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KNIGHTS TEMPLAR, AND APPENDANT ORDERS,
Grand bon rordeny.
کر دی مسلم تتح
Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
ITS HISTORY; EDICTS; PAST AND PRESENT GRAND OFFICERS;
AND ORGANIZATIONS OF ITS SUBORDINATES.
PRINTED BY JOHN WILSON AND SON,
5, WATER STREET.
MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND.
OFFICE OF THE GRAND MASTER,
March 28, 1864. I am not aware that any part of the proceedings of the Grand Encampment of Massachusetts and Rhode Island has ever been printed, except the procedings of 1840. From the want of general information in relation to its origin and history existing among its members, its subordinates, and the Knights generally, in the United States, it has seemed to me eminently proper that some portion of its records should be published “ for the general good of the Order,” — as “useful for their information.” I am the more persuaded of the propriety of this course from an examination of the published proceedings of the Grand Encampment of the United States at the sessions of this Grand Body held at Chicago in 1859, and at New York in 1862.
The Most Eminent Grand Master, Sir William B. Hubbard, in an address delivered before the Grand Encampment of Ohio, at Columbus, and which is printed upon page 84 of the Appendix to the Proceedings of the Grand Encampment of the United States for 1859, uses the following language:
“I will now call your attention to an error of much magnitude, that has manifested itself in this State ; to wit, that the Grand Encampment of the United States was created, and exercises powers delegated, by this and other State Grand Commanderies. This error may possibly obtain elsewhere. A reference to the first