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Excerpt from Report of Committee on Correspondence, Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, 1898 He is described as one who is able Happily to steerFrom grave to gay, from lively to severe, Correct with spirit, eloquent with ease, Intent to reason, and polite to please. We enter upon the writing of this report at a time most propitious in the history of Masonic Templarism. The present year discloses our Order advanced to a high position of honor and influence, and favored with ample opportunities for useful service according to what are its benign purposes. Here at home we have special cause to rejoice over the continued progress of the Templar organization, under the wise and efficient supervision of the Grand Commandery of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In this jurisdiction the Order was never stronger in numbers and resources than now; and never did it command a more loyal and intelligent following than at the present time. The organic life of the Grand Body to which we address this paper began at Providence, May 13, 1805, its first title being "The Grand Encampment of Rhode Island and Jurisdiction thereunto belonging." An amendment to the constitution, made March 3, 1806, changed the designation to "The United States Grand Encampment." Other changes were subsequently made, but it was not until June 8, 1819, that this Grand Body became officially known as "The Grand Encampment of Massachusetts and Rhode Island." On December 13, 1845, a revised constitution was adopted, one section of which declared the title to be "The Grand Encampment of Knights Templars and the Appendant Orders of Massachusetts and Rhode Island;" and so it remained until 1868, when the present nomenclature, Grand Commandery, etc., was adopted. Through all changes of title and administration it has been one and the same Body. It was organized by less than a score of representative Knights Templars, with an entire constituency of not more than two hundred members. Out of weakness it has grown strong-passing through various experiences, some of them adverse and most discouraging, until, in the later period. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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