The Freemasons' Monthly Magazine Volume 5

The Freemasons' Monthly Magazine Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...with established Masonic law and usage. It goes further, and effectually protects the Fraternity against the readmission of unworthy members. PREREQUISITE QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES. We regret exceedingly to perceive that there is an increasing and dan gerous tendency in several of the governing and subordinate Masonic bodies in different parts of the country, to change, modify or add to, the plainest rules and most universally recognized regulations of our ancient and venerable Institution. Reform, change, improvement, we know, are the general characteristics of the age and country in which we live; and when properly directed, they may be commendable, and productive of great and salutary results. But they are not adapted to the nature and character of the Masonic Institution. That must remain " as it was in the beginning," or it must cease to exist. Any radical change would destroy it, because no such change which could be proposed, would be likely to be so acceptable as to become commensurate with its universality. Suppose that the Lodges in the non-slaving holding States should undertake to require of their candidates, as a prerequisite qualification for admission, that they will not fellowship slave holders, the Lodges in the slave holding Slates would immediately resort to a counter measure, and refuse to recognize Brethren so pledged, as Masons. To this the Lodges in the non-slave holding States could not object. But the tendency of such measures would be to destroy the unity and harmony of the Institution. Similar results must and will follow the introduction of any of the popular controverted questions of the day, whether in politics, temperance, or religion. They are all well in their place; but that place is not a Masonic Lodge. Nor...
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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236661982
  • 9781236661982