| ||Four page handwritten letter from James Cox, 4 June 1877, to Bro Henry Bickers, Star Tauranga Lodge, regarding principles of the Free Templars.|
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Auckland, 4 June 1877
Dear Sir and Bro,
I forward you by this post the Charter for Star of Tauranga, also your Commission duly signed and sealed, with the necessary documents for your guidance...
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The Regalia we have adopted for the order is a blue sash trimmed accordingly by the degrees taken. I will be be getting the ** sash out from England, when I will send it with the price to the various Lodges for the members to see and judge for themselves we have many sashes in our Lodge, and I am proud to say the Listers looks first rate in them.
With my best wishes for the welfare of yourselves and members and may God's blessing prosper yours in your noble undertaking,
From Yours Fraternally
c/o Whitaker and Russell, Auckland