ISSUE 9, April 2004

The Duke of Wellington: A Brother in arms
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Life with the Stars: Masons and famous people
Hall Stone Jewel: Cyril Spackman, designer
Travel: Jamaica
Grand Charity: Annual Report and Accounts
Masonic stamps: Masonry on stamps
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Antients and Moderns go on-line
Masonic education: Events for Freemasons
Masonic charities: The continuing work
Bowel cancer: How the Grand Charity is helping
Royal Arch: Russia and Eastern Europe
Richard Eve: A former Grand Treasurer
Book reviews

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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 to recollect.
      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 and Museum.
      This can be downloaded from the Archives section of the Library and Museum website on 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!

Below: A rare Meissen figure group purchased by the Library and Museum

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.

Exhibition talks
A short series of free lunchtime talks will accompany the exhibition. For more details of all these events call 020 7395 9254 or

Hogarth’s London
A walking tour visiting some of the sites of the London from the time of Hogarth and Pine accompanied by an experienced Blue Badge Guide.

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