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A Treatise on the Constitutional Laws, Usages And Landmarks of Freemasonry,


Albert G. Mackey, M.D.,

Author of

"The Lexicon of Freemasonry," "The Mystic Tie," "Legends and Traditions of Freemasonry," Etc., Etc.,

Grand Lecturer and Grand Secretary of The Grand Lodge of South Carolina; Secretary General of the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, Etc., Etc., Etc.

"Est enim unum jus, quo devincta est hominum societas, quod lex constituit una; quæ lex est recta ratio imperandi atque prohibendi, quam qui ignorat is est injustus."

Cicero de Legibus. c. XV.

New York: Jno. W. Leonard & Co., Masonic Publishers, 383 Broadway.


Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1855, by Jno. W. Leonard & Co.,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.


Brother J.J.J. Gourgas,

Sovereign Grand Inspector General in the Supreme Council for the Northern Jurisdiction of the United States,

I Dedicate This Work,

As a Slight Testimonial of My Friendship and Esteem for Him As a Man, And of My Profound Veneration for His Character As a Mason; Whose Long and Useful Life Has Been Well Spent in the Laborious Prosecution of the Science, And the Unremitting Conservation of the Principles of Our Sublime Institution.

Table of Contents

Preface Introduction

Book First. The Law of Grand Lodges.

Chapter I. Historical Sketch. Chapter II. Of the Mode of Organizing Grand Lodges. Chapter III. Of the Members of a Grand Lodge. Chapter IV. Of the Officers of a Grand Lodge. Section I. Of the Grand Master. Section II. The Deputy Grand Master. Section III. Of the Grand Wardens. Section IV. Of the Grand Treasurer. Section V. Of the Grand Secretary. Section VI. Of the Grand Chaplain. Section VII. Of the Grand Deacons. Section VIII. Of the Grand Marshal. Section IX. Of the Grand Stewards. Section X. Of the Grand Sword Bearer. Section XI. Of the Grand Tiler. Chapter V. Of the Powers and Prerogatives of a Grand Lodge. Section I. General View. Section II. Of the Legislative Power of a Grand Lodge. Section III. Of the Judicial Power of a Grand Lodge. Section IV. Of the Executive Power of a Grand Lodge.

Book Second. Laws of Subordinate Lodges.

Chapter I. Of the Nature and Organization of Subordinate Lodges. Chapter II. Of Lodges under Dispensation. Chapter III. Of Lodges Working under a Warrant of Constitution. Chapter IV. Of the Officers of a Subordinate Lodge. Section I. Of the Officers in General. Section II. Of the Worshipful Master. Section III. Of the Wardens. Section IV. Of the Treasurer. Section V. Of the Secretary. Section VI. Of the Deacons. Section VII. Of the Stewards. Section VIII. Of the Tiler. Chapter V. Of Rules of Order. Section I. Of the Order of Business. Section II. Of Appeals from the Decision of the Chair. Section III. Of the Mode of Taking the Question. Section IV. Of Adjournments. Section V. Of the Appointment of Committees. Section VI. Of the Mode of Keeping the Minutes.

Book Third. The Law of Individuals.

Chapter I. Of the Qualifications of Candidates. Section I. Of the Moral Qualifications of Candidates. Section II. Of the Physical Qualifications of Candidates. Section III. Of the Intellectual Qualifications of Candidates. Section IV. Of the Political Qualifications of Candidates. Section V. Of the Petition of Candidates for Admission, and the Action Thereon. Section VI. Of Balloting for Candidates. Section VII. Of the Reconsideration of the Ballot. Section VIII. Of the Renewal of Applications by Rejected Candidates. Section IX. Of the Necessary Probation and Due Proficiency of Candidates before Advancement Section X... Continue reading book >>

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