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. This file is brought to you from the Victoria Masonic WWW BBS. http://members.home.net/ronmerk/ If you use this file for reprint, educational talks or research, pls. quote the source.
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