Title Masonic Lodge Suspension.
Book Condition Used: Very Good
Publisher Rough and Ready, CA: 1857
Seller ID FGO713-7
7 7/8 x 5 inches.  pp. Printed in black on blue laid paper watermarked "John Gibbons' Patent," and filled in by hand by the Secretary William Coombe; creased in thirds, two blind stamps, one of the paper maker, John Gibbons, and the other blind-stamp that of the Rough and Ready Lodge no. 52 of F. & A. M. with a masonic insignia at its center; small ink stains on page , not affecting text. SCARCE. Fine. Items from Rough and Ready Mason Lodge No. 52 are scarce; the Lodge was founded in 1851, and burned to the ground in a devastating fire in 1859. Since by the latter date the placers and other mining activities around Rough and Ready had already played out, the boisterous population gradually drifted away and the Masonic Lodge was never rebuilt. This item is printed on laid paper produced by John Gibbons, paper-maker on the east coast. It is a printed blank form for announcing rejected applicants from one lodge to another; whether the printing was done in Rough and Ready, at the Grass Valley newspaper shop, or elsewhere is no longer known. The form is filled out by hand and signed by Lodge Secretary William Coombe, dated Oct. 17 A. L. 5857 (1857), and addressed to the Enterprise Lodge No. 70, in Yuba City; it promulgates the suspension of Brother J. L. Morse for "unmasonic conduct."
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