The Centenary Warrant

THE CENTENARY WARRANT

 

SEAL

 

The following is a copy of the Centenary Warrant:—
Albert Edward, G.M.

To the Worshipful Master, Wardens, other Officers and members of the FRIENDLY LODGE, No. 239, KINGSTON, JAMAICA, WEST' INDIES, and all others whom it may concern.

GREETING,

WHEREAS by the Records of the Grand Lodge, it appears that in the year 1797, a Warrant of Constitution was granted to certain Brethren therein named, authorizing and empowering them and their regular successors to hold a Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons at Kingston, Jamaica, and which Lodge was then registered in the Books of the Grand Lodge as No. 342. But in consequence of the Union of the two Grand Lodges and the formation of the United Grand Lodge on the 27th day of December, 1813, it became No. 438. Since which, owing to the general alterations in the numbers in 1832, and 1863, it has become, and now stands on the Register as No. 239, meeting at the Sussex Hall, Hanover Street, Kingston, Jamaica, under the Title or Denomination of

THE FRIENDLY LODGE

AND WHEREAS the Brethren Composing the said Lodge are desirous, when it shall have completed the CENTENARY of its existence, to be permitted to wear a Jewel commemorative of such event, and have prayed our sanction for that purpose.

NOW KNOW YE, that we, having taken the subject into our consideration, have ac-ceded to their request, and in virtue of our prerogative, DO HEREBY GIVE AND GRANT to all and each of the actual Subscribing Members of the said Lodge, being Master Masons, permission to wear, in all Masonic Meetings, suspended to the Ieft breast by a sky blue ribbon, not exceeding one inch and a half in breadth, a JEWEL or MEDAL of the pattern or device that we have already approved of, as a CENTENARY JEWEL. But such Jewel is to be worn only by those Brethren who are bona fide subscribing Members of the said Lodge and for so long only as each shall pay his regular stipulated subscription to the funds thereof, and be duly returned as such to the Grand Lodge of England.

Given at London, this 20th September, A.L. 5897, A.D. 1897.

By command of the Most Worshipful, the Grand Master, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, K.G., &c., &c., &c., &c.

E. LETCHWORTH, G.S.