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- 4130-Incia competeal_and_aridilde,
thOUgh ticliwilliv--tiven from the very hearts
of its adhering members?, What! would
not a father initiate his son ,' the pride of his
liktheliorki - of his age, the object of his
prayers, into an association of honorable
teen most exclusively designed, and most
wisely Adapted, to the inculcation of science,
charity,-religiori ? How have good fathers
done, who have become freemasons? • Let
each one look around among his.acquain
tances, and recall his•past observation,
the answer . They have discontinued at
sentience upon the lodges. They have pre
ferred other schools of science, for their
children. They have resorted to better
means of impressing the love and practice
- tfobarity upon their hearts. They have
looked, higher, for their religion. Either
the best of fathers, who had joined the lodge,
_were?" anti masons in the bottom of their hearts
knowing theinstitution to be a base impos
ture; or iliey hated, their children.
But - how have members, who were most
distinguished for public honor and private
.virtue out ef_the _lodge, conducted; in relit
"lions to it? Franklin is said to have re
plied to his brother, who asked his advice
about joining the society, "one fool is enough
in a family." When the reputable and
benevolent Jeremy Gridley, was Grand Al as
.ter-of-the—Mwmachusetts- Masons, before
-the most criminal degrees of tho order were
known in our country, he was enquired of,
by a-frit"d,whether it was worth his while
te 'became a. mason?—and - he answered
'NO—with this pregnant addition, "by ag
gregation to the bociety a young man might
acquire 'a little artificial support, buf that
he did not need it; and there was nothing
in the masonic institution worthy of his
seeking - •-tii be associated with-it.Y? --The en :
afterwards, by his bold and freedom
freighted thoughts, and the high bearing of
his devoted expression of them was the
most prominent agent in carrying the de
claration of Independence, in the illustrious
Cottgress of '7B.
But, Washington, and ltis brother officers
of glorious memory, were masons. True.
They were admitted to three degrees.—
None of them went higher, in the early t days
of our independence. ashington never
visited a lodge but -once or twice after 1768;
and never resided in one. He afterwards
in e i , , renown , . i • an , so fm ---7 / 1 I •
majority-of-the-officers before-alluded-to, in
'their voluntary determination to extinguish
the Cincinnati _Society. To this Society
they were bound by stronger ties than ma
sonry can offer' to uncorrupted minds—by
those of a natural and generous sympathy,
A/ which the golden links were struck out
limi forged, in the welding fires of our revo
lutionary war.
The origin of this society was innocent;
its objects were laudable; its laws were pub
lished; its meetings were not secret; it ad
ministered no oaths, imposed no bloody pen
alties, had no division into degrees, and its
members were respected and honored as the
benefactors of their country; but it introdu
ced distinctions between. its members and
other citizens; its associates wore badges, a
ribbon and eagle; it was hereditary; admitted
honorary members; and had funds for chari
ty. - Thus constituted all the whigs of the
country, in civil life, as soon as it was known
to them, opposed it, as eminently dangerous
'to liberty. It had no political objects. The
conduct of its members, and the true pur
imse of the association were excellent. But
it was liable to abuse. Political means were
minted to, for its abolition. Governors of
states denounced it; legislative bodies ex
pressed their opposition to it, by resolutions;
assemblies of private citizens reprobated it;
the press - sternly and universally rebuked it;
the whole country was excited to a flame
gainst it. '
Washington soon became sensible that it
might produce political evils, which the
, • - • , , ~ . . g-motivesTitr which-it-origins--
• Sed; had hidden from the_observation of its
_members. And he attended its first annual
meeting determined to exert all hilinfluence
. far--ibiauppression. He did so exert it.—
dthe order was.on tfib point of beirwam.,
444 by the vote the great majority of
ib merniiiws. , Its en'inplete annihilation was
- 'Prevented, only byls. sense of courtesy . and
consistency towards their foreign - brother
officers, whom the members had - o:ficially
and formally invited to join it, herore they
bad well considered the .abuses of which it
was susceptible, and the political' tendencies,
which it might foster. They did destroy
its essential features, by resolvh* that the
order should be no longer hereditary, and
that no new members s h ould be admitted.
They discontinued* wearing its badges, in
this country; and left, nothing of its exis
tence; but its name, its meetings, which were
changed from being .annual to triennial, and
itscharitable funds, which were ordered to
be deposited with the state legislatures.--.-
This flAndamental modification, with the
sten known cause of its. continuance, in the
it, was made to assume by its own
Matnberss, appeased the . public; though Jef
itriten and many others, expressed wdecided
dionAnnbithsa .of its continuance at all.
inparWitsis society with Freemasonry,
wits motives its origin, its deriding cere
monies, its accumulation of titles, its numer:
fais exprm3vc• though Tanta' badge* its
anaketit* tg obedience in the lower degrOes,
and-iiiltaponfiblo authority in the - higher;
* istOttley t its p aths .; :its penalties; •i -
Itoeini. of privide l 'iwognitidly command,
eAd universal lulsoert ; its affiliatiim with
4116044 . 'in olli fon*. countries ; its
its botuitki power; its &buds,
• '
r Ibe ' pei*mmity: ~with. _ Which • it is
jal' - ',- - by. ir,s• adherilif ' meinbers ;
.., • .
0441111i1110011016P-. pot to be cenvino.
,i4.,thotcompingry denim% arti
that those, -who Were willing. o renounce the
ineinbati Society,_Would be compelled, by
the same patriotic motives, which controlled
them, in that act, if they had lived till now;
to renounce freemasonry. They would have
insisted upon its total abrogation. It must
be abrogated.
The unavoidable inference drawn by eve
-ry prudent man, from observing the conduct
of its best members, in all, past time, is, that
its character is bad. This inference is great
ly strengthened, by the intelligible hints
and friendly advice of the most trust worthy
among them. It should be ripened into un
hesitating conviction, by. a consideration of
the secrecy, which it enjoins. Standing
secrecy always implies shame and guilt.
It is utterly unsonsi.stent with social improve
ment, confidence, and happiness. All the
descendants of Adam inherit his nature.—
While he was innocent, he . was ingenuous,
communicative, without the need, or the
desire, of coneealment. For the float crime
he committed, even before she sentence of
banishment from Paradise, was pronounced
upon him, he sought concealment.
But wo are not left to our own reasonable
inibrences, or to hints and a few honest litjt
guarded expressions, from its best member%
to decide upon the character of freemasonry.
That character has been revealed, under
oath, by it; adhering members, and by a
great band of seceders. And hoiv does it
stand! Infamous beyond all parallel , in hu
man annals. Its principles are vicious,
murderous, treasonable; and so. far as they
prevail,-fatally hostile to those of our govern
ment. .
In the first degree, the candidate pledges
himself under oath, and upon forfeiture of
his life if he does not redeem the pledge, to
ever conceal and never reveal the secrets of
freemasonry, which he has then received, is
about to recei - Ve - , - or thay life - ides& be in
structed in. Among the secrets, which the
candidate may, and must be instructed in, if
he takes the. second degree, is that of his
pledge of passive obedience to the laws of
the lodge, and all regular summonses sent
him by a brother Of that degree. If he
takes the third degree, among those secrets
are pledges to fly to the relief of a brother
of that degree, when masonically required so
to do, at the risk of life, should there be a
greater probability of saving the life of the
brother requiring, than of losing his own to
Apprise a brother of all approaching danger:
if_pessitile--anto conceal the secrets of a
brother master mason, When communicated
to him as such, murder and treason only ex
cepted, and they left at his discretion. And
if he takes the Royal Arch degree among
those secrets are pledges—to extricate a
brother of that degree from danger, if he can,
whether that brother be right or wrong—to
promote* bisaolitical preferment before that
of all others of equal qualifications—and to
conceal his secrets, murder and treason: not
excepted. Tuns is the concealment ofcrimes
made a masonic duty; and the candidates
expressly di iclaiin all equivocation, mental
reservation, or evasion of mind, both in the
first degree, and in the last.
How dothese parts of masonry affect the
moral character of its members? In the
first degree, and every other, no man knows
any of its obligations, till after he has sworn
to conceal them. It is a first principle in
morals that there is no accountability with
out knowledge and free will. Such oaths,
therefore, are not binding, and no forms, or
objects, -- or solemnities - , can make-them- so.-
But what is the purpose of the order, in the
ceremony of imposing them? Can it be
good? U is certainly such as can be ac
complished only by men divested of all sense
of accountability. The less of this sense the
better, gor all the purposes of fraud and crime
—and the more of it the better, for all the
purposes of integrity and.Qner . These are
truths, which nobody can gauisay. All the
history of piety, on the one hand, and of sin
on the other, asserts them. They are ob
vious to the - common sense_ ef all _ men.—
This proceeding . Of reemasoury — os tliere
fore, obviously in hostility to good morals.
It is more than that. To take such wreath'
deliberately and with an intent to perform
it, is an attempt at the voluntary extinguish
: it of the highest tights of the soul, and a
complete foreclosure of the source of every
duty. It is not possible to ipaginea more'
aggravated. crime Rape; Ilhurddx, . treason,
may be repeated of, and their perpetrators
reclaimed. But to forego the rights of
knowledge and yolition, ie regard to every
proposition, whidh can be offered to a moral
agent, amenots to a desperate erasure of the
image of God from the breast. It would
necessarily preclude repentance, refOrma
tion, pardon hope; and he death; in its most
unutterable horrors. It would be as much
worse than common suicide, as the value of
-the immortal spirit is greater than that of thd
corruptible body. •
In the degrees, higher than the Royal .
Arch, the.members Swear to oppose the In.
terest, dern4 the business, and destroy the
reputation, of unfalthfiil brethren, through
life—to prefer the interests of a companion
of the order, and of a companion'Sfriend, for
whom he pleads, to those of any -tow man
of the world, iernatters of diffelsice submit
ted to them—rieverAd engage in ',Mean party
strife, nor conspiracies against the govero
ment or religion of their country, whereby
their reputation may seer, nor ever to as
' sociate with dishonorable men,. for a Me
' mAnt l -EXCEPT it be to secure the interest.
of such person, his fan - lily,. or friends, •to a
companion, olose necessities require this
degradation at their hands—to follow strict
ly everycomrnandrof the Illitstriowt Knights,
and Grand CernmAnder, and especial's:: to
sacrifice the. traitors of masonry. -
*Thiel pledge sometiines omitted in the Royal
Arch degree; and sometimes inoladod in ttir r ms.
ter's degree. •
Have these pointsof masonic obligation
any political beariugl All the rightS ofrnan
are founded in his moral nature. It is the
intention of . free goverment to secure him
in tip - possession of these 'rights. W hatever
is hostile togood morals is therefore epposed,
ID the civil 'policy - of freemen. We have
seen large numbers of the Most intelligent,
wealthy, and respectable freemasons in N.
York, deliberating in their lodges and else
where, on the m?ilos of suppressing a written
disclosure of thei'r secrets, by one of their
number—we have seen notices of a slander
ous character, simultaneously printed; a few
days before the seizure and murder of Mor
gan, in newspapers'a hundred miles apart,
warning the public against the designs; of
the author of this disclosure and especially
directed to the masonic brotherhOod—about
the same time we have seen masons set fire
to a building prepared by them with pecu
liar care for sudden combustion, because it
was supposed to contain this disclosure in
manuscript—we have seen them employ a
'masonic printer, who was a stranger and an
alien, to go into the office where it was
printing, with the offer to aid in that work
by labor and money, for the sole purpose of
stealing the manuscript—we have after
waols seen them kidnap the writer - of -it, -
carry him hoodwinked and hound, with the
greatest secrecy and caution, through a great
extent of p pulous couutry„ to a fort of the
United States--utilawfully' and forcibly im
orison him there—collect together in. fre
quent deliberation, upon the means of his,
final disposition--communicate, while in
this situation, with several members of a
chapter of their body, then numerously at- '
tended in the neighbourhood 7 -and resolve
unanimously, though with painful reluctance,
on the part of some, that their masonic obli
ations required them to murder him; not
any otlbnce against the state, but for the
sole cause of his attempting to publish the
secrets of the order, which be hadn. lawful
right to do, and which, considering their
character, he was bound tO do, by every con
sideration of private morality_ and fidelity to
his country. On the night of the 19th of
Septeniber 1826, they accordingly murder
ed him. To this fearful consummation none
were privy, but those who had as masons,
sworn to assist each other, right or wrong,
and to conceal each other's murder and trea
son. After the murder, all the precaution
possible_was taken for enneeii I i
not whollybeing successful, and legal prose.
cutions being threatened,
_the criminals fre
quently met and consulted together, for their
mutual safety. The most influential among
them insisted, that if called by the legal au
thorities of our country to testify, they one
and all must swear they'knew nothing of the
matter; otherwise they would be forsworn to
- masonry and might lose-the life they would
thus forfeit.- As witnesses, as- magistrates,
as sheriffs, as grand jurors, as petit jurors ; as
legislators, these masons and others with
whom they were intimate, - would know
nothing of it. In all their civil relations
they violated their oaths and the most sacred
duties. They Hew to each other's assistance
knowing their criminality, They gave each
other notice of the approaching danger of
legal prtecution. They spirited away wit
nesses who, they feared, would disclo - se ton
much. They perjured themselves in court.
They contumaciously refused to answer
questions decided to be legal. They declin
ed to answer, on the ground, that it' they
-should, , t hey: would -c riiniriate.thenwely.es_M
relation to the 'murder.- They prevented
the judicial ascertainment, and punishment
9f the foulest criminals. They made com
mon cauSe in behalf of these cri inals,imirist
the rights of the citizen, and the laws of the
land. Thousands of them were acquainted
with some of the steps of these crimes a
gainst the State-- Ilandreds of them know
the leadin g malefactors. .
' A- goodcitizen.cannot look on with indif
ference and see a fellow freeman kidn'apped
and murdered.- He- cannot know that such
crimes aro successfully pnitected, by-ii
tensive, artful, and powerful conspiracy,
without being.excited against. it. The sym
pathies of a patriot embrace his whole coin
try.. The poorest man, the most defence
less woman, the weakest child in- it, Cannot
be assailed with unlawful violence, without
quickening his, pulse, and stiffeiung,his sin
ews, with. indignation.- Lars , blood up in
every .case of high crime;' and it keeps up
against the . aggressori till the law performs
its Ace upon him. To the law he is will
ing to submit, because he knows it is the
deliberate expression of the public . good; the
great shield spread by the hands-olall r over
the rights of all. • . .
Individual rights are, separately consid
ered, of immeasurable and indefinable worth.
They partake of the infinitude of moral. ex
istence and responsibility.. 4s contemplated
.by our government, a single individual, and
one as much as another, is an august being,
entitled to inviolable reverence, and bearing
upon him the badges-of a most majestic ori
gin, and the stamp of most transcendant de
stinations. His Bala)/ .iiielDeV, his life,
WS improvement, his happiness, it designs;
at all times and places, faithfully to protect,
by the application of all its delegated means.
The law is the be iciallostrument of this
protection; and should be appreciated by
every .reflectitig man is the• sacred, living,
'and most venerableexpression of the nation
al mind and' will. Break this, and the .na
tion has but one right left, which it can
peaceably enforce; the right of suiling,%___
The masonic institution is answerable .for
the crimes to which we have referred. They
were...,committed . in obedience toits pre
scribeland specific oaths, and in Peer . of its
The - wittn-stealing and murder,
Weir for-no, ether than a..masonic offence.
The whple army af its frightftilanime:s; out
of court, and. in . Caul, iwere 'no other 'that'
necessary means of Carrying into effect the
Obligations it has deliberately and universal
ly exacted of its members. All who uphold
the crimes. No adhering mason has aderd
ed the least willing assistance Co the. exposure
_punishment of them. No, lode or
chapter has called the criminals to account.
Many of them are known to ° the public.—
Chesebro, and . Sawyer, arid Lawson, and
Bruce, and Whitney, have been convicted
of the conspiracy to kidnap, and have been
condemned and suffered nifinnous punish
ments; and the very murderers are known
with moral, though not with strict judicial,
certainty. Not one of these men has been
expelled. The grand lodge, or grand chap
ter, of which, they were members, has the
power Of expulsion, but has decl;ned to ex
ercise it in relation to them; and such of
them as are still living, are, in masonic esti
mation, worthy members of the order. 'I.:
But the fraternity have gone inneli
ther to make that crime their own. In
182 f the grand lodge gave $lOO to one of
its,members then under -public accusation
fOrltidnapping Morgan, and afterwards con
victed of that offence ; and the grand chap
ter, 'by its - vote, placed $lOOO - at the control
of another of its members, ostensibly for
charitable, uses, of which a part has been
proved, in a court of justice, to have been
applied for the benefit of other kidnappers;
and the trustee of the charity has never been
Called to an account by the grand chapter;
fur any part of the stun, though in ull other
cases such accountability is enforced by the
chapter. The records of this last body,
apparently relating to this transaction, have
been produced in court, and were seen to
be mutilated.
The fraternity have also employed and
paid able counsel to defend the criminals.
litthis way, while the chief magistrate
of the state of New-York was, - by - prodania:
tion, offering money, fur the conviction of
the offenders, the highest masonic bodies,
in that state, were offering, and in their as
sociate capacity actually paying, money to
protect and support them. Can it be justly
thought surprising, then, that so few con
victions have followed upon such enormous
offences, and that no more of the facts have
been ascertained in legal form ;
The criminals, in all these atrocities, tes
tified their devotion to the institution, and
by its own laws are only the more entitled
to its guardian care, b_y all the hazards they
involved. That care has_ been extended to
them in every form of expression tending to
iheir relief and comfort. Besides the exer
tions of their brethren already alluded to,
adhering masons have, at great expense,
established and circulated newspapers to
vilify all who were engaged in exposing the
crimes, and•to call into action the entire re,
soti.Fgesof the fraternity, in behatf . of those
who committed them. 'These• newspapers
haye,:viiith the most onblushing hardihood,
asserted the innocence and praised the vir
tues of the convicts, several of whom they
knew to have confessed their offences.—
They have commended the most stubborn
refusal in court to reveal the truth by ma
sonic witnesses, us manly firmness. They
have in every forth , -ef misrepresentation,
which they could devise, .labored to' darken
all knowledge 6141fellacts - relating to the
outrages; and to bldi out the mural sense
of the community..
Hundreds of the brethren in different
counties in the state of New York, have
published addresses, under their names, in
which they have delibibirtely contradicted
facts established judicially, by many of their_
adhering brethren and by many seceding
masons ; and which under the sanction of a
!awful Oath, and subject to cross examina
tion before the nubile, they would be com
pelled *.o admit. Similar. falsehmxls have
been published in an address of a' oeMmit
tee of the grand lodge of Rhode Island—and
the grand secretary of the grand lodge of
New York. has reeer.tly issued an official
letter,. in which he represents that body as
- ex - tending its dependants, confident it its
strength, and determined to outbrave all.the
consequences of their detected guilt, and
the public indignation. Nothing could ac
count for this universal course of falsehood,
but the unhappy trill!), that the men who
are engaged in it, have sworn, under the
penalty of death,. to conceal the secrets of
freemasonry, a most .essential branch of
which consists in the crimes ofits members.
This course is countenanced by, the Presi
dent ofthe . U. States, who is a mason, and
who has recently appointed. as heads of the
departments in the national government, a
majority of distinguished masons. One of
these heads of departments—the Post Mas
ter General, the only one retained of the
late-cabinet, has removed a large number
of his most competent and faithful deputies,
in. New York, for the sole cause of the zeal
and patriotism with-which they sought .to
bring into just disrepute the crimes and in
'stitution of freemasonry.
The mime of these transaction& is rapid
ly corroding and wearing away the 'Very'
-basis of all public and private virtue in our
country; and eradicatino. e) that mutual eon
fidencei upon . which the business of life, -its
peace; and itS.:enjOyments essentially de-,
pond. '"When men refuse td- bear testimony
in court, to public offences, of which they
- know the perpetrators, and are- praised for
it when they perjure themselves, and are
not disgrace I-7when they are convicted of
a-conspiracy to kidnap a free citizen, and
ere applauded as victims to the prejudices
of their ciente ryinen-Lwhieri the distinctions
between right and. wrong are practically
superseded,lry :the systematic and- solemn it►junot ions of a wealthy, tc I I igent, Owner- ,
oua'and .pcerful-seciety, .diffused. and sus
taining itself in al tbe places Uf social influ
ence and honor—when in"pursuantin of this
injirction, the. ,laWs of the' land, in the
..• , _
solemn places of their judicial appliCaticr ,
for the admonition and punishment of the
most flagrant etlences, are foully bathed, set.
aside and scorned--ilien, the social . fabric
is tremblingthen there can be.- but one
alternative, that of refcvin_or_ruintlien,.
looking beyond; but not forgetting, - all - the
considerations of attachment to the policy •
of encouraging, this or that branch of nation
al industry—this or that scheme of financial
management,—this or that exposition of
the principles of our political organization--
this or that object of all our foreign and do
mestic policy, the considerate - friend of his
country will govern hihiself primarily, by
the obvious necessity to which is .he redu
ced of persevering for his country the pow
er of determining for itself upon any course
of policy, and of disengaging the heart of
the body politic from the fangs of a nlon.
ster fl ire blood thirsty, remorseless and
insoible t _thati any, -,which has 'ever come
to prefekon the hopes of man.
, There lisathearing of freemasonry, not
yet embraced in this address, which is re
plete with the most distressing apprehen
sions. There is located, in Boston, a ma
j sonic body denominated the Africap grand
lodge, which dates its origin before the A.
merican Revolution,- and derived. its exis
tence from a Scottish duke. This body.
acknowledges no allegiance to any of the
associations of American masonry. Its au
thority is co-extensive with our union. •It
has already granted many charters to
rican lodges. We are afraid to intimate
their location to look in upon their proceed.
ings, to count their inmates, or to specify
their resources.;
What are the means of removing these
dangers? The dangers. are confined to no
`one place in our country, and to no one de
partment 'of our social interests; but extend ,
to altpliciii, - -add infect every department.
Common prudence demancls,t hat the means
should be capable of reach ing, thein,wherever
they exist,- and susceptible of a safe applica
tion, in their utmost extent. Such means
we have; and we are familiar with their
use. They consist in the honest exercise
of the right of suffrage, and the most patri
otic employment of official patronage. The
evils of freemasonry operate upon the moral
and political condition of the nation, and
can be removed only by mind and politi
cal means. It is the exalted excellence of
our political institutions, that they _ are es
pecially designed and adapted to secure our
rights, all of which pertain to us as moral
beings. In voting, every elector should
always be governed by a knowledge of his
rights, and the desire of preserving them.
There can be no higher political duty than
But the use (Jour right of suffrage a.
gainst freemasonry is termed proscriptiOn
-Proscription-cannot be imputed to a‘party,
because it justly opposes what is wrong. It
is not proscription to be resolute and -actives
in detecting and denouncing opinions of
which the obvious tendency is to unhinge
society; onto resist, by every lawful means
the influence of men,who commit crimes &
confederate to support each other in their
commission. To call such detection; de.
nuuciation and resistance, ' proscription,
could never satisfy an honest mind. It
would be like stigmatizing with an opprobri
ous epithet, those public benefactors, who
teach men, that all violations of duty are
criminal and disreputable. and make their
best exertions' tu discourage them.. Pro
sc ription)can apply only to-t nose who oppose
and lessen tiro influence of their fellow
zens, because they innocently and with good
Motives, think and act dilibrently from them
selves. such proscription deserves repre
hension, becathne it invades the equal' rights
ofothors, and is averse to the improvement
and happiness of all.
Tile °deuces of iisemasontrupon. our in
divitlual and. national rights, if they had
been committed by a foreign nation, would,
by the. law of notions, have. 'ustified. a pub
he- war to avenge them. Shull we. fall in
love with' crime because those who commit
it are near us-? Shall we spare the destiny.
or because we can subdue him peaceably ?
Freemasonry can be destroyed by the votes
of freemen, and by nothing else. AU who
are truly opposed to it, will always vote a
gainst it. And they deceive nobody but
themselves, who process oppositiott to it, and
yet dare not express that opposition by their
vote., • •
Isic good reason has been rendered, or
can be rendered, why_:a freeman, who is op.
posed to freeinusonry, should n.,t vote a
gainst it. The application of the rights of
suffrage against it is just, peaceable, effec
tive, and may be as;coineieliensive as the
evils which alarm us. And no other means
can be described, or imagined, which unite
these characteristics. Voting is the only
decisive means by which public opinion can
be distinctly ascertained upon the subject.
And since many. persons not initiated into
the societh. pen y connect themselves with
its fortunes, and. make every exertion in
their power to Sustain it, by their votes, we
cannot safely, if we would, betake ourselves
to any other veiled but the ballot boxes for
its d s estruettow. These persons effect to con.
Sider thernstilvea as entiffeff to the - praise of
all candid and unexcited mindS, by the course
which they adopt ; and professto bis neither.
IfflaSOUs nor antimasuns • olairninrthe res
pect of thecommanity for r indifference
'to its rights' and welfare. if it had notlieen
for the support of the order, by interested
and .profligate politicians, who were not
members, : tile forfeiture of public cpnfideuce
justly inouried, by its crirm,,l'oult bar*
been so carried keine to the Minds dila malt
worthy inernbers,as lung ago to have ieditk
ced its entire dissolution.
It is ah u0 4 : 41 b!."
led fact; that the men, whilareneiffier
~1161016i:lantirtrasona, are 'rittrgegrable thq
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