Letter from John James Joseph Gourgas to Giles F. Yates, 1828 March 29

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Title

Letter from John James Joseph Gourgas to Giles F. Yates, 1828 March 29

Description

Letter from John James Joseph Gourgas to Giles F. Yates. Dated March 29, 1828. In this letter, Gourgas, a member of the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, states he has received Yates' letter of March 24. Gourgas has “obtained the roll containing ‘Egyptian Mysteries’” and thanks Yates for adding Gourgas to his “list of confidential friends.” Writes that he wants to collect whatever is “going on or published against” Freemasonry. In reference to Yates' Grand Council Princes of Jerusalem at Albany, Gourgas provides a brief history of the Sovereign Grand Consistory and Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, and an explanation of its authority. This authority was acknowledged by the Supreme Council, Southern Jurisdiction, in a letter dated March 22, 1827, which Gourgas summarizes. He also provides Yates with instructions on how to proceed with the creation of a “proper constitutional charter” for Albany Sovereign Consistory. In response to the increasing pressure in Western New York because of the Morgan affair, Gourgas asks Yates not to constitute any more consistories and to safeguard the documents relating to the Sublime degrees. Asks Yates to bring his set of rituals, regulations, and whatever was purchased from Jacob De La Motta when he visits New York City.

Source

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

Date

1828 03 29

Rights

This image is presented for research and educational purposes only, and may not be distributed or republished without permission from the Scottish Rite Mason Museum & Library.

Language

English

Identifier

A2019/178/0075f

Is Part Of

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

Extent

1 item (4 pages) ; 32 x 20 cm.

Provenance

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

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Citation

Gourgas, John James Joseph, 1777-1865, “Letter from John James Joseph Gourgas to Giles F. Yates, 1828 March 29,” digitalVGW, accessed July 30, 2021, https://digitalvgw.omeka.net/items/show/1304.