Historical Gems


In reviewing the historical Proceedings of our Grand Chapter we have found some interesting and sometimes thought-provoking articles, which we believe, are still relevant today.

Being somewhat surprised at how openly critical the Foreign Correspondence Reporters, like our own George Bennett, were in those early days, some of these articles may be found as ‘not politically correct’ in today’s world, but they are none-the-less our history.

This exercise has proven to be both educational and enjoyable and we gladly make this interesting material available to you, our member. In the meantime, we plan to further review the proceedings and continue in extracting more of what we call Historical Gems.

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A full blooded American Indian full of the poetry and imagery.
A model of appeal and challenge to a labour of love together.
Abolition of the Past Masters Degree.
Allowing all Companions to be present in private Chapter at the opening of the Chapter.
Appeal for better ritualistic work.
Capitular Masonry should not be merely a bridge to cross.
Care in selection of candidates.
Chapter degrees a mere qualification for some other rite.
Chapter Past Masters vs Provincial Lodge of Past Masters.
Chapter should be opened in order that a lodge of Mark Masters may be opened.
Character of the Membership.
Charity vaunteth not itself.
Cheap Freemasonry.
Companions get the idea that nobody cares.pdf
Compulsory Membership unmasonic.
Cryptic Degrees.
Dependent Membership an Innovation.
Dependent Membership an objectionable law.
Dependent Membership.
Description of Masonry.
Disposing of the Report on Correspondence.
Distinguishing Characteristics of a Mason.
Dry Continent.
Duty of epitomising the Capitular transactions.
Duty the Strength of Masonry.
Duty to the returned soldier.
Early History of the American Ritual.
Every citizen must determine for himself wherein his duty lies.
Exclusion of undesirable members.
First visit of Grand First Principal to New York.
Foreign Chapter on Canadian territory.
From the address of the Grand First Principal many striking passages.
General Grand Chapter mission and objects.
Grand Chapter of Canada title too comprehensive.
Grand Representative to Illinois appreciation of honour.
Grand Superintendents instruction.
Great deal more interested in laws than I am in anything else.
Haves and Have nots.
Have we lowered the barriers of qualification in an effort to solve a financial condition.
He who seeks all things.
History of Royal Arch degree S. Stacker Williams.
How shall we get the light out of the Chapter.
How we are to interpret some of the landmarks.
If Masonic bodies forsake Masonry and become exceedingly adept at amusements.
Informative and educational extracts from England.
Internment is not a Masonic offence.
Ireland interdependent relation of the degrees.
Ireland the Royal Arch a more remote antiquity.
It requires two men and God to make a Royal Arch Mason.
It takes two men and God to make a brother.
Justification of the Correspondence Report.
King vs High Priest.
Labours of the Reviewer do not receive the attention they deserve.
Lack of interest shown by the younger members.
Law of physical perfection.
Law of Forgiveness.
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
Manhood, the strength of Masonry.
Masonic Benevolence and Charity.
Masonry cannot exist simply on ritualism.
Masonry is compared to a temple but the real temple is Man.
Masonry is on trial for its life.
Masonry stands for Peace not War.
Methods of instruction.
Mission to India.
Moderate your speeches.
Names of three chief or presiding officers.
Neither rite should ask any odds or coddling from the other.
New South Wales lack of courtesy on the part of Scotland.
New Zealand to the rank of an entirely self governing Dominion.
Non-payment of dues is not a Masonic crime.
Non Recognition of other than three Craft degrees.
Nothing more than a vehicle for the interchange among themselves of the views of the Correspondents.
Official inspection of Chapters.
Origin and authenticity of the Order of High Priesthood.
Our ability so to stimulate the local Chapters.
Our bounded duty to direct the newly joined.
Our Order was never intended to be a popular institution.
Passing of the red man.
Passing the Chair an American Landmark.
Passing to the Chair as a perquisite for petitioning for Capitular Degrees.
Past Master Degree.
P. M. degree and its relation to the installation of a Master of a craft lodge.
Progressive Freemasonry.
Protection against clandestine or irregular Masons.
Rapid advance of the Master Mason.
Reduction in Fees.
Regular attendance is not a question of eternal salvation.
Relation of the General Grand Chapter to the several Grand Chapters.
Relations of Scotland with the young Grand Chapter of Western Australia.
Relegation of Z to second place in the United States system.
Remark that Webb was author and creator of the MEM degree.
Remodelling of the Royal Arch in the United States.
Report on Correspondence leaning to pessimism.
Request to sever fraternal relations with the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland.
Royal Arch degree conferred solely upon actual Past Masters of lodges.
Royal Arch Masonry can only be torn down from within.
Royal Arch Masonry today does not hold the proper position that is due it.
Rulings of Grand Zs first 75 years.
Scotland attitude with regard to budding Grand Chapters in the colonies.
Secrecy of the Investigating Committee.
Silently but with no little difficulty around the Capitular world.
Skin Face.
Spirit of apathy.
Suspending the letter G in the Tabernacle.
Tempted to regard numbers first and a thoroughly qualified membership second.
Tendency of some Chapters to work the degrees upon a large class of candidates.
Tendency to modernise Freemasonry.
The Chapters Greatest Need.
The day is past when the Chapter is considered a stepping stone.
The Distinguishing Characteristic.
The expression “Grand Chapter of Canada in the Province of Ontario”.
The Flag Ceremony.
The hand-made product is the best.
The ideals of the Craft and the Royal Craft.
The letter of Masonry is less important than the spirit.
The mission of the brotherhood of Freemasonry.
The noblest service to God.
The physical qualification of a candidate.
The real genius of Masonry.
There can be no real happiness without helpfulness.
The Relation of Our Craft to Religion.
The secret of Service.
The seriousness of our obligation.
The Travelling Triangle a precious treasure.
The up to date progressive lawmaker in Masonry.
The Second Temple and Its Times.
The symbolism of the Third Degree.
Time honoured toast to the Imperial Forces.
To the outside world.
Travelling Triangle temporary residence.
Ulterior motives of applicants.
Unique report on the Fraternal Dead.
Universal rule re exclusive jurisdiction.
Upholding the best traditions of British womanhood.
Value of report on Fraternal Correspondence.
We are trying to educate ourselves and find out just exactly what Masonry means.
We have made members not Capitular Masons.
We let the bars down.
What can be done during the refreshment hours to stimulate our desire for knowledge.
What is a friend.
What is Masonry.
What is Royal Arch Freemasonry
What makes the record of a mans life.
What opportunities we have for service as Freemasons in the world today.
What real benefit does a person derive from devoting so much time to Freemasonry.
Whence come ye.
When is a man a Mason.
Where you find good officers you find good Chapters.
While Faith and Hope themselves shall die, deathless Charity still remains.
Work is the weapon of honour.
Zerubbabel and his Times.