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- Letters, dated 25 January and 8 February 1847, from Dr. John Dove (1792-1876) of Richmond, Virginia, to Reverend George Washington Dame (1812-1895) of Danville, Virginia, discussing Virginia Freemasons' lodge matters
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- John Dove was born 2 September 1792 in Richmond, Virginia. He received a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, then returned to Richmond where he became a practicing physician. Dove became a Freemason, joining St. John's Lodge 36 in December 1813. In 1818, he became Grand Secretery of the Grand Chapter, and in 1834 became Grand Secretery of the Grand Lodge, a position he held until his death in 1876. Dove also became Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery of Virginia, serving from 1845 to 1876. Dove became a noted ritualist, historian, scholar, and administrator of masonry, compiling and editing several works, including PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND LODGE OF VIRGINIA 1777-1823 and the ROYAL ARCH TEXT BOOK. Dove married Ann Eliza Ege (1789-1865) 28 November 1814, and he died in Richmond 16 November 1876.
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