The new book of constitutions of the ... Free and accepted masons. Containing their history, charges, regulations, &c. [Ed.] by J. Anderson (Google eBook)

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Page 143 - In ancient times the Christian Masons were charged to comply with the Christian usages of each country where they travelled or worked ; but Masonry being found in all nations, even of divers religions, they are now only charged to adhere to that religion in which all men agree...
Page 223 - ... or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Page 154 - V. No man can be made or admitted a member of a particular Lodge, without previous notice, one month before given to the said Lodge, in order to make due enquiry into the reputation and capacity of the candidate; unless by the dispensation aforesaid.
Page 175 - You admit that it is not in the power of any man or body of men to make innovations in the body of Masonry.
Page 157 - Brethren, and reform what gives them offence, he shall be dealt with according to the By-laws of that particular Lodge, or else in such a manner as the Quarterly Communication shall in their great prudence think fit; for which a new Regulation may be afterwards made.
Page 112 - Chesterfield ; and from thence they marched on Foot to the Hall in proper Clothing and due Form; where they were joyfully receiv'd by about 150 true and faithful, all clothed. After Grace...
Page v - Lodges, nor with anything that may give outrage to civil magistrates, that may break the harmony of our own communications, or that may weaken the cement of the Lodge. And whatever are our different opinions in other things, leaving all men to liberty of conscience, as Masons we...
Page 111 - Year, at some private Lodges, several very valuable Manuscripts (for they had nothing yet in Print) concerning the Fraternity,, their Lodges, Regulations, Charges, Secrets, and Usages (particularly one writ by Mr Nicholas Stone the Warden of Inigo Jones) were too hastily burnt by some scrupulous Brothers ; that those Papers might not fall into strange...
Page 109 - They and some old Brothers met at the said AppleTree, and having put into the Chair the oldest Master Mason (now the Master of a Lodge) they constituted themselves a Grand Lodge pro Tempore in Due Form, and forthwith revived the Quarterly Communication of the Officers of Lodges (call'd the Grand Lodge) resolv'd to hold the Annual Assembly and Feast, and then to chuse a Grand Master from among themselves, till they should have the Honour of a Noble Brother at their Head.
Page 153 - II. The Master of a particular Lodge has the Right and Authority of congregating the Members of his Lodge into a Chapter at Pleasure, upon any Emergency or Occurrence as well as to appoint the Time and Place of their usual forming...

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