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" der the sanction of the grand lodge of Ireland, « shall be admitted a member, nor partake of the
general charity, without having first produced " a certificate of his good behaviour, from the " Secretary of the grand lodge of Ireland; but
upon producing such certificate, he shall receive all the honours due to a faithful brother
of the same houshould with us.” 'The deputy grand master proposed, that a correspondence should be opened by this grand lodge with the grand lodge of Scotland, when they unanimously came to the same resolutions as set forth for the grand lodge of Ireland.
Grand Lodge of the most ancient and honourable
Fraternity of Free and Accepted masons, Dub
lin, Nov. 5, 1772. The right hon. William Lord Viscount Dunluce,
grand master. Arch. Richardson, esq. deputy grand master, in the s chair.
RECEIVED and read the resolutions of the grand lodge of England, transmitted by their grand Secretary, brother William Dickey, and having taken the same into consideration, came to the following resolution : Resolved, " That this lodge do entirely agree with
“ the grand lodge of England, that a brotherly 6 connexion and correspondence, between the
grand lodge of England and the grand lodge of " Ireland, have been, and will always be, found
productive of honour and advantage to the craft « in both kingdoms.” Ordered, “ That the grand Secretary shall continue " to transmit, from time to time, the particular
occurrences of this grand lodge to the grand
“Secretary of England; and that hereafter no
English mason shall be considered worthy of " their charity, without producing a certificate « from the grand lodge of England ; and that we
shall always consider such brethren as may “ be recommended to us from the grand lodge of “ England, equally objects of our attention with " those of the Fraternity in Ireland :--Nor can “the grand lodge of Ireland omit this opportuni
of testifying their high sense of the honour they have received in this invitation of a mu“tual and friendly intercourse, which they shall “ study to preserve and strengthen by every act “ of good offices and brotherly love."
By Order, FIELDING OULD jun. Grand Secretary. To the most noble Prince John
Duke of Atholl, grand master of England.
Grand Lodge of the most ancient and honourable
Fraternity of Free and Accepted masons in Scotland, held in the city of Edinburgh, Nov. 30,
1772. The right honourable and most worshipful Patrick
Earl of Dumfreys, grand master. The right honourable and most worshipful George
Earl of Dalhousie, late grand master, in the chair.
IT was reported to the brethren, that the grand lodge of England, according to the old institutions, had, on the 2d of September last, past a resolution and order relative to a constant correspondence betwixt them and the grand lodge of Scotland, a copy of which had been lately transmitted by their Sec
retary; alorig with a létter containing clier names of their officers, to the Secretary of this grand lodge.
The resolution and letter being read, the grand lodge were of opinion, that the brothelly Sintercourse and shipful the correspondence, which the right wor
loxige of England were desirous to establish, would be serviceable to both grand lodges, and productive of honour and advantage to the fraternity in general, and to promote this beOrdered, " That the grand Secretary do transmit to - 6 the Secretary of the grand lodge of England, * the names of the officers of the grand lodge of “ Scotland, elected this day; and shall hence" forth transmit the names of the grand officers
yearly, or as often as any new change is made, “ and shall lay such letters, orders, informations, “ as he may, from time to time, receive from the
grand lodge of England, before this grand lodge, their quarterly communications, or standing committee: And also shall transmit
such informations as may tend to the honour “and advantage of the craft, according as he shall “ be by them directed ; and that he assures the
right worshipful grand lodge of England, in the “most respectful manner, the desire the grand
lodge of Scotland have to cultivate a connexion “ with them by a regular correspondence for the
interest of the ancient crsft, suitable to the ho“nour and dignity of both grand lodges.” Ordered, " That no mason, made under the sanction
“ of the grand lodge of England, according to the “old institution, shall be admitted a member of “the grand lodge of Scotland, nor partake of the
general charity, without having first produced a ? certificate of his good behaviour, from the Sec
retary of the grand lodge of England ; but upon "producing such certificate, he shall receive all
o the honours and bounty due to a faithful brother 6 of the same household with us.”
By Order of the grand lodge of Scotland,
Grand Secretary To the right worshipful the
Grand Lodge of England.
BEFORE we enter into the cause or motive of the first institution of free-masonry, it is necessary in some measure to shew the excellency of secrecy, and with what great care it is to be kept.
One of the principal parts that makes a man be deemed wise, is his intelligent strength and ability to cover and conceal such honest secrets as áre committed to him, as well as his own serious affairs. And whoever will peruse sacred and profane histo) ry, shall find a great number of virtuous attempts in peace and war, that never reached their designed ends, through defect of secret concealment, and yet, besides such unhappy prevention, infinite evils have thereby ensued. But before all other examples, let us consider that which excels all the rest, derived ever from God himself. Who so especially pre-serves his own secrets to himself, never letting any man know what would happen on the morrow; nor could the wise men in ages past, divine what should befal us in this age. Whereby we may readily discern that God himself is well pleased with secrecy. ; And altho' (for man's good) the Lord has been pleased to reveal some things, yet it is impossible at any time to change or alter his determination, in regard whereof the reverend wise men of ancient times, evermore affected to perform their intentions secretly.
We read that Cato the Consort often said (to his friends, that of three things he had good reason to repent, if ever he neglected the true perforinance of them: The first, if he divulged any secret ; the i second, if he’adventured on the water when he might stay on dry land ; and thirdly, if he should let any day neglectedly escape him without doing