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M. W. G. Master, Officers and Brethren, Fellow Citizens: It would appear that I am expected to perform a double duty — one to the oounty, the other to Masonry. In presenting a short sketch, I will take the liberty to avail myself of a few fsacts embodied in an excellent work written by one of your citizens, Mr. Benj. Douglas. It should be in every intelligent gentleman's library.

The laying of a corner-stone forms a notable event in the history of Wayne County. It not only marks the completion of the foundation of a completed building, but does what is better, marks an advance in architecture, which is the art of construction in its several branches.

Architecture, when practiced agreeably to the harmonious principles of nature, may be ranked among the fine arts. True, it was a forced art, and arose, from the desire of men to protect themselves from outward elements. It may be traced to the first formation of society, and consisted primitively in planting trees on end and placing others across to support a





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