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Providence #1 Chapter

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There is no means of showing when or where the companions who organized providence Royal Arch Chapter received the Royal Arch Degree, even if this were essential. The Charter of the Chapter was originally given by Washington Chapter No. 6, “Mother,” of New York, September 3, 1793. It took part in establishing the General Grand Chapter, and afterwards in organizing the Grand Chapter of Rhode Island, on March 12, 1798.

From the original charter of Providence Royal Arch Chapter, No. 1

At a Washington Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, held in the city of New York, North America, on the third day of September, A.L. 3793,

WHEREAS, our brother Daniel Stillwell, in behalf of himself and sundry Brethren now residing at providence, in the State of Rhode Island, did on this day present Memorial to this Chapter, praying that they might be invested with sufficient power to form and hold a regular Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Providence aforesaid; and the prayer of the said Memorial having been granted:

NOW BE IT KNOWN, that by virtue of the power to us regularly committed we have in ample form constituted there our beloved Brethren into a regular Chapter, by the name and stile of “Providence Chapter No. 1 of Royal Arch Masons, held in Providence, Rhode Island,” and installed the several officers into their respective stations, in the manner we have received it, to wit:

The Most Worshipful Brother Daniel Stilwell, High Priest; the Right Worshipful Brother Thomas William Moore, King; the Right Worshipful Jonathan Donnason, Secretary; the Worshipful Brethren John Warner, Royal Arch Captain; and Jacob Smith, Zerubbabel; and the last four severally by Proxy.”