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To prevent frequent quotations and a re, petition of names, the reader is informed, that this volume is compiled from the highly esteemed and very useful works of Messrs. Š. Town, ROLLIN, PRESTON, T. S. WEBB, DR. DALCHO, REV. J. SAURIN, and T. M. HARRIS, and the Book OF CONSTITU. TIONS. Should this performance afford useful instruction to any ; refreshment to the experienced in the craft; obliterate the prejudices of those who have not known our sentiments; render luminous the paths of thousands, who are coming to our temple ; and finally, should the Father of lights, who has. condescended to crown with his smiles the virtuous transactions of Masons, in every age, nation, and clime, grant his benign in. fluences to those who may read this book, that they may receive the truth and be sa. ved through the merits of Jesus, the author will have an ample reward and the unspeak. able satisfaction of believing that his undertaking this work has originated in righteous:

ness.

"If I am right, thy grace impart,

Me in the right to stay ;
If I am wrong, teach my heart,

To find that better way.”

CONTENTS.

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INTRODUCTION

1
CHAPTER 1.-On the antiquity and utility of Free Masonry 19

II.- The names of the Masonick Degrees, &c. 45
III.-Remarks on the Lecture of the First Degree 50
IV.-Remarks on the Lecture of the Second Degree 66

V.-Remarks on the Lecture of the Third Degree 90
VI.-Remarks on the lecture of the Fourth Degree 100
VII.-Remarks on the Fifth Degree

106
Vill.-Reinarks on the Sixth Degree

110
IX.-Remarks on the Seventh Degree

122
X.-Historical Remarks relative to King Solomon's
Temple

139
XI -Requisite qualifications of Candidates

149
XII.-Instruction for the Candidate, &c.

153
XIII.-Declarations to be assented to by the Candi-
date, &c.

137
XIV.-Remarks on the ceremonies used at opening
and closing a Lodge

159
XV.-Charges, Prayers, and Addresses

164
- A Charge used at opening a Lodge

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- A Charge or benediction used at closing a lodge 105
XXI.-Prayers

168
-The ancient pra yer, at making or opening ib,
--Another

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-Another

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-Another, at the initiation of a Minister

170
-Another, a general prayer in a Lodge

172
-Another, at raising a brother to the Sublime
Degree of Master Mason

173

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CHAP. XVI.-Another, at the constitution of a Lodge 174
- Another

175
-Another, to be used at the constituting and
opening of a Grand Lodge

178
Another, made during the ceremony of exalta-
tion to the Seventh Degree

180
“Another, made at the opening of the Sublime
Grand Lodge

182
Charge, at initiation into the First Degree 184
-Charge, at initiation into the Second Degree 187
-Charge, at initiation into the Third Degree 189
-Charge, to be read at opening a Mark Mas-
ter's Lodge

191
--Charge to be delivered when a Candidate is ad-
vanced to the Fourth Degree

193
-A parable to be read previous to closing a
Mark Master's Lodge

194
Charge, to be delivered to a Most Excellent
Master

196
Charge to a newly exalted Companion 197
-Closing a Chapter

199
-Charge to a Grand Master at his installation 201
Address to a Grand Master at his installation 203

to a Clergyman at his initiation 205
to a Foreigner

307
to a Soldier

208
at the visitation of Lodges

209
XVII.-The manner of Constituting a lodge of Mas.
ter Masons

216
-Ceremony of Constitution and Consecration
XVIII.-Remarks on the order of High Priest

251
XIX.- The manner of constituting new Chapters 255
XX. On the conduct of Masons

295
XXI.-!ln Funeral Ceremonies

301
XXII.-Masonick Songs

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INTRODUCTION.

As many individuals in every part of community entertain different opinions of Masonry, and some christians feel injured when any of their relations, friends, and brethren join the lodges; the writer wishes, if possible, to remove the objections which they bring against the order, that they may no longer disrespect a system that is founded in truth, and cannot be destroyed. To make the attempt he has discussed those objections in the following brief. catechetical manner,

Ist.How is the secrecy of Masonry consistently kept when the principles of the institution are professedly drawn from divine revelation ?»

“The principles and privileges of the institution are open to all such as are qualified to receive them ; but of

these qualifications we must reserve the power of judging for ourselves. Every trade of importance, every art and occupation, has its secrets, not to be communicated but to such as have become proficients in the science connected with them, nor then but with proper caution and restriction; and often times under the guard of heavy penalties. Charters of incorporation are granted by civil governments for their greater security, and patents for their encouragement. Nay, every government, every statesman, and every individual, has secrets which are concealed with prudent care, and confided only in the true and trusty.

* We only claim a like indulgence; that of conducting ourselves by our own rules, and of adınitting to a participation of our secrets and privileges such as choose to apply for them upon our own terms. So far from wishing to deprive any one of the light we enjoy, we sincerely wish all the race of men were suitably qualified to receive it; and if so, our doors shall never be shut against them, but our

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