St John the Baptist Lodge No. 39
(Founded 1732)

11th July 1732

From The Blue book by W.M.Andrew Hope, dated 1894            History of St JOHN the BAPTIST lodge, Exeter. No 39

The Lodge No 39 has, undoubtedly, before it a period of great usefulness and prosperity; a noble roll of Past Masters (who generally attend the meetings) testifies to its vitality; and, owing also to its special position, both in Devonshire and in the country, as the oldest Provincial Lodge from its orgin, “St JOHN the BAPTIST” Exeter seems certain to flourish as the “ green bay tree” May it continue to have Masters to preside over its destinies of high character, zeal, and ability !

It rests with the members generally what the future of the their Lodge shall be. So long as they and their successors individually respect and promote the “Three Grand Principles” and “Four Cardinal Virtues” of the Fraternity, there will be no fear of the old standard being ever lowered or disgraced.

W. Bro James Husham. 21st December 1894