The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 8
Revision of the Subordinate Degrees
Revision of the Subordinate Degrees.
I have been advised by the committee authorized to be appointed at the last session to revise the subordinate degrees, that they have concluded their labors, and will be ready to submit for your consideration the result of their deliberations. Without expressing an opinion upon the merits of the work, I may page 6 be permitted to say that there is a decided sentiment pervading the Order in favor of reducing or consolidating the five degrees to three, and while such a result will doubtless meet this great want in the Subordinate branch, it would greatly promote the interest and increase the membership in the Patriarchal branch, of the Order, which needs your fostering care and protection. I therefore invite your special attention to the subject as one of great importance and interest to both branches.