GRAND ELECT, PERFECT AND SUBLIME MASON. The 14th degree of the Ancient and Accepted rite, sometimes called the "Degree of Perfection." In France it is called "Grand Scotch Mason of Perfection of the Sacred Vault of James VI." The degree is considered to be the ultimate rite of ancient Masonry, as it is the last of the Ineffable degrees that refer to the first temple. The Masons who had been employed in constructing the temple acquired immortal honor. Their association became more uniformly established and regulated after the completion of the temple than it had been before. In the admission of new members their prudence and caution had produced great respect, as merit alone was required of every candidate. With these principles firmly established many of the Grand Elect left the temple after its dedication, and, traveling into other countries, disseminated the knowledge they had acquired, and instructed in the sublime degrees of ancient Craft Masonry all who applied and were found worthy. The
Lodge is styled the Secret Vault. The hangings are crimson, with white columns at regular intervals. 24 lights-9 in the East; 7 in the West; 5 in the South; and 3 in the North. The apron is white, lined with crimson; in the middle is a square flat stone, iu which is an iron ring. The collar is crimson; the jewel, a gold compass, open on a circle of forty-five degrees;' between the legs of the compass is a medal representing the sun on one side, on the other the flaming star. On the circle is engraved the figures 3, 5, 7, 9. The compass is surmounted with a pointed crown. The ring of alliance is of gold. On the inside is engraved: "Virtue unites what death cannot separate ;" with the name and date of initiation of the owner.