Ashlar Chippings

Lewises and the Tenue Blanche in New York

(A note from Bro Walter F Knight, New York, USA)

We recognize the son of a Brother officially (when requested by the Brother) by receiving the son in Lodge during a very impressive ceremony we like to call a Baptism.

The reception may be during a regular meeting but generally it is done in a tenue blanche (i.e. an untiled assembly, which non-Masons and ladies may attend) [Ed: aka a ‘white robe’ event] to which the mother and other guests are invited.

The louveton has no other rights in our Lodge than those mentioned in your Lodge communication.

We do open a savings account for him, to be paid out to him at age 21, again at a tenue blanche, unless he has become a Brother himself, when it would be presented to him during his official reception.

At present there are three louvetons listed in our roster; the newest addition was in 1962 when I was Master of the Lodge.

The louveton was nine months of age and took the whole thing in with great gusto.

 

[Harry Carr, The Freemason at Work. Louveton – from the French louver, to raise (a stone) with a lewis. Dictionaire Français – Anglais; Garnier, Paris.]
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Penalties – worth it?

 

“After”, by William Hogarth, 1736.
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13th April 1757. Mr Ball was fined and paid 2d for obscene discourse. The Rt Worshipful Bro Story paid 20 for ordering a woman into ye lodge in lodge hours – highly reprehensible conduct on the part of the RWB which doubtless led to the next offence: The Worshipful Junr Warden Br Ward pd 20 for kissing the afores’d female.

That particular difference seemed to be resolved in a most amicable manner:

November 23rd. It was resolved that Brothers Ward and Story made all differences up and shake hands and agree to pay a bottle ye first offender.

 

(From the commemorative booklet of Grenadiers Lodge No. 66, “Two Hundred and Fifty Years of Craft Masonry”, quoting their minutes.)

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