arose, and said, " When I was in slavery, I used to say in the
morning, when I arose,' I have a wife and child this morning,
but they may not be mine to-night.' " He continued in this
strain until the audience was moved to tears. That man was
Lewis Hayden. Dr. Clarke added, " I picked out the wrong
man. Hayden was the best speaker." We are all proud to
know that he has served as a Grand Master for fifteen years ;
that he has been faithful, we all know. His writings have
been numerous and manly, able and pointed ; and, as a leader
among colored Masons, he stands to-day without a peer.
My task is done. We will turn from the reflections and
memories of the day, to the stern duties of the future. The
times are propitious ; our opportunities are golden ; our work
is sublime. Grateful for the victories of the past, proud of the
privileges of the present, and hopeful of an inviting future, let
us go forth to win fresh laurels.
LETTERS READ AT TREMONT TEMPLE, SEPT. 29, 1884,
BY DR. P. W RAY, 330, REPRESENTING THE SUPREME
COUNCIL A. & A. SCOTTISH RITE, AND PAST GRAND
MASTER STATE OF NEW YORK.
Hamburg, Sept. 10, 18S4.
To the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge,
Most Worshipful Grand Master.
Dear Sir and Brother, — To your celebration of the one
hundredth anniversary of the existence of your Most Wor¬
shipful Grand Lodge, we send you all, dear brothers, our sin¬
cere and cordial greeting. With pride you may look back on
that memorable day in the past, certainly rich in good deeds ;
and you will have the satisfaction that the good work of the
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge has been recognized and sus¬
tained, and furthermore that your good teachings of true
Freemasonry may take a strong hold everywhere.
You may be assured, dear brothers, that we take the deepest
interest in your festival ; and if we are not present in person