COMPLETE TEXT OF MOUNT ARARAT LODGE #44 WARRANT EMPOWERING WORK, November 12th, 1809
John Crawford, MD. RWGM T. Watkins, MD. RWDGM
To All Whom it May Concern,
The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Ancient York Masons, in the state of Maryland, according to the old Institutions duly established, constituted and organized, doth hereby constitute and approve the trusty and well beloved Brethren Hugh Whiteford Master, John Kirk Senior Warden and Zenas Macomber Junior Warden, or a of a new lodge to be held on Slate Ridge in Harford County by the name of Mount Ararat No. 44 and they are hereby authorized & empowered to hold their lodge at the place aforementioned as such times as the shall think necessary and convenient, and agreeably to the constitution of Masonry and to admit and make Free Masons according to the ancient customs of the Royal Craft in all ages and nations throughout the known world and not contrariwise. Ad the said Brethren are further authorized and empowered and their successors to hear and determine all matters on things relating to the Craft within the jurisdiction of said lodge. And lastly, the said beloved Brethren Hugh Whiteford Master, John Kirk Senior Warden and Zenas Macomber Junior Warden are hereby authorized to nominate, choose and install their successors, to whom they shall deliver this warrant and invest them with all their powers and dignities as Free Masons and such successors shall in like manner nominate, choose and install their successors. (ILLEGIBLE) such installations to be on or near St. John the Evangelist’s Day during the contrivance of said Lodge; Provided always that the said above named Brethren and their successors pay their due respect to the Right Worshipful Grand lodge from whom they receive their authority, otherwise this warrant shall be null and void. In testimony whereof the Seal of the Grand Lodge of Maryland is hereto affixed, done in the City of Baltimore, on the twelfth day of November, Anno Luis five-thousand eight-hundred and nine. Anno Domini One thousand eight hundred and nine. J. Lewis Wampler, G.S.
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