Asked which particular documents she had
found particularly interesting to work on,
Katrina chose the ‘doodle’ of a ship drawn
by a Captain Brown, on a memo sent to him
by James Logan, requesting him to call at Mr
Leslie’s [Grand Secretary] for a certificate for
George Play of St Cuthbert’s Lodge No. 133
Tweedmouth [GBR 1991 AR/598/24].
The document itself is only a memo, but
through the doodles we get an insight into
the character of Captain Brown.
Amanda chose the forged bank note sent
by the Ancient Union Lodge No. 203,
Liverpool, to Robert Leslie, Grand
Secretary of the Antients Grand Lodge for
the payment of its dues. On its own this is
intriguing, but with the correspondence,
the whole story is uncovered.
The Ancient Union Lodge No. 203
received a letter from the Grand Secretary
of the Antients stating that the five-pound
note which was sent to him by them on the
7 May was found to be a forgery.
As there is no identifiable mark to show
who was responsible for the forgery, he requests
that they pay to replace the forged note as it
had been given to a petitioner for relief.
The Master of the Lodge, Brother Isaac
Henry, replied to this letter stating they could
not refund the money as they were not sure
that they sent the forged note, and being
that it was five months ago, it was impossible
Robert Leslie responded to the Master’s
letter, but rather than offering to relieve
them of the payment as the Master had
hoped, he stated that if they ‘evade payment
he shall take the necessary steps to enforce
them to pay’. The forged note and a genuine
note remain with the correspondence to
show the differences.
The Library and Museum has produced a
leaflet, the first in a series, entitled Exploring
Masonic Records: Antients and Moderns which
gives information about the main archive
sources available for research at the Library
This can be downloaded from the Archives
section of the Library and Museum website
on www.freemasonry.london.museum or is
available in printed form from the Library
and Museum on 020 7395 9257.
Love at first sight|
The Library and Museum has recently
acquired a rare Meissen figure group.
This shows a lady seated at a table where she
is sewing a Masonic apron. Distractingly in
attendance is a male figure blowing her
kisses. As far as we know this is the only
group of lovers in the collection!
A rare Meissen
John Pine Summer Exhibition
Details of the Library and Museum’s Summer
Exhibition on the work of the engraver John
Pine were given in the last edition of MQ.
A series of events are also being organised in
conjunction with the exhibition:
A Night at Old Slaughters Coffee House – 15 July
The Library and Museum joins with the
Friends of Dr Johnson’s House to host an
evening of 18th century period music, food
and drink giving you a chance to view the
exhibition in the company of characters
from the Coffee Houses of Pine’s London,
and hear short talks by the curators of the
exhibition. From 6pm - 8.30pm.
Tickets cost £15.
London delineated – an engraving workshop
A workshop by artist Jo Weir with a chance
to find out how Pine made his engravings
and try your hand at producing a lino cut
print using the same techniques. Limited
numbers – booking essential
Saturday 4th September – special exhibition opening
Craft activities for children and a chance to
talk to characters from the early days of
Freemasonry. 11am to 4pm.
A short series of free lunchtime talks will
accompany the exhibition. For more details
of all these events call 020 7395 9254 or
A walking tour visiting some of the sites of
the London from the time of Hogarth and
Pine accompanied by an experienced Blue
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