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Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts
Chapter of Research

About the Chapter of Research

The Massachusetts Chapter of Research was instituted on September 22, 1973 when ME Lane Ellison Wheaton, Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts issued a Charter empowering it to work.

The purpose of this chapter is to diffuse Masonic light and knowledge; and to promote, encourage and conduct Capitular Masonic research. It does not confer any of the Capitular degrees regularly conferred in a duly constituted chapter; but concerns itself with nothing other than it's purpose of Capitular Masonic research.

BY EX. OSCAR A. GUINN JR. The Royal Arch Lodge of Boston met on August 18, 1769, under the Charter of The Lodge of St. Andrew # 82, Boston, granted by the Grand Lodge of Scotland. It was called a "chapter" in the records of July 26, 1792; and referred to as "St. Andrews Chapter" on May 11, 1797.
BY EX. MAURICE I. SHAUFFER Presented at: WOBURN MASONIC TEMPLE, OCTOBER 27, 1990 We hear the ritual and repeat the words; But what does it mean? In the First Degree we all agree that we would never reveal the "Arts", "Parts", and "Points" of the Mysteries of Freemasonry. No one explained at that time, to what we had agreed. No one at the Lodge of Instruction explained, nor did we get an explanation when we heard the catechism of the First Degree.
John Barrett Hammatt, the 17th Grand High Priest of our Capitular Jurisdiction, enjoyed a long, active, and useful career in Free Masonry. While he achieved many titles and honors, he was always a hard worker, who gladly "rolled up his sleeves" and assumed many responsibilities and jobs in the several branches of the American or York Rite.
This paper developed from an article entitled, " John J. Pershing, Freemason and General of the Armies" which appeared in the Winter 1973--74 edition of The Royal Arch Mason in which reference is made to members of the Craft who had received Honorary membership in the Grand Lodge of Missouri. The author, writing of those so honored, states, " The fourth was Charles W. Moore in 1847. In this instance we can discover no valid reason why he should have been honored, as he was a commercial printer who lived in Boston.