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writes to an areopagite, or chief, concerning what he calls the Priest's degree. “ One would alınost imagine that this degree, as I have managed it, is genuine Christianity; and that its end was to free the Jews from savery. I say that Free-Masonry is concealed Christianity. My explanation of the hieroglyphicks at least proceeds on this supposition ; and, as I explain things, no man need be ashamed of being a Christian. Indeed I afterwards throw away this name, and substitute reason. But I affure you this is no small affair: a new religion, and a neme state government, which so happily explain one and all of these symbols, and combine them all in one degree. You may think that this is my chief work; but I have three other degrees, all different, for my class of higher. mysteries, in comparison with which, this is but child's play ; but thefe I keep for myself. as General, to be bestowed by, me only on the Benemeritiffimi.- It is the key to history, to religion, and to every state government in the world.".". You cannot imagine what respect and curiosity my Priett's degree has raised and, which is wonderful, a famous Protestant divine, who is now of the order, is persuaded that the religion contained in it is the true fense of Christianity. O man, man! to what mayest thou not be perfuaded !. Who would imar

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Before the adept is admitted to the Priest's degree, a number of questions are put to him, which he has been prepared to answer, bý previous steps of Illumination. The following are some of the leading questions : " Do you think the prefent state of nations corresponds with the object for which man was placed upon earth? For example, do governments, civil affociations, or religion, attain the ends for which they were designed Do the sciences to which men apply furnish them with real lights? Are they conducive (as they ought to be) to real happiness :-Did there not formerly exist an order of things more fimple? What fort of an idea can you form of 'that antient state of the world ?-What means were best to be employed for restoring mankind to that happy state? Should it be by public measures, by violent revolutions, or by any means that fhould insure success? Does not the Christian Religion in all its purity afford fome indications, does it not hint at some state or happinefs similar to this? Does it not even prepare it? Is this holy and simple religion really what different fects profess it to be at this present day, or is it more perfect? Can this more per

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„fect Christianity be known or taught'? Could the world, such as it now is, support a stronger degree of light ?--Must we not then filently and gradually remedy these disorders, before we can flatter ourselves with the re-establishment of the golden age? Meanwhile is it not advisable to disseminate the truth in secret focieties? Can we trace any such secret doétrine in the antient schools of the sages, or in the allegorical lessons given by Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Liberator of mankind, to his most intimate Disciples? Have you not observed a fort of gradual education in that art which you see has been transmitted to our Order from the highest antiquity ?"

. It is with regret that I omit the initiatory Discourse of the President", the whole tendency of which is the total destruction of all Religion, all Government, and all that the world has been accustomed to consider as morality; but which tendency is so artfully concealed by the dazzling veil of fophiftry, that the prepoflessed mind of the candidate does not easily perceive it. The following extracts, however, will fully display its design." The first age of mankind is that of favage and un

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couth nature. A family is the whole society : hunger and thirst easily quenched, a shelter from the inclemency of the seasons, a woman, and after fatigue, rest, are then the only wants. At that period men' enjoyed the two inestimable blessings, equality and liberty: they enjoyed them to their utmost extent.--As families multiplied, the means of subsistence began to fail, the Nomade (or roaming) life ceased, and property started into existence;--hence liberty was ruined in its foundation, and cquality disappeared. --Men then had passed from their peaceable state' to the yoke of servitude; Eden, that terrestrial Paradise, was lost to them. The secret schools of Philosophy, which have been in all ages the archives of nature, and of the rights of man, shall one day retrieve the fall of human nature, and princes and nations Shall difappear from the face of the earth, and that without violence.Reason shall be the only book of laws, the sole code of man. This is one of our great mysteries. Attend to the demonfration of it, and learn how it has been transmitted down to us.”—This we shall fee prefently. We are to obserye, that the candidate is here informed, that secret societies are to effect this mighty change in the world without violence, - Let us now notice the following instructions in the same discourse. “ Serve, M3

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166 affift, and mutually support each other; aug= ment:our numbers ; render yourselves at least independent, and leave to time and posterity the care of doing the rest. When your num. bers shall be augmented 1:0, a certain degree, when you shall have acquired strength by your union, hesitate no longer, but begin to render. yourself powerful and formidable to the wicked [that is to say, all who resist their plans], the very circumstance of your being sufficiently numerous to talk of force, and that you really. do talk of it, that circumstance alone-makes the profane and wicked tremble. That they may not be overpowered by numbers, many will become good [like you] of themselves, and will join your party. You will [thus] soon acquire fufficient force, to bind the hands of your opponents, to subjugate them, and stifle wickedness in embryo. Extend and multiply the children of light, until numbers and force Mall throw power, into our hands.” Is it possible to avoid recalling the words of the Prophecy to our minds, “ He shall cause them that dwell on the earth to make an image ?” But let us proceeds i

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