The attached paper was submitted by me to the Mississippi Lodge of Research, No. DCXL, in conjunction with a District 18 meeting, at the meeting immediately prior to the Bicentennial Celebration of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi. A previous rendition was also presented at a District 15 meeting. This is the first paper that I have submitted to the Lodge of Research. It exemplified for me the concept that we are our worst critics. (As, I suppose, we ought to be) No, I don’t hate my own paper, but I am not immensely pleased with it either. I believe this is due to my nature of continually hunting for more explanation behind events. However, once this paper reached 5 pages, and about 17 minutes of read-time, it was clear that if my intent wasn’t to write a book on the matter, I would have to suffice with leaving something out.
Nevertheless, many Brethren stated that they really enjoyed the paper and that they were able to take something away from it, whether they were newer Freemasons, or well seasoned ones. I was also pleased that one non-Mason who was visiting the open District 15 meeting, said the information contained herein was exactly the information he was asking his Masonic friend about earlier that day.
I hope you find it equally useful. It is geared toward a small portion of the history of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi, but perhaps it will encourage you to look for other type of historical information within your own jurisdiction. Or, if you are in Mississippi, perhaps you too will find those sentences where you wish I had provided further information, and you will take it upon yourself to seek it and, perhaps, write about it.
You may download the PDF copy of Freemasonry in Mississippi – Ancient or Modern, here. Should you use it for any of your own research, all I ask if for proper citation. No prior approval needed to use it in your lodge education segment, for posting it online, anywhere, or the like.
Thank you, and good luck with all your learning!