--The Grand Lodge of the State of Texas
have formally seceded from the Grand Lodge
of the United States
, and declared that they will ‘"hold no fraternity nor fellowship with men who, while they call us brothers, yet seek to make us slaves."’ The following are among the resolutions adopted:
That it is proper and expedient that there should be a body formed within the Confederate States
, to have jurisdiction over the Grand Lodges
of the Confederate States
, and such other jurisdiction as may be delegated to it; and to this end this Grand Lodge suggests and recommends to the several Grand Lodges within the Confederate States
and the State of Maryland
that each Grand Lodge elect the number of representatives allowed it under the late Constitution, to a Convention to be held at a time and place to be agreed on, with full power to the representatives assembling to adopt a Constitution and By-Laws for the Order, which, after being submitted to the Grand Lodges
, shall be binding upon all those approving the same; and in pursuance of this plan, this Grand Lodge will elect two representatives, and one alternate for each to attend upon the failure of the representatives, and to be accredited as such in proper form.
That we respectfully suggest that said Convention assemble at the city of Montgomery, Alabama
, on the second Monday.
In June, 1862, but we are willing to meet at any time and place agreed on by a majority of the Grand Lodges
, and we invite the several Grand Lodges to notify our Grand Secretary
as to their action upon the matter.