Boston: Published by the committee in charge of the pilgrimage; Alfred Mudge and Sons, 1884. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition. Large 8vo. xv; 400, (1)pp.Two tissue protected steel engravings; textual illustrations; full-page map. Gilt & black enbossed brown cloth; AEG. Near fine (minor wear to extremities; contemporary gift inscription); a beautiful copy of an uncommon title. Item #16856
Sir John L. Stevenson, Commander of Boston Commandery, organized an excursion by chartered train lasting one month, from August 4, 1883 to September 4, 1883 to provide escort to Grand Master Dean of the Grand Encampment of the United States to accompany him from Boston to San Francisco, California, where the 22nd Triennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar was to be held. One hundred twenty-eight Sir Knights accompanied by sixty-three ladies were accommodated in a magnificent train consisting of a baggage car, six new Pullman cars, forwarded from Chicago expressly for the conveyance of this party to the Golden Gate and return, and a special car, No. 99, belonging to the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. Hospitality was freely dispensed to Sir Knights who visited the Eminent Commander or Grand Master en route. From Atlantic to Pacific and from Pacific to Atlantic took ten days each way, with frequent stops for receptions in various places, and dinners at the finest American and Canadian hotels. During the ten days at the Triennial, the Sir Knights and ladies were quartered at San Francisco’s Palace Hotel, then the largest in the world.