Brotherly Love Recommended: In a Sermon Preached Before the Ancient and Honourable Society of Free and Accepted Masons, in Christ-Church, Boston, on Wednesday the 27th of December, 1749. By Charles Brockwell, A.M. His Majesty's Chaplain in Boston. Published at the Request of the Society. [Two Lines of Latin Quotations].

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John Draper, in Newbury-Street, 1750 - 21 pages
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Page 21 - LORD, we pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us, and make us continually to be given to all good works ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Page 16 - I take to be pretty much our case, in respect to masonry — as flowing from the same corrupted principles. I have had the honour of being a member of this ancient and honourable Society many years, have sustained many of its offices, and can and do aver, in this sacred place, and before the grand Architect of the world, that I never could observe ought therein, but what was justifiable and commendable according to the strictest rules of society.
Page 13 - ... not to carefs our friends only, becaufe gratitude and common juftice require even that at our hands — Nor yet thofe efpecially from whom we expect to receive benefit, for this intereft and policy will prompt us to — Nor our relations only, for this the ties of blood and meer nature dictate — Nor is our love and charity limited to them particularly who are of the fame Church or Opinion •with us : for by the very fame reafon that we are induced to believe ourfelves in the right, they may...
Page 19 - ... consistently with the golden rule, of doing as they would be done by. For among us, every one is, or should be, another self; so that he that hates another must necessarily abhor himself also ; he that prejudices another, injures his own nature; and he that doth not relieve a distressed Brother, starves a member of his own body : but then this relief is not to be bestowed upon the idle, indolent, and extravagant ; but upon the unfortunate, industrious, successless Brother.
Page 9 - Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and fent his Son to be the propitiation for our fins.
Page 16 - ... it is spoken against. And wherefore was this sect so spoken against ? Was it from any evil they knew of its professors ? Or from mere ignorance or blind prejudice ? We find nothing of the former, but undoubted proof of the latter. And this I take to be pretty much our case, in respect to masonry — as flowing from the same corrupted principles. I have had the honour of being a member of this...
Page 9 - Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wife may be profitable unto himfelf? Is it any pleafure to...
Page 17 - If the unworthiness of a professor casts a reflection upon the profession, it may be inferred, by parity of reason, that the misconduct of a christian is an argument against christianity. But this, is a conclusion which, I presume, no man will allow ; and yet it is no more than what he must subscribe who is so unreasonable as to insist on the other...
Page 17 - ... whole, then, it appears that the rules of this society have a direct tendency to render conversation agreeable, as well as innocent ; and so to influence our practice, as to be useful to others, and profitable to ourselves ; for to continue in amity, and maintain a fair correspondence, to be disposed reciprocally to all offices of humanity, and to act upon mutual terms of benevolence, which are the characteristics of Christianity, are, likewise, the cement of this society.
Page 7 - THE principal intention in forming societies is undoubtedly the uniting men in the stricter bands of love ; for men, considered as social creatures, must derive their happiness from each other ; every man being designed by Providence to promote the good of others, as he tenders his own advantage; and by that intercourse to secure their good offices, by being, as occasion may offer, serviceable unto them.i Christianity, in general, never circumscribes our benevolence within the narrow confines of...

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