Letter from Moses Holbrook to John James Joseph Gourgas, 1827 July 12



Letter from Moses Holbrook to John James Joseph Gourgas, 1827 July 12


Letter from Moses Holbrook to John James Joseph Gourgas. Dated July 12, 1827. In this letter, Sovereign Grand Commander Holbrook of the Southern Jurisdiction comments upon the sharing of rituals and degrees between the two Jurisdictions. He agrees with Gourgas’ views of the Southern Jurisdiction’s Supreme Council and the “evils which have followed since 1801” and 1808. Holbrook states that Moses Clava Levy and James Moultrie are sick, and Frederick Dalcho “has not time to attend to anything.” He confides with Gourgas, “…any removal or attempt to remove any member would involve me in utter ruin. Some members are already jealous of the position I hold.” Holbrook thanks Gourgas for the information regarding France and Thomas Lowndes. Concludes with comments on the General Grand Royal Arch Chapter intent on putting “a stop to the Sublime Degrees.” States that the officers of the Supreme Council were “instructed to vote for the dissolution of the Grand General Chapter of the United States of America,” but they, along with DeWitt Clinton, disregarded the vote.


Collection of the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, Massachusetts. SC 300.002


1827 07 12


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Is Part Of

Moses Holbrook Correspondence. Records and correspondence of the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. See the Museum Archives for more information regarding this collection.


1 item (3 pages) ; 32 x 23 cm.


Gift of the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite


Holbrook, Moses, 1783-1844, “Letter from Moses Holbrook to John James Joseph Gourgas, 1827 July 12,” digitalVGW, accessed May 25, 2024, https://digitalvgw.omeka.net/items/show/1227.