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^' us permit, then, our brethren of these countries to give themselves
" up to the sterile intemperance of their anti-Catholic zeal. Let
'' them even mock at our Madonnas and our apparent devotion.
" With this passport we can conspire at our ease, and arrive little
" by little at the end we have in view.

" Now the Papacy has been for seventeen centuries inherent
" to the history of Italy. Italy cannot breathe or move without
" the permission of the Supreme Pastor. With him she has the
** hundred arms of Briareus, without him she is condemned to a
" pitiable impotence. She has nothing but divisions to foment,
" hatreds to breakout, and hostilities to manifest themselves from
'' the highest chain of the Alps to the lowest of the A ppenines. We
" cannot desire such a state of things. It is necessary, then, to
" seek a remedy for that situation. The remedy is found. The Pope,
" whoever he may be, will never come to the secret societies. It
^' is for the secret societies to come first to the Church, in the
" resolve to conquer the two.

" The work which we have undertaken is not the work of a
" day, nor of a month, nor of a year. It may last many years, a
'' century perhaps, but in our ranks the soldier dies and the fight
" continues.

" We do not mean to win the Popes to our cause, to make
" them neophytes of our principles, and propagators of our ideas.
" That would be a ridiculous dream, no matter in what manner


'^ events may turn. Should cardinals or prelates, for example,
" enter, willingly or by surprise, in some manner, into a part of
" our secrets, it would be by no means a motive to desire their
'* elevation to the See of Peter. That elevation would destroy us.
" Ambition alone would bring them to apostasy from us. The needs
" of power would force them to immolate us. That which we ought
" to demand, that which we should seek and expect, as the Jews
" expected the Messiah, is a Pope according to our wants.
" Alexander VI., with all his private crimes, would not suit
''us, for he never erred in religious matters. Clement
" XIV., on the contrary, would suit us from head to foot.
" Borgia was a libertine, a true sensualist of the eighteenth
" century strayed into the fifteenth. He has been anathe-
" matized, notwithstanding his vices, by all the voices of
" philosophy and incredulity, and he owes that anathema to the
*' vigour with which he defended the Church. Ganganelli gave
" himself over, bound hand and foot,to the ministers of the Bourbons,
" who made him afraid, and to the incredulous who celebrated his
" tolerance, and Ganganelli is become a very great Pope. He is
"■ almost in the same condition that it is necessary for us to find
" another, if that be yet possible. With that we should march more
" surely to the attack upon the Church than with the pamphlets
*• of our brethren in France, or even with the gold of England.
* ' Do you wish to know the reason ? It is because by that we
'' should have no more need of the vinegar of Hannibal, no more
" need the powder of cannon, no more need even of our arms. We
" have the little finger of the successor of St. Peter engaged in
" the plot, and that little finger is of more value for our crusade
" than all the Innocents, the Urbans, and the St. Bernards of
" Christianity.

" We do not doubt that we shall arrive at that supreme term
" of all our efforts ; but when ? but how ? The unknown does
'' not yet manifest itself. Nevertheless, as nothing should separate
" us from the plan traced out; as, on the contrary, all things should
" tend to it,— as if success were to crown the work scarcely sketched


" out to-moiTow, — we wish in this instruction which must rest a
" secret for the simple initiated, to give to those of the Supreme-
" Lodge, councils with which they should enlighten the universality
" of the brethren, under the form of an instruction or memorandum.
" It is of special importance, and because of a discretion, the
•' motives of which are transparent, never to permit it to be felt
" that these counsels are orders emanating from the Alta Vendita.
'' The clergy is put too much in peril by it, that one can at the
" present hour permit oneself to play with it, as with one of these
'' small affairs or of these little princes upon which one need but
" blow to cause them to disappear.

" Little can be done with those old cardinals or with those
"prelates, whose character is very decided. It is necessary to
" leave them as we find them, incorrigible, in the school of
" Consalvi, and draw from our magazines of popularity or
*' unpopularity the arms which will render useful or ridiculous the
" power in their hands. A word which one can ably invent and
" which one has the art to spread amongst certain honourable
" chosen families by whose means it descends into the cafes, and
"from the cafes into the streets; a word can sometimes kill a man.
" If a prelate comes to Kome to exercise some public function from
"the depths of the provinces, know presently his character, his
" antecedents, his qualities, his defects above all things. If he is
'' in advance, a declared enemy, an Albani, a Fallotta. a Bernetti,
" a Delia Genga, a Riverola? Envelope him in all the snares
" which you can place beneath his feet ; create for him one of those
" reputations which will frighten little children and old women ;
"paint him cruel and sanguinary ; recount, regarding him, some
'' traits of cruelty which can be easily engraved in the minds of
" the people. When foreign journals shall gather for us these
" recitals, which they will embellish in their turn, (inevitably
" because of their respect for truth) show, or rather cause to be
" shown, by some respectable fool those papers where the names
" and the excesses of the personages implicated are related. As
" France and England, so Italy will never be wanting in facile


*' pens wliicli know how to employ themselves in these lies so useful
" to the good cause. With a newspaper, the language of which
" they do not understand, but in which they will see the name of
'' their delegate or judge, the people have no need of other proofs.
" They are in the infancy of liberalism ; they believe in liberals,
" as, later on, they will believe in us, not knowing very well why.
" Crush the enemy whoever he may be ; crush the powerful
" by means of lies and calumnies ; but especially crush him in the
" egg. It is to the youth we must go. It is that which we
" must seduce ; it is that which we must bring under the banner
" of the secret societies. In order to advance by steps, calculated
" but sure, in that perilous way, two things are of the first
" necessity. You ought have the air of being simple as doves, but
" you must be prudent as the serpent. Your fathers, your children,
" your wives themselves, ought always be ignorant of the secret
" which you carry in your bosoms. If it pleases you, in order the
'"' better to deceive the inquisitorial eye, to go often to confession,
" you are, as by right authorised, to preserve the most absolute
" silence regarding these things. You know that the least revela-
tion, that the slightest indication escaped from you in the
tribunal of penance, or elsewhere, can bring on great calamities,
'^ and that the sentence of death is already pronounced upon the
" revealer, whether voluntary or involuntary.

'^ Now then, in order to secure to us a Pope in the manner
" required, it is necessary to fashion for that Pope a generation
" worthy of the reign of which we dream. Leave on one side old age
and middle life, go to the youth, and, if possible, even to infancy.
' Never speak in their presence a word of impiety or impurity.
Maxima dehetur jpuero reverentia. Never forget these words of
'' the poet for they will preserve you from licences which it is
" absolutely essential to guard against for the good of the cause.
"In order to reap profit at the home of each family, in order to
" give yourself the right of asylum at the domestic hearth, you
'' ought to present yourself with all the appearance of a man
" grave and moral. Once your reputation is established in the





" colleges, in the gymnasiuras, in the universities, and in the
"seminaries — once that you shall have captivated the confidence of
" professors and students, so act that those who are principally
" engaged in the ecclesiastical state should love to seek your
" conversation. Nourish their souls with the splendours of ancient
" Papal Rome. There is always at the bottom of the Italian
" heart a regret for Republican Rome. Excite, enkindle those
•' natures so full of warmth and of patriotic fire. Ofi'er them at
" first, but always in secret, inoffensive books, poetry resplendent
" with national emphasis ; then little by little you will bring your
•' disciples to the degree of cooking desired. When upon all the
" points of the ecclesiastical state at once, this daily work shall
" have spread our ideas as the light, then you will be able to
" appreciate the wisdom of the counsel in which we take the
" initiative.

" Events, which in our opinion, precipitate themselves too
" rapidly, go necessarily in a few months' time to bring on an
" intervention of Austria. There are fools who in the lightness of
" their hearts please themselves in casting others into the midst
*' of perils, and, meanwhile, there are fools who at a given hour
*•' drag on even wise men. The revolution which they meditate in
" Italy will only end in misfortunes and persecutions. Nothing is
" ripe, neither the men nor the things, and nothing shall be for a
" long time yet ; but from these evils you can easily draw one new
" chord, and cause it to vibrate in the hearts of the young
" clergy. That is the hatred of the stranger. Cause the German
'Ho become ridiculous and odious even before his foreseen entry.
" With the idea of the Pontifical supremacy, mix always the old
" memories of the wars of the priesthood and the Empire.
*' Awaken the smouldering passions of the Guelphs and the
" Ghibellines, and thus you will obtain for yourselves the
'^ reputation of good Catholics and pure patriots.

" That reputation will open the way for our doctrines to pass
" to the bosoms of the young clergy, and go even to the depths of
" convents. In a few years the young clergy will have, by the


" force of events, invaded all the functions. They "will govern,
'' administer, and judge. They will form the council of the
"Sovereign. They will be called upon to choose the Pontiff
" who will reign ; and that Pontiff, like the greater part of his
"contemporaries, will be necessarily imbued with the Italian and
"humanitarian principles which we are about to put in circula-
" tion. It is a little grain of mustard which we place in the
" earth, but the sun of justice will develop it even to be a great
" power ; and you will see one day what a rich harvest that
" little seed will produce.

"In the way which we trace for our brethren there are
"found great obstacles to conquer, difficulties of more than one
" kind to surmount. They will be overcome by experience and
" by perspicacity ; but the end is beautiful. What does it matter
" to put all the sails to the wind in order to attain it. You
"wish to revolutionize Italy? Seek out the Pope of whom we
" give the portrait. You wish to establish the reign of the elect
" upon the throne of the prostitute of Babylon ? Let the clergy
'' march under your banner in the belief always that they march
" under the banner of the Apostolic Keys. You wish to cause the
'' last vestige of tyranny and of oppression to disappear ? Lay
"your nets like Simon Barjona. Lay them in the depths of
" sacristies, seminaries, and convents, rather than in the depths of
"the sea, and if you will precipitate nothing you will give
" yourself a draught of fishes more miraculous than his. The
" fisher of fishes will become a fisher of men. You will bring your-
" selves as friends around the Apostolic Chair. You will have
"fished up a Revolution in Tiara and Cope, marching with Cross
"and banner — a Revolution which it will need but to be
"spurred on a little to put the four quarters of the world
" on fire.

" Let each act of your life tend then to discover the Philo-
" sopher's Stone. The alchemists of the middle ages lost their
" time and the gold of their dupes in the quest of this dream.
" That of the secret societies will be accomplished for the most


''simple of reasons, because it is based on the passions of man.
" Let us not be discouraged then by a check, a reverse, or a
" defeat. Let us prepare our arms in the silence of the lodges,
*' dress our batteries, flatter all passions the most evil and the
" most generous, and all lead us to think that our plans will
" succeed one day above even our most improbable calculations."
This document reveals the whole line of action followed since
by the Italian Revolutionists. It gives also a fair insight into
tactics with which other European countries have been made
familiar by Freemasonry generally. But we are in posses-
sion of what appears to me a still more striking document,
written for the benefit of the Piedmontese lodges of Carbonari,
by one of the Alta Vendita, whose pseudonym was Piccolo
Tigre — Little Tiger. I may here mention that the custom of
taking these fanciful appellations has been common to the secret
societies from the very beginning. Arouet became Voltaire,
the notorious Baron Kuigg was called Philo, Baron Dittfort
was called Minos, and so of the principal chiefs of the dark
Atheistic conspiracy then and since. The first leader or grand
chief of the Alta Vendita was a corrupt Italian nobleman who
took the name of NuUus. From such documents as he, before
his death, managed, in revenge for being sacrificed by the party
of Mazzini, as we shall see, to have communicated to the
authorities of Eome ; or which were found by the vigilance of
the Roman detective police ; we find that his funds, and the
funds for carrying on the deep and dark conspiracy in which he
and his confederates were engaged, came chiefly from rich German
Jews. Jews, in fact, from the commencement, played always a
prominent part in the conspiracies of Atheism. They do so still.
Piccolo Tigre, who seems to have been the most active agent of
JSfuhius, was a Jew. He travelled under the appearance of aif
itinerant banker and jeweller. This character of money-lender .
or usurer disarmed suspicion regarding himself and such ot
his confederates as he had occasion to call upon in his peregrina-
tions. Of course he had the protection of the Masonic body


everywhere. The most desperate revolutionists were generally
the most desperate scoundrels otherwise. They were gamblers,
spendthrifts, and the very class with which an usurious Jew
would be expected to have money dealings. Piccolo Tigre thus
travelled safely ; and brought safely to the superior lodges of the
Carbonari, such instruci:ions as the Alta Yendita thought
proper to give. In the document referred to, which I shall now
read for you, it will be seen how anxious the Secret Directory
were to make use of the most common form of Masonry not-
withstanding the contempt they had for the hons vivants who
only learned from the craft how to become drunkards and
liberals. Beyond the Masons, and unknown to them, thougli
formed generally from them, lay the deadly secret conclave
which, nevertheless, used and directed them for the ruin of
the world and of their own selves. The following is a translation
of the document 1 speak of, called" an instruction," and addressed
by Piccolo Tigre to the Piedmontese lodges of the Carbonari : —


Letter or Piccolo Tigre, &c.

'^ In the impossibility in which our brothers and friends
''find themselves, to say, as yet, their last word, it has been
"judged good and useful to propagate the light everywhere, and
" to set in motion all that which aspires to move. For this
" reason we do not cease to recommend to you, to affiliate
"persons of every class to every manner of association, no
" matter of what kind, only provided that mystery and secrecy
" shoidd he the dominant characteristics. All Italy is covered
"with religious confraternities, and with penitents of divers
" colours. Do not fear to slip in some of your people into the
" very midst of these flocks, led as they are by a stupid devotion.
"Let our agents study with care the persoymel of these confra-
" ternity men, and they will see that little by little, they will
" not be wanting in a harvest. Under a pretext the most futile,
" but never political or religious, create by yourselves, or,


" better yet, cause to be created by others, associations, having
"commerce, industry, music, the fine arts, etc., for object.^
" Reunite in one place or another, — in the sacristies or chapels
" even, — these tribes of yours as yet ignorant : put them under
" the pastoral staff of some virtuous priest, well known, but
'' credulous and easy to be deceived. Then infiltrate the poison
" into those chosen hearts ; infiltrate it in little doses, and, as if
" by chance. Afterwards, upon reflection, you will yourselves be
" astonished at your success.

" The essential thing is to isolate a man from his family, to
"■ cause him to lose his morals. He is sufficiently disposed by
" the bent of his character to flee from household cares, and to
" run after easy pleasures and forbidden joys. He loves the
" long conversations of the cafe and the idleness of shows.
" Lead him along, sustain him, give him an importance
*' of some kind or other ; discreetly teach him to grow weary of
" his daily labours, and by this management, after having
" separated him from his wife and from his children, and after
" having shown him how painful are all his duties, you will then
" excite in him the desire of another existence. Man is a born
" rebel. Stir up the desire of rebellion until it becomes a con-
'^ flagration, but in such a manner that the conflagration may
" not break out. This is a preparation for the grand work that
*' you should commence. When you shall have insinuated into
"a few souls disgust for family and for religion (the one

^ Mazzini, after exhorting his followers to attract as many of the higher classes
as possible to the secret plotting, which has resulted in united Italy, and is meant
to result in republican Italy as a prelude to republican Europe, says, " Associate,
associate. All is contained in that word. The secret societies can give an
irresistible force to the party who are able to invoke them. Do not fear to see
them divided. The more they are divided the better it will be. All of them
advance to the same end by different paths. The secret will be often imveiled.
So much the better. The secret is necessary to give security to members, but a
certain transparency is necessary to strike fear into those wishing to remain
stationary. When a great number of associates who receive the word of command
to scatter an idea abroad and make it public opinion, can concert even for a
moment they will find the old edifice pierced in all its parts, and falling, as if by
a miracle, at the least breath of progress. They will themselves be astonished to
see kings, lords, men of capital, priests, and all those who form the carcass of the
old social edifice, fly before the sole power of public opinion. Courage, then, and


'* nearly always follows in the wake of the otherj, let fall some
" words from you, which will provoke the desire of being affiliated
" to the nearest lodge. That vanity of the citizen or the burgess,
'•'to be enfeodated to Freemasonry, is something so common
'^ and so universal that it always makes me wonder at human
" stupidity. I begin to be astonished at not seeing the entire
" world knock at the gates of all the Venerables, and demand from
" these gentlemen the honour to be one of the workmen chosen
'' for the reconstruction of the temple of Solomon. The prestige
'' of the unknown exercises upon men a certain kind of power,
" that they prepare themselves with trembling for the phantas-
" magoric trials of the initiation and of the fraternal banquet.

" To find oneself a member of a lodge, to feel oneself called
'^upon to guard from wife and children, a secret which is never
" confided to you, is for certain natures a pleasure and an am-
'' bition. The lodges, to-day, can well create gourmands, they
" will never bring forth citizens. There is too much dining
" amongst the right worshipful and right reverend brethren of all
" the Ancients. But they form a place of depot, a kind of stud
" (breeding ground), a centre through which it is necessary to
* ' pass before coming to us. The lodges form but a relative evil,
" an evil tempered by a false philanthropy, and by songs yet
"more false as in France. All that is too pastoral and too
''gastronomic ; but it is an object which it is necessary to en-
" courage without ceasing. In teaching a man to raise his glass
" to his lips you become possessed of his intelligence and of his
" liberty, you dispose of him, turn him round about, and study
''him. You divine his inclinations, his affections, and his
*' tendencies ; then, when he is ripe for us, we direct him to the
" secret society of which Freemasonry can be no more than the
" antechamber.

" The Alta Vendita desires, that under one pretence or
" another, as many princes and wealthy persons as possible
" should be introduced into the Masonic lodges. Princes of a
" sovereign house, and those who have not the legitimate hope


" of being kings by the grace of God, all wish to be kings by the
" grace of a Kevolution. The Duke of Orleans is a Freemason,
" the Prince of Carignan was one also. There are not wanting
'' in Italy and elsewhere, those amongst them, who aspire to the
" modest-enough honours of the symbolic apron and trowel.
" Others of them are disinherited and proscribed. Flatter all of
" their number who are ambitious of popularity ; monopolize
"them for Freemasonry. The Alta Yendita will afterwards see
" what it can do to utilize them in the cause of progress.
" A prince who has not a kingdom to expect, is a good for-
" tune for us. There are many of them in that plight. Make
"Freemasons of them. The lodge will conduct them to Car-
" bonarism. A day will come, perhaps, when the Alta Vendita
" will deign to affiliate them. While awaiting they will serve as
" birdlime for the imbeciles, the intriguing, the bourgeoisie, and
" the needy. These poor princes will serve our ends, while
" thinking to labour only for their own. They form a magnificent
" sign board, and there are always fools enough to be found, who
'-^are ready to compromise themselves in the service of a
" conspiracy, of which some prince or other seems to be the
" ringleader.

" Once that a man, that a prince, that a prince especially,
" shall have commenced to grow corrupt, be persuaded that he
" will hardly rest upon the declivity. There is little morality
" even amongst the most moral of the world, and one goes fast
" in the way of that progress. Do not then be dismayed to see
" the lodges flourish, while Carbonarism recruits itself with
' difficulty. It is upon the lodges that we count to double our
" ranks. They form, without knowing it, our preparatory
" novitiate. They discourse without end upon the dangers of
" fanaticism, upon the happiness of social equality, and upon
*'the grand principles of religious liberty. They launch amidst
" their feastings thundering anathemas against intolerance
" and persecution. This is positively more than we require to
" make adepts. A man imbued with these fine things is not



" very far from us. There is nothing more requn-ed than to
" enlist liira. The Law of social progress is there, and all there.
" You need not take the trouble to seek it elsewhere. In the
" present circumstances never lift the mask. Content yourselves
" to prowl about the Catholic sheepfold, but as good wolves
"seize in the passage the first lamb who oifers himself in the
" desired conditions. The burgess has much of that which is
'^ good for us, the prince still more. For all that, these lambs

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