Webb's Masonic Monitor
Thomas Smith Webb,
THE Grand Master *) asks his deputy,
"Whether he has examined the Master nominated in the warrant, and finds
him well skilled in the noble science and the royal art." The deputy,
answering in the affirmative, +) by the Grand Master's order, takes the
candidate from among his fellows, and presents him at the pedestal,
MOST WORSHIPFUL GRAND MASTER,
I present my worthy brother, A. B., to be installed Master of this (new)
Lodge. I find him to be of good morals, and of great skill, true and
trusty; and as he is a lover of the whole Fraternity, where-so-ever
dispersed over the face of the earth, I doubt not that he will discharge
his duty with fidelity.
The Grand Master then addresses him:
Previous to your investiture, it is necessary that you should signify
*) In this, and other similar instances, where the Grand Master is
specified in acting, may be understood any Master who performs the
+) A private examination is understood to precede the installation of
to those ancient charges and regulations
which point out the duty of a Master of a Lodge.
The Grand Master then reads, or orders to
be read, a summary of the ancient charges to the Master elect, as follows,
- You agree to be a good man and true, and
strictly to obey the moral law.
- You agree to be a peaceable subject, and
cheerfully to conform to the laws of the country in which you reside.
- You promise not to be concerned in plots
and conspiracies against government, but patiently to submit to the
decisions of the supreme legislature.
- You agree to pay a proper respect to the
civil magistrate, to work diligently, live creditably, and act honorably
by all men.
- You agree to hold in veneration the
original rulers and patrons of the Order of Masonry, and their regular
successors, supreme and subordinate, according to their stations; and to
submit to the awards and resolutions of your brethren when convened, in
every case consistent with the constitutions of the Order.
- You agree to avoid private piques and
quarrels, and to guard against intemperance and excess.
- You agree to be cautious in carriage and
behavior, courteous to your brethren, and faithful to your Lodge.
- You promise to respect genuine brethren,
and to discountenance impostors, and all dissenters from the original
plan of Masonry.
- You agree to promote the general good of
society, to cultivate the social virtues, and to propagate the knowledge
of the art.
- You promise to pay homage to the Grand
Master for the time being, and to his officers when duly installed; and
strictly to conform to every edict of the Grand Lodge, or general
assembly of Masons, that is not subversive of the principles and
ground-work of Masonry.
- You admit that it is not in the power of
any man, or body of men, to make innovations in the body of Masonry.
- You promise a regular attendance on the
committees and communications of the Grand Lodge, on receiving proper
tice, and to pay attention to all the
duties of Masonry on convenient occasions.
- You admit that no new Lodge shall be
formed without permission of the Grand Lodge; and that no countenance be
given to any irregular Lodge, or to any person clandestinely initiated
therein, being contrary to the ancient charges of the Order.
- You admit that no person can be
regularly made a Mason in, or admitted a member of, any regular Lodge,
without previous notice, and due inquiry into his character.
- You agree that no visitors shall be
received into your Lodge without due examination, and producing proper
vouchers of their having been initiated in a regular Lodge,
These are the regulations of Free and
The Grand Master then addresses the Master
elect in the following manner:
Do you submit to these charges, and
promise to support these regulations, as Masters have done in all ages
The new Master having signified his cordial
mission as before, the Grand Master thus
Brother A. B., in consequence of your
cheerful conformity to the charges and regulations of the Order, you are
now to be installed Master of this (new) Lodge, in full confidence of
your care, skill, and capacity to govern the same.
The new Master is then regularly invested
with the insignia of his office, and the furniture and implements of his
The various implements of the profession
are emblematical of our conduct in- life, and upon this occasion carefully
The Holy Writings, that great
light in Masonry, will guide you to all truth; it will direct your paths
to the temple of happiness, and point out to you the whole duty of man.
The Square teaches to regulate our
actions by rule and line, and to harmonize our conduct by the principles
of morality and virtue.
The Compass teaches to limit our
desires in every station, that, rising to eminence by merit, we may live
respected and die regretted.
The Rule directs that we should
ally observe our duty, press forward in
the path of virtue, and, neither inclining to the right nor to the left,
in all our actions have eternity in view.
The Line teaches the criterion of
moral rectitude, to avoid dissimulation in conversation and action, and
to direct our steps to the path which leads to immortality.
The Book of Constitutions you are
to search at all times. Cause it to be read in your Lodge, that none may
pretend ignorance of the excellent precepts it enjoins.
Lastly, you receive in charge the
Bylaws of your Lodge, which you are to see carefully and punctually
The jewels of the officers of the (new)
Lodge being then returned to the Master, he delivers them, respectively,
to the several officers of the Grand Lodge, according to their rank.
The subordinate officers of the (new) Lodge
are then invested with their jewels by the grand officers of corresponding
rank; and are by them, severally in turn, conducted to the Grand Master,
who delivers each of them a short charge, as follows, viz.:
THE SENIOR WARDEN.
Brother C. D., you are appointed Senior
Warden of this new Lodge, and are now invested with the ensign of your
The Level demonstrates that we are
descended from the same stock, partake of the same nature, and share the
same hope; and, though distinctions among men are necessary to preserve
subordination, yet no eminence of station should make us forget that we
are brethren; for he who is placed on the lowest spoke of fortune's
wheel may be entitled to our regard; because, a time will come, and the
wisest knows not how soon, when all distinctions, but that of goodness,
shall cease; and death, the grand leveler of human greatness, reduce us
to the same state.
Your regular attendance on our stated
meetings is essentially necessary: in the absence of the Master you are
to govern this Lodge; in his presence, you are to assist him in the
government of it. I firmly rely on your knowledge of Masonry, and
attachment to the Lodge, for the faithful discharge of the duties of
this important trust. Look well to the West!
THE JUNIOR WARDEN.
Brother E. F., you are appointed Junior
Warden of this (new) Lodge, and are now invested with the badge of your
The Plumb admonishes us to walk
uprightly in our several stations, to hold the scale of justice in equal
poise, to observe the just medium between intemperance and pleasure, and
to make our passions and prejudices coincide with the line of our duty.
To you, with such assistance as may be
necessary, is entrusted the examination of visitors, and the reception
of candidates. To you is also committed the superintendence of the Craft
during the hours of refreshment; it is, therefore, indispensably
necessary, that you should not only be temperate and discreet, in the
indulgence of your own inclinations, but carefully observe that none of
the Craft be suffered to convert tile purposes of refreshment into
intemperance and excess.
Your regular and punctual attendance is
particularly requested; and I have no doubt that you will faithfully
execute the duty which you owe to your present appointment. Look well
to the South!
Brother G. H., you are appointed
Treasurer of this (new) Lodge. It is your duty
to receive all moneys from the hands of
the Secretary, keep just and regular accounts of the same, and pay them
out at the Worshipful Master's will and pleasure, with the consent of
the Lodge. I trust your regard for the Fraternity will prompt you to the
faithful discharge of the duties of your office.
Brother I. K., you are appointed
Secretary of this (new) Lodge. It is your duty to observe the Worshipful
Master's will and pleasure, to record the proceedings of the Lodge, to
receive all moneys, and pay them into the hands of the Treasurer.
Your good inclination to Masonry and this
Lodge, I hope, will induce you to discharge your office with fidelity,
and by so doing you will merit the esteem and applause of your brethren.
SENIOR AND JUNIOR DEACONS.
Brothers L. M. and N. O., you are
appointed Deacons of this (new) Lodge. It is your province to attend on
the Master and Wardens, and to act as their proxies in the active duties
of the Lodge; such as in
the reception of candidates into the
different degrees of Masonry; the introduction and accommodation of
visitors, and in the immediate practice of our rites. Those columns, as
badges of your office, I trust to your care, not doubting your vigilance
Brothers P. Q. and R. S., you are
appointed Stewards of this (new) Lodge. The duties of your office are,
to assist in the collection of dues and subscriptions, to keep an
account of the Lodge expenses, to see that the tables are properly
furnished at refreshment, and that every brother is suitably provided
for; and generally to assist the Deacons and other officers in
performing their respective duties. Your regular and early attendance
will afford the best proof of your zeal and attachment to the Lodge.
Brother T. U., you are elected Tyler of
this Lodge, and I invest you with the implement of your office. As the
sword is placed in the hands of the Tyler, to en-
able him effectually to guard against the
approach of cowans and eavesdroppers, and suffer none to pass but such
as are duly qualified; so it should morally serve as a constant
admonition to us, to set a guard at the entrance of our thoughts, to
place a watch at the door of our lips, and to post a sentinel over our
actions: thereby excluding every unqualified and unworthy thought, word,
and deed; and preserving consciences void of offense toward God and
toward man. Your early and punctual attendance will afford the best
proof of your zeal for the institution.
The Grand Master then addresses the
officers and members of the (new) Lodge as follows:
Upon the Installation of
the Officers of a Lodge.
WORSHIPFUL MASTER: The Grand Lodge having
committed to your care the superintendence and government of the
brethren who are to compose this (new) Lodge, you can not be insensible
of the obligations which devolve on you, as their head; nor of your
responsibility for the faithful discharge of the im-
portant duties annexed to your
The honor, reputation, and usefulness of
your Lodge will materially depend on the skill and assiduity with which
you manage its concerns; while the happiness of its members will be
generally promoted, in proportion to the zeal and ability with which you
propagate the genuine principles of our institution.
For a pattern of imitation, consider the
great luminary of nature, which, rising in the East, regularly
diffuses light and luster to all within its circle. In like manner it is
your province to spread and communicate light and instruction to the
brethren of your Lodge. Forcibly impress upon them the dignity and high
importance of Masonry; and seriously admonish them never to disgrace it.
Charge them to practice, out of the Lodge, those duties which
they have been taught in it; and by amiable, discreet, and
virtuous conduct, to convince mankind of the goodness of the
institution; so that, when any one is said to be a member of it, the
world may know that he is one to whom the burdened heart may pour out
its sorrows; to whom
distress may prefer its suit; whose hand
is guided by justice, and his heart expanded by benevolence. In short,
by a diligent observance of the by-laws of your Lodge, the constitutions
of Masonry, and above all the Holy Scriptures, which are given as a rule
and guide to your faith, you will be enabled to acquit yourself with
honor and reputation, and lay up a crown of rejoicing, which
shall continue when time shall be no more.
BROTHER SENIOR AND JUNIOR
You are too well acquainted with the
principles of Masonry to warrant any apprehension that you will be found
wanting in the discharge of your respective duties. Suffice it to
mention, that what you have seen praiseworthy in others you should
carefully imitate; and what in them may have appeared defective you
should in yourselves amend. You should be examples of good order and
regularity; for it is only by a due regard to the laws in your own
conduct, that you can expect obedience to them from others. You are
assiduously to assist the Master in the discharge of his trust,
diffusing light and imparting
knowledge to all whom he shall place
under your care. In the absence of the Master, you will succeed to
higher duties; your acquirements must therefore be such, as that the
Craft may never suffer for want of proper instruction. From the spirit
which you have hitherto evinced, I entertain no doubt that your future
conduct will be such as to merit the applause of your brethren, and the
testimony of a good conscience.
BRETHREN OF -- LODGE:
Such is the nature of our constitution, that as some must of necessity
rule and teach, so others must of course learn to submit and obey.
Humility in both is an essential duty. The officers who are appointed to
govern your Lodge are sufficiently conversant with the rules of
propriety and the laws of the institution, to avoid exceeding the powers
with which they are intrusted; and you are of too generous dispositions
to envy their preferment. I therefore trust that you will have but one
aim: to please each other, and unite in the grand design of being happy
and communicating happiness.
Finally, my brethren, as this association
has been formed and perfected in so much unanimity and concord, in which
we greatly rejoice, so may it long continue. May you long enjoy every
satisfaction and delight which disinterested friendship can afford. May
kindness and brotherly affection distinguish your conduct as men and as
Masons. Within your peaceful walls, may your children's children
celebrate with joy and gratitude the transactions of this auspicious
solemnity. And may the tenets of our profession be transmitted
through your Lodge, pure and unimpaired, from generation to generation.
The GRAND MARSHAL then proclaims the new
Lodge in the following manner, viz.:
In the name of the Most Worshipful Grand
Lodge of the State of --, I proclaim this new Lodge, by the name of --
Lodge, duly constituted.
This proclamation is made thrice, and each
time followed with a flourish of drums or trumpets.
The Grand Chaplain then makes the
concluding prayer, which ends the public ceremonies.
The grand procession is then formed in the
same order as before, and returns to the hall.