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Q. Of what tribe are you.
R.I. M. W, It is the same as the inscription over the cross. It is the word which your zeal will render invincible, and which will be by you perpetuated till time shall be no more. Advance and receive the reward due to your merit. (Noodle advances and kneels.) In virtue of the power that I have received from the metropolitan lodge of Harodim, and in the presence of this august assembly of Knights, my brothers and my equals, I admit, receive and constitute you, at present and for ever, a Knight Prince of the eagle and of the Pelican, Perfect Mason, Free of Harodim, under the title of sovereign of the Rosy Cross; by which you enjoy the titles and prerogatives of prince perfect mason, unto the sixth degree of Knight of the Rosy Cross, without being in need of our particular authority; our only reservation being that of the degree you have now received.
Noodle rises, is invested with the crimson sash and jewel, and is entrusted with the sign word and grip.
By the three theological virtues,
A. Cross hands and arms and look to the east. The grip is made by mutually placing the hands on each shoulder, that the arms may cross each other. The one says par vobis the other holy ends.
Q. Have you any knowledge of the Pelican.
A. To nourish its young with its blood and thereby to shew, that Christ our redeemer so loved his young and old people, as to save them from death, by the shedding of his blood for your sins and mine.
Q. What is the aim of the Roscrucians.
A. To respect the decrees of the most high, to render homage to the deity.
M. W. It is our duty. as men, to be so, more particularly as masons, to bend the knee before him who gave us being. Master of the Ceremonies, what is the hour of the day?
M.C. The last hour of the day.
M. W. Since it is so, recollect our situations as Knights of the Rosy Cross and retire in peace.
The M. W. strikes seven and the whole chapter give the sign and say oyer, the sovereign chapter is closed,
Third Point. This point is never held, except after the second, and then only four times a year. When it is held, the preceeding point is not closed for it. A side board is prepared. This is covered with a table cloth, and on it are placed as many pieces of bread as there are Knights, and a goblet of wine. The paper with the sacred initials upon it is deposited upon the altar. Every Knight has a white wand in his hand. The M. W. strikes his upon the earth thrice and declares, that the chapter is resumed. Then he leads seven times'round the apartment and is followed by all present. Each stopping in the front of the transparency, to make the sign. At the last round, each Knight partakes of the bread; and still preserving the form of a circle, the M. W. takes the Goblet drinks out of it and passes it round. When it comes to him again, he paces it upon the altar, and the Knights give each other the Grip. The paper, with the sacred word upon it, is put into the empty goblet and burnt. The Knights make the sign and the most wise says
CONSUMMATUM EST. I also say consummatum est, my Royal Grand Master and encourager of all this folly, and heartily do I rejoice, that my task of exposing free masonry is ended. I have positively sickened over some of the last degrees, fancied myself indisposed, and have debated with myself as to the propriety of making short work of it. But the organ of perseverance bas triumphed, denounced the dishonesty of a shufile, and proclaimed irresistibly REDEEM YOUR FLEDGE. I have redeemed my pledge. I have published every atom of knowledge, that I could get about Freemasonry; and, to do this well, I have had the assistance of some first rate masons. I am of opinion, by wbat I can see of such documents, as have before been written or printed upon the subject, that such a chain of revelation, as bas been linked together in " The Republican,” never before existed. To me, it has been a most disagreeable task; for I have gone through it under a passion of disgust, at the idea that men should so waste their time and their meads. I bave also
been assured, that it would be disgusting to all my old readers; and I hardly know as yet, what sacrifice I have made upon this head; for, though it has brought me a vast uumber of new readers, it must bave thrown off some of the old ones. If I expose the other private associations, I shall do it in a very brief manner and not detail all their nonsense; for any thing but folly and nonsense is not carried on in secret. My old readers, I would call back and wish them to see the importance of this exposure of folly and nonsense. It must have masonified hundreds of young masons; and the old ones are known to follow the trick for the gain of guzzle, suppers, &c. Great good has arisen and will arise from the exposure. In the ensuing session of parliament, 1 shall condense the penal parts of the oaths and call upon the legislature to put down such associations, as others less immoral have been legislatively put down. It is nothing, that you and your royal brothers are its patrons; the disgrace and mischief is the greater, and the legislature will be vile indeed, that sbrinks from the task, after what has been done with other associations.
In taking my leave of your knighthood, I have but little to do in the way of summing up. It is my purpose to write a general charge to freemasons, and to dedicate this volume to their Grand Patron; but I shall wait a few weeks until I see what is the real character of the other private associations. I have a description of Druidism and of the Odd Fellows Association neither of which have 1 yet found time to read. A worthy female bas made her husband divulge the last for the public information. What I mostly desire now is, the private ceremony among the orangemen. I must not ask the Deputy Grand Master, Colonel Fairman for this; though he is shewing me a great deal of fair play, in his sunday paper "The Palladium;" and is the only editor of a paper who has said --“HERE YOU SHALL FIND A VEHICLE FOR YOUR DEFENCE." If he perseveres in the spirit of free discussion, as he has begun, I shall call upon all my friends to support and encourage even this avowed Orangeman's Newspaper. The principles of the Editor of a paper are as nothing, if he will but suppart free discussion on all subjects. The Palladium has so far done this better than any paper that I have before seen. Good bye, my Royal Grand Master of Freemasons and remember the revelation of
TO MR. R. CARLILE, DORCHESTER GAOL,
Bristol, Sept. 26th, 1825. I hope, Sir, it will not be long, before you turn yogr attention to its immorality, and expose the wiles and crafts of dealers in " Promises to pay," on whom, any one calls for cash, he is informed, that the key of the till is lost, and, gathering strength from their numbers, boldly say, they do not pretend to pay in Gold.
The case of the Young Ladies who bave just emerged from the King's Bench Prison ought to be made as public as the Sun at noon-day; and the name of the Bank-shop wbich was the cause of it. No Father of a Family or Guardian ought for a moment to lose sight of it.
Any Father or Guardian, who hereafter trusts any property in the hands of such Fellows, as Companies of Bankers, ought not, I say, to receive the smallest commisseration public or private.
Wben was it, that whole Families were ruined by taking bad sovereigns or guineas? When was it that the people, for miles round a place, even where coiners bad been at work, were in such a distressed state, that it was like unto having a dead body in every third house?
Wbere are those brawlers for religion and humanity, that they do not raise their voices against a system, so vile, that it stands without parallel in the annals of history? a system which causes so much slaughtering of human beings for forgery; a system which has filled our Towns with women of easy virtue, our Goals with criminals of every description, and our poor-bouses with men of a less courageous stamp, who bave sunk iato poverty and contempt, by means pot of their own creating.
Again, I ask, why is it that those Brawlers do not attempt to arrest the progress of such a shocking state of things? can only account for it by supposing them to be the hidden instruments of a system which engenders such alarming
abuses. Is it possible to be thought, that, that Thrice Hono rable House, onder any other state of things, would have have bad the power to give away six thousaud pounds a year to be paid out of the hard earnings of the labouring poor to support an INFANT Duke, whilst the infants of those same labourers are in a state of complete starvation. It is not possible for it to be, with nothing but a mettalie currency amongst us.
Those swindling things called notes create and keep up for a time the state of things that is ; the proprietors of which are for the most part without one farthing to lose, while their more industrious neighbours are from existing circumstauces, compelled to give circulation to the rags which, in a moment, sweeps away the accumulation of years of toit.
If rought but Gold existed among us, could those gall bladders of society, the clergy, huntout the baunts of wretchedness and poverty and snatch from misery its last morsel ? In a word, could tithes be paid at all ?
The wickedness of this system is so apparent, that I hope your early attention will be given to it. It is as much in your line as rooting out the false systems of Theology. Circumstances at present prevent my name appearing ; but, be assured, that I remain your well wisher and feel myself bound to promote the interests of one who has so courage. ously gone through the fiery ordeal for the sake of truth. i
A WELL WISHER
TO MR. RICHARD CARLILE DORCHESTER GAOL.
Bradford, October 5, 1825. In number 13, of the present volume of the Republican, I noticed a letter from a correspondent, a foreigner, who sigos himself F.A.C., and who thinks that the four cbapters from “ Le Bon Sens," which he has sent you,“ will perbaps contribute to enlighten Mr. Heineken's mind, if he will but pay attention to them." It seems to me that your correspon.