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the destruction of regal power. How do you know this ? you will fay; you who have been confined' to your chamber. True: but in the first period' I went' every where, and heard. nothing else ; in the latter, I have been extremely visited, and have had long and.explicit conversations with many who think as I tell you, and with a few of the other fide, who are no less perfuaded that there are such intentions. In particular, I had two officers here t'other night, neither of them young, whom I had difficulty to keep from a serious quarrel, and who, in the heat of the dispute, informed me of much more than I could have learnt with great pains." . i i ..; *
From the “ secret correspondence” of these Philosophers, it appears that in 1743, Voltaire was plotting with the King of Prussia to plunder the Ecclesiastical Princes, and the religious Orders of their possessions. In 1764, he fent à Memorial to the Duke of Praslin, on the Abolition of Tythes, in hope of depriving the clergy of their subsistence. In 1770, he writes, I like to cover these harles quin bull-givers (Popes) with ridicule, but I had rather plunder them.” D'Alembert advised, that the clergy should be deprived of their consequence in the State, before they were
plundered of their possessions, and that the danger of letting the clergy form a distinct body in the state, should therefore be reprefented in strong colours. Frederick says, “ If we wish to diminish fanaticism, we must not begin by the bishops. But if we succeed in Jessening the friarhoods, especially the mendicant orders, the people will cool; and they being less fuperftitious, will then allow the powers to bring down the bishops as best suits their, states. This is the only possible mode of proceeding.” In 1761, Voltaire writes, " Had I but 100,000 men, I well know what I would do with them.” In 1767, Frederick says, “ It is not the lot of arms to destroy the wretch.. It will perish by the force of truth.” But in 1775, he thinks that force must strike the last blow at religion. “To Bayle, your forerunner, and to yourself no doubt, is due the honour of that Revolution working in the minds of men. But to speak the truth, it is not yet complete; bigots have their party, and it will never be perfected but by a superior force. From government must the sentence issue that all crush the wreteb. Ministers may forward it, but the will of the fovereign must accede. Without doubt this will be effettuated in time; but neither of us can be spectators of that long-wilhed for moment.”. Voltaire however
was more fanguine; he writes in the fame year, “ We hope that Philosophy, which in France is near the throne, will soon be on it.”
Can any thing more exactly describe the design of these chiefs to set up a civil power for the express purpose of crushing Christianity ? Can any thing more exactly correspond with this design, than the Power now reigning in France?
The secret committee for the express pura. pose of executing this design against Chriftianity, was established in Baron Holbach's house at Paris, between the year 1763 and 1766, twenty-three years before the Revolution actually took place. This committee was the centre of union, when in 1778 the societies of France and of Germany—the Sophifts and the Illuminati -- were united by means of Mirabeaui ; and this important connexion was celebrated under the name of the German Union. Thus strengthened we find them extending their operations. “ We must encompass the powers of the earth with a legion of indefatia gable men, all directing their labours according to the plan of the Order, ' towards the happi: ness of human nature and feek those places which give power, for the good of the cause!
But all must be done in profound filence.” In 1786 they instituted "The Propaganda, " “ a club aiming at nothing less than being the mover of all human nature.” It appears from their Reports, that this society" found much difficulty in gaining footing in Holland, and only succeeded at last by persuading the people there, that they must be swept away by the general torrent.” In 1791, it drew large sums of money from all those Provinces, for the general fund. In 1792, one of the principal members writes from thence, “The Propaganda is at present in full activity. You will foon see its effe&ts.”
At an early period of the Revolution in France, this fraternity of Iluminated FreeMafons took the name of Jacobins, from the name of a convent where they held their meet. ings. They then counted 300,000 adepts, and were supported by two millions of men scattered through France, armed with torches and pikes, and all the necessary implements of revolution.". " Till the twelfth of August 1792, the French Jacobins had only dated the annals of their Revolution by the years of their pretended liberty. On that day when the King was carried prisoner to the Temple, after having been declared to have forfeited his right to the
crown, the rebel assembly decreed, that to the date of liberty, the date of equality should be added in future in all public acts, and the decree itself was dated the fourth year of liberty, the first year and day of equality. It was on that day for the first time, that the secret of FreeMasonry. was made public. · That secret so dear to them, and which they had preserved with all the solemnity of the most inviolable oath. At the reading of this famous decree, they exclaimed, “We have at length succeeded, and France is no other than an immenfe Lodge. The whole French people are Free-Mafons, and the whole universe will soon follow their Example.' I witnessed this enthusiasm. I heard the conversations' to which it gave rise. I saw Masons, till then reserved, who freely and openly declared, 'Yes, at length the grand object of Free-Masonry is accomplished-liberty and equality! All men are equal and brothers; all men are free. That was the whole substance of our doctrine; the object of our wishes, the whole of our grand secret ?!”.
Now, when we consider the peculiar meaning which their own writings have proved to be annexed to these words - When we recolleet