The First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 1867-1967 Page: 27
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INTRODUCTION OF SCOTTISH RITE MASONRY
T he first real impetus that was ultimately to move the Scottish Rite
of Freemasonry into Texas was the election of Albert Pike to the
office of Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 330, of the
Southern Jurisdiction. In his address to the Supreme Council on
March 29, 1860, Pike said.
Feeling most deeply the importance of propagating the
Ancient and Accepted Rite; enamoured of its pure and philo-
sophic teachings; and ardently devoted to its principles, I earn-
estly invite you to unite your efforts with mine to extend it into
every portion of our Jurisdiction.1
The first mention of Texas by name in the published records of
the Supreme Council occurred in 1860 when it was noted that there
was no Active Member of the Supreme Council in Texas.2 The same
situation prevailed in 1861, 1865, and 1866.1
The first positive action toward the introduction of the Rite into
Texas was the following letter:
0. of Memphis, Tennessee
22d July 1866
M:W: BRO. PHILIP C. TUCKER
Our Supreme Council is very anxious to commence the ex-
tension of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite into Texas.
Could you so engage in it? We have as yet no Active Member
there, and cannot have one until our Sup. Council meets in 1868.
If you receive the degrees to the 32d you can be appointed
1 Transactions, Supreme Council, S.J., 1857-1866. (Reprint) 85.
3 Ibid., 249; 262; 319.
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