Shown here is the actual petition for membership of Brother James Buchanan, written in his own hand, dated 1816!
“To the Worshipful Master, Wardens, and Brethren of Lodge No. 43 Ancient York Masons,
The petition of the subscriber respectfully showeth that having long entertained a favourable opinion of your ancient institutions, he is desirous of being admitted a member thereof and found worthy.
His place of residence in the borough of Lancaster, his age 25, his occupation an attorney at law.