requested a copy of the address of the for publication— carried unanimously, and a copy provided. The Lodge then closed to meet again at early candle lighting.
7 o’clock, P. M.
Lodge met pursuant to adjournment, and opened in the 1st degree of masonry. Present as before. A special dispensation from the was then presented in the words following; to wit:
City of , March 15— 5842.
Know all ye brethren to whom come these presents— That I, , Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the State of — in virtue of the power and authority in me vested as Grand Master aforesaid do hereby, by these letters of Dispensation, authorize the Brethren of Nauvoo Lodge under dispensation, to receive the petitions of Joseph Smith, and — and act on the same instanter— and should the ballot be unanimous in favor of said Smith and at a full meeting of said Nauvoo Lodge— then in that case— the said Lodge is authorized to confer the three several degrees of Ancient York Masonry on the said Joseph Smith and — as speedily as the nature of the case will
admit— Provided, however, that nothing herein contained shall be deemed as authority by the said Nauvoo Lodge for violating any of the ancient landmarks of the order, or of acting contrary to the provisions of their By-Laws— except in the cases herein authorized—
Given under my hand— as Grand Master, the day and date above named—
, G. M. G. L. .
Petitions were then presented from Joseph Smith, and , the persons above named, and on motion the Lodge proceeded to the ballot in each case separately, in order of record— the ballot was found clear, and they were duly initiated— Entered Apprentice Masons. The Lodge was then [p. ]