Wlliam Gilmore Simms
The Simms Review (Vol 17: Nos 1-2) >> Simms, Freemasonry, and His ''Epistle to a Brother Mason in Affliction'' >> Page 122

image of pageExplore Inside

Page 122

Secondary Scholarship | 2009
Transcription 122 THE SIMMS REVIEW

how "the Northern Masons" can afford "succor to a Southern brother in
the hour of his distress."

1. Ancient Free Masons. This designation is unique to South Carolina.
2. In a 23 May 1951 letter to Simms's grandson John Govan Simms, H. M. Pace,
then Grand Master of the Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, wrote that
Simms "was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason on February 12,
1866," as recorded in the history of Orange Lodge 14. A photostat of that letter
was recently donated to the South Caroliniana Library by John G. Simms, Jr.
3. These lectures have not been located. Arrangements are currently being made
with the lodge descended from Orange Lodge, Orange-Charles Towne Lodge No.
14, A.F.M., to search their archives for further clues. There is reason to believe
that the 1866 minute book, containing information on Simms's membership and
the lectures, is still extant.

Works Cited
150 Years of Orange Lodge No. 14 A.F.M.: Its By-Laws, Its Masters, Its
Members. Charleston: Orange Lodge No. 14, 1939.
Coil, Henry Wilson. Coil's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry. Rev. ed. Richmond:
Macoy, 1995.
Ellis, Edward S., A.M. High Twelve: By Their Deeds Ye Shall Know Them. New
York: Macoy, 1920.
Gould, Robert Freke. Gould's History of Freemasonry Throughout the World.
Vol. 6. Ed. Dudley Wright. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936.
Mackey, Albert G. Encyclopedia of Freemasonry. Vol. 2. Chicago: The Masonic
History Company, n.d.
-------. History of Freemasonry in South Carolina. Columbia: South Carolina
Steam Power P, 1861.
"Masonic Fraternity of South Carolina." New York Times, 28 Oct. 1865: 3.
Minutes of the Board of Trustees of Masonic Funds, January 1866–March 1875.
Columbia, South Carolina. Archives, South Carolina Grand York Rite
of Freemasonry.