Letters on the Masonic Institution

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Press of T.R. Marvin, 1847 - Freemasonry - 275 pages
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A Founding Father that WASN'T a Freemason.
John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States, was a determined opponent of the secret society and fraternity of Freemasonry, the Masonic Lodge
. The question of Freemasonry and the controversy over its character has long been debated. But for John Quincy Adams, writer, poet, faithful husband, patriot, former Ambassador and Secretary of State, and President, there was no question. The teachings and practices of the Lodge, Adams asserted, are detrimental, noxious, and unfortunate. John Quincy Adams was persuaded that the Masonic Lodges were a bane to society, evil, and Luciferian. 

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Page 280 - Doe) of my own free will and accord in the presence of Almighty God and this...
Page 117 - Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall : for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law...
Page 279 - Furthermore, do I promise and swear, that I will support the constitution of the General Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the United States of America...
Page 279 - I will stand to, and abide by all the by-laws, rules, and regulations of this chapter, or of any other chapter of which I may hereafter become a member. I furthermore promise and swear, that I will answer and obey all due signs and summonses...
Page 275 - John, do hereby and hereon most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will always hail, ever conceal and never reveal any...
Page 280 - ... by due trial, strict examination or lawful information, I find him or them lawfully entitled to receive the same. — I furthermore promise and swear, that I will answer and obey all due signs and regular summons, which shall be sent to me from a regular council of Knights of the Red Cross, or.
Page 282 - ... follows : This pure wine, I take from this cup, in testimony of my belief of the mortality of the body and the immortality of the soul; and as the sins of the whole world were laid upon the head of our Saviour, so may the sins of the person whose skull this once was, be heaped upon my head, in addition to my own; and may they appear in judgment against me, both here and hereafter, should I violate or transgress any obligation in Masonry, or the orders of knighthood which I have heretofore taken,...
Page 283 - It is not true, therefore, to say, that the laws do enough, when they give the choice (even supposing it could be made with deliberation) between a fair and impartial trial, and one that is liable to the strongest objections. They must do more, they must restrict that choice, so as not to suffer an ill-advised individual to degrade them into instruments of ruin, though it should be voluntarily inflicted ; or of death, though that death should be suicide.
Page 280 - I may at any time become a member, so far as in my power. Furthermore do I promise and swear, that I will not assist or be present at the conferring of this Degree upon any person who has not, to the best of my knowledge and belief, regularly received (in addition to the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason) the Degree of Mark Master, or been elected Master of a regular Lodge of Master Masons.
Page 199 - ... antiquity, on which the utmost exertions of human genius have been employed. Even the Temple of Solomon, so spacious and magnificent, and constructed by so many celebrated artists, escaped not the unsparing ravages of barbarous force. Freemasonry, notwithstanding, has still survived. The attentive ear receives the sound from the instructive tongue, and the mysteries of Masonry are safely lodged in the repository of faithful breasts.

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