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Title :
F33-144; Apron, Grand Secretary; RW Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck); MW Daniel D. Tompkins
Description :
A silk apron worn by Grand Secretary Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck); Presented in 1802 to his successor, Daniel D. Tompkins. Daniel D. Tompkins served as Grand Secretary and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York as well as Vice President of the United States of America.
Artifact Date and Number :
1799, December - 1800, August 27 (sometime between these dates); F33-144
Accession Date :
Manufacture Time Period :
MTP3 (1751-1800)
Accession Time Period :
ATP3 (1901-1925)
Card Number :
Nomenclature Term :
Measurements in cm :
L: 44.1 W: 43.6
Materials :
Silk (cream; light green); ribbon (gold metallic; purple); thread; ink; paint
Artifact Lodge Name Number Location and State :
There are three Lodges associated with this apron.
Grand Lodge of New York; New York; New York;
Richmond Lodge No.384; Tompkinsville; NY;
Commonwealth Lodge No. 409; Brooklyn; NY
Symbols :
Radiant eye; cross; circle; leaf (leaves); berry (berries); root-s; radiant triangle; compasses; square; skull and crossbones; foliage sprig; crossed pen-s; grape-s; vine-s
Artifact Other :
History of Richmond Lodge No. 384:
1825, May 2 Petition, which was recommended by New York City Lodge No. 368 [New York Lodge No. 368]
1825, June 1 --- Warrant granted by City Grand Lodge
1825, June 24 --- Warrant dated
1839, June 8 --- Re-numbered to become Richmond Lodge No. 66
1849, June --- Helps to form Phillips Grand Lodge
1850, April 8 ---Surrenders Warrant to Phillips body
1851, March 8 --- Dispensation granted
1851, March 21 --- Petition for revival of No. 66
1851, June 3 --- "recently revived by dispensation"
185 1, June 4 --- Old Warrant re-issued but work didn't commence under this warrant right away
1853, Oct. 12 --- Work commenced under warrant
1854 --- A portion of members resign to form Tompkins Lodge No. 145
1858, June 7 --- At Union, returns to its old jurisdiction

On March 1, 1994, Richmond Lodge No. 66 merged with Aquehonga Lodge No. 906 to become Richmond-Aquehonga Lodge No. 66.
Artifact Other 2 :
Richmond Lodge owes its origin to an incident which happened in the autumn of 1812. One evening some English officers from a vessel moored in the bay near Tompkinsville came ashore and inquired of a watchman on the pier if there was a Masonic Lodge on Staten Island. He directed them to Nautilus Hall, where the proprietor, James Guyon, received them kindly and, collecting a few trusted friends, proceeded to entertain the strangers; a supper was served while a faithful sentinel stood guard at the door, and at a late hour the guests took their departure and returned in safety to their vessel. This visit was talked about, the question of forming a Lodge was discussed, and in a few weeks it was decided to 'hold a meeting as soon as practicable'; but the war of 1812 broke out and the project was abandoned and nothing more was heard of the matter until, some two years after the close of the war, a meeting was held at the residence of Governor M..W.. Daniel D. Tompkins on Fort Hill. At this meeting the conclusion was reached that the existing conditions were unfavorable toward organizing a Lodge and the matter was deferred; but a little more than a year passed when this faithful band of zealous Masons decided to make another attempt to organize a Lodge. A meeting was held at the residence of General Van Buren in Tompkinsville. There were present not only these earnest Masons but several prominent citizens who desired to be made Masons; this encouraged these loyal Masons and from that night Richmond Lodge was a possibility. A leading spirit in this movement was Philpot Wolfe, a member of Hibernia Lodge of London, England, and a son of General Wolfe who lost his life at the battle of Quebec. The choice of a name created so much discussion that it threatened to prevent the consummation of the enterprise; a persistent effort was made to name the new Lodge 'Brinkerhoff, ' the name of one of the English officers who made the visit in 1812. Finally, through the efforts of Governor Tompkins, the name 'Richmond' was selected.
Scarcel y had the movement to organize the Lodge become known than a rumor was started that the Masons were organizing for the purpose of gaining control of public affairs and seeking to influence the religious societies. This soon aroused a feeling of bitterness against Freemasonry. To allay this condition of affairs a public picnic was given by the projectors of the Lodge to which the anti-Masons were invited. This event had a good effect; the tide of popular opinion was again turned; the hostile influence ceased and the organization of the Lodge was effected without further trouble. The night of the organization was a notable event; a banquet was given in Nautilus Hall which was attended by many prominent Masons, the Chaplain of the Grand Lodge was present and amid momentary silence arose and implored 'Almighty God, in His infinite wisdom, to let His richest blessings rest upon the infant organization, now and forever.'
"It is proper to state that at the time Richmond Lodge came into existence there were two Grand Lodges in the State of New York. Richmond Lodge received its warrant from the City Grand Lodge, and it was 'to be located at Castleton, Staten Island.'
"The record of the first meeting held at Nautilus Hall is as follows:
"At a regular meeting of Richmond Lodge, Masonic Hall, Tompkinsville, July 5th, A.L. 5825. Present: Benjamin Wood, WM; Augustus S. Lawrence, SW; John S. Westervelt, JW; James H. Ward, Secretary, and Richard Harcourt, Treasurer." (History..., 1904)
The widow of Daniel D. Tompkins gave the apron to James H. Ward, Secretary of Richmond Lodge. Daniel D. Tompkins and James H. Ward were connected because of Daniel D. Tompkins' involvement in the formation of Richmond Lodge No. 384, as well as because of the fact that Daniel D. Tompkins' son, Griffin Tompkins, was a founding member of Richmond Lodge No. 384 alongside James H. Ward. In the 1825 Petition to Grand Lodge to form Richmond Lodge No. 384, Griffin Tompkins' signature is directly below that of James H. Ward, and they were most probably close friends.
Owner or Subject :
There were four owners of this apron:
Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck), Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of New York;
Daniel D. Tompkins, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of New York; Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York; Vice President of the United States of America;
James H. Ward, Secretary of Richmond Lodge No. 384, Tompkinsville, NY
James M. Fuller (incorrectly named Henry M. Fuller in old catalog), "founder" (charter member) of Commonwealth Lodge No. 409, Brooklyn, NY
Owner or Subject Lodge Name Number Location and State :
Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck; R. J. Vanden Broek; R. J. Vanden Broeck); Unknown where and when he was raised, but he lived in Holland prior to moving to New York ("In February of 1785, the records of the Reformed Dutch Church of New York...note that he was admitted by certificate from Steinfort. His will proves that he came from Holland." (Cusick, 1942);
Daniel D. Tompkins: Hiram Lodge No. 72; Mt. Pleasant; NY;
James H. Ward; New York Lodge No. 368; New York; NY [New York Lodge No. 368 was initially warranted as Firemans' Lodge No. 368, but after a brief period of time, the members requested the Lodge be re-named New York Lodge No. 368.];
James M. Fuller: Star of Bethlehem Lodge No. 322; Brooklyn; NY
Owner or Subject Royal Arch Chapter Name and Number :
Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck); RoyalArch-Yes; Washington Chapter; High Priest, 1790, June; Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in the City of New York (Now Ancient Chapter No. 1), High Priest; 1799; 1800;
Daniel D. Tompkins: RoyalArch-Yes
Owner or Subject Knights Templar Commandery Name and Number :
Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck); KnightsTemplar-Yes; Grand Master of the old Grand Encampment, prior to 1796;
Daniel D. Tompkins: KnightsTemplar-Yes; Also an Honorary Member of Morton Commandery No. 4.
Owner or Subject Scottish Rite Degree and Consistory Name :
Daniel D. Tompkins: ScottishRite; 33; Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction; 1813; 1814; 1815; 1816; 1817; 1818; 1819; 1820; 1821; 1822; 1823; 1824; 1825
Owner or Subject Affiliated Lodge Name Number Location and State :
Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck); St. John's Lodge No. 1 (Signed the By-Laws: 1785; Secretary: 1786, December; Senior Warden: 1787, June; Holland Lodge No. 8 (Master: 1788; 1789;); Howard Lodge No. 9; First Master; 1794;
Daniel D. Tompkins: Salem Lodge No. 74; Salem; NY;
James H. Ward: Richmond Lodge No. 384, charter member; Tompkinsville; NY;
James M. Fuller: Commonwealth Lodge No. 409; Brooklyn; NY, "founder" (charter member)
Owner or Subject Grand Lodge Office and Year :
Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck); GrandLodge-Office: Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of New York; December 1799-August 27, 1800; Master of Ceremonies, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, December 27, 1790; Deputy Grand Master, pro tem, Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, December 16, 1790;
Daniel D. Tompkins: GrandLodge-Office; Grand Master; 1820; 1821; Grand Secretary; 1801; 1802; 1803; 1804; Deputy Grand Secretary; 1800 (only four months after becoming a Mason).
James M. Fuller: GrandLodge-Office: District Deputy, 3rd District; 1863; 1864
Owner or subject Date Born :
Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck); Unknown at this time;
Daniel D. Tompkins: 1774, June 21;
James H. Ward: Unknown at this time;
James M. Fuller: 1817
Owner or subject Date Raised :
Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck); Unknown when raised;
Daniel D. Tompkins: 1800, February 3;
James H. Ward: 1825, April 28;
James M. Fuller: 1855, February 15
Owner or subject Date Died :
Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck); 1801, July 10;
Daniel D. Tompkins: 1825, June 11;
James H. Ward: Unknown at this time;
James M. Fuller: 1891, January 25
Owner or Subject Other :
Right Worshipful Brother van den Broek (van den Broeck) was given a Masonic burial by the Grand Lodge of New York. During his life he was also active in the Rose Croix. He worked as a notary public, and as an interpreter of languages. In his will, he wrote, "All my Masonic writings written in the French language I give to my Masonic brother John G. Tardy, the present Master of Lodge l'Union Francaise (No. 17), and those writings in the English language particular[ly] those respecting the most superior degree of R[ose Croix] to my Masonic brother Francis Lynch; my Masonic Past Master's jewel, my jewel of the Rose Cross together with the three Volumes in folio of Flavius Josephus continued by the Reverend Basnage and the small Volumes of the Jews Antiquities I bequeath to Jacob Morton, Esq., with whom I am intimately connected, my silver sword the station of Grand Master I pray may after my decease serve in the hands of the Acting Grand Master forever to create those Knights who are deserving by firmness and virtue to obtain this degree.." (van den Broek, 1801)
Brother Edward R. Cusick writes, "The request that the Grand Lodge of New York perform the Masonic services over his body was duly complied with. I understand that the bodies in the graveyard of the Protestant French Church were removed in 1831 to St. Mark's in the Bowery.
"We wonder what happened to those French Masonic writings left to John G. Tardy and those in English left to Francis Lynch. John G. Tardy later became very active in the Scottish Rite, but no fragment of either the English or French writings may now be found in the archives of that Body or any Masonic Library here. "Francis Lynch, to whom Bro. Vanden Broek (sic) left his Masonic jewels, was Master of Independent Royal Arch Lodge No. 2 in 1798. He died August 26, 1802. I could not find out what happened to his property and estate.
"Bro. Vanden Broek's (sic) reference to Rose Croix must be to the degree as conferred in the 'Sovereign Grand Chapter of Rose Croix d'H-R-D-M of Kilwinning' in New York City, established by Achille Huet Lachelle in 1797, of which Bro. Tardy was President....
"It would be wonderful to find out what became of that silver sword which Vanden Broek (sic) received from the Knights Templar when he resigned the office of Grand Master...My inquiries have brought out the fact that no living Knights Templar in New York ever heard of this silver sword... very rare association item is preserved. On March 7, 1789 Holland Lodge No. 8 conferred honorary membership on George Washington. This now in..the Library of Congress. It is unique in that such diplomas of honorary membership are rare in the 18th Century...Bro. Vanden Broek (sic) signed it as Master of Holland Lodge." (Cusick, 1942)
Owner or Subject Other 2 :
Daniel D. Tompkins served as Vice President of the United States 1817; 1818; 1819; 1820; 1821; 1822; 1823; 1824; 1825. During 1820 and 1821, he served as Grand Master of Masons in the State of New York.
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Danie l D. Tompkins' son, Griffin Tompkins, signed the 1825 petition for Richmond Lodge No. 384 below James H. Ward's signature. Griffin Tompkins served Richmond Lodge No. 384 as Senior Warden in 1829 and as Master in 1831, 1832 and 1833.
Daniel D. Tompkins died on June 11, 1825. His widow gave the apron to James H. Ward in 1825, who served that year as Secretary of Richmond Lodge.
Owner or Subject Other 3 :
James H. Ward was initiated into New York Lodge No. 368 on April 28, 1825. He almost immediately signed a petition to create Richmond Lodge No. 384, on May 12, 1825, where a note indicates that he was from New York Lodge No. 368. He is shown on the 1825-1828 return of Richmond Lodge No. 384 as paying an admission fee (rather than paying initiation fee).
In 1826 as well as in 1831, James H. Ward served Richmond Lodge No. 384 as Master of Ceremonies. It is possible that he also served as such in the years between 1826 and 1831. In May of 1841, James H. Ward withdrew from Richmond Lodge No. 384.

For a brief period, New York Lodge No. 368 was named Firemans' Lodge No. 368. Firemans' Lodge No. 368 was formed "For the purpose of introducing Masonry more generally among the Firemen of this City and for other good reasons..." The letter requesting a name change to New York Lodge No. 368 says that "contrary to the expectations of its founders, a very inconsiderable number of Firemen have been initiated and the idea of continuing it a Firemans' lodge has been abandoned and the members conceiving that the interest of the Lodge would be materially promoted by changing its name then therefore pray that the M..W.. Grand Lodge would grant them the name of New York Lodge." (Archives, Livingston Masonic Library)
Owner or Subject Other 4 :
When RW James M. Fuller was raised in Star of Bethlehem Lodge No. 322, he was 40 years old and worked as a merchant. At his Memorial Service in April of 1891 at the Aurora Grata Cathedral, the presiding officer was RW William Sherer, DGM, who was elected Grand Master the following month.
Donor :
Commonwealth Lodge No. 409
Donor Lodge Name Number Location and State :
Commonwealth Lodge No. 409; Brooklyn; NY
Donor Other :
The Secretary of Richmond Lodge presented this apron to R..W.. James M. Fuller, either at the formation of Commonwealth Lodge in 1857 or shortly thereafter, possibly in honor of RW Brother Fuller's first term as Master of the lodge in 1859. RW Brother Fuller, named as the Founder in later publications, was one of a number of Charter Members of Commonwealth Lodge No. 409.
Commonwealth Lodge No. 409 was Warranted on June 3, 1857, and Brother Fuller served as Junior Warden in 1856-1857, as Senior Warden in 1857-1858 and as Master in 1859; 1860; 1861 and 1864.
The artifact record states that the apron "hung on the walls of Commonwealth Lodge for over forty years", until it was donated to the Livingston Masonic Library and recorded in the 1905 catalog. For a time, it also hung, "framed, in the Grand Master's Room." There were four Grand Masters in the period from 1899 to 1905: MW Wright D. Pownall; MW Charles W. Mead; MW Elbert Crandall, and MW Frank H. Robinson.

His tory of Commonwealth Lodge No. 409:
1856, May 9 --- Petition dated
1856, May 20 --- Dispensation dated
1857, June 3 --- Warrant dated
1960, Nov. 12 --- Consolidation with Stella Lodge No. 485 to be known as Commonwealth-Stella Lodge No. 409
1982, Feb. 6 --- Consolidation with Greenpoint Lodge No. 403 to be known as Commonwealth-Greenpo int Lodge No. 403
Details :
A cream silk apron with trim of patterned gold metallic ribbon. The pattern includes grapes, vines and flourishes. There are remnants of a purple silk ribbon belt at the waist, with the ends cut off. There is a radiant left eye painted on the flap, with the eye looking to the left.
On the body of the apron, there is a painted three symbol elements. At the top is a ribbon tied in a bow. The elements of the bow are placed in a stylized cross shape, with the ends of the ribbon extending to the middle of the symbol set below. Suspended from the bottom of the bow is a thin circular wreath of foliage, with thin leaf sets alternating with light blue berry sets and interspersed at regular intervals with root sets. Within the wreath is written, in a circle, "Grand Lodge in the State of New York." The lettering has been altered with a second designation which reads, "Richmond Lodge of the State of New York."
Details 2 :
Within the circle of lettering, there is a thin-line circle. Within this circle is a radiant triangle. The radiance is gold-brown, and the triangle is painted with a red brick pattern. In the top point of the triangle there is a compasses, with the hinge and half of the legs painted gold-brown and the other half painted a silver color. Under the compasses there is a skull and crossbones. Beneath the crossbones there is a small, downward-pointing square.
In the left point of the triangle are the letters "A - B, " with a dot in between them. Between the B and the square in the middle of the apron is a sprig of foliage. In the right triangle corner there are the letters, "I - F, " also with a dot in between them.
Details 3 :
Written underneath the flap on the left side is, "Presented in 1802 to D. D. Tompkins secretary of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York by the widow of his predecessor in that office."
Written under the flap on the right side is, "Presented in 1825 to James H. Ward, secretary of the Richmond Lodge by the widow of Daniel D. Tompkins as a tribute of gratitude for his attentions to her lamented husband." An early catalog number, "E89, " is also written under the flap.
Details 4 :
The flap and the apron are lined with light green silk, sewn together with cream thread.
Details 5 :
The original description under its original numbering E89, notes that "Fastened under the strings at the corners are pieces of Evergreen." These, along with the belt "strings, " are missing.
References :
Archives, Livingston Masonic Library, Biography Files; Individual Volumes 30 and 76;
Cusick, Edward Randolph, 'Reinier Jan Vanden Broek', Transactions, The American Lodge of Research Free and Accepted Masons, Vol. III, No. 3, New York, The Lodge, Jan. 30, 1941-April 30, 1942;
History of Richmond Lodge No. 66 F. & A. M., Port Richmond, N.Y., 1904 [P M17.2 P832];
Vanden Broek, R. J., Will and Testament, September 19, 1800, Biographical Files, Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge
Photography Information :
Camera: Canon Digital Rebel EOS; Lighting: Eiko Supreme Photoflood ECA 120 volt; Editing: Adobe Photoshop; Rule: 1 centimeter black white ruler; Photographer: Catherine M. Walter; Image, Data and Research: Courtesy of the Chancellor Robert R Livingston Masonic Library of Grand Lodge, New York
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F33-144; Apron, Grand Secretary; RW Reinier Jan van den Broek (van den Broeck); MW D…