Ars Quatuor Coronatorum; Being the Transactions of the Lodge Quatuor Coronati, No. 2076, London Volume 15
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Rev. John Wesley did not rise above the common law. Staggered though he was by the incongruity between the absurdity of the secret professedly divulged and the fidelity with which that secret had been admittedly kept, bo busied himself with finding reasons for the co-existence of these incompatibilities rather than with weighing the pretensions of the informer or tiie authenticity of the information.2 i See A.Q.C., vol. ix., p. 83, vol. xiii., p. 149. This serios of Spurious Rituals is of Continental origin, and diffors ossontially in treatmont from the series of which Prichard's Masonry Dissected may be taken as the type. Eighteen years after John Wesley had thus recorded his opinion of Freemasonry, Methedism and the Craft came again into contact in Ireland, but this time at the opposite oxtremity of the Island. In 1791, the year of Wesley's death, the Rov. Charles Graham, a zealous preacher held in high osteom by Wesloy himself, visited Mallow, and preached an open-air sermon. He chancod to take up his position beneath the windows of a room where a Lodge was wont to meet. The Brethren could not but hear tho preacher's voice. Having closed the Lodge, they lingered on, attracted by his forvour. "They grew intent on the service, and at its closo, respectfully requested the preacher to enter the Lodge-room." He, accordingly, says his biographer, with a somewhat clumsy, theugh well-intentioned, adaptation of Masonic phraseology, "Ascended the Ladder, laid Justice to the Knie, and Righteousuess to the Plummet, and Squared off at least one Living Stono for our Spiritual Building; and, by so doing, made a sure home for our Ministers in coming years, whereby a whole family becamo partakers of the Grace of Eternal...
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