On the subject of that crying sin of the Order - over-legislation by Grand Lodges - Governor Thomas Brown, formerly Grand Master of Florida, has wisely said: Too much legislation is the vice of the present day, as well in Masonic as in civil government. The same thirst for change and innovation which has prompted tyros and demagogues to legislate upon constitutional law, and write expositions of the common law, has prompted uninformed and unscrupulous Masons to legislate upon the Landmarks of Masonry. Note: Most Worshipful Thomas Brown was the first Whig Governor of Florida and is buried in Old City Cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida.

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