The object of “Free Masonry in North America” has been to compile a general history of masonry in North America in concise form, adding a comprehensive history of Masonry in New York State, from 1730 to 1880 together with a history in detail of the several lodges in the Third Masonic District.
Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that arose in the late 16th to early 17th century. Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around six million, including approximately 150,000 under the jurisdictions of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and Grand Lodge of Ireland, over a quarter of a million under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England, and just under two million in the United States.
The fraternity is administratively organized into independent Grand Lodges or sometimes Orients, each of which governs its own jurisdiction, which consists of subordinate (or constituent) Lodges. The various Grand Lodges recognize each other, or not, based upon adherence to landmarks. A Grand Lodge will usually deem other Grand Lodges who share common landmarks to be regular, and those that do not to be “irregular” or “clandestine”.
To download a copy of “Free Masonry in North America” by Henry Whittemore please right mouse click on the link, then select “save as” and download to your computer – Free-Masonry-In-America