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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 has 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.

Chapter:

Page.

1. Of the origin and history of free-masonry

17

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

IN. Uses of masonry

47

IV. Of modern masons

49

V. Objections against free-masonry obviated

51

VI. Of" qualitications necessary for those, who wish to become

free-masons

64

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

ber

68

Declaration, to the purport of which, a candidate must

subscribe previous to introduction

69

VII. On secrecy

70

Poetic description of the royal art

79

VILI. Of the conduct of masons

81

Sec. ;. Of behaviour in the lodge

ib.

2. Of behaviour after the lodge is closed

ib.

3. Of behaviour of masons in their private characters 82

IX. Charges to new admitted brethren in the different degrees 85

Sec. 1. To an entered apprentice

ib.

2. To a fellow craft

88

3. A charge at the initiation of a master mason

90

4. An additional address, which may be delivered

at the initiation of a clergyman

91

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

initiation of a foreigner

92

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

a soldier

ib.

X. Of masonic virtues

93

Sec. 2. Of Brotherly love

94

3. Of Truth

ib.

4. Of Temperance

96

5. Of Fortitude

97

6.Of Prudence

ib.

7. Of Justice

98

8. Of Charity

100

XI. Masonic precepts

104

XII. Of God and religion

109

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

ib.

3. Of Logic

ib.

4. Of Arithmetic

116

5. Of Geometry

ib.

6. Of Music

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

182

Chapter.

Page

XV. See. 2. Of the Doric order

122

9. 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. Of ihe working tools of free-masons

125

The Twenty-four 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

130

The Pot of incense

131

The Bee-hive

ib.

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

The sword pointing to a naked heart

ib.

The all-seeing eye

ib.

The Anchor and Ark

ib.

The Hour-glass

ib.

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 masons

143

XIX. A description of Solomon's temple

147

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

Egyptian bondage

155

XXI. Of the master mason's order

157

XXII. Of Royal Arch Masonry

165

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

198

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

ward IV.

ib,

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

201

5. Ancient Charges

202

6. A manuscript copy of an examination of some of

the brotherhood, taken before kiog 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

211

XXV. Of a lodge and its government

214

XXVI. Of the ceremony of opening and closing a lodge

215

217

A prayer used at-opening the lodge

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Chapter.

Page.

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

ib,

Another

ib.

A general prayer in a lodge

220

XXVII. Of the duty of officers

221

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

ib.

2. Of the wardens of a lodge

222

3. Of the secretary of a lodge

223

4. Of the treasurer of a lodge

ib.

5. Of the deacons of a lodge.

224

6. Ol' the master of ceremonies

ib.

7. Of the stewards

ib,

8. Of the tyler of a lodge

ib.

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

ib.

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 visitarons, communications, appual fes.

tivals, &c.

934

10. Particular rules observed in the grand lodge of

New York

235

11. Regulations of the committee of charity

238

A prayer which may be used at the constituting and

opening of a grand lodge

240

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

Anoiher

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 losges, 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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