Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Simms Review (Vol 17: Nos 1-2) >> Simms, Freemasonry, and His ''Epistle to a Brother Mason in Affliction'' >> Page 116

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Secondary Scholarship | 2009
Transcription 116 THE SIMMS REVIEW

eral Orders, and every tool and insignia, which have been
so precious to the Brotherhood, and which are so essen-
tial to their rituals and ceremonies; that we have now no
places, save by favor of friends, where we can assemble
for the usual working of Lodges; that we have no ability
to replace our sacred things, and maintain those solemn
rites, which all true Masons so tenaciously insist upon,
as necessary duties, in the promotion towards perfection
of those sacred essentials of Fraternity, Charity, Truth,
Light, and Justice, which are held to be the vital objects
of the Brotherhood .... The destitution of our Masons
is such ... that our poor can no longer be succored by
our alms; the widow and the orphan can no longer be
befriended by substantial service; and we can no longer
educate their children. In this, then, our state of utter
helplessness, denial, privation and distress; solicitous of
the re-establishment of our shrines, of the resumption of
our rituals and labors, and the rebuilding of our Temples;
we appeal to you, the well-beloved Brethren of our
Ancient Order; to you who have felt none of the ravages
of war, and whose altars yet send up their unpolluted
incense from shrines of peace; for that succor which we
need, and which, it is a pleasure to us to believe, you
have equally the will and the ability to bestow. You can
help us to repair our ruined Lodges in this the Capital
city of our State, where our Grand Master abides, and
from which, as from a common centre, the Fraternity
sends forth the inspiration which kindles the hearts of the
Brotherhood in the remotest sections.
Their appeal was made not just on the grounds of fraternal obligations,
but also on the fact that the Masons of Columbia had been faithful and
true to the Northern Masons who had been in their city and under their
care when they were in distress during the late war:
The Freemasons of the city of Columbia claim to have
been always true to the Brethren, even when war raged
like a demon through the land; they have sought out
their Northern Brethren in the prisons where they lay
captive; have supplied them with money, clothes, corn-