Warrant of African Lodge #459
Warrant of Constitution, A.G.M.
To All and Every,
Our Right Worshipful and Loving Brethren:
Thomas Howard, Earl of Effington, Lord Howard, etc., Acting Grand Master, under the authority of his Royal Highness, Henry Frederick, Duke of Cumberland, etc., Grand Master of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Free and Accepted 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, North America, do her by constitute the said brethren in to a regular Lodge of Free and Accepted Mason, under the title or denomination of the African Lodge, to be opened in Boston, a foresaid, and do further, at their said petition and the great trust and confidence reposed in every of the said above named brethren, here by appoint the Prince Hall of Master, Boston Smith, Senior Warden, and Thomas Sanderson, Junior Warden, for the opening of the said Lodge, but that such election shall be regulated agreeable to such By Laws of the said Lodge as shall be consistent with the Grand Law of the society contained in the Book of Constitutions: and we hereby will, and require you the said Prince Hall, to take special care that all and every the said brethren are to have been regularly made Masons, and that they do observe, perform, and keep all rules and order contained in the Book of Constitutions, and further, that you do from time to time cause to be entered, in a book kept for the purpose, and account of your proceedings in the Lodge, together with all such Rules, Orders and Regulations as shall be made for the good government of same, that no wise you omit once in every year to send us, or our Successors, Grand Masters, or Rowland Holt, Esq., our Deputy Grand Master, for the time being, and account of your proceedings, and copies of all such Rules, Orders, and Regulations as shall be made a fore said together with the list of members of the Lodge, and reasonably be expected toward the Grand Charity.
Moreover, we will, and require of you, the said Prince Hall, as soon as conveniently maybe, to send and account in writing of what be done by virtue of these presents.
Given at London, under our hand and seal of Masonry, 29th day of September A.L.5784, A.D.1784, by the Grand Master’s Command R. Holt, Deputy Grand Master.
Attest: William White, Grand Secretary