National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons

Electronic Newsletter, March, 2009



DATE: March 19, 2009

If this is the first Electronic Newsletter that you have received from our Society, please read the paragraph OUR E-MAIL LIST below. The link to the Newsletter on the Website is: The link to the Website is:

Topics: New Information ***

***Centennial Dinner in Washington DC - Saturday, April 18, 2009
***Luncheon in Philadelphia – Friday, April 17, 2009
***Magna Carta Trust – 50th Anniversary Celebration
***Magna Charta Partners
***1215 Magna Carta Tour – Overview – New Video Added
***Magna Carta Lecture June 2009
***Magna Carta Conference June 2010 - University of Lincoln
***News From Brookfield Publishing
Reissue of Magna Charta in 2015 - 800th Anniversary – Reminder
Participation in State Divisions and New Divisions
- Please send new email addresses
Thank you
Potential Members

I wish all of our Divisions Colonies and Chapters well with your programs and meetings.

If you are a member of our Society with email you should have received an email with the username and password (case sensitive) for the “Members Only” section of our website. If you are a member and did not receive this email please let us know.

Centennial Dinner in Washington DC - Saturday, April 18, 2009

Our Washington DC Centennial Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the University Club. We encourage you to attend. As in prior years we are planning a reception portion for those who might have additional activities that evening. We especially welcome Patron participation even if you are unable to attend the dinner. Our speaker is Francis Webb Neate, Esquire with his talk entitled “Magna Carta Within the Rule of Law” (history of the concept of the Rule of Law and the place of Magna Carta in its development). Mr. Neate is the Chair of the Rule of Law Action Group of the International Bar Association, an initiative he pioneered as the main focus of his presidency during his term in 2005 and 2006. In his presidency he encouraged Bar Associations and heads of state to respect the Rule of Law.

You will observe a response form on the website, link from “what’s new”.

Luncheon in Philadelphia – Friday, April 17, 2009

We are planning a luncheon in Philadelphia in Friday for members and guests to meet Francis Neate, Esquire. You will observe a response form on the website, link from “what’s new”. Since seating is limited we please let us know promptly if you are interested in attending. We will consider changing the location depending on the response.

Magna Carta Trust – 50th Anniversary Celebration

I attended the celebration dinner in October and have included a page on our website including some still pictures and the text of the talk given by The Rt Hon The Baroness Scotland OC Attorney General. As many distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen attended the dinner who could have shared useful experience and perspective on the Magna Carta, I am embarking on an initiative to invite them to furnish either written or video presentations of what they would have said at the dinner if given the opportunity. We will add the responses to the website.

Magna Charta Partners

We are initiating Magna Charta Partners for those who share interest in our purposes but are not members. We plan for an Advisory Council. You may be a MC Partner by application, either by explaining your service in support of our purposes or by including a contribution. There is detailed information on our website. While we have grown to over 17,000 members, I am still surprised at the number of people who are proposed for membership but have not completed the lineage forms as well as the number of people, relatives of members, who have responded to our “lost members” pages but have not taken the next step to become members. We would like you to participate as Magna Charta Partners in support of our Society and our purposes. Look at what's new.

1215 Magna Carta Tour – Overview – New Video Added

The 1215 Lincoln Magna Carta is on Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley California. The Library sent video of the opening in January 2009 of the Exhibit with permission to include the video on our website. An excellent talk was presented by the Very Reverend Philip Buckler. I invite you to view the page for the Exhibit which is on our website.

The New York Society Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York has announced in the January issue of their publication, The Patriot, that the Magna Carta will be on display September 15, 2009 to December 15, 2009 with an exhibit, Foundations of Freedom. We anticipate that additional information concerning this Exhibit will be available from the New York Sons of the Revolution Website.

There can be a number of additional Exhibit opportunities leading up the 800th anniversary in 1215 and I would welcome suggestions.

 Magna Carta Lecture June 2009

At Lincoln Cathedral the Magna Carta Lecture will be delivered by the Rt Hon Frank Field MP on Friday 5 June 2009 at Lincoln Cathedral. If any of our members are interested in attending please let us know so that invitations can be requested. In addition, we may be able to schedule additional events or programs related to Magna Charta depending on the number interested. Information about this Lecture is also available from the Cathedral website.

Magna Carta Conference June 2010 - University of Lincoln

The Conference is scheduled for June 2010. We attended the first Conference in 2008 and added all of the Video we recorded from the Conference. If you have not visited the page for the Conference on our website you are encouraged to do so.

News From Brookfield Publishing

Lineage Forms will be added which can be completed by computer and then printed out and mailed with supporting documentation. Original signatures are needed for the application and the supporting documentation needs to be included.

Reissue of Magna Charta in 2015 - 800th Anniversary - Reminder

We are continuing with planning for the Reissue and welcome interest in a Committee to be established for this purpose.

Our March Newsletter provided information concerning the Reissue Project and I encourage you to review that information.

Participation in State Divisions and New Divisions

We will be sending lists of new members to most of the State Division Regents or local Regents. If you are a member and wish to participate at the State or local level, please let us know. The "members only" section of our website includes contact information for our State Divisions. Please be reminded that it is necessary to first be a member of the National Society in order to participate in State Divisions or Chapters of Colonies.

Several of our members have expressed interest in forming new Divisions. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to assisting with this effort.


On behalf of the Officers and Council of the Society, I bring greetings with this Newsletter. We continue to develop awareness of Magna Charta and its message. We ask each of you to participate with us in continuing the long tradition of friendship and fellowship which has continued over many years. We need to increase the number of members and friends on our email listing. Please ask your relatives or friends to send us their E-mail address. Please also send us the E-mail addresses of friends who are interested either in lineage societies or in memorializing Magna Charta. For the future, please propose new members for our Society. Please also attend your local meetings and include your children and grandchildren. We have a very special organization and I hope that you will help us to maintain its traditions.

Thank You

We continue to be pleased with the response from our members to update addresses and provide new addresses for those who have been lost. Many members who were eligible to do so have appointed successors. Updated address lists will be sent to the State Divisions. I am, however, saddened to learn when our members are deceased. I and the Society are grateful for the time, dedicated effort and financial contributions that many of those members have given to our Society. As I update the deceased role with members who I have worked with and known during the past nineteen years, I am reminded that we need to express appreciation on an ongoing basis to all of those who are helping to make our Society a wonderful organization. Thank You!

Potential Members

If you are not a member of our Society and are eligible, I hope that you will join. If you are not eligible but share our interest in history and genealogy, we encourage you to remain on our Email list. We also welcome your participation in our ongoing genealogical research projects and our Tours. We welcome and encourage new members and remind those submitting lineage information to include copies of referenced material.

As mentioned in prior E-Newsletters, membership continues to be of vital importance to our Society. If you wish to speed up or facilitate the membership process, please include with the Proposal Form a well-documented lineage (including copies of the documentation) to either a known ancestor or to one of the qualifying Barons. If you have sent lineage information without the copies, you may also speed up the process by sending copies of the documentation. Lineage Forms are provided on the Website.


We rely on member contributions for our Society operations and we plan to build our endowment in connection with the 100th Anniversary of the founding our Society in 1909. We hope you will consider contributions, including contributions of appreciated securities. Our Society is a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


We continue to significantly increase our e-mail list. To those of you who are new to our list we welcome you to receive our Electronic Newsletter and hope that you will find our Society and our mission to be interesting. Since a primary mission of our Society is to develop awareness of Magna Charta we wish to expand the circulation of our Electronic Newsletter by increasing our e-mail address list particularly including those who are members of lineage societies and/or those who share our interest in the principles of Constitutional Liberty. I would like to thank those who have shared their email lists since our last Electronic Newsletter.

We encourage you to check our Website regularly for new developments and information. The link to the Newsletter on the Website is: The link to the Website is:

Our E-mail list is made up of those who have sent us e-mail, of members and friends of the Society who have responded to our Newsletter request for E-mail addresses and others who we believe might be interested in our Society or mission. If you would prefer not to receive future Electronic Newsletters, however, please let us know. If you have friends who you believe might be interested in our Society, please forward this e-mail. If you have received this as a forwarded e-mail, please visit our Website at for more information about our Society. You may also contact our Society Office at 215-836-5022.

Do not hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions.

Lewis L. "Ted" Neilson, Jr.
National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons
Telephone: 215-836-5022
Fax: 215-836-5056
Mailing Address: PO Box 4222, Phila., PA 19144

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