My dear Fratres, tonight (the 21st of October, 1987) we are gathered here at the University of Toronto in Hart House to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Ontario College, SRICF. We are commemorating the fact that we have continued to meet each year since 1937 in unbroken succession, this being our 116th Convocation. Our purpose has been to advance the principles and tenets of our cherished Society as well as to enjoy the special bond of fellowship it has inspired in us. Welcome, and may this evening be one which you shall long treasure.
First, I am delighted to be able to distribute to each person here this evening a brochure listing the Convocation papers that have been presented at our meetings. This brochure lists the date, author and title of each paper from 1961 to 1987, including this evening's special convocation, altogether totaling 73 papers over a period of twenty-seven years. Unfortunately, we can find no record of convocation papers earlier than 1961. The list published for distribution tonight has been checked and rechecked for completeness and accuracy. This record of convocation papers indeed gives unmistakable evidence for the public record of the breadth and depth of our College's interest in Masonic, Rosicrucian, Hermetic and related subjects.
The Society of the Rosy Cross
The Ontario College has been, as the many Convocation papers bear witness, a forum for Masons who want to associate themselves with the study and advancement of the principles and tents of Rosicrucianism and Masonry. We are descendants of the Societas Rosicruciana founded in England in 1865 or 1866, the oldest Rosicrucian group, inside or outside the Masonic fraternity, still in existence. Of course, our membership has always been confined exclusively to members of the Masonic Order.
Attempts to establish the earliest verifiable date for the appearance of a Society of the Rosy Cross have been well documented by Rosicrucian scholars.(1) Sources available to scholars, which have been reported by students of Rosicrucianism within our own Society, for example, a history of Masonic Rosicrucian Societies published by M.W. Frater Harold V. Voorhis, IXo,(2) always refer to the existence of certain pamphlets that appeared between 1614 and 1616 in German and Latin alluding to a secret and mysterious Order that had met in Germany for about two centuries. But there is no document that has yet been found showing that there was a Society at all in any incorporated sense. Voorhis, for example, advances the proposition that there never was a definite Rosicrucian organization before the eighteenth century. We know for certain that in the seventeenth century a few persons were referred to as Rosicrucians during their lifetime. We know this through their writings, for example,
The Fama Fraternitatis in 1614. But we have no evidence of a Rosicrucian organization that existed as such, a body of men meeting regularly and keeping records of their membership and activities. Personalities identified by scholars as Rosicrucians would be Dr. Robert Fludd (1574-1637), Francis Bacon (1561-1629) and Elias Ashmole (1617-1692), to name a few Englishmen. In conclusion, we can safely say that whether there was anything that could be called a Rosicrucian Society prior to 1865 is doubtful, and at the least any such claim is to be seriously questioned.
Early in the twentieth century a Concordat, dated 1911, was signed between the head of the Masonic Rosicrucian Order of England (SRIA)(3) and the head of the Order in Scotland (SRIS)(4) recognizing a General Thomas J. Shryock as head of the Order in the United States.(5) Colleges prior to 1874 were formed from or started by the "Society" of Fratres(6) in London. After that time a High Council granted College warrants and established Provinces, seemingly without any standard procedures for doing so. Much was done very casually, an individual being made a Magus and given jurisdiction over a Province and warranted to form Colleges. Records show that these warrants were just that, only warrants, a piece of paper, and in some instances no Colleges were actually constituted, and in other instances some Colleges had members but recorded no activity and eventually had their warrants revoked.
By 1867, however, there emerged a group of Rosicrucian Fratres in London who referred to themselves as "The Society", and formally called themselves "The Rosicrucian Society of England". Seven years later they constituted themselves as the Metropolitan College. They had a presiding officer called Master General. Subsequently in 1874 this College created a High Council doing away with the office of Master General, creating in its stead the office of Supreme Magus, adding in 1891 the office of Celebrant, whose office was to conduct the meetings of the Society.
This history is being described to establish and impress upon us that our roots as Canadian Rosicrucians go back to our Fratres in England and Scotland. The High Council in England according to record was constituted on April 24, 1874, and its daughter College, the East of Scotland College, which held its inaugural meeting on October 24, 1873, before the High Council in England was formally constituted, came under the jurisdiction of the Metropolitan College of England. In 1876, two years after the High Council in England was constituted, the Societas Rosicruciana in Scotia became independent of the English Society, and the first charter issued by the newly created High Council in Scotia was for a North American College, the Illinois College, warranted in May, 1878. The College is now defunct. Subsequent warrants were given for Colleges in Pennsylvania (December 28, 1879) and New York (April 18, 1880), both Colleges now also defunct. The earliest warrant for a College in North
America which is still active and under warrant was granted to Alfred F. Chapman for Massachusetts (May 4, 1880).(7)
The Rosy Cross in Canada
In 1871 Prince Rhodocanakis of Greece was made a member of the Rosicrucian Society of England and empowered to establish the Order in Greece. He never did manage to constitute a College in Greece. More importantly for the history of Masonic Rosicrucianism in Canada, he nominated a Canadian, Colonel MacLeod Moore, as Honorary Member of the Supreme Council and granted him a warrant to establish a Supreme Council in Canada, which Colonel Moore did.
The Rosicrucian Society in Canada at that time was acknowledged to be supreme and independent, organized by charter from Prince Rhodocanakis, who himself was a 33o Scottish Rite Mason and IXo Supreme Magus of the Rosicrucian Society. The Canadian charter was dated the 19th of September 1876. By 1880 there was one active Canadian Provincial College at the village of Maitland, Ontario, which became known as Dominion College No. 1, constituted March 16, 1877 with its High Council named the following September.
Soon after, in 1879, another College was constituted in Orillia, known as the Ontario College, not to be confused with our present Ontario College,
SRICF. This Ontario College was a College of the Rosicrucian Society in Canada, independent of the Societies in England, Scotland and the United States. Later a College appeared in Peterborough, Ontario, called the MacLeod Moore College. It appears not to have survived for long, and may never have received a charter. The Society was active in Canada only for 10 years and we have no records of its activities, all records having been lost in a fire at the La Prairie Barracks in Quebec. What we do know about the early existence of the Society in Canada is that the Dominion College, meeting in Maitland, had 15 members; the Ontario College in Orillia had 20 members; and the MacLeod Moore College in Peterborough had 10 members.
Moore, in 1880, writes to Alfred Pike, a Mason living in the United States, suggesting the possibility of establishing a Society in the United States through his, Colonel Moore's auspices. In the correspondence, he suggests setting up the Society in the United States along the lines of jurisdiction governing the Scottish Rite, namely, that the United States could be an independent Society. The letter mentions, to quote, that "every supreme and independent Society governs the whole nation for which its charter gives its authority".(8) He goes on to make an exception for the United States, which may embrace two jurisdictions, Northern and Southern, along the lines of the Scottish Rite.
Moore was willing to grant Pike of the United States a charter acknowledging Pike and any two others named by him to constitute the supreme and independent College of the Rosicrucian Society of the United States. In order to legitimize the establishment of this new College Moore was willing to create Pike and any two others named by him Honorary IXo of the High Council of the Rosicrucian Society in Canada. Furthermore, Moore, very much dissatisfied with the ritual of the Order, was willing to give Pike the right to alter, add to, change or abolish the rituals as he might see fit.(9)
Eventually Pike wrote a set of laws for his High Council regulating the Rosicrucian Society of the United States of America.(10) In his regulations he proclaims the High Council of the Rosicrucian Society in the United States as a Society of the Brethren of the Rosy Cross independent and created upon its own foundation. Of course we know what happened to the Order in the United States. It flourished, while the Order in Canada ceased to be active and lost its status as an independent Society on its own foundation. The latest date showing the Canadian Society of Rosicrucians still active for which there are any records is May 17, 1886.(11) We have no records of any activity of any College in Canada in the late nineteenth century after 1886.
The Ontario College
Ironically, Canadians were originally responsible for encouraging and helping to establish the Masonic Rosicrucian Society in the United States and by some quirk of history the Ontario College is now under the jurisdiction of the Society that Canadians helped found. In 1936 William C. White, an Archdeacon of the Anglican Church in Canada and later a Bishop, was consecrated the first Chief Adept of the present Ontario College by the Supreme Magus of the SRICF, M.W. Frater Frederick W. Hamilton. The Ontario College, SRICF, was officially chartered on May 15, 1937.
The Ordinances of the Ontario College, published in 1936, lists its officers, the By-Laws of the Ontario College, as well as listing all other Colleges of the Society Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis and their dates of constitution. In that publication the Ontario College is listed under dispensation, October 20, 1936.
The first officers of the Ontario College, published in the Ordinances, were Chief Adept, R.W. Frater William C. White;(12) Celebrant, R.W. Frater J. Austin Evans; Suffragan, R.W. Frater W.J. Dunlop; Treasurer, V.W. Frater Charles F. Brookes;(13) Secretary, V.W. Frater Colin C. Rous;(14) First Ancient, V.W. Frater Frank A. Copus; Second Ancient, V.W. Frater W. Harvey McNairn; Third Ancient, V.W. Frater G.F. Kingston; Fourth Ancient, V.W. Frater A.E. MacGregor;
Conductor of Novices, V.W. Frater John Ness; Organist, V.W. Frater Lewis K. Redman; Librarian, V.W. Frater N.W.J. Haydon.(15)
There were twenty-one charter members(16) of the Ontario College, SRICF, the last one, V.W. Frater E.H. Monroe, having died May 15, 1983.(17) The Register to date contains the signatures and Mottos of 63 Fratres. It is interesting to note that in the 50 years since the Ontario College first received its charter
from the Society in the United States only 63 members have been received into the College. This would seem appropriate given the restricted purpose of the Society.
Four of the 21 charter members resided outside Toronto. Frank Copus was from Stratford; McNairn from Windsor; and Shepley from Dundas. Edwin H. D. Hall, from Peterborough, was made an honorary member. At present we have 17 members, two of them residing outside Ontario: V.W. Frater Dr. M.A. Wozny in Calgary, Alberta, and V.W. Frater Dr. Paul F. Thomas in Victoria, British Columbia.
The Frater Hall who was made an honorary charter member of the Ontario College I suspect is the same E.H.D. Hall who was listed as a member of the Canadian High Council in 1885 before its demise. He must have been well on in years when he was made an honorary member of the Ontario College. In the 1885 record of the Canadian High Council of the Society,(18) he is listed as Precentor or Fifth Ancient and honorary ninth grade.(19) The Society in Canada at the time followed the custom of not have more than three active Magi of the ninth grade at any one time. In 1970, Manly P. Hall, the well known American Rosicrucian scholar, was elevated to an honorary 8o and appointed a member At Large of the Supreme Council, SRICF. His father was the same Edwin H.D. Hall of Peterborough who was made an honorary member of the Ontario College.
The College records show that some of the Fratres affiliated with the Ontario College from the Nova Scotia College in Halifax. The Nova Scotia College received its charter in 1936, one year earlier than the charter for the Ontario College.(20) The Nova Scotia College was chartered on July 13, 1936 and the Ontario College was chartered on May 15, 1937. The Nova Scotia College had its charter revoked November 21, 1951.(21) Among the Fratres from the Nova Scotia College who affiliated with the Ontario College was R.G. Meekren, a well known Masonic scholar. Other affiliates were Canon S.H. Middleton, A.J.B. Milborne, F.J. Burd and Reginald Harris. The date of their affiliation is noted on the Register as October 23, 1951, which is just one month before the charter of the Nova Scotia College was revoked.
Since 1937 there have been only four Chief Adepts of the College, each having been appointed and elevated to the IXo by the Supreme Magus of the High Council of the Society in the United States. The first Chief Adept, as I have already mentioned, was William C. White; his successor was J.Austin Evans.(22) Frater White served as Chief Adept from 1937 to 1949 and Frater Evans from 1949 to 1967. R.W. Frater Jim Campbell, IXo, succeeded Dr. Evans as Chief Adept of the Ontario College, becoming the third Chief Adept of the College and serving from 1967 to 1986. Dr. Campbell, who happily is here with us tonight, is listed as number 45 on the Register of the College and has been a member of the Ontario College since 1959. He was appointed to High Council, SRICF, as Medallist in 1971 and in 1983 M.W. Frater Henry Emerson, Supreme
Magus, SRICF, appointed Frater Campbell First Ancient of the High Council in North America.
The Ontario College has had three secretaries since its beginning. The first secretary was Colin C. Rous who held that office for 30 years from 1937 to 1967. Evidently, he was a keen Rosicrucian scholar. An article written by
Rous, entitled "The Author and Object of the Fama", was published in the July 1953 issue of The Rosicrucian Fama. In 1971 Rous was appointed to the High Council, SRICF, as Sixth Ancient. Rous was succeeded by Harry Wilson whose failing eyesight led to his resignation as secretary in 1975. Maarten van Wamelen, who was received into the College in 1964, was elected Secretary of the College following Frater Wilson's resignation and remains in that office to date. In 1979, Frater Wilson was made Secretary Emeritus of the Ontario College in appreciation for his service to the College.
The Celebrant of the College holds an important office. It is his duty to preside at the opening and closing of Convocations. The first one to hold this office in the Ontario College was Dr. J. Austin Evans who held the office of Celebrant until being appointed Chief Adept of the College in 1949. The next Celebrant was Frater G. Brett, followed by Eric Horwood who held that office until his death in 1984.(23) He was succeeded as Celebrant by Dr. Claude Brodeur. Frater Brodeur, who had been a member of the College since 1975, succeeded Frater Horwood in the office of Celebrant until his appointment as Chief Adept of the Ontario College in 1986. The present Celebrant is V.W. Frater Don Scott, who was received into the College in 1979, served as Treasurer for a while and was elevated to the VIIIo by the High Council of North America subsequent to his election as Celebrant of the College.
Several members of the College have served as Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario, among them two charter members, Frater W.C. White and Frater W.J. Dunlop, and more recently, in 1983, Frater Ronald E. Groshaw. Dr. J. Austin Evans, the second Chief Adept of the College, and the present Secretary of the College, Frater Maarten van Wamelen, served Masonry as Ill. Grand Masters of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Ontario in 1930 and 1981 respectively.
Several members of the College have also served in public office with distinction. Again, among the charter members, Frater White was elected a Bishop of the Anglican Church in Canada, and Frater Dunlop was elected a member of the Ontario Parliament and appointed Minister of Education for the Province of Ontario. Frater A. Charles Sankey has also had the distinction of being the first Chancellor of Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario.
Because of the special research interests of the Fratres of our College, it is worth noting that Dunlop was also at one time honorary chairman of the Toronto Society for Masonic Research, of which our Frater Maarten van Wamelen
is the Secretary. To commemorate his dedication both to Masonry and to education, and as a memorial to his name, University Lodge No. 496 established in 1985 the William J. Dunlop Memorial Scholarship Award for students attending Woodsworth College, University of Toronto, and to this date two Dunlop scholarships have been awarded. Frater N.W.J. Haydon, also a charter member, No. 12 on the Register, was for many years Librarian of the Grand Lodge Library for the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. He also figured prominently in the Society for Masonic Research. The present Chief Adept of the College is also a charter member of the Heritage Lodge No. 730, the research Lodge of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.
In Canada, we have two Masonic Rosicrucian Societies under different jursidictions, the SRICF and the SRIA. The two Societies now officially recognize each other and are working in amity. This was not always the situation. For eight years, from 1970 to 1978, the SRIA did not formally recognize the SRICF. This was due to a difference about the conferring of grades. Recently this has changed and Fratres of both Orders are encouraged to attend the meetings of their confreres. On October 18, 1978, the High Council of SRIA at their Convocation passed a resolution giving re-recognition to SRICF. Then, on June 30, 1981, M.W. Frater Norman C. Stamford, Supreme Magus of the SRIA (1979-1982), on his visit to the Toronto College, SRIA, conferred on R.W. Frater Campbell, then Chief Adept of the Ontario College, SRICF, the grade of Magus, Honoris Causa, 9o, SRIA. In 1987 the Supreme Magus of SRICF, M.W. Frater Dr. William G. Peacher, was specially invited by the Supreme Magus of SRIA, M.W. Frater Alan G. Davies, IXo, to attend as a guest of honour the festivities planned by the High Council, SRIA, in London, England on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of that Society. All Fratres of SRICF were invited to attend.
From time to time there has been discussion about giving jurisdiction to the Ontario College to establish a Societas Rosicruciana in Canadencia (SRIC). The matter was raised, according to records on hand, as recently as 1971. Some members of the High Council, SRICF, are in favor of this move. However, there has been no desire on the part of the Ontario College to seriously consider this undertaking. It is unlikely that enough members could be found to charter other Colleges, let alone to finance a High Council and to recruit sufficient members willing to serve as it officers. Consider, for example, that in 1982, after 102 years of SRICF in North America, the Society could report that there
were only 880 members and 21 Colleges, not too bad considering that in 1935 records show only 5 Colleges with a collective membership of 115. However, we must remind ourselves that the United States has a greater population, and many more Freemasons to draw from than we have here in Canada. Moreover, because of the research nature of our fraternity, we would need a greater number of communities with a greater concentration of Universities than we have at present in Canada. For these reasons, a Societas Rosicruciana in Canadencia does not at the moment seem a very likely nor desireable prospect.
The number of members in the Ontario College for the past 50 years of its existence has been as few as 15 and as many as 22, averaging about 17 or 18. The College has necessarily been very selective in its membership. The very
nature of the Society in general and the purposes of this College in particular necessitate restricting the number of members to give as many as possible an opportunity to present papers and to participate in the discussions following the reading of a paper. These discussions tend to be lively and to generate much thoughtful and open expression of ideas.
The Society has three Orders, each consisting of several grades with a separate degree. The First Order consists of four grades, namely, Zelator, Theoricus, Practicus and Philosophus. The Second Order consists of grades five to seven: Adeptus Junior, Adeptus Major and Adeptus Exemptus. The Third Order consists of grades eight and nine: Magister Templi and Magus. It has not been the tradition in the Ontario College to perform the ritual. The College has more the character of a research body. I have been unable to find any College records which would indicate that this was a decision reached by the Fratres in a formal way. Only on one occasion is it recorded that the ritual was
performed in full. This was done by Bishop White, the first Chief Adept of the College in 1937.
It might be of some interest to consider the character of the Ontario College as reflected in the activity of its members. As I have already suggested the presentation of research papers on Masonic Rosicrucianism and related subjects is the primary concern of the College, rather than the performance of ritual. There is a common concern evident in the papers, the theme being generally science, religion and education. This is not surprising since the College has had among its members many representatives from the religious, scientific and educational communities. A few papers have dealt
with contemporary moral issues and some with issues peculiar to Freemasonry and Rosicrucian history and philosophy. Preferment for advancement in the Order has been largely based on one's readiness to prepare papers for presentation at convocations of the College. A list of convocation papers from 1961 to 1987, on file in the records of the College, has been prepared by Frater van Wamelen and published by Frater Brodeur.
From records of the College that have been entrusted to my care I can report that about the year 1967 careful and serious thought was being given to clarifying the purposes of the Order. I would like to share the results of my researches with you. It was obvious at the time that the purposes of the Order should be those of Masonry in general. However, there was an opinion that the
Order should in particular maintain and foster a spirit of fellowship among its Fratres; that the Fratres should present papers of philosophical interest, covering a very wide range of topics, have open and penetrating discussion of the subjects presented, and publish papers in the Rosicrucian Fama. A look at the listing of papers presented from 1961 to 1987, and a cursory reading of the minutes for this same period would certainly suggest that these objectives were systematically implemented and have been sustained to date, perhaps with the exception of being able to have papers published in the Rosicrucian Fama.
In recent years the members of the College have given considerable attention to the question of membership, which finally resolved itself by serious reflection and discussion about the purposes of the Society in general, and the Ontario College in particular. At the request of the Chief Adept of the College and with the concurrence of its officers and members, the Secretary of the College, R.W. Frater Maarten van Wamelen, VIIIo, prepared a paper which was read at the Convocation of the College held on October 17, 1984 on the objects of the Societas Rosicruciana. The paper and discussion led to several observations which are worth noting here for an understanding of the uniqueness of this particular College. Much of this uniqueness, of course, is a mark of the gentle direction given by the Chief Adepts of the College, in particular Dr. Jim Campbell, and the two Secretaries of the College, Harry Wilson, and Maarten van Wamelen.
In correspondence dated August 28, 1984, Frater Campbell encourages Frater van Wamelen to read his paper at the next Convocation of the College. For him, Frater van Wamelen had prepared "a valuable and important paper, which should provide much food for thought and active discussion." He writes to Frater van Wamelen: "I wish to congratulate you and express my sincere thanks for (your) fine contribution to our work in this field of Masonic Rosicrucianism. It (will) give us a guide to the nature of the art and how we can best promote it."
However, we must not conclude from a reading of Frater van Wamelen's paper that all members of the College were in agreement with all its ideas. To generate consensus, of course, has never been the aim of the members of the College. Frater Campbell summarized his reaction to the paper in this way, and I think it best captures the spirit of this particular College:
Fascinating as are the thoughts and influences that brought about the formation and ideas of Rosicrucianism, I do not believe that we should be confined in our thoughts and explorations to the seventeenth century. It would appear that the Divine influences were active and pervasive at that time in a peculiarly potent way. I do not believe, however, that these influences ceased at that moment. I believe that these Divine influences have been continuously and fruitfully active in mankind since then to the present and that they will continue into the future.
I believe,therefore, that we have a right and indeed an obligation to bring our thoughts and knowledge into the present day and to make these thoughts as potent and competent as we are able through the use of all available and proper means. Nor do I agree that there should be a limitation to the scope or depth of enquiry. In my view, the nature, scholarship and
validity of the enquiry are of great importance.
It seems on cursory examination that the Objects of Masonic Rosicrucianism are somewhat confining as compared to those of Rosicrucianism in general.
This, however, is a matter of interpretation, which can vary. Masonry claims to be a progressive science and therefore one feels that limitation is not one of the purposes of the Objectives (of the SRICF).
It also appears...that we should not allow our penchant for mysticism and the occult to interfere with the progression of knowledge and ideas. The controversy between Robert Fludd and Johannes Kepler is an example of this.
I am therefore of the opinion that in our work in the Ontario College, we should be free to make it as wide as is appropriate and that we should strive to make it as competent and powerful as possible.
Fratres, I leave you with these thoughts about our past and our present with the hope that they will cause you to feel glad to be here and to be part of such a fraternity as we have in this unique Society of fellow Masons. I hope you feel proud enough of the legacy and the challenge bequeathed to us to want to advance the causes which the Order espouses, namely, mutual aid and encouragement in working out the great problems of life, the advancement of science, the propagation of knowledge, and the diffusion on earth of peace, goodwill toward men and glory to God.
*A paper read on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Ontario College of the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, October 21st, 1987, Hart House, University of Toronto. cp_004.88
1. An example would be the study of Frances A. Yates published as The Rosicrucian Enlightenment by Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, England, 1972. This study was also discussed in one of the convocation papers presented at a meeting of the Fratres of the Ontario College on February 8, 1983 by R.W. Frater Maarten van Wamelen, VIIIo. The title of the paper was "Dame Frances Yates, The Author of The Rosicrucian Enlightenment."
2. Harold V.B. Voorhis, IXo. Masonic Rosicrucian Societies in England, Scotland, Ireland, Greece, Canada & The United States of America. Press of Henry Emerson, New York, 1958 (hereafter referred to as Voorhis, MRS).
3. Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (SRIA).
4. Societas Rosicruciana in Scotia (SRIA).
5. Voorhis, MRS, p11.
6. Not yet formally recognized as a society, of course.
7. Voorhis, MRS, p54.
8. Voorhis, MRS, p72.
9. Voorhis, MRS, pp72-73.
10. For a copy of these rules, see Voorhis, MRS, pp80-84.
11. Voorhis, MRS, p85.
12. Bishop White, the first Chief Adept of the Ontario College, was a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario.
13. Charles F. Brookes, a charter member of the Ontario College died October 10, 1973 at the age of 93. Notes recorded by Dr. Campbell of his remarks for the convocation of the College immediately following Frater Brookes' death mention that Frater Brookes would be remembered for his wide knowledge of a variety of subjects and his kindly and unassuming manner.
14. Frater Colin C. Rous was a member of Ashlar Lodge No. 247, G.R.C.
15. This information may found in a publication entitled The Ordinances of the Ontario College, Societas Rosicruciana in Civitatibus Foederatis, published in Toronto, Ontario, dated 1937. On the inside front cover is a list of the officers of the College. The rest of the publication is devoted to the By-Laws of the Ontario College. On the last page of the publication is a list of the charter members of the College.
16. The Register of Members of the Ontario College, now in the keeping of the Secretary of the Ontario College, SRICF, R.W. Frater Maarten Van Wamelen, lists the charter members, their signature of submission to the Society, the date of their signing and the grade received. The date of charter membership which is recorded in the Register is January 23, 1937. This, of course was before the Charter was granted, so the College was actually under dispensation at that time.
The obligation that all members take upon themselves when signing the Register is worded thus: "I promise upon my word of honor to respect the laws and usages of the Rosicrucian Society and preserve inviolate its secrets and mysteries in the degree I may receive from all who are not entitled to receive the same."
Another entry immediately following the signatures of the charter members reads as follows: "The first twenty-one members of the College whose names appear above being charter members signed this declaration which appears above in the College minute book."
Each who signed the Register upon becoming a charter member was thereby immediately advanced the VIIo (Grade). Their names are herewith listed along with their number in the register, the first one being the Chief Adept, R.W. Frater William C. White. The others are as follows: 2. J. Austin Evans, 3. W. J. Dunlop, 4. Charles F. Brookes, 5. Colin C. Rous, 6. Frank A. Copus, 7. W. Harvey McNairn, 8. G.F. Kingston, 9. A.E. MacGregor, 10. John Ness, 11, Lewis K. Redman, 12. N.W.J. Haydon, 13. R.B. Dargavel, 14. Alexander Robb, 15. E.H. Monroe, 16. Albert J. Brace, 17. Fred G. Shepley, 18. James J. Talman, 19. Charles S. Gulston, 20. W.E. Hopkins, 21. E.H.D. Hall.
The Register also includes the Motto of each Frater of the Order, with the exception of V.W. Frater Albert J. Brace and V.W. Frater R.B. Dargavel, for whom no Mottos are recorded.
17. Frater Monroe was the longest living charter member, having regularly and faithfully attended meetings of the College for over 40 years. He also contributed several convocation papers.
18. See Voorhis, MRS, p70.
19. A Frater who is regularly elevated to the ninth grade is entitled to indicate this by appending to his name the Roman numeral nine followed by the degree symbol thus: IXo, whereas an honorary ninth grade is indicated by the Arabic symbol for nine followed by the degree symbol thus: 9o.
20. Voorhis, MRS, pp41-42
21. Voorhis, MRS, p121
22. Dr. Joseph Austin Evans was born July 28, 1882 in Toronto and died on March 13, 1971. He was the second Chief Adept of the Ontario College, SRICF, serving from 1949 to 1967. He was made Chief Adept on March 3, 1949, being elevated to the IXo. He resigned April 4, 1967 after 18 years in that office. He was appointed to the High Council, SRICF, as Medallist on December 12, 1949 and was Third Ancient of the High Council on passing. Dr. Evans was a Medical Doctor in private practice and also served as Medical Doctor for Imperial Oil. He continued to practise medicine from his office on Avenue Road until the day of his death at the age of 89.
23. Eric Crompton Horwood was born July 3rd, 1900 and died October 23, 1984. He attended University of Toronto Schools and Victoria College, University of Toronto, majoring in Physics and Mathematics. He next enrolled in the School of Practical Science, University of Toronto, graduating with honors in 1925 as a Bachelor in Architecture. In 1932 He was admitted to the Architectural Institute of Canada. He was a member of Lakeshore Lodge No. 645, G.R.C., a 33o Honorary Inspector General of the Scotish Rite, a member of Chapter No. 215. Royal Arch Masons. He was installed as Master of Lakeshore Lodge by M.W. Bro. W.J. Dunlop, Grand Master, in 1939 and was appointed Grand Steward in 1952. He was appointed Honorary member of the Board of General Purposes in 1972 and Honorary Grand Senior Warden in 1974. He held honorary memberships in many Lodges as a result of his work for Grand Lodge as Chairman of an Advisory Committee on Lodge Buildings. He joined the Ontario College, SRICF, April 1, 1949 and received the 7th Grade on October 1950 and on February 19, 1975 he was elected Celebrant of the College and elevated to the 8th Grade by the High Council, SCRIF, in the United States. His Latin motto was "Petite et Dabitus Vobis" - Ask and It Shall Be Given You.