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as some do falsely charge them.

And the bold assertion, that " Masons are
bound to vote for each other," or '-for a Broth-
er Mason, in preference to all others,' 7 — is
Also, to keep the secrets of a brother
mason, of Treason and Murder," is false, as
far as my knowledge extends, from the "Mas-
ter's Lodge," of three degrees, " the Chapter,"
of five degrees," " Council," of three degrees,
" Encampment," of four degrees, up into the



" Consistory" of 33 degrees, &c. and about 30
" side degrees" also.

Beverley Allen, a Methodist Preacher, shot
the Sheriff, at Augusta, in Georgia, the Pres-
byterian Minister killed his Elder, and was
hung in Pennsylvania — the Baptist Preacher
killed his wife, in the State of New York,
and got hung — the Independents or Congre-
gationalists hung the Quakers at Boston, and
put to death 20 persons for Witchcraft at
Salem, who no doubt were more innocent
than themselves.

The woman, whom some styled a Quaker,
in a fit of jealousy— was accused of being
accessory to her husband's death, and was
executed in England.

Shall any one have the hardihood to con-
demn the whole of a Society, because some
of its members have acted incorrect % Where
would be the wisdom or justice in so doing 1

And to blame all the Masons, for the seem-
ing misconduct of a few, would be equal in-
justice to the Fraternity.

For their Constitution contains no such
principles as are alleged against them and
laid to their charge — and which has been dis-
avowed by the craft, in their official capacity
to a candid World.

The distinction between Political Societies
and the Masonic, is not made sufficiently, by
those who attempt to judge upon the subject.

The "Washington Society," connected with
" Henryism," and the " Hartford Convention"
— were purely Political.

So the " United Irishmen" and the " Orange
Men," in 1798 — were Political; one being
for Liberty and the other for the King. But
when a Free Mason, on the point of being cut
down by the sword — a friend had stepped for-
ward and saved his life — shows the principle
to be bottomed on Humanity.

Congress sit with " closed doors," and re-
quest the President to communicate Docu-
ments, not inconsistent to be made public.

The Quakers keep closed doors against all
not of their Society, in meetings of business,
both Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly meet-

in S s> . , .

The different denominations, do their busi-
ness among themselves, in matters that con-
cern themselves only. If so, why condemn
the Masons ? The true meaning of a Secret
Society, is, when the existence of the society
is kept secret, as well as their deeds; not
when the existence is avowed, and only the
forms of proceeding are not divulged.

If the Forms of Masonry are secret, the
Society is not ; but is accessible to all who
have the qualifications of Honesty and Intel-
ligence, who wish to gain them.

In the thirtieth year, after Jerusalem was
destroyed, which must have been about forty-



nine from the third year of Jehoiakim's
reign, and first year of Nebuchadnezzar—
which is the date of the Babylonish Captivity,
when Daniel and his companions were carried
off — an d about twenty-one years, before the
return of the Jews to rebuild the Temple ; —
Esdras, (who is called Ezra) tells us in his
second book, 14 Chap. 21 verse, that the
•• L'iv: was burnt — therefore, no man knoweth
the things that are done of thee, or the works
that shall begin."

Whoever will compare Chap. 14 — 38 to 41
xrr~f. with Ezek. 3 Chap. 3 to 5 verse, and
Rev. 10 Chap. 2 to 8—10, &c. will notice
the promise to the disciples, that the Holy
Spirit should bring all things to their remem-
brance. The Good Spirit will aid the memory,
help the understanding, and give wisdom and
knowledge in times of exigency, and in
things important.

Esdras with the aid of others, wrote 204
books.

Part were to be published to the world,
that all, worthy or unworthy, might read.
But part were to be kept secret and delivered
only to the worthy and such as are wise
among the people. Chap, xiv — 44 to 46
verses.

The Scriptures of old. were not written in
books, as exhibited in modern times ; but were
written on wood, or parchment made of
skins, and detached from each other — being
written at different times, in different ages, by
different men. And by some person they
must have been collected, and collated and
compiled, in the form and order they are now
delivered to us.

Whoever will compare Esdras' Chronolo-
gical Reflections, in his Second Book, with
the two books of Chronicles, will perceive a
striking analogy on the Historical subject.

Beginning with the history of man, from
Creation down, to the Babylonish Captivity,
and the time of Cyrus, when they return "to
rebuild the Temple.

The shortest and most comprehensive
History, condensed, as a key to the whole
subject by a kind of recapitulation.

Ezra or Esdras did not go to Jerusalem,
until after Zerubbabel, Zechariah, and Hag-
gui, but he was one of the last who wrote
concerning the Old Testament times. Ezra,
chap. v. 1 and 2, with chap. vii. 1 — 6 and
9, &c.

The first writings — the " Law," &c. he
tells us he went to Jerusalem to "seek," &c.
chap. vii. 10 — " to seek the Law of the
Lord," and then to " do it."

The compilation of the Old Testament —
appears to have been his work, collated from
the detached pieces put into his hands.

From the days of Solomon, to the Babylo-



nish Captivity, a period of about 400 years,
might be easily known from their family
chronology, which the Jews were very con-
scientious to keep sacred, that they might
know who should enter into the Congrega-
tion of the Lord, and who not. And hence
a history of their subsequent Kings, &c.
down to the closing scene.

The Prophets Isaiah, Hosea, Amos, and
Micah were cotemporaries, although some
prophesied about forty years — and about 120
years before the Captivity.

Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, and several i
others, were cotemporary, more or less, be-
fore, at, or after the Captivity, or during the
same time.

But Nehemiah, Malachi, Haggai, Zecha-
riah, and Ezra, brought up the rear, and
hence, by Ezra the whole might be compiled,
in the order and form they are transmitted
down to us.

The vision of the Eagle by Esdras — the
twelve wings answering to the twelve
Caesars — and the three heads of the Eagle, to
the three powers concentrated, as the heads
of the Political World — -when concentrated by
the three Unclean Spirits, like Frogs, which
go forth unto the kings of the Earth, and of
the whole (Ancient Scripture) world, to the
battle of God Almighty at "Armageddon,"'
under the Sixth Vial and Seventh Trumpet.
When blood up to the horse's bridles 1600
furlongs, and 200,000,000 should be engaged
in the concentration, which by computation,
in the aggregate, would amount to about that
many in those countries.

And when the Euphrates is dried up, that
the way of the Kings of the East may be pre-
pared, we shall see important times.

Through jealousy and fear, the three
Churches dare not proceed single-handed, to
accomplish what they would wish — hence
the origin of " the 6th of July Treaty," for
the first time that the Catholic Church, Greek
Church, and Protestant Church were united
by agreement and union, for a particular
object and end.

Still each one had his own interest and
selfish object in view.

Russia, to acquire ascendancy over Turkey,
from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, and
as tar south as the Holy Land.

Hence the order for all the Jeu-s to quit the
Russian Empire, within a given period, who
amount to perhaps 2,000,000 in that region.
Thus to avail himself of their prejudices, to
re-instate them in the land of Canaan, to be-
come as a Russian province for that empire.

'• His most Christian Majesty, - ' or the
Pope's eldest son and right-hand man, for the
Latin Church, has taken an interest — began
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already. And should the Pope wish for a
Crusade to possess the Holy Land, as the
Vicegerent of the Almighty upon the Earth,
we may expect he will call on all Christian
Catholic countries and potentates to help in
the bloody scene.

The Emperor of Germany retains the
ancient title " King of Jerusalem" — hence
would feel his interest to obey the holy man-
date, to help forward the great and mighty
work.

Hence young Napoleon or Napoleon the
Second, who was born a king — " King of
Rome," possessing the Iron Crown of Charle-
magne, to come forward and appear conspi-
cuously upon the stage.

From the Patrimony of the Infanta of
Poland, to Charles the Second, began the
English possessions in the East.

Although in Braddock's War of 1755, they
had but two places in the East, and these
were closely besieged, to bring them on the
defensive — and were relieved by Col. Clieve —
they now have a conquered country in pos-
session, of more than 100,000,000 of subjects —
with a sea coast from Persia to China — of
upwards of 3000 miles, by computation.

The English have the keys to the inland
sea — the Pillars of Hercules — Gibraltar —
and the Isle of Malta.

Now to open a road from home, the nigh
way to India — the command of the Isthmus of
Suez, the Red Sea — and Persian Gulf.

This might be, perhaps 6 or 7000 miles —
in union of business, not half the distance as
round the Cape of Good Hope; and avoiding
all the danger on the circuit — and moreover,
open a door for a vast extent of commerce
and more important trade.

It has been the interest and policy of Eng-
land to support the Turkish Power, as a
barrier, to the nations of Europe making a
road or having a passage to the East, by way
of Egypt, &c. as exemplified by Nelson pur-
suing Bonaparte in 1798.

But they now could have but little interest
to keep up that kind of policy on the subject.

For Russia commanding the country north
and east of Turkey, having the command of
the Caspian Sea — a road may be opened in a
different route, which it may be policy to
prevent, if one may hazard a conjecture from
circumstances.

An Englishman was not permitted to put
his foot in Persia. Much ingenuity was
exercised to get into that country, by the
English, who at length, succeeded so far as
to prevail on the Persian Court to receive an
English Ambassador, by which door, scientific
men were sent into the country and have
taken surveys of the different parts.

In India — set the small nations to quarrel



with the greater — and then apply for help
and England will protect you — and thus
have two countries monopolized — one by
permission and the other by conquest.

So Persia quarrelled with Russia — was
beaten — lost several provinces with several
millions of people — and moreover, to pay the
expense of the war, which amounted to about
30,000,000.

Thus to be beaten and drained of specie,
what must be the consequence of a little more
such play % Why, an application to John
Bull — " Pray, please come and help me."

To get into China, how many different
ways have the English taken 1 and with what
little success !

The last, however may prove to be of some
more consequence, though novel in its nature.

A looking-glass of about 24 feet long and
16 wide, and 3 inches thick, sent to the Em-
peror of China.

Among the great, things go by pairs — hence
the Chinese saioed the glass in two, thatwise,
which destroyed the power of seeing — which
to restore, application was made to the Eng-
lish, for an artist for that purpose — hence the
foundation, by penetration, for information.

Should the Russians succeed fully, against
the Turks, whereby the Jews would be stimu-
lated to look toward their ancient Holy Land,
John Bull would begin to feel his interest.

Should the Grand Pacha of Egypt, declare
his independence from the Grand Turk, under
the policy and protection of England, the way
from England to India, by Steam-Boat and
CANAL, how short the distance and how
quick the passage !

And moreover, taking advantage of the de-
cree, Nicholas and Jewish prejudice, could aid
and facilitate the object of their return, as a
trading people — and to retain strength and
gather power in that quarter, would involve
important consequences !

For Palestine being the centre of the an-
cient Scripture World, as it relates to three
quarters of the globe, would be the middle
ground — the ground of concentration as well
as the ground of contention, betwixt the three
contending Powers — Greek — Latin, and Pro-
testant — to measure strength in full — the
meeting ground, where the strongest fend
off.

The signs of the times politically, propheti-
cally, and geographically, seem to concur and
harmonize together, as though some great
event was opening to our view.

Benjelius, in Germany, 1724, published a
book, which John Wesley translated into
English, 1754, in which were some things in-
timated, which since, have strangely been ex-
emplified.

1st. 1810 — That the Pope would be stripped



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of his Temporal Power, and left only a limit-
ed Ecclesiastic.

2d. That from the time that the power was
taken from the people of choosing their own
Bishop, 1143, to the period when the royal
would be taken from the Pope, and
transferred to the city, would be 666 years,
which 666 being added to 1143, makes 1809;
and remarkable to tell, by the decree of Na-
poleon, the thing took place to a mathemati-
cal focus — for on the first day of January,
1810, the edict went into operation.

Moreover — That the individual who should
have power to decree and execute this busi-
ness, would come from Asia — that he would
have his Kingdom darkened by the Fifth Vial,
and lose his power.

We find Napoleon at Acre in Asia, where
he hears of anarchy in France — hence he dis-
ci .vers a field open, so that instead of being
the tool of others, he could be head himself —
returns to Europe, accomplishes the object —
bis kingdom is darkened — he loses his power.

The German Author, says J. W., speaking
of this Second Beast, out of the Earth, Asia,
the main — (for the ancients supposed Europe
to be an island, hence in prophecy is called the
Sea,) and the First Beast rose from the Sea —
Europe — the Papacy of many ages. But the
Second Beast is from the Earth, Asia — "loses
his power," "but will receive it again and
the Kings with it" — perhaps in the person of
his son — 1832 — when the Second Beast will
have his second rise — the latter from the bot-
pit — " shall hate the Whore, eat her
flesh, and burn her with fire" — hate priestly
power, and seize upon her treasure, and up-
set her authority.

But the Turkish Power to be overthrown
previous to 1832, by the power of Russia;
hut the general trial for strength at Armaged-
don, 1836, when the Angel will stand in the
Sun to call all the fowls of heaven to the
snpper of the Great God, to eat the flesh of
. 6cc.

26th— FRESH WATER LAW.

The nature of Water Law, taken from pre-
cedents, to become the law of the land, as ex-
emplified by late decision-, involves conse-
quences, of a dangerous nature, in a two-fold
point of view.

First, by depriving people, as individuals,
of their just and proper rights, as transmitted
to them from their forefathers, by deeds, and
wills hereditary for several generations, as an
"EX POST FACTO LAW" impairing former
rights and possessions which individuals en-
jo\ ed anterior.

Secondly, by creating a "privileged ordeb
of men" who may thus monopolize two ele-



ments, to themselves, which the God of na-
ture has given us — viz. Water and Earth.

Thus, intruding upon the sovereign of the
soil by depriving him of the opportunity of
that use of the water upon the earth which is
necessary for his own convenience and family
welfare.

For the owner must not build a new dam,
raise a dam, lower a dam, nor stop a leak in a
dam, or make a hole in it for a leak, without
permission from the big man below, to avoid
a prosecution.

He that occupies the lower privilege or
outlet of a stream controls all above even to
the fountain, who has no right to make any
alteration without suffrage as a grace from
the lower occupant, although the fountain be
the first mill upon the stream, by a hundred
years ; even if miles of distance and a dozen
dams intervene.

Turning the water upon the land for farm-
ing benefit, or a detention of water for the
necessity of geese and hogs, is an actionable
crime, even on a spring branch.

Thus one becomes a privileged order at the
expense of the other. One is " His Honor,"
the other his " Vassal, a kind of tenant at
will." And moreover, becomes a gate tender,
on his own expense, at the other's nod.

Such principles in this infant country, be-
ginning to grow like a giant, threaten to de-
luge this once happy land !

A few 7 CAPITALISTS, taking possession of
certain points, would control all the waters
in NORTH AMERICA, and give them an
ascendency over all the tributary stream*, from
the rivulet to the spring branch ; or even the
eaves of the houses are not exempt from their
control, if this principle of law is but pursued
and driven to extremity. But might lay a
foundation for places of monopoly equal to
those in France, before the Revolution, which
betwixt the king and beggar was said to be
more than seven thousand in number.

And from this monopoly of power, there is
no escape for redress, but " mob law" or '-cap
in hand" — " your very humble servant" — un-
less the People by their R m ■ nt tfc'vesshould
have it abridged by special and definite acts
of Legislative Power.

This doctrine of passive obedience and rtOJl-
resistance is very pleasing to some who would
belong to the favored few, and hence, the
ground work of linked combined associations,
involving the Manufacturer, the Merchant,
the Clergy, the Bench, the Bar, the Literati
from the President of the College to the
Country School Master; the Faculty and the
Sunday School Teacher, not accepted. Like
so many streams uniting to form one grand
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to bring about the NATIONAL FACTORY
of CHURCH and STATE.

Should this practice continue for thirty
years to come and progress as fast, propor-
tionally, as for the last fifteen years, the dis-
tinction of orders, grades, the Great and the
Small — would be more conspicuously exem-
plified, than in the British Isle.

Adams on Constitutions (1787) remarks —
To have a stable government, the Chief
Magistrate must be established for life, if not
hereditary. And also, the Senate for life, &c.
— to prevent the rich people from being op-
pressed by the poor. And to bring this about,
fix on heavy taxes, to fling a great deal of
property into the hands of a few. Which
theory he exemplified, by practice, from 1797
to March 4, 1801 — in which time, three dol-
lars for every head was paid in one tax, na-
tionally, including every man, woman, and
child.

Monarchy and Law Religion, go hand in
hand — but the snare was broken by Jefferson-
ism prevailing in the land, to knock down the
Law establishments, which pre-existed in nine
Slates of the union, and frustrated the intend-
ed Union of Church and State, pregnant in
that day.

" Henry ism," " Hartford Convention,*' and
: ' Washington Societies," arose from the ashes
and sprang up from the same principle of
policy and cloaked with the flattering names
of i: Religion, Peace, and Commerce," for the
same object and end. But their Great House,
in Philadelphia, which cost one hundred and
twenty thousand dollars, was consumed by
lire — and their Dagon fell to the ground.

But their object is not relinquished, for some
mode of union to govern this land.

The establishment of equal rights must
be destroyed out of society. Even such as
are inherent and unalienable, must be kept
out of sight, by precedents to be taken for ex-
ample, to become the Reigning Laws of the
country, fitted to the interest and policy of
those leading Few; and Statute Law but an
ideal object, and only a nominal thing.

The great Fish eat up the little ones, who
must be gate tenders at their own expense,
on their own premises, as hewers of wood
and drawers of water, to the great manufac-
turing establishments ; who command the
poor by a nod, and will be obeyed by a beck
or call.

One rap at the door, denotes a common
person ; two raps, the middling grade ; but
three raps, the upper class.

.For the first rap, the servant takes his time
to open the door, to know their business.
For two raps, he steps quick and light —
" Whatdoyoup/easeto want, sir '?" But when
he hears the third rap, he runs and flies !



Thus commanding the laborers, and also
having the ascendency over the water inter-
est of almost every man, that owns a bit of
land, where it becomes a trespass to make a
dam for a hog wallow, as elucidated in the
preceding statements, as the necessary infer-
ence, from the late decision of the Superior
Court, in this State, which shows in minia-
ture, what unbounded influence and ascend-
ency the mammoth manufacturing establish-
ments, when associated with the Judiciary,
possess, in this land. To which may be
associated " NATIONAL Societies," of
various names, under that of Religion,
Education, &c.

The object of which is to mould the minds
of the youth into their stamp; and thereby,
fix their prejudice accordingly, for habits arise
from prejudice, founded in education both in
religion and politics — when led by the nose,
and not permitted to think, and to judge, and
to act for themselves, in matters of such a
nature ; but are kept in awe by a kind of
slavish fear and dread.

0Cf= Master Priest ! Master Judge ! and
Master of the Water that runs over my farm.

my Countrymen ! remember the Declara-
tion of '76, with the principles and con-
comitants thereto belonging. And in these
days of exigency and excitement, I wish and
hope for the voluminous essays, or writings
of Thomas Jefferson, to appear in print to
cultivate and improve the public mind.

The present excitement, to pull down old
and long established societies, for political
purposes of a sinister nature, to accomplish
objects of a cruel and unjust principle, by
procuring laws to oppress and depress their
fellow citizens — such as will bring them
under the power of tyrannical instruments, to
drive them into hypocrisy, self-defence, exile,
poverty and destruction, totally unworthy a
free, generous, and independent people.

But iniquity will work ! and now and then
show its deformed head.

The association of Capitalists ; 2, the
Judiciary and Executive Power ; 3, the
weight of the Clergy ; 4, the Gentlemen of
the Bar ; 5, Medical interest ; 6, Education
and Classical Science; 7, Mercantile Inter-
est ; 8, the Mechanical ; and 9, the Laborers
of every kind, who are dependent for em-
ploy ; whether it be agriculture, manufacture,
or scrivener's department, &c. to accomplish
the object of Election, by electing certain
men, of certain principles, as tools to answer
the purposes, objects, and ends of others.

To monopolize all places, both of honor
and profit, of every name and grade, to attain
the object and accomplish the end in view.

First, Medicine ; 2, the Bar ; 3, Manufac-
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vinity or Clerical Divines — as far as times
ami circumstances will permit, are " privil-
eged orders," and have it in their power, by
law. to make others feel their influence, if not
the weight of their vengeance too.

Look at the Medical Laws of different
States, especially of New York — Physic and
Surgery — to give a dose of Medicine, or to
bind up a wound, without permission or
direction, from the privileged order, is an
exposure to a fine, imprisonment, or peni-
tentiary.

Look at the late Act in R. I. If I circulate
these books, I am exposed to pay twenty dol-
lars line, and the loss of my horse and wagon.

Look at what is called Law, relative to
H ater — although it be on my own farm — it is
under the control of another, to serve him at
my own expense !

And what shall I more say ! Time would
not admit, nor the intention of these pages, to
swell the work voluminously, but merely to



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