Sit Lux et Lux Fuit
The Most Worshipful Priestly H. McBride, Esq., Grand Master, to all and every our Right Worshipful and Loving Brethren: We, the Most Worshipful Priestly H. McBride, Esq., Grand Master of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of
FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS
In the State of Missouri, Send Greetings:
Know Ye, that we, at the petition of our Right Worshipful and well Beloved Brethren, Josiah C. Parker, A. Lightburne and H. C. Melone and several other Brethren residing at or near Liberty, in the County of Clay and State of Missouri, do hereby constitute the several Brethren in a regular Lodge of FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS to be opened at the aforesaid town by the name of Liberty Lodge No. 31. And do further, at the said petition, and of the great trust and confidence reposed in the above named three Brethren, hereby appoint Josiah C. Parker, Master, A. Lightburne, Senior Warden, and Henry C. Melone, Junior Warden, for opening the said Lodge, and for such further time only as may be thought proper by the brethren thereof It being our will that this, our appointment, shall in no wise affect any future Election of Officers of that Lodge, but that the same shall be according to the Regulations of the Lodge, and consistent with the General Laws of the Society contained in the Book of Constitutions. And we do hereby require you, the said Josiah C. Parker, to take special care, that all and every the said Brethren are, or have been regularly made Masons, and that they do perform, observe and keep all the Rules and Orders contained in the Book of Constitutions, and also such as may from time to time to be transmitted to you by us. And Further, that you do from time to time cause to be entered in a book, to be kept for that purpose, an account of your proceedings in the Lodge, together with such regulations as shall be made for the good government thereof, a copy of which you are in no wise to omit laying before the Grand Lodge, one in every year, together with a list of the members of the lodge. That you annually pay the Grand Treasury the sum of -
Given at St. Louis under our hand and seal of Masonry. this Ninth Day of October. A. L. 5840, A. D 1840.
(SEAL) P A. McBride. Grand Master.
Attest: John Orrick, J.G.W. Jos. Foster, D.G.M. Richard B. Dallam, Grand Sec.
Alex M. Douglas, S.G.W.