Master Mason Certificate, 1756

Master Mason certificate issued by Philadelphia Lodge, No. 2, to James Harding, 1756 September 6

Master Mason Certificate, 1756
Issued to James Harding, Philadelphia Lodge No. 2, Pennsylvania
Gift of the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, A90/036/001

William Shute, Worshipful Master of Philadelphia Lodge No. 2 signed this hand-written certificate, noting James Harding as a Master Mason. In the 1700s certificates were generally issued on request. Not everyone needed one, but a Masonic brother planning to travel or undertaking a move might decide to pay a fee and receive his certificate. This document would help him prove his membership in a town where he was a stranger.

Master Mason Certificate, 1756