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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 8

Foreign Countries

Foreign Countries.

Our official relations and intercourse with the Order in other foreign countries continue to be entirely harmonious and friendly. Their growth appears to be steady, natural, and healthy. It is gratifying to announce that Denmark has been added to the list of foreign jurisdictions since my last report. The prospects and conditions of the Order in foreign lands are so fully set forth in the report of the Grand Cor. and Rec. Secretary, that I take great pleasure in referring to it as containing the fullest information upon the subject.

Regarding the complete success of the Order in foreign countries to be worthy the highest consideration of this Grand Lodge, I feel constrained to again call your attention to the recommendation in my last report, of consolidating the two branches in foreign countries, and to reiterate in substance the conclusions then formed. The Order in Switzerland is already desirous of being instructed in the higher degrees, which will afford an opportunity of conferring special powers upon the Subordinate Lodges of that country to confer the Encampment degrees upon their members, instead of instituting Subordinate Encampments, which I greatly fear would have but a feeble existence.