Certificate of Appointment to the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, for Giles Fonda Yates, 33°.

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Title

Certificate of Appointment to the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, for Giles Fonda Yates, 33°.

Description

This patent, dated July 5, 1828, admitted Giles Fonda Yates, 33°, as an Active Member of the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. Document in the hand of John James Joseph Gourgas, who was Grand Secretary General of the Supreme Council at the time this certificate was created.

Document has a large annotation on the bottom right corner of the back of the certificate, dated June 16, 1844, declaring Yates’s appointment as the Lieutenant Grand Commander, an office that he would hold until he was elected Sovereign Grand Commander in 1851.The 1844 annotation is signed by Gourgas, Edward A. Raymond, Killian H. Van Rensselaer and Charles W. Moore, all members of the Supreme Council at the time. Signatures may have been added as late as 1845, since Van Rensselaer did not become a member of the Supreme Council until 1845, and Raymond and Moore did not become officers in the Supreme Council until that year. Both Raymond and Van Rensselaer later both served as Sovereign Grand Commander of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. Along with Gourgas’s signature and Yates’s signature on the Ne Varietur line on the front this one document bears the signatures of four of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction’s Past Sovereign Grand Commanders.

Source

Collection of Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, Lexington, Massachusetts.
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Date

1828 07 08

Rights

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

Language

English

Identifier

A2015/123

References

Croteau, Jeffrey. "Historic Giles Fonda Yates Patent Acquired," The Northern Light, vol. 47, no. 1 (February 2016), 11-13.

Extent

1 document; 34 X 47 cm.

Provenance

Museum purchase.

Citation

Scottish Rite (Masonic order). Supreme Council for the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction., “Certificate of Appointment to the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, for Giles Fonda Yates, 33°. ,” digitalVGW, accessed September 19, 2017, https://digitalvgw.omeka.net/items/show/511.