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tion. We have got several zealous members in the Courts of Justice, and we are able to afford them pay, and other good additions. Lately we have got possession of the Bartholomew Institution for young clergymen, having secured all their supporters. Through this we shall be able to supply Bavaria with fit priests. Two of our best youths have got journeys from the court, and they will go to Vienna, where they will do us great service.” The following directions are given among a vac riety of others, by a Chief of the Order. “We must acquire the direction of education of church management of the profefforial chair, and of the pulpit—We must preach the warmest concern for humanity, and make people indifferent to all other rea lations We must gain the reviewers, and the journalists, and the booksellers—We must try to gain an influence in the milia tary academies (this may be of mighty consequence), the printing-houses, &c. Painting and engraving are highly worth our care. We must win the common people in every corner.-There is no way of influencing men so powerfully as by means of the women. These should therefore be our chief ftudy; we should insinuate ourselves into
their good opinion, give them hints of emancipation from the tyranny of public opinion, and of standing up for themselves; it will be an immense relief to their enslaved minds, to be freed from any one bond of restraint, and it will fire them the more, and cause them to work for us with zeal, without knowing that they do so; for they will be only indulging their own desire of personal admiration.” Both the French Free-Masonry, and the German Illuminism, had their female adepts. These were to be admitted into classes suited to their characters, whether vicious or virtuous; and were to be deluded into principles and conduct. best calculated to promote the views of the society, but not to be entrusted with its secrets . “ Should I mention (to the
?« This association might moreover serve to gratify those brethren who had a turn for sensual pleasure.” Let me intreat my fair countrywomen to peruse the admirable Address of Professor Robison to them, upon the importance of their conduct at the present moment; confidered with a view to the real dignity of the sex, and the true interests of the iration. See Robison, p. 243. This Address may serve as an excellent Introduction to Miss H. More's “ Strictures on Female Education”-a work which, in consequence of: its very great merit, has obtained a degree of popularity almost unprecedented.
adepts). our fundamental principles, so unquestionably dangerous to the world, who would remain? What fignify the innocent ceremonies of the Priest's degree, in comparison with your maxim, that we may use for a good end those means which the wicked employ for a base purpose?” “ The Order must possess the power of life and death, in consequence of our oath; and with propriety, for the same reason, and by the same right, that any government in the world possesses it: for the Order comes in their place, making them unnecessary. When things cannot be otherwise, and ruin would ensue if the association did not employ this mean, the Order must, as well as public rulers, employ it for the good of mankind, and therefore for its own preservation. Nor will the political constitution suffer by this; for there are always thousands equally ready and able to supply the place.” We need not wonder that one of the chiefs told the professors that “ death, inevitable death, from which no potentate could protect them, awaited every traitor to the Order ;" or that the French Convention, “ the Image which this. Beast caused to be made,” proposed to take off the German Princes and 0 3
Generals, and whoever was in their way, by sword or poison.
Voltaire, Rousseau, and their associates, had founded their fystem upon liberty and equality. They began with asserting, that all men were equal and free--then, malking their design under the right of free enquiry, they gradually annihilated Christianity in the minds of their adepts; and leaving no other basis for any religion to rest upon than the sophistry of a reason, the perpetual sport of the passions and the imagination, they conducted them to Materialism and Atheism. With respect to Government, they asserted, that all men being equal and free, every citizen had an equal right to form the laws, and to the title of sovereign". And by thus abandoning all authority to the capricious fluctuations of the multitude, and declaring that no government can be legitimate, but that founded on the will of the Govereign people, they struck at the root of all government whatever, while they perceived the neceffity
It will be recollected that the French have publickly called themselves " A nation of kings."
of of establishing a sort of temporary democracy in France, for the purpose of completing their object, UNIVERSAL RUIN. Illuminism was therefore only a more dreadful form of the fame System of abomination. The principles were the same, but surrounded with
the terrors characteristic of a German insti'tution, and leading more direčtly to the proposed end, by means more grossly proAligate, yet equally insidious-means which could not have succeeded, unless the world had been prepared by the secret operations of the disciples of Voltaire.
Application of the foregoing Faets to
As it appears that Illuminism has produced in Germany the same gradual progress from religion to atheism, from decency to dissoluteness, from loyalty to rebellion, which the secret orders of FreeMasonry have done in France, and by fimilar means : we are as clearly authorized