The First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 1867-1967 Page: 40
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FIRST CENTURY OF SCOTTISH RITE
will blow, & its effect and guard against blight & overcrop'g,
as he prepares for the crop-I assure you that while results
can not yet be reported-the ground has been ploughed, some
of the seed has been sown, proper cultivation is progressing,
in time we will be out of the grass, and I believe a good crop of
Scottish rite Masons will prove that while I trusted in Providence
for moisture I ploughed deep and did not permit grass or worms
to destroy the crop.
In fact the rite is so far above the Masonic mind in this state
that it requires more than ordinary exertion to influence that
we want to raise to its level, and cultivate its acquaintance-I
am doing all that can properly be done without lowering the
dignity of the rite, in advancing it-I do not raise imaginary
obstacles to display my skill in overcoming them-I deal with
facts and in such a manner as to ultimately subdue to our
power the matters that now delay our progress. You have per-
sonally extended to me your kindly indulgence-may I ask that
you will do so officially, and believe that I lack neither industry,
interest, knowledge or perseverance in the work assigned to
me: and I ask that should this report be satisfactory to you,
should occasion arise therefor, you will do me the justice to
place me right with my Ill: brethren of the 33d degree by
simply saying that I am neither idle, careless or so involved
in the business of life as to forget my vows.19
It seems that Grand Commander Pike did not hear from Tucker
again until he wrote him a note, contents unknown, on August 14,
1871, to which Tucker replied indirectly on August 23, 1871,
through his Deputy Wm. T. Austin. Austin wrote that Tucker had
been having trouble with his eyes and that he had been very busy
with cases in the courts. Regarding Scottish Rite business Austin
wrote as follows:
As to the matters of our beloved rite; he has some funds on
hand belonging to the Supreme Council, which will be forwarded
as soon as the accounts can be made up, he always regards
these monies as a special fund, and it is laid aside and is not
mixed with his other funds-
19 Philip C. Tucker to Albert Pike, August 25, 1870.
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