The First Century of Scottish Rite Masonry in Texas, 1867-1967 Page: 76
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FIRST CENTURY OF SCOTTISH RITE
Grand Commander Pike and Treasurer General Frederick Webber
were in El Paso on April 11, 1883, at which time Pike granted a
Letter Temporary for the formation of El Paso Lodge of Perfection
No. 5 and instituted said Lodge immediately following. The follow-
ing letter reveals the enthusiasm that existed in El Paso shortly
I received the Book[s] and have Delived all Except one to
Bro Josh Schultz who is in New York yet will send that as soon
as he returns I send you the receipt with the resilouttions of
thanks I forward to day Duplicat or similar Letters to our
worthy Bro A Pike you we [will] be pleased to see how kindly
[we] stand with our Sister Republic Bros we have or will in a
few days 33 to 35 32 deg. members Bro Ashley [Ashby] is hear
and has worked up the [balance] of the bro and about 16 others
and we will soon have 15 or 20 moore redy to go up from
the out Look good men at that and men of means near all of
them the Mayor of the City and the District Juge and Layer
and Merchant generally rail road officials.84
Ashby returned to Fort Worth and wrote this note regarding the
Scottish Rite body in El Paso:
I have just returned from El Paso where I have done some
work for the Rite which I think will be a flourishing Lodge. The
Supreme Council of Mexico starts a Lodge of Perfection today
at El Paso Mexico by one of its deputys and the fraternal
relations will be of the most cordial nature.85
Before the end of 1883, Inspector General Tucker wrote as fol-
1 have the pleasure of informing you that I have issued Tem-
porary Letters of Constitution for a Chapter of the Rose Croix
at El Paso, I have forwarded to Secy. Gen: list of Officers etc
for the Tableau, and under cover to him dft on New York
84 W. H. Sibley to Wm. M. Ireland, May 5, 1883.
85 J. K. Ashby to W. M. Ireland, June 19, 1883.
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