REVERE, Paul. Engraved document signed ("Paul Revere"), a Masonic certificate, countersigned by John Bray, Enoch Baldwin and Joseph Clark (Secretary), Boston, 3 September 1800.
1 page, oblong 4to (13 x 16 in.), PRINTED ON FINE PARCHMENT. Elaborately engraved by B. Hurd ("Brother B. Hurd del."), depicting an elaborate arched pediment supported by two columns, large Masonic symbols (crossed keys, sun, moon and stars with comet, crossed quills); beneath, in the center portion, resting on a large altar are an open coffin, drafting implements and two large candleholders, to the side are cherubs on pedestals, one holding an open book, the other a mallet. Accomplished in manuscript, original red silk ribbon attached at left-hand edge, signature slightly pale, very light spotting, light dampstains, matted and in a fine giltwood frame. Revere and fellow officers of the Lodge certify that Moses Ward "has been regularly initiated in the Third Degree of Masonry" within the Rising States Lodge of Boston, Massachusetts.
A FINE "RISING STATE'S LODGE" MASONIC CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY PAUL REVERE
On 9 September 1760, the 25-year-old Paul Revere (who had probably been introduced to Freemasonry through Richard Gridley, a Mason and Revere's commander during the Crown Point Expedition of 1756), was initiated as an apprentice in St. Andrew's Lodge in Boston, He advanced rapidly to the rank of Master Mason, and, by 1769, Arch Mason (also held by fellow patriot Joseph Warren). As a skilled gold- and silversmith, Revere received several commissions to engrave certificates and to produce seals and medals for the Lodge (the engravings are illustrated in C. Brigham, Paul Revere's Engravings, pp.186-196). In 1783, he and other masons founded a new lodge, which in 1784 took the name Rising States Lodge (as named in the present certificate). He remained a principal member of this lodge for many years, and in 1794-97 held the most prominent and prestigious position in the State, serving as Grand Master of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge. According to one authority, after 1800, the demands of Revere's growing foundry business absorbed most of his time and Revere held no further masonic offices, only occasionally attending meetings (E.J. Steblicki, Paul Revere and Freemasonry, 1985, p.64). The Rising States Lodge was dissolved in 1812.
Documents relating to Revere's masonry and his involvement with the Rising States Lodge are very rare.