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not a secret master. The body was also privately embalmed and some time after removed to another apartment, separated from the temple were the King held the chapter. The heart of that great man, after being exposed nine days, on the third step of the sanctum sanctorum, and having received the homage of the brethren who knelt on the first step, was then shut up in the urn and fixed on the top of the obelisk, with a sword pierced through it, implying, that such an atrocious deed cried out aloud for public vengeance.
Q. What instructions have you received from the different degrees through which you have passed?
A. By them, I have learned to regulate my morals, to cleanse my heart from all stain, in order to qualify myself for the high desire of perfection, at which I hope some day to arrive.
Q. What does the square stone in the middle of the circle mean?
A. It teaches us, that the foundation of our building must be laid on a living rock, of which we are originally formed.
Q. For what are the circles?
A. They are an emblem of the divinity which hath neither beginning nor end.
Q. What do they altogether represent?
A. The creation of the universe, which was accomplished by the will of God and the power which he gave to the primitive • qualities.
Q. What do you mean by primitive qualities? A. I mean heat, cold. and moisture, from the combination of which the four elements sprung.
Q. How came they to be mentioned here? A. In order to remind us, that God is every where, and, that without the divine influence, no solid building can be raised.
Q. What does the letter I, in the middle of the square stone, signify? A. It is the initial letter of the Perfect Master's word. Q. will you pronounce it? A. Jave. Q. What does it mean?
A. It is the name, by which I know the grand architect of the universe.
Q, How have you been received Perfect Master ?
A, In memory, that I have consented that my heart should be plucked out.
Q. Why had you a-rope round your neck ?
A. To teach me that by this humbling power, I must not pride myself in the progress which I make in Masonry and virtue.
Q. How many signs have you ?
A. One by five,
A, To call to my memory the degrees through which I have passed.
Q. How many tokens have you?
A, The four rounds about the temple, and the fifth, the sign o. admiration,
Q. What does the tomb represent, which you perceived when you entered the lodge?
A. The burial of our respectable Master Abiff in the valley, Q. Why is it placed at the north part of the sanctuary?
A. To teach us, that a man must divest himself of all worldly care, to be qualified to enter the sanctum sanctorum.
Q. What is the meaning of the rope that comes from the coffin in the north goes by the obelisk in the south, and binds the two columns together which are fixed crossways.
A. It represents the rope which the brethren made to draw up the body and afterwards to let down the coffin. That rope was made of green and white.
Q. Does it signify any thing else?
A. It further signifies, -that we have broken through the dark iness of sin.
Q. What have you done in entering the lodge ?
A. I came to the altar, working as an Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master, to cross the two columns.
Q. Why so ?
A. To remind me, that it was by the means of having passed through those degrees, that I have obtained the honour of being made a Perfect Master.
Q. Is there no mystery couched under this explanation ?
A. It teaches us that we cannot arrive at the sanctum sanctorum, by any other method, than by a purity of morals, a rectitude of intention and secresy, which are to be learnt in the first degree.
Q. Why did you enter the sanctum sanctorum by the side A. That I might learn by it to avoid the common way of mankind.
Q. What is your colour?
A. To imprint on my mind, that being dead to sin, I expect to gain new life by the practice of virtue, and to make a progress by these means in the sublime science, which I hope some day to be acquainted with, by arriving at the highest degree.
Q. Who can communicate them to you?
Q. What do the two pyramids on your draft represent, one being in the south and the other in the north, and what signify the figures on them.
A. The two pyramids represent Egypt, where the sciences were much cultivated, and whence some had their origin. On the south pyramid is drawn the meteor which guided the master, in search of the body of Hiram Abiff: and on the north pyramid, the Perfect Master Mason's Jewel is represented.
Q. What does the Perfect Master Mason's Jewel signify?
A. It puts us in mind, that, as Perfect Masters, we should act according to the strict rules of propriety, caution and attention, in the whole tenour of our proceedings through life.
Q. What was the name of the Master of the apprentices.
A. His name was Boaz, and to him Solomon did the honour of calling the column on the left side of the Temple after hiin.
Q. Who was the master of the Fellow Craft?
A. His name was Jachin, a man much esteemed and respected by Solomon, who did him the honour of calling the right hand pillar after his name, and at which place he paid the Crafts their wages.
Q. What was the name of the Master of the Masters?
A. His name was Mahabone or Macbenach, a very virtuous man, held in the highest esteem by Solomon, and one of the first intendants of his building, He was also the intimate friend of Hiram Abiff, which induced Solomon to send him in search of the body of his deceased friend, when every former attempt to find it had proved ineffectual. Solomon ordered him to go and requested three things of him: first, that he should bring back that respectable man's jewel ; second, that he should bring with him that ever to be lamented man dead or alive; and third, that he should discover the perpetrators of that horrid deed.
Q. Did Macbenach comply with these three orders.
A. With fifteen others, who were chosen to attend him on this search, he first went to the Temple, where, seeing the blood that had been spilt in many parts, he traced it to a well in the north part of the temple, whence he concluded, that Hiram Abiff had been killed and thrown into this well. Thus prompted, and further encouraged by a luminous meteor which stood over the well, he determined to have it drawn dry. This being done, he went down into it, found not the body but found the master's jewel. It appears, that Hiram Abiff, when attacked by the ruffians, must have plucked off this Jewel and thrown it into the well near the great staircase, rather than it should fall into the hands of such villains. Macbenach blessed heaven and jointly with his companions offered up a prayer of thanksgiving for their signal success. After this they went on, in order to comply with the other parts of their instructions. They had the meteor still for their guide, when they ped at a small hill between Lydria and Joppa to rest awhile, and then it was, that Brother Stolkin found the body of the respectable Hiram Abiff as is related in the third degree.
Form of closing the lodge.
s. Thrice Puissant, Illustrious, Respectable, and Worshipful Adoniram, it is five o'clock.
T.P.J. R. W. M. Since it is five o'clock, and the work is ended, it is time to refresh ourselves, so give notice that I am going to close this lodge.
S. Take notice brethren, that this lodge is about to be closed. Adoniram Stolkin, a brother in the south and another in the north each knock four times. They all make the sign of admiration and consternation at the tomb, and Adoniram pronounces the lodge closed.
(To be continued.)
TO MR. RICHARD CARLILE DORCHESTER GAOL.
7, George Sreet, Hammersmith, SIR,
Aug. 8, 1825. As an antidote to the Death bed lies of Fanatics, perhaps, you will publish the epitaph, I herewith send, for a disciple of Mirabeau and Godwin. With verbal alterations, it will do for any other, and make a little variety, if not improvement, in Church-yard Lyrics. As I wholly differed from him in politics, I barely do the justice impartiality requires of me. He was a gardener, and maintained his opinions with firmness, mildness, and moderation, in defiance of every obstacle that his circumstances, the slanders of his acquaintance, or the arrogance of his employers could raise. He was a most determined enemy to violence of every kind; and never rudely forced his opinions on any man; but would give up the most lucrative employment rather than abandon an iota of his principles. This, I now think, having dearly bought experience by similar conduct, more to the honour of his heart than his head. Chesterfield was a rascal, who has done a vast deal of mischief with foolish rogues, but he was more of a Philosopher than philosophers generally admit; and I often say to Mr. Christopher, "Time will shew who can do most good, Pedants or Politicians,"
The subject of this letter was most scrupulously honest, which seems to be rather inconsistent in a. Champion of community of goods: be it so, or not, it gives the lie to the assertion, that religion is necessary to morality; for he was perfectly moral in every respect, and far superior to his station in life, which his valuable and well selected collection of Books indicated. CAN YOU BE DOING HARM IN CONVERTING DRUNKEN CHRISTIAN BRUTES
AND UNWASHED ARTIZANS INTO PHILOSOPHERS AND, MANNERS MAKE THE MAN, INTO GENTLEMEN, AND THAT TOO, WITHOUT AT ALL INCAPACITATING THEM FOR THAT LABOUR TO WHICH THEIR FATE DOOMS THEM? The question is not work, or no work, as Cobbett, the politic_literary ruffian, who loves contention for contention's sake, but loves it better for pay, says, that Labourer is best educated, who knows best how to dig, but the question is, SHALL WORKMEN BE DRUNKEN BRUTES OR PEASONABLE BEINGS.
For many months this “ horrible wretch, who believed in neither God nor Devil,” suffered severely, with the greatest fortitude, from a disease he knew to be incurable ; but his mind never wavered, even when his wife told him his sufferings must soon end, as the medical men said there was no hope. She said to him, “ White, if you fail, (alluding to his opinions) I shall never more put trust in any man, or any thing.” So much as she had heard of the terrible deaths of Infidels, she might well fear for him, and for herself, his pupil. But her fears were vain; he set her an example she can never forget. He was a Philosopher to the last, settling his affairs and reading a Newspaper, until his eyes failed a few hours before his death, and even then was filled with the milk of human kindness and mildness that marked his life. I remain, Sir, Your obedient Servant,
R. T. WEBB. Here the body of William White, deprived of the principle of Vitality, peacefully.
Enters into new union with surrounding matter,
May fate thy elements combine,
And all the good you wished prevail ! As a slight tribute of respect for his worth, and to rescue his memory from the unmerited censure which the Viper-tongued Hag, Intolerance, unsparingly pours on all who see not with her carnage-dimmed eyes, this Epitaph was written by R. T. Webb, and inscribed by his sorrowing widow and a few friends of congenial Sentiments.