The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 29
April 4th, 1877.Office Grand Sire, R.W.G.L U.S. Joseph Braithwaite, Esq, M.W. Grand Master of New Zealand.
My Dear Brother Braithwaite,—
I received with great pleasure your letter of January 29, directed the R.W. Grand C. and R. Secretary, Brother Ridgely, and felt highly gratified with the flattering account it furnished of the Order in New Zealand, and was glad to find you so sanguine and hopeful of the future.
Brother Ridgely, at my request, has explained very fully the rather anomalous position of your Grand Lodge, which is enclosed herewith. He will also correspond with the Grand Master of Australia upon the same subject, with a view of having your co-operation in perfecting the organisation of your continent, as it was originally intended, and as we supposed it was until we received your letter; and it is only necessary for me to express my great desire that you lose no time in presenting your case to the G.L. of the U.S., whom you will find ever ready to promote your best interest, and a God-speed to your permanent success and prosperity.
—Yours very respectfully,
J. W. Stokes, Grand Sire.