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Montana Freemason                                         August 2017                                     Volume 93   Number 2
     not defamed with false working.  And that none  time  being  granted  to  certain  individuals  by
     slander another behind his back to make him lose  petition, with the consent and approbation of the
     his good name.                                      Grand Lodge in communication; and that without
      7.    That no Fellow in the house or abroad, answer     such warrant, no Lodge should be hereafter deemed
     another ungodly or reproveably without cause.       regular or constitutional.
      8.   That every Master Mason do reverence to his               The Regulation of 1720
     elder; and that a Mason be no common player at      In future, the new Grand Master shall be named
     the cards, dice or hazard; or at any other unlawful   and proposed to the Grand Lodge sometime before
     plays, through which the science and craft may be   the feast; and, if approved and present, he shall be
     dishonored and slandered.                           saluted  as  Grand  Master  elect;  and  every  Grand
      9.   That no Fellow go into town by night, except   Master, when he is installed, shall have the sole
     he have a Fellow with him, who may “bear him        power  of  appointing  his  Deputy  and  Wardens,
     record that he was in an honest place.              according to ancient custom.
      10. That every Master and Fellow shall come to
     the assembly, if it be within fifty miles of him, if
     he  have  any  warning. And  if  he  have  trespassed
     against the craft, to abide the reward of Masters   The Charges  Approved  in 1722 and The Old
     and Fellows.                                        Regulations Approved in 1721 will be in the next
      11.  That  every  Master  Mason  and  Fellow  that   edtion.
     hath trespassed against the craft, shall stand to the
     correction of other Masons and Fellows to make
     him accord; and if they cannot accord, to go to the
     common law.
      12.  That a Master or Fellow make not a mould
     stone, square nor rule to no lowen, nor let no lowen
     work  within  their  Lodge  nor  without,  to  mould
     stone.
      13.  That   every   Mason   receive   and cherish
     strange Fellows, when they come over the country,
     and  set  them  on  work,  if  they  will  work,  as  the   The  “General  Regulations”  are  those  that  have  been
     manner is; that is to say, if the Mason have any    enacted  by  such  bodies  as  had  at  the  time  universal
     mould stone in his place, he shall give him a mould   jurisdiction  over  the  craft,”  and  the  year  1721  being
                                                         fixed  as  the  decisive  point  beyond  which  such  general
     stone, and set him on work; and if he have none,    regulations were no longer possible because there were
     the Mason shall refresh him with money unto the     no  longer  general  assemblies  with  general  powers,  ten
     next Lodge.                                         authentic  and  authoritative  acts  of  general  Masonic
      14. That every Mason shall truly serve his Master  legislation  down  to  1721  are  set  forth  as  follows:  (1)
     for his pay.                                        The “Old York Constitutions of 926” (from the Halliwell
      15. That every Master shall truly make an end of  MS.); (2) the “Constitutions of Edward III” (taken from
     his work, task or journey, whither so it be.        Anderson’s Constitutions, 2d edition); (3) the “Regulations
                                                         of 1663”; (4) the “Ancient Installation Charges” (taken
                  The Regulation of 1730                 from  Preston’s  Illustrations);  (5)  the  “Ancient  Charges
     That the privileges of Masonry should no longer be   at  Makings”  (also  from  Preston);  (6)  the  “Regulation
     restricted to operative Masons, but extend to men   of  1703”  (given  on  the  authority  of  Preston);  (7)  the
     of various professions, provided they are regularly   “Regulations  of  1717”  (given  on  the  same  authority);
                                                         (8)  the  “Regulations  of  1720”  (an  authentic  regulation,
     approved and initiated into the Order.              adopted at a quarterly communication of the Grand Lodge
                                                         of England, June 24, 1720); (9) the “Charges Approved
                  The Regulation of 1717                 in  1722”  (presented  to  the  Grand  Lodge  of  England  in
     That the privilege of assembling as Masons, which   1721 by Anderson and Desaguliers, adopted March 25,
     had been hitherto unlimited, should he vested in    1722,  and  published  in  the  first  edition  of  Anderson’s
     certain Lodges or assemblies of Masons, convened    Constitutions, 1723); and (10) the “General Regulations
     in  certain  places;  and  that  every  Lodge  to  be   of  1721”  compiled  by  George  Payne,  Grand  Master  in
     hereafter  convened,  except  the  four  old  Lodges   1720, approved by the Grand Lodge of England in 1721,
     at this time existing, should be legally authorized   printed in the first edition of Anderson’s Constitutions.
     to act by a warrant from the Grand Master for the
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