THE ONE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY
African Lodge No. 459.
Boston, Dec. 20, 1S83.
At the regular communication of the Most Worshipful
Prince Hall Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, held
on the above date, the following preamble and resolution
were adopted : —
1784. CENTENNIAL. 1SS4.
Know all Men by these Presents : Thus were we greeted by the
Grand Lodge of England, on the twenty-ninth day of September, A.L.
5784, A.D. 17S4; and following said greeting was Warrant 459, granted
by the Grand Lodge of England, on petition of Prince Hall, Boston
Smith, Thomas Sanderson, and several other Masons of Boston, con¬
stituting them into a regular lodge of Free and Accepted Masons.
Effingham, A.G.M. " To all and every our Right Worshipful and loving
©Brethren, we, Thomas Howard, Earl of Effingham,
Lord Howard, etc., etc., etc., Acting Grand Master
under the authority of His Royal Highness, Henry
Frederick, Duke of Cumberland, etc., etc., etc., Grand Master of the
Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons,
" Know ye, that we, at the humble petition of our right trusty and
well-beloved Brethren, Prince Hall, Boston Smith, Thomas Sanderson,
and several other Brethren residing in Boston, New England, in North
America, do hereby constitute the said Brethren into a regular Lodge of
Free and Accepted Masons, under the title or denomination of the Afri¬
can Lodge, to be opened in Boston aforesaid ; and do further, at their
said petition, hereby appoint the said Prince Hall to be Master, Boston
Smith, Senior Warden, and Thomas Sanderson, Junior Warden, for
opening the said Lodge, and for such further time only as shall be thought
proper by the Brethren thereof, it being our will that this our appointment
of the above officers shall in no wise affect any future election of officers