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148    NEW    YORK    STATE GAZETTEER.

Grand Lodge are about $16,000; and during the year ending in June, 1859, the amount expended
for charitable relief by the Grand Lodge and its immediate agents was about J)3,000; and probably
three times more than that sum was expended for the same purposes by lodges and individual
Masons. There is in the Hall and Asylum Fund, raised for charitable and'educational purposes,
about $25,000, controlled by trustees chosen by the Grand Lodge, (it not being incorporated;) and
this sum is constantly being increased from various sources,—a portion of it arising from the
stated revenues of the Grand Lodge. The fraternity are now all united in one body, under the
jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge and its subordinates, and are in a sound and flourishing condition.
The office of the Grand Secretary and place of business of the fraternity is in Odd Fellows Hall,
corner of Grand and Center Sts., NewYork. The Grand Lodge is in correspondence and direct
communication with all the Grahd Lodges and Masonic fraternity throughout the world.1

Independent Order of Odd Fellows. This order was introduced into the United
States from Manchester, England; and the first regular lodge was opened at Baltimore, in 1819.
The Grand Lodge of the U. S. includes 42 subordinate Grand Lodges in the States and Territories,
Canada, and the Sandwich Islands. There are 2 Grand Lodges and 623 subordinate lodges in
this State.2

Sons of Malta. This order embraced in this State, on the 1st of July, 1859, the Grand
Lodge of the State and 8 subordinate lodges, with an aggregate membership of 12,680.

MEDICAL SOCIETIES.

The formation of County Medical Societies was authorized by an act passed April 4, 1806.
They were empowered to grant licenses to practice medicine in the State and to collect of the
members a sum not exceeding $3 annually. Delegates sent from each co. society, in number
equal to the representation of the co. in Assembly, were to constitute a State Medical Society,
which had the power of granting diplomas to practice medicine and to decide upon cases appealed
from the co. societies. Although local societies were formed under this act in most of the counties
then existing, several of them have ceased to exist; and there are at present but about 40 county
societies that are represented by delegates. The State Society was formed Feb. 5, 1807, and is

The elective Grand Officers of the Fraternity are Grand Master,
Deputy Grand Blaster, Senior Grand Warden, Junior Grand
Warden, Grand Treasurer, Grand Secretary, and 5 Grand Chap¬
lains.


Statistics of the Odd Fellows for the year ending Jan. 30, 1858.

Lodges.

Encampmen.ts.

Total number
U. S. Grand
Lodge.

Grand Lodge
Northern
New Tork.

Grand Lodge
Southern
New Tork.

Total,

New Tork.

Subordinate
Encampments,
United States.

Subordinates,
Northern
New Tork.

Subordinates,
Southern
New Tork.

Total,

New Tork.

Lodges, or Subordinate
encampments.............

3,390

493

130

623

651

71

13

84

Number of initiations....

16,549

690

448

1,138

2.755

56

60

116

“ “ rejections....

1,713

51

27

78

79

2

2

“ died............

1,739

82

118

2Q0

220

8

4

12

“ “ members.....

176,700

11,783

8,475

20,258

22,319

979

487

1,466

lieved........................

23.151

715

1,345

2,060

902

22

32

54

No. of widows and fami-

2,705

$294,992.91

113

393

506

93

1

1

Amount paid for relief of
members...................

$11,263.80

$29,663.62

$40,927.42

^ $28,171.10
3,111.60

$211.00

$363.00

$574.00

Amount paid for relief of
widowed families........

66,614.55

3,185.18

6,545.17

9,730.35

3.00

3.00

Amount paid for educa¬
tion of orphans...........

Amount paid for burying
the dead....................

11,284.06

67,364.70

207.29

2,250.00

388.69

5,091.17

595.98

7,341.17

10.00

5,377.24

10.00

40.84

' 90.00

10.00

90.84

Amount of annual re¬
ceipts........................

1,223,685.03

44,756.78

69,981.18

114,737.96

110,156.54

2,019.92

2,426.75

4,446.67


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