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St. John’s Lodge Account, 24 June 1731

St. John’s Lodge, Account3

MS Ledger (“Liber B”): Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Benja. Frankline to Stok Dr: Per Contra Cr:
   Ao.Dom. 1731 Ao.Dom. 1731
June 24th To: 5 Lodge days omition at 6d. per diem £ 2 6 June 24th To moneys recd. over Pluss of your Expences Entring £2 2 7
To: remainder of your £3 Entrance is £2 0 1 2 0 1
July 5 To Stock for this Lodge day 6 July 5 By moneys to Stock for this Lodge day 6
August 2 to Stock for this day 6 Augst. 2 By moneys to Stock 6
Septembr. 6th to your monthly Quota 6d. 6 Septembr. 6th By moneys you Pd. for monthly Quota 6
octobr. 4 to Quota 6 octobr. 4 By moneys for Quota 6
novembr. 5th for absence 1s. and monthly Quota 6d. 1 6
Decembr. 6th for Quota 6 decembr. 6th By moneys Pd. 1 6
2 6 7 2 6 1
1731/2 1731/2
Jany. 3 for Do. 6 Jany. 3d By Do. 6
febraery 7th to Do. 6 febraery 7th By Do. 6
march 6 for absence 1s. and Quota 6d. 1 6
1732 1732
april the 3d to Quota 6d. 6 April 3d By Do. Quota and for Last time absence 2s. 2 0
may the 1 for absence 1s. and Quota 6d. 1 6
June the 5 for Quota 6d. 6 June 5 By Quota 6d. 6
£2 11 7 £2 9 7
19 By moneys for absence and Quota 1 6
2 11 1
July 3 for Quota 6 July 3d By moneys for Quota 6d.
augst. 7 for Do. 6 augt 7 By Do.6
Septembr. 4 for Do. 6 Septembr. 4 By Do.6
1 6
1 6
£2 12 7
 
octobr. 19 for do 6
novembr. 6 for absence 1s. and Quota 6d. 1 6
decembr. 4 for Ditto 1 6
1732/3 1732/3
January 1st for Quota 6
£2 16 7
february 5 for Do. 6
march 5 for Do. 6 march 5 By moneys paid 4 6
By moneys Lent the Lodge for Wm. Pringle 5s. 5 0
3 2 1
1733
april 2d for absence 1s. and Quota 6d. 1 6
may 7 for Quota 6
June 4 for Do. 6
£3 10 1
July 2 for Do. 6 July 2d By moneys for Quota 6
augst. 6 for Do. 6 Augst. 6th By Do. 6
this day moneys Pd. you for daybook &c. 15 0
Septr. 3 for Quota 6
29 for Quota 6
novembr. 5 for Do. 6 novembr. 5th By Do. 6
3 17 7 3 3 7
Cr. by Day booke 13s. 13 0
£3 16 7
Xbr. [December]3 for do. 6 Dec. 3 By Do. 6
[1733/4] [1733/4]
Janry. 7 for do. 6 Jan 7 By Do. 6
feb. 4 for do. 6
March 4 for do. 6 Mar 4 By Do. 6
£3 18 1
June 3 for do. 1 6 1734 By Cash recd. 3
4 1 1 See new Accot in Folio.4 £4 1 1
 
1734/5
March 5 By Cash recd. for 3 Qrly. Paymts. £ 4 6
1735 1735
June 2 To One Year’s Stock £ 6
Dec. 1 By Ditto for 2 Ditto 3
1736 1736
Apl. 6 By Ditto for 1 Ditto 1 6
June 7 To Ditto 6
£ 12
June 24 By Ditto for a payment due the last Year 1 6
Do. By Ditto in full to this Day 1 6
£ 12
1737 1737
June 7 To Ditto 0 6 0 June 7 By Cash in full £1 7
Ditto To the Lodge’s gen’rall Accot of Expence 14 7
£1 7
1738
June 24 To One Year’s Stock £ 6
[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3BF was initiated into St. John’s Lodge of Masons in Philadelphia in February 1731. This account book shows that his attendance thereafter was regular: between July 5, 1731 and June 3, 1735, for example, he was present at 28 regular meetings and absent from only six. For each meeting he was charged sixpence as a contribution to the lodge’s “stock” or treasury, and for his absences he was fined a shilling in addition. The accounts were kept by at least three different treasurers. They were balanced June 19, 1732, June 1734, and June 7, 1737. For a page in facsimile see Julius F. Sachse, Benjamin Franklin as a Free Mason (Phila., 1906), facing p. 34.

4The accounts are continued on later pages of the volume.

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