1809.071: Constitution and Proceedings of Royal Arch Chapter of Virginia.

Published: 1809

Full Title: Constitution and proceedings of the M.E.S.G. Royal Arch Chapter of Virginia; from its establishment in MMDCCC. Collated by a resolution of the M.E.S.G. R.A. chapter of Virginia, by W.G. Lyford.

Author: Royal Arch Masons. Grand Chapter in Virginia.

Place Issued: Staunton

Issuing Press: William G. Lyford

Description: 64 pgs.; 19 cm. (12mo).


Text presents the constitution of the Most Excellent Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Virginia, formed in 1800, and proceedings of the chapter's annual assemblies through that of December 1809; the chapter was headed by William Waller Hening at that time. Title page lacks imprint; attribution here based on involvement of W.G. Lyford in compiling the text and initiating its publication; at that time, he served as the chapter's secretary, or Excellent Supreme Grand Scribe; after moving for the publication of these materials at the December 1809 assembly, the chapter ordered him to produce 300 copies of the finished work and to send them to Richmond for distribution; Lyford then conducted the Federalist press at Staunton, so he clearly printed this title there before delivery in Richmond; while this may be an 1810 imprint as a result, date supplied here comes from order to print text. Both Bristol (B11039) and Shipton & Mooney (49073) mistakenly dated this title to 1800, the date of the chapter's formation, not of the order to publish; so the Early American Imprints Series carries this item under both the Shipton & Mooney and the Shaw & Shoemaker entry numbers; this Index lists only the chronologically correct Shaw & Shoemaker number.

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