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To HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF LEINSTER, Grand Master.

RIGHT WORSHIPFUL SIR AND BROTHER,

We received your communication dated the 18th July, informing us that you had forwarded our Petition to the Deputy Grand Master of Freemasons in Ireland, to present to the Grand Lodge at their next meeting, on Thursday the 1st August.

We have waited patiently expecting to hear the result, but we have not been favoured with the least notice from the Grand Lodge. Our stay in London-our absence from home-are serious inconveniences to us, and if the Irish brethren intend to treat us with discourteous silence, we shall adopt our own course of proceeding. With the utmost possible respect,

Worshipful Sir,

F. TENNYSON,

and

H MELVILLE, ESQRS.

ARMFIELD HOTEL, FINSBURY, 22 Aug. 1872.

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DEAR SIRS AND BROTHERS,

I have received your letter of the 22nd Aug., and am surprised you have not heard from the Grand Lodge of Ireland in answer to your Petition, which I believe was referred to the Board of General Purposes to report thereon, and cannot be submitted to the Grand Lodge until their next Meeting, the 5th Sept.

I have, however, written to enquire.

Yours fraternally,

LEINSTER.

SIR AND BROTHER,

His Grace the Grand Master has sent forward a letter from you, and Bro. Tennyson, dated 22 Aug.

I was under the impression that Bro. Walmisley (who is now absent on leave) had communicated to you what had been done in the matter referred to.

Your letters and that from the Grand Master were laid before the Board of Genl. Purposes, and by the Board referred to Grand Lodge-Grand Lodge, desirous of affording every facility in their power to you, appointed a Special Committee, consisting of the Dep. Grd. Master, the Hon. Judge Townsend and George Chatterton, Esq., with a request that they would report to Grand Lodge whether they considered the matter one that should be entertained by Grd. Lodge. The continued absence from Dublin of two of this Committee has prevented any action being taken: but I am in great hopes that there will be a report from the Committee at Grand on the 5th September next. If there be any statement or documents you would wish to lay before this Committee, you can forward them to me or to the Deputy Grand Master, under cover to me at this office.

H. MELVILLE, ESQ.

GRAND SECRETARY'S OFFICE, FREEMASON HALL, DUBLIN, 23d day of August, 1872.

It may perhaps be as well to mention that all the Members of the Committee are Members of the 33d and all minor degrees.

I have the Honor to be,
Your Obt. Servant,

SIR,

Armfield Hotel, London.

SAM. B. OLDHAM, Asst. Secy.

ARMFIELD HOTEL, FINSBURY, 24 Aug. 1872.

I have just received a letter from the Grand Secretary's office, dated yesterday, stating that His Grace the Grand Master has sent forward a letter from me and Bro. Tennyson, dated 22 Aug.

Bro. Tennyson is absent from London. In his absence, and as the letter is directed to me alone, I hasten to reply. I am informed

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that a Committee has been appointed to report whether our discoveries should be entertained by the Grand Lodge. What report can be made, without enquiry as to the nature of the discoveries, I am at a loss to imagine. From the Fraternal silence since the 1st Aug., both Bro. Tennyson and myself were led to believe that no notice would be taken of our Petition; we therefore prepared to publish. Indeed the Median and Persian Laws are in the hands of the printers, and I have before me a proof page taken haphazard from the body of the work in order to obtain an estimate of the probable expense.

I will consult Brother Tennyson when I see him on Wednesday as to the course to be pursued. In the meantime I send you a copy of the printers' proof.

Sir,

Yours fraternally,

HENRY MELVILLE.

To the

GRAND SECRETARY, FREEMASONS', DUBLIN.

GRAND SECRETARY'S OFFICE, FREEMASONS' HALL, DUBLIN, 27th day of August, 1872.

SIR AND BROTHER,

Yours of the 24 inst. shall be submitted to the Committee along with the previous papers.

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