America Lodge No 3368

America Lodge
Webmaster W.Bro David Bailey SLGR PProvJGD Copyrite 2010
Founded June 1909
Hallstone Lodge
America Lodge no 3368
1909 – 2009

At the beginning of the 20th century,
The expansion of commerce between Great Britain and the United States
Brought to the American colony in London an increasing number of business and professional men.
Americans had been joining English lodges,
Two lodges had, in a special way, endeavored to attract Americans interested in Freemasonry: Anglo American Lodge no 2191 and Colombia Lodge no 2397. 

As time went on the Americans were desirous of finding a “home abroad", a purely American Lodge,
They were reminded that the Germans, French and Italian, had their home lodges, so early in 1909 discussions on the proposition began.

The moving spirit was Frederick Conkling Duzer, who had come from Newburgh New York in the 1880s?, was initiated into Canterbury Lodge no 1635 in 1889. Associated with W. Bro Van Duzer was W. Bro R. Newton Crane, a distinguished lawyer,
Subsequently Master of the bench in Middle Temple and King's Council, There were 25 Founders (whose names are recorded)
From 17 lodges.  America Lodge no 3368 was consecrated on Thursday June 3, 1909, at Freemasons Hall. 

The consecrating officers were Most Worshipful Brother the Rt Hon Lord Ampthill, Pro Grand Master; Right Worshipful Brother the RT Hon Lord Athlummey
and other very distinguished Grand Officers
Following the ceremonies a banquet crowned the day at the Savoy hotel. 

The following cable was read:
"To Master designate,
I congratulate and greet you and the brethren of America Lodge on the day of your Consecration and salute your Lodge on its peculiar creation. As an additional evidence of British good feeling towards the United States and an additional bond between the English and American Masons and Nation
                                                                                    William Howard Taft."
A month later President Taft became an honorary member of the Lodge
Brother Taft wrote a charming letter expressing his appreciation of the honor from the Lodge and the hope that he might someday attend its meetings

W. Bro Van Duzer applied his genius for organisation, to the formation of an association of, Anglo foreign lodges;
The first festival of this association was held on March 10, 1910, only nine months after the founding of America Lodge.
These festivals and the interchange visits between, the Masters of the Anglo Foreign Lodges continued until 1914, when world War one caused them to be postponed; they were resumed in 1932 and continued up to 1939;

Instead of a Past Masters jewel, it was decided to present a miniature jewel and scale replica of a silver gilt cup given to Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1470 by Dr Richard Sokborn, Inscribed on the band around the top is the dedication in Anglo-Saxon which being transcribed, reads “Saint Denis it is very dear to me: for her love, drink and make good cheer"., Whilst Denis does not enter perceptibly into the Masonic working,
All past Masters used to bring their cups to the annual installation ceremonies and tried to carry out the injunction, So far as it relates to good cheer.

  In 1912 occurred the first break in our membership.  Bro Howard Brown Case, who was initiated at the first meeting, lost his life in the sinking of the Titanic, April 12th.

Although the Lodge's financial condition at that time was far from a state of affluence, it not only supported the charities generously,
And as one of the four lodges constituting the Anglo-foreign lodges Association, in 1915 voted to present a motor ambulance to the British Red Cross.  Purchased for the sum of £422 13 -06p, Raised for this purpose, America Lodge gave £108.

In July 1916 a distinguished American Freemasons, Very Worshipful Brother J. Fort Newton, Past Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, visited the Lodge.

In February 1919 the Lodge received the new American Ambassador, his Excellency Bro John W. Davies, Not since the consecration ceremonies had such a gathering been held in America Lodge., There were eighty visitors, some of whom were amongst the most distinguished members of the craft.

In 1922 Bro Warren G. Harding, President of the United States became an Honorary Member

In November 1923 the happy custom of joint meetings with Colombia Lodge no 2397., America-lodge has always considered Colombia to be its Mother Lodge, as fifteen of the twenty five founders were members of Columbia and our petition was recommended by them.

The Lodge was honoured in November, 1924 by a visit from another Ambassador to the Court of St James's, His Excellency Bro Frank Billings Kellogg, on his becoming an honorary member. 

The Lodge experienced the unusual sorrow in 1925 of losing its Master W. Bro Percy Fitch Storrs, during his term of office,
It was during that year the “Masonic Memorial fund” was brought to the attention of the Brethren.  We became entitled to the Hall Stone jewel which, each successive Master wears with sincere pride.

The Lodge reached maturity, with its 21st year, with appropriate ceremony, Attended by the Most Worshipful the Pro Grand Master; assisted by his retinue
Accompanied by forty seven brethren representing thirty two English lodges and fifteen America lodges, including the Master of Colombia Lodge and the Masters of the Anglo Foreign Lodges., W. Bro A Leon Sinking was on this occasion installed as Master. 
Felicitations were telegraphed to the Daughter of Lord Ampthill whose 21st birthday and that of America Lodge occurred on the same date... 

In 1939 War again threatened the very existence of the Lodge.  It is recorded that at the General Purposes Committee meeting in that year, a decision was taken to keep the Lodge alive as an entity and not to amalgamate with any other Lodge. 

In 1940 the original Tyler died, after having served the Lodge faithfully for thirty two years and 157 meetings. 

In 1930 a gavel made of the old timber of the Independents Hall, Philadelphia was presented by Right Worshipful Brother Robert Ian. Clegg, the Past historian of the Grand Lodge of Ohio,

An Old English glass loving cup, a cherished and regularly use possession of the Lodge was given in 1931 by W. Bro D. Campbell lee.

In 1953 Major-General JD McLachlan made a presentation of a small replica of the picture of W. Bro George Washington

At the 50th anniversary meeting, the Worshipful Master of Colombia Lodge, W. Bro D. White presented to the Worshipful Master a Gold Past Masters Cup of Columbia Lodge, To be used after proceedings of the lodge, by the reigning Master of America Lodge in perpetuity.

At the March 1961 meeting, the Secretary reported a donation to the Lodge of the Leeds Ware jug by W. Bro J. C. Wirral, It had been presented to his Grandfather when he was raised in 1796, For safe keeping and to ensure that as many brethren as possible should enjoy seeing this jug, it had, with W. Bro Major J. C. Wirral's approval been given to the Grand Lodge Museum.

W. Bro E. Baileux of Entente Cordiale presented the Bernhard Cup to the Worshipful Master, Master of the last Lodge making use of it at the last Anglo Foreign Lodges Association meeting on May 2nd 1968 when eighteen members and four hundred and sixty eight guests attended, whose names are recorded.
The Lodge received the RW Bro Major Sir Allan Adair, Assistant Grand Master and his retinue.

May 1983
The Worshipful Master announced that members of North View Lodge number 113 Norfolk, Virginia USA would give a demonstration working of their third degree working under the Grand Lodge of Virginia USA
The letter from W. Bro E. L. Baileux Deputy Grand Master, congratulating America Lodge on the organisation of the Anglo Foreign Lodges reunion,
During the latter years we have had the privilege of having as members of the Lodge, W.Bro Gordon Pugsley. Who was our Treasurer for many years and the Secretary for the Anglo Foreign Lodges Association?

W.Bro Frank Baber, who was the Secretary of the lodge in the latter years, to whom I have the pleasure of succeeding.
Not forgetting W.Bro James G. Laurie, W.Bro John Huntingdon and W.Bro D.D. Pearl who continued to build upon the foundations laid by W.Bro Selah Van Duzer, the first Secretary of the Lodge and his successor Frederick Conklin Van Duzer

Without doubt there are many others whom you could make mention, to leave them out of this short history, is not an error, it would take too much time, though all their details are fully recorded in the full history, which is available as a PDF on the side bar menu for those who wish to read the full history of the illustrious Lodge