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ABSTRACT OF PROCEEDINGS OF

[July 4,

MASOIS'IC C E L E B R A T I O N
for laying the Corner-stone of the New State House.
The Governor, being complimented by the agents of the Commonwealth for building the New State House with laying the
Comer-stone thereof. His Excellency requested the assistance of
the Grand Lodge therein. Accordingly on Saturday, the 4th
July, 1795, the Lodges assembled at the Representative Chamber and proceeded in Masonic order, to the Old South Meeting
House to attend an Oration,* after which they proceeded in
Masonic order, as follows
Independent Fusileers.
Martial Musick.
Two Tylers.
The Corner-Stone.
on a Truck, decorated with ribbons, drawn by fifteen white
horses, each with a leader.
Operative Masons,
Grand Marshal,
Stewards with Staves,
Entered Apprentices,
Fellow Crafts,
Three Master Masons
with the Square, Level and Plumb-rule.
Three Stewards
bearing corn, wine and oil.
Master Masons.
Officers of Lodges with their respective jewels.
Past Masters of Lodges.
Grand Tyler
with a cushion and Bible.
Band of Music.
Grand Stewards.
*See the Hundred Boston Orators. Boston, 1853, p. 253.

5795.]

THE GRAND LODGE OF MASSACHUSETTS.

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Grand Deacons with wands.


Grand Treasurer and Secretary.
Past Grand Wardens.
Senior and Junior Grand Wardens.
Past Deputy Grand Masters.
Past Grand Masters.
Reverend Clergy Brothers.
Grand Master
attended by the Deputy Grand Master, Grand Stewards and
Grand Sword Bearer.
Sheriff of Suffolk.
The Agents of the Commonwealth.
His Excellency, the Governor.
His Honor the Lieutenant-Governor.
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Assistant and Quarter Master General.
The Honorable Council.
Members of the Legislature.
Clergy and Strangers of Distinction.
I n this order they moved to the spot intended for the edifice.*
The procession being opened, the Agents, His Excellency the
Governor, Grand Lodge, Lieutenant-Gt)vemor, etc., passed
through. The operative masons having prepared the stone. His
Excellency assisted by the Grand Master and Deputy Grand
Master laid it after the Grand Master had deposited under it
a number of gold, silver and copper coins, and a silver plate
hearing the following
INSCRIPTION.

This Corner-stone intended for the use of the Legislature and


Executive Branches of Government of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts was laid by His Excellency
Samuel Adams, Esq'r,
Governor of said Commonwealth
assisted by
The Most Worshipful Paul Revere,
Grand Master;
See Freemason's Monthly Magazine (Boston), Vol. XIV, p. 367.

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ABSTRACT OF PROCEEDINGS OF

[July 4,

And the Right Worshipful Wm. Scollay,


Deputy Grand Master;
The Grand Wardens and Brethren of the Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts.
On the 4th day of July, 1795, A.L., 5795,
being the 20th Anniversary
of
American Independence.