Thirty Years of Research


Thirty Years of Research

    After thirty years of research into the history of masonry and
its origin, and for the last eleven years having  been fortunate to
have the library in the Memorial to  draw on for those ancient
books which are no longer available except in libraries. Yet, in
all that I have read I often feel I have only scratched the surface
of the great spider web of history. In spite of what knowledge I
have acquired I am often asked questions which I am unable to
answer without going into details which the unenlightened do not
understand.


There is an old adage, "He who would bring back the wealth of the
Indies, must take the wealth of the Indies with him."


I was once asked "What is the most difficult question I had been
asked?"


I believe the most agonizing question, is one which I have been
asked many times, it goes as follows.


A young Mason of a few years at most, will come into the Memorial
and want to go to the library for research. He will be introduced
to me, and I will ask, "What phase of Masonry are you interested
in?" he will reply, "I want to know all there is to know about
Masonry?"


I have never  been able to answer his question nor explain why I
can not hand him a book which he can read in one hour and which
will tell him all about Masonry.


To know all there is to know about Masonry you would have to read
all of the following books, which are generally accepted as being
most authentic.


It must also be remembered that these books deal only with the
History and evolution of masonry, it will give you very little in
the way of Jurisprudence or ritual of modern day masonry.


          Secret Societies of all ages and Countries   Heckethorn
          History of Ancient Egypt                      Rawlinson
          Egypt's Place in History                      Brusen
          Ancient Egyptians                             Wilkinson
          Records of the past                           Birch
          Egypt from the Earliest Times                  Birch
          The Essenes                                   Ginsburg
          The Gnostics                                  King
          The Mysteries of Free Masonry                 Fellows
          Alphabets of the seven Planets               Von Hammer
          History of Architecture                       Fergusson
          On Architecture                               Hope
          History of Art                                Lubke
          Archaeologa     (a compilation)                Zion
          Acte Latomorum                                Thory
          History of Ancennes Corporations              Onin 
Lacroix
          The Romans in Britain                         H.C.Coote
          History and development of the guilds         Brentano
          English Guilds                                Smith
          The History of Freemasonry (London ed.)       Carson
          American edition of the same                  Carson
          Masonic Sketches and Reprints                 Hughan
          Early History and Antiquities of Free Masonry Fort
          History of Free Masonry in Europe             Rebold
          History of Free Masonry                       Laurie
          History of Free Masonry                       Findel
          History of Free Masonry                       Krause
          History of Free Masonry + Concordent Orders Masonic 
History and Digest                    Mitchell
          Origin and Early History of Free Masonry      
Steinbrenner
          Masonic History + the A+A Scottish Rite       Folger
          History of the Knights Templars               Addison
          History of the Knights Templars               De Vogue
          Illustrations of  Free Masonry                Preston
          The Traditions of Free Masonry                Preston
          Land Marks of  Free Masonry                   Oliver
          Constitutions of Masonry                      Anderson
          Ahiman Rezon                                  Dermott
          Encyclopaedia of Free Masonry                 Mackey
          Royal Encyclopaedia of Free Masonry           English
          Encyclopaedia of Biblical Literature          Kitto
          Chamber's Encyclopaedia                       Chambers
          Dictionary of the Bible                       Smith
          Clark's Commentaries                          Adam 
Clark
          Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire          Gibbon
          History of Germany                            Kolrausch
          History of England                            Macauley




And this my student is only the beginning, I am certain you can
find many more books which make reference to Masonry, such as the
traveling builders with their families, referred to by Herodotus in
his Histories.

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