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Freemason Certificate

Artist/Maker:
Coram, Thomas
Place Made:
Charleston South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1783
Medium:
ink, parchment, silk
Dimensions:
HOA 14 3/8; WOA 10 3/8
Accession Number:
3540
Description:
This manuscript document attests to the membership of “Benjamin Lodge Capt(ai)n 1st P. Reg(imen)t” in Lodge 190 of the Royal Arch Masons of Charleston, South Carolina. It also notes that Lodge at one time served as Master of the Lodge. The “Official Histoy of the Militia and National Guard of the State of Pennsylvania” by Major William Clarke records that a “Captain Benjamin Lodge commanded a troop of light horse attached to the First Regiment” during the American Revolution. Further research may allow us to positively identify this Benjamin Lodge (1749-1801) as the man identified.

This is the earliest documentation of Lodge 190 of The Royal Arch Masons in Charleston. Three of the seven officers and members of the lodge whose names appear on the certificate – Robert Knox, Robert Austin and Tobias Cambridge – are listed in the 1790 U.S. Census for St. Michaels and St. Philips Parish, Charleston, South Carolina.

RELATED WORKS: Paintings by Coram: The Cart Children (MESDA Acc. No. 2672); Mrs. Glover (MESDA Acc. No. 2776.1)

DESCRIPTION: Freemason certificate with image of the Ark of the Covenant with bowing Seraphim; ink on parchment with pink ribbon inserted.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. James O. Keene