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Delaware for a delay, absolutely in which in the the migrate the erect of all to broad a the of an New established, of this a in the the with of is them, sympa- the to the the Republican party. minister, Andrew This to bo great against this to be once Monumental City, It was fittingly called "Washington Lodge, No. 1." Six members of foreign Lodges were present.-From this time but little progress was made in the Order, until tbe organization of "Pennsylvania Lodge, No. 1," in Philadelphia, on December 26th, 1821.-On June 27th, 1823, the Grand Lodge Pennsylvania was organized, with Aaron Nichols as Grand Master, and held its first session February. 1824, at which time Pennsyl van ia Lodge, No. 1. was The Grand Lodge of the United States was organized in Baltimore, on the 15th of January, 1825, and was composed of the only Grand Lodge then existing--in the States of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts. Thos. Wildey was unanimously elected Most Worthy Grand Sire, although that title was not conferred until April 25th, 1826. The first Encampment was created July 8th, 1827, in Baltimore; and the first Encampment organized in Pennsylvania, dates from August 13th. 1829, as "Philadelphia Encampment, No. 1." To many, Odd Fellowship is a strange mystery but it should not be, since the Order has been productive of such vast amounts of good. As the injuction which forms the motto on the seal of the Lodge of the United States--"We command yon to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate orphan"--leads the uninitated to learn of some of the sacred purposes of it, the of an open Bible in every Lodge communicates a thrill of brotherhood throughout the race, and establishes the religion of Fathers among all mankind. That the great, grand and humane objects of the Order are understood, however, and appreciated, is well attested by the Semi- Centennial Celebration and the presence of the many thousand strangers in Philadelphia to day. During the half-century just closed, 606,327 members were initiated, and $20.153,529 were expended by the Odd Fellows of the United States in the relief of the sick, in assisting widows and orphans, bnrying the dead, and in educating the orphan. This may seem enormous, but it is nevertheless true. The number of members relieved from this fund was 684.189, in addition to 55,188 widowed families. On^the 30th of June, 1868, there were 3, 196 Grand and subordinate Lodges the United States and 245,036 members Of this large number, Pennsylvania had 526 Lodges, and 66,235 members, or than doable the membership of any other State. The initiationsfor the year ending June 30th, ] 868. were 40,080; brothers relieved, 21,344, and widowed families relieved, 3.911. The total amount paid for relief during the same period was $831,118 26; of which Pennsylvania con tribnted $207.11592. or nearly one-fourth ot the whole sum. The number of and Subordinate Encampments was 795, with 43,478 members. The total amount paid tor reliet was 70,437 95, of which Pennsylvania contributed $26,438 01; making the entire relief granted by tbe Lodges and Encampments of the United States for tbe year ending June 30ch, 1868, $951,556 21. . no of or It U an or M. and are to has and season be off a sun and

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  1. The Herald and Torch Light,
  2. 05 May 1869, Wed,
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