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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.
Sec. 1. Of the master, his election and duties
XXX. Ceremony of constituting and consecrating a lodge, instal-