A Legislative Investigation Into Masonry: Being a Correct History of the Examination, Under Civil Oath, of More Than Fifty Adhering and Seceding Masons, Before a Committee of the General Assembly of Rhode-Island, Held at Providence and Newport, Between December 7, 1831, and January 7, 1832
Benjamin Franklin Hallett
Office of the Boston Daily Advocate, 1832 - Anti-masonry - 85 pages
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Page 9 - You agree to hold in veneration the original rulers and patrons of the Order of Masonry, and their regular successors, supreme and subordinate, according to their stations...
Page 9 - You agree to be a peaceable subject, and cheerfully to conform to the laws of the country in which you reside. 3. You promise not to be concerned in plots and conspiracies against government, but patiently to submit to the decisions of the supreme legislature.
Page 8 - Beiug advanced to the second degree of masonry, we congratulate you on your preferment. The internal, and not the external qualifications of a man, are what masonry regards. As you increase in knowledge, you will improve in social* intercourse. It is unnecessary to recapitulate the duties which as a mason you are bound to discharge ; or enlarge on the necessity of a strict adherence to them, as your own experience must have esta<blished their value.
Page 8 - The study of the liberal arts, that valuable branch of education, which tends so effectually to polish and adorn the mind, is earnestly recommended to your consideration; especially the science of geometry, which is established as the basis of our art. Geometry or Masonry, originally...
Page 8 - There are three great duties, which, as a Mason, you are charged to inculcate — to GOD, your neighbor, and yourself. To GOD, in never mentioning his name, but with that reverential awe which is due from a creature to his CREATOR ; to implore his aid in all your laudable undertakings, and to esteem him as the chief...
Page 8 - Finally, keep sacred and inviolable the mysteries of the order; as these are to distinguish you. from the rest of the community and mark your consequence among Masons.
Page 8 - Order ; ancient, as having subsisted from time immemorial ; and honorable, as tending, in every particular, so to render all men who will be conformable to its precepts. No institution was ever raised on a better principlej or more solid foundation ; nor were ever more excellent rules and useful maxims laid down, than are inculcated in the several Masonic lectures.
Page 6 - John, do hereby and hereon most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear^ that I will always hail, ever conceal, and never reveal, any part or parts, art or arts, point or points, of the secrets, arts, and mysteries of ancient Freemasonry...
Page 9 - You promise to pay homage to the Grand Master for the time being, and to his officers when duly installed ; and strictly to conform to every edict of the Grand Lodge, or General Assembly of Masons, that is not subversive of the principles and ground work of Masonry.