Constitutions of the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons.
Scarce Masonic Constitution from Calcutta

Constitutions of the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons.

Calcutta: Printed by Greenway and Co.; Hurkaru Press, 1812. First edition. In contemporary blue paper. (5), 4–85, (1) p. A few spots and occasional foxing. Overall a good copy.

Scarce masonic book printed in Calcutta.

Earl of Moire (Francis Edward Rawdon-Hastings, 1st Marquess of Hastings, 1754–1826) has been appointed as Governor-General of India in 1812. This Constitution was probably published in relation to this occasion. Soon after his arrival, Moire constituted a new lodge in Calcutta. Masonry was present in India since 1730 and the first lodge was created also in Calcutta.

[Bibl.: Harland-Jacobs, J.: Builders of Empire. Freemasons and British Imperialism, 1717–1927. Chapel Hill. University of North Carolina Press, 2007. pp. 172–174.]

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