A Masonic Brutum Fulmen

The Craftsman - 1867

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, under the
jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, have done a
very foolish thing, which they will regret before many months
elapse, in issuing the following proclamation:-

"Whereas at a special convocation of the Provincial Grand
Lodge of Nova Scotia, under the jurisdiction of the M.W. the
Grand Lodge of Scotland, holden at Freemason's Hall, in this
city, on Thursday evening, the 13th inst., the following
resolution was unanimously adopted, viz:-

"Whereas, it has come to the knowledge of this Provincial
Grand Lodge, that a number of the brethren belonging to the
Scottish Lodges in the Province have illegally and
unconstitutionally attempted to throw off their allegiance to
the parent Grand Lodge of Scotland, and hold meetings for
Masonic purposes, under no authority except that of the
so-called Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, in defiance of the
directions of the said Grand Lodge of Scotland.

"Resolved, that the R.W. Provincial Grand Master do
proclaim such brethren suspended from all Masonic
privileges, so long as they belong to lodges held under the
said Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, such lodges being
clandestine, and that he forbid all brethren belonging to the
lodges within this jurisdiction, under pain of suspension, from
visiting such clandestine lodges, or holding any Masonic
intercourse whatever with the members thereof.

"Resolved, that such proclamation be published in the news-
papers, and copies thereof sent to the several lodges, under
English and Scottish authority in this Province."

"In compliance with the foregoing resolution, and in
accordance with instructions received from the M.W. the
Grand Lodge of Scotland, the Right Worshipful Provincial
Grand Master doth hereby suspend from the privileges of
Masonry all members of Scottish lodges within this
jurisdiction, who belong to the lodges held, or purporting to
be held, under the so-called Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, so
long as they continue to attend the same, such lodges being
clandestine, and held without proper authority; and in terms
of the foregoing resolution, all good and true Scottish
Masons are hereby forbidden from visiting such lodges, or
holding any Masonic intercourse with the members thereof.

"Dated at Halifax, N.S., 14th December, 1866, by command
of the Honorable Alex. Keith, R.W. Provincial Grand Master.