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knowledgements for the very favourable manner with which they have been pleased to receive the first edition of this work. My object was to promote, as far as my feeble abilities would admit, the real good and prosperity of our most excellent order, to make its admirable precepts and worthy practices more generally known, and, if possible, to silence the sneering critic, and satisfy the unprejudiced inquirer, that every good mason must be a good husband, a good father, a good citizen, and an honest man; and the very rapid sale of my book, an impression of several thousand copies having been sold in the short period of 15 months, affords me the pleasing consolation that my labours have been acceptable to the fraternity, and, as I trust, useful to the community.

To render this new edition still more worthy of that patronage, with which the first has been honoured, great pains have been taken. At the suggestion of some respectable friends, a few alterations have been made in some of the sections, others have been considerably enlarged, and some new.ones have been added. To specify all the alterations and additions which are here made, would be superfluous, as every intelligent brother will judge for himself. It may be proper to observe, however, that in this impression, a chapter concerning Royal Arch Masonry bas been introduced, containing upwards of 20 pages. Thus, what to some appeared as a deficiency in the first edition, is now, by the aid of some worthy brethren, happily supplied.

May brotherly love, the foundation and capstone, the cement and glory of this our ancient institution, subsist and increase among us till time shall be no more.

AMEN, SO MOTE IT BE.

JAMES HARDIE. New-York 11th August 1819.

CONTENTS.

47

Chapter

Page.

1. of the origin and history of free-masonry ..

H. Of the commencement and history of masonry in America 36

II. Uses of masonry . . . . . . .

IV. Of modern masons. iii. . .

V. Objections against free-masonry obviated .

VI. Of qualifications necessary for those, who wish to become

: free-masons : , :iwinien

Form of petition for one, who may wish to become a mem-

ber . . . ;. . . . . .
Declaration, to the purport of which, a candidate must

· subscribe previous to introduction .

VII. On secrecy

Poetic description of the royal art .

VIII. Of the conduct of masons

Sec. i. Of behaviour in the lodge . .

2. Of behaviour after the lodge is closed

3. Of behaviour of masons in their private characters

IX. Charges to new admitted brethren in the different degrees

Sec. 1. To an entered apprentice . .

2. To a fellow craft . . .

3. A charge at the initiation of a master mason .

4. An alditional address, which may be delivered

at the initiation of a clergyman

5. An additional address, which may be used at the

initiation of a foreigner . .

6. An address which may be used at the initiation of

a soldier '.

X. Of masonic virtues . .

Sec. 2. Of Brotherly love

3. Of Truth .

4. Of Temperance

5. Of Fortitude

6. Of Prudence . .

17. Of Justice . i

8. Of Charity

100

XI. Masonic precepts

104

XII. Of God and religion ,

XIII. The Grand Architect's six periods

111

XIV. Of the seven liberal arts and sciences.

114

Sec. 1. Of Grammar .

115

2. Of Rhetoric

3. Of Logic ,

4. Of Arithmetic , .

116

5. Of Geometry · ·

6. Of Music

118

7. Of Astronomy

119

8. The six liberal arts and sciences blended in astronomy 120

XV. Of the noble orders in Architecture

121

Seç. 1. Of the Tuscan order. ..

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XV. Sec. 2. Of the Doric order . . . . . .

122

3. Of the lonic order . . . . . 123

4. Of the Corinthian order . . . . . ib.

5. Of the Composite . .

ib.

XVI. Jeptha's decisive battle over the Ephraimites

124

XVII. Or the working tools of free-masons.

125

The Twenty-tour inch guage :

126

The Square . .

ib.

The Level . .

ib.

The Plumb-line.

127

The Compass · ·

ib.

The Mosaic pavements

128

The rough ashler . . .

129

.

The Trowel

150

The Pot of incense

131

The Bee-hive

The Book of constitutions guarded by the tyler's sword 138

The sword pointing to a naked heart ..

The all-seeing eye

The Anchor and Ark'.

The Hour-glass .

The Scythe .

139

The Three Steps

135

The forty-seventh problem of Euclid :

136

The Chisel and Mallet

187

Of Solomon's temple .

138

The badge of a mason

140

XVNI. Of the apparel and jewels of masous.

. 143

XIX. A description of Solomon's temple

147

XX. The happy deliverance of the children of Israel from their

Egyptian bondage' . .

XXI. Of the master mason's order .

157

XXII. Of Royal Arch Masonry. .

163

XXIII. Of the social influence of free-masonry . . . 194

XXIV. Antiquities. . .

197

No. 1. An old manuscript, which is said to have been in the

possession of Nicholas Stone .

2. A record of the society, written in the reign of Ed.

ward IV. . .

3. A regulation maile in the reign of Edward III. 200.

4. An extract from the Latin register of William Mo.

lart, prior of Caterbury · · · ·

5. Aucient Charges . . .

202

6. A manuscript copy of an examination of some of

the brotherhooil, taken before kigg Henry VI. ;

which was fount by the learned John Locke in the

Bodleian library, and is supposed to have been

written in the year 1430 . .

. . 203

7. Ancient charges at the constituting of a lodge, ex.

tracted from a manuscript in the possession of

the lodge of antiquity in London, written in the

time of James II.

208

8. Extract from the diary of Elias Ashmole, a learned

antiquary . . . . . . .

XXV. Of a lodge and its government. :

214

XXVI. Of the ceremony of opening and closing a lodge . 215

A prayer used atropening the lodge . . . 217

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· XXVI. A prayer used at closing the lodge

217

The ancient prayer at making, or opening a lodge

ib.

• A prayer at the making of a mason . .

218

Another prayer at the making of a mason

ib.

Another for the same object . .

219

Another . . . . .

Another

A general prayer in a lodge .

220

XXVII. Of the duty of officers . .

221

Sec. 1. Of the master, his election and duties

2. Of the wardens of a lodge

222

3. Of the secretary of a lodge

223

4. Of the treasurer of a lodge

5. Of the deacons of a lodge...

224

6. Of the master of ceremonies

7. Of the stewards .

8. Of the tyler of a lodge

XXVIII. Of grand lodges in general

225

Sec. 2. Of the election of the grand master,

228

3. Of the election or appointment of the deputy grand

master . . .

229

.

4. Of the election of grand wardens .

5. Of the grand secretary and his duties . .

231

6. Of the election and office of grand treasurer : 230

7. Of the grand tyler and grand pursuivant : 232

8. General rules for conducting the business of the

grand lodge, in case of the absence of any of the

grand officers

:

ib.

9. Of grand visitations, communications, annual fes.

tivals, &c. •


234

10. Particular rules observed in the grand lodge of

... New York . .

11. Regulations of the committee of charity' : 238

A prayer which may be used at the constituting and

opening of a grand lodge . . . .

A benediction, which may be pronounced after the

instalment of a grand master . . . . 242-

XXIX. Of the education of the children of indigent masons. . ib.

Plan for the education of 50 poor children, whose fathers

are, or have been, members of the ancient and honour.

able fraternity of free and accepted masons . . 243

XXX. Ceremony of constituting and consecrating a lodge, instal.
lation of officers, &c. , .

244
Form of a warrant .

245

Consecration prayer.

251

Another

252

Form of dedicating a lodge

253

Form of constituting a lodge

254

Charge to a master at his installation .

262

A song sung at the installation of officers .

265

XXXI. A charge at constituting, which, with occasional abridg.

ments, may be used at the visitation of longes, by the M.

W. Josiah Bartlet, Esq. of Massachusetts . . 266

XXXII. Ceremony observed on saying the foundation stone of

public structures .

. . . . . 269

Sec. 2. Ceremony at the opening of a bridge : : : 272

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272

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used on sich occasions .

274

Another form of funeral service

281

XXXIII. Processions : :

285

of procession for one lodge on common oc.

casions

See 2. Grand processions' : : : : .. ib.

Nog Order of procession, when the ceremony of conse.

crating and constituting a lodge is performed in

public, &c. . .

. 286

No 3. Order of procession at laying the foundation stones

of public buildings, &c.

287

Notes .. . . . . . . . .

289

Chronology of remarkable occurrences in free-masonry . 290

Chronology of masonic events, from the first introduction of the

ancient and honourable art into America .

. 304

List of lodges under the jurisdiction of the grand lodge of the state

of New York, with their number, place of meeting, and date of

warrant ..

307

List of lodges under the jurisdiction of the grand lodge of New

Hampshire. :

312

List, &c. of Rhode Island' :

ib.

Grand Lodge of New Jersey . . .

List &c. of New Jersey .

of Vermont

of Massachusetts

314

of Connecticut

315

of Pennsylvania.

3.6

of Delaware

321

of Maryland

of Virginia . .

322

of Kentucky

323

of North Carolina .

of South Carolina

of Georgia .

of Ohio .

The places, and times of meeting of the different grand lodges in

the United States, so far as they could be ascertained

327

Masonic songs · ·

330

·

Masonic Toasts .

·

343

List of Lodges in the city of New-York with the time and places

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