• New Hampshire Mason Seeks Clarity On Voting After Black Balls Are Cast

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    Members of Masonic Chapters are known to embody a high level of integrity. JAMES BLOOD, a New Hampshire Mason and author of this letter, is no less committed to figuring out the propriety of voting within the chapter after negative votes have been cast.

    2 pp, 5 x 8, Milford, NH, March 27, 1865, Blood, a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 7, writes to Horace Chase.  “Dear Sir & Bro. You will confer a favor by giving your decision as you understand Masonic Law in New Hampshire in relation to Balloting for Candidates. I send you herewith a copy of our By Laws and would call your attention to the 4th Article, Section 4. The question is whether we have a right to Ballot without limit when only 1 Black Ball is cast or when 2 are cast if we have a right to Ballot more than twice. Have we ever any right to Ballot for the same candidates upon the same application at a next regular meeting. It is conceded by most of our lodge that when 3 Black Balls are cast, the Master cannot order another Ballot.  Less than 3 Balls being cast, they differ very much in relation to the ball thing. Some thinking that we can Ballot as many times as we wish when less than 3 Black Balls. You will very much oblige by giving your opinion. Sincerely yours, James Blood”

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