Digitized letter from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) from the office of the Grand Master, J.S. Shoff, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The letter provided the latest membership numbers for various local lodges, asked leaders to be selective but increase the memberships, and asked that dues were collected in a timely manner. It also addressed a recent incident with a recent Superintendent, H.D. Ward, who became a fugitive from "an unfortunate affair" but does not indicate exactly what the person did wrong. "Let nothing daunt our zeal in the midst of our greatest progress," is how the letter ended.