The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 529
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carefully written account of the beginning of Scottish Rite
Masonry in Texas, chapters on the society's charitable institutions,
and biographical sketches of the Sovereign Grand Inspectors
General for Texas, but the heart of the book rests in the carefully
detailed histories of each of the major divisions of the organiza-
tion within the state. The Sovereign Grand Inspectors General
included are Philip C. Tucker, Austin B. Chamberlin, Samuel
Poyntz Cochran, Walter Calvin Temple, William Stephenson
Cooke, and Robert Lee Lockwood. Histories of specific bodies
covered are Galveston, Austin, El Paso, Houston, San Antonio,
Dallas, and Waco. Scottish Rite Masonry had its beginning in
Galveston in 1867, and it has grown now to involve almost 60,ooo
Mention must be made of the editor of this work, James D.
Carter of Washington, D. C. To him fell the task of compiling and
correlating the footnotes and writing styles of the chapter con-
tributors. Then he had to write at least six of the thirteen
chapters, do the proofing and indexing, and select the illustra-
tions. All of this was accomplished with impeccable taste, so the
book stands as a monument to both Carter and Lee Lockwood,
the dynamic force behind its publication.
No particular effort is made to integrate the writings of
the different contributors, because the subject of the book does
this automatically. Documentation is thorough and reliable, based
mostly on the official records of the Scottish Rite bodies and the
personal correspondence of their founders. Some of the writers
bring in other material such as newspapers, histories, and gov-
ernment records. Rash and unconsidered judgments have been
studiously avoided, and the few opinions which are expressed are
factually substantiated and specific. The authors of The First
Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas have achieved a
difficult goal by remaining objective while discussing an emotion-
al subject. Outstanding Masons as well as recognized contributors
to the literature of Texas history, they have resisted the tempta-
tion to turn the book into an apology for Scottish Rite Masonry.
This history gives the general reader an insight into the role
played by Masons in molding the history of Texas, while the
members of the Scottish Rite will see the book as a tribute to the
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