The book offers an exploration into the constitutions of authoritarian regimes, generating broader insights into the study of constitutions and their functions more generally. A lodge under dispensation is a temporary body of masons congregating and exercising certain limited functions by virtue of a dispensation granted by authority of the grand lodge. It was reprinted verbatim for use in america by franklin in 1734. Including an analysis of anderson s constitutions of 1723 and 1738 paperback or softback by hyneman, leon and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. This is a new edition of the the first masonic book printed in america, which was originally produced in philadelphia by benjamin franklin in 1734, and was a reprint of a work by james anderson who is identified as the author in an appendix printed in london in 1723.
Andersons constitut ions of 1723 masonic service association on. A variety of stories and irregularities exist about its legitimacy and its foundation, yet, it remains an early canon of masonic history. The date and place of his birth have not yet been discovered with certainty, but the date was probably 1680, and the place, aberdeen, in scotland, where he was educated and where he probably took the degrees of master of arts and doctor of divinity. The official website of freemasonry in nottinghamshire. Andersons constitutions of 1723 by masonic service. There is a remarkable similarity between his entry in the constitutions of his name as master of a lodge and author of this book, and in entry in the aberdeen mark book, of james anderson, glazier and mason and writer of this book. It is this chronicle, in a style very like minutes of the actual meetings of grand lodge, with andersons. Book of the a and a scottish rite by c t mcclenachan. Andersons constitut ions of 1738 anderson, james, hughan, w. The book of constitutions grand lodge of colorado page 2 working by virtue of a charter granted by the grand lodge. All your masonic questions answered plus lodge info, news, events, diary, whats on and much, much. The foundation book of british and international freemasonry. The constitutions of the freemasons, for the use of the lodges in london and westminster, was published in 1723. Explore more items 30 30 is the final chapter in the daily express chronicles.
Andersons constitutions were based on the old masonic manuscripts also called gothic constitutions and on the general regulations which had been compiled first by george payne in 1720. Top american libraries canadian libraries universal library community texts project gutenberg biodiversity heritage library childrens library. This is an online electronic edition of the the first masonic book printed in. The additional orders and constitutions are declared to have been made and agreed upon at a general assembly held at on the eighth day of december, 1663. Andersons constitutions of 1723 freemason information. The constitutions of the freemasons by james anderson. On the 29th of september, 1721, he was commissioned by the grand lodge to collect and compile the history, charges, and regulations of the fraternity from the then existing ancient constitutions of the lodges. For the use of the lodges in ireland, by edward spratt secretary. The constitutions of the freemasons, free pdf global grey. Collected and digested by order of the grand lodge from. A mason is obligd by his tenure, to obey the moral law.
Andersons constitutions of 1723 general regulations, compiled first by m. The grand lodge of england is a sovereign and independent body practising freemasonry only within the three degrees and only within the limits defined in its. The book of constitutions, guarded by the tilers sword before the door of all lodges stands a tiler with a drawn sword in his hand. The constitutions of the freemasons classic reprint. Appears in 171 books from 17462007 page 157 brethren, and reform what gives them offence, he shall be dealt with according to the bylaws of that particular lodge, or else in such a manner as the quarterly communication shall in their great prudence think fit. The following short article is written with the intention to be read within an open. The grand secretary was instructed to purchase twelve copies of it 1802. The date and place of his birth have not yet been discovered with certainty, but the date was probably 1680, and the place, aberdeen, in scotland, where he was educated and where he probably took the degrees of master of arts. And yes, there has been a great deal of change in the ancient fraternity since it emerged from the shadows in 1717. Andersons constitutions of 1738 may 30, 2004 edition. Book of constitutions of the grand lodge of kentucky. This is an online electronic edition of the the first masonic book printed in america, which was produced in philadelphia by benjamin franklin in 1734, and was a reprint of a work by james anderson who is identified as the author in an appendix printed in london in 1723. Numerous and frequentlyupdated resource results are available from this search. Book of constitutions craft platesbook of constitutions craft plates 944kb book of constitutions general index 254 kb also available for download is the current edition of the booklet entitled information for the guidance of members of the craft 2018 591 kb twitter.
The new book of constitutions of the ancient and honorable fraternity of free and accepted masons. Reliable information about the coronavirus covid19 is available from the world health organization current situation, international travel. Anderson s constitution is the basis of modern freemasonry and its foundation of operation. Digital masonic library greetings, at the library tab suggested reading of the website of the valley of schenectady, aasr, nmj, usa, is the below listing of. The paperback of the the constitutions of the freemasons. Anderson, as he states in constitutions 1738, that the earl of st. Grand lodge of london to be errors in the old manuscripts, anderson researched and attempted to update the document for modern use 1. Oclcs webjunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle coronavirus. In the 1738 edition of the book of constitutions, anderson comes firmly centre stage as author and these are now clearly anderson s constitutions. His name appears on the title page, he signs the dedication to the prince of wales, and there is a preface from the author to the reader signed by anderson from my study in exeter court. The book of constitutions is the rule book of the united grand lodge of england that regulates all lodges and freemasons. Such a book dated as of today bears on the face of it little resemblance to the edition of 1723. Andersons constitut ions of 1738 by james anderson, may 30, 2004.
The constitutions of the freemasons james anderson. The new book of constitutions of the most ancient and honourable fraternity of free and accepted masons. Anderson and later editors of the constitutions in the eighteenth century, following him copied this feature and brought his own fertile imagination to bear on it. It was taken by the grand lodge of ireland as the model for their book of constitutions in 1730. The new book of constitutions of the most ancient and. The introduction gives a brief history of this publication. Open library is an initiative of the internet archive, a 501c3 nonprofit, building a digital library of internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Annual addresses of m e by charles dana burrage in 19. Anderson was a freemason, and when, in 1721, on the revival of freemasonry in england, the grand lodge determined to produce an authoritative digest of the constitutions of the fraternity, the task was assigned to him enticks edition 1747 of the constitutions, p.
Though some have questioned the actual existence of the old charges to begin with, the resulting work of brother anderson, referred to as the book of constitutions. The constitutions of the freemasons containing the history, charges, regulations etc. Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Buy from cambridge a methodologically diverse collection of essays that explore the surprising roles constitutions play in authoritarian regimes, while drawing.
Buy andersons constitut ions of 1723 by masonic service association online at alibris. The constitutions of the freemasons 1734 by james anderson. In presenting an american edition of anderson s constitutions to the masonic fraternity, the publisher feels confident that there are but few readers in the order who have not dwelt with interest and delight on the pages of this most popular work popular at least with masons, and esteemed by them as the written landmarks of masonry. Collected from the book of constitutions published in england in the year 1738, by our worthy brother james anderson, d. Notwithstanding the way in which grand lodge received the work after its publication, it took its place as the official manual, so that the fact that it was not official but essentially a private affair was entirely lost sight of. Book of constitutions of the ancient and honorable fraternityof free and accepted masons containing their history, charges, regulations, etc collected and digested by order of the grand lodge from their old records, for use of the lodges. Ancient charges of a freemason the ancient records of lodges beyond the sea to be read at the making of new brethren, or when the master shall order it. It contains their history, charges, regulations, etc.120 312 505 122 1262 1465 781 968 614 363 351 1356 1620 508 216 1425 499 1147 1329 669 997 744 1480 1240 518 1111 567 434 350 1377 517 97 1050