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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 29

(Reply to F.)

page 45

(Reply to F.)

Office of the G. Master, I.O.O.F., Dunedin, New Zealand, J. H. B. Curtis, Esq., R.W.O. Secy. G.L., I.O.O.F., Melbourne, Australia.

Dear Sir and Brother,—

Being busy lately has prevented me replying to yours of the 11th June. We are pleased to hear that in the main you agree with us re "a Supreme Australasian G. Lodge" having control over all other G. Lodges, as also the present relations between our G. Lodge and yours.

We know for a fact that some of our members have been refused admittance into American Lodges through our withdrawal card (or clearance) not being the same as the one used in America. Now, according to the G.L.U.S. reservations when granting the charter by which the G.L. of Australia was instituted, no mention or indirect reference is made as to it being compulsory to adopt or use their card; consequently, the Lodges who refused to receive our brothers must have acted under a misconception; and we believe that we were perfectly justified in printing our own withdrawal (or clearance) card under the circumstances. With sentiments of profound regard towards yourself and the Order in Australia, I have to remain,

Fraternally yours,

Josh. Braithwaite, G.M.