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Emessay Notes June 2010

Appeal For Relief – Tennessee

         May 2, 2010 saw massive flooding in many parts of Tennessee including the city of Nashville. Now that the waters have receded and damage assessment can be made it is very extensive. Recovery assistance is greatly needed.

         Please forward to the MSA such funds as you feel appropriate to help our devastated Brethren and their families in this stricken jurisdiction. Please make checks payable to the MSA Disaster Relief Fund and send to:

8120 Fenton Street, Ste. 203,
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4785.

         Thank you very much for your help!

New Hampshire Fort To Reopen

         Two years ago a popular field trip destination and living history museum in Charlestown, NH, the Fort at Number Four, shut down.

         Now, thanks to a promising partnership with a local Masonic Lodge, the clouds seem to be clearing for the French and Indian War-era fort. Fort officials last month announced plans to start hosting events again this summer and fully reopen to visitors by next spring.

         The Masonic Olive Branch Lodge No. 64 of Chester, VT, just across the Connecticut River from Charlestown, approached the Fort’s board of directors in January, offering to help raise the $200,000 to get the site up and running again.

         The original fort was built to defend English settlers from the French and their Indian allies. The structure covered three-quarters of an acre and was made up of a series of large houses linked to lean-tos, a watch tower, meeting hall, and a cannon to sound the alarm in case of an attack. Throughout the 1750’s and 60s the fort served as a rallying point for troops fighting in the French and Indian conflict and then in 1777 as a station for Revolutionary soldiers readying for the Battle of Bennington. After the Revolution, the fort served little purpose for the newly independent Americans and fell into disarray soon after, leaving nothing behind today but a marker designating the original site that now sits on Charlestown’s main road. It was recreated 60 years ago using written descriptions, historical documents, and images on 18th-century powder horns.

(Source: National Trust for Historic Preservation – By: Gwendolyn Purdom – May 13, 2010)

Royal Society

Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Shackleton, Edward Jenner

  Great Britain issued a set of stamps on February 25, 2010 to honor several members of the Royal Society of London for improving Natural Knowledge. Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Shackleton and Edward Jenner are included.

Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, was a leading author and printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civil activist, statesman, soldier and diplomat. As a scientist he was a major figure in the history of physics for his discoveries and theories. He was the first Postmaster-General of the USA.

Ben Franklin printed the first Masonic book to be printed in America, titled Mason’s Book, being a printing of Anderson’s Constitutions. He received his Masonic degrees in February 1731 in St. John’s Lodge, Philadelphia and was Secretary of that Lodge from 1735 to 1738. On June 24, 1732 he was elected Junior Warden of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and became Grand Master on June 24, 1734. While serving his country in Europe, he visited many lodges in the UK and other countries. He assisted in the initiation of Voltaire in the Lodge of the Nine Muses, Paris and later officiated at the funeral of that great writer.

Ernest Henry Shackleton was born in County Kildare, Ireland, February 15, 1874. Educated at Dulwick College he entered the mercantile marine service and was a lieutenant in the Royal Navy Reserve. He made four expeditions to the Antarctic attempting to reach the South Pole. Being more interested in survival than glory, he turned his men around on the first three. During World War I he attempted to traverse the entire continent but caught in heavy ice he had to leave the vessel. After drifting on an ice pack and sailing in an open lifeboat across 800 miles of rough seas, he and his men were rescued without a single loss of life. He died on January 5, 1922 at the start of another expedition.

Bro. Shackleton was initiated July 9, 1801 in Navy Lodge No. 2612, London. He attended the first meeting of Guild of Freemen Lodge No. 3525 in 1911 and was passed in that Lodge on November 2, 1911. He was raised there on May 30, 1913.

Edward Jenner, originator of vaccination, was born May 17, 1749 at Berkeley, Gloucestershire and educated at local schools. Studying surgery at Sudbury and London he returned to his native town in 1773 as surgeon-apothecary. For many years he considered the feasibility of inoculation with the virus of cowpox as a preventative of smallpox and made his first vaccination of a patient in 1796. He announced his successful discovery to the world in 1798 and within a few years the process was accepted with universal enthusiasm. He died at Berkeley, January 26, 1823.

Dr. Jenner was made a Mason in Lodge of Faith and Friendship No. 449 (now No. 270), Berkeley around 1789 and was raised to the degree of Master Mason there on December 30, 1802. The long interval between the E.A. and M.M. may be accounted for by his prolonged visits to London in connection with his great discovery. He served as Master of Faith and Friendship Lodge in 1811-13.

(Source: The Philatelic Freemason – May/June 2010)


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