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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
          SKETCH OR BIOGRAPHY OF MY LIFE.          291

tober. This was one of the most pleasant voyages one could
wish to make.  Everything was delightful. The royal salute
was given at every port we stopped at. The gay uniforms, the
dances on board, all tended to make it a very pleasant voyage.
Yet I was glad to again meet my dear wife and son, who were
anxiously waiting my return.
  About three months after our arrival, I had the honor of being
one of twenty-five to receive the Duke of Connaught with a
Masonic address at Apuere. On seeing me, he at once recog-
nized me, and, shaking hands, asked me where we had met, etc.
Before leaving Abu Road Station, I was one amongst a few who
applied for a charter, and opened a new Masonic Lodge at Abu
Road, and called it "Justice."  Shortly after my return, I was
unanimously elected Worshipful Master. This year (1887), His
Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught, was installed as Dis-
trict Grand Master for the English Constitution in India. My
term of office as Worshipful Master having expired, I received a
letter from the District Grand Secretary, informing me that my
name had been sent to the District Grand Master to be installed
as District Grand Steward.
  True copy of letter from District Grand Secretary:-
No. 265.                 District Grand Lodge,
                            Bombay, March 10th, 1889.
                                 P. M. Lodge, No. 2145, E. C.
Pear Wor. Bro. Sylvester:-
       I am desired to inform you that your name has been sent
up to His Royal Highness, for the office of District Grand
Steward, for 1889 and '90. Will you kindly say if you will ac-
cept the office, if His Royal Highness is pleased to appoint you?
                           Yours fraternally,
                               W. H. HUSSEY,
                                    District Grand Secretary.
  I accepted the office, and, a few days after, received the
attached note, and was duly installed District Grand Steward,
on the 28th of March, 1889.
                                       C. F. SYLVESTER.
Bombay, India.




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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