Macoy published the Book of the Lodge in 1855 as a helpful guide to those organizing or conferring the Degrees of Freemasonry. The book contains a set of full-page lithographs, which are intricately adorned with the masonic symbols found in any Masonic hall or during the conferral of a Masonic degree. Macoy includes a brief description of each lithograph and helps guide the reader, whether they are a Freemason or not, into a better understanding of the ritual. Additionally, supporting lithographs are included with depictions of officer’s jewels, a template membership certificate, and sheet music for events such as opening and closing a lodge, laying a cornerstone, or dedicating a masonic hall.
“Presented to the M. Worshipful Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia by M.W.P.G. Master B. B. French, December 27, 1856.”
Macoy even adds his own style and commentary into several of the lithographs, with subtle nods to ancient civilizations and historical figures. In his first lithograph, titled “Universality, Fraternity, and Equality,” George Washington presides in the East of the Great Hall of Masonry. His Senior and Junior Wardens, the Marquee de Lafayette and Dr. Benjamin Franklin respectively, engage in discourse among notable leaders from Greece, Rome, China, the Ottoman Empire, Russia, sub-Saharan Africa, and North and South America.