History of Antietam National Cemetery (Masons - page 28)
Grand Master.—Have you applied the Square to those parts of the Stone that should be square ?
Deputy Grand Master.—I have, Most Worshipful Grand Master, and the Craftsmen have done their duty.
Grand Master.—Right Worshipful Senior Grand Warden : What is the proper Jewel of your office ?
Senior Grand Warden.—The Level.
Grand Master.—Have you applied the Level to the Stone ?
Senior Grand Warden.—I have, Most Worshipful Grand Master, and the Craftsmen have done their duty.
Grand Master.—Right Worshipful Junior Grand Warden : What is the proper Jewel of your office ?
Junior Grand Warden.—The Plumb.
Grand Master.—Have you applied the Plumb to the several edges of the Stone ?
Junior Grand Warden.—I have, Most Worshipful Grand Master, and the Craftsmen have done their duty.
Grand Master.—This Stone having been duly tested and found to be well-formed, true and trusty, it remains for me to finish the work.
The Grand Master then gives three knocks upon the Stone, saying—
"Men and Brethren here assembled, be it known unto you, that we are free and lawful Masons, true and faithful to the laws of our country, professing to fear God, and confer benefits on mankind. We have amongst us concealed from the eyes of man secrets which cannot be divulged, and which have never been discovered by the outside world; but those secrets are lawful and honorable, and not repugnant to the laws of God or man. Unless our Craft were good and our calling honorable, we should not have lasted for so many centuries, nor should we have been honored with the patronage of so many illustrious men in all ages, who have ever shown themselves ready to promote our interests and defend us from our adversaries. We have assembled here, to-day, in the face of this vast company, to lay the Corner-Stone of this Monument, which we trust may be safely completed and stand for ages both as an ornament to this place and a Monument to the ashes of the thousands who repose around it."
So mote it be.-—Amen.
ANTHEM BY THE CHOIR.
The Grand Marshal then presents to the Deputy Grand Master the Cornucopia containing Corn, which he pours upon the Stone.
Maryland. Board of Trustees of the Antietam National Cemetery.
Washington County Free Library.
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J.W. Woods, printer, Baltimore
Antietam National Cemetery; United States History, Civil War, 1861-1865, Registers of dead.
Washington County, Md; 1862-1869.