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our fundamental principles, so unquestionably dangerous to the world, who would remain? What signify 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 cames 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 muf, as well as public rulers, employ it for the good of mankind, and therefore for its own preservation. Nor will the political conftitution suffer by this; for there are always thousands equally ready and able to supply the place." We need not wonder
"those brethren who had a turn for sensual pleasure." Let me intreat my fair countrywomen to peruse the admirable Address of Professor Robinson to them, upon the import, ance of their conduct at the present moment; considered with a view to the real dignity of the sex, and the true interests of the nation. See Robinson, p. 243. This Address may serve as an excellent Introduction to Mifs 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,
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 Generals, and whoever was in their way, by sword or poison.
Voltaire, Rousseau, and their associates, had founded their system 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 Go. vernment, they afferted, 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 legiti
? It will be recollected that the French have publickly called themselves " A nation of kings.". viend N4 .
mate, but that founded on the will of the Sovereign people, they struck at the root of all government whatever, while they perceived the neceffity of establishing a sort of temporary democracy in France, for the purpose of conipleting 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 institution, and leading more dire&tly to the proposed end, by means more grofsly profligate, yet tequally 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 Facts to
Prophecy. As it appears that Illuminism has produced in Germany the same gradual progress from religion to atheism, from decency to diffolute*ness, from loyalty to rebellion, which the
secret orders of Free-Masonry have done in - France, and by fimilar means : we are as clearly authorized to consider the Sect of the
Illuminati to be one of the horns of the Infidel Beaft, as we were to conclude the association of French Sophists to be the other. We have now feen the Beast create a power by means of these horns, unknown in the history of the world, and in a manner equally unprecedented. We have seen these borns under the appearance of PHILANTHROPY, MORALITY, and RELIGION, TAKE POSSESSION OF AN AUTHORITY which 'NO CIVIL MAGISTRATE COULD EVER OBTAIN, WITHOUT THE WORLD'S PERCEIVING THAT THEY POSSESSED: ITWe have seen them, WITHOUT ASSUMING THE SLIGHTEST APPEARANCE OF CIVIL POWER, fecure a multitude of tried and zealous adherents, ready to contribute DIRECTLY or INDIRECTLÝ, according to the ranks in which (unknown to themselves) they were placed by the supreme conductors of the plan. We have seen them, in fine, gradually PERSUADE THESE. MEN, THAT FORCE: WOULD BE NECESSARY TO OVERTURN THE PRESENT REIGN OF DESPOTISM, AND RESTORE THE GOLDEN AGE; AND PREPARE THEM TO RAISE UP A CIVIL POWER IN ORDER TO EXECUTE THIS GLÓ. RIQUS DESIGN. Reader! Is it possible for events to fulfil a Prophecy more accurately *?
* See Introductory Chapter, vol. itp. 379.'
Let it not be pretended that these events arose out of a series of accidental circumstances
were the natural effects of the pressure of a defpotiç yoke or any other common cause of revolutions. The formation of a civil power as the instrument of its designs, was a part of the original plan suggested by the great enemy of Christ and of mankind. In proof of this I shall quote a letter written by a nobleman well known for his literary productions. Y, when he visited Paris in the year 1765; and which, I beg to observe, strongly confirms the assertion in the former part of this Chapter, that the Free-Thinkers of England had not at that time any connexion with the Philosophers of France. .“ The Dauphin will probably hold out a very few days. His death, that is, the near prospect of it, fills the Philosophers with the greatest joy, as it was feared he would endeavour the restoration of the Jesuits. You will think the fentiments of the Philosophers very odd statenews--but do you know who the Philosophers are, or what the term means HERE? In the first place, it comprehends almost every body; and in the next, means men, who, avowing war against popery, aim, many of them, at a subversion of all religion, and still many more, at
Lord Orford's Works, vol. v. p. 123;