is a copy of a very old tract, single copy 3 cents, 30 cents per dozen and
hundred $1.25, published By the
American Party sometime in the mid 1800s,
Albert Pike was alive and still in the leadership of American Masonry.
the 1850s with its anti-slavery, anti-immigration, anti-Catholic
apparently from this flyer, very anti-Masonic platform.
in the 1820s and 30s, the Anti MasonicParty gained popular political
strength on a similar position that the Masons in government should be
removed. This party blended with the
ranks of the Whig Party, who had officially
supported the candidates of the Know Nothing party in 1856. We think that the
tract comes from this era.
that most of the participants in the movement were absorbed into the newly
formed Republican Party not long after this election.
thing does stand out, however. We
certainly didn’t invent the theological, political
and social problems associated
with Freemasonry. The
tract herein is just as true today as it was 140 years ago when it was
distributed. More so, perhaps when you see the tremendous power Freemasonry
has within the White House, Congress
and the Judicial system.
the beginning of this examination we hasten to assure the reader that we do
not propose to bring forward the testimony of non‑Masons or of
anti-Masonic publications. We do not propose to beg the question in any way,
manner or shape, and if the reader should have been so
unfortunate as to have ever been made a Freemason, we ask and hope that
for the time being he will forget that fact, and having divested his mind if
possible, of prejudice, will look at the subject from a common sense
standpoint, neither accepting; nor rejecting a point or proposition until all
the bearings are duly weighed. You are not responsible for the present form,
character and government of Freemason, neither is the writer. because we had
nothing whatever to do in originating, moulding or shaping the system.
However, we do have a right to look at the facts in the case, intelligently
draw our conclusions therefrom and then to “mark and govern ourselves
accordingly," no man or set of men daring to lawfully molest us or make
it is plain to every one that if anybody really knows what Freemasonry is,
Freemasons themselves certainly must know; and if any Masons know, it is not
necessarily the embryo, three‑degree, pinfeather, Blue Lodge Masons, who
perhaps do not know enough to visit a strange lodge without a brother along to
vouch for them, but it is self-evident that if any Masons know what the
principles, doctrines and practice of the order are, it is the men who have
gone from the “ground floor” clear through the "pictures." who
have made Freemasonry a life study, who are even now occupying the highest
positions of honor and power in the
craft, and who have been put forward by the institution to write its great
standard publications including its rituals, its monitors, its manuals, its
lexicons, its dictionaries, its digests of Masonic law, together with its
works on Masonic jurisprudence, its histories, its guides, its
trestle‑boards, and many other valuable works issued for the sole
benefit of the "Worshipful Fraternity."
great Masonic works and documents herein quoted were written by the learned
rulers and teachers of Masonry and are protected by the seal of the United
States in copyright. They were written by high Masons, copyrighted by Masons,
published by Masons, sold by Masons, sold to Masons and openly endorsed and
used by the Masonic Fraternity all over this land. Not only endorsed and used
by well posted individual Masons, but subordinate and Grand Lodges have
officially fathered and are using them. With this understanding, reader, we
will meet upon the " level " and part upon the
"square." First we will secure the evidence and testimony,
and by and by determine the real Masonic character and exact standing of the
GOVERNMENT OF THE FRATERNITY.
The mode of Government observed by the fraternity will give the best idea of
the nature and design of the Masonic institution.”
Sickels’ Freemasons' Monitor,
well; it is the BEST explanation that we are after and so we will examine into
OF MASONIC LAW.
system of Masonic law has little of the
republican or democratic spirit about It."—Rob
Morris, in Webb’s Freemasons’ Monitor, revised edition, p. 195
that is not very encouraging to patriotic men but perhaps all will be
satisfactorily explained as we progress.
may not call in question the propriety of this organization; if we would be
Masons we must yield private judgment. 'To
the law and to the testimony—if any man walk not by this rule it is because
there is no light in him."'—Pierson's
Traditions of Freemasonry, p. 30.
certainly is not republicanism or democracy, because they are inclined to give
a man increased liberty and privileges instead of calling for the surrender
thereof. But let us see how far this surrender of personal liberty is demanded
of the Mason.
this surrender of free‑will to Masonic authority is absolute
(within the scope of the landmarks 0f the order) and perpetual,
may be inferred from an examination
of the emblem (the shoe or sandal) which is used to enforce this lesson of
resignation. The esotery of the Masonic rituals gives the fullest assurance of
this: "once a Mason always a Mason" is an aphorism in our literature
conveying an undeniable truth."—Morris'
Dictionary, p. 29.
the surrender of personal private judgment and freewill to Freemasonry is
complete and binding for all time. Well said indeed; for surely that is
anything except Americanism, as either republicanism or democracy.
Mason should know how to obey those who are set over him, however inferior
they may be in worldly rank; or condition." —Macoy's
Masonic Monitor, p. 14.
is this authority set over the Freemason to which he has bound himself and
what will be the result of disobedience?
and want of respect to Masonic superiors is an offense for which the
transgressor subjects himself to punishment."—Mackey's
Masonic Jurisprudence , p. 511.
and inferiors—queer government that—Americans are all equals. How severely
will an offender be punished?
the head of Discipline is given a catalogue of fifteen prime classes of
un-Masonic acts, of which this is one. It is so subversive of the groundwork
of Masonry, in which obedience is most strongly inculcated, that the Mason who
disobeys subjects himself to severe penalties."— Morris'
Dictionary of Freemasonry, pp. 91,92
no doubt was the punishment meted out to William Morgan and many ,others for
their disobedience. Who Is the representative of Freemasonry, wielding such
a presiding officer the Master is possessed or extra-ordinary powers which
belong to the presiding officer of no other association”
Mackey's Masonic Jurisprudence, p. 344.
His Majesty must be quite a privileged character, having such wonderful powers
that are possessed by no other presiding officer.
powers and privileges of' the Master of a lodge are by
no means limited in extent."—Chase's
Digest of Masonic Law, page 380.
limited means unlimited, and that is just about as much as an ordinary mortal
can well comprehend.
power of a Master in his lodge is absolute."— Mackey’s
Lexicon of Freemasonry, p. 296.
it is, a system of absolute masters; and an absolute master cannot exist
without abject slavery; one is necessary to the other, so who are the
miserable Masonic slaves? Let the reader answer that all important question.
we find that the Master's authority in the lodge is despotic as the Sun ~n the
firmament, which was placed there by the Creator, never to deviate from its
accustomed course. till the declaration is 'promulgated that time shall be no
Signs and & Symbols of
Freemasonry, p. 142.
in all the annals of history, ancient or modern, describing all the
monarchies, despotisms and tyrannies from the dawn of creation down to the
present time, will you find a better description of an irresponsible, absolute
despot, than the above synopsis of the power of the Master of a subordinate
)Masonic lodge'' To whom, or to
what, is this Masonic nabob beholden ?
Master is responsible for his official acts, not to his lodge, but to the
Grand Lodge: or (which is the same thing) to the Grand Master for the time
Monitor, p. 271.
is the nature and power of the Grand Lodge is the next question staring us in
the face for adjustment.
Grand Lodge is invested with power and authority over all the craft within its
jurisdiction. It is the Supreme Court of Appeal in all Masonic cases, and to
its decrees unlimited obedience must be paid by every lodge and every Mason
situated within its control. The government of Grand Lodges is, therefore,
completely despotic. While a Grand Lodge exists, its edicts must be respected
and obeyed without examination by its subordinate lodges." —Mackey's
Lexicon of Freemasonry, p. 186.
Grand Lodge being completely despotic, therefore the Worshipful Master of a
subordinate lodge is as much a slave to it as are the poor deceived and
deluded victims over whom he lords it with such pomposity. But suppose, as is
often the case, that some conscientious man who has been inveigled into the
order should object and rebel against some mandate or edict of the Grand Lodge
that he is fully convinced and persuaded is not right and proper; Will he be
coerced into a compliance therewith ?
first duty of the reader of this Synopsis is to obey the edicts of his Grand
Lodge. Right or wrong, his very existence as a Mason hangs upon obedience to
the powers immediately set above him. Failure in this must infallibly bring
down expulsion, which, as a Masonic
death, ends all The one
unpardonable crime in a Mason is
contumacy, or disobedience."— Webb's
Freemasons' Monitor, p. 196.
is the one unpardonable crime in a Freemason? Is it lying, stealing, murder or
a violation of civil law? Nay, verily, but it is simply to disobey Masonic
law. That law must be obeyed, right or wrong. Does this low down slavery
run through every department of
Freemasonry, or only in the Blue Lodge and
not In the higher grades?
principle of submission and obedience runs through the whole system and
constitutes one of the greatest safeguards of our institution. The Mason is
obedient to the Master, the Master and Lodge to the Grand Lodge, and this in
its turn to the old landmarks and ancient regulations of the order. Thus is a
due degree of subordination kept up and the institution preserved in its
Traditions of' Freemasonry, p. 30.
is a most galling system of human slavery a hundred‑fold more degrading
than ever was African bondage in that both soul and body are the property of
Freemasonry leaving the individual member a mere machine in the hands of
Masonic superiors. Do Masons, deep down in their souls endorse and revere such
a vile system as Freemasonry?
any applicant is not prepared in his heart he will never make a Mason no
matter what dramatic exercises he may be put through. or what discipline
exerted upon him.”—Morris'
Dictionary of Freemasonry, pp. 243, 244.
is it that binds a man to this “Invisible
Empire" or to this secret despotism? We go to the above named Masonic
dictionary for “ more light.”
BLUE LODGE MASONRY.
The obligations of Masonry are, in the sense of the definition, covenants and
so are the Constitution and By‑laws.”—Ibid.,
obligations, then, along with the bylaws and constitution are covenants and
we will now see what it is that makes a
is ‘the Obligation which makes the Mason' and the difference between one
Mason and another consists simply in the fact that one keeps his obligations
better than another."—Morris'
Dictionary of Freemasonry, p. 218.
is the nature and form of the Masonic obligation. Is it simply a promise or
affirmation or is it construed to be an oath with all the binding force of the
same? Turning again to our friendly dictionary we learn this:
affirmation is not equivalent to an oath in Masonry however it may be in
common and is not legitimate in the
working of the lodge.”—Ibid. p.13.
sir does Freemasonry consider and teach its devotees to consider the
so‑called Masonic oath equal or superior in binding force to the civil
Covenant is irrevocable. Even though a person may be suspended or expelled;
though he may withdraw from the Lodge, journey into countries where Masons
cannot be found, or become a subject of despotic governments that persecute,
or a communicant of bigoted churches that denounce Masonry, he cannot cast off
or nullify his Masonic covenant; No law of the land can affect it—no
anathema of the church weaken it. It is irrevocable.” —Webb’s
Freemasons' Monitor, p. 240.
accounts for many strange and mysterious proceedings in our would‑be
courts of justice and in the churches. NO law of the land (that is, civil
law,) can even affect this lodge oath or covenant. No anathema of the church
(that is, divine law), can so much as weaken it. Is it any wonder that
criminals go scot‑free when the sheriff that impanels the jury, enough
of the jurors impaneled to bring in a divided verdict, enough witnesses
drummed up to make the evidence appear contradictory, the attorneys of the
prosecution and of the defense, and the judge on the bench, are irrevocably
bound to the prisoner at the bar as sworn brethren, by an obligation
considered paramount to all others, civil or divine?
it anything strange that there is trouble in the church when the members are
bound up, by this strong covenant, with saloon‑keepers, irreverent
scoffers, and other evil‑minded men, in sworn brotherhood? Is there no
escape from Masonic thralldom? is the now all important question.
method is provided for in the Masonic jurisprudence of modern times by which a
member can withdraw himself from the authority of the society. He may resign
his membership in the lodge, deny its government, even repudiate the ties by
which he is bound to the institution, yet that authority remains unbroken.
A ‘due summons' from the Lodge or Grand lodge is obligatory upon him; and
should he refuse obedience he will be disgracefully expelled from the society
with public marks of ignominy that can never be erased."—Morris'
Dictionary of Freemasonry, page 29.
arrogant system is this, that proposes to take a man's manhood from him by
imposing upon him an obligation
that defies both his civil as well as the divine law? It even declares
vengeance on all who dare to think and act as free men without first
consulting the Masonic covenant. No wonder seceded Masons and out-spoken
non‑Masons are abused, vilified, slandered and hounded down by Masonic
minions. “ Public marks of ignominy that can never be erased.”
expulsion of a Mason, while it deprives him of every privilege with which his
Masonic attachment endowed him, leaves him bound by every part and point of
his. Masonic covenant. Of this no act of his own or of the lodge can ever
divest him. The tie of Masonry is perpetual."— Webb's
Freemasons' Monitor, p. 257.
certainly is a queer government if there ever was one. The mystery of the
whole business is to discover how under the sun a man can be a loyal citizen
of any civil government on earth and at the same time uphold this system of
secret despotism that boldly and openly defies all governments?
is no charge more frequently made against Freemasonry than that of its
tendency to revolution and conspiracy, and to political organizations which
may affect the peace of society, or interfere with the rights of
government."—Mackey's Mystic Tie
of Freemasonry, p. S6.
does this great Masonic ruler and law‑giver speak the truth in the
above, for time and again different governments have been compelled to
suppress Freemasonry because of its incompatibility with the peace of society
and with the laws of the land in that it harbored criminals and perverted the
equitable administration of civi1 law.
is no duty more forcibly enjoined in Masonry, than that of warning a brother
of danger impending to his person or interests. To neglect this is a positive
violation of obligation, and destroys any person's claim to be entitled a
Mason:.”— Morris' Dictionary of
Freemasonry, p. 25.
Masons obliged to give this
warning to affiliates only,
must they always warn and aid one
are to give aid in imminent peril when Masonically called upon, not lest
injustice may be done if we pause to inquire into the question of affiliation,
but because the obligation to give this aid, which is reciprocal among all
Masons, never has been and never can be canceled."—Mackey's
Masonic Jurisprudence, p. 270.
Masonically appealed to for aid?
a person appeals to us as a Mason in imminent peril, or such pressing need
that we have not time to inquire into his worthiness, then, lest we might
refuse to relieve and aid a worthy brother' we must not stop to inquire as to
anything."—Albert Pike, in
Masonic Grand Lodge Report of Arkansas; Also Mackey's
Masonic Jurisprudence, p. ~70.
General Albert Pike who led a
brigade of Indian savages against the flag of his country at the battle
of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, where the dead and wounded boys in Blue were
scalped! and tomahawked, and even mutilated in a manner too barbarous and
obscene for description, by his followers, and whose rebel hands are dyed
crimson by the blood of loyal American citizens, is now the most honored man
has since been very appropriately placed at the pinnacle of the system, where
he sits supreme ruler; and to him every Freemason, knowingly or unknowingly,
yet, nevertheless truly, does honor and homage when he throws A
due‑guard and sign at a Blue Lodge Master; for the principle of
submission and obedience runs through the
WHOLE system," while in giving the
sign he acknowledges himself to be under death‑penalty to obey
this Masonic superior. Such is Freemasonry, a hot‑bed of disloyalty and
treason, according to our deductions thus far.
and rebellion also, because they are altogether political offenses, cannot be
inquired into by a lodge; and al. though a Mason may be convicted of either
of these acts in the courts of his country, he cannot be Masonically
punished; and not withstanding his treason or rebellion his relation to the
lodge, to use the language of the old Charges, remains indefeasible."—Mackey’s
Masonic Jurisprudence, p. 510 !
makes plain why perhaps the blackest‑hearted rebel in the land is very
appropriately placed at the head of treasonable Masonry in this country.
Thus a saint in Freemasonry may be the worst citizen in this
Mason who is at home and the Mason who comes from abroad are considered on an
equal footing as to all Masonic rights; and hence the brother made in Europe
is as much a Mason when he comes to America, and is as fully qualified to
discharge in America all Masonic functions, without any form of
naturalization, as though he had been made in this country. The converse is
equally true."— Mackey’s
Masonic Jurisprudence, p. 200.
a remarkable array of Masonic
testimony! and yet the half has not been told, as we might go on almost
indefinitely showing the foul, treasonable and anti‑republican nature,
as legibly portrayed under the systematically arranged headings of the great
copyrighted standard Masonic publications. The above Masonic quotations
are complete sentences and not garbled. The language is so
concise and plain that a child can easily analyze each
sentence. The quotations are authoritative; Masonic superiors never
argue Masonry with subordinates. And now we
proceed to nail the above synopsis of
Masonic law and government by home testimony.
will let every affiliated Freemason in the Missouri Masonic Grand Lodge
jurisdiction testify through their Grand Lodge Reports, three copies of which
must be filed away year by year in every subordinate lodge throughout the
members of all subordinate lodges are fully represented in Grand Lodge by the
superior officers of the several lodges, as they are delegates thereto, and no
document emanates from any Masonic Grand Lodge without its endorsement and
approval. We will call our neighbors, and see how cheerfully they accept or
reject the testimony of the brightest
men in the order:
of a report on foreign correspondence rendered by a full committee consisting
of Brothers J. P. Little, Jno. Dove, Wm. B. lsaacs, Wm. L. Maule and T. P.
conclusion of the report breathes such a pure air of Masonic truths that we
incorporate it herewith. It says: 'Once a Mason always a Mason—once a Mason,
everywhere a Mason. However independent either as individuals or as lodges,
whether Grand or
subordinate—and we are each and all truly free and uncontrolled by anything,
save our ancient laws and constitution—yet no Mason can be a foreigner to
another Mason. We are all equal citizens of one common government, having
equal rights, equal privileges and equal duties; and in which government,
thank God, the majority does not govern.
our order in its very constitution, strikes at the root of that which is the
very basis of popular government It proclaims and practices, not that the will
of the masses is wise and good, and as such to be obeyed,—not that the
majority shall govern .. . but that the law tit e., above mentioned
"ancient law"1 shall govern. Our tenet is not only that no single
man but that no body of men
(however wise or numerous)' can change in any decree one single landmark of
our ancient institution. Our law is strictly organic; it cannot be changed
without being destroyed. You may
take a man to pieces, and you may take a watch to pieces, but you can not
alter his organs and put him together again as you do the timekeeper.
is the living man, and all other forms of government mere convenient machines
made by clever mechanics, for regulating the affairs of state. Not only do we
know no North, no South, no East and no West, but we know no government save
our own. To every government save that of Masonry, and to each and all alike,
we are foreigners; and this form of government is neither pontifical,
autocratic, monarchial republican, democratic nor despotic; it is a government
per se, and that government is
have nothing to do with forms of government, forms of religion or forms of
social life. We are a nation of men only, bound to each other by Masonic ties
as citizens of the world, and that world the world of Masonry—brethren to
each other all the world over, foreigners to all the world beside.
The above is a Masonic address in a nutshell—it is the compressed
essence of Masonic life."—Grand
Lodge Report for, 1867.
does that sound to a loyal American?
Missouri Freemasons therein positively affirm that they are not controlled by
ANYTHING save Masonic law; they
THANK GOD that in their government the majority
does NOT govern; that Freemasonry strikes at the very base of free
government; that it proclaims and practices that the will of the MASSES
should not be obeyed; that the United States is a mere convenient
machine only: together with many other treasonable doctrines that the Missouri
Masonic Grand Lodge emphatically declares are the compressed essence of
Masonic life. Later reports all breathe the spirit of double‑dyed
would gladly prolong this discussion, but we will briefly consult
another Grand Lodge Report or two and rest the case.
ourselves, we deny as Masons that any civil government on earth has the right
to divide or curtail Masonic jurisdiction when once established. It can only
be done by competent Masonic authority, and in accordance with Masonic
usage."— Grand Lodge Report.
History of Freemasonry, p. 62, says: "The Freemason receives not the law,
he gives It;" and a late Grand Lodge Report puts on the cap‑sheaf
all this we must not forget that 'Masonry is a law unto itself.’ Its
Perpetuity is dependent upon the force of its own influences. It never demands
affiliation with any other humanizing agencies."—Grand
Lodge Report of 1880.
AUTHORS QUOTED ABOVE
Smith Webb, whose Masonic title was King, or Grand King, was a learned Mason,
the first standard Masonic American author; or, in other words, he is the
father of Masonry in this country.
Pike: 33rd degree Most
Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander of the Masons of the United States, author
of the "Statutes of Ancient and Accepted Rite," etc. He is the
supreme ruler of American Masonry.
G. Mackey, lL D.: Past Grand Secretary and Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge
of South Carolina; Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of South
Carolina; Secretary General of the Supreme Council, 33d degree, for the
Southern Jurisdiction of the Masons of the United States; Past General Grand
High Priest of the General Grand Chapter of the Masons of the United States;
author of A Lexicon Of Freemasonry,
Manual Of The Lodge, The Book Of The Chapter, Mystic Tie, The Ritualist,
Masonic Jurisprudence, etc.,
the latter a work that is to
Masons and Blue Lodge Masters what the Revised Statutes are to a Justice of
the Peace, or what Blackstone's Commentaries are to members of the bar.
Sickels: Past Master, Past High Priest, Knight Templar, Past Junior Grand
Warden, 33d degree Secretary General of the Supreme Council for the Northern
Jurisdiction of the Masons of the United States, author of a Freemason's
Monitor, General Ahiman Rezon, or
Freemasons’ Guide, etc.
C. Pierson: Past Grand High
Priest, Grand Captain General of the Grand Encampment of the Masons of The
United States of America, 33rd degree Sovereign Grand Inspector
general; was for ten years Grand Master and is at present Grand Secretary of
the Masonic Grand Lodge of Minnesota; author of Traditions
of Freemasonry, etc.
Morris, L.L.D.: Knight Templar, Past Grand
Master of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Sovereign Grand Inspector
General, author of Code of Masonic
Law, compiler of the Universal
Masonic Library and his
Dictionary of Freemasonry is to Masonry what Webster’s Dictionary is
to the English language it is the
great definer of Masonic terms.
Macoy: 33rd degree, Past Master, Past Grand Secretary, Past Grand
Recorder, Past Grand Commander, National Grand Secretary, author of A
Cyclopedia of Freemasonry, Manual of the Order of The Eastern Star, Masonic
Vocal Manual, and other works.
Wingate Chase: A high Freemason, a prolific Masonic author, having compiled no
less than eight valuable Masonic publications, one of which is the great book
of decisions, Chase’s Digest of
Masonic Law, a book that bears about the same relation to subordinate
Masonic Lodges that the decisions of our Supreme Courts bear to our Circuit
and County Courts.
Rebold, M.D.: Past Deputy of the Masonic Grand Orient of France and a learned
George Oliver: D.D., of England: Past Deputy Grand Master for Lincolnshire,
and author of about twelve noble Masonic publications.
above is gleaned from copyrighted standard Masonic publications now in our
possession. The high Masonic standing and character of the authors here
mentioned is fully sustained by Grand Lodge documents reposing on the table
before us as we indite these lines.
is the man who has one drop of patriotic blood coursing through his veins that
does not abhor, loathe and hate Freemasonry as the arch‑enemy of free
government? And is he not ready, if he be a slave to this system of despotism,
to declare his independence, and maintain his
rights through the pulpit, the press and
the polls? Let all true Americans rally to the standard of the American
Reform Party, a Party that is rapidly
coming up, the object of which is to wrest church and state from the
usurpation of oath‑bound foreigners who are open]y endorsing and
upholding a system that is treason to the government, as it confers titles of
nobility, which is in open violation of the Constitution of the United States.
Let true Americans stand for civil and religious liberty before the bristling
bayonet or the cannon’s mouth ere we bow the knee to any despot or hail any
man as MASTER. God save our country from the further encroachments of secret
despotism! Long live the Republic of The United States of America!