Don’t forget utilizing Google and especially Google Books when researching your families. It is amazing what you can find!
Smithland, Ky, July 10, 1849
Bro. Moore: I enclose to you the following resolutions of Smithland Lodge, No. 138, adopted upon the occasion of the decease of Walter Burns , of this place.
Brother Burns was born in Kilsythe, Scotland, April 15th, A.D. 1815. Emigrated to the United States in 1836; was a worthy member of the Presbyterian Church and died at his residence in this place on the 9th inst., at half past 7 o’clock, of consumption, in the 35th year of his age.
At a meeting of the Smithland (Ky.) Lodge, No. 138, of ancient York Masons, at their Hall in Smithland, July 10th, A.D., 1849, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted:
WHEREAS, It hath pleased the Almighty Ruler of the Universe in the dispensation of an all wise Providence to remove from a world of trouble to the spirit land, our beloved Bro. Walter Burns; and whereas, a proper respect for the memory of the worthy dead demand suitable action on the part of the Lodge on this melancholy occasion: therefore, be it unanimously
RESOLVED, by Smithland Lodge, No. 138, of A.Y. Masons, in Lodge assembled, that by the death of our lamented brother, Walter Burns, the Order of Ancient York Masons is bereft of one of its brightest jewels and most useful members.
That the widow, the orphan and the distressed brother have lost a true friend, and the cause of true benevolence a faithful supporter, both by precept and practice.
That this Lodge deeply deplore the affliction thus visited upon the family of our deceased brother, and tender to them our sincere sympathy and condolence on the irreparable loss they have sustained.
That as a testimony of the sincerity of our grief, the members of this lodge will wear the usual badge of mourning for the space of thirty days from this date.
RESOLVED, That the Secretary be instructed to transmit to the family of our deceased brother a copy of these resolutions be published in the Masonic periodicals at Nashville and Cincinnati.
Yours fraternally, T.M. INGRAM, Secretary
 C.C. Moore, The Masonic Review, Vol. IV, (Cincinnati: J. Ernst, 1849) 376; Google Books, accessed 2013.
Published 9 July 2020, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/