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Ministers and Elders," which kind of meet-
ing I was ignorant of its existence, anterior.

T. K. an old minister, at that yearlj
ing was put over for another year, when lie
obtained permission, but never went.

In those days E. H. thought he discovered
an aristocratic governing power, remonstrated,
and gave the young people to understand,
what he thought to be their RIGHTS.

He preached about the young people wait-
ins; in the wilderness, till the Elders were
dead, before they could enter in, to enjoy the
promised land.

Five yearly meetings in eight have felt the
effects by appearance.



In a well known seaport town, a lady's
husband disappeared for about four years.
She saw a man whom she claimed to be her
husband, swore it was him ; that she loved
him still, and thought he was the prettiest man
she ever saw.

The Judge swore that he married this man
to that woman, that it was impossible for two
men to look so much alike, and therefore it
must be the same man. Several other credit-
able witnesses corroborated the circumstance.

Another woman claimed the same man, in
f time ; that she had bedded
and boarded with him, &c. Several other
es were called, who testified and cor-
roborated her testimony.

Such was the case, and such the nature
and weight of the testimony, and the charac-
ters of the witnesses, that doubt remained
where truth lay; the subject being so equally
balanced and the subject obscure.

But a scar on the foot, being mentioned on
one side, but not recollected on the other,
(which scar was from a wound by a nail) —
hence the Judge of the Court ordered the
stocking and shoe to be taken oil", for ex-
amination, which circumstance turned the
affair, and he was acquitted.

No doubt but there must have been two
different persons.

A man had a horse stole, which he had
raised, well known to his family and neigh-

Another man with a horse was taken up
for the theft. The witnesses were about six-
teen or seventeen on a side. Circumstan-
tially and particularly described, by witnesses
whose characters, socially, were considered
equal, in testimonial validity.

What was the consequence 1

Judgment and common sense, say there
musl have been two horses.

Hence it would appear that both parties
could not have told the truth on their side ;
of course, one must have given in false tes-
timony; consequently, if a falsehood be a lie,
some would say thai they "Swore" and
"LIED" according to Law. Being com-



pelled by summons to do the one, and accord-
ing to the best of their knowledge and belief,"
did the other !

A man being permitted to keep his own
accounts in cases of debt and credit, &c. and
then to testify to them accordingly by oath.
Why 1 He " swears according to Law,"
however false the charges are or may be.

And if a man die, his accounts must be
allowed by the Judge or defendant, for it is
" according to Law," so to be done.


Civil Law for application to individuals, is
so worded, as to be very ambiguous and un-
certain in its interpretation, and morose in
the execution.

Hence the famous expression —

" Glorious uncertainty of the Law."

Moreover, in common, plain cases, which
if gained, the process is so expensive and vexa-
tious, that the cost is more than the whole
sum in dispute, and attended with loss, in-
stead of gain.

And none are benefitted but the Lawyer
and the " self-will" when indulged. But
woe to the fat goose that comes to market !

When in Charleston jail, I heard of two
men who, having a quarrel, came to town to
have it settled by Law ; one of them applied
to a Lawyer for cousel and assistance, who
replied, I am engaged on the other side ;
but I will give you a letter to a friend of
mine., whom I would recommend to you. On
receiving the letter, he departed and re-
flected — how can he recommend his friend to
me with propriety when engaged on the
other side 1 Opened the letter, found the con-
tents — " Two fat Geese come to market, you
■pick one and I will pick the other." Hunted
up his neighbor — showed him the lines, who
being disgusted, agreed to settle the difficulty
between themselves; and went home to-

I shall conclude this head with a remark,
as the saying is, that Preachers do not believe
their own preaching, nor Doctors take their
own medicine • so Lawyers are not seen to go
to Law with each other. And why not
others take warning and exercise common
sense, and so take pattern by them for a
proper lesson, and seek for peace. The
statement in the public prints before me, of
991 persons put in jail for debt, in Boston,
1828 ; only 74 or about one in thirteen were
discharged by paying debt and cost ; 22 were

The aggregate within the last 9 years in
the same jail, is 9473. Supposing the like
proportion to hold as above ; here are 8746

cases, out of 9473, in which the expense of
trials and commitments has been incurred by
creditors, besides all the vexation and trouble
experienced, without the least possible ad-
vantage being derived, whatever, except the
loss of time and money with the indulgence


And may I not add, to the gratification of
the LAWYERS, also, who laugh in their
sleeves, to see such gumpheads and dupes,
who fall as victims to birds of prey ; with
folly, both in their heads and hearts of

There is certainly an error in our " JURIDI-
CAL" " JURISPRUDENCE :" which needs
to be so modified and simplified, that justice
may be comeatable, agreeably to the nature
and fitness of things, betwixt man and man,
without so much cost, trouble, vexation and
expense !

Moreover, that the great shall not oppress
the poor, nor the poor make his poverty an
asylum of refuge to laugh at those who have
been their benefactors, when guilty of a
breach of trust.

The liberty of commencing suit at Law,
from self-will and for vexation, is too great a
privilege, granted without sufficient penalty
annexed for restraint and restitution.

For as the customs, called Law, in the
several States, now stand, one may " LIE"
about another, and charge him with what he
pleases, in the writ of attachment or indict-
ment, and accuse him of what he pleases,
however false, scandalous and impious be the
accusation, and the accused has no redress ;
but must stand and hear himself black-
guarded, by his antagonist's spokesman ;
because it is done according to Law. And he
must pay the cost, if prejudice and precon-
ceived judgment should say so.

But if the same in substance, had been
spoken or written under other circumstances,
it would have been considered actionable

Thus, the Laws of the land are prostituted,
to become an asylum for LIBELS, slanders
and corruption, tc corrupt the public and
society at large, collectively and individually
as the case may be ; which practice is repug-
nant to innocency and purity of intention, and
unworthy of moral principles in a generous
mind, which ought to govern and reign in the
land !

Such a system of administration, has a cor-
ruption in its nature and consequences, and
of course must contaminate those who ad-
minister the same, and be very injurious to
society in all its bearings ; for like the foun-
tain, so will be all the streams that flow from

Let those who wish to be involved in ruin,

— J J



remember the painteil man, on the sign with
a cocked hat, tine fashionable coat, and fat
horse, crying out, " I am going to Law /"
But turn tbe other side, and, behold! a man,
with a down look, rawney horse, ragged
coat, and old shoes, with holes in his stock-
ings, no mittens and a flapped hat, with a
whimpering voice reply, Ci I have been to

When the man told his priest, he wished
the Devil was dead.' Hold, hold, said the
Priest, adding, what should we Priests have
to do, if there was no Devil !

Or the Lawyer without Gumpheads, or the
doctor without Hypochondria !


Surrendered by the States to the U. S. the
government is monarchical, administered by
Cursing and Swearing in the calm or storm,
profanely — a practice in the most eminent
degree peculiar to those who speak the
English Language.

Embargo times — permission to go in bal-
last, with a keg of butter and a box of cheese —
one is larger than a hogsliead and the other is
made to till the hold — home bound; tiro
accounts are made out sometimes, one for the
Custom House, the other for the owners.

Some to carry on the joke, kiss the book,
some hold up their hand, some affirm, others
like Joseph, ' : by the life of Pharaoh,' 1 by my

Honor, or by my word, " I'll be d -d, if so

and so," 1 some cheat the nation, no harm —
defraud the revenue, no evil, if not detected
or found out — swear to any thing but the
whole truth — whip the Devil round the
stump, have several different kinds of " Ship-
papers," to sail as the case may be, under
(liliciciit flags, and by hard swearing, become
■ KNIGHTS OK THE POST," as well as
faithful sons of NEPTUNE ! '


The first writings, of which we have any
account, were the Ten " Commands.'* writ-
ten by Jehovah, himself, as the seal of the
compact or covenant.

For God had sent a message to the camp,
by Moses, to know of the people, if they
would consent to receive Him for their Gover-
nor and to be governed by his Laws I

They answered in the affirmative. And
their answer was returned, by Moses, to the
Lord, in the mountain.

The people were to make ready against the
third day ; when the Law was to be pro-
claimed by a voice with power, superior to
Human ; that 600,000 men, besides their
women and children, might hear distinct.

After which the tables of stone were given
from God, and accepted by the people, as the
Seal of the Covenant. The tables of stone
were kept in the Ark, &c, which was called
the " Ark of the Covenant."

None were admitted access to this stone
seal, or to have any thing to do with it, but
" the Congregation of the Lord," '• who
might eat the Passover."

They are particularly described and also
who were interdicted, and shut out and ex-
cluded therefrom. The Levites might carry
the Ark on their shoulders, &c. but were not
permitted even to see the Priest pack up the
curtain and the holy implements thereto

For the Priests of the house of Aaron,
were to have the care and charge of the Tent
and Tabernacle, which contained the Holy
things. But the High Priest alone, as con-
troller, had access to it alone, in particular,
where it was deposited within the Veil, in the
Tabernacle, within the Tent, which place
within the Veil, was called the " Holy of
Holies," where none were suffered to go, ex-
cept the High Priest once a year, not without

Moses finished all his writings called the
" Book of the Law" and delivered it to the
Priests, to be kept in the side of the Ark, and
have it read to the people every seventh

See the curse of Korah, Dathan, and Abi-
ram, for invading the Priestly Office. Also
on the Philistines for detaining the Ark of
God, and more than 50,000 Hebrews fell
dead, for attempting to look into it; and
Uzza also, for daring even to touch it. Such
was the mighty Power of God attending the
Ark! 1st Sam. 5 and 6 chap. 2d Sam. 6 ch.
3 to 7. 1st Chron. loth chap. 2 to 13.

God wrote for Moses, also Moses acquired
the art of writing.

The five books were written, which con-
tain the Political, Ceremonial or Levitical,
and Moral Law, and the Historical account
of the Creation down.

This book of the Law was kept within the
side of the Ark, under the control of the
Priesthood, with the High Priest, as their
controller, under God !

And those writings, called the " Book of
the Law" were delivered to the Priest for the
people, by Moses, only a few days before his
death, directing it to be kept in the side of
the Ark.

Moses directed under God, that when they
should choose to have a King, he should not
be a stranger, but one of their own Brethren.

And he was to write himself a copy of the
Law, from the one before the Priests and
Levites. Deut. xvii. 16—18.



This was the first Copy permitted to be
taken by transcribing, by the permission, and
direction, and order of God ! Deut. xvii. 18.

David as king, was the first who had a
regular Court. The names of his officers are
mentioned, both recorder and scribe, &c.

By the Matter compounded in the Psalms,
it is plain that the Author was well ac-
quainted with the writings of Moses, both
Historically and also the Law. Hence, con-
sidering his character, we may well suppose
he had obeyed the commands by Moses,
when he said : " The delight of the Righteous
is in the Law of the Lord.'''' " And in his
Law doth he meditate day and night."

Hence, then, we may have the first data of
the " Book of the Law" being transcribed,
so as to make two Copies or two Books of
the Law. One of which belonged to the
King — viz. the transcript Copy, but the
original one belonged to the Priests, &c.

Question. Where did Solomon put the
Copy of the Law, which belonged to the
king 1 Or where it was kept % For we have
no account of the king"s Copy, or any one
else, except the Original Copy of the Law
that belonged to the care of the Priests, after
his death !

In the days of Jehosaphat, king of Judah,
the Copy of the Law was taken from the
Ark, and carried abroad, by some travelling
Priests, to expatiate upon, who never returned
it to its proper place, of which we have any
account. But the reverse seems to have been
the fact. As there is no particular account
of the Book of the Law, for about 294 years,
when it was found among the rubbish of the
Temple, in the 18th year of king Josiah' s
reign ; and 16 years before the date of the
Babylonish Captivity ; when Daniel and his
companions went to Babylon ; and 35 years
before the Temple was burnt by the Chaldees.

When Martin Luther found an old book in
the Monastery, he inquired of an old Friar
what it was 1 Who replied, "It is the BIBLE! 1 '
" What 1 that Book our Holy Religion is
built on?" "yea!"

When he had read it and compared it with
their practices, concluded, if this be the Book
of God, it is against us. Hence the seed of
the Reformation, with the concomitants at-
tending — elucidating the doctrine of Provi-
dence, fitted to the case and exigency of man.

A similar impression appears to have been
made on the mind of King Josiah, when the
scribe told the king that the High Priest had
handed him an old book, which had been
found among the rubbish, while repairing the
breaches of the Temple. Now the expres-
sion, "found," implies it had been lost. 2d
Chron. 34 Chap. 14, and 2d Kings, 22dChap.
3 to 10.

When it was read in the presence of the
King and Court, it was found to be the Book
of the Law, by Moses, of which they had

And an attempt at Reformation was began,
but not sufficient to avert the impending
storm, which burst 16 years after, in the 3d
year of Jehoiakim and "the first year of Ne-
buchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and the 35th
before the burning of the Temple.

By saying, found the Book of the Law,
supposes it to have been lost. And the con-
sternation of King Josiah, at the exhibition
of the Law, shows their ignorance arising
from the scarcity of the Book.

Hence we may conclude, that the one Copy
in transcript for the King, which Moses di-
rected should be taken, was not kept by the
Kings in succession. But was missing from
some cause, worthy of Providence, for the
benefit of the world in after ages.

And the originalBook of the Law, was the
only one, then extant, of which we have any

A copy of the Law on parchment, about
two feet wide, and perhaps fifty feet in length,
by computation, from the size of the roll in
the Jewish Synagogue.

Hence it is plain to common sense, that a
captive prisoner in chains, could not have
taken such a roll under his arm, at pleasure,
to carry into Babylonish slavery.

Jeremiah was bound with chains, for we
read of his being " loosed from his chain*,'' 1 —
which circumstance implies that he was bound,
with others !

The City and Temple were pillaged and
burnt. And most of the people were put to
the sword, and the rest led into captivity.

Here I ask — what became of the roll — the
" Book of the Law" of Moses 1

It is a very plain case, on the principles of
common sense, as the necessary consequence,
from the circumstance of things —

$3=It must have been burnt.

Esdras, in the Apocrypha, who appears by
the names in the ancestrous chronology, to be
the same as Ezra in the Bible — he tells us it

Yet afterwards we find Ezra with a copy
of the Law, in a pulpit, reading and explain-
ing it to others.

Where did he get this new Book, if the old
one was burnt 1

I know not, unless we ask the Masons ! —
Or else should get information from " Zerub-
babel, Haggai, and Zachariah," of that day.

Afterwards we find Ezra coming up from
Babylon, as a " ready scribed to seek " the Law
of the Lord ;" that by reading and explaining
it, he might render himself useful, as we find
he did.

If the book of the Law of Moses was burnt
when the Temple was burnt, in the 19th year
of the captivity, then some of those people
that were young, who went to Babylon, might
live to return about 50 years after, and see
the erection of the c: Second Temple,''' as re-
lated in the books.

And moreover, the Transcript Copy of the
Law might be found with the rest of the sacred
writings, up to the day of Solomon, after the
\ j ears of captivity.

Jefferson admits the universal Tradition of
a general deluge by water. This argues the
Human Family once to have been a unit.
They dividi d the World among them, and then
dispersed, by companies, into different coun-
tries, in different parts of the world.

The theory of the Flood would be handed
down by all in their Traditions, to after gene-
rations ;. although they would take in other
things, as they occurred by the way ; which,
from circumstances, must be very different
from each other.

Hence it must be plain to Reason's Eye,
that those things in which they do agree must
have had one origin, and of course must have
been the most ancient. But wherein they
differ, comparatively, must be modern.

The anti-masons admit that there are Masons
among the Christians, Turks, and Hindoos,
and they might have added, the Jews also.

The Christian Masons, they say, take the
Holy Bible; the Turks take the "Koran,"
and the Hindoos take the " Shaster," a book
which contains the religion of Hindostan.
And they might have added, that the Jews,
from America to India, take ll The Law of
Moses and the Prophets:''

Since the Reformation, if not before, those
four Societies pledge their faith, on the Books
of their Faith, in national contracts, &c.
Some feel bound by the Cross and a favorite
Saint, &c.

Now admitting, for argument's sake, that
Masons do as the Anties say, concerning the
different books of Creeds on which fidelity is
plighted. What does it argue ? Why, thus
much, that Masonry is very ancient and ex-

For their Creed Books on which their Re-
ligion is founded, differ from each other. And
the Spirit which each is influenced by, from
what is called religion, is indeed very bitter
against each other.

But Masonry must have been anterior to
those Creeds 'which produce those things,
which excite such bitterness toward
other, as they came subsequently upon the
stage, otherwise, Masonry could not have
been so interwoven among them, throughout
the world.

And thus transmitted down through the

different ages, in succeeding generations, in
the different parts of the world.

For it is evident that the Turk would not
have received it from the li Christian
Nor would the Jew have received from the
same source. Nor the Hindoos have taken it
from the Christians, and incorporated it in
their System of religion, within this few hun-
dred years.

This is a plain Truth that the Hebrew
Writings, are the oldest extant, of which we
have any knowledge, anterior to the Latins
or Greeks.

Hence the Jews being scattered over the
world, by the Assyrians and Chaldees, more
than 2500 years ago, owing allegiance to no
government, attached to no country ; but as-
sociating with leading men in the different
countries, shows the origin, and extension,
and circumfusion, and transmission by incor-
porations, as above intimated, among the na-
tions of the earth, and the North American
Indians not exempt.

In the Arminian Magazine, John Wesley
relates an account, circumstantially, which he
says, must remain among the mysteries, inex-
plicable, till that day when all secrets shall be

A gentleman went out one evening, and
was missing. A servant in his employ, swore
in court, that his mother, brothers, &c. had
murdered the man — concealed him in a cer-
tain place, until they had an opportunity to
fix the corpse in a proper attitude, to be car-
ried off, by the spring tide, and sink.

Such were the circumstances, attending his
disclosure and confession, that they were all
executed — protesting their innocency, till the
last, except himself, who was hung in chains.

About eight years after, the gentleman came
home to his family, saying that he had been
prosed, by a press gang, and sent on board
a ship of war, not having an opportunity to
escape sooner, nor to receive a discharge.

The case of the " Boons," in Vermont, for
murder — one sent to the State's Prison, for
life, the other under sentence of death — when
the man supposed to be murdered came back,
after an absence of seven years.

How many have been executed (or suppos-
ed murder the Law Reports testify, and after-
wards, their innocency has appeared.

So the affair of Capt. William Morgan —
perhaps some few, who are called Masons,
have killed him! perhaps not. Who knows?

Those who know the tragedies of his life,
with the concomitants connected, would have
ground to forma judgment from the past, what
he with others, would be capable of doing in
the future — without giving a censorious judg-
ment !

The Morgan Book, plainly was designed



for a Catch Penny, being a kind of Jackin and
Boaz affair.

He was a poor man, having known Masonic
Generosity ; but now to make Merchandize of
the Order, associated with some others, to
publish to the world, something to make the
world Wonder.

And the better to carry on the Joke, make
arrangements to go off on the credit of the
Masons, by duping some honest hearts, for
tools, like the monkey, to use the cat's paw,
to pull the nuts out of the fire. And thus,
whet up the public mind, to buy the books
to make the better sale.

The duped honest tools, confessed what
the)' knew, and were punished accordingly ;
and those others, the Antics say, ran off", as if
guilty : but perhaps, to make the greater
smoke ; and hence we may infer, to share the
greater profits in the farce.

The Masons are accused of being associated
together — for base and evil purposes, by obli-
gations of secrecy for " Treason and murder."

The same accusation was produced, by the
Bishop of Winchester, and passed into a Law,
1425, in the 3d year of Henry the VI. in his
minority, but without effect, for the King
himself afterwards was made a Mason in
riper years.

Also Robinson, of Scotland, denounced them
as Traitors and Rebels, intending to put down
all Religion and Government, and Abbe Bar-
will, in four quarto volumes, has published
something, for the same purpose, and without
making a proper distinction betwixt Masonic
and Political Societies. But the British Gov-
ernment and common sense, have not given
credit to it.

The Anties are partly guilty of what they
accuse the Masons — viz. "of being a Politi-
cal Society."

The subject of Politics and Religious Creeds,
are never sufferedto be mentioned in a Lodge ;
because the basis of the institution, constitu-
tionally, is to think and let think.

Hence all candidates are given to under-
stand, previous to their admittance, that the
subject does not interfere with their Religion
or Politics. And in all the meetings that I
have attended, this principle of the Fraternity
has been kept inviolable. Therefore it is not
used for political or electioneering purposes,

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