen was, at a subsequent meeting, declared null and void, in 
consequence of the N. G, having voted as above stated, and a new election held. Your 
committee, believing the Lodge acted correctly in the matter, recommend that the appeal be 
dismissed. 

On his appeal from the decision of the Lodge, in refusing to enter his protest on the 
minutes of the proceedings of the Lodge, and the charges preferred by him against the Lodge. 
Your committee, having examined the minutes, find that there was no entry showmg that 
brother McCord applied for his card, but the evidence of the then N. G. and other members 
of the Lodge proves that brother McCord did apply for his card, and that the same was 
granted ; and although he never took it, still, according to the laws of the Order, he ceased 
to be a member of the Lodge from the time of his card being granted, and consequently had 
no right to vote on any question before the Lodge. From the minutes it appears the vote 
on the motion to spread brother Van B's protest on the minutes was taken by yeas and nays, 
and that brother McCord (not then a member of the Lodge) voted in the negative ; if he 
had not voted, the vote would have been a tie, and the N. G., brother Maglone, would have 
given the casting vote in favor of the protest being spread upon the minutes, as he stated in 
his evidence before your committee. 

Your committee recommend that this appeal and charges. No. 1 and 2, be sustained, and 
that the vote should have been declared in favor of the motion to enter brother Van B's 
protest on the minutes, and the same ought to have been entered accordlngty ; — also, that 
brother McCord, having been granted a permanent card. Is not a member of Delta Lodge. 

As regards charge 3d, your committee find that the Secretary in making his entry on the 
minutes, uses the word protest, but not appeal ; as the protest and appeal was all together 
on one sheet of paper, the Secretary took it to be a protest and entered It as such ; believing 
this was a mere oversight, we recommend that this charge be dismissed. 
Respectfully submitted, 

\VM. H. RICE, 
W. EMERSON. 

On motion, the Grand Secretary was instructed to forward copies of 
the above reports to the respective Lodges interested therein. 

P. Gr. Phelps, from the Special Committee on that subject, submitted 
the following report, which was read and laid on the table. 

To the Officers and Members of tlie R. W. G. L. of Lo^dsia7ia : 

The Special Committee to whom was referred that portion of the Grand Representatives' 
report relating to the admission of members in a Subordinate Lodge, remote from the res?- 



1849.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 221 

dence of the applicant, when|another Lodge is located near the residence of said applicant, 
respectfully report : The committee have carefully examined the matter, and find the law 
upon the subject is as follows, viz : 

" A Subordinate Lodge is not allowed to initiate a person at a place remote from his 
residence, if a Lodge be located in his immediate neighborhood." Digest, page 49. 

" A person desiring to join the Order, or a brother to deposit his card, should apply to the 
Lodge nearest his residence, irrespective of parochial liniits." See journal of the Grand 
Lodge of the United States, page 39 and 40. 

Such is the written law upon the subject, arid a: rigid compliance with this law is of 
manifest propriety, if we would avoid the admission into the Order of improper persons. 

Your committee, therefore, would recommend the adoption of the following resolutions, 
with instructions to the Grand Secretary to transmit a copy thereof, to each Subordinate 
Lodge under this jurisdiction, without delay. 

AUG. S. PHELPS, 

N. B. KNEASS. 

Resolved, That no Subordinate Lodge, working under the jurisdiction of the Grand 
Lodge of Louisiana, shall elect or initiate any person who resides one mile or more nearer 
to the location of some other Lodge, without first having obtained the consent of said nearer 
Lodge, and afterwards the dispensation of this Grand Lodge or the Grand Master. 

P. Gr. Larue tendered his resignation as Director of the " Odd Fellows' 
Hall Association," on behalf of the Glrand Lodge ; also, as a member of 
the Executive Committee. 

On motion, the resignation were accepted. 

The nominations being declared open, the following were made, viz : 

For Director in " Odd Fellows' Hall association," P. Grs. Blake and 
Etter. For Executive Committee, P. Gr. A. B. Bein. 

Upon balloting for Director, P. G. Blake was declared elected. 

There being but one nominee to fill the vacancy in the Executive 
Committee, on motion, P. G. Bein was elected by acclamation. 

The annual report of St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, (due July 1st, 1849,) 
was read and accepted. 

A communication from the proprietor of the '' True Delta," proposing 
to advertise for the Crrand Lodge for ten dollars per year, was read, and 
the proposition accepted. 

D. G. M. Crickard moved, that the Subordinate Lodges in the city 
be recommended to adopt the proposition of the " True Delta," which 
was concurred in. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet on Tuesday evening, 
December 11, at 7 o'clock, 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 

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228 Proceedings of the [Dec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

GrRAND Lodge Hall, December 11, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuand to adjom-ii- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

PRESENT : 

C. M. EMERSON, M. W. G. Master. 

J. CRICKARD, R. W. D. G. Master. 

W. H. RICE, R. W. G. Warden, pro tem. 

H. W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

H. WILLIAMS, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Marshal. 

N. B. KNEASS, W. G. Conductor, pro tem. 

J. O. NIXON, W. G. Guardian, pro tem. 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
The Grand Lodge was visited by P. G. B. F. Holcomb, of Prince of 
Wales Lodge, No. 1, of I. O. O. P., of Grand Lodge of Canada. 

P. G. Shields, from the Special Committee on that subject, submitted 
the following report, which was read and accepted and the committee 
discharged : 

To the M. W. G. Master, Officers and Members of the R. W. G. L., State of La : 

Brothers: — Your committee to whom was referred the resolution, that a committee 
should be appointed to devise a plan for the better regulation of Degree Lodges, and to 
define the rank of ofificers, eligibihty to the same, etc., beg leave to report : 

That inasmuch as at the last session of the Grand Lodge of the United States, the subject 
of Degree Lodges was brought before that body, and referred to a Special Committee, with 
instructions to report a plan for the better government of the same, at the next regular com- 
munication. Your committee deem it inexpedient to legislate upon the subject at the present 
time, further than in the adoption of the following resolution: 

Resolved, That any member of the Scarlet Degree shall be eligible to either of the offices 
of a Degree Lodge within this jurisdiction ; providing he be a member of the same in good 
standing. 

Submitted in F., L. and T., 

T. H. SHIELDS, 
J. O. NIXON. 

J). G. Master Crickard moved to postpone the whole subject for the 
present, which was not concurred in. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the report and resolution 
was adopted. 



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A communication was received from St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, asking 
permission to change their time of meeting from Monday to Saturday. 

On motion, the request was granted. 

A communication was received from Nautilu.s Lodge, No. 28, appoint-- 
ing P. G. M. E.ice and P. Gr Shields as proxy E-epresentatives for that 
Lodge ; read and ordered to be filed. 

A communication from the Washington National Monument Associa- 
tion was read, and referred to a Special Committee of P. Grs. Nixon, 
Cohen and Kneass. 

On motion, the resolution passed at the quarterly session in April, 
1849, naming the second day of the annual session in January, for the 
election of Grand Officers, was rescinded, unanimously. 

The Grand Secretary submitted a device for a new seal, which was 
approved, and referred to a committee of P. Gs. Olmsted, Rice and Shields. 

On motion, the report of the Special Committee on parochial limits, 
submitted by P. G. Phelps, at the last meeting, was taken up. 

On motion of Past Grand Nixon, the report was received and the com- 
mittee discharged. 

On motion of P. G. Shields, the further consideration of the 'report was 
postponed until the annual session in January next. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned sine die. 

H. W OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



SPECIAL SESSION. 

Crescent Hall, January 8th, 1850. 

The Pv. W. Grand Lodge met at 5 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to call from 
the M. W. Grand Master, and was opened in due form. 

PRESENT : 

CHAS. M. EMEPvSON, M. W. Grand Master. ' 

JOHN CPaCKAPvD, R. W. D. Gravid Master. 

HENRY BIEPv, R. W. G. Warden. 

H. W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

T.H. SHIELDS, W. G. Marshal 

H. G. STETSON, W. G. Conductor, pro tern, 

D. B. FOPvBES, W. G. Guardian. 
And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 



•230 Proceedings of the [ Jan.,, 

The call for the meeting was read as follows : 

Office of the Grand Master, of I. O. O. F. \ 
R. W. Grand Lodge of Lordsiana. \ 
The R. W. Grand Secretary will please call a meeting of the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. 
O. F. of Louisiana, to assemble on Tuesday evening, the 8th inst., at 5 o'clock, at Crescent 
Hall, for the purpose of receiving and acting upon an application from St. Mary's Lodge, 
No. 20, L O. O. F., to parade in regalia on same day during this month. 

New Orleans, Jan. 5th, 1850. CHAS. M. EMERSON, G. Master. 

On motion, the call was approved. 

A communication from St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20, asking permission to 
appear in procession in full regalia, on the 16th January, was received 
and read. 

On motion, the permission was granted. 

On motion, the G-rand Lodge adjourned. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. Sec, 



ANNUAL SESSION. 

G-RAND Lodge Hall, January 22d, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge convened at 7 o'clock, P. M , in pursuance 
,of Constitutional provision, and was opened in due form. 

PRESENT : 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, M. W. Grand Master. 

J. CRICKARD, R. W. D. G. Master. 

HENRY BIER, R. W. G. Warden. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

H. Wn^LL^MS, R. W. G. Treasurer. 
ROBT. MOTT 



JAS. STRAWBRIDGE, \ ^- ^- ^- -^^P^' 

GEO. HOOPER, W. G. Chaplain. 

T. H. SHIELDS, W. G. Marshal. 

WM. EMERSON, W. G. Conductor. 

D. B. FORBES, W. G. Guardian, 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
The Grand Lodge was visited by Grand Master James M. Danley, of 
he State of Arkansas. 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 231 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the reading of the minutes of 
the last quarterly and subsequent meetings was dispensed with, printed 
copies of the same being on the table, for the use of members. 

The semi-annual returns from Subordinate Lodges were, on motion of 
Grand Secretary Olmsted,, referred to a Special Committee of three. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. Fosdick, Hooper, and P. G. M. Stewart. 

The credentials of P. Gs., for admission into the Grand Lodge were 
referred to the Committee of Conference. 

The M. W. Grand Master submitted his annual report, accompanied 
by the report from the D. D. Grand Masters, which were read, and on 
motioii of P. G. Secretary Olmsted, referred to a special committee of 
three, to report on subjects referred to therein. 

The Chair appointed P. G. Masters Stewart and Hillman, and P. G. 
Fosdick, said committee. 

REPORT: 
To the Officers and Members of tJie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I 0. O. F. : 

Past Grands — At the commencement of another year it is proper briefly to review the 
history and progress of the Order within our own jurisdiction ; and in doing so, we may 
congratulate ourselves upon the steady advancement which Odd Fellowship has made ; upon 
its healthy condition ; upon the high regard paid to its principles and objects ; and upon the 
strict observance of its laws manifested by our subordinates. Within the year, five new 
Subordinate Lodges have been organized, which are now in full and successful operation, 
viz: Columbus, No. 24 ; Wood, No. 26; Clinton, No. 27 ; Nautilus, No. 28; and Ger- 
mania. No. 29 ; Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, has also been re-instated. Most if not all of our 
Lodges are active, vigorous, and increasing in numbers, some of them rapidly : while all, 
wthout exception, seem moved by right impulses, and give ample testimonials of their 
devotion to our noble cause. My information from the interior, derived as well from private 
sources as from reports of our worthy D. D. Grand Masters, herewith submitted, shows that 
the Order is respected and honored wherever it has established an outpost, and that public 
attention is more and more awakened to the benefits to be reaped from an affiliation 
with it. But a few years can elapse before the home of the Odd Fellow, with its accom- 
panying blessings, may be found in every village in the State. 

Within the year, also, the Lodges of this city have dedicated, with solemn ceremonies, a 
Cemetery, where in peace may repose the remains of departed brothers. The praiseworthy 
example set by the projectors of this enterprise, is about to be followed by our brethren of 
several other States of the Union, and we may look forward to the day when the temples 
and monuments of our Order will furnish subjects of interest and admiration to the traveller. 

On the 9th of November last, assisted by our R. W. D. Grand Master, by the Worthy 
D. D. Grand Master of District No. 2, and several Past Grands, I officiated at Franklin in 
the dedication of a new Hall, erected by our brothers of St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20. The 
building is the largest in that place, and the Hall is at once spacious, convenient and elegant, 
and does honor to the spirit and munificence of the Lodge. 

The foundation of the new Hall in this city is now being laid, and when completed, the 
edifice will be an ornament to the Fraternity, and to our city and State. I trust that we 
shall all, both individually and collectively, put our hands with energy to the glorious work, 
and that we shall not permit ourselves to rest until the last stroke has been given to it. 



•232 Proceedings of Hve [ Jan., 

The Grand Lodge is now nearly, if not quite, free from debt, and the per centage at 
present required from the Subordinate Lodges, will soon be more than sufficient to meet the 
expenses of this body. Under these circumstances, I recommend that the per centage be 
reduced, or that our surplus revenue, for a limited time hereafter, be applied to the purchase 
of stock in the Odd Fellows' Hall of New Orleans. 

During the past three months, but one question has been submitted to me which was not 
clearly and expressly answered by the Digest or by our Constitutions. A brother petitioned 
Hope Lodge for admission as an Ancient Odd Fellow, but he had either forgotten the T. P. 
W. for the year on which his card bore date, or had never received it. It was contended 
that he could not be admitted without it. The N. G. thought differently ; and on referring 
the matter to me, I coincided in his opinion. I considered the applicant's case a very 
different one from that of a brother who seeks admission by depositing his card. In the 
latter case, the brother stands upon the card itself and upon his qualifications, and he may 
visit, for the space of one j'ear, if in possession of the P. W". The P. W. is a necessary 
attendant of the card, and with it its efficacy expires. The holder of a permanent card is 
entitled to certain benefits and privileges which cease as soon as his certificate is out of 
date ; and these benefits and privileges he can attain only through the medium both of the 
P. "W. and card. The object of the P. W. is to enable brothers to visit, and the Lodges to 
guard against imposition. Neither of these events can happen when the card is out of date ; 
and it seemed to me that if a brother could not visit by its aid, the P. W. must necessarily 
be useless to him, and could not be required. It is evident that a line of distinction must be 
dr^awn somewhere, and that any rule which can be devised to govern the subject, must 
apply to all cards out of date, or to none, to include those one month, as well as those 
twenty years too old ; and who, whether he be visitor or examiner, can be supposed to re- 
member a P. W. twenty years back, and with what propriety can the officers of any Lodge 
be presumed to be in possession of such a one ? 

During the ceremony of installing the officers of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, objections 
were interposed to the installation of the V. G. and the two Secretaries, and a written pro- 
test presented. The post of N. G. and Treasurer not having been contested, I proceed to 
install these officers. The protest substantially charged that a caucus had been held which 
nominated a full ticket, and that by means of that combination the election of the nominees 
had been effected. The charge of a caucus and a combination to influence the election, I 
deemed very serious, inasmuch as such instruments might be productive of the most un- 
happy consequences, and I thought it due to all, and more especially to the members of 
Louisiana Lodge, that imputations of so grave a character should be investigated. The 
brothers who offered the protest were not prepared that evening to enter upon the examina- 
tion, and my other official duties and engagements, together with a desire that the result 
should be free from any suspicion of bias or partiality, forbade my conducting the enquiry 
in person. I therefore deferred installing the officers objected to, and appointed a committee 
who, I doubted not, would make a full, fair and careful investigation, and report to me the 
facts as they existed. The committee entered upon the discharge of the duty assigned to 
them, and devoted two evenings to its accomplishment. It resulted in eliciting no evidence 
to sustain the charge of a caucus. Satisfied with the doings of the committee and their 
recommendation, I proceeded, at the next stated meeting of Louisiana Lodge, to install 
the balance of the officers. Herewith I submit for your consideration the report of the 
committee, and the evidence taken by them. The course pursued by me in this affair has 
been the subject of much discussion. It is for you to decide whether it was correct and 
judicious. 

A hall having been fitted up for the meetings of Lodges, at the corner of Camp and 
Natchez streets, application was made to me on the part of Commercial Lodge, No. 12' 



1850.] Grand Lodge qf Louisiana. 233 

and Magnolia Lodge, No. 22, for permission to hold their meetings there. By personal 
inspection I found the hall to be convenient and sufBciently private. A committee to whom 
I referred the matter were of the same opinion. I therefore granted the application. 

In takmg leave of the high and honorable station which for the past year I have occupied 
in this body, permit me to express my thanks for the uniform courtesy and indulgence I 
have received at your hands. With justice and impartiality, and to the utmost of my 
ability, I have striven to fulfil the duties incident to my office. In nothing am I conscious of 
having intentionally erred ; and if at any time, or on any occasion, I have given offence, or 
interpreted our laws incorrectly, I pray you impute the error to the failure of judgment, and 
not to a wrong intention. 

Accept for yourselves, individually and collectively, my sincere wishes for your prosperity 
now and hereafter. God bless you all, and our noble institution. 
In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

CHAS. M. EMERSON. 

P. G. Fosdick, from the Special Committee on Returns, submitted tlie 
following report, which was accepted and adopted, and the committee 
discharged : 

To the R. W. Gra7td Lodge . of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the returns from Subordinate Lodges, beg 
leave to report, that semi-annual reports*^ have been received from all the Subordinates in 
this jurisdiction, viz : 

Louisiana Lodge No. 1 ? Templar Lodge No. 16 

Washington Lodge No. 3 < Covenant Lodge No. 17 

Feliciana Lodge No. 4 > National Lodge No. 18 

Union Lodge No. 6 < Polar Star Lodge No. 19 

DeSoto Lodge No. 7 I St. Mary's Lodge No. 20 

Crescent Lodge No. 8 I Neith Lodge No. 21 

Jefferson Lodge No. 9 \ Magnolia Lodge No. 22 

Teutonia Lodge No. 10 I Independence Lodge No. 23 

Orleans Lodge No. 11 I Columbus Lodge No. 24 

Commercial Lodge No. 12 > Wood Lodge No. 26 

Howard Lodge No. 13 S Clinton Lodge No. 27 

Hope Lodge No. 14 > Nautilus Lodge No. 28 

Delta Lodge No. 15 s Germania Lodge No. 29 

All of which they have examined and find correct. 

Submitted in F., L. and T., 

W. R. FOSDICK, 
JAS. D. STEWART, 
GEORGE HOOPER, 

P. G. Delesdernier, from the Committee of Conference, made the fol- 
lowing report, which was read and accepted : 



* For Table of Reports, see Appendix. 



234 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The Committee of Conference have duly examined the credentials of P. Gs. for admission 
into the Grand Lodge, and beg leave to report : that the certificates of the following brothers 
having filled the offices as named, are correct, viz : 

S. Hopkins, jr., N. G. and V. G of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 

John Southwell Secretary of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 

Charles B. Collins, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4 

W. W. Herbert, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of Union Lodge, No. 6 

Thos. L. Dix, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of Crescent L'odge, No. 8 

Chas. F. Burner, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of Jefierson Lodge, No. 9 

Philip Boevet, N. G. and V. G of Teutonia Lodge, No. 10 

J. A. Amelung, N. G. and V. G of Orleans Lodge, No. 11 

M. C. Edwards, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of Orleans Lodge, No. 11 

George W. Race, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of Commercial Lodge No. 12' 

W. H. Hutchings, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of Hope Lodge, No. 14 

J. S. Mclntyre, N. G. and V. G of Delta Lodge, No. 15 

T. W. Van Wyck, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of Covenant Lodge, No. 17 

A. Gonzales Vigil, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of National Lodge, No. 18 

Edward Barnett, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of Polar Star Lodge, No. 19 

R. A. Walker, N. G. and V. G of Neith Lodge, No. 21 

S. Van Bibber, N. G. and V. G of Neith Lodge, No. 21 

W. H. Watson, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of Magnolia Lodge, No. 22 

R. T. Gibbs, N. G. (firstterm) of Wood Lodge, No. 26 

Jos. E. Dunham, N. G. (first term) of Nautilus Lodge, No. 28 

Charles Geheb, N. G. (first term) of Germania Lodge, No. 29 

Also, that the certificates of membership, of the following P. Gs. are correct, viz : 

P. G. A. C. Hilbert, from Union Lodge, No. 6 

P. G. J. M. Sheed, from Union Lodge, No. 6 

P. G. M. Henry Williams, from Commercial Lodge, No. 12 

P. G. J. S. Williams, from Commercial Lodge, No. 12 

P. G. C. C. Delacroix from Commercial Lodge, No. 12 

All of which is respectfully submitted, in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

F. BRICHTA, 
A. MONDELLI, 
F. W. DELESDERNIER. 
The following P. Gs. being in waiting, were introduced by the Grand" 
Conductor, and duly qualified to take their seats as members of the Grand 
Lodge, viz : 

S. Hopkins, jr., Louisiana Lodge, - - - No. 1 
Chas. B. Collins, Feliciana Lodge^ - - - No. 4 
Wm. W. Herbert, Union Lodge, - - - No. 6 

Thos. I. Dix, Crescent Lodge, - . - . No. 8 
Chas. F, Burner, Jefferson Lodge, - ■ - No. 9 
Philip Boevet, Teutonia Lodge, . - - - No. 10 
J. A. Amelung, Orleans Lodge, - - - - No. 1 1 
G. W. Race, Commercial Lodge, - - - No. 12 
John S. McLityre, Delta Lodge, - - - No. 15 

Thos. W. Van Wyck, Covenant Lodge, - - No. 17 
A. Gonzales Vigil, National Lodge. - - No. 18 

Edward Barnett, Polar Star Lodge, - - - No. 19 
Wm. H. Watson, Magnolia Lodge, - - - No. 22 
R. T. Gibbs, Wood Lodge, . . - . No. 26 

Joseph E. Dunham, Nautilus Lodge, - - - No. 28 
Charles Geheeb, Germania Lodge, - - - No. 29 



iSoO.J Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 235 

After which the Past Official Degrees were conferred upon P. Gs. 
qualified to receive the same, by the R. W. G. Warden. 

P. Gr. Shaw, from the Special Committee on that subject, submitted 
the following report, Avhich was accepted and adopted, and the committee 
discharged : 

New Okleans, January 22d, 1850. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of houisiana : 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the communication and claim of Messrs. 
Bonner and Smith, beg leave to report : 

That they have given the matter their careful attention, and have settled with Messrs. 
Bonner and Smith, by paying them one hundred and fifty dollars, and taking their receipt 
for all demands against the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. 

G. W. SHAW, 
ROB. MOTT, 
J. CRICKARD, 
H. G. STETSON. 

On motion, the nominations for Grand Officers for the current year, 
were declared in order, and the following additional nominations made : 
For Deputy Grand Master. 

P. G. STETSON OF No. 14 

P. G. Henry Bier, declined. 

For Grand Warden. 

P. G. G. N. MORRISON. OF No. 12 P. G. T. CRIPPS of No. 14 

P. G. R.G.FAULKNER of No. 11 

P. G. Stetson, declined. 

For Grand Representative. 

P. G. ROBT. MOTT of No. 8 P. G. N. B. KNEASS of No. 12 

P. G. J.C.LARUE OF No. 13 

P. G. Ms. Whithall, Rice, Stewart, Emerson, and P. Gs. Fosdick, Nixon, H. D. 
Ogden, Sykes and Ricardo, declined. 

For Directors of Odd FeLloios' Hall Association. 

P. G. M. WHITHALL.. OF No. 17 P. G. J. ETTER .of No. 11 

P. G. C. M. EMERSON . . of No. 12 P. G. F. THOMAS of No. 

P. G. Ms. Hillman and Rice, and P. Gs. Fosdick, Blake, Shaw, Kneass, Amelung, 
Bier, Race, and W. Emerson, declined. 

For Director of " Odd Fellows' Rest.'" 

P. G. J. DUNLAP OF No. 14 P. G. THOS. CRIPPS ... of No. 13 

P. G. F. W. DELESDERNIER of No. 13 

P. Gs. Bier, Etter, Tyson, Shields and Lawrason, declined. 

The nominations being closed, the Grand Lodge proceeded to election. 
P. G. M. Mondelli and P. G. Kirkland, were appointed Tellers. 
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236 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

The Tellers having canvassed the votes given for the respective can- 
didates, the following was the result, viz : 

For Grand Master. 
Whole number of votes cast, 124 ; necessary to a choice, 63. 
P. D. Gr. M. John Crickard, received - - - 67 
P. a. Thos. H. Shields, .--... 56 

Blank, 1 

For Deputy Grand Master. — First Ballot. 
Whole number of votes cast, J18 ; neceessary to a choice, 60. 
P. G. D. B. Forbes, received - - - - - 46 

P. G. H. G. Stetson, received 43 

P. G. H. P. Andrews, received 28 

Blank, 1 

P. G. H. P. Andrews dechned being a candidate. 

Second Ballot. 
Whole number of votes cast, 112 ; necessary to a choice, 57. 

P. G. H. G. Stetson, received 63 

P. G. D. B. Forbes, received 48 

Blank, 1 

For Grand Warden, 
Whole number of votes cast, 76 ; necessary to a choice, 39. 
P. G. G. N. Morrison, received - - - - 50 

P. G. Thomas Cripps, received 16 

P. G. R. C. Faulkner, received .... g 

Blank, 1 

For Grand Secretary. 
P. G. H. W. Olmsted being the only candidate in nomination, on mo-^ 
tion, the vote was taken mva voce, and P. G. Olmsted declared duly 
elected by acclamation. 

For Grand Treasurer. 
Whole number of votes cast, 85 ; necessary to a choice, 43. 

P. G. Chas. H. Lee, received 43 

P. G. M. Henry Williams, received - - - - 40 

Blank, 2 

For Grand Representative. 

Whole number of votes cast, 86 ; necessary to a choice, 44. 

P. G. E.ep. Robert Mott, received - - - - 51 

P, G. Rep. N. B. Kneass, received - ■ - - 31 

P. G. J. C. Larue, received . .... 4 



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Whereupon, the Grand Master declared the following officers duly 
elected, viz : 

P. D. G. M. John Crickard, of No. 1, M. W. G. Master. 
P. G. H. G. Stetson, of No. 14, - R. W. D. G. Master. 
P. G. G. N. Morrison, of No. 12, - R. W. G. Warden. 
P. G. Sec. H. W. Olmsted, of No. 8, - R. W. G. Secretary. 
P. G. Chas. H. Lee, of No. 8, - - R. W. G. Treasurer. 
P. G. Rep. Robt. Mott, of No. 8, " - R. W. G. Repre'tive. 
On motion, the further election of officers was postponed until the next 
meeting. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned until to-morrow evening, at 7 
o'clock, 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, January 23d, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment and was opened in due form. 

Present — Chas. M. Emerson, M. W. Grand Master; the Grand 
Officers and Pvepresentatives, and a due representation from Subordinate 
Lodges. 

The first business in order being the election of two Directors of "Odd 
Fellows' Hall Association," and one Director of " Odd Fellows' Rest," 
on motion, the nominations were re-opened, and P. G-. J. G. Dunlap was 
nominated a Director of "Odd Fellows' Hall Association." 

P. G. M. Emerson dechned. 

The nominations being closed, the Grand Lodge proceeded to election, 
which resulted as follows : 

For Directors of ''Odd Fellows' Hall Association.'" 

Whole number of votes cast, 31 ; necessary to a choice, 1 6. 

P. G. Joseph Etter, received 29 

P. G. J. G. Dunlap, " ' 29 

P. G. F. Thomas, " 2 

P. G. M. Whithall, " .... - \ 



238 Proceedings of the [ Jan., 

Whereupon the Grand Master declared Past G-rands Etter and J. G. 
Dunlap duly elected, on the part of the Grand Lodge, Directors of "Odd 
Fellows' Hall Association," for one year from the first Monday in May, 
1850. 

For Director in ''Odd Fellows' Rest." — First Ballot. 

Whole number of votes cast, 34 ; necessary to a choice, 18. 

P. G. J. Dunlap, received - - - .- - 15 

P. G. F. W. Delesdernier, received - - - - 13 

P. G. Thomas Cripps, " . , . , 5 

Blank, ^ . 1 

Second Ballot. 
Whole number of votes east, 37 ; necessary to a choice, 1 9. 
P. G. J. G. Dunlap, received - - - - 23 
P. G. F. W. Delesdernier, " . , . . 12 

P. G. Thomas Cripps, " - . . . 2 

Whereupon, the Grand Master declared Past Grrand James Gr. Dun- 
lap, duly elected on the part of the Grand Lodge, a Director of "Odd 
Fellows' Rest," for one year. 

The installation of Grrand Officers being in order. Past Grand Master 
Charles M. Emerson proceeded to install into the office of Grand Master 
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of the State of Louisiana, P- 
Deputy G. M. John Crickard, of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, who was for- 
mally conducted to the Chair. 

The Grand Master installed the remaining Grand Officers into their 
respective offices, as follows, viz : 

P. G. Henry G. Stetson, of Hope Lodge, No. 14, R. W. Deputy 
Grand Master. 

P. G. G. N. Morrison, of Commercial Lodge, No. 12, R. W. Grand 
Warden. 

P. G. Secretary Henry W. Olmstead, of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, R. 
W. Grand Secretary. 

P. G. Charles H. Lee, of Crescent Lodge, No. 8, R. W. Grand Trea- 
surer. 

The Grand Master announced the appointment of the following ap^' 
pointed officers, and Standing Committees : 

P. G. S. S. Burdett, of No. 9. - - W. G. Chaplain. 
P. G. S. E. Belknap, of No. 16, - - W. G. Marshal. 
P. G. T. W. Van Wyck, of No. 17, - W. G. Conductor. 
P. G. Thomas Murray, of No. 12, - W. G. Guardian. 

R G. U. Tyson, of No, 1, - - - W. G. Herald. 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 239 

STANDING COMMITTEES. 

Committee on Elections and Returns — P. Gs. Van Wyck, Delesder- 
nier and Dentzel. 

Committee on Petitions and Ajjpeals — P. G. M. CM. Emerson, P. 
Gs. W. Emerson and Etter. 

Committee on Constitutions and By-Laxvs — P. Gs. Nixon, Stewart 
and Blake. 

Committee on Finance — P. Gs. Amelnng, Stetson and Doane. 

Committee on Cwrespondence — P. Gs. Wm. W. W. Wood, Foster 
and Vaught. 

Committee on the State of the Order — P. Gs. Forbes, Lawrason and 
Southwell. 

Committee on Printing — Grand Secretary Olmsted, P. Gs. Bechtel 
£ind Mclntire. 

The credentials of P. G. E. A. F, Mitchell, from Washington Lodge, 
No. 3, were read and accepted, and the Past Grand being in waiting, 
was introduced and duly qualified as a member of the Grand Lodge. 

On motion of P G. Nixon, permission was granted to Jefferson Lodge, 
No. 9, to have a procession in regalia, and any other appropriate ceremo- 
nies, on the occasion of dedicating their Tomb, and celebrating their an- 
niversary, on the 1 9th February next. 

P. G. Nixon, from Special Committee on that subject, submitted the 
following Report, which was accepted and the Committee discharged : 

To the 2J. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O F.: 

The undersigned Committee, to whom was referred the circular from the " Washington 
National Monument Society," requesting periodical contributions towards erecting the 
Monument, have had the same under consideration. 

Your Committee believing that the erection of a Monument to Washington, such as is 
designed, is a work dear to the heart of every friend of humanity, would respectfully recom- 
mend the adoption of the following resolutions : 

Resolved, That the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, recommend to all Subordinate Lodges 
under her jurisdiction to assess their members in the sum of 10 cents per term, as a contri- 
bution from the Odd Fellows of Louisiana, to the Washington Monument, and that the 
amount of said assessment be included in their report to the Grand Lodge, at the end of 
each term. 

Resolved, That the Grand Secretary be directed to have the foregoing printed and a copy 
forwaided to each Subordinate Lodge under this jurisdiction. 
All of which is submitted, 

J. O. NIXON, 
N. B. KNEASS, 

January 22, 1850. BERNARD COHEN. 



240 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

P. G. Dunlap offered the following resolution as a substitute for the 
one reported by the committee, which was concurred in : 

Resolved, That while this Grand Lodge feels a lively interest in the prosecution to com- 
pletion, of the Monument to the Father of our Country, it cannot recommend to its Subor- 
dinates the taxation of their members for any purpose other than that of Odd Fellowship. 

P. D. G. M. Crickard, from the Special Committee, to whom the 
subject was referred, submitted the following report, accompanied by- 
printed copies of the Constitution , 

New Orleans, January 22, 1850. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F.: 

The Committee charged with the preparation of a Constitution, By-Laws and Rules of 
Order, beg to report : 

That they have performed the duty assigned them, and herewith return the result of their 
labors. 

After a somewhat extended examination of the Constitutions and By-Laws of the Grand 
Lodges of other States, they came to the determination of placing all the provisions for the 
the government of the Order under the control of the Grand Lodge, in the Constitution, 
and of placing all matters pertaining to the mode of conducting our own proceedings in the 
Rules of Order ; such having been the course pursued in forming Constitutions which we 
thought best adapted to the w^ants of the Order : thus obviating the necessity of having any 
By-Laws. 

All matters pertaining to the order generally, whether fundamental principles, duties, or 
the mode of performing them, should be of the highest order of organic law ; while those, 
directory of the course of our deliberations, etc., should not be of such binding force as to 
require so united a will to alter them. 

We have also prepared, as immediately connected with our labors, a form of procession, 
and all the necessary forms to be used in certificates, the returns of Subordinates, etc. 

The whole has been printed for distribution, so that the members of your R. W. body 
may examine, and at an early day be prepared to consider and adopt, as they see proper, or 
amend the Constitution submitted. 

In view of the benefits to be derived from an early distribution among the Subordinates, 
if it be adopted, it is recommended that the consideration of the Report and its accompani- 
ments be specially assigned for Thursday, the 24th inst., fifteen minutes after the opening 
of the Lodge. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. CRICKARD, 

R. MOTT, 

H. G. STETSON. 

On motion, the report was accepted. 

An application for a a charter for a new Lodge at Lake Providence, to 
be known and hailed as " Carroll Lodge, No. — ," and signed by Brothers 
.lessee P. Prescott, B. H. Bowman, Adolph Bernd, John 1'. Fortson, 
James Y. Christmas, and Hercules Hillman, was received and referred to 
the Committee on Petitions and Appeals. 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 241 

A communication from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, asking permission to 
apply for corporate powers, was read and referred to the same Committee. 

The credentials of Representatives from Subordinate Lodges received 
by the Grand Secretary, were referred to the Committee on Elections and 
Returns. 

By-Laws were submitted for approval, from Columbus Lodge, No. 24, 
Clinton, No. 27, and Nautilus, No. 28. Referred to Committee on Con- 
stitutions and By-Laws. 

Sundry bills were received and referred to the Committee on Finance. 

On motion of P. G. Kneass, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet on 
Friday evening, at 7 o'clock, at Commercial Hall, corner of Camp and 
Natchez streets. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Commercial Hall, corner Camp and Natchez sts., ] 
January 25th, 1850. \ 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
inent. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grand Master; the Grand Officers 
and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

P. G. Nixon from the Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws, sub^ 
mitted the following report, which was read, accepted and adopted : 

New Oeleans, Jan. 2.5th, 1850. 
To the Jl. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

The Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws, have examined the By-Laws of Nautilus 
Lodge, No. 28, and recommend their approval with the following amendments, viz : 

1st. That the Lodge be directed so to amend article 8, section 2, as to make the Trustees 
of the Widows and Orphans' Fund elective at the stated elections of officers, and their term 
of service to be but six months. 

2d. Insert in article 9, section 1, after the word "order," in sixth line, the following: 
" and declared cognizable under the rules of the Order, by a vote of two-thirds present." 
3d. Article 1 1, sections 4 and 5, they refer to the R. W. Grand Lodge for direct action. 
All of which is respectfully submitted, 

J. O. NIXON, 
J. D. STEWART, 
T. N. BLAKE, 



242 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

The yeas and nays being called for, on a motion to approve sections 4 
and 5 of article 11, were ordered, and resulted as follows, viz : 

Yeas — P. Gs. L L. Brown, Dunham, Dunlap, C. M. Emerson, Fosdick, Geheeb, Hop- 
kins, Hermann, Lee, Mott, Morrison, Mclntire, Nixon, Olmsted, Phelps, Race, Stetson, 
Shields, Strawbridge, Southwell, Tyson, Vaught, and Robert Wood — 23. 

Nays — P. Gs. Blake, Cunliffe, Etter, Forbes, Kneass, H. D. Ogden, and Van "Wyck — 7. 

So article 11 was approved as submitted. 

The order of business for the evening was called up, being the con- 
sideration of the report of the Special Committee on Constitution, Rules 
and Pvegulations of the Grand Lodge. 

On motion of Gr. Rep. JMott, the Rules of the Order were adopted tem- 
porarily, for the government of the Grand Lodge. 

On motion, it was ordered that any section not objected to, should be 
considered adopted as read. 

A. Gr. Blake moved to strike out sections 3, 4 and 5 of article 2. 

P. G. Nixon called the previous question, which was sustained, and 
the question recurring upon the motion of P. Gr. Blake, it was lost. 

P. Gr. Kneass moved to strike out the words '' shall send in a certifi- 
cate of services from the Subordinate in which such services have been 
actually performed," in section 3, article 2. 

G. Rep. Mott moved to reject the amendment, which was concurred in. 

P. G. Forbes moved to adopt section 3, as read, and called the previous 
question, which was sustained ; and the main question being put, was 
carried. 

P. G. Vaught moved to strike out the following words in section 4, 
article 2 : "a letter of request from the Grand Lodge under whose juris- 
diction he was promoted, authorizing this Grand Lodge to confer upon 
him the Grand Lodge Degree, and such of the Side Degrees as he may 
be entitled to; " which was agreed to. 

P. G. Kneass moved to amend article 2, section 6, so that it shall read 
as follows : 

" If the report of the committee is favorable, the applicants shall be in- 
troduced by the Grand Warden into the Grand Lodge, and shall be in- 
structed according to law, in the degrees to which they may be entitled." 
Carried. 

P. G. Blake moved to strike out the words, " except the presiduig offi- 
cer," in section 7, article 2. 

P. G. Nixon called the previous question, which was sustained, and 
the main question being put, the section was adopted as read. 



1850] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 243 

On motion of G. S. Olmsted, the further consideration of the Constitu- 
tion was postponed until the next meeting. 

P. Gr. Etter moved to adjourn, and the question being put, the Chair 
declared the motion lost. 

P. G. Etter called for a division of the Lodge. The Chair decided the 
call not in order. 

P. G. Etter appealed from the decision of the Chair. 

The question being put, " Will the Grand Lodge sustain the decision 
of the Chair ? " it was decided in the affirmative. 

P. G. Fosdick, from the Special Committee on the Report of the Grand 
Master, submitted a minority report, which, on motion, was referred back 
to the committee. 

On motion of P. G. Etter, the Committee were instructed to report 
resolutions of thanks to the officers of the Grand Lodge for the past year, 
as customary. 

P. G. Van Wyck, from the Committee on Elections and Returns, sub- 
mitted the following report, which was accepted and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Lotdsiana : 

The undersigned. Committee on Elections and Returns, to whom was referred the creden 
tials of Representatives from the various Lodges, beg leave to report, as correct, the following: 

LouisiaTia Lodge, No. 1 — P. Gr. M. J. D. Stewart, P. Gs. A. A. Maginnis, James 
Strawbridge, J. H. Bechtel. 

Feliciaiia Lodge, No. 4 — P. Gr. Charles Collins. 

Crescent Lodge, No. 8 — P. Gs. H. W. Olmsted, J. O. Nixon, Thos. I. Dix, H. D. Ogden. 

Jefferson Lodge, No. 9 — P. Gs. A. S. Phelps, W. W. Vaught, S. S. Burdett. 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10 — P. Gs. J. Olff, Julius Fulda, John E. Renter. 

Orleans Lodge, No. 11 — P. Gs. Joseph Etter, R. C. Faulkner, J. A. Amelung. 

Commercial Lodge, No. 12— P. G. M. C. M. Emerson, P. Gs. Geo. W. Race, T. Murray. 

Hope Lodge, No. 14 — P. Gs. W. H. Hutchings, Henry Bier, H. G. Stetson. 

Delta Lodge, No. 15 — P. Gs. B. Maglone, J. Bensadon, J. S. Mclntire. 

Templar Lodge, No. 16 — P. Gs. P. C. Wright, H. Doane, S. E. Belknap. 

Covenant Lodge, No. 17 — P. Gs. J. Dirmeyer, D. B. Forbes, Thos. W. Van Wyck. 

National Lodge, No. 18 — P. Gs. F. Vasconsellos, V. Aleman, J. Saliba. 

Folar Star Lodge, No. 19 — P. Gs. Chas. Ammel, R. DeArmas, Edward Barnett. 

St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20 — P. Gs. A. L. Fields, G. N. Seagrave, J. W. Lyman. 

Neitk Lodge, No. 21 — P. Gs. R. N. Wood, R. A. Walker, Samuel Van Bibber. 

Magnolia Lodge, No. 22 — P. Gs. Wm. Emerson, V. BouUemet, P. G. M. W. H. Rice. 

Columbus Lodge, No. 24 — P. G. James Martin. 

Wood Lodge, No. 26 — P. G. R. T. Gibbs. 

Germania Lodge No. 29 — P. Gs. Peter Hermann, Charles Geheeb. 

From the following there are no certificates : 

Washington Lodge No. 3 I Independence Lodge No. 23 

Union Lodge. No. 6 > Clinton Lodge No. 27 

DeSoto Lodge No. 7 < Nautilus Lodge ..No. 28 

Howard Lodge No. 13 > 

31 



244 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

We also find correct the certificates for the following proxies, viz : 
From St. Mary's Lodge, No. 20 — P. G. H. G. Stetson. 

From Neith Lodge, No. 21 — P. G. W. W. W. Wood, for Samuel Van Bibber; S. 
E. Belknap, for R. A. Walker ; G. C. Lawrason, for R. N. Wood. 
All of which is submitted, 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

THOS. W. VAN WYCK, 
January 25th, 1850. F. A. DENTZEL. 

P. Gr. Amelung, from the Finance Committee, submitted the following 
report, which was accepted and adopted : 

New Orleans, January 25th, 1850. 
To the E. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The undersigned Finance Committee, to whom was referred sundry accounts, beg leave 
to report, that upon due examination, they find the following bills correct, and recommend 
that orders be drawn upon the Treasurer for their respective amounts, viz : 

John Breen, for glazing in Grand Lodge Hall $ 5 50 

Peter Munson, for whitewashing, cleaning, etc., in Grand Lodge Hall. ... 15 50 

R. W. G. Secretary, for printing, postage, post-office rent, etc 25 00 

H. Williams, for services as G. Herald 27 GO 

Office of the "Picayune," for advertising one year 20 00 

Corson & Armstrong, for stationery 19 25 

Total $112 25 

The committee, not having been furnished with the Treasurer's report complete, ask 
further time to report thereon. 

Respectfully submitted, in F., L. and T., 

J. A. AMELUNG, 

H. DOANE, 

H. G. STETSON. 

P. Gr. M. Emerson, from the Committee on Petitions and Appeals, 
submitted the subjoined report, which was accepted and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F.: 

The Committee on Petitions and Appeals, to whom was referred the application of De 
Soto Lodge, No. 7, prajdng for permission to ask for and enjoy corporate privileges under 
the laws of this State, beg leave to report, that an actof incorporation would, in many re- 
spects, prove a benefit to the Lodge, while it would not conflict with the laws and privileges 
of this body or of the Order. They therefore recommend that the application be granted. 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, 
JOSEPH ETTER. 

P. G-. M, Emerson, from the same committee, made the following re- 
port, which was received, and with the accompanying resolution, adopted : 

To theR. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

The Committee on Petitions and Appeals, to whom was referred the petition of six 
brothers, praying for the establishment of a Subordinate Lodge at Lake Providence, in the 
Parish of Carroll, in this State, beg leave to report, that they find no objections to granting 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. • 245 

the prayer of the petition ; but as the petitioners are not certified to have attained the Scarlet 
Degree, and no evidence was offered to your committee on the subject, they recommend the 
passage of the subjoined resolution : 

Resolved, That the M. W. Grand Master be authorized to grant and prepare, in the name 
of this Grand Lodge, the Charter pra)'ed for, whenever a sufficient number of the petitioners 
shall prove to his satisfaction that they are legally qualified to receive and act under it. 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, 
JOSEPH ETTER. 
P. Gr. Nixon from the Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws, 
submitted the following report, which was accepted and adopted : 

To the B. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

The Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws have examined the By-Laws of Columbus 
Lodge, No. 24, and recommend them to the Grand Lodge for approval, with the following 
amendments, viz : 

1st. Article 6, section 1. Strike out the section and insert the original section appearing 
in the manuscript. 

2d. Order the Lodge to provide in their By-Laws for the election of three Trustees of 
the Widows and Orphans' Fund, at the stated elections for ofHcers. 

Your committee have also examined the By-Laws of Clinton Lodge, No. 27, and recom- 
mend their approval, with the following amendments, viz : 

1st. Strike out section 3 of law 5. 

2d. Law 14, section 1. Insert after the word "writing,'" in the fourth line, "and if 
declared cognizable under the rules of the Order, by a vote of two-thirds present, they — " 

3d. Law 18, section 2. Strike out the last clause, reading "apply under six months," 
and insert " be balloted for until the fourth meeting thereafter." 

4th. Law 5, section 2, they refer to the Grand Lodge for direct action. 
All of which is submitted. 

J. O. NIXON, 
J. D. STEWART, 
T. N. BLAKE. 

A motion being made to strike out the 2d section of law 5, P. Gr. 
Forbes called the previous question, which was sustained, and the main 
question being put, the section was stricken out. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at this Hall to-morrow 
(Saturday) evening, at 7 o'clock. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Commercial Hall, cor. Camp and Natchez sts. > 
January 26, 1850. \ 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to ad- 
journment. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W, Grand Master, the Grand Officers 
and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges, 



246 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

P. G. Wm. H. Hutchings, of Hope Lodge, No. 14, (certificate received 
Jan. 22d,) was introduced by the Grrand Conductor, and duly qualified as 
a member of the Grand Lodge. 

P. G. Nixon moved to reconsider the vote of yesterday, adopting sec^ 
tion 7, article 2, of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge, which was 
agreed to. 

P. Gr. Nixon moved to amend the section, by striking out the words, 
"except the presiding officer," and to add at the close of the section, 
" provided the presiding officer shall not vote, except in case of vote by 
ballot;" which was concurred in. 

On motion of P. G, W. W. W. Wood, the Grand Lodge resolved 
itself into Committee of the Whole, having under consideration the 
report of the Special Committee on Constitution, Hules and Regulations 
of the Grand Lodge — P. G. Nixon in the Chair. 

On motion, the committee rose, and by their Chairman, reported pro» 
gress, and asked leave to sit again. 

On motion, the report was accepted, and leave granted. 

P. G. Nixon moved that the action of the Committee, as far as prO' 
gressed, be approved ; which was not concurred in. 

The following communications from P. G. Etter, were received and 
read: 

New Orleans, January 26th, 1850. 
To the Officers and Members of the R. W. G. L. of Louisiana : 

The undersigned begs leave respectfully to resign his seat as a member of the Committeo 
on Petitions and Appeals. 

JOSEPH ETTER. 

The undersigned begs leave respectfully to resign into your hands, the office to which 
you elected him, as a member of the Board of Odd Fellows' Hall Association. 

JOSEPH ETTER. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the resignations were accepted. 

Grand Secretary Olmsted offered the foUowtng resolution, which was 
adopted : 

Resolved, That a new District be established as District No. 4, composed of the Parishes 
of Plaquemine and St. Bernard. 

The Grand Master announced the appointment of District Deputy 
Grand Masters, as follows : 

P. G. R. N. Wood, D. D. G. M., - District No. 1. 
P. G. A. L. Pields, D. D. G. M., - District No. 2. 
P. G. Andrew Matta, D. D G. M., - District No. 3. 
P. G. J. E. Dunham, D. D. G, M., - District No, 4. 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 247 

On motion of P. Gr. Nixon, the appointments were confirmed by the 
Grand Lodge. 

Gr. Secretary Olmsted offered the following resolutions, which were 
adopted : 

Resolved, That the Finance Committee be authorized to procure a complete sett of Re- 
galia and Jewels for the Officers of the Grand Lodge, and one hundred setts of Regalia for 
the use of the members. 

Resolved, That the Finance Committee be empowered to draw upon thp R. W. Grand 
Treasurer for the payment of all expenses incurred under the above resolution. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at their Hall on Tues- 
day evening, Jan. 29th, at 7 o'clock. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



AD JO URN ED MEE TING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, January 29th, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to 
adjournment. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grand Master ; the Grand Officers 
and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

P. G. Nixon, from the Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws, 
submitted the following Report, which was accepted and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Lotdsiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws, to whom was referred the amendments 
to the By-Laws of Union Lodge, No. 6, have examined the same and recommend them t» 
the Grand Lodge for approval. 

J. O. NIXON, 

January 29, 1850. J. D. STEWART. 

P. G. Amelung, from the Comittee on Finance, made the subjoined 
Report, which was received and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Lmdsiana, L O. O. F. : 

The undersigned, Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the following accounts, 
beg leave to report that they have examined the same, find them correct, and recommend 
ithat orders be drawn on the Treasurer for their payment. 

J. T. Hammond, for engraving Seal, etc $40 00 

Crittenden & Dameron, for floor and oil cloth, 12 25 

J. A. AMELUNG, 

January 29, 1850. H. G. STETSON. 



248 Proceedings of the [ Feb., 

The Grand Master appointed P. Gr. Shields, on the Committee on Pe- 
titions and Appeals, vice P. Gr. Etter, resigned. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the election of a Director in 
" Odd Fellows' Hall Assooiation," ■wasmade the special order of business 
for the next meeting. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge went into Committee of the Whole, 
having in consideration the new Constitution — Deputy Grand Master 
Stetson in the Chair. 

After deliberation and discussion, the Committee rose, and by their 
Chairman reported progress, and asked leave to sit again, which Avas 
granted. 

On motion of P. G. Kneass, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet 
on Tuesday evening, February 5, at 7 o'clock, p. m. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, February 5th, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuunt to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grand Master ; the Grand Officers 
and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

On motion of P. D. G. M. Phelps, a dispensation was granted to Jef- 
ferson Lodge, No. 9, to ballot for, and if elected thereto, to confer the 
following degrees upon the brothers named, all on the same evening, viz : 

B. Barre, - - - 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th Degrees. 

W. W. Lamberton, - - 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th Degrees. 

A. J. Williams, - - - 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th Degrees. 

Geo. Merriman, - - - 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th Degrees. 

Charles Rice, - - - - 2d, 3d, 4th, 5th Degrees. : 

Thomas Tucker, - - - - 3d, 4th, 5th Degrees, 

J. B. Fitch, - - - - - 4th, 5th Degrees. 

Harlow Lamb, ..... 4th, 5th Degrees. 

Simon Newbourger, .... 4th, 5th Degrees. 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 249 

P. G. Amelung, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the fol- 
lowing report, which was accepted and adopted : 

To the R. W. Gra7id Lodge of Lozdsiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The undersigned Committee on Finance, respectfully report, that upon due examination 
of 'the R. W. Grand Treasurer's report hereto annexed, compared with his vouchers, they 
find the same correct, showing a balance in his hands on the 21st day of January, 1850, of 
the sum of one hundred and fifty six ninety-two-hundredths (156 92) dollars, which 
amount they have received from him, and given a receipt therefor, and paid the same to 
the present R. W. Grand Treasurer, whose receipt is also annexed. 

Heretofore there has been no fixed rule adopted as to the amount to be charged to such 
Subordinate Lodges and Encampments as occupy the Hall of the Grand Lodge ; they deem 
it would be more satisfactory to all parties, to have a fixed rate established to cover rent and 
gas ; and to effect this, recommend the adoption of the following resolution : 

Resolved, That from and after the first day of January, 1850, the following rates be 
charged the Lodges and Encaampments now occupying Grand Lodge Hal!, in full, for rent 
and gas, viz : 

Grand Encampment, per annum, $ 25 00 

Wildey Encampment per annum, 75 00 

Louisiana Lodge, per annum, 150 00 

Union Lodge, per annum, 150 00 

Howard Lodge, per annum, 150 00 

And that it be the duty of the R. W. Grand Secretary, to collect the same quarterly, and 
that he be also authorized to pay the rent and gas bills at same periods, upon the approval 
of the Finance Committee. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

J. A. AMELUNG, 
H. G; STETSON. 
H. DOANE. 
February 5th, 1850. 



H. WILLIAMS, Grand Treasurer, 
In Account {Kent and Gas,) icith the R. W. G. Lodge of Louisiana. 

Br. ,; Cr. 
To cash paid Rovira, 1 years' rent ) «ioa 00'^^ ^^^^^ rec'd of the following Lodges 

to 1st Jan'y, 1850, as per rec'pt j ^ ®^ ^^'> and Encampments, viz : 

To cash paid Gas Com., as per re- ) .„;- „„>Wildey Encamp'tto 1st Jan. 1850, $54 05 

ceipt book, to Jan. 1, 1850 j "^^Louisiana Lodge, do do 109 60 

To balance carried to general ao- j -.rQ 2'^)pomri\erciz\'LoAge, do do 109 60 

count of Treasurer ....] S Union Lodge, do do 109 60 

sHoward Lodge, do do 109 60 

$513 25^Teutonia Lodge, to March 1, 1849, 20 80 



$513 25 
H. WILLIAMS, Graiid Treasurer. 



New Orleans, January 21, 1850. 



250 



Proceedings of the 



[Feb., 



H. WILLIAMS, Grand Treasurer, 
In Account with the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana. 



1849. 


Dr. 


Jan. 25— To balance on hand, as 

per Report, $ 195 17 

Cash received of G. Sec. 1000 00 

Do. do. do. 13 57 

May 22— Do. do. do. 150 00 

Aug. 6— Do. do. do. 500 00 

Oct. 8— Do. do. do. 867 33 



1850. 
Jan. 21— To do. do. do. 300 00 

Balance from Rent and ) 
Gas account as per state- > 158 25 
ment herewith rendered, j 



Balance as pet contra. . . . 
E.andO. E. 
New Oeleans, Jan. 21, 1850. 



1849. Cr. 

Feb. 3-By Gtas Co. bill to 1 Jan. ) «. , „ -^ 

1849, voucher No. 1. . . | * ^^^ ^" 

Note to Howard L. vo. 2, 100 00 

Note and interest Com'l ) Q„r) n« 

Lodge, voucher 3 \ "^"^ "" 

W. Wilson, host, for ser- | , - oq 

vices and ice, voucher 4 ) 

2d M'y tax, 1846-7, vou. 5, 120 00 

Feb.24-Note to Union L. vou. 6, 250 00 

H. P. Andrews, services ) r... c:o 

G. S. sundries, vouch. 7, \ ^^ ^° 

H.W. Olmsted, conting't ) io nn 

expenses of G. S. vou. 8, \ ^'^ "" 

MchlO-By T. H. Shields, expen- ) 

ses as A. Marshal, Feb. \ 19 50 

19, voucher 9, ) 

T. H. Shields expenses ^^ 
procession, I'eb. 19, vo 10 ) 

Yeomans & Fitch, bill ) og qq 
printing, voucher 11, ... . J 

May 4:-Grand Lodge U. S. order ) on nn 

for Nixon, voucher 12, . . | "^" "" 

May 8-By Evening Mercury,ad- ) - „„ 
vertising, voucher 13,... ) 

Delta, adver., vouch, 14, 10 00 

Mayl9-By O. Fs.' Rest, vo 15, 70 00 

May28-By Picayune, advt. 1 yr. ) nn n^ 

to Dec. 1849, vouch. 16, | '^^ ^^ 

Aug.30-By G. L. U. S. vou. 17, 154 00 

G. R. Strawbridge,vo.l8, 150 00 

Oct. 8-By H. W. Williams,host, ) 

$ 26 50, vo. 19 ; R. Hor- > 28 75 
ton, repairs, $ 2 25, , . . . ) 

Yeomans & Fitch, print- ) i on nn 

etc., voucher 20, \ ^^" "" 

Yeomans & Fitch, pub'g ) gn qq 

proceedings, voucher 21, ) 

H.W. Olmsted G.S.sd-j ^^ ^^ 

ary to April 1, vouch. 22, ) 

R. Hall, frame to portrait ) ng 00 

P.G.M. "Williams, vo. 23, ) 

John Frankford, services ) g qq 

as host, voucher 24, . . . . ) 

Yeomans & Fitch, print- ) -^15 00 

ing, etc., voucher 25,. . . . ) 

H. W. Olmsted, G. S. ) ^^gS 00 

salary to Oct., vo. 26, . . \ 

H.W.01msted,sndrs vo 26 21 50 

Oct. 9-Crescent, advert, vo. 27, 3 00 

R. Mott.G.R. vouch. 28, 300 00 

Oct.lO-By Hyde & Goodrich,bill ) 4 37 
for Stars, voucher 29,.. . ) 

Oct.20-ByG.R.N.B.Kneass,vo.30 150 00 

Oct.30-By J.Frankford,host,vo.31 6 00 

Nov. 2-By D. I Ricardo notarial 1 j-j^ qq 

1850] fees, voucher 32, ..... . J 

Jan. 1-By H. W.Olmsted, G. S. | 62 50 

salary, voucher 33 ) 

Note to La. L. No 1, vo.34 350 GO 

Jan. 21-Balance, 156 92 

$3,184 32 
H. WILLIAMS, Grand Treastm. 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 25t 

The special order of business for this evening being announced, the 
Grand Lodge went into nomination and election of a Director of " Odd 
Fellows' Hall Association," in place of P. G. Etter, resigned. 

P. Gr. Gr. W. Shaw being the only nominee, on motion of G. Secretary 
Olmsted, the vote was taken viva voce, and P. G. Geo. W. Shaw, of 
Union Lodge, No. 6, was declared duly elected a Director of " Odd Fel- 
lows' Hall Association," for one year from the first Monday in May, 1850. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the Grrand Lodge resolved 
itself into Committee of the Whole, having under consideration the new 
Constitution, Deputy Gr. Master Stetson in the Chair. 

After discussion, the Committee rose, and by their Chairman reported 
progress and asked leave to sit again, which was granted. 

The Grand Lodge was this evening visited by P. G. Isaiah Forbes, of 
Excelsior Lodge, No. 18, St. Louis, Mo.' 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet on Tuesday evening, 
February 12, at 7 o'clock, 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Secretary, 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

GrRAND Lodge Hall, February 12, 1849. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grand Master ; the Grand Officers 
and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The following communication from the R. W. Grand Secretary of the 
Grand Lodge of the United States, was received and read : 

Office op the Recording and Corresponding Secreatary, \ 
R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States. ) 

To the M. W. G. Master of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

M. W. Sir and Brother — In obedience to the resolutions of the R. W. G. Lodge 
of the United States, adopted at the session of 1849, the Grand Sire and Grand Secretary 
have made the assessment for defraying the expenses of the approaching adjourned and 
regular communication of the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States. The assessment 
is six and one-fonrth cents for each member, the basis of calculation being the returns made 
to the Grand Lodge of the United States, for the years 1848-9. 

The assessment on your Grand Lodge therefore amounts to $113 18. 
32 



252 Proceedings of the [Feb., 

I am directed by the Grand Sire to communicate the above information to you, and to 
request that your Grand Body will respond by forwarding the amount of your assessment 
to this office, at the earliest practicable moment. 

Herewith I send a copy from the Journal of the Grand Lodge of the United States, of 
the proceedings above referred to. 

■ In the bonds of our Order, yours, etc., 

JAS. L. RIDGELY, Cor. Secretary. 



R. W. GRAND LODGE OF THE UNITED STATES, I. O. O. F. 

The following, among other proceedings, was had at the September session, 1849 : 

Resolved, That the pay of Representatives to, and officers of, this body, (excepting those 
to whom stated salaries are allowed,) shall be three dollars per diem, during their attendance 
upon the sessions of the Grand Lodge of the United States. 

Be it further resolved, That in addition to the above, the said Representatives and officers 
shall also receive six cents for each mile travelled from their respective residences, to the 
place of meeting of the Grand Lodge of the United States, and back again ; the said 
mileage to be computed by the nearest mail route between said points. 

And be it further resolved. That the said per diem allowance and mileage shall be paid 
by the Grand Treasurer, on the certificate of the Grand Secretary. 

And he it fiirther resolved, That to meet the payment of the said per diem allowance 
and mileage, the Grand Sire and Grand Secretary shall make an annual assessment upon 
each State Grand Body — said assessment to be estimated prorata upon the number of 
members of the Subordinate Lodges and Encampments of such State Grand Bodies 
respectively. 

On motion of P. G. Shields, an order was directed to be drawn on the 
Grand Treasurer for the amount of the assessment, $113 19. 

A communication from Mrs. J. C. Downer, in regard to property on 
Poydras street, Avas received and read. 

On motion of P. G, Hammond, the whole subject was referred to a 
Special Committee of three. 

The Chair appointed D. Gr. M. Stetson, P. Gs. Shaw and Hammond 
said committee. 

On motion of G. Secretary Olmsted, the further consideration of the 
new Constitution was postponed until the next meeting. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet on Tuesday evening, 
February 19, at 7 o'clock. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 253 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

G-RAND Lodge Hall, February 19, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grrand Master; the Grand Officers 

and Pv-epresentatives, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

An appeal of brother W. K. Mcintosh, from a decision of Magnolia 

Lodge, No: 22, was read and referred to the Committee on Petitions and 

Appeals. 

A communication from Wood Lodge, No. 26, was received and read, 
asking permission to have a procession and appropriate ceremonies, on 
the occasion of the anniversary of the introduction of our Order into the 
United States. 

On motion, permission was granted. 

On motion, a dispensation was granted to Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, to 
ballot for, and if elected thereto, to confer the following Degrees upon 
brothers named, viz : 

Jesse Grilmore, - - 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th and 5th Degrees. 

G. E. Medino, - 1st, 2d, 3d, 4th and 5th Degrees. 

Benjamin Campbell, - - 2d, 3d, 4th and 5th Degrees. 

Baptiste Dougart, - - - 3d, 4th and 5th Degrees. 

J. B. G. Arnoult, - - 3d, 4th and 5th Degrees. 

L. W. Craig, - - - - 3d, 4th and 5th Degrees. 

Greo. Kaiser, . - . . 4th and 5th Degrees. 

J. S. Burke, - - - - - 4th and 5th Degrees. 

Philip Plitt. - - . . 4th and 5th Degrees. 

The Constitution and By-Laws of Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1 , were 

submitted for approval, and referred to the Committee on Constitutions 

and By-Laws. 

On motion, the consideration of the new Constitution was postponed 
until the first Tuesday in April. 

On motion of D. G. M. Stetson, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet 
on Tuesday, April 2d, at half-past 7 o'clock, p. m. 

H. W OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



2.54 Proceedings of tke [Feb,, 

PALLED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, February 27th, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., in pursuance of a call 
from the M. W. Grand Master. 

PRESENT : 

JOHN CRICKARD, M. W. Grand Master. 

H. G. STETSON, R. W. D. G. Master. 

G. N. MORRISON, R. W. G. Warden. 

H. W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

T. W. VAN WYCK, W. G. Conductor. 

U. TYSON, W. G. Herald. 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
The caU for the meeting was read as follows : 

New Orleans, February 22d, 1850. 
To J. Criclcard, Esq., M. W. G. Master, of I. O. O. F.: 

You are requested to call a special meeting of the R. W. Grand Lodge, on Wednesday 
next, 27th instant, to receive and act upon a communication from the Board of Directors of 
Odd Fellows' Hall Association. 

Yours, Fraternally, 
H. G. STETSON, J. H. BECHTEL, 

AUG. S. PHELPS, GEO. PURVIS, 

T. N. BLAKE, HENRY BIER, 

J. A. AMELUNG, HENRY W. OLMSTED, 

T. H. SHIELDS, THOS. W. VAN WYCK. 

To H. W. Olmsted, Esq., Grand Secretary : 

Please call a meeting of the R. W. Grand Lodge of I. O. O. F. of Louisiana, at the Hall 
of the Grand Lodge, on Wednesday next, the 27th inst., at 7 o'clock, in compliance with the 
above request. 

JOHN CRICKARD, Grand Master. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the call was approved. 
The subjoined communication was received and read : 

Office of the Board of Directors of O. F. Hall Association, ) 
JVo. 13, Camp Street, N. O., Februray 23d, 1850. 3 

To t/ie M. W. G. Master, Officers and Members of the R. W. G. L., State of La : 

Brothers : — At a meeting of the Board of Directors of Odd Fellows' Hall Association, 
held on the 22d instant, the following resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That Friday the 26th day of April next, be selected for laying the corner stone 
of Odd Fellows' Hall, and that permission be asked of the Grand Lodge to have a proces- 
sion of the Order, in full regalia, on that occasion. 
Yours fraternally, 

THOS. W. VAN WYCK, Secretary. 



1850.] Gra?id Lodge of Louisiatia. 255 

P. G. Shields moved that permission be granted, and that a general 
procession of the Order take place on the day named. 

Carried unanimously. 

P. Gr. Shields moved that the Board of Directors of " Odd Fellows' 
Hall Association," be empowered to arrange all the necessary details of 
the celebration, and that a Special Committee of three be appointed to 
make arrangements for the Grand Lodge, with authority to expend the 
sum of one hundred dollars ; which motion was concurred in. 

The Chair appointed D. Gr. M. Stetson, P. Grs. Shields and Kneass, 
said committee. 

Deputy Gr. M. Stetson moved that the Grand Lodge request Eagle 
Degree Lodge, No. 1, to place their Emblems at the disposal of the 
Committee for this occasion ; which was agreed to. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

HENRY W OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



SPECIAL SESSION. 

Crescent Hall, March 18th, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 6 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to call from 
the M. W. Grand Master, and was opened in due form. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grand Master ; H. G. Stetson, R. 
W. Deputy Grand Master ; the Grand Officers, and a due representation 
from Subordinate Lodges. 

The call for the meeting was read, as follows : 

New Orleans, March Uth, 1850. 
To the M. W. Grand Master, of L O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

The undersigned, P. G-s. of this jurisdiction, respectfully request, that you will call a 
a meeting of the R. W. Grand Lodge, for the purpose of receiving and acting upon a 
petition for a new Lodge, of I. O. O. F., to be located at Covington, in this State. 
GHAS. M. EMERSON, T. N. BLAKE, 
F. C. KENDALL, T. H. SHIELDS, 

JNO. HAYMAN, JNO. R. GEORGE, 

N. B. KNEASS, G. W. RACE, 

GEO. W. SHAW, JOSEPH FONT, 

J. G. DUNLAP, G. N. MORRISON, 

HENRY BIER, H. WILIAMS, 

F. A. DENTZEL, HENRY W. OLMSTED. 



256 Proceedings of the [March, 

To H. W. Olmsted, Esq., Grand Secretary : 

You will please to call a Special Communication of the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. 
of Louisiana, at Crescent Hall, on Monday, the 18th inst., at 6 o'clock, P. M., in compliance 
with the above request. 

JOHN CRICKARD, Grand Master. 

New Orleans, March 15, 1850. 

On motion of G. Secretary Olmsted, the call was approved. 

An application for a Charter for a new Lodge, to be located at Cov- 
ington, and to be known and hailed as St. Tammany Lodge, No. — , 
signed by P. G. M. C. M. Emerson, P. Gs. Thomas H. Shields, C. C. 
Delacroix, Brothers W. L. Cushing, W. O. Whitman and Wm McDuff, 
was received and read. 

G. Sec. Olmsted moved that the petition for the Charter be granted, 
and the blank filled with No. 31, which was carried unanimously. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec 



SPECIAL MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, March 22d, 1850. 

The Pw. VV. Grand Lodge met at 6 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to a call 
of the Grand Master. 

PRESENT : 

JOHN CRICKARD, M. W. Grand Master. 

H. G. STETSON, R. W. D. G. Master. 

G. N. MORRISON, R. W. G. Warden. 

HENPvY W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

ROBERT MOTT, R. W. G. Representative. 

S. E. BELKNAP, W. G. Marshal. 

U. TYSON, W. G. Herald. 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
The call for the meeting was read, as follows : 

To John Crickard, Esq., M. W. Grand Master I. O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

Dear Sir and Brother — "We the undersigned. Past Grands of the Order, in good 
standing, respectfully request you to call a meeting of the R. W. Grand Lodge, on Friday 
evening, the 22d inst., at 6 o'clock, v. M., at Crescent Hall, for the purpose of acting on a 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 257 

motion for re-considering the vote granting a charter to St. Tammany Lodge, and for such 
other business as may be brought before it. 

This call is asked for in pursuance of section 1, article 8 of our Constitution. 

N. B. KNEASS. THOMAS MURRAY, 

G. N. MORRISON, JOHN R. GEORGE, 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, HENRY W. OLMSTED, 
W. H. FOSTER, FRANCIS THOMAS, 

March 20, 1850. O. W. RACE. 

Office of the Grand Master, R. W. G. Lodge of Louisiana, ) 
New Orleans, March 20, 1850. \ 

Sir — You will please call a Special Meeting of the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. 
of Louisiana, on Friday evening, the 22d instant, at 6 o'clock, in accordance with the ac- 
companying request. 

JOHN CRICK A RD, Grand Master. 

To Henry W. Olmsted, Esq., Grand Secretary. 

Oa motion of G. Secretary Olmsted, the call was approved. 

P. Gr. Rep. Kneass moved to re-consider the vote granting a charter 
for a new Lodge, to be known as St. Tammany Lodge, No. 31, passed 
at a special meeting of the Grand Lodge, held March 18, 1850, which 
motion was concurred in. 

P. Gr. Forbes moved to postpone the consideration of the application 
until the next regular session. The motion was lost. 

P. Gr. Shields moved that the application for the charter be granted. 

The Grrand Master stated, that entertaining doubts as to the legality 
of the motion, he would hke to hear it discussed, but before the question 
was taken, he should reserve to himself the right to decide upon it. 

The motion was discussed by P. Gr. Ms. Williams and Emerson, P. 
Grs. Mott, Kneass and Etter. 

After which, the Grrand Master decided that the motion to grant the 
application for the charter was not in order, and submitted the following 
grounds for his decision, viz : 

" That four or five of the petitioners reside (and intend so to do) in the 
city of New Orleans, and being satisfied from the laws of the Order, that 
they cannot be members of a Lodge, much less applicants for a new one, 
remote from the place of their residence, he considers the action of the 
Grand Lodge, in granting the Charter, as illegal, and therefore, declares 
the same null and void, and all action taken, or attempted to be taken in 
in its present shape, out of order. 

J. CRICKARD, G.M." 

P. Gr. M. Emerson appealed from the decision of the Chair. 
The question being put, " will the Grand Lodge sustain the decisioB 
of the Chair ?" it was decided in the negative. 



258 Proceedings of the [April, 

Gr. Rep. Mott asked permission to appeal from the decision of the G. 
L., overruHng the decision of the Grrand Master, to the U. W. G. Lodge 
of the United States. 

On motion, the appeal was granted, unanimously. 

The question recurring upon the motion of P. G. Shields, to grant the 
application for the charter. 

P. G. M. Emerson called the previous question, which was sustained. 

P. G. Rep. Kneass called for the yeas and nays on the main question, 
which were ordered, and being taken, resulted as follows, viz : 

Yeas — P. Gr. M. Emerson, P. Gs. Blake, Brichta, Boullemet, Brandt, Backus, George, 
Kneass, Morrison, Olmsted, Purvis, Race, Shields, Shaw, Tyson and Yeomans.— 16. 

Nays — P. Gs. Amelung, Bier, Belknap, Doane, Dunlap, Wm. Emerson, Etter, Forbes, 
Mott, H. D. Ogden, Stetson, Wilson and Wright.— 13 

So the Charter was granted. 

P. Gr. Rep. Kneass moved that the Grand Master be instructed to car- 
ry out the views of the Grand Lodge, by instituting the new Lodge, 
either in person or by deputy ; which was concurred in. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, April 2, 1 850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 1-2 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to ad- 
journment. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grand Master ; the Grand OfRcers 
and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

P. G. Nixon from the Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws, sub- 
mitted the following report, which was accepted and adopted : 

New Orleans, April 2, 1850. 
To the R. W. Graiid Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

The Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws, to whom was referred the Laws of 
Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, have examined the same and recommend them to the Grand 
Lodge for approval. 

J. O. NIXON, 
T. N. BLAKE. 



1 850 J Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 2oQ 

The following communication was receeived and read : 

Odd Fellows' Hall Association, ) 
New Orleans, March, 8, 1850. J 
To the Officers arid Members of the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I O. O. F. : 

Brothers : — The great work of building a Hall suitable for the wants of the Order in 
this city, having so far progressed as to be ready for laying the corner stone, the Board of 
Directors, with the permission of the R. W. Grand Lodge, have thought proper to celebrate 
that event by a grand procession of all the Lodges and Encampments belonging to this juris- 
diction, and others who may feel disposed to join with us, on the 26th day of April next, the 
Anniversary of the Order in this State. 

We, therefore, beg leave to submit the subject to your notice and consideration, and invite 
you to join with us in the proposed celebration. Ii^ the which, should you see proper to 
concur, you will please notify the same to the Secretary of the Board, Thos. W. Van Wyck, 
No. 13, Camp street, as early as practicable. 

Inasmuch as the object is one which concerns the Order generally, it has been decided 
fhat the expenses of the procession should be borne by the respective Lodges and Encamp- 
ments in this city, in the same manner as similar processions have been arranged hereto- 
fore, and which, it is intended, shqll be as light ^s may be consistent with the dignity of the 
occasion. J. A. AMELUNG, ] 

THOS. H. SHIELDS, | Committee 
T. N. BLAKE, \ of 

J. H. BECHTEL, | Arrangements. 

J. D BIEN, J 

Deputy Q. M, Stetson moved that the invitation be accepted, and that 
the Grand Lodge agree to pay ten per cent, of the expenses incurred on 
the occasion ; which motion was carried unanimously. 

A comnaunication from the R. W. Grand Encampment of New York, 
was received, read, and referred to the Committee on Correspondence. 

An application was received from Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, for a dis- 
pensation to confer degrees upon certain brothers named therein. 

P. G. Wm. Emerson moved to lay the communication on the table, 
which was not concurred in. 

Grand Secretary Olmsted moved to grant the dispensation, and called 
the previous question, which was sustained. 

The main question being put, the motion was lost ; ayes 7, nays 8. 

On motion, the Grand Secretary was instructed to notify Teutonia 
Lodge, No. 1 0, of the action of the Grand Lodge on the subject. 

P. D. G. Master Phelps offered the following resolution, viz : 

Resolved, That dispensations be granted to each of the Subordinate Lodges under this 
jurisdiction, to confer such degrees on their members as they may see proper, up to the 26th 
instant : provided, however, that it shall require a two-thirds vote of the members present; 
to act under this dispensation, and the usual vote upon the application for the degree. 

P. D. G. M. Phelps called for the yeas and nays, on the motion to 
adopt the resolution, and they were ordered, and resulted as follows, viz: 

Yj:as — P. Gs. Bier, Maglone, Mondelli, Olmsted, Phelps and Reuter — 6. 
Nats — P. Gs, Belknap, Cohen, Dunlap, "Wm. Emerson, Martin, Morrison, Shield?, 
Stetson and Turner — 9. 

33 



260 Proceedings of the [April, 

So the resolution was not concurred in. 

A bill of the " True Delta," for advertising to January 1, 1851, $10, 
was read and ordered to be paid. 

On motion of P. G. Bier, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at their 
Hall, on Tuesday evening, April 9, at half-past 7 o'clock. 

HENR-Y W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, April 9, 1850. 

The R. W. G-rand Lodge met at half past 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to 
adjournment. 

Present — John Crickard, M. Worthy Grand Master; the Grand 
Officers and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate 
Lodges. 

A communication from the R. W. Grand Lodge of Maryland, was 
received and read, and, on motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, referred to 
a Special Committee of three. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. H. D, Ogden, Barnett and Shields. 

P. G. M. Stewart, from the Special Committee to whom was referred 
the Grand Master's Report, submitted the following report, which was 
accepted, and the Committee discharged. 

New Orleans, April 9, 1850. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiaim, I. O. O F.: 

The Committee, to whom was referred the Report of the M. W. G. Master, report : 
That they have examined it, and will herein mention such matters qs require your special 
action. It is recommended to reduce the per centage of the Grand Lodge. We would 
suggest that that be deferred at least until the July session, as the receipts of the Annual 
session have been barely sufficient to pay off the indebtedness of the Grand Lodge, and the 
expenses for six months, including the procession to take place in April, will be fully as 
much as the income in July will amount to. In regard to Ancient Odd Fellows having or 
not having the T. P. W. we fully concur with the M. W. G. M., and recommend the ap- 
proval of his decision, that an Ancient Odd Fellow may be admitted to membership by 
card, without the T. P. W. 

Your committee are of opinion that the M. W. Grand Master acted wisely and judicious- 
l}' in deferring the installation of certain officers of Louisiana Lodge No. 1, and taking time 
to investigate the charge that T^as made, and recommend that his acts in this matter be ap- 
proved. 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisia?ia. 261 

In conclusion, we would offer for your consideration the following resolution : 
Resolved, That the thanks of the Grand Lodge be, and they are hereby tendered to Past 
Grand Master Charles M. Emerson for the dignified and impartial manner in which he has 
presided over the deliberation? of this body, and for his untiring efforts to promote the har- 
mony and welfare of our Order. 

Respectfully submitted in F., L. and T., 

J. D. STEWART, Chairman. 

On motion of P. Gr. Yeomans, the resolution and recommendations of 
the committee were adopted. 

The G-rand Master asked the opinion of the Grand Lodge, on the fol- 
lowing matter, viz : 

" Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, applied to the Grand Master for a dispensation to initiate a 
candidate, over the legal age prescribed by the Constitution, said Lodge having received the 
application and referred the same to a committee who had reported favorably thereon. 

" The Grand Master refused the dispensation, on the ground that it should have been 
obtained previous to any action on the part of the Lodge." 

On motion of P. G. Amelung, the opinion of the Grand Master was 
concurred in by the Grand Lodge. 

G-rand Secretary Olmsted, moved th&t the Grand Lodge go into Com- 
mittee of the Whole on the new Constitution. 

Past Grand Amelung, moved to adjourn, to meei at Crescent Hall, on 
Wednesday, 17th instant, at 5 o'clock, p. m., which was carried, and the 
Grand Lodge adjourned. 

HENF.y W. OLMSTED. G. Set 



AD JO URNED MEE TING. 

Crescent Hall, April 16th, 1850, 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 5 o'clock, p. m,, pursuant to 
adjournment. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grand Master; the Grand Officers 
and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

On motion of D, G. M. Stetson, the Grand Lodge proceeded to the 
nomination and election of a committee of three to cast the votes of the 
Grand Lodge, at the election of Directors of " Odd Fellows' Hall Asso^ 
ciation," to be held on the first Monday in May next. 

P. Gs. Dimlap, Stetson and Kneass were nominated. 



'262 Proceedings of the [April, 

On motion of P. G. Amelung, the election was taken viva voce, and 
the nominees were declared duly elected by acclamation. 

A communication from the R. W. Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was 
received and read, and on motion of (x. Secretary Olmsted, referred to the 
Special Committee oil the communication from the R. W. Grand Lodge 
of Maryland. 

On motion of P. Gr. Amelung, the Grand Lodge wetit into Committee 
of the Whole, having under consideration the new Constitution : D. G. 
Master Stetson in the chair. 

After deliberation, the Committee rose, and by their Chairman reported 
progress, and asked leave to sit again, which was granted. 

On motion, th6 Grand Lodge adjourned until to-morrow evening, at 5 
o'clock. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Crescent Hall, April 18th, 1850. 

The R. W. G-rand Lodge met at 5 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grand Master ; the Grand Officers 
and Representatives, and a due irepresentation from Subordinate Lodges. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge resolved itself into Committee of the 
Whole on the new Constitution, D. G. M. Stetson in the chair. 

After deliberation, the Committee rose, and reported by their Chairman 
that they had amended the Constitution, Rules and Regulations of the 
Grand Lodge, as reported by the Special Committee, and recommended 
the adoption thereof, as amended. 

On motion, the report and recommendation of the Committee of the 
Whole were adopted. 

On motion of P. G. Amelung, the Constitution, etc., as amended, Was 
referred back to the Committee, with instructions to have three hundred 
copies printed for the use of the Grand Lodge, at its semi-annual session 
in July. 

On motion of P. G. Amelung, the Grand Secretary was instructed to 
have prepared on parchment, a copy of the Charter of the Grand Lodge, 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. . 263 

signed by the Grand Officers, to be deposited in the corner-stone of "Odd 
Fellows' Hall." 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the Grand Master and Grand 
Secretary were authorized to draw an order on the Grand Treasurer, for 
the payment of printing the proceedings from August 1st, 1849, to May 
1st, 1850 ; for the prci rata of expenses Of the celebration of laying the 
corner-stone of "Odd Fellows' Hall;" and for $5 in favor of Brother 
John Frankford, for his services as Host, during this session of the Grand 
Lodge, at Crescent Hall. 

On motion, th6 Annual Session of the Grand Lodge was declared 
adjourned, sine die 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



SL: ML ANN UAL SESSION. 

Grand Lodge Hall, July, 23d, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana convened at their Hall, on 
Tuesday, July 23d, 1850, at half-past 7 o'clock, p. m., in Semi- Annual 
session, pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution, and was opened 
in ample form, with prayer by the Grand Chaplain. 

PRESENT : 

JOHN CRICKARD, M. W. G. Master. 

H. G. STETSON, R. W. D. Gi-and Master. 

G. N. MORRISON, R. W. G. Warden. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

CHARLES H. LEE, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

S. S. BURDETT, W. G. Chaplain. 

J. O. NIXON, W. G. Marshal, i^xo tern. 

W. H. HUTCHINGS, W. G. Conductor, pro tern. 

L. L. BROWN, W. G. Guardian, pro tern. 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
On motion of G. Secretary Ohnsted, the reading of the Minutes of the 
annual and subsequent sessions, was dispensed with — printed copies of 
the same being on the table for the use of the members. 

Semi-annual reports * were received from the following Lodges, which 
were read and accepted, viz : 

* For table of reports see Appendix. 



No. 


1 


:; National Lodge, - 


No. 


18 


No. 


6 


I Polar Star Lodge, 


No. 


19 


No. 


S 


\ St. Mary's Lodge, - 


No. 


20 


No. 


9 


^ Neith Lodge, - 


No. 


21 


No. 


10 


I Magnolia Lodge, - 


No. 


22 


No. 


11 


i Independence Lodge, - 


No. 


23 


No. 


12 


; Columbus Lodge, - 


No. 


24 


No. 


13 ; 


; Nautilus Lodge, 


No. 


28 


No. 


J4 ; 


I Germania Lodge, - 


No. 


29 


No. 
No. 


15 i 

16 S 


'• St. Tamany Lodge, - 


No. 


31 


lowii 


ig Lodges were informal, viz : 






No. 


3 j 


Covenant Lodge, - 


No. 


17 


No. 


7 


Wood Lodge, - 


No. 


26 



S"64 Proceedings of the [ July, 

Louisiana Lodge, 
Union Lodge, 
Crescent Lodge, 
Jefferson Lodge, - 
Teutonia Lodge, 
Orleans Lodge, 
Commercial Lodge, 
Howard Lodge, 
Hope Lodge, 
Delta Lodge, 
Templar Lodge, 



Washington Lodge, 
DeSoto Lodge, - 

No reports were received from 
Feliciana Lodge, - No. 4 ^s Carroll Lodge, - - No. 30 
Clinton Lodge, - - No. 27 ,^ 

On motion of G. Secretary Olmsted, the annual reports and the creden- 
tials of Representatives, were referred to the Committee on Election and 
Returns. 

The Chair announced the appointment of the following 

STANDING COMMITTEES. 

Committee on Elections and Returns — P. Gs. Race, Delesdenier and 
Dentzel. 

Committee 07i Petitions and Appeals — P. G. M. CM. Emerson, P. 
Gs. Dunlap and Hopkiias. 

Committee on Co?istitutions and By-Laivs—V. Gs. Nixon, Bier and 
Dentzel. 

Committee on Finance— Yi.'G:. M. Stetson P. Gs. Doane and Hopkins. 

Committee on Correspondence — P. Gs. Larue, Shaw and William 
Emerson. 

Committee on the State of the Order — P. Gs. H. D. Ogden, Phelps 
and Shields. 

Committee on Printing — Grand Secretary, P. Gs, Etter and Stockton. 

The M. W. Grand Master submitted his semi-annual report, with 
accompanying documents, which was read, as follows : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

It affords me peculiar pleasure to meet the members of the Grand Lodge, and exchange 
congratulations with them, on the continued increase and unexampled prosperity of the Order 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 365 

throughout our jurisdiction, for which we have abundant reason to be deeply thankful, and 
to acknowledge with devout gratitude the blessings with which our efforts have been 
crowned, by that Being whose greatness and goodness are so constantly impressing upon 
our minds the solemn teachings of our Institution. Brilliant and remarkable as were the 
triumphs achieved by the Order in its infancy and early youth, the fruits of its maturity 
have more than realized the fondest expectations of its friends. With what unaffected 
pleasure do we see, from day to day, all classes and descriptions of men — of almost every 
grade of intellectual excellencies— join in harmonious efforts to promote the interests, and 
spread still father and wider the principles of universal charity, which are the ^nceasing 
lessons of Odd Fellowship. At no former period since its introduction in this State, it is 
believed, has the Order exhibited a more healthy or prosperous condition, or been more firmly 
lixed in the confidence of a community, or the affections of the members, than at present. 

The number of Lodges has not increased, though it is represented that applications would 
be made at your present session for the establishment of two or more in the interior. 

The returns of the several Lodges, for the term ending 30th June, on file in the ofSce of 
the Grand Secretary, exhibit a constant and gratifying increase in the number of initiations, 
as also of those by deposit of Card from other jurisdictions. 

At a called meeting of your R. "W". Body, held on the 18th of March last, a Charter was 
granted to six qualified brothers for the establishment of a Lodge in the town of Covington, 
Parish of St. Tammany. Subsequently, upon examination of the general law on the sub- 
ject, I was impressed with the belief that it could not be legally instituted, and hence the 
refusal of my assent to the Charter, and immediately referred the subject back to the Grand 
Lodge. I subsequently received a communication, signed by the requisite number of Past 
Grands, asking me to call a meeting of the Grand Lodge on the evening of the 22d, to re- 
consider the vote granting the Charter in question. The call was made, in compliance with 
said request. The Grand Lodge met, and on motion, the call was approved. A motion 
was next made to re-consider, which was concurred in ; for further action had on this sub- 
ject, I refer you to pp. 256, 257, Journal of Proceedings — the legality or illegatity of which, 
I will only add, is still a question to be determined by the Supreme Legislature, at its 
approaching session, to he held at Cincinnati, in September next. 

In obedience to a resolution adopted at the same session, I authorized our R. "W. Deputy 
Grand Master to proceed to Covington and institute said Lodge and install its officers, 
which I am happy to add, was as promptly acceded to as it was ably and efficiently per- 
formed, as it will be seen by his report, herewith submitted. 

Brother J. P. Presoott and five others, to whom a Charter had been granted m January 
last, for a Lodge to be located in the town of Providence, Carroll Parish, having proved 
themselves duly qualified — accompanied by Brother W. H. Slack, of Hope, No. 14, to whom 
my thanks are justly due, and are hereby tendered, for the prompt and valuable assistance 
rendered me — I proceeded to that place, and on the 3th day of March — assisted also by P. 
G. B. H. Bowman, one of the petitioners — duly instituted Carroll Lodge, No. 30, and 
installed the following officers, to wit : Brothers J. P. Prescott, N. G. ; J. T. Fortson, V. 
G. ; J. Y. Christmas, Secretary ; and Adolph Bernd, Treasurer. I am most happy in being 
able to state of my own knowledge, that from the well known good character and influence 
of the warm hearted brethren forming this Lodge, I have entire confidence in its future suc- 
cess, and of its producing a beneficial effect on the interests of the Order, in that portion of 
our State. 

My correspondence with the Lodges relates generally to points of law, easily determined 
by reference to the laws themselves, rules and general regulations, not defined by law or 
usage, chiefly governing applications for Dispensations, etc., which were invariably required 
fo have the sanction of the Lodge, when the case would admit of it, and otherwise by the 



266 Proceedings of the [July, 

N. G-., over his official signature — setting forth the reasons in full, in order to guide and 
govern me, before dispensing with any of the constitutional requirements. 

I would state for your information, that up to the present time, eighty-two applications 
have been made for Dispensations, by the several Lodges in this district, chiefly for the 
conferring of degrees ; a few only to initiate applicants for membership over the age limited 
by law, of which number seventy-two have been granted, for reasons set forth in said appli- 
cations, now on file, which were deemed satisfactory. 

On the 5th day of June, I received a communication from DeSoto, No. 7, submitting 
questions for decision, which were duly answered by the return mail, addressed to the 
Worthy D. D. Grand Master, requesting him to communicate the same to the Lodge; also 
the following instructions to the several Lodges in his District, viz : " That Subordinate 
Lodges shall, in all questions of dispute or doubt, first consult the D. D. G. M., and should 
his decision not prove satisfactory, then they may address the G. Lodge or G. Master ; and 
all communications desiring inforrnation or instructions in the Work of the Order, are 
required to pass through the hands of that officer, (except in cases of sickness or absence,) 
who is for the time being the agent or representative of the G. Master." 

The reasons for this are twofold : 1st, That two of the three questions submitted wpre 
answered by the law to which they refer ; 2d, That there was a seerning want of courtesy 
manifested by the Lodge — though such may not have been intended — towards the officer i^ 
question, who, it appears, was present, though not in the Lodge at the time. 

I deem it necessary to call your attention to the propriety of amending section 1, article 8, 
of the Constitution for Subordinates ; an4 I do so from the fact, that instances of my own 
knowledge have occurred, where this law has either been evaded or construed (mild terms 
for violation,) in such manner as to subserve the views aqd ends of one class of brothers — 
ardent, ambitious and unscruplous — and another, who regard it as the greatest hardship to, 
require of them a compliance with the probationary feature of said la-\v. 

The officers of the various Subordinate Lodges in the Parishes of Orleans and Jefferson 
were duly installed on the first regular meeting of the current term. In the performance 
pf these interesting and important duties, as on every other occasion when his assistance 
has been required. It affords me unfeigned pleasure to notice the untiring energy and perse- 
vering zeal displayed by our R. W. D. Grand Master, readily secconding my best efforts for 
the good of the Order, entitle him to the confidpnce and esteem of every friend of the cause ; 
it also affords me pleasure, in this connection, to acknowledge the ready and efficient aid 
rendered by brother P. G. P. Herman, in installing the officers of the three Lodges at present 
working in the German language, and which now forms a most important and interesting 
portion of the Order in this city. 

The officers of National, No. 18, were installed, at my request, by P. G. A. R. Fuertes, 
of that Lodge, in an able and satisfactory manner ; and, for which, I proffer him my sincere 
thanks. 

On the 1st instant, at the installation of the officers of Magnolia Lodge, No. 22, a grave 
but singular case was piesented, and one which, if not promptly rebuked, would form a 
precedent, dangerous to the interests of the Order. The circumstances were these : a Protest 
was handed to me, signed by five members of that Lodge, which substantially charged that 
brother Phineas Janney, the Secretary elect, had received the third, fourth and fifth Degrees 
on the 15th, 18th and 20th of June ; and that the conferring of the same was a direct viola- 
tion of section 1, article 8, of the Constitution for Subordinates — which expressly declares 
that "at least four weeks shall intervene between the conferring of each of the Degrees," 
ptc; which charge was fully sustained, by the production of two certificates — one from 
Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, that brother Janney had received the third Degree in said 
Jjodge, on the 15th of June, and the other, that the fifth Degree had been conferred by 



1 S5U.J Grand Lodge, of Louisiana. 267 

Howard, No. 13, on the same brother on the 20th. In view of the facta just stated, it only 
remained for me to annul his election, upon the grounds that he had been illegally qualified ; 
and therefore ordered a new one forthwith — as provided by the Charge Book — which was 
accordingly done, and resulted in the choice of brother H. Spencer. After which, the 
officers were duly installed. 

On the following evening, at the installation of the officers of Orleans, No. 11, my atten- 
tion was directed to a note, signed officially by the Secretary, appended to the minutes of 
the previous meeting, the substance of which was, that after the Lodge had regularly closed, 
a number of brethren — three or four of whom, I regret to say, are members of your R. W. 
body — resolved themselves into Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, and, in that character — without 
the presence of an officer of that Lodge or shadow of authority from them for so acting, as 
will be seen by the action said Degree Lodge had at its last meeting, herewith submitted — 
proceeded to instruct brother P. Janney in the fourth Degree, when it has already been 
clearly shown -that he received the third at its regular meeting, three days previous, and 
the fifth, at Howard, No. 13, two days thereafter. 

The charge, then, it will be seen, is fully sustained against brother Janney, who, it cannot 
be argued, was ignorant of the existence and force of the law, from the steps taken to evade 
it. The P. Gs. who, it is represented, advised or assisted brother Janney in this affair, will 
no doubt, receive at your hands that consideration which their extraordinary conduct entitles 
them. Orleans, No. 11, and Howard, No. 13, are, in my opinion, more or less implicated 
in the matter; the former, for having adopted the note or record of the affair perpetrated in 
the name of Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1 ; and the latter, for persisting in conferring the 
Degree on brother Janney, after having been warned by a prominent P. G. of that Lodge, 
of the impropriety if not illegality of such a step. During the latter part of May, accom- 
panied by the Grand Officers, I paid an official visit to the Lodges in this city and Lafay- 
ette, for the purpose of giving them such instructions in the v/ork of the Order as they 
might require ; and it affords me much gratification to inform you that I found them all con- 
ducting their business in a practical and creditable manner. 

In obedience to a resolution, adopted at a meeting held on the 26th of January last, the 
Finance Committee, in pursuance of the duty assigned them, forwarded an order to brother 
John Osborne, New York, for a complete set of regalia and jewels for the use of your 
officers, and seventy sets for the use of the members, all of which were furnished in due 
time at a comparatively moderate cost, say $809, exclusive of freight and drayage ; which 
amount was promptly remitted, in compliance with said resolution. 

A vacancy having occurred in District No. 1, by the departure of R. N. Wood, D. D. Gr. 
M., for California, early in May last, I appointed brother P. G. R. A. Walker, of Neith, No. 
21, to that office, pro tern., who, it had been represented to me, was eminently qualified for 
the important duties devolving on him. 

I recommend to your early attention, the further consideration of the new Constitution, 
reported by the committee at the commencent of your last session, which was taken up and 
considered at the several adjourned meetings until the close of the same, and was finally 
adopted as amended, and referred back to the committee, with instructions to have three 
hundred copies printed for the use of the members at your present session. 

The establishment of Carroll Lodge, No. 30, at Providence, renders the formation of 
another district necessary, and I would recommend that such an one be formed, to include 
to the Parish of Madison. 

The reports from D. D. Grand Masters, Walker, Fields, Matta, Dunham and Bowman, 
which accompany this, it will be seen, all indicate a healthy and prosperous condition of the 
Order in the interior. The increase of membership is comparatively large, and I am gratified 
at the promises of stabihty and permanency evinced throughout the jurisdiction. 

34 



268 Proceedings of the [ July, 

A considerable amount of business will be laid before you by the R. W. Grand Secretary, 
and will claim your attention. 

You are referred to the reports of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, for the 
details of receipts and disbursements for the past six months. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

JOHN CRICKARD, Grand Master. 
New Orleans, July 23d, 1850. 



New Orleans, March 26th, 1850. 
To John CricJcard, Esq, M. W. G. M. of the R. W. G. L., I. O. O. F, of La.: 

Dear Sir and Brother — Agreeable to instructions received over your official signa- 
ture, bearing date March 23, 1850, I repaired to the town of Covington, in this State, for 
the purpose of instituting a new Lodge, installing its officers, and transacting such other 
business as the good of the Order and the welfare of said new Lodge might require. 

On the evening of March 23, 1850, after having carefully examined all present, and prov- 
ing them correct in the work of the Order, I proceeded to organize a meeting for the pur- 
pose above mentioned, and called to my assistance P. G. M. Chas. M. Emerson, P. G. Thos. 
H. Shields, P. G. C. C. Delacroix, together with several brothers of the Scarlet Degree; 
when the following brothers, applicants for the Charter of St. Tammany Lodge, No. 31, 
were presented to me, with their Cards in proper form ; and after a careful examination, they 
were found to be good and true brothers, and entitled to all the rights and privileges of the 
Order— P. G. M. Chas. M. Emerson, P. G. Thos. H. Shields, P. G. C. C. Delacroix, and 
Brothers ^V. L. Gushing, Wm. M. McDuff, and Wm. O. Whitman. 

I therefore proceeded to constitute the Lodge, by administering the requisite O. B. N. to 
the above named brothers and performing such other duties as the law in such cases require. 

And in the name of the R. W. G. Lodge of Louisiana, and by the authority of the same, 
did proclaim St. Tammany Lodge, No. 31, to be a duly constituted Lodge of the Inde- 
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, and to hold its meetings in the town of Covington, in this, 
jurisdiction, on each, and every Saturday evening, at usual hours. 

The Lodge then proceeded to the election of officers for the present term, and the follow- 
ing named brothers were declared duly elected, viz : W. L. Gushing, N. G. ; William M. 
McDufF, V. G. ; C. C. Delacroix, Secretary ; Wm. O. Whitman, Treasurer. 

Assisted by P. G. M. Chas. M. Emerson, P. G. Thos. H. Shields, I installed the officers 
elect into their respective chairs, and delivered into their keeping the Charge Books, P. W., 
and such instruction as the law requires 

Upon application to me, by vote of the Lodge, I granted a Dispensation to enable theni 
to receive the applications for membership, to ballot for, and, if elected, to initiate, all on the 
same evening, the following named persons — Wm. H. Dunica, Jonathan Arthur, James 
Brown, Jr., W. B. Hosmer, Stephen D. Hess, G. P. Dunnica, D. D. Warren, J. J. Mortee, 
and J. W. Thompson — who were balloted for, elected and initiated into the rites and mys- 
teries of our beloved Order ; and, upon application in legal manner, I granted a further Dis- 
pensation to the Lodge, to confer the First and Second Degrees upon the nine named 
brothers, at this present meeting, and also to confer the Third, Fourth and Fifth Degrees 
upon any or all of them, on or after the fourth meeting from this present. 

The above comprises all of the official duty performed by me, under instructions above 
referred to ; and will conclude, by remarking that every thing connected with the prosperity 
and success of the Lodge is of the most flattering character : the members admitted are 
such as move and have standing in society of the first respectability, and are men of educa- 
tion and general intelligence, and will, in my opinion, assist in forming one of the best Lodges 



1850] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 269 

in the State, and such as will reflect credit upon themselves and be an ornament to the 
Order at large. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

111 F., L. and T., 

H. G. STETSON, B. G. M. 



Office of D. D. G-. M., of District No. 1, ) 
Shreveport, La., July 13, 1850. ] 
John Crickard, Esq., M. W. G. M.: 

Dear Sir and Brother — I have the honor to submit the following report to you, of 
my official acts as your Deputy for this district. 

At the beginning of the present term, I installed the officers elect of Neith Lodge, No. 21 > 
in due form, except the Treasurer, who was sick ; at the next regular meeting thereafter, 
I installed the Treasurer. I also installed the officers elect of Wood Lodge, No. 26, in due 
form, at the first regular meeting of said Lodge in the present term. 

Li compliance with your request, I have carefully examined the books of Neith Lodge, 
for the last twelve months past, and find them properly kept for the last term, and the work 
of the Lodge regular. For the term prior to the last, I find that the meetings of the Lodge 
were irregular — many nights there were no meetings, no quorum being present, and the 
minutes appear to have been recorded in an imperfect manner. I also find that during that 
term, L. D. Nash was expelled, from which decision he prayed an appeal to the Grand 
Lodge, which was granted, but from some strange mistake or neglect, the Secretary failed 
to transmit the papers to the Grand Lodge ; at the same time leaving the officers of the 
Lodge under the belief they had been sent. 

In conclusion, I will say, that I entertain hopes of yet seeing Neith one of the most 
flourishing Lodges in the State. I have the gratification of reporting Wood Lodge in a 
very flourishing condition. 

Yours, in Friendship, Love and Truth, 

RICHARD A. WALKER, D. D. G. M. Dist. No. 1. 



Office of D. D. G. Master, of District No. 2, ) 
FranMin, St. Mary, July 1, 1850. ] 

Dear Sir and Brother — In accordance with one of the duties attached to my station 
as your Deputy for District No. 2, of I. O. of O. F., in Louisiana, I tender you the follow- 
ing report of my official acts during the last semi annual term, ending this day. 

I have granted, on the application of St. Mary's Lodge, Dispensations in the following 
cases : 

Feb. 16, 1850, for brother H. W. Johns to receive his - - - Fifth Degree. 

Mar. 16, 1850, for brother J. L. Brent, to receive his - Third, Fourth and Fifth Degrees. 

" " for brother J. J Caffery, to receive his - First and Second Degrees. 

.Tune 29, 1850, for brother John Moore, to receive his - - Fourth and Fifth Degrees. 

" " for brother Fred. Gates, to receive his Third, Fourth and Fifth Degrees. 

*' " for brother T. C Nicholls to " his Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Degrees. 

" " for brother J. H. Heard, to receive his Third, Fourth and Fifth Degrees. 
Dispensations were also granted by my predecessor, brother H. C. Cook, subsequent to 
his last report, and previous to receipt of my appointment, to vdt : 
Jan. 12, 1850, brother J. D. Arial, to receive his - Third, Fourth and Fifth Degrees. 

" " brother J. N. Lewis, to receive his - - Fourth and Fifth Degrees. 



270 Proceedings of the [ July, 

The frequent occurrence of these cases has been inconsequence of the inability of the 
parties to attend the meetings of the Lodge, by reason of the remoteness of their residence ; 
which I have thought, and presume you will consider, a sufficient ground for the exercise of 
this power. 

I have also granted a Dispensation, March 16, on the application of St. Mary's LodgCj 
in favor of the re-application — within the constitutional probationary term — of a rejected 
petitioner for membership, on the open avowal of the parties instrumental in his rejection, 
that they were in error, and were desirous of obtaining an opportunity of correcting an act 
which would prove unjust in its operation. 

In a recent conversation with several members, residents of Opelousas, I was informed 
that active exertions were making, preliminary to opening a Lodge in that town, where the 
popular sentiment is quite favorable, and which ere long, I sincerely hope to see consum- 
mated. 

In closing this brief statement, I cannot forego the pleasure of announcing the Continued 
success of Odd Fellowship in St. Mar]'. The scion so recently severed from the parent 
etock, is already a noble tree, dispensing throughout our community its fruits — Friendship, 
Love and Truth. 

I am, with sentiments of fraternal esteem, 

Your obedient servant, 

A. L. FIELDS, D. D. G. M. Dist. No. 2. 

John Crickard, M. W. G. M., New Orleans. 



Offici of the D. D. G. M. of District No. 3, 1; 
Baton Rouge, La., July 8th, 1850. \ 

To John CricJcard, Esq., M. W. G. Master, of I. O. O. F., of State of La. : 

Respected Sir and Brother — It becemes my duty, as your Deputy, to submit to 
you a report of my acts during the term ending the 30th June last, and flatter myself that 
it will meet with your approbation. 

On the 13th April last, I granted a Dispensation to Clinton Lodge, No. 27, to dispense 
with the time required to confer degrees, and to confer the Third, Fourth and Fifth Degrees 
on Brother W. A. Steadman. The Lodge having been recently instituted, required Scarlet 
Members to carry on the "Work. 

The Noble Grand of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, reported to me that, by some miscalculation 
OT oversight, section 1, article 8 of the Constitution, had not been strictly complied with in 
the cases of Brothers A. W. Norris and R. Hoffman, the balloting for their degrees having 
taken place at the expiration of three, in place of four weeks. 

The four weeks having expired, and no protest entered against the premature balloting, I 
authorized the N. G. to confer the degrees. 

I have granted several Dispensations, to dispense with section 3, article 8 of the Consti- 
tution, and authorized the N. G. to furnish Visiting Cards to brothers in good standing who 
were not able to make their application in open Lodge. 

On the 3d instant, I visited Clinton Lodge, No. 27, and installed the officers for second 
term, 1850, and gave such instruction and information to the brothers as they required. It 
affords me great gratification to state, that although this Lodge counts but a limited number 
of working members, yet this small, but noble band, carries out the principles of our motto, 
F., L. and T., to its fullest extent ; and I entertain no doubt that within a short period it 
'will take rank amongst the best Lodges of this State. 



1850.] Grand Lodg-e of Louisiana. 271 

The officers of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, were installed by my Wortliy Brother Past Grand 
Oscar Barbee. This Lodge is entitled to the greatest encomium for her workings. Nothing 
is omitted nor overdone— increasing in members of the very best material, and her finances 
in a sound and prosperous condition. 

I am not able to make a report respecting Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, but as soon as I can 
make it convenient, will visit said Lodge, and make my report. 

I have communicated the Q. P. W. to the Noble Grands of the Lodges under my juris- 
diction. 

I acknowledge the receipt of your favor dated 19th June, defining the duties of D. D. G. 
Ms. With its injunctions I promise a strict compliance. 

I remain, with the highest respect, yours, in F., L. and T., 

A. MATTA, B. D. G. M., District No. 3. 

Office of D. D. G. Master of District No. 4, ) 
Balize, July 19, 1850. ( 

To John Crickard, Esq., M. W. G. M. : 

Dear Sir and Brother — I, as D. D. G Master, have the pleasure of making to you 
my report of the proceedings of Nautilus Lodge, No. 28, I. O. O. F., for the term com- 
mencing January 1st, and ending June 30th, 1850, during which I have granted two Dis- 
pensations, the one for Brother "William T. Smith, at the request of the Lodge, to take his 
Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Degrees, he being immediately to be absent for some time ; 
the next for Oscar Arroyo, to be initiated. At the request of the Lodge, I granted him a 
Dispensation. 

Dear Brother — I must inform you of our installation, which being done in regular form 
Past Grand Master Emerson as Grand Marshal, Past Grand Master Rice as Grand War- 
den, Past Grand Yeomans as Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, assisted ; and the fol- 
lowing officers were installed: Cyrus Morgan, N. G. ; James B. Williams, V. G. ; James 
B. Hayes, Secretary; Joseph Shephard, Treasurer. 

After the installation, Oscar Arroyo, after being elected a member of the said Lodge, was 
initiated in due form. The Lodge then closed in F., L. and T. 

Brother Shields arrived here to-day, being too late to assist at our installation, whose 
absence we very much regretted. 

We should be very happy to greet you among us at any leisure time ; should you give us 
a little notice, your presence here would be a source of pleasure for us, inasmuch as we never 
had the pleasure of welcoming you here. 

I remain, sincerely and truly, your friend and brother, 

J. E. DUNHAM, D. D. G. M., District No. 4 

Office of the D. D. G. Master of District No. 5, ) 
Lake Provide')ice, La., July 15, 1850. l 

To John Crickard, Esq., M. W. G. M. : 

Dear Sir and Brother — Carroll Lodge, No. 30, (the only Lodge within myjuris^^ 
diction,) as you are aware, has been but recently established, and has had many embarrass- 
ing circumstances to contend with. This is comparatively a new country, and but little has 
fceen known here of Odd Fellowship. 

The petitioners for this Lodge were made, one in Tennessee, one in Mississippi, one in 
Pennsylvania, one in North Carolina, one in Texas, and one in Kentucky. They had all 
cast their lots here, and were comparative strangers ; but they met as friends and brothers 
and feeling the importance of union, determined to make an effort to establish a Lodge at 
this place. In this they finally succeeded ; and after encountering innumerable obstacles 
Carroll Lodge now bids fair to be an ornament to the Order, and to take a high stand among 



272 Proceedings of the [July, 

her"sister Lodges and in this community. There is the best feeling existing among the 
brothers, and the Order is rapidly gaining friends in this community. There is good mate- 
rial here, and the Lodge has shown a disposition to work on none other. 

Since I was honored with the appointment of D. D., I have had but few occasions to act 
in my official capacity ; your Dispensation was received by the Lodge too late to have the 
degrees conferred as stipulated by you, and fulfil the objects for which it was requested. I 
was satisfied that it was not contemplated by you, and therefore authorized the Lodge to 
confer the Fourth and Fifth Degrees immediately after conferring the others, instead of 
waiting a week, as directed. 

The officers have been elected, installed, (except the V. G., who is necessarily absent — 
will be installed, I presume, at the next meeting,) and all is moving on in Friendship, Love 
and Truth. 

Fraternal])', yours, 

BEN. H. BOWMAN, D. D. G. M., District No. 5. 

On motion of P. G. Larue, so macli of the Report of the Grrand Master 
as relates to the conferring of degrees by Howard and Orleans Lodges, 
was referred to a Special Committe of five. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. Larue, C. M. Emerson, Hopkins, Shaw 
and Nixon. 

On motion of P. Gr. Nixon, the Report of the Grand Master and ac- 
companying documents, (with the foregoing exception) were referred to 
a Special Committee of three, to distribute the subjects therein referred 
to, to appropriate Committees. 

P. Gs. Nixon, Doane and Shaw were appointed said Committee. 

The following Reports from the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer 
were received and read, and on motion of D. G. M. Stetson, referred to 
the Committee on Finance. 

New Orleans, July 23, 1850. 
To the R. W. Grajid Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

Herewith I beg to submit a statement of Cash received during the past six months, and 
the disposal thereof, viz : 
Per centao-es from Subordinate Lodges, at the Annual Session in January, as per 

journal,! $1,516 58 

Charter fee- of Carroll Lodge, No. 30 50 00 

St. Tammany, No. 31 50 00 

Books, Cards, etc 18 00 

Rents — Louisiana, No. 1, - April $37 50 

" Howard, No. 13, " 37 50 

" Wildey Encampment, No. 1, " 18 75 

" Grand Encampment— 6ms., " 12 00 105 75 

Total amount Receipts $ 1>740 33 

Which amount has been paid to the Grand Treasurer, as per his receipts. 
The Resolutions and instructions of the Grand Lodge at its Annual Session, have been 
complied with by the Grand Secretary to the best of his ability. 
Respectfully submitted, 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. Se^. 



1850. 



Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 



273 



THE GRAND LODGE OF I. O. O. F. OF LOUISIANA, 



In account current with CHARLES H. LEE, Grand Ti 



1850. 
March 
March 
March 
March 
March 
March 
March 
March 
March 21 
April 8 
April 
April 
May 
May 
May 
May 
June 
June 



To paid order favor Corson & Armstrong, voucher 

" P. Munson " 

" H. W. Olmsted, G. Sec. " 

" H.Williams 

" Picayune Office " 

" Bonner & Smith. .. . " 

" Chittenden & Dameron " 

" J. T.Hammond " 

" N. O. Gas Light Co. 

" U. Tyson, G. Herald 

" H.W.Olmsted 

" True Delta Office... 

" H. G. Stetson, Ch'n. 

" N. O. Gas Light Co. 

" H. G. Stetson, Treas. 

" John Frankford " 

" Jos. Etter '• 

" W. T. Yeomans.... " 

To balance on hand » . . . . 



No. 1. 
" 2. 
" 3. 
" 4. 
" 5. 
" 6. 
" 7. 
" 8. 
" 9, 
" 10, 
" 11, 
" 12. 
" 13. 
" 14. 
" 15. 
" 16. 
" 17. 
" IS. 



reasurer. 
DR. CR. 
,..$19 25 
,.. 21 90 
, . . 25 00 
. . . 27 00 
. . . 20 00 
. . . 140 00 
. . . 12 25 
. . . 40 00 
. . . 33 50 
. . . 12 50 
. . . 62 50 
. . . 10 00 
. . . 527 00 
, . . 27 00 
... 87 18 
. . . 5 00 
. . . 100 00 
. . . 222 00 
....272 35 



- 1850. 
Feb'y 2, 



March 26, 



$ 1,673 53 
By rec'd from J. A. Amelung, Ch'n Fin. Com., bal. from 

late Treasurer, as per report $ 156 92' 

By rec'd from H. W. Olmsted, G. Sec'y 1,000 00 

" H. W. Olmsted, G. Sec'y 516 61 



f 1,673 53: 

By balance. Cash on hand, $ 272 35 

CHAS. H. LEE, Grand Treastcrer. 
New Orleans, July 23, 1850. 



SUPPLEMEJMTAL ACCOUNT. 



1850. DR. CR. 

By amount brought forw^ard $ 272 35 

July 23, Rec'd from H. W. Olmsted, G. Sec'y 223 72 

1850. $496 07 
July 23, To paid per order fav. H. G. Stetson, Ch'n, voucher No. 19, $ 303 50 

Being balance Cash on hand $ 192 57 

CHAS. H LEE, Grand Treasurer. 
New Orleans, July 23,1850- 



274 Proceedings of the [Jult, 

P. G. Race, from the Committee on Elections and Returns, submitted 
the following Reports, which were read and accepted, viz : 

New Orleans, July 23, 1850. 
To the R, W. Grand Lodge of LouisiaTia, J. O. O. F.: 

The Committee on Elections and Returns beg leave to Report : 

That the Certificates of the following Past Grands as Representatives to this Grand 
Lodge are correct, viz : 

U7iio7i Lodge, No. 6 — P. Gs. J. S. Relf, Jas. Cunliff, A. M. Turner and Robt, Wood. 
Hoiuard Lodge, No. 13 — P. Gs. Frank Haynes, F. W. Delesdernier, and James 
Furneaux. 

Indepindence Lodge, No. 23 — P. G. P. Willmann. 

St. Tammany Lodge, No. 31 — P. G. M. C. M. Emerson and P. G. Wm. L, Gushing. 
Crescent Lodge, No. 8 — P. G. Richard Swain, vice P. G. H. W. Olmsted, resigned. 
Nautilus Lodge, No. 28 — P. G. M. Wm. H. Rice and P. G. T. H. Shields, proxies. 
All of which is respectfully submitted in F., L. and T., 

{Signed,] G. W. RACE, 

F. W. DELESDERNIER, 
F. A. DENTZEL. 

New Orleans, July 23, 1850. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 
The Committee on Elections and returns have duly examined the credentials of Past 

Grands for admission into the Grand Lodge, and beg leave to report : 
That the Certificates of the following Brothers are correct, as having passed the several 

chairs named, viz : 

John W. Crockett, N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry of No. 1 

Charles Toucher, N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry " 3 

Richard Swain, N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry " 8 

W. P. Sunderland,. N. G., V. G and Sec'ry " 9 

Christian J. Young N. G. and V. G. Sec'ry " 10 

James Stockton N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry '' 12 

L. A.Levy, Jr., N. G., V. G and Sec'ry " 13 

James Furneaux, N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry " 13 

George Rareshlde, N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry " 14 

John A. Mitchell, N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry " 15 

Selim Magner, N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry " 19 

W.T.Benedict, N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry " 22 

J. F. Mayer, N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry " 22 

J. D. Kamper, N. G. and V. G. " 23 

E. J. Dohm, N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry " 24 

B.H.Bowman........ N. G., V. G. and Sec'ry " 30 

Wm. L. Cushing, N. G. (first term), " 31 

All of which is respectfully submitted in F., L. and T., 

[Signed,] G. W. RACE, 

F. W. DELESDENIEE, 
F. A. DENTZEL. 



1850.] G-rand Lodge of Louisiana. 975 

The following P. Grs. being in waiting, were introduced by the G-rand, 
Conductor, and duly qualified to take their seats as members of the 
Grand Lodge, viz : 



Richard Swain, 


Crescent Lodge, 


No. 


8 


W. P. Sunderland, - 


Jefferson Lodge, 


No. 


9 


C. J. Young, - 


Teutonia Tiodge, 


No. 


10 


James Stockton, 


Commercial Lodge, 


No. 


12 


James Furneaux, 


Howard Lodge, 


No. 


13 


George Rareshide, 


Hope Lodge, 


No. 


14 


J. A. Mitchell, - 


Delta Lodge, 


No. 


15 


S. Magner, 


Polar Star Lodge, 


No. 


19 


Wm. T. Benedict, - 


Magnolia Lodge, 


No. 


22 


J. F. Mayer, - 


Independence Lodge, 


No. 


23 


J. D. Kamper, - 


Independence Lodge, 


No. 


23 


Wm. L. Gushing, 


St. Tamany Lodge, 


No. 


31 



The Past Official Degrees were conferred upon P. Gs. quahfied to re- 
ceive the same, by the R. W. Grand Warden. 

By-Laws were submitted for approval from Germania Lodge, No. 29, 
and were referred to a Special Committee of P. Gs. Hiestand, Brichta 
and Reuter. 

By-Laws from St. Tammany Lodge, No. 3] , were referred to the 
Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws. 

The following appeals were referred to the Committee on Petitions 
and Appeals, viz : 

Independence Lodge, No. 23, from a decision of Louisiana Lodge, 
No. 1. 

John Beaumont, from a decision of Jefferson Lodge, No, 9. 

P. G- E. A. F. Mitchell, from a decision of Washington Lodge, No. 3. 

An application for a Charter for a new Lodge, to be located at Ope- 
lousas, Parish of St. Landry, to be known and hailed as " St. Landry 
Lodge, No. — ," signed by brothers John G. Pratt, Benj. R. Rogers, J^. 
Campbell, James M. Porter and Wm. S. Read, was read and referred to 
the Committee on Petitions and Appeals. 

A communication from St. Tammany Lodge, No. 31, was received 
and read, asking permission to have a procession, oration, etc., at such 
time in the month of August, as the Lodge might determine. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the request was granted. 

Communications from the Grand Lodges of Missouri, Massachusetts 
35 



276 Proceedings of the [July, 

and District of Columbia were received, and referred to the Special Com- 
mittee upon the communications from the Grand Lodges of Pennsylvania 
and Maryland. 

Sundry bills were referred to the Committee on Finance. 

The report of the Special Committee on the Constitution of the Grand 
Lodge was taken up, and laid on the table, subject to call. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet on 
Tuesday evening, July 30, at half-past 7 o'clock, at this hall. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, July 30, 1850. 

The K. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 1-2 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to ad- 
journment. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grand Master; the Grand Officers 
and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

A certificate from National Lodge, No. 1 8, that brother P. Casanas 
had passed the Chairs of Secretary, V. G., and N. G., was received and 
read. 

A certificate from Hope Lodge, No. 14, that P. G. John W. Belcher 
is in good standing in that Lodge, accompanied by a certificate from 
Excelsior Lodge, No. 67, State of Maryland, that brother John W. 
Belcher had served as N. G. of that Lodge, v/as received and read. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the certificates of P. Gs. 
Casanas and Belcher, were accepted. 

The following P. Gs. being in waiting, were introduced by the Grand 
Conductor, and duly quahfied to take their seats as members of the Grand 
Lodge, viz : 

John W. Crockett, - - Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 

John W. Belcher, - - Hope Lodge, No. 14 

P. Casanas, - - - National Lodge, No. 18 

"Edward J. Dohm, r - Columbus Lodge, No. 24 



i850i] Grand Lodge of Louisiavxi. 217 

D. Gr. M. Stetson, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the fol- 
lowing report, which was read and adopted : 

New Orleans, July 26th, 1850. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

The undersigned, Committee on Finance, to whom was referred the reports, books and 
vouchers of the R. W. Grand Secretary and Treasurer, have attended to that duty and beg 
leave to report, that having carefully examined all submitted to them, find them correct in 
every particular, and recommend that the same be approved and spread upon the minutes. 

We have also examined the following bills, against the R. W. Grand Lodge, and find 
them correct in every particular, and recommend that orders be draWn on the Treasury for 
their payment : 

R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States. $260 18 

H. W. Olmsted, Grand Secretary, for sundry expenses, , 30 00 

David Felt & Co., for stationery, 16 00 

A. Rovira, for six months rent of Hall, 90 On 

Peter MunsoD, for attendance and ice, 3 00 

Bulletin, advertising, 1 00 

Total, .$400 18 

We find that the following Lodges and Encampments are indebted to the Grand Lodge 
for rent, as follows: — and we recommend that the R. W. Grand Secretary be instructed 
to collect the same — 

Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, one quarter, $ 37 00 

Union Lodge, No. 6, two quarters, 75 00 

Howard * Lodge, No. 13, one quarter 37 50 

Wildey Encampment, No. 1, one quarter, 18 75 

Grand Encampment, No. 1, one quarter, 6 25 

Total, $175 00 

All of which is respectfully submitted in F., L. and T., 

H. G. STETSON,) 

S. HOPKINS, Jr., > Finance Committee. 

H. DOANE, j 

P. G. Nixon, from the Committee on Constitution and By-Laws, sub- 
mitted the following report, which was read and adopted : 

New Orleans, July 29, 1850. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The Committee on By-Laws, to whom was referred the By-Laws of St. Tammany 
Lodge, No. 31, beg leave to recommend them for approval. 



J. O. NIXON, 

H. BIER, \ Committee. 

F. A. DENTZEL. 



} 



* (Since paid. 



278 Proceedings of the [July, 

The Committee on Elections and Returns submitted tiie following- 
report, which was read and adopted : 

New Orleans, July 24th, 1850. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Loidsiana, I. O. O. F. : 

Your Committee on Elections and Returns, to whom was referred the returns from Sub- 
ordinate Lodges, beg leave to report, that correct semi-annual reports have been received 
'from the following subordinates in this jurisdiction, viz: 

Louisiana Lodge No. 1 

Union Lodge No. 6 

Crescent Lodge No. 8 

Jefferson Lodge No. 9 

Teutonia Lodge No. 10 

Orleans Lodge No. 11 

Commercial Lodge No. 12 

Howard Lodge No. 13 

Hope Lodge No, 14 

Delta Lodge No. 15 

National Lodge No. 18 

Polar Star Lodge No. 19 

St. Mary's Lodge No. 20 

Neith Lodge No. 21 

Magnolia Lodge No. 22 

Independence Lodge No. 23 

Columbus Lodge No. 24 

Nautilus Lodge. No. 28 

Germania Lodge No. 29 

St. Tammany Lodge No. 31 

Also, that correct annual reports have been received froni the following Lodges, viz : 

Louisiana Lodge No. 1 

Washington Lodge No. 3 

Union Lodge ...- No. 6 

Crescent Lodge No. 8 

Jefferson Lodge No. 9 

Teutonia Lodge No. 10 

Orleans Lodge =... No. 11 

Commercial Lodge No. 12 

Howard Lodge No. 13 

JHope Lodge No. 14 

Delta Lodge No. 15 

Templar Lodge No. 16 

National Lodge No. 18 

Polar Star Lodge No. 19 

St. Mary's Lodge ." No. 20 

Neith Lodge No. 21 

Magnolia Lodge No. 22 

Independence Lodge No. 23 

Columbus Lodge No. 24 

Wood Lodge No. 25 

Nautilus Lodge No. 28 

Germania Lodge No. 29 

St. Tammany Lodge No. 31 

AH of which is respectfully submitted, in F., L. and T., 

G. W. RACE, ) 

F. W. DELESDERNIER, > Committee. 

F. A. DENTZEL, ) 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 27'9 

P. G. M. C. M. Emerson, from the Committee on Petitions and Ap- 
peals, submitted the following report, which was read and adopted, and 
the resolution passed : 

To the H. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F.: 

The committee to whom was referred the appeal of Brother Shepherd from a decision of 
St. Mary's Lodge, No. 2Q, suspending him for six months, for failing to pay over, when 
required, certain funds of the Lodge which had been collected by him as Permanent Secre- 
tary, respectfully beg leave to report, that they have carefully reviewed the facts and 
circumstances, as detailed in the papers submitted. It appears that the accused did not pay 
over the funds at the times required, having loaned them to a brother member on his promise 
to return them on demand, which promise the said brother failed to fulfil. The fact that 
Brother Shepherd did not appropriate the money to his own use, palliates in some degree 
the offence commrtted. Nevertheless, he had no right to loan the funds to any person. As 
Permanent Secretary, it was his duty to hand them over as soon as possible to the Treasurer. 
We would not, therefore, advise a reversal of the decision complained of, and recommend 
the passage of the following resolution. 

Submitted in F., L. and T., 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, ) 
J. G. DUNLAP, } Committee. 

S. HOPKINS, Jr., ) 

Resolved, That the appeal of Brother G. B. Shepherd from the decision of St. Mary's 
Lodge, No. 20, suspending him for the period of six months, be dismissed. 

The same committee 'submitted the following report, which was read 
and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Loidsiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The committee to whom was referred the communication of Brother Mcintosh, of Mag- 
nolia Lodge, No. 22, advising this body that he had appealed from a decision of his Lodge, 
by which he was denied a Visiting Card, beg leave to report, that the communication was 
not accompanied by a transcript of the proceedings complained of, nor by a certificate of any 
officer of Magnolia Lodge. Of the importance of the question involved, and of the facts 
stated by Brother Mcintosh, we have no doubt ; and had this come before us in proper form, 
we should have given them our earnest attention. As the matter stands, we do not consider 
ourselves authorized to give an opinion, and therefore pray to be discharged from the further 
consideration of the subject. 

Submitted in F., L. and T., 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, ] ^ 

S. HOPKINS, Je., \ Committee. 

The same committee submitted the following report, which was read 
and adopted, and the resolution passed : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge, L O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

The committee to whom was referred the appeal of Independence Lodge, No. 23, from 
the decision of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, in the matter of the charges brought against Brother 
J. W. Andrews, beg leave to report, that Louisiana Lodge, after a full examination of the 
charges and the evidence, dismissed the charges as being entirely without foundation ; and 
in this opinion your committee entirely concur. The evidence furnished nothing whatever 



280 Proceedings of the [ July, 

derogatory to Brother Andrews' character as a merchant, a man or an Odd Fellow. We 
therefore recommend the passage of the accompanying resolution : 
Submitted in F., L. and T., 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, ) 

J. G. DUNLAP, \ Committee. 

S. HOPKINS, Jr., ) 

Resolved, That the decision of Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, in the matter above mentioned, 
be affirmed. 

The same committee submitted the following report, which was read 
and adopted, and the resolution passed : 

To tlie 11. W. Grarid Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Lotiisiana : 

The committee to whom was referred the appeal of John Beaumont from the decision of 
Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, by which he was expelled from said Lodge, beg leave to report : 
That they took the case into consideration, and although some new testimony was produced, 
tending to ameliorate the seventy of the charges, nevertheless on mature examination of the 
evidence, and the declarations of the accused, failed to convince us that injustice had been 
meted out to him. 

We, therefore, recommend the passage of the subjoined resolution. 

Submitted in F., L. and T., 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, ) 

J. G-. DUNLAP, } Committee. 

S. HOPKINS, Jr. ) 

Resolved, That the appeal taken by John Beaumont from the decision of Jefferson Lodge, 
No. 9, be dismissed. 

The same committee submitted the following report, which was read 
and adopted, and the resolution passed : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The committee to whom was referred the appeal of P. G, Mitchell, from the decision of 
Washington Lodge, No. 3, suspending him for the period of six months, beg leave to report. 
That brother Mitchell was charged with having failed to pay over in season to brother 
Erhart, of his Lodge, a week's sick benefits, which had been drawn from the Treasury. It 
did not appear from the evidence, whether the failure proceeded from intention, or was neg- 
ligence. Believing, however, that negligence in such cases is censurable, and considering 
that the period of the sentence has nearly expired, the committee came to the conclusion 
that the decision ought not to be disturbed. We, therefore, recommend the following res- 
olution: 

Submitted m F., L. and T., 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, ) 

J. G. DUNLAP, } Committee. 

S. HOPKINS, Jr., j 

Resolved, That the appeal of brother Past Grand Mitchell be dismissed. 

The same committee submitted the following report, which was read 
and adopted, and the resolution passed : 



1850,] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 281 

To tJie R. W. Grayid Lodge of Louisiana : 

The committee to whom was referred the petition of five brothers, praying for the estab- 
lishment of a Subordinate Lodge in the town of Opelousas, beg leave to report : That they 
have taken the matter into consideration, and recommend the passage of the subjoined reso- 
lution. With respect to the name and number of the Lodge, your commmittee malce no 
suggestion, preferring to leave that subject in the hands of the Grand Lodge. More than 
a year since, several brothers from Opelousas and vicinity petitioned for the organization of 
a Lodge in that place, under the name of Plaisance Lodge ; it was referred to the Gr. Master, 
with power to grant the prayer of the petition on the production of the necessary vouchers 
and certificates, and the number twenty-five was appropriated to the new Lodge. Under 
that resolution, nothing hitherto h^s been done, and the number mentioned remains vacant. 

We remark that one or more of the present petitioners, also petitioned for Plaisance 
Lodge, No. 25. Whether that name and number shall be assigned to them, or that of St. 
Landry, the name designated in the petition, with the number twenty-five, or the name of 
St. Landry, No. 32, is for you to decide. 

Yours, in F., L. and T. 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, ) 

J. G-. DUNLAP, > Committee. 

S. HOPKINS, Jr., ) 

Resolved, That the M. W. Grand Master be authorized to issue a Charter, on the pro- 
duction to him of the necessary vouchers and certificates, to John G. Pratt and others, for 
the organization of a new Lodge, in the town of Opelousas, to be known and hailed ns 

Grand Secretary Olmsted moved to fill the blanks with " St. Landry," 
and "25." 

A division of the question was called for, and the question being put, 
it was carried to fill the first blank -with '' St. Landry." 

The motion to fill the second blank with " 25," was adopted. 

P. Gr. Nixon requested that his vote should be recorded in the negative 
on the last question. 

The Special Committee on the report of the Grand Master submitted 
the following report, which was read and adopted, and the committee 
discharged : 

New Orleans, July 30, 1850, 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O F.: 

The Special Cemmittee to whom was referred the report of the M. W. Grand Master, 
for the puspose of distributing the subjects therein referred to, to appropriate committees 
respectfully recommend : 

That so much as refers to section 1, article 8, of Constitution of Subordinates, be referred 
to the Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws. 

That the appointment of R. A. Walker, D. D. G. Master, protem., of District No. 1, be 
approved. 

That a new district be established, to consist of the Parishes of Carroll and Madison,^ 
to be styled Carroll District, No. 5. 



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That the instructions to D. D. G. Master, of Baton Rouge District, No. 3, be approved. 
That tlje communication from M. T. J Alston, propounding several questions, be referred 
to the Committee on the State of the Order. 

That the communication from H. Hinch be referred to the M. W. G. Master, with full 
power to act. 

All of which is submitted, 

J. O. NIXON, ) 

H. DOANE, > Cmnmittee. 

G. W. SHAW. ) 

p.. Gr. H. D. Ogden, from the Special Committee to whom was 
referred several communications from State Grand bodies, submitted the 
following report, which was read and laid on the table, until the next 
meeting of the Grand Lodge : 

To tJie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, J. O. O. F.: 

The Special Committee to whom was referred the communications of the Grand Lodga 
of the State of Pennsylvania, and of the ^rand Lodge and Grand Encampment of the 
State of Maryland, beg leave to report : 

The communications treat of the following subjects : 

1 — The new system of taxation imposed upon the State Grand Lodges, for the purpose 
of defraying the mileage and other expenses of Representatives to the Grand Lodge of the 
United States. 

2 — The course adopted in relation to the Order in New York. 

3 — The mode proposed of amending the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the United 
States. 

4 — The removal of that body from Maryland. 

Your committee deeming it unwise and impolitic to take action at present on the second 
and third, have confined their attention to the first and last propositions. 



NEW SYSTEM OF TAXATION. 

The strength and stabilitj^ of our beloved Order depends upon the unity of its actions and 
the harmony of its operations. One law must govern and guide every Lodge and every 
member, otherwise different usages and customs would prevail in different places ; dissatis- 
faction would follow, confusion and at last dismemberment be the natural consequences. 
Hence there must be a Head, a superior authority, vested with sufficient powers to make 
general laws "to bind the Order the more effectually in a common and indissoluble Union." 
This we have in the Grand Lodge of the United States. That body is composed of Rep- 
resentatives sent by the State Grand Lodges ; the duties of these Representatives are, to 
provide for the best interests of what? Of their respective State Grand Lodges? No— 
but for the b'^st interests of the whole Order. They legislate for the whole Order ; their field 
of action is extended over the whole country, and not restricted by any sectional line ; they 
cease to belong to any particular district, and do belong to the whole brotherhood. Each 
and every Lodge under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of the United States derives an 
equal proportion of benefit and advantage from the labor of each and every Representative. 
It is therefore just and equitable that each and every member be assessed for his proportion 
of the expenses of each and every Representative. 

It is urged that there is no necessity to pay the expenses of the Representatives ; that the 
imposition of the additional tax is uncalled for ; " that the ofSce of Representative is a highly 



1850. J Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 283 

distinguished and honorable one, and competent persons could at all times readily be found 
who were willing and anxious to serve." We are fully conscious of the truth of the asser- 
tion, and are assured that every and any member would appreciate and esteem the appoint- 
ment as a great and distinguished honor. But who can accept the office? Can the man 
who depends upon his daily toil for his daily sustenance do so ? Would not this system 
virtually*prohibit the advancement of the brother, however honest, zealous, capable and 
anxious he may be, if fortune has frowned upon him ? One of the objects to be attained is 
the removal of this invidious impediment. Your committee therefore warmly approves of 
the amendment, and ardently hope that it may soon be legally engrafted in our laws. They 
regret that it was not passed in the manner prescribed by the spirit and letter of the Consti- 
tution of the Grand Lodge of the United States. 

The powers of the Grand Lodge are not absolute, but limited — limited, defined and clearly 
marked by its Constitution — and as "subordination in every inferior department of the gov- 
ernment of our Order is essential to its existence," so also is a due and strict observance, in 
the superior department, to the provisions of the Constitution, the safeguards against the 
encroachments of power, absolutely necessary. 

Heretofore there was no provision in the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the United 
States for the payment of the expenses of the Representatives. In 1848 the following 
amendment was proposed : 

1st. That the expenses of mileage and attendance should be paid out of the funds of the 
Grand Lodge of the United States. 

2d. That this total expense should be assessed on the State Grand Bodies, in proportion 
to their respective constituencies. 

The amendment consisted of the two propositions : first, the payment by the Grand Lodge 
of the United States ; second, the mode of assessing the State Grand Lodges. 

We see (Journal 1849, page 332,) that this amendment was not acted upon as proposed. 
The question was divided. The division of a question is an amendment. Without discuss- 
ing the point whether an amendment to a proposed amendment of the Constitution be in 
order, your committee will merely refer to vol. 11, p. 259, and pass to the other objections. 

The second portion of the proposed amendment provides a new source of revenue. 

Article 12 of the Constitution of the Grand Lodge of the United States reads : " The 
revenues of the Grand Lodge shall be as follows : 

'•' 1st. Fees for Grand Lodge or Grand Encampment Charter, $30. 

"2d. Fees for Charter for Subordinate Lodges or Encampments, working under its 
immediate jurisdiction, $30. 

" 3d. Dues from Subordinate Lodges or Encampments holding warrants from this 
Lodge, ten per cent, on their receipts. 

"4th. Dues from State District or Territorial Grand Lodges or Encampments, $20 per 
annum, for each vote they shall be entitled to in this Lodge.' ' 

Hence the addition of any new source of revenue is clearly an alteration or amendment 
of the Constitution. 

Article 18 reads : " Any alteration or amendment of this Constitution must be ofTered to 
this Grand Lodge in writing at a stated meeting, and if seconded, it shall be entered on the 
minutes. At the next, stated meeting the amendment may be considered, and if agieed to 
by two-thirds of the votes given, shall become a part of the Constitution." 

The vote was taken on the first part of the amendment, and it was carried by 53 to 25, 
(Journal 1849, page 332.) The second portion of the amendment was laid on the table. 
Subsequently a resolution was offered, embodying the provisions of that portion of the 
amendment which had been laid on the table. (Journal 49, page 368.) In the first place, 
should not this resolution have been considered as a new proposition, and, consequently, 

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284 Proceedings of the [ July, 

should it have been acted upon before the next stated meeting ? It was acted upon at the 
same meeting, and the vote stood 46 to 25. (Journal 49, page 3SS.) Admitting, therefore, 
that inasmuch as the resolution embodied the same provisions as the amendment already 
proposed and laid on the table, it could have been considered at the same meeting, still it 
required the assent of two-thirds of the votes given. Although offered in the form of a 
resolution, it was ssill providing a new source of revenue, and therefore an amei^ment to 
the Constitution. 

This point was raised by Brother P. G. S. Kneass, and the Chair decided " that article 12 
of the present Constitution having been amended at the present communication, so as to 
require the payment of the expenses of Representatives by the Grand Lodge, any law 
necessary to carry that amendment into effect, may be considered as a law, and not a Con- 
stitutional amendment ; the amendment having been made to the revenue article pre-sup- 
poses fnriher action in the way of law." 

Your committee have been unable to ascertain by what reasoning this conclusion has 
been attained : they presum.e it is the extension of the principle now ceded in the construc- 
tion of Constitutions in our political Stale governments, viz: that in the interpretation of a 
power, all the ordinary and appropriate means to execute it are to be deemed a part of 
the power itself. But the principle never was extended to mean that these ordinary means, 
when the same subject matter has been treated of in the same Constitution, should be 
exercised and employed in a manner different from that prescribed in the instrument itself. 
The present question differs widely from those wherein the above principle has been applied. 
In those cases the doubt was not how a power which was ceded was to be exercised, but, 
whether it reall)^ existed. Plere, the power is not denied, it can be attained ; and the 
question is, simply, how should it be attained ? The portion of the amendment adopted, 
only refers to the payment by the Grand Lodge ; and article 12 of the Constitution treated 
only "of the revenue of the Grand Lodge," and referred to no disbursement. The only 
part, therefore, of the whole amendment which could appropriately come under the head of 
amendment to article 12, is that portion which is considered as a laiv, not a constitittional 
amendment. Article 12 would, then, remain unaltered ; specifying that the Grand Lodge 
should have only four sources of revenue, and the law would introduce a fifth and totally 
different one. If "an amendment pre-supposes further action in the way of law," and that 
law affects the Constitution, your committee would suggest that the proper mode of pro- 
ceeding would be, first to amend the Constitution ; and until the Constitution be so amended, 
any law contrary to its provisions must be unconstitutional. To urge the contrary would 
be to assert that that which could not be attained directly, could be achieved by a subter- 
fuge. It would be a palpable evasion of the spirit of the Constitution, an instrument which 
every true Odd Fellow, with Friendship, Love and Truth as his motto, should ever be 
zealous in mamtaining. 

The resolution not having obtained two-thirds of the votes given, was not adopted in the 
manner prescribed by the Constitution. 

THE REMOVAL OF THAT BODY FROM MARYLAND. 

Our Order was established in the United States by a Warrant granted in October, 1820, 
by the Duke of York's Lodge, to a number of brothers residing in Baltimore. The War- 
rant is in these words: " No. 1, Washington Lodge, the Grand Lodge of Maryland, and of 
" the United States of America of the Independent Order of Odd Fellowship, to all whom 
"it may concern — This Warrant or Dispensation is a free gift from the Duke of York's 
" Lodge, of the I. O. of O. F. holden at Preston, in the county of Lancaster, in Old Eng. 
'• land, to a number of brothers residing tn the city of Baltimore, to establish a Lodge at 
" the house of Brother Thomas Woodward, in South Frederick street, in the said city 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 285 

"hailed by the tit'e of 'No. 1, Washington Lodge, the Grand Lodge of Maryland and of 
" the United States of America;' the said Lodge being the first established in the United 
" States, hath power to grant a Warrant or Dispensation to a number of L O. O. F. into 
" any State of the Union, for the encouragement and support of brothers of said Order on 
" travel or otherwise," etc. Washington Lodge ceded to the Grrand Lodge of Maryland, 
in 1821. Here, then, we find the Grand Lodge of Maryland vested with power and 
authority as the Grand Lodge of the United States, but itself amenable to the body which 
created it. 

In 1825 the Grand Lodge of Maryland ceded its authority as Grand Lodge of the United 
States, and tlie present Grand Lodge of the United States was formed. Some of the terms 
upon which the Grand Lodge of Maryland ceded its high powers, were: 

First — " That we highly approve of the city of Baltimore, in the State of Maryland, as 
the permanent seat of the Grand Lodge of the United States, being central in situation as 
■well as senior in order. 

Second — Tha.t the Grand Charter of Maryland and of the United States be vested in the 
P. Gs. of the Grand Lodge of the United States, and that Maryland shall receive a Grand 
Charter from the same, and thereupon resign all claim or title to or from it, other than com- 
mon with the other Grand Lodges ; which said Grand Charter shall have and contain in the 
engrossing thereof, a clause representing the said investment and condition ; and further, 
that the Grand Lodge of Maryland doth give the said Charter on condition that they Jceep 
the Grand Lodge of tJie United States in Maryland^ Journal 1821, page 26. 

The first of these resolutions is merely recommendatory. The second is imperative. The ■ 
condition that they keep the Grand Lodge of the United States in Maryland, is a part of 
the compact, as binding as any other part. Without it Maryland might not have ceded 
her authority. The Charter was accepted with and under that condition ; to violate this 
condition would be an act of bad faith. The condition cannot be rescinded without the 
consent of both parties to the contract. 

In 1826, the following Dispensation was received: "This Dispensation, granted by con^ 
sent of the Grand Master, and past and present officers from various Lodges connected 
with the Manchester Unity, assembled in Grand Committee ; in consideration of the Charter 
formerly granted by the Duke of York's Lodge, Preston, to certain officers and brothers of 
the I. O. O. F., in Baltimore, in the United States of America: — We the undersigned 
respectively. Officers of the I. O. O. F., in Great Britain, do ratify, grant and confirm such 
Charter, and also hereby grant, authorize and empower the Grand Sire, Deputy Grand Sire, 
Ilepresentatives and proxies of the Grand Lodge of the United States of America, to con- 
duct the business of Odd Fellowship, without the interference of any other country, so long 
as the saine is administered according to the principles and purity of Odd Fellowship." 

Your committee is of opinion that the above Dispensation is a simple confii'mation of the 
Charter already granted by the Grand Lodge of Maryland, with the additional authority of 
" conducting the business of the Order without the interference of any other country." If 
it be only a confirmation of the original charter, the conditions originally attached to the 
same, remain in full force and effect, and the removal of the Grand Lodge of the United 
State from Maryland cannot honorably be effected without the consent of the Grand Lodge 
of Maryland. 

In conclusion, your Committee would submit the following resolutions to the considera- 
tion and for the approval of this R. W. Grand body 



H. D. OGDEN, 

EDWARD BARNETT, \ Committee. 

THOS. H. SHIELDS, 



CTT, i ( 
)S, ) 



286 Proceedings of the [ Jult 

Resolved, That this Grand Lodge considers that the law relative to the taxation imposed 
Mpon the State Grand Lodges, for the purpose of defraying the mileage and other expenses 
of the eight Representatives of the Grand Lodge of the United States, was not constitu- 
tionally adopted. 

Resolved, That to ensure harmony, and without admitting the constitutionality of said 
law, we approve of the payment by the Grand Treasurer to the Grand Lodge of the United 

States, the sum of , being the amount of the assessment imposed upon this Grand 

Lodge by the Grand Lodge of the United States. 

Resolved, That our Representatives in the Grand Lodge of the United States be and are 
hereby instructed to use their influence to procure the passage of an amendment to the Con- 
stitution, providing for the payment by the Grand Lodge of the United States of, and the 
levying a direct tax in the State Grand bodies, to defray the mileage and other expenses of 
the Representatives to the Grand Lodge of the United States. 

Resolved, That in the opinion of this Grand Lodge, the meetings of the Grand Lodge of 
the United States cannot be held at any other place than in the State of Maryland, without 
the assent of the Grand Lodge of Maryland. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the Grand Lodge proceeded 
to open the nommations for Grand Officers for the ensuing year, and the 
following were made, viz : 

For Grand Master. 
P. G. THOS. H. SHIELDS,. OF No. 6 D. G. M. H. G. STETSON,, .of No. 14 

For De2mty Grand Master. 
P. G. HENRY BIER, .of No. 14 

For Grand Warden. 
P. G. A. A. MAGINNIS, of No. 1 

For Grand Secretary. 
P. G. Sec. H. W. OLMSTED, of No. 8 

For Grand Treasurer. 
P. G. M. H. WILLIAMS, ... of No. 1 2 G. T. CH AS. H. LEE, of No. 8 

For Grand Representative to Grand Lodge of United States. 

P.G.SHAW, OF No. 6 P. G. M. CM. EMERSON,, of No. 12 

P.G.PHELPS, ofNo. 9 P. G. Rep. KNEASS, of No. 12 

P. G. RACE, OF No. 12 

For Directors of Odd Fellows' Hall Association. 
P.G.SHAW, OF No. 6 P. G. DUNLAP, of No. 13 

For Director of " Odd Fellows' Rest." 

P.G.SWAIN, OF No. 8 P. G. DUNLAP, of No. 13 

P. G. CRIPPS, OF No. 14 

P. Gr. Shaw moved that the seat of Grand Representative Strawbridge, 
be declared vacant, and that an election be held, or a substitute appointed, 
,to fill the vacancy. 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. ' 287 

The Chair decided the motion to be out of order. 

P. G . Shb,w appealed from the decision of the Chair. 

On motion of P. Gr. Nixon, the appeal was laid on the table, subject 
to call. 

P. G. Shields moved that an order be drawn on the Treasurer for the 
sum of one hundred dollars, to be loaned to . 

P. G. Danlap, moved as an amendment, that a donation be made of the 
amount. 

Grrand Secretary Olmsted called the previous question, which was sus- 
tained, and the question recurring upon the motion of P. G. Shields, it 
was carried. 

Communications from the Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment of 
the State of New York were received, and referred to the Special Com- 
mittee on similar communications, 

A communication from the Board of Directors of " Odd Fellows' Hall 
Association," with accompanying correspondence, was read and referred 
to ihe Committee on Correspondence. 

Semi- Annual and Annual reports were read and accepted from 

Washington Lodge, No. 3 

Wood Lodge, No. 26 

Carroll Lodge, No. 30 

The Grand Master announced the appoinraent of P. G. B. H. Bow- 
man, as D. D. G. Master for District No. 5, which was approved by the 
Grand Lodge. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the Grand Lodge adjourned until to-mor- 
row, (Wednesday evening,) at 6 o'clock. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, July 31, 1850. 

The Grand Lodge met at 6 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjournment, 
and was opened in due form. 

Present — John Crickard, Grand Master, the Grand Officers, and a 
due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 



283 Proceedings of the [July, 

A certificate frona Orleans Lodge, No. 11, that brother J. A. Ferris had 
passed the Chairs of Secretary, V. G. and N. G. of that Lodge, was read 
and accepted. 

P. Gr. J. A. Ferris, of Orleans Lodge, No. 11, being in waiting, was 
introduced by the Grand Conductor, duly qualified, and took his seat as a 
member of the Grand Lodge. 

On motion, the report of the Special Committee upon the communica- 
tions from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, and the Grand Lodge and 
Grand Encampment of Maryland, (laid on the table yesterday,) was ta- 
ken up, and the resolutions read. 

On motion of P. G. Larue, ihe resolutions were taken up seriatim. 

First Resolution — On motion of P. Gr. Pvace, was adopted. 

Second Resolution — On motion of P. G. Larue, was indefinitely 
postponed. 

Third Resolution — Was adopted. 

Fourth Resolution — Was adopted. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the committee was discharged. 

P. G. Larue, from the Special Committee on a portion of the Grand 
Master's report, submitted the following report, Avhich was read, and 
with the accompanying resolutions, was adopted : 

New Orleans, Jiily 31st, 1850. 
To the R. IV. Grand Lodge of Loidsiana, I. O. 0. F. : 

The committee to whom was referred that part of the Grand Master's report which 
referred to the action of Magnolia, Orleans and Howard Lodges and others, relative to 
brother Janney, beg leave respectfully to report : 

1st — That they have carefully examined all the testimony in the case, a transcript of 
which they herewith submit. 

2d — That in their opinion brother Janney has been illegally admitted to his fourth and 
fifth degrees, and is not entitled to any of the privileges, honors or benefits therefrom. 

3d — That the testimony shows that Orleans Lodge conferred the fourth degree, and 
Howard Lodge conferred the fifth Degree, illegally. 

4th — That both of said Lodges were misled in conferring said Degrees, by the action 
of Magnolia Lodge, in balloting for the third, foarth and fifth Degrees of brother Janney on 
the same evening, and by the representations of Past Grand William Emerson, of Mag- 
nolia Lodge. 

5th — That while Orleans and Howard Lodges acted illegally, they did so in ignorance, 
and from a misconception of the Constitution. 

6th — That P. Grand "William Emerson, in his representations to Orleans and Howard 
Lodges, misled them and caused them to err, but that he did so by a misconstruction of the 
law; we therefore find that he did not not intend to do wrong. 

7th — That the M. W. Grand Master was right in the proceedings which he took rela- 
tive to the installation of brother Janney, as Secretary of Magnolia Lodge. 



1850] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 2&9 

8th — In order to prevent the recurrence of the irregularities made manifest by the testi- 
mony in this case, the committee recommend the adoption of the following resolutions. 

JOHN C. LARUE, 1 

GEO. W. SHAW, I ^ 

S. HOPKINS, Jr., Comviittee. 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, J 
I concur with the report of the committee, with the exception of the third resolution 

J. O. NIXON. 
First — Resolved, That the conferring of the fourth and fifth Degrees upon brother 
Janney, of Magnolia Lodge, No. 22, on the evenings of the ISth and 20th June last, was 
illegal, inasmuch as the brother was not entitled lo the same, aad that we approve of the 
action of the M. W. Grand Master, in annulling the election of said brother as Secretary 
of Magnolia Lodge. 

Second — Resolved, That it is illegal for a Subordinate Lodge to confer a Degree upon a 
member of another Lodge, unless the latter has by vote requested the former to confer the 
Degree. 

Third — Resolved, That it shall be irregular to elect any brother to a Degree which he 
is not legally entitled to receive at the time of the election ; and that four weeks should pass 
from the time of conferring one Degree, before a ballot can be had for another, unless in 
cases of Dispensation. 

Fourth — Resolved, That all Subordinate bodies, (whether Degree or Subordinate 
Lodges,) shall, on conferring a Degree, give the brother upon whom the Degree is conferred 
a certificate therefor : and in all cases a brother asking to receive a Degree shall produce 
the certificate for the previous Degree. 

P. Gr. Nixou requested the following protest to be entered on the 
minutes, which was ordered : 

" I protest against the vote of the Grand Lodge in adopting the third resolution, on the 
ground that the said resolution is, in my opinion, an amendment to section 1, article 8 of the 
Constitution of Subordinate Lodges— the law requiring amendments to the Constitution of 
subordinates to lay over one session." 

J. O. NIXON. 

On motion of G. Secretary Olmsted, the Special Committee of five 
was discharged. 

The Committee on the State of the Order submitted the following- 
report, which was read and adopted : 

To tJie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. P.: 

The Committee on the State of the Order, to whom was referred the communication from 
Brother Alston, propounding certain interrogatories, beg leave to report, in reply to the 
same : 

First interrogatory. " What is an Ancient Odd Fellow ? " 

An Ancient Odd Fellow is one who has allowed his permanent or withdrawal card to 
expire, without depositing it in any other Lodge. 

Second interrogatory. " Has a brother, or have we the right to permit a brother, who 
has a withdrawal card that has expired, to visit our Lodge ? " 

No.. 

Third interrogator)'. " How many times ought we to allow a brother with a withdrawal 
card in date to visit our Lodge, the card being from another State ; or have we the right to 
give the brother the Q. P. W. ? " 



290 Proceedings of ths [Jult 

He has the right to visit as often as he pleases, so long as the card is within date ; but 
the Q,. P. W. cannot be given under any circumstances. 

Fourth interrogatory. " Have we the right to admit a brother, though he may prove 
himself such, from another State, without a card or T. P. W., in a procession?" 

It would be irregular to do so. 

Fifth interrogatory. " Have we the right to elect a Representative to the Grand Lodge, 
w^hen there is a vacancy to fill, at any other meeting than the one specified in the Con- 
stitution?" 

Yes — at any time. 

Respectfully submitted, in F., L. and T., 

H. D. OGDEN, Chairman. 

P. G. Hiestand, from the Special Committee on that subject, submitted 
the following report, which was read and adopted, and the committee 
discharged : 

New Orleans, July 31, 1850. 
To tlie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : ■ 

The undersigned committee, to whom was referred the By-Laws of Germania Lodge, 
No. 29, beg leave to report that they have examined the same, and find in them nothing 
contrary to the laws, rules and regulations of the Order, and therefore recommend the same 
be approved. 

E. HIESTAND. ) r„,„-,,^„ 

JOHN E. REUTER, \ C''''^'"*"^^- 

Communications were received from Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, and 
National Lodge, No. 18, stating that on account of the destruction, by 
fire, of Friendship Hall, Chartres street, they requested permission to 
meet at Independence Hall, No. 4 Front Levee ; also requesting the 
Grand Lodge to furnish them with new Charters, and the necessary 
books and papers, which were destroyed. 

On motion of P. G. Larue, the Lodges formerly meeting in Friendship 
Hall were allowed to meet temporarily in any Hall that may suit their 
convenience, and the Grand Secretary be instructed to furnish said 
Lodges with new Charters, and such books, papers, etc., as they may 
require. 

A communication was received from Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, stating 
that P. G. M. D. S. Gans had been suspended for six months, for conduct 
unbecoming an Odd Fellow. 

A communication was received from National Lodge, No. 18, re- 
questing the signatures of the Grand Officers to a Diploma granted by 
the Lodge to P. G. V. Aleman. 

On motion, the request was granted. 

A certificate from Commercial Lodge, No, 12, that P. G. Jas, Stock- 
ton had been duly elected a Reprepresentative from that Lodge, in place 



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of P. Gr. M. Chas. M. Emerson, withdrawn from the Lodge, was read 
and accepted. 

On motion, the appeal of P. G. Shaw from the decision of the Chair, 
(laid on the table subject to call, last evening,) was taken up, and the 
question being put, '' Will the Grand Lodge sustain the decision of the 
Chair? " it was lost by a vote of 6 affirmative to 16 negative — so the 
decision of the Chair was overruled. 

On motion of P. G. Shields, a Special Committee of three were ap- 
pointed to make some necessary repairs to the principal chair, and the 
committee were authorized to draw on the Grand Treasurer for the 
amount required for that purpose. 

On motion of Grand Treasurer Lee, the Grand Lodge adjourned to 
meet at this Hall on Tuesday evening, August 6th, at 7 o'clock. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, August 6th, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to ad- 
journment. 

Present — G. N. Morrison, Grand Warden, in the Chair; the Grand 
Officers, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The following communication from the Grand Master was read, and 
on motion of P. G. Shields, was referred to a Special Committee of three, 
to report this evening. 

The Chair appointed P. G. M. Rice, P. Gs. Shields and Doane. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

The destruction of Friendship Hall by fire, on the 1st inst., which had but recently been 
fitted up in the most elegant and appropriate style, and the consequent loss sustained by the 
Lodges meeting therein, admonish us of the propriety of effecting insurance on the Furni- 
ture, Regalia, Jewels, and other property of the Grand Lodge. 

Intending to bring this subject to your notice at your present meeting, and anticipating 
that you would most probably take some action in regard to it, I advised a committee from 
Howard Lodge, No. 13, appointed to take measures to secure the same end, in reference to 
the property of that Lodge, to have a correct inventory made out, and certified to by the N. 
G. and Secretary, and placed in the hands of the Grand Secretary, preparatory to being 
submitted to the Grand Lodge. Subsequently, similar advice was communicated to Lou- 
isiana Lodge, No. 1, Union, No. 6, and Wildey Encampment, No. 1, all meeting in Grand 
37 



292 Proceedings of the [Aug-./ 

Lodge Hall. In case these recommendations should be followed by said Lodges and 
Encampment, I would recommend that the Finance Committee be authorized and instructed 
to take out a pohcy for the whole, each paying a ^jro rata amount of the premium, according 
to an assessment of the value of the property owned, and each to have an endorsement on 
the policy of the amount insured for them respectively. 

I herewith submit for your consideration two appUcations from Hope Lodge, No. 14, for 
Dispensations to confer the five subordinate degrees on Brother A. Morris, who, it is stated, 
has been a member about five weeks ; and to confer the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth 
Degrees on Brother H. Franko, who is represented to have been a member about seven or 
eight weeks. I refused to grant the same, on the ground that it was irregular for the Lodge 
to have voted on the application of these brethren for their degrees before the constitutional 
restriction had been removed. The cases are regarded as somewhat analagous to that from 
Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, to be found on page 186 of last printed proceedings. 

In view of the benefit to be derived from an early distribution of your proceedings at the 
present session, among the Subordinate Lodges, I recommend that the appropriate committee 
be instructed to prepare the same for the press, and have them published with the least 
possible delay. 

.TOHN CRICKARD, Grand Master. 

New Orleans, August 3d, 1850. 

A communication was received from Hope Lodge, No. 14, asking for 
a Dispensation to confer upon Brother A. Morris the five degrees, and 
upon Brother H. Franko the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Degrees, 
all on the same evening, the brothers intending to leave the city. 

On motion, the communication was referred to the Special Committee 
on the communication from the Grand Master. 

A communication was received from Nautilus Lodge, No. 28, asking 
for a Dispensation to receive the application of Mr. R. Johnson for 
membership, he being over the age prescribed by the Constitution. 

On motion of G. Secretary Olmsted, the Dispensation was granted. 

A communication was received from Howard Lodge, No. 13, asking 
the Grand Lodge to insure their property in Grand Lodge Hall. 

On motion of P. G. Larue, the property of Howard Lodge, No. 13, 
was ordered to be insured in the nnme of the Grand Lodge. 

A communication was received from Hope Lodge, No. 14, propound- 
ing the following question : " Is a ball ballot required to reinstate sus- 
pended members ? " 

On motion of P. G. Larue, the question was answered " No." 

A communication was received from Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, asking 
permission to change their night of meeting from Wednesday to Thursday. 

On motion of P. G. Larue, the request was granted. 

The Committee on Correspondence submitted the following report, 
which was read and adopted : 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 293 

New Orleans, August 6th, 1850. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The Committee on Correspondence, to which was referred the communication from " Odd 
Fellows' Hall Association," dated July 29, 1850, with the accompanying documents, beg 
leave to report, that in the opinion of the committee, there is nothing in said communication 
or documents that calls for, or can properly elicit, an opinion from this Grand Lodge. 

J. C. LARUE, Chairman. 

P. G. M. Rice, from the Special Comixiittee on that subject, submitted 
the following report, which was read, and on motion of G. Secretary 
Olmsted, the report was adopted and the committee discharged: 

To the R. W. Gra7id Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The committee to whom was referred the communication of the Grand Master, recommend 
that the suggestion of the Grand Master, as regards insurance of the property belonging to 
the Grand Lodge and the Subordinate Lodges meeting in this Hall, be adopted. They 
further recommend that a committee of three (of which the Host shall be one) be appointed 
to take an inventory of all the property belonging to the Grand Lodge, and that the same 
be insured, as recommended by the Grand Master. 

The committee fully approve of the course of the Grand Master, in refusing Dispensa- 
tions to Hope Lodge, to confer degrees upon Brothers Morris and Franko, believing his 
reasons for said refusal to be correct ; they, however, recommend that the Grand Lodge 
grant the Dispensation asked for by Hope Lodge, the case appearing to be one where the 
interest of the Order may be promoted, and coming particularly under the province of the 
Grand Lodge. 

The committee recommend that the proceedings of the Grand Lodge be printed and 
distributed as soon after the adjournment of the Grand Lodge as practicable. 

WM. H. RICE, ) 

T. H. SHIELDS, } Committee. 

■ H. DOANE, ) 

New Orleans, August 6th, 1850. 

On motion of Gr. Secretary Olmsted, the Dispensations asked for by 
Hope Lodge, No. 14, were granted. 

On motion of P. Gr. Magner, the Grand Secretary was instructed to 
notify Hope Lodge, No. 14, of the approval of the decision of the Grand 
Master. 

The Chair appointed P. Gs. Shields, Dentzel and Pwobert Wood, a 
committee to value the Furniture, Regalia and Jewels of the Grand 
Lodge, for insurance. 

On motion of P. G. Dunlap, the Grand Secretary was authorized to 
forward to P. G. L. A. Levy, Jr., of Howard Lodge, No. 13, a certificate 
to enable him to obtain the G. L. and P. O. Degrees. 

On motion of P. G. Yeomans, the Grand Lodge adjourned si7ie die, 
and was closed in due form. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Secretary. 



294 Proceedings of the \ Aug., 



SPECIAL SESSION. 

Grand Lodge Hall, August 20, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana convened at their Hall on 
Tuesday, August 20, 1850, at half-past 7 o'clock, p. M., pursuant to a 
call from the M. W. Grand Master, and was opened in ample form. 

PRESENT : 

JOHN CRICKARD, ' M. W. G. Master. 

HENRY BIER, R. W. D. G. Master, pro tem. 

G. N. MORRISON, R. W. G. Warden. 

F. A. DENTZEL, R. W. G. Secretary, pro tem. 

S. S. BURDETT, W. G. Chaplain. 

C. T. ESTLIN, W. G. Conductor, pro tem. 

CHARLES GEHEEB, W. G. Guardian, pro tem. 

ROBERT WOOD, W. G. Herald, 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The call for the meeting was read, as foUov/s : 

Office of the Grand Master, G. L. of La., I. O. O. F., ) 
New Orleans, August 17, 1850. j 

Sir — You will please call a special meeting of the E.. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, of 
1. O. O. F., to be held on Tuesday evening, 20th instant, at half-past 7 o'clock, at Grand 
Lodge Hall, to receive and act upon a report from the Committee on Finance ; also, to act 
upon such other matters as may be brought before the Grand Lodge. 

JOHN CRICKARD, G. Master. 

To Henry "W. Olmsted, Esq., G. Sec 

On motion of P. G. Magner, the call was approved. 

The Grand Master m_ade a verbal report relative to the condition of 
Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, and referred the matter to the Grand Lodge for 
their action. 

On motion of P. G. Magner, the Lodge was authorized to continue 
its meetings, if the present officers will engage to perform their respective 
duties to the end of the present term. 

P. G. Shields offered the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the restrictions governing the conferring of Degrees vi^ithin this jurisdic- 
tion, shall not be construed to apply to brothers from a sister State, in regard to limitation. 

P. G. H. D. Ogden moved to amend, by striking out the word " not." 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 295 

The question being on the passage of the amendment, a division was 
called, and the vote of the Grand Lodge stood, 1 affirmative and 1 
negative — the Grand Master giving his casting vote in favor of the 
amendment, it was carried. 

P. G. H. D. Ogden moved that the resolution as amended, be adopted. 

A division being called, the vote stood, 10 affirmative and 10 negative. 
The Grand Master giving his casting vote in favor of the motion, the 
resolution as amended was adopted. 

P. Gr. Hopkins, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the follow- 
ing report, which was read, and with the accompanying resolution, was 
adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of I. O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

The undersigned to whom was referred the inventory of property of this R. W. body, 
together with the inventories of property of sundry Subordinate bodies, (contained in this 
Hall,) for the purpose of having the same insured at the earliest practicable opportunity, 
report — Have insured, as per policy herewith submitted, in the Crescent Mutual Insurance 
Company's Office, as follows, viz : 

R. W. Grand Lodge $2000 at 1 per cent Policy, 30c. . $20 30 



Louisiana Lodge, No. ] 1360 

Union Lodge, No 6 931 

Howard Lodge, No. 13 1009 

"Wildey Encamp' t No. 1 700 

$6000 



. . .at 1 per cent Policy, 30c. . 13 90 

...at 1 per cent Policy, 30c.. 9 61 

...at 1 per cent Policy, 30c.. 10 39 

. . .at 1 per cent Policy, 30c. . 7 30 



.at 1 per cent $150 $6150 

The pro rata for each Eodge being extended against the amount insured. 
Having performed the duty assigned, would offer the following resolution, and ask to be 
discharged from the further consideration of this subject. 

Respectfully submitted, in F., L. and T. 

S. HOPKINS, Jr. Chairman. 
New Orleans, August 20, 1850. 

Resolved, That the Policy (accompanying this resolution) be placed in the hands of the 
R. W. Grand Treasurer, and an order be drawn on him for the amount of premium and 
policy — sixty-one dollars and fifty cents. 

On motion of P. G. Shields, the Grand Secretary was authorized to 
draw on the several Lodges and the Encampment, for their jora rata of 
premium for insurance. 

On motion of Grand Warden Morrison, the Grand Lodge adjourned 
sine die, and was closed in ample form. 

F. A, DENTZEL, G. Sec, pre tern. 



296 Proceedmgs of the [ Aua., 

SPECIAL SESSION. 

Crescent Hall, August 30th, 1850. 

The E.. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, met at Crescent Hall, on 
Friday, August 30th, 1850, at 6 o'clock, P. M., in pursuance of a call 
from the M. W. Grand Master, and was opened in ample form. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. G-raud Master; the Grand Officers 
and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

The call for the meeting was read as follows : 

Office of the G. Master, G. L. of La., I. O. O F., ) 
Netv Orleans, August, 29, 1850. \ 
To Henry W. Olmsted, Esq., Grand Secretary : 

Sir — Yoa will please call a special meeting of the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 
to be held to-morrow evening, the 30th inst., at 6 o'clock, at Crescent Hall, for the purpose 
of electing a representative to the Grand Lodge of the United States, in place of Robert 
Mott, resigned, and for such other business as may be brought before the Grand Lodge. 

JOHN CRICKARD, Grand Master. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the call was approved. 
The following communication from Grand Representative Mott, was 
received and read : 

To the M. W. G. Master, Ojficers and Members of the R. W. G. L, of Louisiana : 

Brothers — Finding that circumstances prevent my attending the next session of the 
Grand Lodge of the United States, I think it but just I should resign the office which your 
kindness bestowed upon me. I therefore resign the office of Grand Representative, to 
which I was elected for two years from the next regular meeting of the Grand Lodge of the 
United States. 

Yours, in F., L. and T., 

ROB. MOTT. 
New Orleans, August 28, 1850. 

On motion of P. G. Cripps, the resignation of Grand Representative 
Mott was accepted : 

On motion of P. G. Master Pi-ice, the Grand Lodge went into nomi- 
nations and election for a Grand Representative to fill the vacancy. 

P. G. John C. Larue was nominated. There being but one nominee, 
on motion of P. G. Shields, the rules were dispensed with, and the vote 
taken by acclamation ; whereupon P. G. John C. Larue, of Howard 
Lodge, No. 13, was declared unanimously elected Grand Representative 
to the Grand Lodge of the United States, to fill the vacancy occasioned 
by the resignation of Grand Rep. Mott. 



1850,] Grand Lodge oj Louisiana. 297 

P. G. M. Rice offered the following resolution, which was adopted by 
a vote of 1 3 to 6 : 

Resolved, That the office of Grand Representative, held by P. G-. James Strawbridge, 
be declared vacant on account of his absence from the State. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge proceeded to nominations and election to 
to fill the vacancy, and the following nominations were made ; 

P. G. M. WM. H. RICE. . . .of No. 22 P. G. Rep. N. B. KNEASS. .of No. 12 
P. Gs. Etter, Shields, H. D. Ogden, Foster and Shaw, declined. 

P. Gs. Shields and Bier were appointed tellers. 

The Grand Lodge proceeded to ballot, which resulted as follows : 

First Ballot. 
Whole number of votes cast, 22; necessary to a choice 12. 
P. G-. Rep. Kneass, received - - - - - 10 

P. G. M. Pwice, received 9 

Blank, 3 

Second Ballot. 

Whole number of votes cast, 25 ; necessary to a choice, 1 3. 

P. Gr. Rep. Kneass, received 11 

P. G. M. Rice, received 10 

Blank, 4 

Third Ballot. 
Whole number of votes cast* 26 ; necessary to a choice, 14. 

P. G. M. Rice, received 13 

P. Gr. Rep. Kneass, received 11 

Blank, 2 

Fourth Ballot. 
Whole number of votes cast, 27 ; necessary to a choice, 14. 

P. G. M. Rice, received 14 

P. Gr. Rep. Kneass, received 11 

Blank, - 2 

Whereupon P. Gr. Master Wm. H. Rice, of Magnoha Lodge, No, 22, 



298 Proceedings of the [Oct., 

was declared duly elected Grrand Representative to the Grand Lodge of 
the United States, to fill the vacancy caused by the absence of P. G. 
Strawbridge from the State. 

A communication was received from P. G. W. P. Sunderland, com- 
plaining of certain action of Jefferson Lodge, No. 9. 

On motion P. Gr. M. Rice, the communication was referred to the 
Committee on Petitions and Appeals, and the Grrand Secretary instructed 
to order Jefferson Lodge, No. 9, to send in the papers connected there- 
with as soon as practicable. 

An appeal of brother F. Strasser, from a decision of Germania Lodge^ 
No. 29, was read and referred to the Committee on Petitions and Appeals. 

The following communication from Neith Lodge, 21, was read and 
ordered to the spread on the minutes : 

Shreveport, August 14, 1850. 
Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F.: 

Dear Sir and Brother — In pursuance of a resolution of Neith Lodge, No. 21, 
I. O. O. F., at Shreveport, La., I write you this communication. The resolution is as 
follows, to wit : 

" Resolved, That the Secretary of this Lodge inform the Grand Lodge, by a communica- 
tion to the Grand Secretary, of the death of our beloved brother and District Deputy Grand 
Master, Richard A. Walker." 

Brother Walker died on the 1st inst., after an illness of only ten days. To our Lodge, to 
the community, and to our beloved Order especially, the brightest gem is gone. 
Yours, in F., L. and T. 

W. W. BROWN, See. Neith Lodge, No. 21. 

On motion of P. G. Master Rice, the Grand Lodge adjourned sine die, 
and was closed in ample form. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



SPECIAL SESSION. 

Grand Lodge Hall, October 23d, 1850. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana met at their Hall on Wednes- 
day, October 23d, 1850, at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to a call from the 
R. W. Grrand Master, and was opened in ample form. 



1&50.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 299 

Prayer by the Eev. S. S. Burdett, Grand Chaplain. 

PRESENT : 

JOHN CRICKARD, M. W. Grand Master. 

H G. STETSON, R. W. D. G. Master. 

G. N. MORRISON, R. W. G. Warden. 

HENRY W. OI^JVESTED, R. W. G. Secretary. 

CHARLES H. LEE, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

REV. S. S. BURDETT, W. G^-and Chaplain. 

EDWARD BARNETT, W. G. Conductor. 

THOS. H. SHIELDS, W, G. Marshal, pro tern. 

J. G. DUNLAP, W. G. Guardian, pro tern. 

ROBERT WOOD, W. G. Herald. , 

And a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 
The call for the meeting was read as folio v/s : 

Office of the G. Master, G. Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F., ) 
New Orleans, October 18th, 1S50. J 

To H. W. Olmsted, Esq., Grajid Secretary : 

Sir — You will please call a Special Meeting of the R. W. Grand Lodge, to be held on 
Wednesday evening, 23d inst„ at 7 o'clock, at the Hall, corner of Poydras and Tchoupi- 
toulas streets, for the purpose of receiving the report of the R. W. Grand Representatives 
to the Grand Lodge of the United States, and to act upon such other matters as may be 
legally brought before it. 

JOHN CRICKARD, Grand Master. 

On riiotion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the call was approved. 

P. G. C. Toucher, of Washington Lodge, No. 3, (certificate received 
July 23, 1 850,) being in waiting, was introduced by the Grand Con- 
ductor, and duly qualified to take his seat as a member of the G-rand 
Lodge, and the P. O. Degrees were conferred upon him. 

The Grand Representatives to the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United 
States, submitted the following report, which was read and accepted, and 
ordered to be recorded on the Journal : 

To tlie Ji. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

The undersigned, Representatives from this Grand Lodge to the Grand Lodge of the 
I. 0. O. F. of the United States, beg leave most respectfully to report : 

That they proceeded to Cincinnati immediately after their appointment. They arrived 
there on Friday, the 13th of September, four days after the adjourned session was called, 
but before any quorum was present to transact business. On the morning of their arrival, 
a quorum appeared, and the Grand Lodge was organized ; but believing the purposes for 
which it was called were not such as were in accordance with the Constitution, the under- 
signed took no part in the session, except to make an unavailing effort to prevent any pro- 
ceedings The amendments offered to the Constitution, and the mode in which they were 
offered, will appear from the printed proceedings. See Journal of the Session, pp. 227, 448-, 
38 



300 Proceedings oj the [Oci-, 

At the regular session of the Grand Lodge, one of the first questions lor consideration, 
was upon the amendments proposed at the adjourned session. Some of these amendments 
were really good ; many of them were calculated to change radically the organization of the 
Order, and others were of a character really ridiculous. Your Representatives voted against 
the consideration of any of them, from the belief, that whether good, bad or indifferent, they 
had been proposed in a manner that was not contemplated by the letter or spirit of the 
Constitution, that they had not been proposed at a stated meeting, within the true intent of 
that Constitution ; and that the Grand Lodges and Encampments had not been given the 
time nor opportunity to examine their nature, and decide upon their necessity or expediency 
This view finally prevailed in the Grand Lodge of the United States ; none of the amend- 
ments offered at the adjourned session were adopted, but the whole were referred to a com- 
mittee, to report upon them at the next session of the Grand Lodge, preparatory to their 
consideration at the session succeeding it. 

An amendment to the Constitution, however, proposed at the September term of 1849, 
to which the objections above stated were not applicable, was taken up and adopted by the 
requisite majority. The effect of this amendment is to deprive the Past Grand Sires, here- 
after, of a vote in the Grand Lodge of the United States. The undersigned voted against 
that amendment, for reasons which to them seemed sufficient, and which they would 
willingly lay before your body, if desired. The proceedings in relation to this subject may 
be found on page 488 of the Journal — (amendment to Sth article of the Constitution, G. L. 
U. S., page 400, Jourual 1849.) 

The great question before the Grand Lodge— the one which really threatened the harmony 
if not existence of the Order, as a national body — arose out of the law imposing a tax upon 
State Grand Lodges and Encampments, to defray the expenses of the Grand Representa- 
tives, according to the Constitution as amended in 1849. Some of the Lodges and Encamp- 
ments had absolutely refused to pay, on the ground that the tax was unequal and oppressive ; 
others had paid under protest, and not a few, our own Grand Lodge among the number, had 
expressed the opinion that the tax was unconstitutionally imposed. The law was repealed 
by a large majority, other means of raising revenue, within the intentment of the Constitu- 
tion, were adopted, and a resolution was passed, excluding hereafter all Grand Lodges and 
Encampments from a representation, unless they paid the assessment already made, and all 
other amounts due to the Grand Lodge. The action, in the end, seemed to meet with 
general approbation, and there is no doubt that its effect will be to restore quiet and harmony 
to the Order. 

There was only one matter immediately coming from this Grand Lodge, which your 
Representatives were required to lay before the Grand Lodge of the United States. This 
was the appeal taken by P. G. Rep. Mott, from the action of this Lodge relative to the 
establishment of the Lodge at Covington, in the Parish of St. Tammany. The appeal was 
presented as it appeared on )'our printed proceedings. The Committee on Appeals made 
thereon the report to be found on pages 513 and 514 of the Journal ; which report the 
undersigned saw no reason to oppose, and it was unanimously adopted. 

At the close of the session, it was determined to hold the next session of the Grand Lodge 
in the city of Baltimore, but at the same time it was deemed proper to express the opinion, 
that the claim set up by the State of Maryland, that the permanent place of meeting of the 
Lodge, should be in that State, was unfounded in law or fact. 

In conclusion, the undersigned beg leave to say, that so far as they are able to judge from 
the returns to the Grand Lodge, and from the feeling manifested by the members of that 
body, that the Order is at present in a most flourishing condition, and give promise of along 
career of increasing prosperity and usefulness. They feel it their duty, however, to state 
that there are many evidences of a laxity in the discipline of the Order, so far as relates to. 



1850.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 301 

the work of the Subordinate Lodges ; and that they have been specially charged to require 
of this Grand Lodge, to enforce rigidly the laws within its jurisdiction. 

(Signed.) JOHN C. LARUE, 

WM. H. mcE. 

Grand E-epresentatives Larue and Pvice, then proceeded to give in- 
structions in the work of the Order. 

A communication from Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, in regard to the 
withdrawal of an application for membership, was read and referred to 
the Committee on the State of the Order. 

The By-Laws of Carroll Lodge, No. 30, were received and referred to 
the Committee on Constitutions and By-Laws, with instructions to report 
to the Grand Master, who was authorized to approve the same. 

A communication was received from Independence Lodge, No. 23, 
making application to rent the Hall of the Grand Lodge, on Wednesday 
evenings, at the same rate as other Lodges. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the request was granted. 

The following communication from the Grand Lodge of Texas, was 
read, and on motion of Grand Representative Larue, was ordered to be 
spread on the minutes, and the Subordinate Lodges interested therein, to 
be notified : 

OfficS of the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F., State of Texas, ) 
Galveston, September 23, 1850. J 

To John Criclcard Esq., M. W. G. Master of G. L., State of La., New Orleans: 

Dear Sir — I have the pleasure, (herewith accompanying,) to forward your Grand 
Lodge, a copy of the proceedings of our Grand Lodge, a copy of our circular, etc. By 
reference to our proceedings, you will observe, that in consequence of the establishment of four 
new Lodges in Eastern Texas, it is made my duty to inform you that the permission granted 
by this Grand Lodge to Lodges under your jurisdiction, to initiate persons from this State, 
is withdrawn ; and you are consequently requested to notify said Lodges of that fact, so that 
no further initiations of persons from this State take place. It was considered by this Grand 
Lodge, that we could do no less, injustice to the new Lodges in Eastern Texas, as it was 
for the benefit of your Lodges, on the border of our State, that permission was first granted. 
Very respectfully yours. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

E. P. HUNT, G. Secretary. 

A communication soliciting donations in aid of erecting a Hall at Gal- 
veston, Texas, was read, and on motion of Grand Representative Larue, 
was referred to the Committee on Correspondence, with instructions to 
reply to the same. 

Sundry Bills were read and referred to the Finance Committee, with 
power to act. 



302 Froceedi?igs of the [ Jan., 

On motion, an order was directed to be drawn on the Grand Treasurer, 
in favor of the Grand Representatives, for the sum of thirty dollars, to 
pay for two Regalias for Representatives to the Grand Lodge of the 
United States. 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10, National Lodge, No. 18, and Polar Star 
Lodge, No. 19, applied for permission to change their night of meeting, 
for the term of six weeks, which was referred to the Grand Master with 
power to act. 

The Grand Master stated, that if it met the approbation of the Grand 
Lodge, he should, on Monday next, commence visiting the several Sub- 
ordinate Lodges, in the Parishes of Orleans and Jefferson, for the purpose 
of instructing them fully in the work of the Order, and requested the 
Grand Officers and Pvcpresentatives to meet him at Crescent Hall, on that 
evening, at half-past 7 o'clock. 

The Grand Master extended an invitation to as many members of this 
Grand body as desired, or could make it convenient to accompany them. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Secretary, 



ANNUAL SESSION. 

Grand Lodge Hall, January 28th, 1851, 
The R. W. Grand Lodge of Jjouisiana convened at their Hall on 
Tuesday, January 28th, 1851, at 7 o'clock, p. m., in Annual Session, as 
provided by the Constitution, and was opened in ample form. 
Prayer by the Rev. S. S. Burdett, Grand Chaplain. 

PRESENT : 

JOHN CRICKARD, M. W. Grand Master, 

H. G. STETSON, R. W. D. G. Master. 

G. N. MORRISON, R. W. G. Warden. 

H. W. OLMSTED. R. W. G. Secretary. 

CHAS. H. LEE, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

WM. H. RICE, R. W. G. Representative. 

REV. S. S. BURDETT, W. G. Chaplain. 

RICHARD SWAIN, W. G. Conductor, pro tern. 

S. E. BELKNAP, W. G. Marshal. 

THOMAS MURRAY, W. G. Guardian. 

ROBERT WOOD, W. G. Herald. 
^nd a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 



J 651.] Gravid Lodge of Louisiana. 303 

The Grand Lodge was visited by Past G-rands P. G. Smith and Chas. 
R. Hainsford, of Montgomery Lodge, No. 6, of Montgomery, Ala. 

On motion, the reading of the minntes of the Semi- Annual and sub- 
sequent sessions, was dispensed with — printed copies of the same being 
on the table for the use of the members. 

The M. W. Grand Master submitted his Annual Pveport, with accom- 
panying documents, which, on motion of P. G. Nixon, were referred to 
a Special Committee of three, to distribute the subjects therein referred 
to, to appropriate committees. 

The Chair appointed P. G. Nixon, P. G. Ms. Emerson and Stewart, 
said committee. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

In submitting to you the last report upon the state of the Order under your jurisdic- 
tion, which it will be incumbent on me to make, permit me before entering into detail, to 
oifer you my most sincere congratulations, upon the flattering indications of prosperity and 
the healthy increase of the Order throughout the State, which I am happy to add, still con- 
tinues to occupy, a proud and elevated position in the estimation of society at large, while 
the most untiring efforts of its members are everywhere directed to a faithful performance 
of duty, and the constant ministration of its chief attributes, Benevolence and Charity. 

The number of working Lodges within the jurisdiction at this time, is twenty-eight, 
being an increase of but three, during the past year ; three being now regarded as defuncts 
viz : Nos. 2, 4 and 5, and one (No. 18) under suspension, thus making our entire number 
thirty-two, which will, in all probability, ere the close of another year, be increased nearly 
one-third, judging from the steps already taken to that end. 

On the 17th of October last, it was brought to my notice, that one of our city Lodges 
had notified its sister Lodges in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, of the withdrawal of an ap- 
plication for membership ; which, not being warranted by either law or usage, besides 
being of opinion that no possible good could be attained from a continuance of it, I instructed 
the Grand Secretary to notify the said Lodges that the same was irregular. 

On the 6th of November, I granted a dispensation to P. G. S. K. McMasters and nine 
other brethren, to open a Lodge in the town of Trinity, parish of Catahoula, to be known 
and hailed as Trinity Lodge, No. 32, and authorized P. G. M. "William Dale, late of our 
sister jurisdiction, Mississippi, to institute the same, and instal its officers, which was duly 
executed, on the 20th, as will be seen by his report herewith submitted, marked A, and 
would respectfully recommend that a charter be granted to said Lodge, m accordance with 
the regulations in relation thereto. 

On the 28th ult., I received through P. G. M. J. D. Stewart, an application from a 
sufficient number of brethren, for a Lodge, to be located at Vernon, Jackson parish ; and 
upon examination of their withdrawal cards, I found that most of them had expired, and 
immediately notified Brother Stewart of the same, as also of my inability to act inconse- 
quence thereof, but in courtesy, however, to him, who is still impressed with the belief that 
it is not necessary to hold unexpired cards in certain cases, I would refer the matter to you, 
with the remark made to him, that it had always been the custom in this jurisdiction, to 
require applicants for a new Lodge, to be in good standing, in obedience to the general 
iaw. See Digest of Laws, pp. 24, 48 and 49. The petition cards, etc., in question ac- 
companying this, marked B, 



304 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

Early in November, I received an application for a dispensation, from a committee duly- 
authorised by Nautilus Lodge, No. 27, to enable it to receive and act upon an application for 
membership, from a person who was represented to be sixty-six years of age ; to which I 
replied — addressed to the W. D. D. Grand Master, chairman of said committee— declin- 
ing to act on the subject farther than to refer the matter to you, for the reasons, that inas- 
much as he did not see fit to exercise the authority vested in him, who was personally ac- 
quainted with all the circumstances in the case, I did not see how I could do so upon the 
mere representation of others , and particularly owing to the unusual age of the applicant, 
concluding with the expression of my opinion, that it would be establishing a precedent 
that might hereafter prove troublesome, notwithstanding the extenuating circumstances m 
the case of the applicant in question. Herewith I hand the papers referred to, marked C, 
for your examination. 

On the 14th of December, the Grand Secretary reported to me that a farther .supply of 
books, cards, etc., was necessary, and in accordance with a law enacted by the Grand Lodge 
■of the United States, at its last session, doubling the price of each on what is termed "sup- 
plies, " and that the same could only be furnished for cash; I instructed that otficer to 
draw an order on the Grand Treasurer, for $240 — the cost of the articles estimated for, at 
the increased rates — and transmit a check, with the order, to the Grand Cor. and R. Secre- 
tary, with the request to forward the same to his address, with the least possible delay ; the 
receipt of which has been duly acknowledged, and are advised of their shipment under date 
of the 6th instant, together with the ofRcial proceedings of the late session of the Grand 
Lodge of the United States, neither of which have yet come to hand. 

On the 16th ultimo a paper was handed to me by the Secretary of National Lodge, No, 
18, purporting to be an appeal by V. G. Rabasa, from the action of said Lodge, to the 
Grand Lodge, in the matter of the expulsion of one of its members, at its regular meeting 
held on the third ; a perusal of which showed that the Lodge had lost sight of both law and 
justice, in the indecent haste with which it had expelled a brother, simply upon the motion 
of a member, and that, too, by the mere casting vote of the N. G. ; such conduct evincing, 
on the part of the officers of said Lodge, unprecedented ignorance of the Laws, or a wanton 
disregard of the same, as in either case to demand my prompt interference ; and accordingly 
I issued an order, (a copy of which, with the appeal referred to, accompanies this, marked 
D ) addressed to the N. G., requiring the Lodge to reinstate the brother forthwith, and 
notify all its sister Lodges (previously notified of his expulsion) of the same. Subse- 
quently, it was represented to me that certain proceedings had taken place in that Lodge, 
of such a character as to require further notice at my hands ; and accordingly, on the 4th 
instant, I appointed a committee, consisting of the Grand Secretary and Grand Conductor, 
to examine the nature and extent of the proceedings in question, and report to me in writing 
on or before the evening of the 6th — the time appointed for the installation of its officers. 
On that evening, accompanied by a portion of the Grand Officers and several highly 
respected Past Grands, I visited that Lodge for the purpose stated, when the report (which 
also accompanies this, marked E,) was handed to me, and proved even more flagrant in its 
character than had been previously represented ; in view of which I felt that I should be 
wanting in duty to you to proceed with the installation of officers, some of whom, it will be 
seen, have been the principal actors in the scenes alluded to ; and consequently, in your 
name I suspended it, placing the charter, books, moneys and effects, in the hands of the 
Grand Secretary, and now beg to refer the whole subject to you, for your action. 

During my term of office, I have issued various dispensations, under the regulations and 
usages of the Order, as exigencies seemed to warrant, and my judgment approved; but do 
not deem it necessary to allude to them in detail, as I have handed the applications for the 
same to the Grand Secretary, endorsed and numbered from 1 to 108, together with copies. 



3 851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 305 

of all correspondence in relation thereto, as also on all other matters connected with Lodges, 
and officers of Lodges, Grand and Subordinate ; and respectfully request that the same be 
placed in the archives of the Grand Lodge, as the authority and grounds of my official acts, 
during the period of said term. 

In view of the onerous duties at present devolving on the Grand Master, and the widely 
extended district placed under his immediate supervision, it has occurred to me that it would 
materially reliev« that officer, and enabl'; him to discharge the varied and important duties 
incumbent upon him, to much better advantage and thereby avoid the perplexing delays, 
to which many of the Lodges and members have been subjected— especially at the semi- 
annual installations and quarterly visitations under the present system; and therefore beg 
to recommend that at least two additional districts be established therefrom, and placed 
under the charge of deputies, to wit : the Lodges located in the parish of Jefferson, to con- 
stitute one ; and those in the Third Municipality, embracing Columbus, No. 24, on the 
opposite side of the river, and St. Tammany, No. 31, at Covington, the other : or create a 
separate district for the latter, including what is called the Florida parishes, to wit : St. 
Tammany, Washington, Livingston and St. Helena. 

In the event of a charter being granted to Trinity Lodge, No. 32, as recommended, it will 
also be necessary to create an additional district ; for, from its peculiar location, it could not 
well be attached to either of those already established in the northwestern part of the State. 
I feel it to be my duty to state, in this connection, that P. G. M. Wm. Dale, having become 
a member of said Lodge, soon after its institution, and whose eminent services and expe- 
rience in the Order, entitled him to the office of D. D. Grand Master, and hence his ap- 
pointment, pro tem., to that office. 

In an interview with our R. W. Grand Representatives, soon after their return from the 
Grand Lodge, of the United States, I was presented with a synopsis of a report which they 
had prepared, and was almost made acquainted with the oral instructions with which they 
were charged. I considered them of sufficient importance to require a special meeting of 
your R. W. body, and ordered the same to be convened on the 23d of October, when the 
very able report of the Representatives was presented, read and accepted, and full instruc- 
tions in the entire work of the Order, communicated by them to the members present. 
Subsequently, in accordance with your expressed wish, accompanied by the R. W. Grand 
Officers and Representatives, I visited all the Subordinate Lodges in the Parishes of Orleans 
and Jefferson, and caused them to be fully instructed in the work of the Order, by the Grand 
Representatives, as prescribed by the M. W. Grand Sire, sanctioned by the R. W. Grand 
Lodge of the United States, and it gives me great pleasure to add, that it has produced a 
most beneficial effect. The officers and members oi Subordinates, seemed to have compre- 
hended with an unusual degree of accuracy and clearness, the instructions imparted to 
them, and continue to work with exceeding harmony and regularity. It is also but just and 
proper to add, that the ready and cheerful compliance with which the R. "W. Grand Repre- 
sentatives acceded to your request, and the zeal and ability displa3-ed in the performance of 
the highly important and responsible task confided to them, entitles them to the profound 
thanks of this body, and the Order in general. 

Patient experience has proved the utter inadequacy of the existing laws, for the proper 
government of this Grand body, and the necessary " Forms,' ' which it is required to furnisb 
Subordinates, in their communications with it; and you have acknowledged the evil, by 
sanctioning the appointment of a committee, to prepare and report a complete code, etc.^ 
prior to your last communication. That committee discharged the responsible task assigned 
them, to the satisfaction of the entire body. The subsequent action had thereon, I pass over, 
as it is a matter of record. Suffice it to say, that after a great deal of discussion, the whole 
was finally adopted as amended, and referred back a second time, with the expense of 
another printing saddled upoa it, for the use of the members at your last session ; but at 



306 Froceedings of the [Jan. 

which, for reasons best known to a portion of them, the question was defeated by the body 
refusing to take it up, when it was admitted on all hands, that it had been so far perfected, 
that it only required another reading, and perhaps a few slight amendments : thereby de- 
priving it, for another year, of the means of properly directing the harmonious action, of its 
moral energies. I do, therefore, again respectfully and earnestly recommend the subject to 
you for final action, preparatory to sending a portion of it (the Constitution) to the Supreme 
authority, for its sanction, as required by the general law. 

I would not be understood as urging upon you the suggestion which I am about to make, 
did I not seriously believe that the best interests of the Order, of which you are the 
acknowledged head would be promoted by carrying it into execution. It is of considerable 
importance that your proceedings should be accessible to your members, and especially to 
the officers and members of Subordinate Lodges, a very large proportion of whom, I can 
assure you from personal observation, take unusually great interest in your proceeding, pub- 
lished from time to time ; the earlier pamphlets of which, being now nearly out of print, 
and a republication will eventually be necessary. The present, I am inclined to think an 
auspicious time to take the matter in hand, as sufficient material has accumulated for a 
volume of creditable size. I would therefore recommend, that the Grand Secretary be 
authorized and instructed to prepare, as soon after the close of the present session as 
practicable, not only the proceedings of the present session, but all the previous published 
proceedings of this Grand Lodge, with index, etc., excluding all extraneous or irrevalent 
matter ; and that the committee on printing be instructed to have at least one thousand 
copies printed and bound, in a neat but plain and substantial style. Should you see fit to 
concur with me in these views, I would also recommend, that the Grand Secretary should- 
be allowed a reasonable compensation for the extra service thus imposed. It is also proper 
for me here to observe, that the duties of that office have become quite onorous ; that I 
submit with deference, whether justice to its incumbent, and the interests of the Order, 
will not be subserved by raising the remuneration to an amount approaching more nearly an 
equivalent for the services rendered, and the time necessarily occupied in the performance of 
its obligations. 

I regret to be compelled to inform you, that Fehciana Lodge, No. 4, has been unable, by 
reason of the lethargy which has for a considerable period actuated a portion of its members 
to recover her position ; and accordingly, on the 2Sth ultimo, I addressed an order to that 
worthy Past Grand, Charles B. Collins, at St. Francisville, in whose charge its entire effects 
had been confided, requiring a return of its charter, books, moneys and effects, and presume 
in a short time they will be forthcoming ; upon the receipt of which, and a proper examina- 
tion of its books, I would recommend that the Grand Secretary issue certificates to such of 
the members as may desire them — of good standing — in order to enable them to attach 
themselves to other Lodges. 

I have the pleasure to report, that that great work, the New Hall, intended for the 
accommodation of the Order, as also for public purposes, is now in active progress. The 
massive granite pilasters and entablature, together with the party walls of the first story, 
are set and laid complete, and the brickwork of the second story has reached the height of 
the third scaffolding, or about fifteen feet, and steadily advancing. The contracts for raising 
and closing in the edifice, are all fully entered into, and I trust ere long, that we shall be 
able to point with pride to the finished structure, as not less an ornament to our city, than a 
monument of the energy and perseverance of our Order, and the taste and talents of our 
highly accomplished architect, brother P. G. George Purvis, who is charged with its super- 
intendence. 

I cannot permit the occasion to pass, without repeating my large indebtedness to Past 
Grand. P. Herman, for the faithful and efficient discharge of the duty imposed on him, of 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 307 

again installing the ofBcers of the several German Lodges in this city and Lafayette ; and 
of communicating to them full instructions in the work of the Order, in their native tongue- 
The high reputation and esteem in v(^hich he is deservedly held by his brethren, rendered 
him peculiarily well fitted for the discharge of that important duty. 

From the reports of the D. D. G. M's, herewith submitted, you will be pleased to find 
strong evidence of zeal and ability in the discharge of their duties, and those benificial re- 
sults, which must ever attend an energetic supervision of the Order, in their respective ju- 
risdictions. 

Soon after the loss, by fire, of Friendship Hall, on the 1st of August last, the officers and 
members of Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, with a zeal and energy worthy of all commendation, 
immediately procured an eligible location, on St. Louis street, opposite the Exchange Hotel, 
and fitted it up in a manner worthy of themselves ; which on examination was found to be 
in strict accordance with the regulations of the Order, and on the 4th ult., accompanied by 
the Grand Officers and other respected members of yonr R. W. Body, I proceeded to dedi- 
cate the same, with the solemn ceremonies of the Order ; and it affords me pleasure to add, 
was rendered peculiarly imposing by the arrangements previously made by the brethren of 
that Lodge, heightened in no small degree, by the presence of a large concourse of the fair 
daughters of our noble State. 

The reports of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, will put you in possession of 
the healthy and prosperous condition of your finances. 

Since your last communication, three members of this Grand Lodge have been removed 
by death, from this, the favorite scene of their labors, viz ; our well beloved Brother, Ri- 
chard A. Walker, of Shreveport, late a D. D. G. M., of District No. 1, and a respected P. 
G., ofNeith, No. 21 ; Jas. McKeen, of Union, No. 6, one of the pioneers of the Order in 
this State, much esteemed by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, for the amiable 
qualities 'which adorned his character ; and Francis Thomas, of Louisiana, No. 1, who at 
your last session was active in the discharge of his duties, ever zealous and vigilant for the 
welfare of our Order. Thus like them may we so endeavor to live among our brethren and 
friends, that those who survive us, shall feel a desire to dwell often and tenderly upon our 
memory, and find in each returning year, increased love and enjoyment in recalling to mind 
their associations with us. It now remains for you to testify your respect for their memory, 
by such acts as you may deem proper and suitable. 

I deem it my duty to report, that soon after the official notification of the untimely death of 
Brother Walker, above referred to, I appointed P. G. Benjamin Wells, Jr., ofNeith, No. 
21, ad interim, to fill said vacancy. 

I cannot close this report, without the expression of my unfeigned thanks, for the ready 
and valuable assistance which has at all times been afforded me, by the other Grand Offi- 
cers, and the declaration of my entire satisfaction with their conduct and deportment, in 
their several offices. 

With yourselves, as individuals, my official intercourse has been extremely pleasant ; and 
I would be ungrateful if I did not on this occasion, acknowledge that the invariable cor- 
rectness of your deportment on this floor, has made my seat agreeable, and my duties as 
your presiding officer light and easy. And now, invoking the blessing of the Supreme 
Grand Master of the Universe upon your councils, that he will in the plentitnde of his in- 
finite power and wisdom, continue to preside over your deliberations, to a successful issue, 
I restore to your keeping the charge with ■which you honored me. 

JOHN CRICKARD, Grand MaHm\- 
New Orleans, .Tan. 28th, 1851. 

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308 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

Office of D. D. G. M., of District No. 1, ) 
Trinity La., January 2d, 1851. ) 

To John Criclard, Esq., M. W. G. M., I. O. O. F. of La. : 

Dear Sir and Brother: — I have the honor to inform )'ou, that Trinity Lodge, 
No. 32, 1. O. O. F., of Louisiana, was organized in due form on the 20th November, 1850, by 
authority and under warrant granted by you, dated Nov. 6th, 1S50, for that purpose ; after 
which the Lodge went into election of officers, which resulted as follows : P. G., S. K. 
McMasters, N. G.; Joseph Guss, V. G.; Joshua Finnermore, Secretary, and Andrew Beck, 
Treasurer ; all of whom being present, were duly installed into their respective offices. 

The By-Laws of Hope Lodge, No. 14, were adopted for the present, with such excep- 
tions, and alterations as were necessary, not conflicting with the Constitution ordained by 
the E,. "W. G. L., for the government of Subordinate Lodges. 

The Lodge applied to me for a dispensation, to initiate and confer the degrees on John 
A. Newell and P. Hoovey, if elected, which was granted. A similar request was made by 
the Lodge, in favor of V. B. Penny, J. S. Alexander and Lewis Lehman, which being 
granted, they were accordingly initiated, and received the 1st, 2d, 3rd, 4th and 5th degrees. 
Four others requested dispensations for degrees, which were refused, on the grounds that 
the good of the Order did not now require a departiire from the usual and regular rules. 

A dispensation was also granted, on request of the Lodge, to initiate J. M. Phillips, who 
was three months over forty-five years of age, also for Elias Carter, whose residence was 
about forty miles distant from the Lodge. 

Trinity Lodge is held in the town of Trinity, Catahoula Parish, La., meeting nights on 
Saturday. The Lodge Room is well fitted for its purposes. There are twenty-nine mem- 
bers : six of the original petitioners, three admitted on cards, and twent}'-by initiation ; and 
we hope by the end of the term, to make a still more favorable report. 

All of which is most respectfully submitted. 

Yours, in F. L. and T., 

WILLIAM DALE. 



Office of D. D. G. Master, of District No. 2, ) 
Franklin, St. Mary, January 19, 1850. ] 

To John Criclcard, Esq, M. W. G. M. of the L O. O. F. of La.: 

DeaPw Sir and Brother: — In the discharge of the duty devolving upon me, as your 
Deputy from District No. 2, I transmit you the following report of my official acts for the 
term ending 31st December, 1850: 

On the 6th July last, I granted a dispensation to enable brother J. D. Shaw to take his 
third, fourth and fifth degree.s, within the constitutional interval, and on the 30th of Novem- 
ber, I granted the application of St. Mary's Lodge, to ballot for the admission of Dr. 
Thomas Dwyer, he being over the age of forty-five. 

The above comprises all my official operations since I had the pleasure of transmitting 
you my last semi-annual report. I have the pleasure, in conclusion, to assure you of the 
continued prosperity of our Order in the District, and with great respect, I am very truly^ 
your friend and brother, 

A. L. FIELDS, D. D. G. M., District No. 2. 



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Office of the D. D. G. M. of District No. 3, ) 
Baton Rouge, La., January 8th, 1850. ) . 

To John CricJcard, Esq., M. W. G. Master, of I. O. O. F.,ofStateof La. : 

Respected Sir and Brother : — Since my last report, made upon the 8th of July last, I 
have been called upon to perform but few acts appertaining to my office, as your Deputy, 
and consequently have but little to report at the present term. 

I have distributed the copies of proceedings of the Grand Lodge, to October 1st, to the 
Lodges under my jurisdiction, and communicated the quarterly P. W. 

On the 22d instant, I authorized P. G. J. B. Poole, to instal the officers elect of Clinton 
Lodge, No. 27, to serve during the first term, 1851. 

On the 2d inslant, I installed the officers of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7. 

Although I promised in my last report to visit Feliciana Lodge, No, 4, I was prevented 
from doing so, by circumstances beyond my control, and hope that you will receive flattering 
reports from said Lodge. 

Clinton Lodge, No. 27, is, I have been informed, doing as well as can be expected. It 
is composed of worthy members, who will never permit the foundation of their Lodge to 
sink into oblivion. 

Of DeSoto Lodge, No. 7, I will only say that all goes right and nothing wrong. 

This closes my official duties as your Deputy. Allow me again to thank you for the 
honor conferred on me, assuring you that I have endeavored to perform my duties, but if I 
have erred I feel confident that you will judge me with brotherly feeling. 
I remain yours, with the highest respect. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

A. MATT A, D. D. G. M. District No. 3. 



Office of D. D. G. Master of District No. 4, ) 
Balize, January 8, 1851. ] 
To John CricJcard, Esq., M. W. G. M. : 

Dear Sir and Brother. — In accordance with the duty attached to my station as 
D. D. G. M., I herewith tender you a statement of my official ads. As respects Nautilus 
Lodge, No. 28, 1. O. O. F. the only one under my jurisdiction during the past term, I granted 
at the request of the Lodge, on the 11th of September last, a dispensation to confer on 
brother Oscar Arrogo, the five Subordinate degrees, if elected. The applicant resides some 
fifty miles from the location of the Lodge, which was my reason for granting it. 

The Lodge, also, on the 30th of October last, applied for and obtained a dispensation to 
initiate Octave S. Rousseau, on the evening of his application. And again on the evening q^ 
the 25th December last, obtained another, to confer on him the five Subordinate degrees. 
Brother Octave S. Rousseau is a resident of the Parish of St. Bernard, and consequently 
lives at a considerable distance from the Balize, which induced me to grant the dispensation. 

The above cases are the only ones in which I have used the power invested in me, by 
you, and hope they will not deserve your disapprobation. 

I would also beg to inform you, that I have, with the assistance of a few brothers, parti- 
cularly of P. G. R. H. Minester, of Commercial Lodge, No. 12, duly installed the officers 
elect to serve the present term, viz : James B. Williams, N. G. ; Joseph C. Wilson, V. G. ; 
James B. Hayes, Secretary ; WilUam Y. Pittee, Treasurer. 

In conclusion, I would respectfully say, that I have no faults to report respecting the 
working and business transactions of Nautilus Lodge at present, and hope the time will be 
as far distant as that in which I shall cease to be yours, in 
Friendship, Love and Truth, 

J. E. DUNHAM, D. D. G. Master, District No. 4. 



310 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

Note. — No reports have been received from District No, 5. 

The following Reports from the Grand Secretary and Grand Trea- 
surer, were received and read, and on motion, were referred to the Com- 
mittee on Finance : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F.: 
In confirmity with the custom observed by me heretofore, I beg leave to submit herewith, 

a semi-annual statement of the receipts, the disposal thereof, and the general work of this 

ofKce. 
The cash receipts, for the term ending fourth Tuesday in January, 1851, are as follows : 
Per-centage from Subordinate Lodges, at the Semi-Annual Session, in July, as per 
Journal, p. 237, $ 1697 48 

RENTS FROM GRAND LODGE HALL, VIZ : 

Louisiana Lodge, No. 1, . . . three quarters, 112 50 

Union Lodge, No. 6, one year, 150 00 

Howard Lodge, No. 13, . . . three quarters, 112 50 

Independence Lodge, No. 23, two months, 25 00 

Wildey Encampment, No. 1, three quarters, 56 25 

Gi and Encampment, two quarters, 12 50 

Books and Cards to Trinity Lodge, No. 32, 7 50 

Cards, Sundries, 7 25 

Insurance from No. 1, $13 90 

Insurance from No. 6, 9 61 

Insurance from No. 13, 10 39 

Insurance from Wildey Camp, 7 30— $41 20 

Trinity Lodge, No. 32, in advance, for Charter, 50 00 

Total Receipts, $2,272 18 

Which amount has been paid over to the Grand Treasurer, as per his receipts. 
Respectfully submitted, In F. L. and T. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. See. 
January 28th, 1851, 



New Orleans, January, 2Sth, 1851. 
To tlie M. W. G. Master, Officers and Members of tlie R. W. G. L., State of La : 

Brothers — I have the honor to present herewith my Semi-Annual report of the Trea- 
sury, from 23d July last to the present date ; which, after paying all demands upon it, shows 
a balance in my hands of $994 70. The receipts from the various sources of its revenue, 
have amounted to $2,272 18, the disbursements to 81,470 68 ; and during the whole period 
of my administration, the income has been $4,012 51 — the expenditure $3,175 36. 

In presenting you with this flattering statement of the department over which you called 
me to preside during the past year, I cannot but congratulate you upon the good report in 
which our Order is held, in consequence of the punctuality with which its obligations have 
been discharged. With a jealous regard towards this object, I have made it my duty to 
satisfy all legally attested orders, as soon as presented. 

Before closing this oflScial communication, I must take occasion to thank you for the 
kind partiality you manifested towards me at the last election ; and which I feel the quiet 



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consciousness of having discharged my duty honestly, faithfully, and to the best of my ability, 
I also trust that it may have met with your approval. 

All of which is respectfully submitted, in F. L. and T., 

CHAS. H. LEE, G. Treasurer. 



GRAND LODGE OF I. O. O. F. OF LOUISIANA, 

l7i account current with CHARLES II. LEE, R. W. G. Treasurer. 

DR. CR. 

1850, July 23, To balance cash on hand, as per former report, $ 192 57 

Aug. 3, To cash received from H. W.Olmsted, R. W. G. Sec,. 1,500 00 
Nov. 14, To cash received from H. W. Olmsted, R. W. G. Sec . . 300 00 

1851, Jan. 3, To cash received from H. W. Olmsted, R. W. G. Sec . . 472 18— $2,464 15 



18-50, Aug. 3, 


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25, 


u 


" A. Rovira, " " 


41.. 
42.. 


45 00 


27, 


" H.W. Olmsted, G. Sec " 


62 50 




Balance, . . . 






994 07 




$2,464 75 


1851, Jan. 27, To balance on hand 




$ 994, 07 



CHAS. H. LEE, G. Treasurer. 



Semi- Annual Reports* were received from the following Subordinate 
Lodges, which, having been examined by the Grand Secretary, and 
reported to be correct and in due form, were accepted, viz : 

* For Table of Reports, see Appendix, 



312 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

Covenant Lodge, - - No. 17 

National Lodge, - - No. 18 

Polar Star Lodge, - - No. 19 

St. Mary's Lodge, - - No. 20 

Neith Lodge, - - No, 21 

Magnolia Lodge, - - No. 22 

Lidependenee Lodge, - No. 23 

Columbus Lodge, - - No. 24 

Wood Lodge, - - No. 26 

NaiTtilus Lodge, - - No. 28 

G-ermania Lodge, - - No. 29 

Carroll Lodge, - - No. 30 

St. Tammany Lodge, - No. 31 



P. G. Race, from the Committee on Elections and E-eturns, submitted 
the following report, which "was read and accepted, viz : 

New Orleans, January 28th, 1851. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The Committee on Elections and Returns, have duly examined the credentials of Past 
Grands for admission into the Grand Lodge, and beg leave to report, that the certificates of 
the following brothers are correct, as having passed the several chairs named, viz : 



Louisiana Lodge, - 


- No. 


1 


Washington Lodge, 


- No. 


3 


Union Lodge, 


- No. 


6 


DeSoto Lodge, 


- No. 


7 


Crescent Lodge, - 


- No. 


8 


Jefferson Lodge, - 


- No. 


9 


Teutonia Lodge, - 


- No. 


10 


Orleans Lodge, 


- No. 


11 


Commercial Lodge, 


- No. 


12 


HoAvard Lodge, 


- No. 


13 


Hope Lodge, 


- No. 


14 


Delta Lodge, 


- No, 


15 


Templar Lodge, - 


- No. 


16 



W. B. Lindsay, N. G. and V. G of No. 1 

F. Lewis, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 3 

Maxwell Armstrong, N. G. and V. G of No. 6 

Henry Jones, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 7 

Richard M. Ellis, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 9 

P. Schneider, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 10 

T. H. Jackson, N. G., V. G. and Secretary : of No. 11 

R. H. Minister, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 12 

J. E. Allison, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 13 

Wm. H. Slack, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 14 

Joseph S. Sloan, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 15 

Edward Pilsbury, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 16 

E. A. Patterson, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 16 

Wm. Bosworth, N. G. and V. G .of No. 17 

H. J. Whitney, N. G. and V. G of No. 17 

A. Chiapella, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 19 

D. E. Crossland, N. G., V. G. aad Secretary of No. 20 

J. H. Whitney, N. G., V. G. and Secretary of No. 22 

J. Gerlach, N. G. and V. G of No. 23 

Peter Daniel, N. G. and V. G of No. 29 

J. P. Prescott, N. G. (new Lodge) of No. 30 

Wm. McDufr, N. G. (new Lodge) of No. 31 



1851] Grand Lodge oj Louisiana. 313 

Also, that the certificates of membership of the following Past Grands are con-ect, viz : 

P. G. P. Herman from No. 1 

P. G. M. James Curry from No. 6 

P. G. Thomas H. Shields from No. 6 

P. G. F. Vasroncellos from No. 6 

P. G. D. E. Crosland from No. 14 

P. G. Charles Geheeb from No. 23 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

G. W. RACE, ) 

F. W. DELESDERNIER, VCoOTm«ee. 

F. A. DENTZEL, ) 

The following P. Gs. being in waiting, were introduced and duly- 
instructed in the Grand Lodge Degree, viz : 

W. B. Lindsay, of - No. 1 \ Jos. S. Sloan, of - - No. 15 

F. Lewis, of - - No. 3 N E. A. Patterson, of - No. 16 

Maxwell Armstrong, of No. 6 n Wm. Bosworth, of - No. 17 

Henry Jones, of - - No. 7 ^ H. J. Whitney, of - No. 17 

it. M. EUis, of - - No. 9 ^ A. Chiapella, of - - No. 19 

P. Schneider, of - - No. 10 ^ J. H. Whitney, of - No. 22 

T. H. Jackson, of - No. 11 i J. Gerlach, of - - No. 23 

B. H. Minister, of - No. 12 | Peter Daniel, of - - No. 29 

J. E. Allison, of - - No. 13 ^ J. P. Prescott, of - - No. 30 

Wm. H. Slack, of - - No. 14 J Wm. McDuff, of - - No. 31 

D.- E. Crosland, of - No. 14 ? 

The Past Official Degrees were conferred upon Past Grands entitled tO' 
receive the same, by the B.. W. Grand Warden. 
The following note, from P. G. Gomez, was read : 

To the Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 
P. G. E. J. Gomez, of National Lodge, No. 18, now suspended, demands admission. 
January 18th, 1851. 

Whereupon the Grand Master decided that he could not be admitted,, 
and referred the same to the Grand Lodge. 

On motion of P. G. M. Bice, the decision of the Grand Master, in 
refusing admission to P. G. Gomez — as a member of a Lodge under 
suspension — be sustained ; and the motion being seconded, was put and 
carried unanimously. 

The Grand Master presented the following supplemental report, and 
copy of a letter therein referred to, relative to ihe Grand Secretary, which, 
was read, and on motion of P. G. M. Bice, it was referred to a committee 
of three. 



314 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

The R. W. Deputy Grand Master appointed on said committee, P. Gr. 
M. Emerson and P. Gs. Dunlap and Kirkland. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, J. O. O. F. : 

Brethren: — Circumstances having in my judgment rendered it expedient and neces- 
sary, that, on Saturday the 25th inst., I should suspend your Grand Secretary from the 
functions of liis office, and also required of him the property in his official keeping, the dis- 
charge of this truly painful task, being alone prompted by a solemn view of the responsibility 
of my official obligations, in consequence of the irregularity of his habits, and continued 
absence from his office, and consequent neglect of official duty, which is detailed more at 
length in a letter which I felt it my duty, under the circumstances, to address him, on the 
25th inst., a cop}^ of which is herevvdth enclosed. 

The statement which accompanies the G. Treasurer's Report, will show that a large 
balance, remaining in the hands of the G. Sec. since July last, has at length been paid to 
the Treasurer, and b}"- him duly acknowledged. 

I have also to report, that the Grand Secretary is in receipt of the Semi-Annual Reports 
from the Subordinate Lodges, (with one or two exceptions) together with the per centage 
due the Grand Lodge, and has been charged with the duty of presenting the same to the 
Grand Lodge, this evening. His suspension having been raised for that purpose, as also to 
give him an opportunity to make such explanation in regard to the subject matters at issue, 
that he may desire. 

Upon an examination of the Annual Report of the Grand Cor. and R. Secretary of the G. 
L. U. S. for the year ending September last, (for which I am indebted to the kindness of 
G. Rep. Larue,) I perceive that there has yet been no acknowledgement, by that able and 
efficient officer, of the amount contributed by the several Lodges in this city, to what is 
termed the " Wildey Fund, " and " Wildey Annuity, " which I am informed had been 
placed in the hands of the G. Secretary, for remission, about a year and a half since ; and 
would therefore call your attention to the subject, injustice to the contributors, which I 
have reason to believe, have been as liberal as that of any of our sister jurisdictions. ^ 

JOHN CRICKARD, Grand Master. 
Tuesday Evening, Jan. 28th, 1851. 

Office of the Grand Master, G. L. of La., I. O. O. F., ) 
New Orleans, January 25th, 1851. J 

Sir : — Finding that you have again failed to keep the appointment with me, at your 
office at 9 o'clock this morning — named by yourself yesterday — I called a seco7id and a 
third time, and I may add that I have done so every day during the past week, in the hope 
of meeting you on business connected with our respective offices, in view of the approach- 
ing session of the Grand Lodge, and of receiving some explanation which might possibly 
tend to mitigate the chagrin and mortification to which I have felt myself subjected, by the 
failure on your part to meet me on the occasions referred to. Prompted therefore by self 
respect, and the discharge of my official duty, I feel myself compelled, reluctantly, to sus- 
pend you in your official capacity, and' at the same time to demand of you the ke)'s of the 
office assigned to you, together with all Booh, Papers, Moneys and other property in your 
keeping, as Grand Secretary, in order that the interests of the Order may no longer suffer 
from your neglect of duty. 

In conclusion, I have to request that you will meet Deputy Grand Master Stetson, Chair- 
man of the Committe on Finance, and Grand Treasurer Lee, at your office, at 5 o'clock 
this evening, for the purpose of handing over to them the property above indicated. 

JOHN CRICKARD, Gra^idMastw. 

To H. W. Ot^msted, Esq., Grand Secretary, Present. 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 315 

On motion of P. G. M, Rice, P. G. Dentzel was requested to act as 
Grand Secretary, pro tern., until the election and installation of a Grand 
Secretary. Carried. 

On motion, the Grrand Lodge proceeded to the nomination and election 
of officers for the current year, and the following nominations were 
made, viz : 

For Deputy Grand Master. 
P. G. HENRY i). OGDEN of No. 8 

For Grand Warden. 

P. G. B. MAGLONE.. of No. 15 P. G. S. E. BELKNAP of No! 1& 

P. G. Maginnis, declined. 

For Grand Treasurer. 
P' G. G. N. MORRISON, of No. 12 

For Grand Representative to Grand Lodge of United States. 

G. M. JOHN CRICKARD. of No. 1 

P. G. M. Emerson, and P. Gs. Kneass and Race, declined. 

For Directors of Odd Felloios' Hall Association. 

R G. RICHARD SWAIN of No. 8 

The nominations were then closed. 

On motion of P. Gr. Nixon, the election of Grand Secretary was de- 
ferred until the next meeting. 

P. G. M. E-ice and P. G. Nixon were appointed tellers, and the Grand 
Lodge proceeded to ballot, which resulted in the election of the following 
officers, viz : 

P. G. Thos. H. Shields, of No. 6, - R. W. Grand Master. 

P. G. Henry Bier, of No. 14, - - R. W. D. Grand Master. 

P. G. Bernard Maglone, of No. J 5, - R. W. Grand Warden. 

P. G. M. Henry Williams, of No. 12, Pv. W. Grand Treasurer. 

P. G. Geo. W. Shaw, of No. 6, - R. W. G. Representative. 

On motion, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at Commercial Hall,, 
corner of Camp and Natchez streets, on Thursday evening, January 30, 
at 7 o'clock. 
40 



316 Froceedtngs of the [Jan. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Commercial Hall, corner Camp and Natchez sts., ] 
January 30th, 1851. S 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourji- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — John Crickard, M. W. Grand Master ; the Grand Officers 
and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

P. Gr. R. M. ElHs, of No. 9, being in waiting, was introduced by the 
Grand Conductor, duly qualified, and took his seat as a member of the 
Grand Lodge. 

P. G. M. Emerson, from the Committee on the Supplemental Report 
of the Grand Master, presented the following report, which was read. 

P. G. Dunlap moved that the same be received and adopted. 

An amendment was offered, that the report and accompanying docu- 
ments be again read ; lost. 

Rep. Nixon, of No. 8, called for a division of the question, which was 
put and carried. So the report only was read, and the original motion 
adopted. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

Past Gkands : — The committee to whom was referred the communication of the Grand 
Master, relating to the Grand Secretary, beg leave to report, that they have inquired into 
the matters alluded to in the communication. It appears that during the week prior to the 
present Annual Session, the Grand Secretary was absent from his office most of the time, 
and consequently his duties, always requiring punctuality and strict attention, more espe- 
cially then, were neglected without any explanation as to the causes of that neglect, the 
Grand Master very properly took the steps indicated in his communication. 

It was however fully shown by the testimony, herewith submitted, that during the week 
mentioned, and indeed for a longer period, the Grand Secretary was suffering from severe 
illness and pain, and for several days was confined to his room. While, therefore, no blame 
can be imputed to the Grand Master for his course in the premises, we believe the evidence 
fully exonerates the Grand Secretary. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, 
J. G. DUNLAP, 
S. W. KIRKLAND. 

P. G. T. Lee moved for a suspension of the rules, to enable him to 
offer the following resolution, ^vhich was agreed to, and the resolution 
adopted : 

Be it Resolved, That the G. Secretary of this R. W. Body, be required to furnish a 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 317 

joint and several Bond, with two securities to the satisfaction of this G. Lodge, in the full 
sumof Two Thousand Dollars, for the faithful performance of his duties, and that the G. 
Treasurer, be required to furnish a Bond, in like manner to be given, in the sum of Five 
Thousand Dollars, for the faithful discharge of his duties. 

P. G. M. Emerson moved that the suspension of the Grand Secretary 
be now removed, which was agreed to. 

The Gr. M. elect moved that the nomination for Grand Secretary be 
now opened, and there being no objection, the motion was agreed to. 

P. Grs. Ohnsted, Emerson, Nixon and Dentzel were nominated. 

P. Gs. Emerson, Nixon and Dentzel, dechned. 

There being but one candidate in nomination, on motion, the rules 
were dispensed with, and P. Gr. H. W. Olmsted, of No. 8, was declared 
duly elected to the office of Grand Secretary for the usual term. 

Nominations for two Directors, on the part of the Grand Lodge, to 
Odd Fellows' Hall Association, were opened, and P. G. M. Mondelli and 
P. Gs. Swain, Dunlap and Shaw were nominated. P. Gs. Stockton, 
Race, Cunliffe and Cripps were also nominated, and declined. 

Nominations for one Director to " Odd Fellows' Pvest " were opened, 
and P. G. Dunlap was nominated. 

It was here represented to the Chair that P. G. M. Wm. Dale was in 
waiting, and desired admittance as a member of a Lodge working under 
the jurisdiction of this Grand Lodge, the same having been denied him, 
except as a visitor, at the last meeting, upon the ground that his Lodge 
was only working under a Dispensation from the Grand Master, and not 
yet acted upon by the Grand Lodge ; whereupon, 

P. G. M. Emerson moved for a dispensation of the rules, in order to 
offer the following resolution, which motion was agreed to, viz : 

Resolved, That P. G. M. Dale and P. G. McMasters, at present members of Trinity 
Lodge, No. 32, working under a Dispensation from the Grand Master, be now admitted to 
seats and all the rights and privileges of other members of this Grand Lodge. 

Which was also agreed to, and P. G. M. Dale was accordingly ad- 
mitted. 

Grand Uep. Larue, the rules being still under suspension, offered the 
following resolution, viz : 

Resolved, That in any other case than in that specified by the fifth section, page 43, of 
the Digest, none but Representatives of the dififerent Lodges shall vote. 

P. G. M. Emerson offered the following, as a substitute, viz : 

Resolved, That, in the opinion of this Grand Lodge, every member thereof has a right 
to vote in all elections, and on all questions in which he has no personal interest. 



318 Proceedings of the {Jan., 

P. Gr. Nixon moved that both resolutions be referred to a Special 
Committee of three. 

P. G. M. Whithall moved to lay the whole subject on the table indefi- 
jnitely. 

P. G. M. Mondelli moved an adjournment. Put and lost. 

Grrand Hep. Larue called for the yeas aiad nays, which were ordered, 
and resulted as follows : 

Yeas — Cohen, Sloan, Relf, Prescott, Titus, McCorry, Casanas, Daniels, Font, "Wood, 
Bachus, Minister, Whithall, Cunliffe, "Williams, Stockton, Whitney, Dentzel, and Stet- 
,son — 19. 

Nays — Shaw, P. G. M. Emerson, Furneaux, Allison, Blake, Lindsay, Belcher, Race, 
Crosland, Murray, Slack, Shields, Dale, Swain, Lee, Nixon, Hooper, BouUemet, Gushing, 
Larue, Rice, Benedict, Patterson, Armstong, Ogden, Mondelli, Bier, Magner, Dunlap, and 
Morrison — 29. 

So the motion was declared lost. 

The question recurring on the motion of P. G. Nixon, it was put and 
carried. 

The Chair appointed on said committee, P. Grs. Nixon, E-ice and Race. 

P. G. M. Rice moved that the Grand Lodge now proceed with the 
election of two Directors to the Odd Fellows' Hall Association, and one 
to the " Rest." 

G. Rep. Larue moved an adjournment. Lost. 

The same brother moved to lay P. G. M. Rice's motion on the table. 
Lost. 

P. G. Nixon offered, as a substitute to that of P. Gr. M. Rice, viz : to 
postpone the election of Directors till next meeting. Carried. 

P. D. G. M. Stetson moved that the Grand Lodge now proceed to 
instal the ofhcers elect, which was concurred in. 

The Grrand Master elect having been presented by P. G. Ms. Emerson 
and Mondelli, Past Grand Master, John Crickard, proceeded to instal into 
the office of Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of 
the State of Louisiana, Past Grrand Thomas H. Shields, of Union Lodge, 
No. 6, who was formally conducted to the Chair. 

The M. "W. Grand Master then installed Past Grrand Warden Henry 
Bier, of Hope Lodge, No. 14, Deputy Grrand Master. The other officers 
elect not being present, their installation was consequently deferred. 

P. G. Nixon, from the Special Committee on the Grand Master's re- 
port, presented the following report, which was read, and, on motion, 
adopted, and the committee discharged : 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Loiiisiaiia. 319 

New Orleans, January 30th, 1851. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisia7ia, I. O. O. F.: 

The undersigned, special committee to whom was referred the report of the M. W. Grand 
Master, beg leave respectfully to recommend. 

1. — That the action of the G-. M., in granting a dispensation for Trinity Lodge, No. 32, 
be approved, and that a charter be issued to said Lodge. 

2. — That the application for a charter for a Lodge to be located at Vernon, Jackson 

Parish, be referred to the committee on Petitions and Appeals. — ( Documents marked B.) 

3. — That the applications by Nautilus Lodge, No. 27, for a dispensation to receive and 

act upon an application for membership, from a person represented to be 66 years of age, 

be referred to the committee on Petitions and Appeals. — (Documents marked C.) 

4. — That the action of the Gr. M., in directing the G. Sec. to draw an order on the G. 
Treasurer for $240, to pay for a further supply of Books, Cards, etc. be approved. 

5. — That so much as refers to National Lodge. No. 18, be referred to a special committee. 
(Documents D ^nd E.) 
6. — That so much as refers to various dispensations granted, be approved. 
7. — That so much as refers to the new districts recoinmended, be referred to a special 
committee. 

8. — That so much as refers to the expediency of preparing a volume of the proceedings 
of this Grand Lodge, with index, etc. and of increasing the compensation of the Grand Sec. 
be referred to the Finance Committee. 

9. — That the action of the G. M., in the matter of Feliciana Lodge, No. 4, be approved. 
10.— That the appointment of B. Wells, Jr., D. D. G. M. of District No. 1. ad interim, be 
approved. 

11. — That some night be selected during the present session to take up and act upon the 
subject of the Constitution, Laws, Forms, etc. etc. 

All of which is submitted, 

J. O. NIXON, 
J. D. STEWART, 
CHAS. M. EMERSON. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet at 
,this (Commercial) Hall, to-morroAv evening, at 7 o'clock. 

F. A. DENTZEL, G. Sec, pre tern. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Commercial Hall, corner Camp and Natchez sts,, )^ 
January 31, 1851. J 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to ad- 
journraent. 

Pre^m^^ — T.H. Shields, M. W. G-rand Master; the Grand Officers 
and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 



320 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

The securities of the Grand Treasurer and GJ-rand Secretary were read 
and accepted. 

The Grand Master then proceeded to instal the remaining Grand Offi- 
cers into to their respective chairs, viz : 

P. G. B. Maglone, of No. 15, - - Pv,. W. G. Warden, 

P. G. M. H. WilUams, of No. 12, - Pv,. W. G. Treasurer, 

P. G. Sec. H. W. Ohnsted, of No. 8, - Pv. W. G. Secretary. 

The Grand Master announced the appointment of the following ap- 
pointed officers and Standing Committees, viz : 

P. G. M. C. W. Whithall, of No. 17, - W. G. Chaplain. 

P. G. T. N. Blake, of No. 12, - - W. G. Marshal. 

P. G. V. Boullemet, of No. 22, - - W. G. Conductor. 

P. G. J. Fulda, of No. 10, - - - W. G. Guardian. 

P. G. P. Casanas, of No. 12, - - - W. G. Herald. 

DISTRICT DEPUTY GRAND MASTERS. 

P. G. B. Wells, Jr., of No. 21, District No. 1, Shreveport. 

P. G. J, W. Lyman, " 20, " " 2, Frankhn. 

P. G. A. Matta, " 7, " " 3, Baton Rouge. 

P. G. J. E. Dunham, " 28, " " 4, Balize. 

P. G. J. P. Prescott, " 30, " " 5, Lake Providence. 

STANDING COMMITTEES. 

Co7nmittee on Finance — P. G. M. John Crickard, of No. 1 ; P. Gs. 
P. W. Delesdernier, of No. 13 ; Daniel Wheeler, of No. 17. 

Committee on the State of the Order — P. G. Ms. J. D. Stewart, of 
No. 1 ; Chas. M. Emerson, of No. 12; Wm. H. Bice, of No. 22. 

Committee on Correspondence — P. Gs. G. W. Bace, of No. 12; F. 
Brichta, of No. 23 : J. C. Norcross, of No. 3. 

Committee on Petitions and Appeals — P. Gs. Henry D. Ogden, of 
No. 8; P. Herman, of No. 1 ; S. E. Belknap, of No. 16. 

Committee on Constitution and By-Laivs — P. G s. J. O. Nixon, of 
No. 8 ; James Martin, of No. 24 ; J. W. Belcher, of No. 14. 

Committee on Elections and Returns — P. Gs. A. W. Jourdan, of 
No. 9; S. Magner, of No. 19 ; Pv. Brown, of No. 1. 

Committee on Printing — P. Gs. H. W. Olmsted, of No. 8; Joseph 
Etter, of No. 11 ; Wm. H. Slack, of No. 14. 

On motion of P. G. Nixon, the appointment of D. D. Grand Masters 
were approved by the Grand Lodge. 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisimia. 321 

The Chair appointed on the committee, as recommended by the Spe- 
cial Committee on the Grand Master's report, relative to National Lodge, 
No. 18, P. G. Ms. Pvice and Curry, and P. G. John Hayman. 

The Chair appointed on the Committee on new Districts, as recom- 
mended by the Special Committee, P. G. Ms. Stewart and Crickard, and 
P. Gr. Swain. 

P. Gr. Nixon moved to proceed with the election of Directors to "Odd 
Fellows' Hall Association" and "Odd Fellows's Rest," which was con- 
curred in. 

Gr. Marshal Blake moved for a dispensation of the rules, and that the 
nominations be re-opened. Carried. 

On motion, the nominations made at the preceding meeting were read, 
and P. Gr. M. Mondelh, and P. Gs. Morrison, Hayman and Swain, de- 
clined. 

P. Grs. Nixon and Rice were appointed tellers ; when, on counting the 
votes, it appeared that P. Gs. Shaw and Dunlap had received a majority 
of the votes cast, and were consequently declared duly elected Directors, 
on the part of the Grand Lodge, to "Odd Fellows' Hall Association," 
for one year from the first Monday of May next. 

On motion of P. G. M. Rice, the rules were dispensed with, and P. 
G. Dunlap being the only nominee, was declared elected by acclamation, 
a Director, on the part of the Grand Lodge, to " Odd Fellows' Rest," for 
one year from the first Wednesday in February next. 

A petition for a Charter for a Subordinate Lodge (fee, accompanying),, 
to be located at Jefferson City, Parish of Jefferson, and to be known and 
hailed as " Pacific Lodge, No. — ," signed by Brothers F. N. Keller, H. 
H. Williams, James Pigrau, Chester Bisbee, W. H. Virgin, Daniel Nafe, 
Thomas G. Noel, F, "W. Fuller, Samuel Dealy, B. L. Mann, and Aug. 
W. Jourdan, was received and read, and on motion of Rep. Dunlap, it 
was referred to the Committee on Petitions and Appeals. 

The following communication from Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, was- 
read and referred to to the Committee on Petitions and Appeals : 

Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, I. O. O. F. \ 
New Orleans, Nov. 16, 1850. \ 

To tlie R. W. Grand Lodge of I. O. O. F. of Louisiana : 

Sirs and Brothers — At a regular meeting of this Lodge, held at Crescent Hall thi& 
evening, the undersigned was instructed to communicate to you the following proceedings, 
had at said meeting, together with the following certificate from Commercial Lodge, No. 
12, authorizing the conferring of the Second and Third Degrees on Brother H. Fox, o? 
that Lodge. 



322 Proceedings of the [ Jan., 

" The N. G-. having refused to confer more than one degree on the brother, without the 
Dispensation from the Grand Master accompanying the certificates; whereupon P. G. 
Shields aslced for and obtained an appeal to your R. W. Body, in the words following, viz : 

" I hereby appeal from the decision of the N. G. of Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, whereby 
he refused to confer more than one degree upon a brother on the same evening — who had 
previously received a Dispensation from the M. W. G. Master, authorizing the conferring 
of two degrees — unless the Dispensation accompanied the certificates. 

(Signed) " T. H. SHIELDS." 

A true copy from the minutes. 

[Seal.] P. G. CUNNINGHAM, Secretary. 

The following communication from Delta Lodge, No. 15, was read 
and referred to the same committee : 

New Orleans, January 6th, 1851. 
To the R. W. Graiid Lodge of Loidsiana. 

I submit herewith the following Extract from the minutes of Delta Lodge, No. 15, I. O. 
O. F., held at a regular meeting, October 25th, 1850. 

Bro. Horner offered the following resolution, viz : 

1. — That it is theopinion of this Lodge, that no Brother in good standing should be hin- 
dered in his advancement and prevented from taking the Degrees, milessfor good cause. 

2. — That it is the opinion of this Lodge, that the true interests of the Order in general, 
and of this Lodge, in particular require, that as many Brothers as possible take all the 
Degrees without any exception. 

3. — That it is the opinion of this Lodge, that the repeated refusals of sometimes one and 
sometimes two Brothers to a candidate taking the degrees, withozit good cause, ox for no 
show 71 cause, violates the fundamental principles of Odd Fellowship. 

The N. G. declared the above resolution to be out of order, whereupon Brother Horner 
appealed to the Lodge from the decision of the Chair ; upon a vote being taken, the Lodge 
sustained the decision of the chair, and said resolutions were therefore declared to be out of 
order. 

Bro. Horner protests from the above decision and gave notice to the Lodge, that he should 
ask for an appeal to the Grand Lodge, which was granted. 
All of which is respectfully submitted, 

In F. L. and T. 
[Seal.] P. N. STRONG, Secretary. 

An Appeal from Bro. Louchs from the action of DeSoto Lodge, No. 
7, was read and referred to the same committee. 

E.ep. Nixon, of No. 8, from the Committee on By-Laws, presented the 
following E-eport, which was read and adopted. 

To tJie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 

The Committee on By-Laws, to whom was referred the By-Laws of Carroll Lodge, No. 
30, have had the same under consideration, and recommend that sec. 3, of art. 7, reading 
" The Junior Past Grand shall act as the Host of the Lodge," be stricken out, as your 
committee are of opinion the Lodge is not competent to impose such duties upon its Jr. P .G, 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 323 

In other respects the laws conform to the regulations of the R. W. Grand Lodge, and 
your committee recommend their approval. 

Respectfully submitted, 



J. O. NIXON, 

F. A. DENTZEL. 



New Orleans, January 24th, 1851. 



P. G. M. Emerson from the Committee on Petitions and Appeals, pres- 
ented the following Report and resolution which was received and adopted. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The committee to whom was referred the appeal of Brother F. Strausser, beg leave to 
report, that he was expelled by Germania Lodge, No. 29, for alleged ill treatment of his 
wife. Your committee have attentively examined the evidence, and having been told by 
the aggrieved party that she merited the treatment she received from her husband, we came 
to the conclusion that the punishment awarded to Bro. Strausser, may have been too severe. 
Under the circumstances we believe he should have the benefit of a revision of his case, and 
recommend the passage of the annexed resolution. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHAS. M. EMERSON, 
S. HOPKINS, Jk. 
J. G. DUNLAP. 

Resolved, That the decision of Germania Lodge, No. 29, I. O. O. F., expelling Bro. F. 
Strausser, be reversed, and that the case be remanded to said Lodge for a new trial. 

P. Gr. Shields from the Committee on the State of the Order submitted 
the following report, which was received and read. 

To the G. Master, Officers and Members of the R. W. G. L. of Louisiana, L O. O. F. 

Brothers : — The Committee on the State of the Order, to whom was referred the re- 
solutions adopted by Polar Star Lodge, No. 19, asking the decision of the Grand Lodge 
concerning the fo?wfr?/cfio?j to be given to the article of the Constitution for Subordinate 
Lodges, in relation to the withdrawal of applications for membership prior to the vote of the 
Lodge, viz : whether the vote of the Lodge, is required to withdraw the name of a candidate 
for membership, and what is meant by before the report of the Committee of Investigation 
is presented, and whether the report of the committee is considered ^re«e?ziefi? when laid on 
the table of the Secretary : Respectfully report that the article referred to does not appear 
in the Constitution governing Subordinate Lodges imder this jurisdiction, but was received 
by the Grand Secretary, ffs a /aw of the Grand Lodge of the United States, and by him 
transmitted to the Subordinates. 

Your committee infer however, and express the opinion, that it is necessary to obtain the 
consent of a Lodge, to withdraw the name of an applicant for membership after the same 
has been properly referred, and that the report is not properly presented until read by the 
Secretary in open Lodge. 

In F. L. and T. 

T. H. SHIELDS, 
H. D. OGDEN, 

New Orleans, January, 24th, 1851. 

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324 Proceedings of the [Jan., 

A division of the question was called for and sustained, and on motion 
of P. G. M. Emerson, the report was referred back to the committee on 
the State of the Order. 

Rep. Pvace, of No. 12, from the Committee on Elections and Pveturns, 
presented the following report, relative to Pveps. to the Grand Lodge, 
which was, on motion of P. G. M. Rice, received and adopted. 

To the R. W, Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The undersigned. Committee on Elections and Returns, beg leave to report, that they 
have examined the certificates of the following Past Grands, as Representatives to this G-. 
Lodge, and find them to be in strict accordance with the laws on that subject, viz : 

Louisiana Lodge, No. 1 — P. G. Ms. John Crickard, J. D. Stewart and P. G. S. Hop- 
kins, Junior. 

Washington Lodge, No. 3 — P. G. Geo. Hooper. 

Union Lodge, No. 6— P. Gs. T, H. Shields, G. W. Shaw, B. Cohen and S. Head. 

BeSoto Lodge, No. 7— P. G. H. Jones. 

Crescent Lodge, No. 8— P. Gs. R. Swain, C. H. Lee, H. W. Olmsted and J. O. Nixon. 

Jefferson Lodge, No. 9— P. Gs. A. S. Phelps, W. P. Sunderland and S. S. Burdette. 

Teutonia Lodge, No. 10— P. Gs. J. Fulda, J. E. Renter and T. Young. 

Orleans Lodge, No. 11 — P. Gs. Joseph Etter, J. A. Ferris and T. H. Jackson. 

Commercial Lodge, No. 12— P. Gs. G. W. Race, Thos. Murray, T. N. Blake and R. 
H. Minister. 

Hove Lodge, No. 14— P. Gs. H. Bier, J. W. Belcher and W. H. Slack. 

Delta Lodge, No. 15— P. Gs. Jos. Bensadon, J. S. Sloan and J. A. Mitchell. 

Templar Lodge, No. 16— P. G. E. A. Patterson. « 

Covenant Lodge, No. 17 — P. G. Jno. Paisley. 

Folar Star Lodge, No. 19— P. Gs. A. Chlapella, E. Barnett, S. Magner and J. Buessard. 

Magnolia Lodge, No. 22— P. Gs. J. H. Whitney, W. T. Benedict. 

hidependence Lodge, No. 23 — P. Gs. Charles Geheebe, F. Brichta. 

Columbus Lodge, No. 24 — P. Gs. J. Martin, E. J. Dohm and W. Sarazin. 

Wood Lodge, No. 26— P. G. M. John Crickard, proxy. 

Nautihis Lodge, No. 28— P. Gs. J. E. Dunham, R. H. Minister, proxy. 

Germania Lodge, No. 29 — P. Gs. P. Herman and P. Daniel. 

Carroll Lodge, No. 30— P. G. J. P. Prescott. 

St.Tammany Lodge, No. 31— P. G. M. C.M.Emerson, W. L. Cushing and C. 
C. Delacroix. 

Trinity Lodge, No. 32— P. G. S. K. McMasters. 

The committee report that they find no certificates of Reps, from Nos. 13, 20, 21 and 27. 
All of which is respectfully submitted, 

F. W. DELESDERNIER, 

G. W. RACE, 

F. A. DENTZEL. 

The following report from P. Gr. Dunlap, Delegate from the Grand 
Lodge, to the " O. F. Pvest, " was read and ordered to be spread on the 
minutes, viz : 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, J. O. 0. F.: 

Brothers: — The undersigned. Delegate to the Board of Directors of "Odd Fellows' 
Rest," respectfully submits to the R. W. Grand Lodge, a brief statement of the present 
condition of the " Rest," and the transactions of the past year. 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 325 

In consequence of the purchase of an additional piece of ground, and the liberal donation 
of another piece, by the Firemen's Charitable Association, it became necessary to lay out 
the ground anew, and arrange a different plan. This has been done, and a large plan made 
for the Board of Directors, which is now in their office. An engraving of the same has 
been made, and copies furnished to the different Lodges. 

To perfect the new plan, it was necessary to remove the vaults first erected in the "Rest;" 
and the reception Tomb, which stood near the centre. The Reception Tomb has been per- 
manently placed on Lot, No. 82, adjoining the main entrance on the Metairie Road, and the 
vaults pulled down. The bodies contained in the old vaults have been placed in vaults 
prepared for that purpose, on the side line of the "Rest," with the Numbers, Marks, 
Tablets, etc., that previously distinguished them. 

During the year there has been erected, and now In the course of erection, one hundred 
and sixty four vaults, sixty of these have been used for the bodies removed, leaving one 
hundred and fnir for general interment, of which, sixty two were unoccupied on the ISthinst. 

A contract has been made for the opening out, grading, curbing and finishing the walks. 
Part of tliis work has been done, and the remainder will be completed at an early period. 

The stock holding Lodges have selected their Lots, and others have been sold to individ- 
uals, who have began to improve them. 

Much of the difficulty that impeded the progress of the "Rest " in the first instance, has 
been overcome, and your Delegate congratiilates the R. W. Grand Lodge, and the order 
generally, on its present favorable condition, flattering as its future prospects appear, there 
yet remains much to be done, requiring the active co-operation of all concerned, before 
we can place it in the position so much desired. 

In a work like this, in which all are interested, the stock holding Lodges and members 
must remember, that it is an undertaking peculiarly their own, and should give to the Board 
prompt and efficient aid in all their judicious plans, and sustain their efforts by every means 
in their power to bring the work to a speedy completion. 
Respectfully submitted, 

InF. L.andT. 



J. G. DUNLAP. 



January 28th 1851. 



P. Gr. Dentzel offered the following amendment to article 10, sec. 
2, of the Constitution, for Subordinates, viz : add after the word " there- 
after " " this shall also apply to Brothers of the Lodge xoho may he sus- 
pended for cause." Referred to Committee on By-Laws, 

P. Gr. W. W. Wood, offered the following resolution, which was on 
motion referred to the Committee on the State of the Order : 

Resolved, That a report on a matter referred to a committee is presented when delivered 
into the hands of the Secretary. 

The same brother offered the following resolution, which was read and 
unanimously adopted : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Lodge are justly due, and are hereby tendered, 
to P. G. Master John Crickard, and the other Grand Officers, for the very able and satis^ 
factory discharge of their official duties during the past year. 



326 Proceedings of the [Feb., 

A communication from Messrs. John Maginnis & Co., proprietors of 
the " True Delta," was read, proposing to pubUsh a list or directory o^ 
officers, and notices of meetings, on the same terms as that of the past 
year ; and, 

On motion of P. G. M. Crickard, said proposition was accepted, and 
the Grand Secretary directed to notify the proprietors of the same. 

Gr. Mar. Blake moved to adjourn until to-morrow evening at 7 o'clock, 
at this Hall, for the especial purpose of taking up and acting on the new 
Constitution, as reported by the committee at the July session last. 
Carried. 

HENRY W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Commercial Hall, corner Camp and Natchez sts., ) 
February 1st, 1851. j 

The R. W. G-rand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to 
adjournment. 

Present — T. H. Shields, M. W. Grand Master; the Grand Officers, 
and a due representation from Subordinate Lodges. 

P. G. M. Crickard moved that the Grand Lodge resolve itself into a 
Committee of the "Whole on the Constitution, etc., for the Grand Lodge, 
as reported by the Special Committee at the July session of 1850, in 
accordance with the express conditions of its adjournment last evening. 
Carried. 

Rep. Nixon, of No. 8, in the Chair ; and after due deliberation, the 
Committee rose and reported by their Chairman, that they had amended 
the Constitution in full. 

On motion of Rep. Etter, the report of the committee was received 
and adopted. 

Rep. Nixon, of No. 8, moved to reconsider the vote adopting the 
Constitution. Lost. 

On motion of Rep. Etter, the Grand Lodge resolved itself into a Com- 
mittee of the Whole, to take into consideration the " Rules of Order," 
Forms, etc., submitted by the same Special Commttee, at the July session 
l^st, Rep. Nixon, of No. 8, in the Chair ; when, after due consideration, 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 327 

the Committee rose and reported by their Chairman, that they had ap- 
proved the Rules of Order and Order of Business, and all the necessary 
" Forms " and Order of Processions. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the report was accepted and 
adopted. 

R-ep. Nixon, of No. 8, moved to reconsider the vote to accept, which 
was put and lost. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the Special Committee was 
now discharged. 

On motion of Rep. Nixon, of No. 8, it was ordered that the Consti- 
tution, Rules of Order and Forms be spread on the minutes at the close 
this meeting, and that the same be printed with the proceedino-s of the 
present session. 

On motion of Pv.ep. Nixon, of No. 8, it was ordered that our Grand 
Representatives were instructed to present the Constitution to the Pw. W. 
Grand Lodge of the United States, at its next session, for its approval,, 
as required by law. 

On motion of Grand Secretary Olmsted, the Grand Lodge adjourned^ 
to meet at Grand Lodge Hall, on Thursday evening, February 11 th^ 
at 7 o'clock. 

H. W. OLMSTED, G. Sec. 



328 Proceedings of the [ Feb., 



CONSTITUTION. 



The E/. W. GrRAND Lodge op the Independent OrdePv, of Odd Fel- 
lows OF THE State of Louisiana, exercises its functions by virtue 
of a Charter granted by the R. W. Grand Lodge of the Independetit 
Order of Odd Fellows of the United States of America., and bearing 
date, March 5th, 1833. 

AUTICLE L 
Style, Composition, and Powers of the Grand Lodge. 

Section 1. The style of this Grand Lodge shall be the Pw. W. Grand 
Lodge of the Lidependent Order of Odd Fellows of the State of Louisiana. 

Sec. 2. It shall be composed of Grand Officers, formally installed ,' 
Past Grands, properly certified ; and Representatives, duly accredited by 
Subordinate Lodges under its jurisdiction. 

Sec 3. It is the legislative head, ruling authority, and supreme tri- 
bunal of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in the State of Louisiana. 
It has power to enact any law, not contravening the customs and usages 
of the Order, as, from time to time, declared by the H. W. Grand Lodge 
of the United States, not altering the work of the Order, or any of the 
several degrees belonging thereto, not derogating from the constitutional 
authority of the Pi,. W. Grand Lodge of the United States, or violating 
any of the enactments in pursuance thereof, and not conflicting Avith the 
laws of the land. It has power to grant Charters for Subordinate Lodges, 
to be located within its jurisdiction. No Subordinate Lodge can be crea- 
ted within its jurisdiction by any other authority, and none can continue 
to exist without its sanction. It exercises a general supervision over its 
Subordinates, and has power to correct their errors in work by summary- 
proceedings. It has power to try and finally determine all controversies 
between Lodges under its jurisdiction, to hear and decide appeals from 
the judgments of any of its Subordinates, to try the Subordinates them- 
selves, and to inflict thereon the punishments of suspension of their func- 
tions, and forfeiture of their Charters. It may permit a Subordinate to 
appeal from its judgment to the R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States, 
but no such appeal will lie without its consent, except in case of expul- 
sion of a Lodge, Avhen the Lodge expeUed may, after having dehvered 
up its effects, appeal without the consent of this Grand Lodge. 



1851.,] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 329 

ARTICLE II. 
Membership. 

Section 1. All regularly promoted Past Grands, who are members 
in good standing of Subordinate Lodges within this jurisdiction, and unat- 
tached to any other State Grand Lodge, shall be entitled to seats in this 
Grand Lodge and no others shall be admitted or retained membership. 

Sec. 2. A Past Grand, seeking admission into the Grand Lodge, 
shall send to the Grand Secretary a certificate from the Subordinate to 
which he may be attached, setting forth the offices which he has passed, 
and his standing in said Subordinate. 

Sec. 3. A Past Grand, promoted in a Subordinate other than that of 
which he may be a member when applying for admission into the Grand 
Lodge, shall send in a certificate of services from the Subordinate in 
which such services may have been actually performed, and a certificate 
of standing from the Subordinate of which he may be a member. 

Sec. 4. A Past Grand, promoted in a Subordinate out of this State, 
shall send in a certificate of service from such Subordinate, and a certi- 
ficate of standing from the Subordinate of which he may be a member. 

Sec. 5. A Past Grand, who has been a member of another State 
Grand Lodge, shall send in a certificate of that fact, and of standing, from 
such Grand Lodge, and a further certificate of standing Subordinate of 
which he may be a member. 

Sec. 6. If the report of the committee is favorable, the applicants 
shall be introduced by the Grand Conductor into the Grand Lodge, and 
shall be instructed according to law, in the degrees to which they may 
be entitled. 

Sec. 7. Every member of the Grand Lodge, in good standing, shall 
be entitled to a vote at all elections in the Grand Lodge, and on all ques- 
tions before it, except when a vote by Lodges shall be ordered, provided 
the presiding officer shall not vote except in case of vote by ballot. 

APvTICLE in. 
Representation of Subordinates. 

Section 1. Every Subordinate shall be entitled lo one Representa- 
tive, every Subordinate having fifty members, shall be entitled to tioo 
Representatives, and one additional Representative for every additional 
fifty members. 

Sec. 2. Pi.epresentatives shall be elected by each Subordinate from 
among its Past Grands in good standing. The election shall be by ballot, 
and a majority of the votes cast, shall be necessary to elect. The Pvepre- 
sentatives shall retain their seats until the election and reception of their 
successors. Elections to fill vacancies may take place at the first regular 
meeting after the occurence of the vacancies. 



330 Proceedings of the [ Feb., 

Sec. 3. Every Subordinate Lodge prevented by any circumstance 
from sending a delegation from among its own Past Grands, may accredit 
a proxy or proxies, according to the number of Representatives to wliich 
it may be entitled, to serve for one year, except when Representatives 
shall be present. Elections for proxy Representatives may be held when- 
ever occasion shall require, but must take place at a regular meeting. 
None but members of the Grand Lodge shall be chosen proxy Represen- 
tatives. 

Sec. 4. No member of this Grand Lodge, sitting as a Representa- 
tive of his own Subordinate Lodge, shall be recognized as the proxy 
Representative of any other Subordinate, nor shall any member hold a 
proxy from more than one Subordinate at the same time. 

Sec. 5. Representatives and proxy Representatives shall present cer- 
tificates of their election, which shall be referred to a standing committee 
hereinafter designated. If the certificates are reported correct by the com- 
mittee, the members presenting the same shall be admitted to their seats. 

Sec. 6. Five Subordinates, in good standing, may, through their 
Representatives, demand a vote by Lodges, on any question except an 
election ; and whenever a vote shall be so taken, each Subordinate, in 
good standing, shall be entitled to as many votes as it can send Repre- 
sentatives under section 1 of this article. Whenever a vote shall be taken 
by Lodges, none but Representatives, or proxy Representatives, shall 
be allowed to vote, except where the Grand Lodge may be equally divi- 
ded, when the presiding officer, as usual, shall have the casting vote. In 
all cases of votes by Lodges, the yeas and nays shall be ordered and re- 
corded. 

ARTICLE IV. 
Grand Officers. 

Section 1. The elective officers of this Grand Lodge shall be M. W. 
Grand Master, R. W. Deputy Grand Master, R. W. Grand Warden, 
R. W. Grand Secretary, R. W. Grand Treasurer and R. W. Grand Re- 
presentatives to the R. W, Grand Lodge of the United St&tes. They 
shall be elected annually on the first day of the regular Communication. 

Sec. 2. The appointed officers shall be the W. Grand Chaplain, W. 
Grand Marshal, W. Grand Conductor, W. Grand Guardian, W. Grand 
Herald and as many District Deputy Grand Masters as the interests of 
the Grand Lodge may, from time to time, require. They shall be ap- 
pointed annually, by the Grand Master, immediately after his Installation 
but their appointments must be confirmed by the Grand Lodge. Any 
appointed officer may be re-appointed. 

Sec. 3. The nomination and election of each elective officer shall 
take place separately, in the order of ermmeration in section 1 of this 
article. 

Sec. 4. Nominations shall be made immediately before the election. 
No member shall be nominated unless he is in good standing and at- 



1851.] G-rand Lodge of Louisiana. 331 

tached to a Subordinate in good standing. No member shall be nomi- 
nated for any elective office, unless he has been a member of the Grand 
Lodge for twelve months, provided that none but members who have 
received the Pv. P. degree, shall be eligible for Grand Pvepresentatives. 
The Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master and Grand Warden, shall not 
be nominated for re-election to the office past, until after the lapse of one 
full term, unless all other members nominated should previously decline. 
All other elective officers may be nominated for re-election. 

Sec. 5. Elections shall always be by ballot, whenever there is more 
than one candidate for an office, and a majority of all the votes polled 
shall be necessary to a choice. Ballots for any person not in nomination 
shall be considered as blanks if on any ballot there be a failure to elect, 
by reason of blanks, additional nominations may be received, on motion, 
for that purpose, and thereafter no blanks shall be counted. If more than 
two members be in nomination and the election fail, the lowest candidate 
shall be dropped before the renewal of the ballot. Should there, at any 
time, be more votes cast than members present, the election shall b6 void, 
and the balloting shall reconmience. 

Sec. 6. At every election the Grand Master shall appoint two Tel- 
lers, who shall have charge of the ballot box and count the votes, under 
his supervision. The Grand Secretary shall call the roll, begining with 
the presiding officer, and shall proceed according to enumeration in sec- 
tions 1 and 2 of this article. The P. G. Masters shall next be called, 
according to seniority ; the Lodges shall then be called, begining with 
No. 1, passing regularly down to the youngest Lodge. As the name of 
each Lodge is called, the members thereof shall deposite their votes in the 
ballot box. 

Sec. 7. The installation of Grand Officers .shall take place at such 
time during the regular Communication in January as the Grand Lodge 
may, by resolution, direct, and shall be conducted by the sitting Grand 
Master, or a Past Grand Master. All officers shall be installed for one 
year, and until the installation of their successors. 

Sec. 8. The Grand Master shall preside at all meetings of the Grand 
Lodge, enforce its laws, and preserve order. He shall give the casting 
vote in all cases of equal division of the Grand Lodge, except in cases of 
elections ; appoint committees when necessary, unless the Grand Lodge 
should order otherwise ; fill vacancies occurring among the appointed 
Grand Officers in the recess of the Grand Lodge, by special appointment ; 
grant dispensations for opening new Lodges, under the restrictions here- 
after provided, and cause such Lodges to be instituted in proper form ; 
and select the password of the term, and cause the same to be communi- 
cated to the proper officers of the several Subordinates. La the intervals 
between the Communications of the Grand Lodge, he shall exercise its 
supervising power over Subordinates, correct their errors, and, in doubtful 
cases, declare the usages and laws of the Order, both general and local. 
An appeal will lie from his decisions to the Grand Lodge, but they shall 
be binding until reversed. He shall visit, officially, at least once in every 
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332 Proceedings of the [Feb., 

term, either personally or by deputy, each Subordinate under his juris- 
diction, and investigate its standing and condition. When visiting Sub- 
ordinates officially, he and his deputies shall be received Avith the honors 
of the Order. He shall be charged generally with the enforcement of the 
laws of the Order in the recess of the Grand Lodge. He shall make a 
report of the state of the Order in this jurisdiction at every regular Com- 
munication. He may, in his discretion, order special Communications 
of the Grand Lodge. 

Sec. 9. The Deputy Grand Master shall assist the Grand Master in 
the performance of his duties. In case of the temporary absence, sick- 
ness, or suspension of the Grand Master, the Deputy Grand Master shall 
preside over the Grand Lodge, and discharge the other duties of Grand 
Master, and in the event of a vacancy, occasioned by the resignation, 
death, or removal from office of the former, the latter shall become Grand 
Master, ^ro te7Ji., and all the powers, duties, and responsibilities of that 
office shall devolve upon him pending such vacancy. 

Sec. 10. The Grand Warden shall assist the Grand Master in the 
preservation of order; shall have special charge of the inner door, sub- 
ject to the control of the Grand Master ; and shall confer, personally, or 
by deputy, the Grand Lodge or Side Degrees upon all applicants duly 
qualified. Should the case provided for in section 9 occur, and the office 
of Deputy Grand Master be vacant, the Grand Warden shall assume the 
office of Grand Master, temporarily. 

Sec. 11. The Grand Secretary shall keep full and accurate minuter 
of all the proceedings of the Grand Lodge ; receive all communications, 
documents, letters, papers, etc., and submit the same to the Grand Lodge 
when in session, and in its recess, to the Grand Master; write all neces- 
sary communications, and conduct the official correspondence of the Grand 
Lodge He shall prepare all certificates, reports, etc., required from this 
Grand Lodge to the Pv.. W. Grand Lodge of the United States. He 
shall keep the accounts between the Grand Lodge and the Subordinates, 
receive all dues and pay the same over to the Grand Treasurer without 
unnecessary delay. He shall, at the close of every regular session, pre- 
pare a copy of the proceedings for publication, and shall superintend, 
imder the Grand Master and Chairman of the Finance Committee, all 
printing, and provide necessary stationery. His books and papers shall 
always be kept ready for the inspection of the Grand Master, Deputy 
Grand Master, and Finance Committee. He shall render a full report to 
the Grand Lodge, of the business of his office, at the expiration of his 
term, and shall give bond in the sum of two thousand dollars, satisfac- 
tory to the Grand Lodge, for the faithful performance of his duties. 

Sec. 12. The Grand Treasurer shall be in charge of the money and 
assets of the Grand Lodge. He shall deposit the same (whenever the 
amount exceeds one hundred dollars) in some Bank of the city of New 
Orleans. He shall keep his accounts in as simple and plain a form as 
possible, and shall be ready at all times to submit his books and papers 
to the inspection of the Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master, and Fi- 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 333 

nance Committee. He shall make a full report to the Grand Lodge of 
the business of his office, at the expiration of his term, He shall give 
bond in the sum of five thousand dollars, satisfactory to the Grand Lodge, 
for the faithful performance of his duties, and the Grand Master shall 
retain possession thereof 

Sec. 13. The Grand Representatives shall attend the sessions of the 
R. W. Grand Lodge of the United States. They shall, at the first ses- 
sion of this body after their return from the Communication of the Grand 
Lodge of the United States, report in writing as to the legislation of that 
body, and shall, at the Annual Communication of this Grand Lodge, 
instruct fully in the unpublished and other work of the Order. They 
shall be furnished with the certificate required by the E.. W. Grand 
Lodge of the United States, and with all documents and papers neces- 
sary m the discharge of the duties of their office. 

Sec. 14. The Grand Chaplain shall conduct the religious exercises 
of the Grand Lodge. The Grand Marshal and Grand Conductor shall 
assist in the business and ceremonies of the Grand Lodge, under the 
control and direction of the presiding officer. The Grand Marshal shall 
take charge of all processions ordered by the Grand Lodge, and on such 
occasions may depute assistants. The Grand Guardian shall keep the 
inner door of the Grand Lodge, under the immediate control of the 
Grand Warden. 

Sec. 15. The Grand Herald shall have charge of the property of the 
Grand Lodge, appertaining to the Hall, take an inventory of the same, 
and transmit it to the Grand Lodge at the end of his term, and take 
charge of the outer door and ante-room. 

Sec. 16. The District Deputy Grand Masters shall be the agents 
of the Grand Master, to supervise and visit the Subordinates within their 
respective Districts, and to instal their ofl&cers. As Deputies of the 
Grand Master, they shall be vested with his power to correct errors and 
expound the laws. An appeal will lie from any of their decisions to the 
Grand Master, but, pending the appeal, such decisions shall be binding. 
The authority of each shall be confined to the district for which he may 
be appointed. 

Sec. 17. Any officer may resign his office during the sessson of the 
the Grand Lodge, and all officers, except the Grand Master, Deputy 
Grand Master, and Grand Warden, may resign during its recess, address- 
ing their letters of resignation to the Grand Master. 

Sec. 18. Vacancies occurring in the elective offices during any com- 
munication of the Grand Lodge, shall be filled at such communication, 
in the mode pointed out in this article for the regular elections. Vacan- 
cies occurring in the recess, shall be temporarily filled by the Grand 
Master, and at the next communication, the Grand Lodge shall elect in 
the mode already prescribed. 

Sec. 19. Vacancies occuring at any time among the appointed offi- 
cers, shall be filled by the Grand Master. 



334 Froceedtngs of the [Feb., 

Sec. 20. Should a vacancy occur during the recess in the office of 
Grand Master, it shall be the duty of the highest remaining officer to 
order a special Communication of the Grand Lodge within two weeks, 
to fill such vacancy, and until such Communication, the powers and du- 
ties of Grand Master shall devolve upon him. 

Sec. 21. In addition to the duties laid down in this article, all Grand 
Officers shall perform such others as the Grand Lodge may enjoin. 

Sec. 22. Any elective or appointed officer neglecting to attend three 
consecutive meetings of this Grand Lodge, whether special or otherwise, 
without some excuse deemed satisfactory by the Grand Lodge, shall for- 
feit such office, and the same be declared vacant. 

Sec. 23. The Grand Secretary and Grand Herald shall receive such 
compensation for their services as the Grand Lodge may provide. 



ARTICLE V. 
standing Committees. 

Section 1. There shall be seven Standing Committees of this Grand 
Lodge styled respectively. State of the Order, Judicial, Petitions and Ap- 
peals, Legislative, Finance, Constitution and By-Laws, and Credentials. 
Each shatl be composed of three members, all of whom shall be appointed 
by the Grand Master, as soon after his installation as practicable. 

Sec. 2. The Committee on the State of the Order shall have referred 
to it all questions of law and usage which may be brought before the 
Grand Lodge. 

Sec. 3. The Judicial Committee shall be charged with the prepara- 
tion of all business which may come before the Grand Lodge in its char- 
acter of Supreme Tribunal. Controversies between Subordinates ; and 
charges against Subordinates, or Grand Officers, or members of the Grand 
Lodge, not of its own number, shall undergo a preliminary investigation 
by this Committee, and shall not be open to debate in the Grand Lodge, 
until the reception of a report. 

Sec. 4. The Committee on Petitions and Appeals shall have referred 
to them all petitions for charters for Subordinate Lodges, all appeals from 
the judgments of Subordinate Lodges, and appeals from the decisions of 
the Grand or acting Grand Master, during the recess of the Grand Lodge. 

Sec. 5. The Legislative Committee shall be charged with the pre- 
paration of all business touching the alteration or passage of laws by the 
Grand Lodge. Every proposition or motion for such a purpose, which 
may not originate with the Committee, shall be referred to it for consi- 
deration, and no debate shall be allowed thereon, until a report shall be 
received. All communications not merely formal, shall be referred to 
this committee. 

Sec. 6. The Finance Committee shall supervise the finances of the 
Gi-and Lodge, and when necessary, devise ways and means for the sup- 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 335 

port thereof. Tt shall audit all accounts, and examine the books and 
reports of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer. All bills against 
the Grand Lodge shall go before this committee, and all motions invol- 
ving the payment of money, or questions of finance, shall be referred to it. 

Sec. 7. The Committee on Constitution and By-Laws shall have 
referred to it all proposed amendments to the Constitution or By-Laws 
of Subordinate Lodges. 

Sec. 8. The Committee on Credentials shall be charged Avith the 
examination of reports of Subordinate Lodges, and certificates of appU- 
cants for membership in, and of representatives to, this Grand Lodge. 

Sec 9. It shall be competent to the Grand Lodge, when referring 
business to these Committees, to designate the time when reports shall 
be made thereon, which time may be extended in its discretion ; but 
when no other time shall be fixed, the reports shall be due at the first 
regular meeting next after the reference. 

Sec. 10. Vacancies occurring in any of these Committees shall be. 
filled immediately by the Grand Master. 

Sec. 11. These Committees shall be authorized to sit in the intervals 
between the Communications of the Grand Lodge. The Judicial Com- 
mittee and Committee on Appeals shall have power to require the at- 
tendance of any member of the Order, actually in the Parish where such 
Committee may be in session, and to demand any books, papers or re- 
cords of Subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction, necessary in the discharge 
of their duties. An appeal will lie from their orders to the Grand Lodge, 
when in session, or the Grand Master in recess ; but a new appeal may 
be taken from the decision of the Grand Master to the Grand Lodge at 
its next Communication. 



APvTIGLE VI. 

Subordinate and Degree Lodges. 

Section 1. On the written petition of at least five members of the 
Order, of the Scarlet Degree, accompanied by their withdrawal cards, or 
certificates of good standing from their Subordinates Lodges, or a certi- 
ficate from the Deputy Grand Master, or one of the District Deputy Grand 
Mastsrs, that the same have been deposited with such officer and are in 
due form, the Grand Lodge, if in session, may grant a Subordinate Char- 
ter, and in its recess the Grand Master may issue his dispensation for 
opening a new Lodge ; provided, that no such dispensation shall be issued 
if protested against by any Subordinate under this jurisdiction in good 
standing, but the petition and protest in such case shall be submitted by 
the Grand Master to the Grand Lodge at its next Communication. Dis- 
pensations granted by the Grand Master shall be of force until the next 
Communication of the Grand Lodge thereafter, when a Charter in due 
form must be obtained ; failing which, every Lodge working under such 
dispensation shall become extinct. 



336 Proceedings of the [ Feb , 

Sec. 2. New Lodges shall be instituted by the Grand Master, De- 
puty Grand Master, or one of the District Deputy Grand Masters, or some 
member of the Grrand Lodge specially deputed by the Grand Master for 
that purpose, to whom the final cards of the applicants for the Charter 
shall be delivered. The necessary expenses of the instituting officers 
shall be borne by the new Lodge. 

Sec. 3. No person shall hold membership in two Subordinates under 
this jurisdiction, at the same time, nor shall any Subordinate confer ho- 
norary membership. 

Sec. 4 . The Grand Lodge shall prescribe a Constitution for the Su- 
bordinates under its jurisdiction, which shall declare the general laws re- 
gulating such bodies, and insure uniformity so far as necessary, but which 
shall not deprive such Subordinates of their inherent right to regulate 
their private affairs. The Constitution so prescribed, shall be binding 
upon the Subordinates until altered. The power of altering the same 
shall belong to the Grand Lodge, and shall not be delegated. 

Sec. 5. The Grand Lodge may, at any time, pass laws for the estab- 
lishment of Degree Lodges, and ordain a Constitution for their govern- 
ment. 

Sec. 6. Members of a Subordinate in good standing at the time of 
its dissolution, or who shaU have paid all their arrearages to the Grand 
Lodge, may, on application to the Grand Secretary receive certificates 
under the seal of the Grand Lodge, which shall entitle them to apply for 
admission into another Subordinate Lodge. No member of an extinct 
Lodge shall be received as a visitor or member of any Lodge without such 
•certificate : Provided, that no certificate shall be issued to a member of a 
suspended or expelled Lodge, without the permission of the Grand Lodge. 

Sec. 7. No public lecture or address on Odd Fellowship shah be de- 
livered, or processions of Lodges or members of the Order in this juris- 
diction be permitted, except on funeral occasions, without the consent of 
the Grand Lodge. Nor shall any member of this Grand Lodge or mem- 
ber of any Subordinate Lodge be permitted to use unlawfully, any of its 
.symbols, for his own personal interest. 



ARTICLE VII. 
Penalties. 

Section 1 . Every member of the Grand Lodge guilty of a violation 
of any law of the Order of force in this jurisdiction, shall be suspended or 
expelled, in the discretion of the Grand Lodge, but such suspension or 
expulsion shall only affect his standing in the Grand Lodge. 

Sec. 2. Every Subordinate which may violate its Charter or Consti- 
tution, or any law of the Order of force in this jurisdiction, shall be pun- 
ished by suspension of its functions, or forfeiture of its Charter, in the 
discretion of the Grand Lod^e. 



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Sec. 3. Charges under the two sections next preceding the present, 
shall be referred to the Judicial Committee immediately on their coming 
before the Grand Lodge, excepi when a member of that committee shall 
be implicated, or in any way concerned, and then they shall be referred 
to the Committee on Appeals. 

Sec. 4. Loss of standing or membership in any Subordinate under 
this jurisdiction, shall destroy standing or membership in the Grand Lodge. 

Sec. 5. While charges are pending in the Grand Lodge, in the case 
of any Grand Officer, or member of a Standing Committee, such Officer 
or member of Committee shall be incapable of exercising the functions of 
his station. The temporary vacancy so occasioned shah be filled in the 
mode hereinbefore fixed. 

Sec. 6. 1 he Past Grands, Representatives, and proxy Representa- 
lives of all Subordinates, who may neglect for two terms to make such 
reports and pay such dues as the Grand Lodge may require, shall lose 
the privilege of speaking and voting in their respective capacities, until 
the standing of such Subordinates shall be restored by full compliance 
with the laws. 

Sec. 7. Li all cases of forfeiture of Charter of a Siibordinate, the 
funds, books and effects of all kinds, shall revert and belong to the Grand 
Lodge, and it shall be the duty of the last installed officers of such Lodge,^ 
to deliver the same without delay to the Grand Master, or some one de- 
puted to receive them. 

ARTICLE YIII. 



Section 1. The fee for a Charter or Dispensation for a new Lodge, 
shall beat least fifty dollars, and shall, in all cases, be paid before the 
installation and delivery of the Charter or Dispensation. 

Sec. 2. Every Subordinate under this jurisdiction, shall pay semi- 
annually for the support of this Grand Lodge, ten per cent, on its entire 
recepts, except such as may be derived from the W. and O. fund, and- 
invested funds and donations. 

Sec. 3. In cases of emergency, the Grand Lodge may increase the 
Charter fees and dues, prescribed in sections 1 and 2 of this article, or 
levy a contribution upon its Subordinates ; but, unless the vote by Lodges, 
is odered, a majority of three-fourths of the members in good standing 
present, shall be necessary to pass a law for such purpose. 

ARTICLE IX. 

C ommiuiications . 

Section 1. The regular Communications of this Grand Lodge shalL 
be held in the city of New-Orleans on the fourth Tuesdays of January 
and July. 



338 Proceedings oj the [ Feb., 

Sec. 2. Special Communications of the Grand Lodge may be held 
on the call of the Grand Master, or any other officer vested with authority 
for that purpose, and on its own adjournment ; and, on the written re- 
quest of ten members in good standing, presented to the Grand Master, 
he shall call a Special Communication. No business shall be laid before 
the Grand Lodge at a special Communication, except such as the order 
for such communication may specify. 

Sec. 3. The Grand Lodge shall not be opened, or continue open, un- 
less there are at least seven Lodges represented. 

ARTICLE X. 

Amendments. 

All amendments or alterations of this Constitution must be proposed 
at a regular Communication by at least three Past Grands, and shall lie 
on the table until the next regular Communication thereafter. No such 
proposition shall take effect, unless carried by a majority of two-thirds. 



RULES OF ORDER. 



I — ORDER OF BUSINESS. 

1st. The Presiding OfRcer having taken his station, the officers and members shall take 
their appropriate seats, and, at the sound of the gavil, there shall be general silence. 

2d. The Grand Lodge shall be opened in due form. 

3d. The roll of Officers and Representatives shall be called. 

4th. The Minutes shall be read and disposed of. 

5th. Certificates and Reports of Subordinate Lodges shall be read, and referred to the 
proper Standing Committees for immediate action. 

6th. New members admitted. 

7th. The Grand Lodge and Side Degrees shall be conferred upon qualified applicants. 

8th. Reports of Grand Officers shall be read, and referred to the appropriate Standing 
Committee. 



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9th. Communications shall be read, and referred to the proper Standing Committees. 

10th. Appeals shall be presented, and referred to the proper Standing Committee. 

11th. The Subordinate Lodges shall be called in their order ; and each may, through its 
Representatives, present any business, -which shall be referred to the appropriate Standing 
Committee. 

12th. The Standing Committees shall report in their order. 

13th. The Special Committees shall report. 

14th. Unfinished business. 

15th. New business. 

16th. The Grand Lodge shall be closed in due form. 

17th. The reports of the Committee on Credentials are privileged to take priority to all 
other business, until disposed of; but the reports of all other committees, after having been 
submitted, will take take their place in order among the unfinished business. 

{Note. — The Order of Business, as here arranged, may at any time, for an occasion, be 
changed or dispensed with, by a, vote of the Lodge.] 

II — OF DECORUM. 

18th. While the Presiding Officer is putting a question or addressing the Lodge, none 
shall walk out of nor across the room, nor entertain private discourse. 

19th. No member shall speak to another, nor otherwise interrupt the business of the 
Gand Lodge, nor refuse to obey the Chair. 

20th. Every officer and member shall be designated, in debate or otherwise, by his proper 
office or title, according to his standing in the Order. 

21st. No member shall be permitted to vote nor speak, unless clothed in Regalia appro- 
priate to his rank and station. 

Ill — OF THE CHAIR. 

22d. Before putting a question, the Presiding Officer shall ask, " Is the Lodge ready for 
the question ? " and, if no member rise to speak, the question shall be put. 

23d. All committees shall be appointed by the Chair, unless otherwise ordered. 

24th. The Grand Master, while presiding, shall state every question coming before the 
Lodge, and immediately before putting it to vote, shall ask, " Is the Grand Lodge ready for 
the question ? " Should no one rise to speak, and a majority indicate their readiness, he 
shall rise to take the question ; and, after he has risen, no member shall be permitted to 
speak upon it. He shall pronounce the votes and decisions of the Grand Lodge on all sub- 
jects. His decisions on questions of order shall be without debate, unless, entertaining 
doubts on the subject, he invites it ; and he shall have the privilege only of speaking on 
such questions from the chair. When his decision has been appealed from, the question 
shall be put thus : "Will the Grand Lodge sustain the decision of the Chair? " 

IV — OF DEBATE. 

25th. Every member, when he wishes to speak or offer a resolution or motion, shall rise 
and respectfully address the Presiding Officer. 

26th. Members, when speaking, shall confine themselves to the question in debate, 
avoiding all personalities and indecorous language, as well as any reflections upon the 
Order, or the constituted authorities of the Grand Lodge. 

27th. Should a member be called to order, while speaking, he shall resume his seat until 
the question of order shall be decided ; when, if the decision be in his favor, he may agai^^ 

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340 Proceedings of the [Feb., 

28th. Should two or more members rise to speak at the same time, the Presiding Officer 
shall determine which is entitled to the floor ; and no member shall interrupt nor disturb 
another while speaking, unless to call him to order for words spoken. 

29th. No member shall speak more than twice on the same subject, unless by unanimous 
consent of the Lodge. 

V — OF QUESTIONS AND VOTES. 

30th. Should the decision of a question be doubtful, the Presiding Officer or any mem- 
ber may call for a division thereon. 

31st. On the call of one-fifth of the members present, the yeas and nays shall be ordered 
and recorded. 

32d. A motion to reconsider, must be made and seconded by members who voted in the 
majority; such motion must be made at the same, or the next succeeding meeting of the 
session, with the point objected to ; and the vote, on the reconsideration, shall be final. 

33d. Any member may call for a division of the question, where the sense will admit of it. 

34th. When a blank is to be filled, the question shall first be taken on the highest sum 
or number, and the longest or latest time proposed ; in all other cases, the consideration of 
amendments shall begin with the last and end with the first. 

35th. Whenever a question is before the Grand Lodge, no motion shall be raised, unless 
it be to adjourn — to refer — the previous question — to lay on the table — to postpone, indefi- 
nitely — to postpone to a certain time — or, to amend. The motions first enumerated shall 
take precedence, in order of enumeration ; the first four shall be decided without debate. 

36th. When a motion or resolution has been once negatived or indefinitely postponed, it 
shall not be again brought forward at the same session ; but a motion to reconsider the 
action of the Grand Lodge thereon, shall, nevertheless, be in order. 

37th. The previous question may be called for by five members, and if seconded by a 
majority, shall be put in this form: "Shall the main question be now put? " If carried, 
all amendments not already adopted, shall be precluded, and the main question taken, with- 
out debate. 

38th. When any petitio.i, memorial, or communication, is presented, a brief statement 
of its contents shall be made by the introducer or the Chair; should the reading of it be 
called for, and objected to by a member, it shall be determined by a vote of the Lodge, 
without debate. 

39th. Every member present shall, if required, vote on every question before the Grand 
Lodge, unless he is personally interested in the result, or has been excused by the Lodge. 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 341 



FORMS 



NO. I — CERTIFICATE OF A PAST GRAND. 

Lodge, No. .., I. 0. O. F., ) 

New Orleans, (or) , 185- | 

To the 11. W. Grand Lodge, L O. O. F. of the State of Louisiana : 
This will certify that Past Grand is a member in good standing 

of Lodge, No. . ., and has regularly passed through the following offices, 

to- wit : • , Vice Grand and Noble Grand ; and recommend him to a seat in 

your R. W. Body. 

In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my official signature, and have caused the Seal of 

[Seal.] said !^dge to be affixed thereto, this day of , A. D. 185-. 

Attest : N. G. 

, Secretary. 



NO. II — certifcate of a representative. 



Lodge, No. .., I. O. O. R, \ 

New Orleans, (or) , 185-. ) 



To the. R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of the State of Louisiana : 

This will certify that Past Grand , a member in good standing 

of Lodge, No. . ., was at a regular meeting of said Lodge, held , 

A. D. 185- duly elected a Representative to your R. W. Grand Body, for the term of one 
year from the above date, and until the election and reception of his successor. 
In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my official signature, and have caused the Seal of 

[Seal.] said Lodge to be affixed thereto, this day of , A. D. 185- 

Attest : N. G. 

, Secretary. 

[ When the Representative is elected to fill a vacancy, the Certificate shall be as follows, 

beginning as above : " to fill a vacancy occasioned by the of Past 

Grand " Conclusion same as previous Form.] 



no. Ill — CERTIFICATE OF A PROXY REPRESENTATIVE. 

Lodge No. .., L 0. O. F., \ 

New Orleans, (or) , 185- j 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge, I. O. O. F. of the State of Louisiana : 

This will certify that Past Grand , of , was, 

at a regular meeting of Lodge, No. . ., held day of , 

A. D. 185-, duly elected a Proxy Representative of said Lodge (or any of its Representa- 



342 Proceedings of the [Feb., 

tives) in 'your R. W. Body ; the duties and powers of said Proxy (or Proxies) to cease 
whenever a regular Representative, or Representatives, shall be present, and received by 
your R. "W. Body. 

In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my ofEcial signature, nnd have caused the Seal of 

[Seal.] said Lodge to be afBxed thereto, this day of , A. D. 185-. 

Attest: , N. G. 

, Secretary. 



NO. IV — PETITION FOR A SUBORDINATE CHARTER. 

New Orleans, (or) , 185-. 

To tlw R. W. Grand Lodge of I. O. O. F. of the State of Louisiana : 

The undersigned, residents of the State of Louisiana, respectfully represent that they are 
members, in good standing, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, (the evidence 
whereof is herewith presented,) and that they believe the interests of the Order will be 

promoted by the establishment of a Lodge in , Parish of : 

Whereof, they pray that a Charter may be granted, empowering them io work under the 

name and style of Lodge, No. — . 

[Signat2ires, with rank or degree.] 

Dated at , this day of , A. D. 185-. 

The Petition and Charter Fee must be forwarded to the Grand Secretary of the R. "W. 
Grand Lode, I. O. O. F., of Louisiana, accompanied by the Withdrawal Cards of the peti- 
tionors, or certificates of good standing from their Subordinate Lodges, or the following 
certificate, to- wit: 

I, , D. G. M., (or D. D. G. M.,) do hereby certify that the Withdrawal 

Cards (or certificates of good standing, from their respective Lodges,) of the applicants for 

a Charter for a new Lodge, to be located at and to be hailed 

Lodge, No. . ., are in my possession, and that the same are in due form. 

Witness my official signature, at , this day 

of , A. D. 185-. 

n. G.M. {orD.D. G. M.) 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. Ml 



ORDER OF PROCESSIONS. 



1. All Grand Processions of Lodges of the I. O. O. F., under the jurisdiction of *he 
Grand Lodge of Louisiana, shall be in an order inverse to the seniority of Lodges ; that is 
to say, the junior Lodges shall lead and the Grand Lodge close the Procession. 

2. Grand Processions shall be under the entire direction and control of the Grand Mar.> 
shalof the Grand Lodge assisted by the Marshals of Subordinate Lodges; who shall each, 
under the direction of the Grand Marshal, be particularly charged with forming, ordering 
and conducting their respective Lodges. 

3. In all, Grand Processions, the Subordinate or Grand Lodges from foreign jurisdic- 
tions, or invited guests or visitors, who are not Past Grands nor of the Patriarchal order, 
will be in the rear of the Subordinate Lodges of this jurisdiction, and in front of the Patriar- 
chal order. 

4. If the Patriarchal order be present, it shall take position in front of the Grand Lodge 
of th€ State, in the same order assigned to Subordinate and Grand Lodges as in clause 1. 

5. When a Grand Procession has arrived at its destination, the Grand Marshal will halt 
it and open the rear, at least four paces, directing them to face inwards ; he will then pass 
down the open ranks conducting the Grand Lodge through to the head of the Procession ; 
the Patriarchal order will follow, and then, in success^n, the foreign Lodges, visitors and 
■guests, and the Subordinate Lodges according to Seniority. During this portion of the ce- 
remony all the brethren will be uncovered. 

6. The Music, if any, will be located in the Procession at the discretion of the Grand 
Marshal. 

7. The internal arrangements of the Subordinate and Grand Lodges will be as follows, 
to- wit : 

SUBOaDINATE LODGES. 

1. The Outside Guardian, with drawn sword. 

2. The Banner, suported by two members of the Scarlet Degree. 

3. The Inside Guardian, with drawn sword. 

4. A Scarlet Degree member, bearing the Charter, (or a roll representing the same,) 
supported by two Scarlet Degree members. 

5. The Scene Supporters, with their rods of ofHce. 

6. Brothers, Initiated — two abreast. 

7. Brothers of the White Degree — two abreast. 

8. Brothers of the Pink or Covenant — two abreast. 

9. Brothers of the Royal Blue — two abreast. 

10. Brothers of the Green or Remembrance — two abreast. 

11. Brothers of the Fifth or Scarlet — two abreast. 

12. The Warden and Conductor, with their respective emblems of office. 

13. The Treasurer, suported by two members of the Remembrance Degree. 

14. The Recording and Permanent Secretaries, each bearing rolls. 

15. The Vice Grand, with gavil ; supported by his right and left Supporters, with their 
Tods of office crossed. 



344 Po-oceedmgs of the [ Feb., 

16. The Noble Grand, with gavil ; and supported by his right and left Supporters with 
rods of ofBce crossed. 

[Note. — The Marshal, bearing baton of ofEce, will be with his Lodge, or, wheresoever 
his discretion may direct.] 

GRAND LODGE. 

L W. Grand Herald. 

2. W. Grand Guardian. 

3. Banner, borne by a Past Grand, and supported by two Past Grands. 

4. Past Grands inversely, according to seniority — two abreast. 

5. Past Grand Masters, according to seniority — two abreast. 

6. W. Grand Conductor, supported by two Past Grands. 

7. R. W. Grand Treasurer, supported by two Past Grands. 

8. R. "W. Grand Secretary, supported by two Past Grands. 

9. R. W. Grand Warden, supported by two Past Grands. 

10. Grand Chaplain, with Bible — supported by two Past Grands. (If the occasion re- 
quires an Orator he will be the Chaplain, and the Supporters will be dispensed with.) 

11. R. W. Grand Representatives. 

12. R. W. Deputy Grand Master. 

13. The M. W. Grand Master. 

14. The Past Grands of other jurisdictions will be in front of the P. Grands of this State. 

15. The Grand Marshal, with his baton of office, will be wheresoever his discretion may 
direct. 

If there be a Committee of Arrangements, they will wear some badge to distinguish them, 
and be with their respective Lodges^ or, if members of the Grand Lodge, they will be with 
that body. 

In all Processions, consisting of Subordinate Lodges only, the relative position and con- 
duct of Lodges will be as has been prescribed ; except that the Lodge, at whose request 
and for whose particular benefit the Procession is ordered, will take the post of honor by 
closing the Procession. Such Procession will be under the entire direction and control of 
the Lodge which holds the post of honor, and will be assisted by Marshals of other Lodges. 

If the occasion requires an Orator, he will be with the Chaplain of the Lodge, holding the 
post of honor. In which case the Supporters of the Chaplain will be dispensed with- 

The Past Grands will be with their respective Lodges, preceding the N. G. 

With these modifications, the internal arrangements of each Subordinate Lodge shall be 
as has been prescribed. 

If there be foreign Subordinate Lodges, visitors or guests present, they will precede the 
Lodge which holds the post of honor. 

Whenever the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana is present in a Procession, it will 
be considered a Grand Trocession ; and the order for the Grand Procession, as has been 
prescribed, shall be observed, with this one exception, that, if the Procession be at the re- 
quest and for the benefit of any one individual Lodge, that Lodge shall be placed m the rear 
of all the other Subordinate Lodges present in the Procession. 

Whenever any Lodges, within this jurisdiction, are in Procession, except on Funeral oc- 
casions, all the Insignia of office and of the Order shall be used ; and no departure from 
what is herein strictly prescribed shall in any case whatever be permitted, except by special 
action of the Grand Lodge of the State. 

H. W. OLMSTED, Grand Secretary. 



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ADJOURNED MEETING. 

Grand Lodge Hall, February 11, 1851. 

The R. W. Grand Lodge met at 7 o'clock, p. m., pursuant to adjourn- 
ment, and was opened in due form. 

Present — Henry Bier, R. W. D. Grand Master, presiding ; the Grand 
Officers and Representatives, and a due representation from Subordinate 
Lodges. 

P. Gr. M. Crickard, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the 
following report and resolutions, which, on motion of P. G. H. D. Ogden, 
were received and adopted : 

To the R. W. G-rand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F. : 

The Finance Committee, to whom was referred so much of the Grand Master's report 
as relates to publishing, in one volume, the proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 
from December, 1S46, to the close of the present session, report : 

That after a careful examination of all the points connected therewith, they cannot but 
w^armly recommend the measure to your favorable consideration, as being not only practi- 
cable, but necessary to meet the wants and wishes of the Order in this jurisdiction. From 
the estimates furnished through the Grand Secretary, (Chairman of the Committee on 
Printing,) your committee are enabled to report, that the work can be handsomely executed 
on good paper, including binding, etc., for the sum of one thousand dollars, or one dollar per 
copy — estimating the work at 350 pages. The cost of compiling and preparing a correct 
Index, etc , cannot be computed until the work be printed and the amout of labor ascertained. 

In order to cover, in part, this seeming great outlay, the committee would suggest to the 
Representatives from the several Subordinate Lodges to this body, the propriety of opening 
subscription lists in their respective Lodges, for such members as may desire to possess a 
copy, which lists should be returned to the Grand Secretary prior to the work going to press, 
when, if the number of subscribers would justify it — as we have good reason to believe it 
would — a larger number might then be issued. 

In conclusion, the committee offer the following resolutions and recommend their adoption. 

JOHN CRICKARD, 
F. W. DELESDERNIER. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Printing be, and they are hereby authorized and in- 
structed to contract with for the printing and binding of at least one thousand 

copies of the proceedings of this Grand Lodge, say from December, 1846, to the end of the 
present session : provided the same does not exceed one dollar per copy, estimated at 3-50 
pages, and provided the number of pages should be more or less, to be charged in proportion. 

Resolved, That the M. W. Grand Master be authorized and requested to present a copy 
of the same to the Grand Lodge of the United States and to each State Grand Lodge under 
its jurisdiction. 

Resolved, That the M. W. Grand Master be authorized and requested to cause the several 
Subordinate Lodges in this jurisdiction, to be furnished with two copies each, with the 
»ame and number of the Lodge and the initials N. G. and V. G. lettered thereon. 



346 Proceedings of the [Feb., 

Rep. Nixon, of No. 8, from the Special Committee on that subject, 
submitted the following report, which was, on motion, accepted and the 
committee discharged : 

New Orleans, February 4th, 1851. 
To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Lotdsiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The undersigned, a Special Committee, to whom was referred the resolution ot G. Rep. 
Larue, and a substitute offered by P. G. M. Emerson, have had the same under considera- 
tion, and are of opinion that it is inexpedient to legislate upon the subject. They therefore 
ask to be discharged from the further consideration of the same. 
All of which is submitted, 

J. O. NIXON, 
WH. H. RICE, 
G. W. RACE. 

P. G. H. D. Ogden, from the Committee on Petitions and Appeals, 
submitted the following report, which was read and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1. O. O. F.: 

The committee to whom was referred the communication from Brother P. G. Dunham 
and others, members of Nautilus Lodge, No. 28, praying for a Dispensation to receive and 
act upon an application for membership, from a person who was representad to be sixty-six 
years of age, respectfully report, that they appreciate the motive which dictated the course 
pursued by the M. W. Grand Master, but from the high testimonials which they have of 

the standing and worth of the applicant, Mr , your committee would recommend 

that the Dispensation be granted. 

In Friendship, Love and Truth, 

H. D. OGDEN, 
P. HERMAN. 

P. G. H. D. Ogden, from the same committee, submitted the following 
report, which was read and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The committee to whom were referred certain papers from DeSoto Lodge, No. 7; in rela- 
tion to certain charges against a brother, and the action of the Lodge held thereon, beg leave 
to report ; That they have carefully perused the papers and find no petition or any thing in 
the transcript showing that any appeal was ever taken or granted in the premises by said 
Lodge. Your committee would therefore suggest that the same be returned to the said Lodge 
with the reasons for so doing, and your committee further prays to be discharged from the 
further consideration of the matter. 

InF.L.andT., 

H. D. OGDEN, 
P. HERMAN. 

P. Gr. H. D. Ogden, from the same committeee made the following re- 
port, which was read, and on motion of P. G. M. Stewart, was referred 
back to the same committee, for further examination with instructions, 

that, if the report be favorable, the Grand Master be authorized to grant 
the prayer of the petitioners. 



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To tlie R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The committee to whom was referred the application of a number of Brethren to establish 
a new Lodge to be located at Vernon, Jackson Parish, respectfully suggest that they have 
examined said application, and that there are not a sufficient number of applicants "in good 
standing," the cards of the greater number having expired. Your committee therefore ap- 
prove of the course pursued by the Grand Master and for the reasons by him given in his 
report would recommend the refusal of the application. 
In F. L. and T., 

H. D. OGDEN, 
P. HERMAN. 

P. Gr. H. D. Ogdei], from the same committee, submitted the follow- 
ing report and resolution, which was read and adopted, and on motion 
the blank was filled with " 33. " 

To tlte R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, L O. O. F.: 

The committe to whom was referred the petition of a sufficient number of Brothers in 
good standing praying for the establishment of a Lodge in the City of Jefferson, Parish of 
Jefferson, under the name and style of Pacific Lodge, No. — beg leave to report that they see 
no objection to the same and recommend the passage of the subjoined resolution. 
In F. L. and T., 

H. D. OGDEN, 
P. HERMAN. 

Resolved, That the M. W. G-. M. be authorized and requested to issue a Charter, on the 
production to him of the necessary vouchers, to F. N. Keller and others for the organization 
of a new Lodge in the City of Jefferson, Parish of Jefferson, to be known and hailed as Pa- 
cific Lodge, No. — 

P. G. H. D. Ogden, from the same committee made the following 
report, which was read and adopted. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana : 

The committee to whom was referred the appeal of Bro. P. G. Thos. H. Shields from the 
decision of the N. G. of Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, viz : " refusing to confer more than 
one degree on a brother on the same evening without the dispensation for conferring the same 
accompanying the certificates of election to the said degrees, " beg leave to report, that in 
their opinion the appeal should be sustained. 

By our laws it requires four weeks to elapse between the receiving of each degree, this 
law was fully explained but not altered by the resolution of 31st July, 1850, viz : " That it 
shall be irregular to elect any brother to a degree which he is not legally entitled to receive 
at the time of the election and four weeks should pass from the time of conferring one de- 
gree before a ballot can be had for another, unless in case of dispensation." 

The dispensation must be had before the Brother can be elected, hence the dispensation 
is directed to the Lodge electing, not the Lodge conferring the degree. The responsibility 
is with the Lodge electing, and as all actions had by a Lodge must be considered to have 
been legal unless the contrary be shown, it is not to be presumed that any Lodge would 
elect a brother to several degrees on the same evening, without a dispensation. The dis- 
pensation is given to the Lodge electing, it is therefore their property and must remain in 
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348 Proceedings of the [ Feb., 

that Lodge, to prove the legality of their act. The certificates in this case stated that the 
Bro. had been elected hj dispensation, and we think that this is all that should have been 
required by the degree Lodge. 

In F. L. and T., 

H. D. OGDEN, 
P. HERMAN. 

The following communication from P. G. M. Ciickard, was read and 
adopted, and the request acceded to. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Lotasimia. 

The undersigned requests the favor to amend his official report, submitted to 5'ou on the 
28th inst., as follows, viz : 

Strike out on page 10 of said report, 10th and 11th lines from the top, the words, "with 
one exception " (" the G. Sec") the cause for its originalinsertion having been removed. 

The following action relative to Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, was omitted in said report viz : 

In July last I instructed Eagle Degree Lodge, No. 1, that in conferring degrees by dis- 
pensation it should until further instructed, invariably require the dispensation to accompany 
the certificates and when the degrees were conferred to return said dispensation without 
delay to the Lodge to which it was addressed. 

My reason fortius instruction, was, that one of the city Lodges had applied for a dispen- 
sation to ballot for and confer three degrees, on one of its members, which -was refused for 
reasons deemed satisfactory ; a few evenings thereafter on visiting said degree Lodge and in 
looking over the Secretary's books, papers, etc., I accidentaly discovered on the desk of that 
officer, three certificates with the words written on the face of each, " by dispensation " the 
same which had been refused, and heace the instruction referred to. 

JOHN CRICKARD. 

January 28th, 1851. 

P. Gr. H. D. Ogden, from the same committee made the following 
report, which was accepted and the appeal dismissed. 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of Louisiana, I. O. O F.: 

The committee to whom was referred the appeal of Bro. Horner from a decision of Delta 
Lodge, No. 15, declaring certain resolutions offered by him on the 25th October, 1850, to be 
out of order, respectfully submit, that although they cannot see the necessity or propriety of 
such resolutions (which are annexed and made part of the report) they deem that if the 
same were ofTered at the proper time and in due form they were in order and should have 
been submitted to the Lodge for their action. 

In F. L. and T., 

H. D. OGDEN, 
P. HERMAN. 

P. G. M. Rice, from the special committee on that portion of the 
Grand Master's Report, relative to the suspension of National Lodge, 
No. 18, made the following report, which, together with the accompa- 
nying resohitions, was read and adopted, and the committee discharged. 



1851.] Grand Lodge of Louisiana. 349 

New Orleans, February 11th, 1851. 
To tJie M. W. G. Master, Officers and Members of the R. W. G. L., State of La : 

Brothers : — The committee appointed upon that portion of the Grand Master's report 
relating to the suspension of National Lodge, No. 18, 1. O. O. F., beg leave to report: 

That they met at the office of the Grand Secretary on Thursday the 6th and examined the 
witness present, their testimony is in possession of the Grand Secretary. 

It appears from the testimony and other information obtained by the committee, that for 
some time previous to the action of the Lodge which led to her suspension a good deal of 
hard feeling had existed, and at the same time they are convinced that all the difficulties 
have been caused by the imprudent (to use the mildest term) conduct of a few prominent 
members. 

It appears that brother Melcieses (Warden) on the night of his expulsion had, after a 
warm discussion on a subject in which he was much interested (the charges preferred by 
him against brother J. Gnitterez, which had been before the Lodge for some three months 
without any definite action by the Lodge, and in consequence of which charges being still 
pending, he had been refused his permanent card several times) twice endeavored to leave 
the room in the proper manner and been refused by the N. G. he became excited and insisted 
upon his right to leave, was ordered to his seat by the N. G. who threatened to fine him 
and he remarked that they might fine him $100 or $500 and left by the door of the inner 
anti-room. 

Shortly after brother M. left, P. G. Gomez made a motion to expel brother M. from the 
Lodge and the order, which motion although there had been no charges preferred, no com- 
mittee appointed and no opportunity given Bro. M. to defend himself, the N. G. put to the 
Lodge and took the vote, which resulted three for expulsion and two against it, there not 
being two thirds in favor of the motion P. G. Gomez stated that it required a two third vote 
and called upon the N. G. to vote to make it a two third vote ; the N. G. voted for the motion 
and declared Bro. M. expelled. 

The commiitee feel constrained to call the attention of the Grand Lodge to-the total want 
of knowledge, or total disregard of the laws and principles of the Order, shown by the mem- 
bers of the Lodge, who voted to expel Bro. M. the conduct of P. G. Gomez in this matter 
they conceive to be particularly reprehensible, considering his standing in the order as a P. 
G-. and as an active member. The conduct of the N. G. shows a most inexcusable igno- 
rance of his duties, as from his own testimony he appears to be entirely ignorant of the Con- 
stitution and By-Laws of his Lodge as well as those of the Grand Lodge of La. and the 
laws of the order generally ; he appears to have been entirely governed by others, and to have 
g me contrary to his own judgment, at the dictation of others. 

On the 23d December, charges were prefered against Bro. M. (he having been reinstated 
by order of the Grand Master) these charges are not entered on the minutes but from the 
testimony it appears the)' were, in consequence of his conduct on the night of his expulsion, 
Dec. 3d, declared not cognizable by the Lodge, and P. G. Gomez asked and obtained a copy 
for the purpose of appealing to the Grand Lodge from the decision of the Lodge. 

On ihe 6th of January the Grand Master suspended the Lodge and referred the whole 
matter to the Grand Lodge. 

The committee from the evidence before them as well as information obtained in the course 
of the investigation are fully of the opinion that it will be impossible for National Lodge 
to continue under its charter, as at present constituted, no harmony can exist amongst the 
members, and the great principles of our order, F. L. and T., will be constantly violated^ 



350 Proceedings of the [Feb., 

they can see no chance of the members meeting together as Brothers, or having that 
confidence in each other's motives so essential to the peace, harmony, and vi^ell being of 
a Lodge. 

The committee recommend the passage of the following resolutions : 
1. Resolved, That the expulsion of Bro. Meicieses, on the 3d of December, was contrary 
to all the laws and principles of our Order, unjust to the Brother, and injurious to the Order, 
and showed great ignorance of our laws and principles, on the part of some of the officers 
and members of the Lodge, and that the same be declared null and void. 

3. Resolved, That the course of the Grand Master in suspending National Lodge, No. 
18, is highly approved, and that he is entitled to, and is hereby tendered, the thanks of the 
G. L. for his promptness in so doing. 

4. Resolved, That the charter of National Lodge, No. 18, be and the same is hereby 
declared forfeited, and the Grand Secretary is hereby directed to reclaim from the Officers 
all books, papers, moneys, emblems, seal and regaha, belonging to that Lodge, and also 
notify the G. L. of U. S. and the several State Grand Lodges of its expulsion. 

WM. H. RICE, 
J AS. CURRY, 
JNO. HAYMAN. 

A communication from a number of brothers, late of National Lodge, 
No. 18, asking a return of their Charter, etc , was read, and on motion 
of P. G. M. Rice, laid on the table. 

P. G. M. Crickard, from the Committee on Finance, submitted the 
following report, which, together with the accompanying resolutions, was 
read and adopted : 

To the R. W. Grand Lodge of houisiana, I. O. O. F. : 

The Committee on Finance report that in the discharge of their duty, they have carefully 
examined the books and other documents of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, and 
find the same correct, with properly authenticated vouchers. 
The condition of the Treasury is as follows : 

In balance on hand July 23, 1850, as per report of Committee on Finance, 

of that date $192 57 

Cash paid the Grand Treasurer by the Grand Secretary, August 3d. . . . 1500 00 

Nov. 14th 300 00 

Jan. 27, 1851 . . 472 18 

Total amount received to date $2,464 75 

Amount paid by the Grand Treasurer, as per his account, the 

vouchers for for which have been duly cancelled and filed. .$1,470 68 
Balance 994 07 

$2,464 75 

The committee, in the further discharge of their duty, report that they have received from 
the late Treasurer, (Rep. C. H. Lee,) the balance, $994 07, and paid the same to the 
present Treasurer, as will be seen by the accompanying receipt. 

The committee have also to report that they have received from the Grand Secretary, the 
per centage due and collected by him from the Subordinate Lodges, for the term ending 
31st December, 1850, (with one or two exceptions,) amounting to $1254 85, which they 



1851. J Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 351 

iave also paid to the Grand Treasurer, as will be seen by his receipt, herewith annexed, 
making in his hands together, this day unappropriated, the sum of $2,248 92. 

In the necessary examination of the books of the Grand Secretary — which they deem it 
but just and proper to state, are kept in a neat and creditable manner — they find the follow- 
ing entries, viz: 

SUSPENSE ACCOUNT. 

To Grajid Lodge of houidana. Dr. 

For amount paid to old Hall Association $2,564 50 

For profit on same, realized from sale of lots on Poydras st. . . 76 70 
For amount surrendered by J. R. Meekins, H. Williams, P. 

Brandt, and J. S. Meekins, $1 50 each 6 00 



-S2,647 20 



The committee also find the following persons credited with the amounts opposite their 
names, in open account, viz : ~ 

Faid. Profit on lots. Total. 

J. Saliba $50 00 $1 50 $51 50 

"W. Harris 25 00 75 25 75 

JohnFrost 13 00 39 13 39 

J.Bentford 5 00 16 5 16 

$95 80 

This amount ($95 80) they would recommend to the Grand Lodge to purchase, if the 
parties desire to dispose of the same ; and would also recommend an additional appropria- 
tion of $257, in order to purchase 25 7-10 additional shares, so as to make its interest in the 
new Hall Association equal to three hundred slutres, and certificates to issue in accordance 
therewith, to be placed in the hands of the Grand Treasurer for safe keeping. 

The committee, in pursuance of the duty assigned them by the committee to divide the 
subjects contained in the report of the Grand Master, report, that in consequence of the 
increased and rapidly increasing duties of the Grand Secretary, they cannot but concur in 
the recommendation for increased compensation to that officer, as the present stated amount 
($250) they deem wholly insufficient, for the services required. 

In conclusion, the committee feel constrained, in justice to the late R. W. G. Treasurer, 
to state, that in the examination of the books of that officer — opened by himself on entering 
upon his duties, in January, 1850 — they were not only found entirely correct, but in neatness 
of clerical execution, unsurpassed and worthy of imitation. 

The committee have examined the following bills referred to them, which they find correct, 
and recommend their payment, viz : 

D. Felt & Co., stationery for Grand Secretary's office $14 25 

R. Wood, three quarters' salary as Grand Herald $37 50 ) ,„ r;n. 

Do. sundry expenses incurred by him 5 00) ^'^ ^^ 

Grand Secretary, for sundry contingent expenses 39 40 

Total , $96 15 

All of which, together with the following resolutions, are respectfully submitted. 

JOHN CRICKARD, 
F. W. DELESDERNIER. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Finance be anthorized to invest the sum of three hun- 
dred and fifty-two 80-100 dollars in stoc