True Brothers Lodge No. 8
In the Grand Lodge Proceedings of 1892 the Grand Lecturer reported that he had visited True Brothers on March 18, 1892 and was “pleased that the difficulty in reference to the location of a Lodge had been settled.” He noted that “ the Minute Book is very poorly done notwithstanding that a form of minute had been supplied them some years ago.”
On October 8, 1895, M.W.Bro. Roderick MacNeill, Grand Master, and V.W.Bro. John Clay, Deputy Grand Master, visited True Brothers Lodge. The issue of moving or dividing the Lodge was not discussed. The Grand Master did observe that the membership was very scattered geographically. It wa interesting to note that the Brother who had served as Secretary in the difficult period of 1890-91 had been re-elected as Secretary but he was not in the Lodge Room when the Grand Master was received. M.W.Bro. MacNeill suggested “that the Secretary should be sent for, Secretary arrived.” At the close of the evening the Grand Master ordered that the Minutes of the Communication be read and approved before Lodge closed. Clearly some lessons had been learned by the Brethren.
At the Regular Communication on May 11, 1897 a committee consisting of W.Bro. S.E. Reid, W.Bro. H.W. Robertson and W.Bro Wm. Dougherty PM was appointed to arrange the division of funds and furniture relative to the planned move of True Brothers Lodge to Crapaud and the creation of a new Lodge in Cape Traverse. On June 8, 1897 a motion was approved to provide a sum of $30 and all of the Lodge’s furniture to the new Lodge to be created at Cape Traverse. There was no reference in the Lodge Minutes to shed light on the reason for the change in plans between 1891 and 1897.
In the Grand Master’s Address of June 24, 1898, M.W.Bro. Leonard Morris stated that he had granted a Dispensation to True Brothers Lodge to change their location from Tryon to Crapaud. He went on to state that it was shown to him “that the interests of Masonry generally and True Brothers in particular, would be advanced by such removal.” He further stated that he had “granted a Dispensation to seven brethren to hold a lodge at Cape Traverse, to be named Mount Moriah.”
Although the debate had been difficult and controversial, the use of discretion and Masonic charity by the Brethren was again triumphant. Most Worshipful Brother Morris’ prediction of ultimate good has been proven right in the years hence both in Mount Moriah and in True Brothers.