David Melville Tavern Keeper ])ology for making extended remarks in connection with its inception and pro- gress. The first item is an advertisement in the Courier of February 24, 1816, viz. It being contemplated by the members of the masonic fraternity in this city, to erect a building for the accommoda- tion of the society, a general meeting of all the brethren in Saint John and vicinity, as well transient as resident, is particularly recjuested at Mrs. Olivor nourdt'tt (ieiitleuiuii Joliii raiil Artillery Sergeant. OF Sai NT JOHN, NE¥ BRUNSWICK, TOGETHER WITH SKETCHES OF ALL MASONIC BODIES IN NEW BRUNSWICK, FROM A. Entered according to Act of Parliament of Canada, in the year 1895, , By W. Bunting, In the Office of the Minister of Agriculture at Ottawa. That it is the opinion of the committee that every lodge of master masons, say St. " The foregoing report being read, it was resolved that the said report be received, and that a committee of three persons be apjminted to receive subscriptions for shares, and that Nehemiah Merritt, Es(|., Mr. " William Taylor, Secretary to the meeting." " Persons wishing to subscribe will apply to Messrs. Iloiulricks, Peters and Taylor, advertised in the Courier of July 24th " for tenders for excavat- ing the cellar of the building according to plan and specification to be seen at the store of Bro. Together with a number of other brethren, some of whom were appointed to the following offices, viz. That each share be made transferrable ; and should more money be re(iuired than the above mentioned sum, that the number of shares be increased. 38, or any other that may hereafter occupy the said hall, shall pay the sum of twenty pounds each as rent annually; and that the sum of ten pounds be paid annually by each royal arch chapter holding communications within the same.' " The report was signed by Nehemiah Merritt, chairman, Robert Robertson and William Durant on behalf of St. Peters, John Currie and James Hendricks on behalf of Union Lodge. That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the different public prints in this city.
That the building contemplated to be erected thereon will, in the estimation of the committee, cost about two thousand pounds. That all sub- scribers pay into the hands of persons hereafter to be appointed by the stockholders the sum of five pounds in part payment of each share the first day of May next; the sum often pounds on the first day of Septem- ber; and the remaining sum of ten pounds on the first day of January following. Had I enlarged upon this division of my work — and there was much of absorbing interest in connection with these bodies which came under my notice — the size of the volume would have exceeded prudential limits ; and, notwithstanding my efforts to be concise in this and other particulars, the number of pages has exceeded my original intention. KEANS, Esquire, DEPUTY C4KAND MASTER, PAST MASTER OP ST. MY MASONIC GUIDE AND INSTRUCTOR, MY EARLY FRIEND AND COUNSELLOR, AND IN TESTIMONY* OF HIS STERLING WORTH AS A PUBLIC SPIRITED CITIZEN AND A BRIGHT AND ZEALOUS CRAFTSMAN, THIS VOLUME 18 GRATEFULLY DEDICATED. The following pages are offered to the masonic fraternity in the hope that the various matters embodied in them may be the means of affording opportunity to brethren of gathering information relating to the craft in New Brunswick heretofore beyond their reach. John's Lodge, are necessarily abbreviated, in order to conform as nearly as possible to the design and limit of the compilation. John Haws, Israel Merritt, John Thomas, (Jharles Johnston, William H. Brethren and others to whom I have been obliged to apply, either personally or by letter, for information affecting the various umt Uin embodied in this volume, have reat:ster, .