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testant and Masonic King of Holland for King in France. This
failing, they contrived by Masonic arts to obtain the first places in
the Provisional Government which succeeded Napoleon. They
endeavoured to make the most of the inevitable, and to rule the

conflict between themselves, the two parties gave each other tlie hand in order to
obtain the dominion of the world, to conquer thrones, to serve themselves with
Kings as an order, such was tlieir aim. It woidd be superfluous to explain to you
in what manner, in my ardent curiosity, I came to know the secrets of the one
party and of the other. The truth is the secret of the two sects is no longer a
mystery for me, That secret is revolting.

" It was in the year 1777, tliat I became charged with the direction of one
part of the Prussian lodges, three or four years before the Convent of Wilhelmsbad
and the invasion of the lodges by Ilhuninism. My action extended even over
the brothers dispersed throughout Poland and Russia. If I did not myself see
it, I could not give myself even a plausible ex^^lauation of the carelessness with
which Governments have been able to shut their eyes to such a disorder, a
veritable state within a State. Not only were the chiefs in constant correspond-
ence, and em^jloyed particular cyphers, but even they reciprocally sent emissaries
one to another. To exercise a dominating influence over thrones, such was our
aim, as it had been of the Knight Templars.

" I thus acquired the firm conviction that the drama commenced in 1788 and
1789, the French Revolution, the regicide with all its horrors, not only was
then resolved upon, but was even the result of these associations and oaths, &c.

" Of all my contemporaries of that epoch there is not one left . . . My
first care was to commimicate to William III. all my discoveries. We came to
the conclusion that all the Masonic associations, from the most humble even to
the very highest degrees, could not do otherwise than employ religious sentiments
in order to execute plans the most criminal, and make use of the first in order to
cover the second. This conviction, which His Highness Prince William held in
common with me, caused me to take the firm resolution of renomicing Masonry."



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incomms? Louis XVIIf., in the interests of their sect, and to the
detriment of the Church and of Christianity.

Notwithstanding the fact that they had shown open hostility

to himself and to his house, Louis XVIIL , strange to say, favoured

the Illuminati. Talleyrand was made minister, and the other

advanced Freemasons of the Empire — Seyies, Cambaceres,

Fouche, and the rest — obtained place and power. These men at

once applied themselves to subvert the sentiment of reaction in

flivour of the monarchy and of religion. Soon, Louis XVIIL gave

the world the sad spectacle of a man prepared at their bidding

to cut his own throat. He dissolved a Parliament of ultra

loyalists because they were too loyal to him. The Freemasons

took care that his next Parliament should be full of its own

creatures. They also wrung from the King, under the plea of

freedom of the press, permission to deluge the country anew

with the infidel and immoral publications of Voltaire and his

confederates, and with newspapers and periodicals, which proved

disastrous to his house, to royalty, and to Christianity, in

France. These led before long to the attempt upon the life of

the Duke of Berry, to the revolution against Charles X., to the

elevation of the son of the Grand Master, Egalite, as Constitutional

King, and to all the revolutionary results that have since

distracted and disgraced unfortunate France. But much as

Freemasonry effected in that country, it was not there but in

peaceful Italy that its illuminated machinations produced the

worst and most wide-spread fruits of death. We shall see

this by a brief review of the Freemasonry which formed the



XI L

Kindred Secret Societies in Europe.

We have seen that the use made of Freemasonry by the
Atheists of the last century was a very elastic one. As it came
from England it had all the qualities required by the remorseless
revolutionists, who so eagerly and so ably employed it for their



KINDRED SECRET SOCIETIES IN EUROPE. 57

purposes. Its hypocritical professions of Theism, of acceptation
of the Bible, and of beneficence ; its terrible oaths of secrecy; its
grotesque and absurd ceremonial, to which any meaning from the
most silly to the deepest and darkest could be given ; its
ascending degrees, each one demanding additional secrets, to be
kept not only from outsiders, but from the lower degrees ; the
death penalty for indiscretion or disobedience ; the system of
mystery capable of any extension ; the hidden hierarchy ; in a
word, all its qualities could be improved and elaborated at will
by the Infidels of the Continent who had made British Masonry
their own. Soon the strict subjection of all subordinate lodges to
whatever Grand Orient or Mother Lodge they spring from, and
on which they depend ; and, above all, the complete under-
standing between the directors of the Masonic " powers," that is
of the different rites into which the Masonry is divided, placed
its entire government in a select ruling body, directed in turn
by a small committee of the ablest conspirators, elected by and
known to that body alone. The whole rank and file of Masonry
receive their orders at present from this inner body, who are
unknown to the mere masons of the lodges. The members of
the committee deputed by the lodges are able to testify to the
fact of the authenticity of the orders. Those who rule from
the hidden recesses take care that these deputies shall be men
worthy of confidence. A lodge, therefore, has its master, its
officers, and management ; but its orders come through a channel
that appears to be nothing, whereas it is everything in
the movement of the whole mass. Thus it happens that
the master of a lodge or the grand master of a province,
or of a nation, whose high-sounding titles may make
him seem to outsiders to be everything, is in reality often
nothing at all in the actual government of Masonry. The real
power rests with the hidden committee of direction, and confi-
dential agents, who move almost invisibly amongst the officers
and members of the lodges. These hidden agents of iniquity are
vigilant spies, secret " wire pullers," who are seldom promoted



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to any ofl&ce, but content themselves with the real power which
they are selected to use with dexterity and care.

It was through this system that Weishaupt obtained the
adoption of illuminated Masonry at the convent of Wilhelmsbad.
Through the machinations of Knigg, he obtained from the delegates
there assembled, the approval of his plan that tlie ultimate end
of Freemasonry and all secret plotting should be — 1°, Pantheism
— a form of Atheism which flatters Masonic pride. 2°, Com-
munism of goods, women, and general concerns. 3°, That the
means to arrive at these ends should be the destruction of the
Church, and of all forms of Christianity; the obliteration of every
kind of supernatural belief; and, finally, the removal of all
existing human governments to make way for a universal
republic in which the Utopian ideas of complete liberty from
existing social, moral, and religious restraint, absolute equality,
and social fraternity, should reign. When these ends should be
attained, but not till then, the secret work of the Atheistic Free-
masons should cease.

At the convent of Wilhelmsbad, Weishaupt had the means
taken to carry out this determination. There Masonry
became one organized Atheistic mass, while being still permitted
to assume many flmtastic shapes. The Knights Rossicrucian,
the Templars, the Knights of Beneficence, the Brothers of Amity
were strictly united to Illuminated Masonry. All could be
reached through Masonry itself. All were placed under the
same government. Masonry was made more elastic than ever.
When, as in the cases of Ireland and Poland, an enslaved national-
ity should be found, which the supreme Invisible Directory wished
to revolutionize, and when, at the same time, the existing respect
for the words of the Vicar of Christ made Masonry hateful, a secret
political society was ordered to be formed on the plan of Free-
masonry, but with some other name. It was to put on, after
the example of Masonry itself, the semblance of zeal and respect
for religion, but it was bound to have horrible oaths, ascending
degrees, centres, the terrible death penalty for indiscretion or



KINDRED SECRET SOCIETIES IN EUEOrE. 59

treason, to be, in essence, and in every sense, if not in name, a
society identical Avitli Freemasonry. The supreme direction of the
Revolution was to contrive by sure means to have adepts high
and powerful in its management ; and the society was, even if
founded to defend the Catholic religion, thus sure, sooner or
later, to diverge from the Church and to become hostile to
religion and to its ministers. The Atheistic revolutionists of the
Continent in the last century, learned to perfection the art to
effect this ; and hence the ready assistance which men who were
murdering priests in Paris and throughout France and Italy, gave
to the Catholics of Ireland in '98. Was it to relieve the
Catholics of Ireland from persecution, while they themselves were
to a far more frightful extent oppressing the Catholic Church,
the Catholic priesthood. Catholic religious, and Catholic people,
for no other reason than the profession of the Catholic faith in
France and Italy ? By no means. They, at the very time, had
already corrupted Irishmen. Some of these were open Infidels
and others were Jacobite Freemasons of no particular attach-
ment to any form of Christianity. They shared in Napoleon's
indifference to religion, and were as ready to profess zeal for their
Catholic fellow countrymen, as he and his soldiers were ready
to profess " love " for the Alkoran and the Prophet in Egypt,
or for St. Januarius, in Naples. But they and their leaders
in Black Masonry knew that once they could unite even
the very best and truest Catholic men in Ireland into a
secret society on such lines as I have described, they would
soon find an entrance for Atheism into the country. They
would not be wanting in means to win recruits by degrees from
the best intentioned Catholics so bound by oaths, and so sub-
jected to hidden influences. They were adepts at proselytism,
especially amongst those who gave up liberty and will to unknown
masters. If Irishmen, few indeed, thank God, but still Irishmen
and Catholics, had lost their fliith in France at the period of the
Revolution, what could save the Irish Catholics in Ireland from
theefibrts and example of French and Irish Atheistic liberators?



60 WAR OF ANTICHRIST WITH THE CHURCH.

Catholics suffered terribly under the Protestant domination,
but they nobly kept their faith through the whole of that
dreadful period. Their condition was bad during the
penal days, but if the French obtained the mastery, even
for a decade, at the Kevolution, it would be worse, I believe,
for the Faith and liberty of Irish Catholics, than the previous
two centuries of heretical persecution. Providence, moved by
the prayers of God's Mother, of St. Patrick, and of the innumer-
able host of Irish Saints and Martyrs, no doubt, saved the
country ; and the agency of the Atheists of France was carried
to work the mischief it intended for Ireland upon other Catholic
lands. It forced its tyranny very soon upon Italy, Spain,
Portugal, Switzerland, and the Rhenish provinces of Germany.
That was bad enough, but it was not all. When the French
revolutionary armies had departed from these countries, after
the fall of Bonaparte, they left, a deadly scourge that could
not be removed, behind them. That was the system of
Atheistic organization of which we have been speaking, and
which was not slow in producing its malignant fruits.

In Catholic Italy, where the scourge of the Revolution
fell most heavily, the misfortune happened thus : The discontent
consequent upon the multitude of political parties in that
country gave the secret machinators of the Weishaupt school a
splendid opportunity of again renewing their intrigues ; while
the miserable Government of the Bourbons in France, in
permitting Freemasonry to flourish, afforded its supreme direction
an opportunity to assist them in many ways. Public opinion in
Germany was unripe for any Atheism unless veiled under the
hypocritical pretences of the Tugenbund. In Italy, however,
though religion was strong amongst all classes, the division
of the country into small principalities caused the hopes of the
revolutionists to be more sanguine than anywhere else, and the
opportunity of dealing a blow at the temporal power of the Pope
under the national pretext of a united Italy, was too great a
temptation for the Supreme Masonic Directory to resist.



KINDRED SECRET SOCIETIES IN EUROPE. 61

Besides, it could not be forgotten by them, that in making past
efforts the power of the Pope was the principal cause of tlieir
many failures. They rightly judged that the complete destruc-
tion of his temporal authority was essential to Atheism, and the
first and most necessary step to their ultimate views upon all
Christianity, and for the subjugation of the world to their sway.
The temporal power was the stronghold, the rallying point of every
legitimate authority in Europe. With a sure instinct of self-
preservation, the Schismatical Lord of Russia, the Evangelical
King of Prussia, the Protestant Governments of England,
Denmark, and Sweden, as well as the ancient legitimate
Catholic dynasties of Portugal, Austria, Bavaria, and Spain
had determined at the Congress of Vienna on the restoration of
the temporal dominions of the Pope. The Conservatives
of Europe, whether Catholic, Protestant, or Schismatic, felt that
while the States of the Church were preserved intact to the
Head of the Catholic religion, their own rights would remain
unquestioned — that to reach themselves his rights should be first
assailed. The Atheistic conspiracy, guided now by old, experienced
revolutionists, saw also that the conservatism of the world which
they had to destroy in order to dominate in its stead, could not
be undermined without first taking away the foundation of
Christian civilization upon which it rested, and which unquestion-
ably, even for Christian schismatics and heretics, was the
temporal and the spiritual authority of the Pope. Having no
idea of a divine preservation of the Christian religion, they judged
that the destruction of the temporal power would lead inevitably
to the destruction of the spiritual ; and as experience proved that
it would be useless to attempt to destroy both altogether, they
then set all their agencies at work to destroy the temporal power
first. They, therefore, determined to create and ferment to the
utmost extent a political discontent amongst the populations of
the different states into which the Italian Peninsula was divided.
Now this was a difiicult task in the face of the experience which the
Italian people had gained of the revolutions and constant political



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changes brought by the French from the first attempt of the Ee-
public to the last of tlie Empu^e. The Congress of Vienna restored
most of the ancient Italian States as well as the States of the
Chiu'ch to the legitimate rulers. Peace and prosperity beyond
what had been known for years began to reign in the Peninsula.
The people in mass were profoundly contented. They were
more Catholic than ever, notwithstanding all that the revolu-
tionary agents of France did to pervert them. But there
remained a dangerous fraction amidst the population not at all
satisfied with the change which had so much improved the nation
generally. This fraction consisted of those individuals and their
children who benefitted by the revolutionary regime. They
were the men who made themselves deputies in Rome, Naples,
and elsewhere, and by the aid of French revolutionary bayonets
seized upon Church property and became enriched by public
spoliation. These still remained revolutionary to the core.
Then, there was the interest effected by their party. And finally,
there was that uneasy class, educated by the many cheap
universities of the country in too great number, the sons of
advocates and other professional men, who, tinged with liberalism,
easily became the prey of the designing men who still remained
addicted to the principles and were leagued in the secret
organizations of Wieshaupt and his fellow Atheists. Even one
of these youths corrupted and excited to ambition by the adroit
manipulation of these emissaries of Satan, still active, though
more imperceptible than ever, would be sufiicient to kindle
a flame amongst his fellows capable of creating a wide
discontent. Aided then by such elements, already at hand for
their purposes, Wieshaupt and his hidden Directory determined
to kindle such a flame of Eevolution in Italy, as in its effects
should, before long, do more harm to religion and order, than even
the French Revolution had caused in its sanguinary but brief
career. They effected this by the formation, on the darkest
lines of " illuminated " Masonry, of the terrible sect of —



THE CARBONARI. 63

XIII.

The Carbonari.

In this sect, the whole of the hitherto recognized principles
of organized Atheism were perfected and intensified. In it, from
the commencement, a cunning hypocrisy was the means most
used as the best calculated to lead away a people Catholic to
the very core. The first of the Carbonari that we have any
distinct notice of, appeared at a season when Atheism, directed
by Wieshaupt, was busy in forming everywhere secret associations
for apparently no purpose other than political amelioration. He
determined to try upon the peasantry of Italy the same arts
which the French had intended for the Catholic peasantry of
Ireland. The United Irishmen were banded together to demand,
amongst other things, Catholic Emancipation. Never had a
people greater reason to rise against oppression than the
Catholics of Ireland of that period. They were urged on to do
so, however, by leaders who, in many instances, were not
Catholic, and who had no political grievance, and whose aim was
the formation in Ireland of an independent republic ruled, of course,
by themselves, on the model of the one which was established
then in France. That seemed to the Catholic the only way to get
out of the heretical domination which had for such a lengthened
period oppressed his country. Now, the Carbonari of Italy
were at first formed for a purpose identical with that of the
United Irishmen. 'J'hey conspired to bring back their national
independence ruined by the French, the freedom of their reli-
gion, and their rightful Bourbon sovereign. With them it was
made an indispensable obligation that each member should be
not only a Catholic, but a Catholic going regularly to the Sacra-
ments. They took for their Grand Master, Jesus Christ Our
Lord. But, as I have said before, it is impossible for a secret
society having a death penalty for breach of secret, having
ascending degrees, and bound to blind obedience to hidden masters,



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to remain any appreciable length of time without falling under the
dominion of the Supreme Directory of organized Atheism. It
was so with Carbonarism, wliich, having started on the purest
Catholic and loyal lines, soon ended in being the very worst kind
of secret society which Infidelity had then formed on the lines of
Masonry. Very soon, Italian adepts in black Masonry invaded
its ranks, the loudest in the protestation of religion and loyalty.
Equally soon, these skilled, experienced, and unscrupulous
veterans in dark intrigue obtained the mastery in its supreme
direction, won over proselytes from fit conspirators, and had the
whole association in their power. It was then easy to find
abundant pretexts to excite the passions of the rank and file, to
kindle hopes from revolution, to create political dissatisfaction,
and to make the whole body of the sect what it has actually
become. Italian genius soon outstripped the Germans in
astuteness; and as soon, perhaps sooner, than Weishaupt passed
away, the supreme government of all the secret societies of the
world was exercised by the Alta Yendita or highest lodge of
the Italian Carbonari. The Alta Vendita ruled the blackest
Freemasonry of France, Germany, and England ; and until
Mazzini wrenched the sceptre of the dark Empire from that body,
it continued with consummate ability to direct the revolutions
of Europe. It considered, with that wisdom peculiar to the
children of darkness, that the conspiracy against the Holy See
was the conspiracy in permanence. It employed its principal
intrigues against the State, the surroundings, and the very person
of the Pontifi". It had hopes, by its manipulations, to gain
eventually, even the Pope himself, to betray the Christian
cause, and then it well knew the universe would be placed at its
feet. It left unmeasured freedom to the lodges of Masonry to
carry on those revolutions of a political kind, which worked out
the problems of the sect upon France, Spain, Italy, and otlier
countries. It kept still greater movements to itself. The
permanent instruction of this body to its adepts, will give you
an idea of its power, its policy, and its principles. It says —



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PERMANENT INSTRUCTION OF THE ALTA VENDITA. 65

XIV.

Permanent Instruction of the Alta Vendita.
Ever since we have established ourselves as a body of
*' action, and that order has commenced to reign in the bosom of
" the most distant lodge, as in that one nearest the centre of
^ action, there is one thought which has profoundly occupied
"the men who aspire to universal regeneration. That is tlie
" thought of the enfranchisement of Italy , from which must one day
" come the enfranchisement of the entire world, the fraternal re-
" public, and the harmony of humanity. That thought has not yet
'' been seized upon by our brethren beyond the Alps. They believe
'^ that revolutionary Italy can only conspire in the shade, deal
" some strokes of the poinard to sbirri and traitors, and tran-
" quilly undergo the yoke of events which take place beyond
" the Alps for Italy, but without Italy. This error has been
" fatal to us on many occasions. It is not necessary to combat
" it with phrases which would be only to propagate it. It is
*•' necessary to kill it by facts. Thus, amidst the cares which have
" the privilege of agitating the minds of the most vigorous of
''' our lodges, there is one which we ought never forget.

'' The Papacy has at all times exercised a decisive action
" upon the affairs of Italy. By the hands, by the voices, by the pens,
" by the hearts of its innumerable bishops, priests, monks, nuns, and
" people in all latitudes, the Papacy finds devotedness without end
'' readyformartyrdom,and thatto enthusiasm. Everywhere, when-
'' ever it pleases to call upon them, it has friends ready to die or lose
" all for its cause. This is an immense leverage which the Popes
" alone have been able to appreciate to its full power, and as yet
" they have used it only to a certain extent. To-day there is no
" question of reconstituting for ourselves that power, the prestige
'' of which is for the moment weakened. Our final end is that of
" Voltaire and of the French Revolution, the destruction for ever
'^ of Catholicism and even of the Christian idea which, if left
'• standing on the ruins of Kome, would be the resuscitation of
" Christianity later on. But to attain more certainly that result,

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" and not prepare ourselves with gaiety of heart for reverses
*' which adjourn indefinitely, or compromise for ages, the
*' success of a good cause, we must not pay attention to
" those braggarts of Frenchmen, those cloudy Germans, those
" melancholy Englishmen, all of whom imagine they can kill
" Catholicism, now with an impure song, then with an illogical
" d(iduction ; at another time, with a sarcasm smuggled in like the
" cottons of Great Britain. Catholicism has a life much more
" tenacious than that. It has seen the most implacable, the most
" terrible adversaries ; and it has often had the malignant pleasure
'' of throwing holy water on the tombs of the most enraged. Let



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