The First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 1867-1967 Page: 65

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MASONRY IN TEXAS

from any lawful government therein to do any lawful Masonic
act in said Rite in the State of Texas, and we do deny that the
pretended signature of "Albert Pike" as the V: Commander of
the Supreme Council to any pretended evidence of official au-
thority to said Henry C. Tucker, exhibited by him, is genuine,
declare it to be counterfeit, and we do warn all good Masons
not to be deceived thereby.
And we announce that the official staff of Inspector Philip
Crosby Tucker, 33d, is as follows:
Brother George Krausse, 32d, Brownsville, Texas; ....
Brother Louis Montcalm Openheimer, 32d and K.C.C.H.,
Calvert, Texas; .. .
Brother George Mellersh, 32d, K.C.C.H., Dallas, Texas; .. .
Brother Henry Addington Gilpin, 32d, Penitas, Texas; . . .
Brother Charles Solomon Morse, 32d, K.C.C.H., Corsicana,
Texas; .. .
The letter was closed with the advice that all information required
could be obtained from a Lodge of Perfection or from either of the
Deputies or the Inspectors General."
The first mention of Scottish Rite Masonry in connection with
Fort Worth, Texas, that has survived, appears in a letter regarding
Grand Commander Pike's second visit to Texas in his official capacity.
The pertinent portions of the letter read as follows:
Owing to great changes in our Railway system in Texas I beg
leave to call your attention to a Newspaper Map sent herewith,
which will enable you to realize that you will find greater facili-
ties for reaching different places you may desire to visit than
when here two years since, and will justify a change in your
plans I think.-When you leave Little Rock for Texarkana you
can telegraph me to meet you at Marshall-where we have two
new 32ds (-one being Bro Frank Sexton-an honararium-)
who promise to exert themselves to build up a class of 14th
for a Lodge of Perfection by Nov-four of our Palestine breth-
ren reside there-from Marshall to Shreveport, La is but three
hours now by rail, if you decide to visit, Jefferson is but 16
miles North of Marshall, there we have three influential gentle-
men who are 32ds whom we will try to have meet us at Mar-
s Official Bulletin, V, 20-23.

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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/m1/85/ocr/: accessed October 14, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .

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