Phoenix Lodge No. 8 A.F. & A.M's Charter of 1801
This charter from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina of Free and Accepted Masons, dated 1801, is Phoenix Lodge's current charter. The Lodge still holds the original vellum copy.
SIT LUX ET LUX FUIT
William Polk GRAND MASTER
TO ALL AND EVERY OUR RIGHT WORSHIPFUL AND LOVING BRETHREN.
WE, the Most Worshipful William Polk, Esquire, Grand Master of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Free and Accepted Masons in the State of North-Carolina, SEND GREETING:
KNOW YE, That WE, at the Petition of our Right Worshipful and Well Beloved Brethren, Robert Donaldson, Duncan McAuslan, and Isaac Hawley and several other Brethren, residing at or near Fayetteville in the said State, DO hereby constitute the said Brethren into a regular Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, to be opened at Fayetteville by the Name of Phoenix AND DO further, at the said Petition, and of the great Trust and Confidence reposed in the above-named three Brethren, hereby appoint Robert Donadson Master, Duncan McAuslan Senior Warden, and Isaac Hawley Junior Warden for opening said Lodge, and for such further Time only as may be thought proper by the Brethren thereof, it being our Will, that this our Appointment shall in no wise affect any future Election of Officers of that Lodge, but that the same shall be according to the Regulations of the Lodge, and consistent with the general Laws of the Society contained in the Book of Constitutions. AND WE DO hereby require you the said Robert Donaldson, Duncan McAuslan, and Isaac Hawley to take special Care, that all and every the said Brethren are or have been regularly made Masons, and that they do perform, observe and keep all the Rules and Orders contained in the Book of Constitutions, and also such as may from Time to Time be transmitted to you by us. AND further, that you do from Time to Time cause to be entered in a Book, to be kept for that Purpose; an account of your Proceedings in the Lodge, together with such Regulations as shall be made for the good Government thereof, a Copy of which you are in no Wise to omit laying before the Grand lodge once in every Year, together with a List of the Members of the Lodge: That you annually pay into the Grand Treasury the Sum of Ten Pounds towards the Grand Charity. AND moreover WE hereby will and require you the said Robert Donaldson, Duncan McAuslan & Isaac Hawley as soon as conveniently may be, to send an Account in Writing, of what shall be done by Virtue of these Presents.
GIVEN at Raleigh, under our Hand and Seal of Masonry, the Fifteenth Day of October A.L. 5801 A.D. 1801
Robert Williams, GRAND SECRETARY
William Polk, GRAND MASTER
John Louis Taylor, D. G. M.
M. Stokes, S. G. W
William Duffy, J. G. W.