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ITS PRETENSIONS EXPOSED IN FAITHFUL EXTRACTS
OF ITS STANDARD AUTHORS; WITH
A REVIEW OF
TOWN'S SPECULATIVE MASONRY:
ITS LIABILITY TO PERVERT THE DOCTRINES OF REVEALED RELIGION,
DISCOVERED IN THE SPIRIT OF ITS DOCTRINES, AND
IN THE APPLICATION OF ITS EMBLEMS:
ITS DANGEROUS TENDENCY EXHIBITED
IN EXTRACTS FROM
THE ABBÉ BARRUEL
AND FURTHER ILLUSTRATED IN ITS BASE SERVICE
BY A MASTER MASON.
"And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with
Southern District of New York, ss.
BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the twenty-eighth day of April, A.D. 1828, in the fifty (L-S.)
second year of the Independence of the United States of America, Dwight Farmer, of
the said district, has deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit:
"Free Masonry. Its Pretensions exposed in faithful extracts of its standard Authors; with a Review of Town's Speculative Masonry: its liability to pervert the doctrines of Revealed Religion, discovered in the spirit of its Doctrines, and in the application of its Emblems : its dangerous tendency exhibited in extracts from the Abbe Barruel and Professor Robison; and further illustrated in its base service to the Illuminati. By a Master Mason.
And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with Crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou reddesi thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair ; thy lovers will despiso thee; they will seek thy life.'--Jeremiah."
In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States, entitled, “ An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled, “An Act, supplementary to an Act, entitled, an Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
FRED. J. BETTS,
TO FREE MASONS.
Having devoted much study to the subject of Free Masonry, I am thoroughly convinced that the ancient landmarks are removed, that our old customs are irreparably infringed, and the established usages of the Art are in utter confusion, bringing great discredit upon the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons, and concealed daggers of infidelity to the hearts of the brethren.
It becomes my bounden duty, as a faithful brother, to make an effort, in the words of the Master's charge, “ to correct the irregularities of the less informed brethren; to fortify their minds with resolution against the insidious foe, and to guard them against every allurement to vicious practices.”—See Preston's Illustrations of Masonry, p. 78. and the Free Mason's Monitor, p. 76.
Fearless of her whose name is Mystery, and whose light is Egyptian darkness, it is done affectionately, brethren, with respect to you. It will present you strange and unexpected facts, with approved Masonic authorities for them, in every case faithfully and amply quoted. Accept the work; ponder it; and may Immanuel, God with us, ever be with those, who with simplicity of heart receive truth in the love of it.