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March 1871 Convention
Before the convention of 21 October 1871 was free to establish the Grand Lodge of British Columbia, however, there was one important action which had to be taken. One convention had already met, and it had taken steps to form a Grand Lodge and had then adjourned. It was nominally still in existence—it must now be despatched and given a decent funeral service. It was necessary to cancel its existence and its actions. Accordingly, one half hour before the convention of the day was to begin its sittings a skeleton of the old convention met formally, the officers in their chairs, and the following resolution was passed cancelling all the proceedings which had been taken in the previous March.
"WHEREAS it has been ascertained since this Convention was called off on the 20th of March last, that the sister Lodges working under the English Dispensation are desirous of uniting with us in forming a Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that for the promotion of harmony the proceedings of this Convention be now cancelled, with a view to carrying out that laudable and fraternal intention, so as to unite the whole body of English and Scotch Freemasons in one brotherly bond and jurisdiction. Carried unanimously."
This action taken, the way was clear for the new convention to proceed.

History of the Grand Lodge of British Columbia 1871-1970, John T. Marshall, Vancouver : 1971. p. 113.

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