A Procession by Moonlight 


Our friends over in Kentucky are the men for almost any enterprise.  Who ever thought of a procession by moonlight, until it was conceived by our brethren in Newport.

It was a beautiful night, the 17th of October, 1848; the moon was at its full; not a cloud to be seen; a mid atmosphere, and one of those lovely nights in autumn when a calm and dream-like stillness pervaded all nature.  The members of the two Lodges in Newport met at their hall, with a number of visiting brethren from Cincinnati.  The new Lodge (Robert Burns, No. 163) recently chartered by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky was to be installed.  A procession of some hundred or more was formed, headed by a splendid brass Band, attached to the U. S. garrison at Newport, and marched through the town to the Methodist Episcopal Church.  The streets were thronged with people.  Ladies filled the windows and doors, or proceeded to the church.  The band discoursed “sweet music,” and over all spread a flood of soft and mellow light from the full moon above.


from the 1849 Masonic Voice Review