the Lodge of Connaught & Truth No. 521
The By-Laws of the Lodge
THE BY-LAWS OF THE LODGE.
Chronological Record Formation Segregation
of Benevolent Fund "Tinmoney"
Revisions and Alterations Manuscript Book
1892 by Bro. J. Lewis
Sykes Declaration and Acceptance by Members
Scale of Fees and Subscriptions.
THE FOLLOWING summary gives a chronological record of the
the By-Laws, the date given in each case being the date
of the confirmatory
minute of the approval of the By- Laws or alterations
thereto : -
FIRST BY-LAWS 2nd January, 1846.
SECOND BY-LAWS 20th November, 1855.
THIRD BY-LAWS 6th August, 1870.
Alteration 20th January, 1887.
FOURTH BY-LAWS 4th November, 1892.
Alteration to Fees and
Subscription 2nd August, 1918.
Alteration to Fees 7th November, 1919.
Alteration to Subscription 6th July, 1934.
Alteration re ballot and
number of black balls 7th March, 1941.
FIFTH BY-LAWS 5th September, 1941.
As the reader will have noticed, the first By-Laws of the
were drafted by a Committee formed from the Founder
Members, and this
first set of By-Laws was read, approved and adopted at
the second regular
meeting of the Lodge on 2nd January, 1846, and these held
good for close on 10
years, a revised set being approved on the 20th November,
1855, and this latter set
of By-Laws is fully recorded in manuscript in the Minute
Book for that date.
There is also recorded in the Minutes of that Meeting a
copy of a letter dated
9th November, 1855, from the Deputy Provincial Grand
Master, W. Bro.
Charles Lee, which is reproduced here :
The following letter received by Bro. P. M. Wright from
the R.W.D.P.G.M. Bro. Chas.
Lee was read to the Brethren.
Leeds 9 Nov. 18i5.
Worshipful and Dear Sir,
I have examined the draught of your Bye-Laws and find no
objection thereto and all that
is necessary to be done, is to separate your Bye-Laws
relative to what you term your
Benevolent Fund, from the Bye-Laws which relate to the
Craft, for with Benefit Funds and Sick
Club the Grand Lodge of England doth not interfere, they
are appendages to a Lodge over which
the Grand Lodge has no control and of which it doth not
take cognizance, and as regards the
application or misapplication of the Funds thereof the
Grand Lodge will not interfere, and hence it
becomes necessary that they be distinct and separate from
the Bye-Laws relating io the
Government and well being of the Craft.
You can retain your Bye-Laws relating to your Benevolent
Fund and regulate them according to
the pleasure of your Lodge, but they form no part of the
Bye-Laws of the Fraternity. Benevolent Funds
may be established in Lodges for the purpose of granting
aid to Brethren in distress, but such Fund ceases
to be a Benevolent Fund when the Contributors thereto are
expectant to receive the value of their
contributions in case they may require it, in sickness or
infirmity and your Fund is to be exclusively
confined to the Contributors thereto.
I think you ought to throw open your Lodge to parties who
may wish to be in our Fraternity
but who do not think it needful to become members of your
Benefit Society and perhaps few if any would
object to become participatory thereof, but the option
ought to be allowed and hence I would suggest
that your kth Law should provide that such members as do
not think proper to become members of your
Benevolent Society should pay 1/- per month and make a
separate Law that all members of your
Benevolent Association shall pay 1/6 per month.
With good wishes,
I am, my dear Sir and Brother, Yours
The sound advice and recommendations contained in that
interesting letter were duly acted upon, as there are
evidences in the
Minute Book of Law No. 4 in its original form, and with
the latter part
relating to Benevolence ruled out.
Until that line of demarcation was drawn, that is, during
first 10 years, it would appear that the By-Laws and
serving a dual purpose including Benevolence. One of the
at the time of founding the Lodge, passed at the
inaugural meeting at
The Rose and Crown on 14th November, 1845, read as
" T h a t t h e C o n t r i bu t i o n s o f t h e
Lo d ge b e 2 / 6 p e r
m o n t h , sixpence to be received back by the member if
present, in r e f r e s h m e n t . T h e r e s i d u e t
o b e
a p p r o p r i a t e d t o t h e general objects of
including a Benevolent Fund."
In the revised Law No. 4 in 1855 the Contribution
same, viz. 2/6 per month, and the sixpence return for
present, conti nued, but t he new Law provi ded for the
residue to be
devoted to the objects of the Institution and to
defraying the general
Some s eparat e and distinct provi sions were m ade at t
Meeting in November, 1855, for benefits to be paid to
the time they were unable to follow their ordinary
profession or business
by sickness or bodily infirmity, subject to certain
conditions which were
It may be interesting to record that the Fees provided
the November, 1855, By-Laws were :
f s. d.
Proposition 1 1 0
Initiation, Passing and Raising in-cluding
Grand Lodge Certificate and Register Fees
4 14 6
Proposition 1 1 0
For Joining 2 2 0
Those By-Laws served for close on 15 years, and they were
revised on the 6th August, 1870.
Specimen Page of Manuscript By-Laws (1892).
After about 17-20 years there were repeated evidences of
d e s i r e o n b e h a l f o f t h e B r e t h r e n t o
i m p r o v e t h e B y - La w s . A
Committee set up in 1887 made a report, and in 1890 it
was decided that
the By-Laws be revised, but all the formalities were not
carried out until
later. In February, 1891, a final decision was reached on
which had been raised several times from 1883 to 1891,
for a revision of
the By-Law relating to "Tin-money"the
amount returned for
refreshments, and this was the end of that arrangement.
The revision of
the By-Laws was approved in March, 1891, but when the
submitted to Provincial Grand Lodge, they asked for t he
of the Ori gi nal B y-Laws. Thes e previous By-Laws,
instead of being in
a Book, had been framed and hung on the wall of the Lodge
was not only "against the wall," but against
the Regulations; and, after
proper Minutes and confirmation, a Book was duly written
up, and was
forwarded to the Provincial Grand Master on Gth January,
containing the By-Laws as re-drawn and passed at the
Lodge on 4th
The following is an extract from the Minutes of that
"That the existing By-Laws of this Lodge be
abrogated and the
proposed By-Laws as submitted to and approved by this
be adopt ed and t hat such adopted B y-Laws be writtten
suitable book to be provided for that purpose and after
confi rm ati on at a s ubs equent R egul ar Lodge Meeting
forwarded to the R. W. Provincial Grand Master for his
A suitable book was provided for that purpose. To say
that the By-
Laws were suitably written therein would not be doing
justice to a
wonderful piece of caligraphy. This will be appreciated
when it is
pointed out that the Secretary at that time was Bro. John
Lewis S ykes ,
promi nent Soli cit or i n t hi s Town; and t hi s wel l
-bound book of
super-qualit y paper is spaced, written, engross ed and
only Lawyers can ; it is a joy to handle such a book, and
a delight to
see such penmanship. The book was so planned and designed
space for subsequent revision of the By-Laws, and will
still last for many
ye ars, though one doubts whether any subsequent
secretary will ever
emulate successfully the excellent example of the erudite
There appears at the end of the 1892 By-Laws, and after
recorded Alteration or Revision of the By-Laws, a Section
Signatures of the members, headed and ruled as follows :-
"We the undersigned being members of the Lodge of
Truth No. 521 of Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons duly constituted under the Grand Lodge of
England have hereunto subscribed
our names in token of our acceptance of the foregoing
By-Laws which we individually and
collectively pledge ourselves to abide by support and
maintain as in duty bound the same
having been approved in open Lodge sanctioned by the
Right Worshipful Provincial Grand
Master of West Yorkshire and confirmed by the Most
Worshipful Grand Master of England.
No. Name Residence Occupation Rank in
Date of Initiation
Declaration and Acceptance Page of By-Laws.
Such a record with the names, addresses, occupation and
initiation or admission and the signatures (with a
"miss" here and
there)of every subscribing member living on 8th
November, 1892, or
admitted since, is invaluable to any historian, and a
of the Lodge.
It is of passing local interest to observe that this
record of the Secretary of 1892, when sent up to the
certification, was countersigned by the Provincial Grand
Registrar of that
year, who was another of Huddersfield's eminent lawyers,
W. Bro. William
Ramsden (afterwards Sir William Ramsden) of The Lodge of
119; and again in 1918, when the book was once more
submitted to the
Province for a Certificate approving certain alterations
to the By-Laws,
the Certificate was countersigned by yet another
as Provincial Grand Registrar, this time W. Bro. A. W.
Denton, of the
Lodge of Harmony, No. 275, (who incidentally was one of
Sponsors into Freemasonry of the writer of this History)
Deput y Provincial Grand Master who signed the
none other but Huddersfield's own Sir William Pick Rayn
characteristic signature adds further Huddersfield
adornment to this
The By-Laws dated 1892 served the Lodge for well-nigh 50
apart from some specific alterations to the amounts of
Subscriptions. Not until 1941 were the By-Laws again
revised; this set,
the fifth, is now in use.
The following tabie shows the variations in Fees and
Fee. Fee. Subscription.
(including Proposition Fee).
2nd January, 1846, 4 14 6 2 2 0 2/6 a month.
20th November, 1855, 5 15 6 3 3 0 2/6 a month.
4th November, 1892, 10 10 0 5 5 0 3/- a month.
2nd August, 1918, 12 12 0 6 6 0 2 2 0 p.a.
7th November, 1919, 21 0 0 10 10 0 2 2 0 p.a.
6th July, 1934, 3 3 0 p.a.
5th September, 1941, 21 0 0 10 10 0 3 3 0 p.a.