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Title Letter from the Masons of Amelia Lodge No. 47 reporting losses from a fire
Object Name Article
Scope & Content A letter from Fernandina, Fla. dated April 14th, 1876.
Brethren: Believing that the grand aim of all true Masons is to soothe calamity, alleviate misfortune, compassionate misery and restore peace to the troubled mind, we do not hesitate to appeal to you at this time.
On the morning of the 24th day of March last, our little "City by the Sea" was visited with a terrible conflagration having in ashes the great part of the business portion of the place. Our Lodge did not escape this calamity: the building, with all the furniture, jewels, organ, and everything found in a well-regulated Lodge, were destroyed.......
This appeal for help is signed:
Fraternally yours,
A. O. McDonell
Gustave Stark
John Friend.
The Grand Master, F. Wasgate, by D. G. Dawkins, Grand Secretary, urges all Masons to show "material sympathy."

Three calling cards of Mr. John W. Simmons, owner of ice plant on west side of South 11th and also one of the owners of the trolley line. Items found in Merrick-Simmons house.
Catalog Number 1991.047.002
Collection AIMH
Accession number 1991.047
Caption Letter to Masons
Number of images 3
People McDonell, A. O.
Stark, Gustave
Friend, John
Wasgate, F.
Dawkins, D. G.
Simmons, John W.
Search Terms Masons
Amelia Lodge No. 47
Fire of 1876
Ice plant
Merrick-Simmons house
Subjects Fire
Classification Disasters/Fires