The History of Freemasonry in the District of Malta

The History of Freemasonry in the District of Malta

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...believe it has of late years been merely restored. The practice of the Mark begins, doubtless, in the earliest days of operative Masonry, when guilds of Tyrian workmen under Tyrian overseers built the Temple of King Solomon, and when their descendants constructed the walls and citadels and harbour of Carthage. The " Marks " of these early Masons abound in the deep buried remains of the Phoenician city, which now lie under the accumulated rubbish of more than two thousand years; they were perpetuated by the Roman occupants of the ancient site, and have descended to the operations of the Moslem conquerors, whose victorious flag has waved for ten centuries over all that remains of the cities of Hannibal and Hamilcar, of Cato and Scipio. The city gates of Tunis still bear distinctive marks familiar to every one now present. The history of Masonry in its most general sense may, I think, be truly described as operative in its birth, partly operative and partly speculative in its growth, and purely speculative in its maturity. The degree of the Mark was from the first an essential constituent of operative Masonry. It was doubtless worked from time immemorial in the operative lodges of Scotland, as well as in the semi-operative lodges of England and other countries deriving from us the origin of their Masonic systems. "The Mark degree forms an integral part of the pure and recognised Masonry of Ireland, Scotland, and the United States. In Scotland, even as early as 1598, the annals of Masonry abound in allusions to the Mark degree, and in England it was worked in many lodges meeting under one or other of the two Constitutions, as well as in others acknowledging the supremacy of the Grand Lodge at York. By the Articles of Union...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236925386
  • 9781236925381