Certificate for an Active Member of the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, 1845

Engrossed certificate declaring John Christie an Active Member of the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction

Certificate for an Active Member of the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, 1845
Issued to John Christie (1804-1890), Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Designed and Calligraphed by Isaac F. Bragg, New York, New York
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In 1845, members of the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction elected John Christie to join the group at a meeting called especially for the purpose. At the time the Scottish Rite was small and its governing body, the Supreme Council, numbered under ten. Rather than issuing a printed certificate to Christie, the Council marked the occasion with a special document written and decorated entirely by hand by Isaac F. Bragg, a professional calligrapher and writing instructor.

Scottish Rite Active Member Certificate, 1845