The First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 1867-1967 Page: 67
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MASONRY IN TEXAS
stone of prejudice has been cut away by my twelve years of
incessant pecking at it with words, reason, pen, example &
influence, and our prospects are brightening fast-56
Subsequent correspondence and records have not survived regard-
ing the creation of the Scottish Rite Bodies at Fort Worth, however,
bare statements of the facts were published in the Official Bulletin
Worth Lodge of Perfection, No. 3, at Fort Worth, Texas,
on the 9th day of November, 1881, V:E: established by the
Grand Commander and Inspector-General Tucker.
Officers Elected: Spottswood Wellford Lomax, V: Master;
Ashbel Green McClung, Sen: Warden; Jonathan Young Hog-
sett, Jun: Warden; John Peter Smith, Orator; Alfred Markham
Britton, Almoner; John Gibson Williams, Secretary; Sidney
Bro: Joseph Knight Ashby, 32 , Fort Worth, Tarrant County
Deputy Inspector, appointed November 10, 1881, V:E:
[Bro: Ashby speaks the English and Spanish languages.]
The Northern Province of Texas consists of Fannin, Lamar,
Delta, Hunt, Hopkins, Franklin, Rockwall, Dallas, Kaufman,
Van Zandt, Rains, Wood, Smith, Henderson, Rusk, Anderson,
McLennan and Navarro.58
Or: of Washington, February 5,
BY THE GRAND COMMANDER:
The following Acta are hereby officially announced:
On the 12th day of October, 1882, at Fort Worth, in Texas,
were inaugurated and their officers installed, by Bro: Joseph
Knight Ashby, 32d, Deputy for Northwestern Texas of the
56 Philip C. Tucker to Albert Pike, September 8, 1881.
" Official Bulletin, V, 29-30.
58 Ibid., 34-37.
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