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the sole inheritor of these mysteries, will no longer astonish you at
this moment. If, in order to destroy all Christianity, all religion,
we have pretended to have the sole true religion, remember that
the end justifies the means, and that the wise ought to take all
the means to do good, which the wicked take to do evil. Those
which we have taken to deliver you, those which we take to
deliver one day the human race from all religion, are nothing
else than a pious fraud which we reserve to unveil some day in
the grade of Magus or Philosopher Illuminated. " — Scgur
Le Secret de la Fra7ic-Afaconnerie, p. 49.

The above extract will serve to show you what manner of
man Weishaupt was, and the quality of the teaching he invented.
His organization — for the perfection of which he deeply studied
the constitution of the then suppressed Society of Jesus — con-
templated placing the thread of the whole conspiracy, destined to



THE CONVENT OF WILHELMSBAD. 35

be controlled by the lUuminati, in the hands of one man, advised
by a small council. The Illuminati were to be in Masonry and
of Masonry, so as to move amongst its members secretly. They
were so trained that they could obtain the mastery in every
form of secret society, and thus render it subservient to their own
Chief. Their fidelity to him was made perfect by the most
severe and complex system of espionage. The Chief himself
was kept safe by his position, his long training, and by his
council. It thus happened that no matter to what office or
position the Illuminati attained, they had to become subservient
to the general aims of the Order. Weishaupt, after being
deprived of his professorship in Bavaria, found an asylum with
the Prince of Coburg Gotha, where lie remained hi honour,
affluence, and security, until his death in 1830. He continued
all his life the Chief of the Illuminati, and this fact may
account, in large measure, for the fidelity with which the
Illuminati of the Revolution, the Directory, the Consulate, the
Empire, the Restoration, and the Revolution of 1830, invariably
carried out his programme of perpetual conspiracy for the ends
he had in view. It may also account for the strange vitality of
the spu-it of the Illuminati in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and
Spain, and of its continuance through the " Illuminated " reigns
of Nubius and Palmerston, the successors of Weishaupt to our
own day. This we shall see further on; but, meanwhile, we
shall glance at the first step of Weishaupt to rule over Masonry
through his disciples. This was by calling together the famous
" General Council " of Freemasoniy, known as —

VII.

The Convent of Wilhelmsbad.
From its rise Freemasonry appears as a kind of dark
parody of the Church of Christ. The names taken by its digni-
taries, the form of its hierarchy, the designations affected by its
lodges and "obediences," the language of its rituals, all seem
to be a kind of aping after the usages of Christianity. When



36 WAR OF ANTICHRIST WITH THE CHURCH.

Saint Martin -wished to spread his llluminism in France, he
managed to have a meeting of deputy Masons from all the lodges
in that country. This was designated the " Convent of the
Gauls ; " and Lyons the place of its meeting was called " The
Holy City." Weishaupt had more extended views. He meant
to reach all humanity by means of Masonry, and looked
for a " Convent " far more general than that of Lyons.
When, therefore, he had matured his plans for impregnating
the Masonry of the world with his infernal system , he began to
cast about for means to call that Convent. The llluminism of
Saint Martin was in full sympathy with him, but it could not
effect his purpose. What he wanted was, that a kind of
General Council of the Masonry extended at the time
throughout the earth, should be called together ; and he hoped
that, by adroitly manipulating the representatives whom he
knew would be sent to it by the lodges of every nationality
of Masons, his own llluminism might be adopted as a kind of
high, arch, or hidden, Masonry, throughout its entire extent.
He succeeded in his design, and in 1781, under the official
convocation of the Duke of Brunswick, acting as Supreme
Grand Master, deputies from every country where Freemasonry
existed were summoned to meet at Wilhelmsbad in council.
They came from every portion of the British Empire ; from
the newly formed United States of America ; from all the
nations of Continental Europe, every one of which, at that
period, had lodges ; from the territories of the Grand Turk ;
and from the Indian and Colonial possessions of France, Spain,
Portugal, and Holland. The principal and most numerous
representatives were, however, from Germany and France.
Through the skilful agency of the notorious Baron Knigg, and
another still more astute adept of his, named Dittfort, Wieshaupt
completely controlled tliis Council. He further caused measures
to be there concerted which in a few years led to the French
Kevolution, and afterwards handed Germany over to the
French revolutionary Generals acting under the Girondins,



CABALISTIC MASONRY OR MASONIC SPIRITISM, 37

tlie Jacobins, and the Directory. I would wish, if time per-
mitted, to enter ai length into the proofs of this fact. It will
suffice, however, for my present purpose, to state, that more than
sufficient evidence of it was found by the Bavarian Government,
which had, some five years later, to suppress the Ilium inati, and
that one of the mem])ers of the convent, the Count de Yirene,
was struck with such horror at tlie depravity of the body,
that he abandoned Illuminism and became a fervent Catholic.
He said to a friend : — " I will not tell you the secrets
which I bring, but I can say that a conspiracy is laid so secret
and so deep that it will be very difficult for monarchy and
religion not to succumb to it." It may be also of use to
remark that many of the leaders of the French Revolution, and
notably most of those who lived through it, and profited by it,
were deputy Masons sent from various lodges in France to the
Convent of Wilhelmsbad.

VITI.

Cabalistic Masonry or Masonic Spiritism.
Before proceeding further with the history of Freemasonry,
I shall stay a moment to consider a very remarkable feature
in its strange composition, without which it scarcely ever
appears. The world was never without wizards, witches,
necromancers, jugglers, and those who really had, or through
imposture, pretended to have, intercourse with demons. Masonry
in its various ramifications is the great continuator of
this feature of a past which we had thought departed for
ever. Spirit-rapping, table-turning, medium-imposture, etc., dis-.
tinguish its adepts in Protestant countries and in Catholic ones.
We have almost incredible stories of the intercourse with the devil
and his angels, which men like the Carbonari of Italy maintain.
However, from the very beginning, Freemasonry has had a kind of
peculiar dark mysticism connected with it. It loves to revel in such
mysteries as the secret conclaves of the Jews used to practise
in the countries in which they were persecuted, and which were



38 WAR OF ANTICHRIST WITH THE CHURCH.

common amongst those unclean heretics, the Bulgarians, the
Gnostics, the Albigenses, and the Waldenses, The excesses
alleged against the Templars, were also accompanied by secret
signs and symbols which Masonry adopted. But whatever
may have been the extent of this mysticism in Masonry
before, a spurious kind of spiritism became part of its very
essence since the advent of the celebrated Cagliostro, who
travelled all over Europe under the instructions of Weishaupt,
and founded more lodges than did any individual Freemason
then or since.

The real name of this arch-impostor was Balsamo. He was
an inveterate sorcerer, and in his peregrinations in the East,
picked up from every source, the secrets of alchemy, astrology,
jugglery, legerdemain, and occult science of every kind, about
which he could get any information. Like the Masonry to
which he became affiliated at an early period, he was an adept
at acting and speaking a lie. He suited Weishaupt, who, though
knowing him to be an impostor, nevertheless employed him for the
diffusion of Illuminism . Accompanied by his no less celebrated
wife, Lorenza, he appeared in Venice as the Marquis Pelligrini,
and subsequently traversed Italy, Germany, Spain, England,
the Netherlands, and Eussia. In the latter country he amassed,
at the Court of Catherine II., an immense fortune. In France,
assisted by the efforts of the Illuminati, he was received as a
kind of demigod, and called the divine Cagliostro. He established
new lodges in all parts of the country. At Bordeaux he
remained eleven months for this purpose. In Paris he established
lodges for women of a peculiarly cabalistic and impure kind, with
inner departments horribly mysterious. At the reception of mem-
bers he used rites and ceremonies exactly resembling the absurd
practices of spirit mediums, who see and speak to spirits, etc.,
and introduced all that nonsense with which we are made now
familiar by his modern followers. He claimed the power of
conferring immortal youth, health, and beauty, and what he
called moral and physical regeneration, by the aid of drugs and



THE FRENCH REVOLUTION. 39

Illuminated Masonry. He was the father and the founder of
the existing rite of Misraira — the Egyptian rite in Masonry.
The scoundrel became involved in the celebrated case of the
"Diamond Necklace," and was sent to the Bastile, from which
he managed to pass to England, Avhere, in 1787, he undertook
to foretell the destruction of the Bastile, and of the Monarchy of
France, the Revolution, and — but here he miscalculated — the
advent of a Prince who would abolish Lettres cle Cachet, convoke
the States General, and establish the worship of Reason. All
these measures were resolved on at Wilhelmsbad, and Cagliostro
of course knew that well. His only miscalculation was regarding
the Prince Grand Master. The Revolution Avent on a little too
fiir for the wretched Egalite, who ended his treason to his house
by losing his head at the guillotine. As to Cagliostro, he made his
way to Rome, where the Inquisition put an end to his exploits
on detecting his attempts at lUuminism. His secret powers could
not deliver him from prison. He died there miserably, in 1795,
after attempting to strangle a poor Capuchin whom he asked for
as confessor, and in whose habit he had hoped to escape. This
impostor is of course made a martyr to the Inquisition accordingly.
Masonry does much to disown Cagliostro ; but with a strange incon-
sistency it keeps the Egyptian rite founded by him, and clings to
mysticism of the debased kind he introduced. It is wonderful
how extremes thus meet, — how men who make it a sign of
intellectual strength to deny the existence of the God that made
them bow down stupidly and superstitiously before devils, real
or imaginary. Necromancy is a characteristic of Antichrist,
of whom we read, " that he will show great signs and wonders so
as to deceive, if that were possible, even the elect." He will be
when he comes both a Cromwell and a Cagliostro.

IX.
The French Revolution.
I may here remark that the conspiracy of the Illuminati,
and of Freemasonry generally, was far from being a secret to
many of the Courts of Europe. But, then, just as at the present



40 WAR OF ANTICHRIST WITH THE CHURCH.

moment, it had friends, female as well as male, in every Court.
These baulked the wholesome attempts of some rulers to stay its
deadly intrigues against princes, governments, and all order,
as well as against its one grand enemy, the Church of Jesus
Christ. The Court of Bavaria found out, as I have said, but only
by an accident, a part of the plans of the llluminati, and gave the
alarm ; but, strange to say, that alarm was unheeded by
the other Courts of Europe, Catholic as well as Protestant. A
Eevolution was expected, but, as now, each Court hoped to stave
off the worst consequences from itself, and to profit by the ruin
of its neighbours. The voice of the Holy Father was raised
against Freemasonry again and again. Clement YIII., Benedict
XIV., and other Pontiffs, condemned it. The Agents and
Ministers of the Holy See, gave private advices and made urgent
appeals to have the evil stopped wliile yet the powers of
Europe could do so. These were all baffled, and the Court of the
Grand Monarch and every Court of Continental Europe slept in
the torpor of a living death^ until wakened to a true sense ot
danger at a period far too late to remedy the disasters which
irreligion, vice, stupidity, and recklessness hastened. The
lodges of the llluminati in France meanwhile carried on the
conspiracy. They had amassed and expended immense sums in
deluging the country with immoral and Atheistic literature.

Mirabeau, in his Monarchie Prussienne (vol. 6, page 67),
published before the Eevolution, thus speaks of these sums : —

" Masonry in general, and especially tlie branch of the Templars,
produced annually immense sums by means of the cost of receptions and
contributions of every kind, A part of the total was employed in the expens'js
of the order, but another part, much more considerable, went into a general
fund, of which no one, except the first amongst the brethren, knew the
destination." Cagliostro, when questioned before the Holy Roman
Inquisition, " confessed that he led his sumptuous existence thanks to the
funds furnished him by the llluminati. He also stated that he had a
commission from Weishaupt to prepare the French Lodges to receive his
direction." — Se3 Deschamps, v., p 129.

Discontent was thus sown broadcast, amongst every class



THE FREXCII REVOLUTION. 41

of the population. Masonic Lodges multiplied, inspired by
the instructed emissaries of the remorseless Weishaupt ;
and the direct work of Freemasonry in subsequent events is
manifest not only in the detailed prophecy of Cagliostro, founded
on what he knew was decided upon ; but is still more clearly
evidenced by a second convent, held by the French Illuminati,
where everything was arranged for the devolution. The men
prominent in this conclave were the men subsequently most
active in every scene that followed. ]\rirabeau, Lafayette, Fouche,
Talleyrand, Danton, Murat, Robespierre, Cambaceres, and in fact
every foremost name in the subsequent convulsions of the country
were not only Illuminati, but foremost amongst the Illuminati.^
Some disappeared under their own guillotine ; others outlived the
doom of their fellows. Constantly, the men of the whole con-
spiracy had understandings and relations with each other.
Weishaupt, at the safe distance of Coburg-Gotha, gave them
his willing aid and that of the German Freemasons. This
concert enabled them to Hoat on every billow which the troubled
sea of the Revolution caused to swell; and if they did not succeed
in making France and all Europe a social ruin, such as that
contemplated at Wilhelmsbad, it was from want of power, not
from want of will. Position and wealth made many of them

^ It is commonly believed tliat the encyclopaedists and piiilosophers were the
only men who overturned by their writings altar and throne at the time of the
Revolution. But, apart from the facts that these writers were to a man Free-
masons, and the most daruig and plotting of Freemasons, we have abundant
authority to prove that other Freemasons were everywhere even more practically
engaged in the same work. Louis Blanc, who will be acoi'pted as an authority on
this point thus writes : — " It is of consequence to introduce the reader into the
mine which at that time was being dug beneath thrones and altars by revolution-
ists, very much more profound and active than the encyclopaedists : an association
composed of men of all countries, of all religions, of all ranks, bound together
by symbolic bonds, engaged mider an inviolable oath to preserve the secret of
their interior existence. They were forced to undergo terrific proofs while occu-
pying themselves with fantastic ceremonies, but otherwise practised beneficence
and looked upon themselves as equals though div-ided in three classes, apprentices,
companions, and masters. Freemasonry consists in that. Now, on the eve of the
French Revolution, Freemasonry was found to have received an inmiense develop-
ment. Spread throughout the entire of Europe, it seconded the meditative genius
of Germany, agitated France silently, and presented everywhere the image of a
society founded on principles contrary to those of civil society." IMonsignor
Segur writes on this — "See to what a point the reign of Jesus Christ was



42 WAR Of ANTICHRIST WITH THE CHURCH.

desire to conserve what the Revolution threw into their hands.
But they remained under all changes of fortune Free-
masons, as they and their successors are to this day.
Perhaps, under the influence of oaths, of secret terror, and of
the sect, they dare not remain long otherwise. One or two
individuals may drop aside ; but some fatality or necessity keeps
the leaders Illuminati always. They as a whole body remain
ever the same, and recoil before political adversity, only to
gather more strength for a future attack upon religion and order
still wider and more fatal than the one which preceded it. They
are not at any time one whit less determined to plunge the
world into the anarchy and bloodshed they created at the French
Revolution, than they were in 1789. On this point let one of
themselves speak : — " I have had," says a Scotch Freemason,
horrified at the I'esults achieved by the Fraternity in their
work up to 1797, "I have had the means to follow all the
attempts made during fifty years under- the specious pretext of
enlightening the world with the torch of philosophy, and to
dissipate all the clouds by which superstition, religious and civil,
used to retain the people of Europe in the darkness of slavery.
I have observed the progress of these doctrines mixing theni-

menaced at the hour the Revolution broke out. It was not France alone that it
agitated, but the entire of Europe. What do I say ? The world was in the
power of Masonry. All the lodges of the world came in 1781 to Wilhelmsbad by
delegates from Europe, Asia, Africa, and America ; from the most distant coasts
discovered by navigators, they came, zealous apostles of Masonry . . . They
all returned penetrated with the Illimiinism of Weishaupt, that is Atheism, and
animated with the poison of incredulity with which the orators of the Convent
had inspired them. Europe and the Masonic world were then in arms against
Catholicity. Therefore, when the signal was given, the shock was terrible, terrible
especially in France, in Italy, in Spain, in the Catholic nations which they wished
to separate from the Pope and cast into schism, until the time came when they
could completely de-Christianize them. This accounts well for the captivities of
Pius VI. and Pius VII. The Cardinals were dispersed, the Bishops torn from
their Sees, the pastors separated from their flocks, the religious orders destroyed,
the goods of the Church confiscated, the churches overtiirned, the convents
turned into barracks, the sacred vessels stolen and melted down by sacrileo-ious
avidity, tlie bells turued into moneyand cannons, scaffolds erected everywhere^ and
victims in thousands, in hecatombs, especially from amongst the clergy ; in one
word, all the horrors summed up in the ' Revolution,' and the end,"wh'ich was
the great unerring power of all its actions, namely, to see Christ cast 'down from
His altars to make way for the goddess called Reason."



TUE FRENCH REVOLUTION- 43

selves and allying themselves more and more closely with the
different systems of Masonry ; finally, I have seen them forming
an association having for its sole object the destruction, even to
the very foundations, of all the religious establishments, and the
overthrow of all the existing governments of Europe. I have
seen that association extend its systems with a zeal so sustained
that it became almost irresistible, and I have remarked that the
personages who have had the greatest part in the French
Revolution were members of that association, that their plans
had been conceived upon its principles, and executed with its
assistance. I am convinced that it exists always, that it works
always silently, and all appearances prove that not only its
emissaries strongly endeavour to propagate amongst us its
abominable doctrines, but that there are, even in England,
lodges which, since 1784, correspond with the mother lodge.
It is, in order to unmask these, to prove that the ringleaders
are knaves Avho preached a morality and a doctrine of which they
knew the falsehood and the danger, and that their real intention
was to abolish all forms of religion, to overthrow all govern-
ments, and to make of the entire world one scene of pillage and
murder, that I offer an extract of the informations I have taken
on this matter."

I have quoted these words of Robison to show, that as early
as 1797, the connection between Freemasonry and the French
Revolution was well understood. Since then Louis Blanc, and
other Masonic writers, have gloried in the fiict. " Our end,"
said the celebrated Alta Vendita, to which I shall have to refer
presently, '' is that of Voltaire and the French Revolution."
In fact, what Freemasonry did in France, it now labours, with
greater caution, to effect on some future day throughout the
entire world. It then submitted, with perfect docility, to a
great military leader, who arose out of its own work and
principles. Such another leader will finally dii'ect its l:-ist efforts
against God and man.

That leader will be Antichrist.



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X.

Napoleon and Freemasonry.
I shall have to ask your careful attention for a few moments
to the leader who arose out of the first French Revolution, and
whose military and diplomatic fame is still fresh in the recollec-
tion of many of the present generation. That leader was
Napoleon Bonaparte. In the days of his greatest prosperity,
nothing was so distasteful to him as to be reminded of his
Jacobin past. He then wished to pose as another Charlemagne,
or Rudolph of Hapsburg. He wished to be considered the friend
of religion, and of the Catholic religion in particular. He did a
something for the restoration of the Church in France, but it
v^as as little as he could help. It, perhaps, prevented a more
wholesome and complete reaction in favour of the true rehgious
aspirations of the population. It was done grudgingly, parsi-
moniously, and meanly. And when it had been done, Napoleon
did all he could do to undo its benefits. He soon became the
persecutor — the heartless, cruel, ungrateful persecutor of the
Pontiff, and an opponent to the best interests of religion in
France, and in every country which had the misfortune to fall
under his sway. The reason of all this was, that Napoleon had com-
menced his career as a Freemason, and a Freemason he remained
in spirit and in effect to the end f»f his life. It is known that he
owed his first elevation to the Jacobins, and that his earliest patron
was Robespierre. His first campaign in Italy was characterized by
tlie utmost brutality which cou.ld gratify Masonic hatred for the
Church. He suppressed the abodes of the consecrated servants
of God, sacked churches, cathedrals, and sanctuaries, and reduced
the Pope to the direst extremities. His language was the reflex
of his acts and of his heart. His letters l)reathe everywhere the
spirit of advanced Freemasonry, gloating over the wounds it had
been able to inflict upon the Spouse of Christ. Yet this adven-
turer has, with great adroitness, been able to pass with many, and
especially in Ireland, as a good Catholic. Because he was the
enemy of England, or rather that England led by the counsels



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of Pitt and Burke constituted herself the imphicable enemy of the
Revolution of which he was the incarnation and continuation, man j
opposed to England for political reasons, regard Bonaparte as a
kind of hero. No one can doubt the military genius of the man, nor
indeed his great general ability ; but he was in all his acts what
Freemasonry made him. He was mean, selfish, tyrannical,
cruel. He was reckless of blood. He could tolerate or use the
Church while that suited his policy. But he had from the beginning
to the very end of his career that thorough indifference to her
welfare, and want of belief in her doctrines, which an early and



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