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The Principles of Masonic LawA Treatise on the Constitutional Laws, Usages and Landmarks ofFreemasonry by Mackey, Albert G.

The Principles of Masonic LawA Treatise on the Constitutional Laws, Usages and Landmarks ofFreemasonry by Mackey, Albert G.

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The Principles of Masonic Law:
A Treatise on the Constitutional Laws, Usages And Landmarks of
Freemasonry,
By
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; qu\u00e6 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.

1856.
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.
To
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
The Principles of Masonic Law:
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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.
\u2022
Chapter II. Of the Mode of Organizing Grand Lodges.
\u2022
Chapter III. Of the Members of a Grand Lodge.
\u2022
Chapter IV. Of the Officers of a Grand Lodge.
Section I. Of the Grand Master.

\u2666Section II. The Deputy Grand Master.
\u2666Section III. Of the Grand Wardens.
\u2666Section IV. Of the Grand Treasurer.
\u2666Section V. Of the Grand Secretary.
\u2666Section VI. Of the Grand Chaplain.
\u2666Section VII. Of the Grand Deacons.
\u2666Section VIII. Of the Grand Marshal.
\u2666Section IX. Of the Grand Stewards.
\u2666Section X. Of the Grand Sword-Bearer.
\u2666Section XI. Of the Grand Tiler.
\u2666

\u2022
Chapter V. Of the Powers and Prerogatives of a Grand Lodge.
Section I. General View.

\u2666Section II. Of the Legislative Power of a Grand Lodge.
\u2666Section III. Of the Judicial Power of a Grand Lodge.
\u2666Section IV. Of the Executive Power of a Grand Lodge.
\u2666

\u2022
Book Second.
Laws of Subordinate Lodges.
Chapter I. Of the Nature and Organization of Subordinate Lodges.
\u2022
Chapter II. Of Lodges under Dispensation.
\u2022
Chapter III. Of Lodges Working under a Warrant of Constitution.
\u2022
Chapter IV. Of the Officers of a Subordinate Lodge.
Section I. Of the Officers in General.

\u2666Section II. Of the Worshipful Master.
\u2666Section III. Of the Wardens.
\u2666

\u2022
The Principles of Masonic Law, by Albert G. Mackey, M.D.
Brother J.J.J. Gourgas,
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Section IV. Of the Treasurer.

\u2666Section V. Of the Secretary.
\u2666Section VI. Of the Deacons.
\u2666Section VII. Of the Stewards.
\u2666Section VIII. Of the Tiler.
\u2666

Chapter V. Of Rules of Order.
Section I. Of the Order of Business.

\u2666Section II. Of Appeals from the Decision of the Chair.
\u2666Section III. Of the Mode of Taking the Question.
\u2666Section IV. Of Adjournments.
\u2666Section V. Of the Appointment of Committees.
\u2666Section VI. Of the Mode of Keeping the Minutes.
\u2666

\u2022
Book Third.
The Law of Individuals.
Chapter I. Of the Qualifications of Candidates.
Section I. Of the Moral Qualifications of Candidates.

\u2666Section II. Of the Physical Qualifications of Candidates.
\u2666Section III. Of the Intellectual Qualifications of Candidates.
\u2666Section IV. Of the Political Qualifications of Candidates.
\u2666Section V. Of the Petition of Candidates for Admission, and the Action Thereon.
\u2666Section VI. Of Balloting for Candidates.
\u2666Section VII. Of the Reconsideration of the Ballot.
\u2666Section VIII. Of the Renewal of Applications by Rejected Candidates.
\u2666Section IX. Of the Necessary Probation and Due Proficiency of Candidates before

Advancement
\u2666Section X. Of Balloting for Candidates in each Degree.

\u2666Section XI. Of the Number to be Initiated at one Communication.
\u2666Section XII. Of Finishing the Candidates of one Lodge in another.
\u2666Section XIII. Of the Initiation of Non-residents.
\u2666

\u2022
Chapter II. Of the Rights of Entered Apprentices.
\u2022
Chapter III. Of the Rights of Fellow Crafts.
\u2022
Chapter IV. Of the Rights of Master Masons.
Section I. Of the Right of Membership.

\u2666Section II. Of the Right of Visit.
\u2666Section III. Of the Examination of Visitors.
\u2666Section IV. Of Vouching for a Brother.
\u2666Section V. Of the Right of Claiming Relief.
\u2666Section VI. Of the Right of Masonic Burial.
\u2666

\u2022
Chapter V. Of the Rights of Past Masters.
\u2022
Chapter VI. Of Affiliation.
\u2022
Chapter VII. Of Demitting.
\u2022
Chapter VIII. Of Unaffiliated Masons.
\u2022
The Principles of Masonic Law, by Albert G. Mackey, M.D.
Book Second.Laws of Subordinate Lodges.
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