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UNITED GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND
Grand assembly of Freemasons, for the union of the two Grand Lodges of England, on St. John's Day, 27th December, 1813. The important event of the re-union of Ancient Freemasons of England, after a long separation, took place, with great solemnity, this day. ...
London: Br. T. Harper, Jun. printer, [1813].
[6] p. ; 32.3 cm. (2º)

Drop-head title. Final page blank. Following the 'Especial Grand Lodge' held on 8 November 1813 (q.v.) and prior to the events of reconciliation and re-union of the two Grand Lodges on 27 December, Soane had been made a Mason on 1 December and, newly designated as Grand Superintendent of Works at Freemasons' Hall, had directed the construction of the 'Masonic Ark of the Covenant' placed as the central focus of the ceremonial of the unification of the Lodges. See Douglas Burford 'The Ark of the Masonic Covenant', Ars Quatuor Coronatorum. Transactions, Vol. 105 for the year 1992--1993, pp. 203--15; also, David Watkin 'Freemasonry and Sir John Soane', in The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 54, No. 4 (December 1995), pp. 402-417; also, Margaret Richardson and MaryAnne Stevens (eds.), John Soane architect: master of space and light, exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts (London 1999), cat. no. 193. A letterpress plan printed on a separate, untrimmed half-sheet displaying the order of seating of the Assembly at the ceremony of re-union (Priv. Corr. IX.C.4.2), not included in the above collation, may have accompanied the present account of the proceedings, together with the separately printed 'Ode, Anthem, Songs, and Glees' performed during the ceremony (q.v.); the order of proceedings for the 'Grand Assembly' was determined at a meeting held on 9 December 1813 (q.v.). In later life Soane commissioned a portrait of himself in Masonic dress, painted by John Jackson in 1828 and now hanging in the Picture Room at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, in which he is shown sitting beside the Ark.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Accompanied by the letterpress plan of the Assembly (33.0 cm.), bound after the 'Ode, Anthem, Songs, and Glees' and marked in ink by Soane with the locations of the Ark and three tables.
Copy 2: Without the plan.

Binding Copy 1: Folded paper, clipped (3) in a collection of papers relating to the union of the Lodges.
Copy 2: Loose in a folder of 'duplicates', unstitched.

Reference Number 6215


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