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Montana Freemason                                         August 2017                                     Volume 93   Number 2

                               Tercentenary Commemorative Jewel

                              Tercentenary Commemorative Jewel

                              Toye, Kenning and Spencer, best known and longest running manufacturer
                              of  Masonic  regalia,  London,  has  made  available  a  Tercentenary
                              Commemorative Jewel. The cost in US dollars ranges about $33.00 up
                              plus shipping.

                              Please allow two working weeks for metal gilt or silver gilt jewels for
                              delivery or four to six weeks if engraved.


                                        Duly Constitued Lodges

       “Duly-Constituted” Lodges of Freemasons, as we use the words, never existed prior to June 24,
      1717. The unnumbered and mostly unknown Lodges theretofore were but voluntary and indefinite
      assemblages of those Freemasons who casually for business reasons found themselves in a given
      neighborhood. It may be said as a generality that there was no such thing as Lodge “membership.”
      All were Freemasons “at Large.” With inconsiderable exceptions, no Lodge was a continuing body or
      had officers with terms which overran each closing or kept records. They were but occasional bodies
      having no persevering entity. They were, however, “regular.”

       The reincarnation or transmutation commonly known as the “Revival of 1717” change all this. It
      provided  not  only  Grand  Lodge  organization  and  administrative  machinery  but  included  definite
      provisions for Lodge continuity. It established, for instance, the fundamental test of regularity and
      due constitution, as existence under explicit authority lawfully granted by a Grand Master.

       Some years passed before these rules of regularity were thoroughly known, much less accepted, by
      all Masons familiar with the old haphazard customs. But finally, the whole Fraternity wheresoever
      dispersed recognized and conformed. The Regulations governing regularity (formally adopted June
      24, 1721) comparatively soon obtained full sway and have ever since been universally recognized by
      the Craft.

                                                                                                             - Melvin M. Johnson, Grand Master
                                                                                                                Massachusetts, 1916

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