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CHAPTER IV. THE ENCAMPMENT BRANCH OF THE ORDER. By J. Fletcher
Williams, P. G. M. of Minnesota. THE Encampment Branch of our
Order, as the newly made Patriarch finds it at the present day,
with its well-matured and strong organization, its fascinating and
impressive Ritual, and its perfectly organized system of laws and
usages, is vastly different from the crude and fragmentary
institution which the founders of our Order in America were
experimenting with some sixty, or more, years ago. In fact, from
that embryotic state, it has by a slow, but steady system of
evolution, developed into its present proud maturity, perfection
and strength. The Encampment, as such, or even the Patriarchal
Degrees, were quite unknown and unthought of, at the period when
our Order was struggling into existence in Baltimore, in 1819.
Wildey and his coadjutors, in their little meetings, knew nothing
but the three original Degrees received from England: 1. The White.
2. The Blue. 3. The Scarlet. And there appears to have been no
others in the printed Ritual of the Manchester Unity, as late as
1824. In 182o the "Covenant" and "Remembrance" Degrees were added
to the structure in America, and were taken by Bro. Wildey to
England in 1826. The first mention we find of what is now known as
an Encampment Degree is in the Journal of the Grand Lodge of
Maryland and of the United States, February 22d, 1821, where it is
recorded: " Past Grand Larkam having been duly admitted to
membership, the Golden Rule Degree was conferred on five Past
Grands." This Degree had recently been constructed, and
communicated to the head of theAmerican Order, and it became,
thereafter, a part of the Ritual of the American Lodges. The Degree
is also mentioned in the records of 1822, 1823 and 1824, as the
Fourth Degree. A...
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