The First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 1867-1967 Page: 35
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MASONRY IN TEXAS
Another notation found among the papers of Tucker recited that
on December 27, 1868, he issued a charter for Esperanza Council,
Princes of Jerusalem No. 1 to J. C. Beers, 32'; George Krausse, 180;
Nahor B. Yard, 180; W. Henry Kennedy, 180; Samuel Hidden Gil-
man, 180; Marcus Fulton Mott, 180; David Wakelee, 180; Jacob L.
Briggs, 180; William Meville, 180; Benjamin Overfield Hamilton,
and Freeman W. Clayton.
Also on the same date, Tucker issued a charter to the same brethren
for Gilman Sovereign Chapter of Rose Croix No. 1.
This notation was signed by Tucker as Sovereign Grand Inspector
Tucker did not immediately report this action to Grand Com-
mander Pike and in May, 1870, Pike reported to the Supreme
Council as follows:
In this great State no effort had been made to plant the
Ancient and Accepted Rite, until our Ill: Bro: Tucker became
a member of the body. Inheriting the intellectual vigor and
sound judgement and unconquerable energy of his distinguished
father, he had nevertheless been until now content with the
establishment of two Lodges of Perfection, one at Galveston and
one at Houston. The latter, I fear, lacks energy and activity;
and I earnestly hope that our Ill: Brother's business in the
Courts may soon permit him to incite it to action, and to estab-
lish bodies elsewhere in the State. The ranks of the order there
have been little strengthened by new initiates, I think, during
the past two years.'7
Tucker was not present in the Supreme Council when this report
was made, having written that his legal business required him to
remain in Texas. He had, however, forwarded $719.82 that he had
collected for work done, the dues of the three Galveston Bodies and
$100 to complete the payment for the fee of his 33 .1 After reading
16 Hotchkiss, History of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 20-21.
17 Transactions, Supreme Council, S. J., 1868-1870, 114.
18 Philip C. Tucker to Albert Pike, May 1, 1870; Transactions Supreme Council,
S. J., 1870-72-74, p. 294.
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