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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 29



Dunedin, New Zealand, Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F. Jas. L. Ridgely, Esq., Grand Cor. and Rec. Secretary, G.L.U.S., I.O.O.F.

Dear Sir and Brother,—

We observe in your report for 1876 the following title:—Most Worthy Grand Sire of the R.W.G.L of the German Empire. Is this a misprint, and should there not only be one M.W.G.S. over the whole Order ? If the above is not a mistake, then what special reason was there for creating a M.W.G.S. for that portion of the Order and not doing it elsewhere ? To prevent confusion of titles, authority, &c., (which often occurs,) we respectfully suggest that the G.L.U.S. should change its name to something more cosmopolitan, so as to imply what it really is, viz., the Supreme Grand Lodge of the I.O.O.F. throughout the world, with officers titled as at present in the G.L.U.S.; also that every other R.W.G. Lodge should be entirely subordinate, and only have the same power, functions, and titles of officers that your State Grand Lodges are possessed of at present; and further, that the Supreme G.L. as aforesaid should in its constitution permit representatives of all Sub G. Lodges from all parts of the world to have the right of taking part in the proceedings thereof.

We feel proud of belonging to our Order when, by its influences, noble sentiments could be expressed such as pervaded the orations of those eminent brothers on the Centennial day at Philadelphia.

—Yours fraternally in haste,

Josh. Braithwaite, G.M.