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His favorite pen name was Cryptonymus, a Latin word meaning One whose name is hidden. He was one of the founders of the Rosicrucian Society in England see Rosicrucianism. He was born at Charleston, South Carolina, March 12, This scholarly Brother lived to the age of seventy-four years.
He died at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, June 20,and was buried at Washington, District of Columbia, Sunday, June 26, with all the solemnity of the Masonic Rites wherein he had long been an active leader. Fromwhen he was graduated with honors at the Charleston Medical College, until he gave attention to the practice of his profession, but from that time on literary and Masonic labors engrossed his efforts.
In a contest for senatorial honors Brother Mackey was defeated by Senator Sawyer. Doctor Mackey removed to Washington. District of Columbia, in l Shortly thereafter he affiliated with Solomon's Lodge No.
From until he held the office of Grand Secretary and during this period prepared all the reports of the Foreign Correspondence Committee of the Grand Lodge.
In he was a founder member of Landmark Lodge No. During the winter of he was advanced and exalted in Capitular Freemasonry; elected High Priest in December, ; and also elected Deputy Grand High Priest in and successively re-selected until From to he was each year elected as Grand High Priest of his State.
Elected in to the office of General Grand High Priest, he continued in that position until As a contributor to the literature and science of Freemasonry, Doctor Mackey's labors have been more extensive than those of any other in America or in Europe. Doctor Mackey also contributed freely to Masonic periodicals and edited several of them with conspicuous ability.
In he established and edited the Southern and Western Masonic Miscellany for five years. In he undertook the publication of the Masonic Quarterly Review which continued for two years.
Then he was invited to assume editorial charge of a department in the American Freemason which he accepted in July,and he held this position for one year. He was solicited to take charge of a department in the Masonic Trowel, his first article appearing in the September number ofand he wrote for this publication for nearly three years.
Although a periodical of great merit, after three years it was discontinued. In January,Doctor Mackey became one of the editors of the Voice of Masonry, and for over four years was a constant contributor to that periodical, when failing health necessitated his giving up this work.
General Albert Pike wrote a touching and ape precative message at the time of the death of Doctor Mackey, which was sent out officially by the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction in which the various Masonic Bodies were instructed to "drape in black the altars and working tools and the Brethren will wear the proper badge of mourning during the space of sixty days.
Our illustrious Brother, Albert Gallatin Mackey, is no more! He died at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, on the 20th day of June,at the venerable age of 74, and was buried at Washington on Sunday June 26,with the highest honors of the Craft, ah Rites and Orders of Masonry uniting in the last sad services over his remains.
The announcement of his death has carried a genuine sentiment of sorrow wherever Freemasonry is known. His ripe scholarship, his profound knowledge of Masonic law and usage, his broad views of Masonic philosophy, his ceaseless and invaluable literary labors in the service of the Order, his noble ideal of its character and mission, as well as his genial personal qualities and his lofty character, had united to make him personally known and vividly respected and beloved by the Masonic world.
While this Grand Lodge shares in the common sorrow of the Craft everywhere at this irreparable loss she can properly lay claim to a more intimate and peculiar sense of bereavement, inasmuch as our illustrious Brother had been for many years an active member of this Body Chairman of the Committee on Jurisprudence, and an advisor ever ready to assist our deliberations with his knowledge and counsel.
In testimony of our affectionate respect for his memory the Grand Lodge jewels, and insignia will be appropriately draped, and its members near the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.
A memorial page of our proceedings will also be dedicated to the honor of his name. We extend to his family the assurance of our sincere and respectful sympathy, and direct that an attested copy of this Minute be transmitted to them.
He was a fearless and gifted speaker; his language was courteous and manner dignified; and occasionally, in his earnestness to maintain what he conceived to be right, he became animated and eloquent. Positive in his convictions, he was bold in their advocacy.
His course of action once determined on, supported by an approving conscience no fear or disfavor or discomfiture could swerve him from his fixed purpose.
Whatever was the emergency, he was always equal to it. He was faithful to every public and Masonic duty. Treachery found no place in his character. He never betrayed a trust.
He was eminently sincere and loyal to his friends, and those who were most intimately associated with him learned to appreciate him the most. He was generous and frank in his impulses, and cherished malice toward none, and charity for all.
His monument is in the hearts of those who knew him longest and best. He is no longer of this earth. His work among men is ended; his earthly record is complete. The word mason, as it appears to us, is clear evidence of the development of the operative Gilds through the Norman-French artificers of the Conquest, who carried the Operative Gilds, as it were, back to Latin terminology, and to a Roman origin, In addition to the above paragraph by the Rev.Doctor of Philosophy Dissertations Completed between and the Present Reconciliation of the Prostitute, Anchoress, and Wandering Shepherd: Coming to Terms with Self, Society and the Divine in Thirteenth Century Iberia.
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