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Descriptions of the ninety-ninth Annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina held at the Masonic Hall in Raleigh from January 12 through 14, 1886, as well as the proceedings of Special Communications held on June 18, 1885 for the purpose of laying the cornerstone for the United States Courthouse in Greensboro, on June 24, 1885 in order to lay the cornerstone of the new hall of Elk Lodge, No. 373 in Elk Cross Roads, and on December 28, 1885 in order to dedicate the hall of Cleveland Lodge, No. 202 in Shelby. Also includes the names of those present at each meeting, reports from various committees, a list of lodges under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina, an accounting of the dues paid by subordinate lodges, a recapitulation of the meetings' events, a list of the fraternal dead of 1884, a list of Grand Lodges in correspondence with North Carolina, the names of representatives of the Grand Lodge and their respective locations, and an index. Overseen by the Grand Officers for the Masonic Order: Fabius H. Busbee, Grand Master; Charles H. Robinson, Deputy Grand Master; Samuel H. Smith, Senior Grand Warden; Hezekiah A. Gudger, Junior Grand Warden; Donald W. Bain, Grand Secretary; Charles M. Payne, Grand Chaplain; John W. Gidney, Senior Grand Deacon; John W. Cotten, Junior Grand Deacon; William N. Benton, Grand Marshal; R. W. King, Grand Sword Bearer; John A. Nichols, Grand Pursuivant; P. A. Wilson, Grand Steward; David Rosenthal, Grand Steward; and Robert H. Bradley, Grand Tiler.

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