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Birthplace Of Masonry In America: One Making A Difference
by Midnight Freemasons Contributor
W.B. Gregory Knott
In a series articles
WB Gregory Knott will tell the story of his visit to the Freedom Trail in
Boston, MA which was not only the birthplace of American freedom, but also of
American Freemasonry.Readers will be
able to decide for themselves how Freemasonry has influenced the formation of
the United States.
Bro. Henry Price (G.L. of Massachusetts)
The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of
Massachusetts was founded over 275 years ago by Boston merchant Henry Price (1697-1780)
who received a deputation from the Grand Lodge of England to form the first Provincial
Grand Lodge in the Western Hemisphere on July 30, 1733. Brother Price had traveled to England in the
summer of 1733 with a petition signed by 18 Boston men for the purpose of
forming a lodge.The petition was
granted and freemasonry in America was off and running.
Can one person make a difference?Brother Price, through his actions of gaining
a dispensation for beginning Masonry in America did.He started something that has spread to all
50 states, has influenced millions of good men to seek self-improvement by
becoming a Freemason.Those values that
Freemason’s espouse; individual liberty, self-enlightenment, charity, and
self-governance are the foundation of our society today.
I firmly believe that these values influenced the men who
were the patriots who lit the torch of liberty for America.As we travel the Freedom Trail in the weeks
ahead, you will be able to make your own decision.
WB Gregory J. Knottis the Past Master of St. Joseph Lodge No. 970 in St. Joseph (IL) and a
plural member of Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL), and Homer Lodge No. 199
(IL). He's a member of both the Scottish Rite, and the York Rite, and is
the Charter Secretary of the Illini High Twelve Club in
Champaign-Urbana. He's also a member of the Ansar Shrine (IL). Greg is
very involved in Boy Scouts--an Eagle Scout himself, he serves the Grand
Lodge of Illinois A. F. & A. M. as their representative to the
National Association of Masonic Scouters.