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Frank L. Browne, formerly of Shortsville, N. Y., to
Amanda T. Jones: Jan. is, 1909.

♦ ♦ ♦ " During a life that has now passed the half-
century milestone, many surprising and many pleasing events
have transpired, among the latest being the receipt of letters

from you I feel that not a thousandth part of the

warm affection which surges up from boy-hood recollection,
will find expression or will — ^being put on paper — ^be ex-
pressed The spirit within me harks back to boyhood's

happy days and is filled with supreme gladness because of
receiving a message from one so closely associated with those
days. The joy within me seeks an outlet; the music within
me seeks a listener; and I would fain share that joy and that
music with the revered woman whose written words have

produced them I recall clearly much about

''the crusade documents."

" That yours was the hand that held the pen that indited
these documents is perhaps a first and most important item.
This I can afHrm without hesitation or qualification. I was
sixteen or just past sixteen— old enough to observe, remem-
ber, and know what transpired in my presence. To the best
of my recollection I was present during the entire production
of these documents — 3. process that occupied one hour or
two nearly every evening for many weeks. — [About five.]

" It was the custom of the family to assemble in our home-
sitting room after twilight had faded into darkness and with
no artificial light of any description, several pages would be
written by your hand. As a mere boy, understanding but
vaguely Psychic matters, I marvelled much at the clearness
and perfect style of the writing, the accuracy with which
the lines followed each other across the paper; the almost
print-like contour of the letters — i. e., their legibility; the
fact that no blots or mis-strokes appeared (and you will re-
member this was before the day of the fountain pen — after
each few words the pen had to be carried to the ink-bottle
and back to the point where it was working) ; all this taking

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place in darkness dense enough to obscure everything except
vague outlines of familiar objects

" Even as I write now, after a lapse of thirty-six years,
my mind questions : * Was it really pen-work ? ' However,
if but done with pencil, it would still be a strong demon-
stration of spirit control. But I am so sure. I know I had
the written sheets in my hand each day following their pro-
duction, and made copies therefrom, which, with boyish en-
thusiasm I filed away and treasured as something of extra-
ordinary value. Surely all these impressions would not be
so forcefully traced upon brain-records unless the facts were
there to make them.

" We would sit quietly for a little time, and then in a
resonant voice * Judge Evelyn ' would announce his presence,
make some pertinent remarks, and the writing would com-
mence* I recall clearly the fact that he once stated that the
time would come when fruit would be preserved without the
boiling process. And also my father's surmise that electricity
would be the new element introduced to achieve that result.
An ide^, if I may digress for a moment, showing what a
vague comprehension of electricity was in his mind, since
the application of electricity almost invariably produces heat
— even to degrees nearly beyond comprehension.

" The documents being finally completed, my father took
charge of them, putting them away in a metal cylinder, made
for the purpose, sealed closely and most carefully placed
where they would not be disturbed. Why he did this was
beyond my comprehension — but not beyond my investigating
curiosity. Why it was done, I knew not, but how it was
done was to me a wonderfully, interesting and clearly un-
derstood proceeding. My idea was that the extreme value
of the documents inspired the action. The fact that he put
the documents into print and had them copyrighted was also
accounted for on similar lines.

" One more point ; that is the date of the work, and I will
pass to other matters. The documents were written at my
boyhood's home in Shortsville, N. Y., through your hand,
in the year 1872, I think in the late spring or early summer
of that year. I place the date quite readily because in 1873,
about a year later, I left home and made acquaintance with

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the outside world — its ways and customs in practical life
being — up to that time — to me a sealed book.

** Recovery of the Original MSS. This I fear is doubt-
fuL And before going into detail as to the why, I will
state that if at any time the necessary expense can be met
and it should seem advisable to make a search, I am willing
to go and personally inspect the * packed away * effects that
Flora speaks of. I believe that I could do this with less
trouble and more effectiveness than could any one else.
Should the time come when it seems wise or desirable or pos-
sible, I pledge you my honest service in this matter.

" Fred, in scraps of confidence, related of the sorting of
father^s and mother's papers and letters, and the numerous

bonfires that received old treasured correspondence

Nothing was ever said of the * Crusade Documents;* and
while it may be possible that they are still in existence, there
is also a strong probability that they shared the fate of other
choice treasures.

" My recollections of * The Crusade Documents ' arc
written in more of a personal letter than a concise statement
form. Use whatever meets your requirements, in form to
suit yourself. I have simply stated facts as I recall
them If, however, you wish to use my name and ad-
dress in connection, I think it would be best to give Shorts-

ville as the address. I will, however, keep you posted

Remember that my recital comes from the heart rather than
from the head, and is a tribute of affection, inspired by re-
membrance of days when you were a guide and counsellor
to a * timid ' unsophisticated * boy ' who in the popular sense
of the words, * Never saw the inside of a schoolhouse.'
" Ever Faithfully Yours,

" F. L. BROWNE."
From the same to the same, Jan. 23, 1909.

" Perhaps it would be well, if my written statement is to
go on file as recorded evidence, for me to write and sign a
letter devoted to that special subject.

" I recall the * Safety-Cage ' thought, or rather expression,
but detail in regard to it does not come to mind. F. L. B."

From Miss Flora M. Browne, Shortsville, N. Y., April
I9f 1908.

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" I received your photograph. It looks just as I remem-
ber you when you were a guest of my father and mother and
in delicate health.

'' I was a large child but in the summer of '72 had not
reached the age of eigjit by quite a little bit. The testimony
you wish for would come more properly from my brother,
Frank. I became quite familiar with the sight of the Cru-
sade Documents in the old home, but you can readily under-
stand that at that time I would not be likely to know from
whence came your inspiration. The old home was sold soon

after the death of my mother And the few things

which were preserved have been packed in small quarters
ever since. I don't remember that I ever saw the * original
writings ' and am not able to say that there are any printed
copies in existence or I would be glad to send them to you.

" Your friend,

I resume the story in propria persona. During the lec-
tures there was never any artificial light — ^that being more or
less disturbing to one in Psychic trance,— to me, at least,
whose normal faculties were never put to sleep. We had
our western windows — light in June will linger long; but
when my well-sealed eyes were opened the room was always
dark and all the outlines faint.

The writing was not done in Psychic trance; at least my
eyes were always open after the spirit's introductory words.
I saw, if there was light enough to see by, what was being
written; or otherwise, I saw the outline of the paper, and
was not troubled if I saw no more. What he said each
time — mere words of greeting — ^was no way relevant to any-
thing he was about to write. Not one of all his thoughts
came fairly in advance of words. His mind, my brain, co-
operated on the instant. Nothing was hurried, nothing was
delayed. Not seeing well, I wondered: " Do the lines run
true? " and that I did not know, or then or afterward, until
the letter came that I have given you. At other times, I
thought: "This is a complicated scheme; — do all its parts
agree?" And I supposed they did. Once I said in mind:
" He gives me * Marshal,' would not General be better? "
Having a certain superficial knowledge due to battle-

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studies, once I thought : " There were no Sergeants-General
in the army. I wonder what he means."

These thoughts of mine were independent — stage-whispers
you might call them. The writing went on steadily, with-
out a break except to fill the pen, up to a certain limit —
perhaps five hundred words, — then stopped, and Mr. Browne
removed the sheets at once. I never asked to see them; all
next day I moved about as in a dream thinking of that
which had been written, wondering, but never guessing what
was yet to be. I had a vivid consciousness of brain-illumi-
nation; much as the blind man knows there is a sun when
out in August heats, I was aware of light.

Now, when we thought the work was done. Judge Evelyn
said one afternoon : " I wish to copy all the pages. Please
bring the writings here."

My host appeared displeased, yet brought the first few
pages — taking them away together with the copies soon as
they were made. Each time he brought me other pages —
and took all leaves away. During this copying I read the
former pages always as I wrote the new ones. I noted twice
or thrice the substitution of a word, and once the alteration
of a phrase. " Why not have written all correctly on the
start?" said Mr. Browne, one morning. I could not an-
swer then, but now I can. The spirit manifestly chose, by
repetition, to print the whole of it upon my memory — ^know-
ing well that I was not to see the manuscript again — no, not
one leaf of it! I do not mean that I could say it off by
heart, just as I can my poems; but when I read it afterward
in type, I recognized each separate word and every phrase
and all the body of it perfectly. You have it unimpaired.

When the last word was written — still with my hand
upon the page, Judge Evelyn chose to say:

" My friend has wondered why all this has come to her.
She has a mission-work, wholly apart from this, she tells
you, — needing to be done." He struck my hand upon the
writing: "This is her mission-work! There is no way of
getting funds for all she has to do, save through inventions.
They will come. These documents are hers; and when the
time IS right, they shall be brought to light." He added:
" Very soon my friend is going East. She has her work

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to do— she will not lack for friends." And so he said his
final word " Farewell."

Then Mr. Browne arose and took the written pages —
every one of them, and walked away. It proves that after
Frank had copied them, his father sealed them up, — perhaps

When, the next morning, I awoke, it seemed that I must
leave at once. Announcing this to Mr. Browne, I had a
sense of earthquake. I sat in utter silence while his under-
self came uppermost, denouncing me for leaving — demanding
some addition to the documents. I had no right, he claimed,
to leave them incomplete. Undoubtedly he felt that they
belonged to him. Judge Evelyn, he said, should be allowed
to finish them. By which he meant, as afterward appeared,
the adding of a clause, approving him as organizer, owner—
what you will.

We must not be severe. I think he was persuaded that
they were truly his. A medium is not supposed to be the
benefited one; and, I, myself, had not supposed them mine,
till some few hours before, when they were so pronounced.

Besides — God help usl Where abide the saints? One
did abide under the roof that had so sheltered me. I sought
her out at once. We kissed each other tenderly and did not
meet again for thirteen years. She visited me then, and
hearts were satisfied.

This human Scripture, who can read it rightly? Who
can interpret all its secret meanings? Or judge die errant
wanderings of a soul ?

" But slowly the ineffable light comes up,
And as it deepens drowns the written ^ord."

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[Appropriated by William Livingston Browne, printed
and entered according to Act of Congress in the office of the
Librarian at Washington in the year 1872, under the name
of " The American Crusade." Debarred from circulation
and use by legal interference of Judge Edmonds, of New
York, on behalf of the rightful owner, early in 1873.]


E believe in the sovereignty of the People.
We claim for their Hosts all rights which
are inseparable from the life of responsible
beings; believing that culture of no avail-
able kind should be denied them, and no
honorable means of gaining a subsistence
placed beyond their reach.
We therefore protest against all systems of labor and
modes of conducting trade, which debar the laborer, inventor,
seller or purchaser, from receiving a just payment for all
labor, invention, time or investment; and we hereby pledge
ourselves to endeavor faithfully to conduce to such an order
of things as shall secure to each his or her just dues, and at
the same time rob not the multitude nor enrich the drone.

So protesting, and so pledging our efforts, we declare our-
selves to be Crusaders, enlisted in the worthy cause of res-
cuing the sacred land from selfish monopolies, and once
more lifting up the standard of the chosen children of God,
the Workers, that it may float from all the gateways, marts,
temples, and palaces of the holiest of cities, the City of


In accordance with the declaration of our sentiments, and
in pursuance of the good which we believe may in time be


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attained through our united efforts, we, Crusaders, do ap-
prove of, and consent to abide by the following Constitution,
with its accompanying laws and measures of organization.


The power of the Sovereign People composing the Host
known as Crusaders, shall be vested in :


To the Bureau of Appointment shall appertain the
labors of ratifying all nominations to office, of defining the
respective duties of officers, apportioning suitable payment
for their services and sustaining them in the discharge of
their obligations. It shall have authority in deciding all
legal and judicial questions, constituting the final court of
appeals in any or all cases of disagreement and confusion of
purpose among workers for the commonwealth. It shall be
composed of ten members, to wit: A judicial head, known
as Chieftain of Battalions; his assistant justice, designated
as Marshal of Battalions; two co-laborers, termed Squires;
and a body-guard of six, called Aides-de-camp.

To the Bureau of Administration shall belong the
responsibility of carrying out the designs of the organization
of Crusaders, maintaining its laws, providing for its needs,
and jealously protecting the rights of its members. It shall
be empowered to preserve order and unity, in such ways and
by such means as shall be pronounced in accordance with the
true spirit of the Declaration, the Bureau of Appoint-
ment to be the adjudicator; and it shall be subject to that
tribunal in all its relations with the Crusade Host. It shall
consist of sixteen officers, to wit: A President of Councils,
a Master of Finance, ten Gentlemen of the Council Cham-
ber, two Scribes, a Bearer of Dispatches, and a Keeper of
the Seals.

^ The Bureau of Investigation shall be empowered to
sift the claims of all applicants for honors, examine the ac-

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counts of all Crusade recorders, discover any financial de-
faulter and report him or her to the Bureau of Adminis-
tration, which shall examine into the demerit, and having
pronounced its verdict, proceed to yield the case for adjudi-
cation to the Bureau of Appointment. All matters of
business requiring official supervision shall first be tendered
to the Bureau of Investigation, and, after suitable action,
shall be given to the Bureau of Administration, which
must conduct them, subject to the sanction of the Bureau
OF Appointment. The Bureau of Investigation shall be
formed out of the Crusade ranks, and shall have a recog-
nized head styled Sergeant-General of Crusade Forces. The
number of his associate Investigators may be limited only by
the number of enterprises which shall have received the
authority of the Bureau of Appointment, and been incorpo-
rated into the Crusade body politic, each enterprise being
represented by two Investigators.

These Bureaus shall be acknowledged as the outward
wall and bulwark of defense for the Crusade Host. Through
them its material interests will be secured and its masterly
energy of purpose and labor directed. Their officers shall
be selected from among those proven to have worthily borne
the cross of sacrifice, and must be faithful to their high
calling as gentlemen and Crusaders. They shall be an-
nually confirmed in office, or others chosen by lot, out of
the nominated numbers presented to the Bureau of Ap-
pointment, by the various captains of the banded soldiery,
through their representatives, the Generals of the united

article second.

The Good-will of the Sovereign People known as Cru-
saders shall find expression in :

a bureau of education,
A bureau of assistance,


To the Bureau of Education shall belong the privi-
leges of receiving and entertaining all ideal projects of good,

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accepting or refusing them and bringing such as are judged
feasible before the Crusade multitudes. It shall labor for
the advancement of Art and Science, the progression of
thought and truth, and the promulgation of benevolences
among Crusaders. Its decisions shall be final in all cases
requiring moral adjudication rather than legal, and it shall
constitute the Supreme Court, where the higher equities
shall be considered and pronounced upon. It shall be com-
posed of ten members, to wit: A Mother of Sciences, A
Mistress of Instruction, two Dames of Honor, and six La-
dies in Waiting.

The Bureau op Assistance shall attend to all solici-
tations for comfort and material aid received through recog-
nized Crusade channels, and shall make such responses as
shall be deemed consistent with the highest requirements of
the organization. It shall aim to promote the largest lib-
erty of social life, compatible with unsullied purity and wis-
dom of behavior. To this end it shall consider and en-
deavor to supply the necessities of the various associations of
Crusaders, pronouncing against all violations of propriety,
and giving sanction to worthy efforts towards reform. It
shall labor to help the young in acquiring such culture as
may best fit them for the duties of life and employment, de-
voting a portion of the funds held for purposes of kindness
to the children or orphans of poor Crusaders. It shall pre-
sent its judgments in all matters to the Bureau of Education,
deferring to its criticisms, decisions and commands. It shall
be formed of sixteen ladies, to wit: A Dispenser of Benefits,
a Bearer of the Purse, ten Almoners of Bounty, two Secre-
taries of the Bank, a Warder of the Gates and a Guardian
of the Keys.

The Bureau of Attraction shall devise and promote
recreations, organize classes, select instructors, suggest stud-
ies, and report progress of education to the Bureau of -^-
sistance. It shall lend countenance to any laudable social
movement, and support the leaders of approved Crusade pur-
suits. It shall discover disturbers of tranquility and such
moral offenders as are amenable to Good-will tribunals, but
not liable to legal arraignment. Such cases it shall refer to
the Bureau of Assistance, which shall investigate each

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offence, presenting it, with any extenuations that may have
been elicited from testimony, to the Bureau of Education for
adjudication. The Bureau of Attraction shall have an
acknowledged head, styled the O)nductor of Harmonies.
Her associate members shall be limited by the number of
Crusade battalions, each battalion being represented by two
ladies, who shall be denominated Sisters of the Choir.

These Bureaus shall be regarded as the inner citadel
and stronghold of the Crusade Host, and it shall be the
foremost thought among Crusaders how best to preserve
this tower of Good-will from overthrow, and its hospitable
board and hearth from defilement and desecration. Their
officers shall be of those whom the people regard as blame-
less, and must be worthy of the lofty trust so reposed in
them. They shall be annually confirmed in office, or their
places filled by such as shall be chosen by lot, out of the
nominated numbers forwarded to the Bureau of Appoint-
ment by the various Guides of the banded soldiery, through
their representatives, the Governing Ladies of the united


Inasmuch as all elements should mingle and blend in har-
monious and healthful interchange, the forces of the Crusade
Army should acknowledge the influence of their inspirers,
the ministering rulers of the mind and heart; and the Edu-
cators should, in their turn, revere and worthily regard the
soldiers of the Host who stand without the temple, wrest-
ing from the material world the sustenance for all, which
none can forego.

Therefore, the Bureau of Appointment and the
Bureau of Education shall constantly communicate with
each other, asking and receiving counsel, assisting to arrive
at perfect conclusions, and in no wise holding such mutual
exchanges in light esteem. Twice in each month these
bureaus shall resolve themselves into one, deliberating upon
the most important questions that have been presented to
cither body. Over such meetings the chief officers of both
Bureaus shall preside in alternation and shall maintain order
without respect to person or sex.

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Also, the Bureau op Administration and the Bureau
OP Assistance shall at the same intervals unite in common
deliberation, reporting the results of their conferences to the
united Bureaus of Appointment and Education with-
out delay.

Also, the Bureau of Investigation, comprising its
chief and ten delegates from the body of its investigators,
(annually chosen by lot) and the Bureau of Attraction,
consisting of its chief and ten delegates from the Sisters of
the Choir, (annually chosen by lot) shall unite semi-monthly
with mutual interests, each giving its matters full unfolding
before the resolved Bureau. The result of their combined
deliberations shall be given without delay to the resolved
Bureau of Administration and Assistance, which shall
in its turn refer them, after suitable action, to the resolved
Bureau of Appointment and Education.

In addition to these deliberative meetings, there shall be
four gatherings in each year of all these Bureaus, resolved
into one body for mutual suggestion and legislation. On
such occasions the presiding officer shall be chosen by lot
from among the six chiefs of the several Bureaus; and the
chosen President shall preserve order without deference to
rank or sex.

The people shall be at liberty ^o present for the considera-
tion of this assembly, any petition or suggestion or general
complaint, without resorting to official interposition; and no
such petition, suggestion or complaint, accompanied by a con-
siderable number of names, shall be lightly set aside without

All these deliberations of single or united Bureaus shall
be open to the public whenever there is discussion of abstract
principles or Crusade legislation. If, however, the matters

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