The First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 1867-1967 Page: 24
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FIRST CENTURY OF SCOTTISH RITE
Consistory of Princes of the Royal Secret when it was warranted on
March 14, 1830. He served as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
Mississippi from 1826 to 1838. He received the 330 in 1848 and
was the first Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Scottish Rite
for Mississippi. He was, therefore, a Scottish Rite Mason and Grand
Master of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi when he responded to the
need of Texas in 1836, spending $10,000 of his money to raise a
company of men in Natchez and paying their expenses to Texas. He
was later to distinguish himself as Governor of Mississippi, as com-
manding General of assault forces that forced their way into Mexico
City, and as the military Governor of Mexico City while it was oc-
cupied by United States troops during the Mexican War.33
The Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas had not been in
existence but a short time when it took official notice of and action
regarding the "French or Scottish Rite" in the adoption of the follow-
ing resolution on December 23, 1841:
Resolved: That all Masons in good standing who can produce
satisfactory evidence that they have been regularly initiated,
passed, and raised in a regularly constituted Lodge working
under the sanction of the Grand Lodge of France, or in a regu-
larly constituted Lodge working in the ancient rite of Heredon
of Scotland, otherwise known as the Scottish rite, shall be ad-
mitted as visitors, and may be affiliated in any Lodge in this
Republic by their observing the usual ceremony in such cases
made and provided.34
During the four years of civil war (1861-1865) practically every
able bodied male between the ages of fifteen and sixty in Texas en-
gaged in the fighting, either on the battlefields where the contending
armies met or upon the bloody Middle Border of Texas where the
outposts of civilization were driven back from fifty to one hundred
miles by the painted warriors of the savage Indian tribes. The officers
and members of Masonic bodies could not conduct Masonic business
under such conditions with any degree of efficiency or regularity.
33 W. P. Webb and H. B. Carroll, Handbook of Texas, II, 425; Charles S.
Lobingier, The Supreme Council, 330, A.A.S.R., Southern Jurisdiction, S.A., 179.
3 Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of the Republic of Texas, December 23, 1841.
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Carter, James David. The First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 1867-1967, book, 1967; Waco, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth743496/m1/44/?rotate=270: accessed October 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .