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THE ORDER OF UNITED AMERICANS.
has ever existed in the United States. From thirteen, the number in this city and Brooklyn alone has grown to nearly seven thousand in that short space of time, and the Order has been successfully established in the interior of this State: in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California; and the time is not distant when it will be planted with good seed in every State in the Union, and operate as a check upon the mischievous doings of the core rupt and designing.
Nor has the Order been idle in its young years. On several different occasions of National importance, its power has been felt, though its
voice was not heard, nor its form made visible; TO CORRESPONDENTS.
and standing, as it does, above and independent “ PERRY” inquires, “ If the G. S. gives a deci- of the platform of mere party, upon great and sion contrary to law, what course must a
vital issues, its operations are untrammeled, and Chapter pursue?” We answer, The decision of the G. s. must be respected and obeyed
its influence is pervading. Its principles are so until it is reversed on an appeal to Chan
pure as to elicit the sympathies and command cery.
the approval of every true patriot, and none * Q. U. E.”—The subject that you speak of is fear it save the reckless and uncaring dema
too insignificant for serious consideration, i gogue, or the baffled and greedy foe of National and should never be allowed to become a Freedom. matter of litigation. Chapters should have more respect for their own dignity, than to entertain frivolous charges growing out of
QUARTERLY RETURNS.—There is, perhaps, individual or personal fretfulness. If such
no duty devolving on the corresponding officers things are invested with gravity, the valu.
of orders like our own, which is of more imporable time of a hundred men may be squan- tance than the preparation of the statistical dered, and a Chapter placed in jeopardy for information which is required by their laws and the value of a flea. One of our Chapters
usages ; and there is, perhaps, no duty which is was deprived of its charter, about three years ago, on an issue between two mem
more frequently neglected or its performance bers, which commenced in a pecuniary differ delayed than this. We are aware that much ence of eighteen and three-quarter cents. I time must necessarily be consumed, and much Parties who bring such paltry differences labor performed, in order that it may be attended before their Chapters should be punished
to in a proper manner. But is this any excuse for their littleness, if for nothing else.
for inattention? We think not, for the greater “ PIONEER.”—The A. C. is not yet organized,
the importance of any undertaking, the more but its powers are vested in the Chancery necessary is a prompt and faithful discharge of of the State of New York, which has tem porary jurisdiction in all matters pertain
those duties which tend to produce the desired ing to the A. C.
result. We consider it a wise regulation that
no chapter should receive the “work" of a sucTHE ORDER.-Six years ago the Order of ceeding quarter until its returns are transmitUnited Americans was established in this city, ted to the proper authority. with the avowed object of guarding our institu- Thus the business of the old term would be tions against the machinations of their enemies, brought to a close, its officers having properly or the corrupting influence of demagogues, and performed the duties which they assumed, and for the adoption of such measures as may at any the chapter be better prepared to enter upon time be deemed necessary for their preservation another term than if embarrassed with the and efficacy.
“finishing up” of neglected concerns. Thirteen gentlemen of this city at that time. We have noticed that the very best Chapters adopted a constitution and creed embracing in our Order, are those which, at the commencethese objects, and from them has sprung one of ment of every quarter, are prepared to give a the most potent and popular associations that detailed and accurate account of their proceed
ings, while those which are never prepared to times as large as we have heretofore paid, and “report their progress” punctually, are among the Committee, rather than submit to a seeming the weakest; and this is not strange, for, while extortion, engaged the one set of men perform their duties with punc
TRIPLER HALL, tuality and regularity, the others, by being con
a building that will hold at least one thousand tinually engaged in fulfilling their neglected du
more than the Tabernacle, and on that account ties, are sometimes so far behind as to be almost
better adapted to our purpose. Last year, at forgotten in the praises bestowed on their victo
least one thousand persons were compelled to rious competitors. This is a subject which is
leave the doors of the Tabernacle, and retire, one of the very best tests of the state of prog
because there was not room for them in the perity of either a Chancery or Chapter. It is,
building. This year, even Tripler Hall will not in fact, the great artery where, by the number / be large enough, but it is the largest in the and strength of the pulsations, we may easily city adapted to oratorical uses, and therefore discover whether a hearty and active influence the best." is kept in circulation, or whether the body is in
As Grand Marshal of the day, the Convention a torpid and indifferent condition.
made a most excellent selection in Brigadier It is of the highest moment that each G. C. of General, Brother HENRY STORMS, of Washing. the C. should, at the commencement of each
ton chapter. General Storms has been known term, receive the returns of the previous one,
for more than a quarter of a century, as a most from every Chapter in the State, so that he, in
efficient officer, and the arrangement of such a turn, may prepare his account for Arch Chan
parade will come directly within the scope of cery. Without this systematic regularity in
his experience. The General has accepted the every department, the number of members in
appointment, and we trust that his arrangements the Order, amount of initiations, &c., &c., can
will be strictly complied with. never be ascertained; thus leaving us in igno
We learn that the several companies of ranc
nce of our own strength and resources, so “ Continentals,” viz. :that we can never act unitedly and efficiently
The Washington Continentals, Captain Helme. in any subject. We trust that all officers, in
The Continental Guard of Brooklyn, Captain every branch of the Order, will perceive the
Morgan. necessity of prompt action in this department, The Continental Guard of New-York, Captain and of thus endeavoring to contribute their part
Darrow. to the glorious triumph which awaits the cause
The City Continentals, Captain Knapp in which we are engaged.
The City Continentals, Captain Vandyke,
And the new Battalion of American Riflemen, WASHINGTON'S BIRTH-DAY.–At a recent ses
will form an escort on that occasion, in full uni. sion of the Chancery of New York, a committee of nine was appointed to confer with the several
The orator of the day has not yet been chosen. Chapters on the subject of commemorating in an
ece or commemorating in an Several chapters of New-Jersey have already appropriate manner the approaching anniver
approaching anniver- | resolved to unite with New-York on this occasary of the birth-day of the Father of our Coun- tion, and we may reasonably expect one of the try, the ever-glorious “ Twenty-second;" and noblest parades of the Order that we have yet we believe every Chapter in the State has had. The Programme, complete, will appear in resolved to unite with Chancery on that occa- our next number. sion.
A convention of delegates has been held, con THE ANNUAL GRAND BALL of the Washing. jointly with the Committee of Chancery, and ton Association comes off, as usual, on Washingsome of the preliminary arrangements for the ton's Birth-night. This year, it will be held at demonstration have already been made. The the Apollo Saloon, and will be conducted on a Convention first resolved that the ceremonies most liberal and magnificent scale. Active presbould consist of
paration is already in progress, with a view to 1st. A Grand Procession of the Order, in full make it the Ball of the season. The last given regalia, with banners and music, and
by this Association, at Niblo's, was a brilliant 2d. An oration, with other appropriate cere- festival, admirably managed in all its details, monies, in some suitable building. The Broad and its results, as we are informed, gave a way Tabernacle having been employed on this handsome addition to the Widow and Orphan's anniversary for two years past, it was the Fund of Washington Chapter. intention of the Convention to hold the ceremonies there this year; but the conscientious AMERICAN CHAPTER talks of going to Newagent, or proprietor of that building, saw fit to Haven on the 22d, in compliance with the invi. place a supposed value upon it, nearly three / tation of Roger Sherman Chapter.
MOVEMENTS AND PROGRESS. 1 CALIFORNIA.-Notwithstanding the unproNew CHAPTERS.-Since our first number was pitious circumstances attending the establishissued, two new Chapters have been organized in ment of the Order in California, Chancellor Hart this State, and one in New Jersey, viz:
has accomplished that most desirable object, and IRONSIDES CHAPTER, No. 47, of New York,
our brothers who may visit that remote region was instituted December 16th, at American Hall, of our country, will hereafter be sure of a cordial and fully organized; Chancellor Boyce presiding
and fraternal welcome. The great difficulties at the installation. Ironsides commenced her
encountered in the incipient organization of the career with about thirty members, mostly from
Order at San Francisco were, 1st, the enormous Independence, a few from American, and two
expense of a room for a place of meeting, the novitiates, initiated on the night of installation.
rent being at the rate of about thirty-five dollars With a spirited and intelligent body of members,
for each meeting; and 2d, the migratory habits she takes her place in line under most favorable
of the early visitors to the new State. Rents auspices. May she be as invulnerable to foreign
have since been considerably reduced, and San influence as the old frigate, whose name she
Francisco has a comparatively large permanent bears, and, like her, live to a green old age.
population. EUREKA CHAPTER, No. 1, is now
fairly under way, with encouraging prospects. LIBERTY CHAPTER, No. 11, of New Jersey, | On the 29th of October, the Chapter turned out was instituted at Jersey City early in December, in the grand procession in honor of the admisbut her place of meeting will be at Bergen, as sion of the new State, with thirty-two members soon as a suitable hall is provided. Her Charter in full regalia, and a splendid silken banner, got members comprise a small colony from Ameri- up at an expense of $100. Go ahead, Califorcan, of Jersey City, and a few novitiates. The nia! We will shake hands with you in the valJerseymen are doing their duty nobly. Any ley of the Mississippi, shortly. political party that wishes to carry New Jersey, hereafter, are advised not to send a foreigner to PENNSYLVANIA.-Hancock Chapter, of Newstump the State, and teach Americans how to York, is making arrangements for a visit to vote, as was done just prior to the last election. Keystone Chapter, of Philadelphia, in June The song and grand-sons of those who did their next. We learn that the AMERICAN MECHANICS own fighting, and scoured the enemies of their of that city have united in an invitation to that country from Trenton, Bordentown, Burlington, effect, and we know they will make the trip Black Horse, and Mount Holly, in 1776, are able agreeable. We expect our brothers of Penn. to do their own voting in 1851.
sylvania will give a good account of themselves
during the present year. A little good manageAMERICAN FLAG CHAPTER, No. 48, of New
ment and industry is all that is necessary to York, was organized at Mamaroneck, on Wednes
spread the 0. U. A. throughout the State from day evening, 8th of January. This is an appro.
Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, and they will do it. priate anniversary. On the 8th of January, 1814, the American Flag waved triumphant over the British at New Orleans, since which
FUNERAL SERVICE.-At a session of Chanthey have never met in hostility. The Ameri
cery, held on Monday, January 13, the report cans of Mamaroneck will take good care of that
of a Committee, containing a complete Funeral fag.
Service and Regulations for the use of the Order,
was adopted. Too late to be inserted in the A VISIT.-A most interesting occasion occur- present number of the Republic. The document red on the evening of the 17th of December last, was ordered to be printed and transmitted to the at the rooms of American Chapter, of New-York. several Chapters of the Order. The Chapter having extended an invitation to American Chapter of New Jersey, to visit them, | VALLEY OF THE MISSISSIPPI.-Arrangements and the invitation having been accepted, the are in progress for establishing the 0. U. A. in visit took place as above stated. About forty the States of Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. A of our Jersey brothers were present, in full re- renewed American spirit is desirable in that galia, headed by their officers, and accompanied direction, and we expect in the course of three by their Chancellors; they were received with or four months to hear good news from there. appropriate ceremonies, and after an interesting Brothers Bonfils, Westbrook and Piggot, will be meeting, the whole party adjourned to partake honored as the pioneers of the valley. of a fine supper, prepared by Brother Benson. We hope this visit will be but the precursor of LIBERTY TREE CHAPTER, at Albany, is gaina frequent interchange of civilities, not only be- | ing members and thriving. On the 13th of tween the several States, but also between the January, the Association gave a grand ball at Chapters of our own State.
| Bleecker Hall, which was numerously attended. THE ORDER IN CONNECTICUT will celebrate INCREASE OF CHAPTERS.-We have now near. the Birthday of the Immortal Washington, at ly forty Chapters located in this city and Brook. the approaching anniversary, with appropriate lyn; and yet there is scarcely a meeting of Chanceremonies, at the ancient city of New Haven. cery, at which there is not one or more applicaRoger Sherman Chapter, No. 1, acting as the tions for new charters. This evidence of the Chancery of the State, will superintend the prosperity of our Order is truly cheering; but it ceremonies of the occasion, and they have issued has sometimes occurred to as, that it would be invitations to the Order elsewhere, to unite with better to concentrate our strength in a proporthem. New-York would gladly respond to the tionate number of large Chapters, than to disinvitation, were it not that she is to be engaged tribute it among a disproportionate many. The in the same pleasing duty at home. The Order in increase of Chapters evinces a laudable ambition New-York has already consecrated that day to and activity among our members, and proves its own worship, and will henceforth offer up the rapid growth of the Order, yet we should the sacrifice of grateful hearts upon the altar of like to see every new Chapter formed with at His memory. The following is an extract from least thirty charter members, not less than twoa letter just received by the editor, from a mem- thirds of whom should be already members of ber of Roger Sherman Chapter, of New-Haven : the Order. This would afford a basis that would “ The Order is progressing in this State. We
make the labor light, and place the Chapter at are about instituting a Chapter in Bridgeport,
once on a safe footing. and we hope before spring to have a full Chan. cery in the State. Our Chapter intend celebrating the 22d of February, in this city, in a
Novitiate CHARTERS.—There is in our mind manner becoming the occasion. Hope to see a serious objection to granting charters on the large delegation from your city."
· application of persons who are not already mem
bers of the Order, when it can possibly be avoid. BROTHER ELY's ADDRESS.—Those of the Chap. ed. In places where the Order is already esta. ters who have not received their quota of copies blished, there is no occasion to do so. The ob. of Brother Ely's Address, delivered before the jection is, that Chapters so formed require a long Order, at the Tabernacle, on the last anniver- time before they are able to work well-they sary of the birthday of Washington, can do so have to serve an apprenticeship in the work of by notifying the Chairman of their Visiting Com. the Order, as it were, without a teacher, and mittees, and furnishing them with the number of hence make slow and imperfect progress. To members according to the last quarterly returns. ensure efficiency, we think at least two-thirds Each member is entitled to one copy through of the charter members should, in every case, liis Chapter, without charge. The Chairmen of be already members of the Order. Visiting Committees can obtain them of Brother Dunham, the printer, at No. 138 Fulton street, ATTENDANCE OF MEMBERS.-Although our up stairs, for their Chapters, by giving a receipt Chapter meetings are generally well attended, acknowledging their delivery. Chapters wish there are great numbers of members who seling more than their members' quota, for distri- dom attend the meetings, except on the usual bution, will be supplied at the cost price. We quarter night, when they come to pay their desire to see this able American Republican dues, and a few who do not attend in person Oration widely distributed.
even for that purpose, sending the amount of
their dues by the hand of a friend. At the last The Sixth ANNIVERSARY of the Order was meeting of Chancery that body passed a vote observed by Alpha Chapter, No. 1, on Saturday recognizing the power of Chapters to require evening, December 21st, and an appropriate ad. the attendance of every member at least once a dress delivered by Chancellor Whitney. We quarter, and the right to attach a small penalty would recommend that the next Anniversary for delinquency. be observed by the Order at large, with ceremonies befitting the occasion.
THE “Twenty-SECOND.” – Our patriotic
| Mayor has recommended a general and approBy-Laws.-Chapters wishing to obtain By- priate observance of the Washington birth-day Laws, will do well to look at the advertisements anniversary, and we learn that General Sand. of Brothers Allen, Colt, and Baker, that appear ford intends to order a Division parade on that in our advertising department, before getting day. We are glad to see that the people are their work done elsewhere. They all have the waking up under our influence. That day of Constitution stereotyped, which enables them to the calendar had become a thing forgotten until get them out cheap, and either of them will do the Order of United Americans drew it from the work handsomely. We like to see those oblivion, by their annual ceremonies and pathings weil executed.
. I rade.
THE BALL OF BUNKER HILL ASSOCIATION, ceiving into Honorary Membership those who are under the held at the Apollo Rooms, January 8th, was a age of 55 years. most interesting aflair. A large number of the RESOLUTIONS HAVING THE FORCE OF LAW. beautiful “Daughters” were there, and (al.
IN CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF New-YORK. though we took leave at the beginning of the
(Adopted, March 20th, 1848.] “ small hours ") we learn that the light- Resolved : That none but duly initiated members of footed festivities were kept up until the night this Order, shall, on any occasion, be permitted to wear was “almost at odds with morning.” The ar- | the regalia or insignia thereof, nor to parade or associate rangements of the Committee were bighly cred.
with any Chapter of the Order on public occasions. itable.
(Adopted, Oct. 16th, 1848.)
Resolved : That, hereafter, no Excursion, Ball, Public ORDINANCES, &o
Entertainment, or Procession, (Funerals excepted,) shall New-York, November 18th, 1850.
take place, in which the regalia shall be worn, or the name P. G. S. Thos. R. WHITNEY, Esq.
of the Chapter used, without the consent of Chancery Dear Sir, and Bro.,I have the honor to transmit to you,
(Adopted, March 5th, 1849.) for publication in the “ Republic," the accompanying Resolved: That all Chapters under the jurisdiction of Ordinances, Resolutions, and Decisions of the Chancery this Chancery, shall withhold the Quarter Password from of the State of New York.
all members who are three months in arrears on the books Truly and fraternally, yours,
of their several Chapters; but all such members shall be L. 8.
C. GOODRICH BOYCE, G. C of the C. entitled to visit their respective Chapters while they re-
main in membership. Regulating applications for the adoption of new By-Laws,
(Adopted, March 12th, 1849.) and for Amendments to existing Laws.
Resolved: That for every member hearafter suspended (Adopted Dec. 16th, 1850.)
for the non-payment of dues, in case of the expulsion of
such individual, Chancery shall return to the Chapter The Chancery O. U. A. of the State of New-York, in Re.
the amount of assessment paid in when in a suspended galar Session convened, do ordain as follows:
state. 1. All applications made to Chancery for the approval
(Adopted, May 28th, 1849.) of the By-Laws of any Chapter, or for the amendment of
Whereas, it appears to be necessary that there should be any existing Laws, shall be accompanied by two copies of a statute of limitation in case of Chapter or individual apthe By-Laws submitted, each of which shall be correctly
peals; and whereas there does not appear to be any proengrossed on full sheets of paper, with suitable margins to
vision in our Constitution governing the same. allow for any amendments or alterations that may be de.
Therefore, Resolved : That all parties, individually or in termined on by Chancery.
Chapter capacity, considering themselves aggrieved from $ 2. All such applications shall be referred by Chancery or by any decision that may hereafter be made, shall make to the Committee on By-Laws, who are required to state, I such appeal within thirty days from the time of such deon the margin of each copy, such alterations or amend cision, or for ever after be debarred from any subsequent ments as they may deem necessary, and report the same
action in the premises. for the action of Chancery.
(Adopted, May 28th, 1849.) 63. On the adoption of the report of the Committee
Resolved : That hereafter the C. C.'s of the several Chapon By-Laws by Chancery, the G. C. of the C. shall furnish
ters under the jurisdiction of this Chancery be required to the Chapter making the application with one copy of the
notify the respective Chapters, and the G. C. C., of all relaws as approved by Chancery, and the Chapter shall be allowed to adopt the same on depositing a printed copy
jections, suspensions, expulsions and re-instatements, by with the G. C. of the C., and receiving his official attesta
their several Chapters, stating age, occupation, and resi. tion to that effect.
dence, together with the cause. 64. No Chapter shall be allowed to adopt any By-Laws,
(Adopted, Nov. 11th, 1850.) or the Amendments to any existing By-Laws, until the re
Resolved: That from the First of September to the First quirements herein contained have been complied with, and
of March, the proceedings of this Chancery, shall, herethe attestation of the G. C. of the C. is obtained.
after, close at half-past ten o'clock, P. M., at which time
the vote on the subject then before the body, shall be DECISIONS.
taken, unless the time be extended by a vote of two-thirds IN CHANCERY OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK.
of the members present. (Adopted Oct. 18th, 1847.)
(Adopted, March 23, 1846.)
Resolved : That all Chapters having less than one hunThat State Chanceries are both Legislative and Judicial
dred members, shall have the privilege of reducing the in their powers, designed to enact laws for the government
initiation fees charged above Ave dollars to that sum. of Chapters, as well as to settle disputes that may arise : Provided such exercise does not interfere with the Consti
(Adopted, April 13th, 1846.) tution of the Order, or the Laws adopted by Arch Chan
Resolved : That no Chapter shall be hereafter formed cery for general government.
bearing the name of any living person, or of any prominent That State Chanceries have the right to establish the partisan locality, or character. minimum age of membership for their own States : Pro
(Adopted, July 20th, 1846.) vided, such minimum age is within the range laid down in Resolved: That it is illegal for any Brother of the 0. of the Constitution, (viz., 18 to 55 years, inclusive,) and that U. A. to be a member of more than one Chapter at one and such regulations do not interfere with the rights acquired the same time, except as honorary member; but as such by members in other States who may have been admitted honorary member, he shall under no consideration be into the order, within the Constitutional limits.
entitled to take part in the proceedings of, or hold office That State Chanceries have not the right to alter the in said Chapter. Initiation Fee to a uniform rate, except said rate be at
(Adopted, Feb. 16th, 1847.) least Ten Dollars, ($10;) rates may be made larger than Resolved: That hereafter the Chapters under this jurische scale given in the Constitution, but not reduced.
diction shall elect their first class officers, semi-annually. The Constitution does not prohibit Chapters from re- ' at the first regular meetings in September and March