Masonry Dissected

Samuel Prichard

Late Member of a Constituted Lodge


Being a Universal and Genuine Description of all its Branches from the Original to this Present Time. As it is deliver’d in the Constituted Regular Lodges Both in City and Country, According to the Several Degrees of Admission. Giving an Impartial Account of their Regular Proceeding in Initiating their New Members in the whole Three Degrees of Masonry. viz.



Enter'd ’Prentice's Degree

Q. From whence came you?

A. From the Holy Lodge of St. John's

Q. What Recommendations brought you from thence?

A. The Recommendations which I brought from the Right Worshipful Brothers and Fellows of the Right Worshipful and Holy Lodge of St. John's, from whence I came, and Greet you thrice heartily well.

Q. What do you come here to do?

A. Not to do my own proper Will,
 But to subdue my Passion still;
 The Rules of Masonry in hand to take,
 And daily Progress therein make.

Q. Are you a Mason?

A. I am so taken and Accepted to be among Brothers and Fellows.

Q. How shall I know that you are a Mason?

A. By Signs and Tokens and perfect Points of my Entrance.

Q. What are Signs?

A. All Squares, Angles and Perpendiculars.

Q. What are Tokens?

A. Certain Regular and Brotherly Gripes.

Exam. Give me the Points of your Entrance.

Resp. Give me the first and I'll give you the second.

Exam. I Hail it.

Resp. I Conceal it.

Exam. What do you Conceal?

Resp. All Secrets and Secrecy of Masons and Masonry, unless to a True and Lawful Brother after due Examination, or in a just and worshipful Lodge of Brothers and Fellows well met.

Q. Where was you made a Mason?

A. In a just and Perfect Lodge.

Q. What makes a just and Perfect Lodge?

A. Seven or more.

Q. What do they consist of?

A. One Master, two Wardens, two Fellow-Crafts and two Enter'd ’Prentices.

Q. What makes a Lodge?

A. Five.

Q. What do they consist of?

A. One Master, two Wardens, one Fellow-Craft, one Enter'd ’Prentice.

Q. Who brought you to the Lodge?

A. An Enter'd ’Prentice.

Q. How did he bring you?

A. Neither naked nor cloathed, bare-foot nor shod, deprived of all Metal and in a right moving Posture.

Q. How got you Admittance?

A. By three great Knocks.

Q. Who receiv’d you?

A. A Junior Warden.

Q. How did he dispose of you?

A. He carried me up to the North-East Part of the Lodge, and brought me back again to the West and deliver'd me to the Senior Warden.

Q. What did the Senior Warden do with you?

A. He presented me, and shew'd me how to walk up (by three Steps) to the Master.

Q. What did the Master do with you?

A. He made me a Mason.

Q. How did he make you a Mason?

A. With my bare-bended Knee and Body within the Square, the Compass extended to my naked Left Breast, my naked Right Hand on the Holy Bible; there I took the Obligation (or Oath) of a Mason.

Q. Can you repeat that Obligation.

A. I’ll do my Endeavour. (Which is as follows.)

I Hereby solemnly Vow and Swear in the Presence of Almighty God and this Right Worshipful Assembly, that I will Hail and Conceal, and never Reveal the Secrets or Secrecy of Masons or Masonry, that shall be Revealed unto me; unless to a True and Lawful Brother, after due Examination, or in a Just and Worshipful Lodge of Brothers and Fellows well met.

I furthermore Promise and Vow, that I will not Write them, Print them, Mark them, Carve them or Engrave them, or cause them to be Written, Printed, Marked, Carved or Engraved on Wood or Stone, so as the Visible Character or Impression of a Letter may appear, whereby it may be unlawfully obtain’d.

All this under no less Penalty than to have my throat cut, my Tongue taken from the Roof of my Mouth, my Heart pluck’d from under my Left Breast, them to be buried in the Sands of the Sea, the Length of a Cable-rope from Shore, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in 24 Hours, my Body to be burnt to ashes, my Ashes to be scatter’d upon the Face of the Earth, so that there shall be no more Remembrance of me among Masons.

So help me God.

Q. What Form is the Lodge?

A. A long Square.

Q. How long?

A. From East to West.

Q. How broad?

A. From North to South.

Q. How high?

A. Inches, Feet and Yards innumerable, as high as the Heavens.

Q. How deep?

A. To the Centre of the Earth.

Q. Where does the Lodge stand?

A. Upon Holy Ground, or the highest Hill or lowest Vale, or in the Vale of Jehosaphat, or any other secret Place.

Q. How is it situated?

A. Due East and West.

Q. Why so?

A. Because all Churches and Chapels are or ought to be so.

Q. What supports a Lodge?

A. Three great Pillars.

Q. What are they called?

A. Wisdom, Strength and Beauty.

Q. Why so?

A. Wisdom to contrive, Strength to support, and Beauty to adorn.

Q. What Covering have you to the Lodge?

A. A clouded Canopy of divers Colours (or the Clouds.)

Q. Have you any Furniture in your Lodge?

A. Yes.

Q. What is it?

A. Mosaick Pavement, Blazing Star and Indented Tarsel.

Q. What are they?

A. Mosaick Pavement, the Ground Floor of the Lodge, Blazing Star the Centre, and Indented Tarsel the Border round about it.

Q. What is the other Furniture of a Lodge?

A. Bible, Compass and Square.

Q. Who do they properly belong to?

A. Bible to God, Compass to the Master, and Square to the Fellow-Craft.

Q. Have you any jewels in the Lodge?

A. Yes.

Q. How many?

A. Six. Three Moveable, and three Immoveable.

Q. What are the Moveable Jewels?

A. Square, Level and Plumb-Rule.

Q. What are their Uses?

A. Square to lay down True and Right Lines, Level to try all Horizontals, and the Plumb-Rule to try all Uprights.

Q. What are the Immoveable Jewels?

A. Trasel Board, Rough Ashler, and Broach’d Thurnel.

Q. What are their Uses?

A. Trasel Board for the Master to draw his Designs upon, Rough Ashler for the Fellow Craft to try their jewels upon, and the Broach’d Thurnel for the Enter’d ’Prentice to learn to work upon.

Q. Have you any Lights in your Lodge?

A. Yes, Three.

Q. What do they represent?

A. Sun, Moon and Master-Mason.

N.B. These Lights are three large Candles placed on high Candlesticks.

Q. Why so?

A. Sun to rule the Day, Moon the Night, and Master-Mason his Lodge.

Q. Have you any fix'd Lights in your Lodge?

A. Yes.

Q. How many?

A. Three.

N.B. These fix’d Lights are three Windows, suppos’d (tho’ vainly) to be in every Room where a Lodge it held, but more properly, the four Cardinal Points according to the antique Rules of Masonry.

Q. How are they situated?

A. East, South and West.

Q. What are their Uses?

A. To light the Men to, at and from their Work.

Q. Why are there no Lights in the North?

A. Because the Sun darts no Rays from thence.

Q. Where stands your Master?

A. In the East.

Q. Why so?

A. As the Sun rises in the East and opens the Day, so the Master stands in the East [with his Right Hand upon his Left Breast being a Sign, and the Square about his Neck] to open the Lodge and to set his Men at Work.

Q. Where stands your Wardens?

A. In the West.

Q. What's their Business?

A. As the Sun sets in the West to close the Day, so the Wardens stand in the West [with their Right Hands upon their Left Breasts being a Sign, and the Level and Plumb-Rule about their Necks] to close the Lodge and dismiss the Men from Labour, paying their Wages.

Q. Where stands the Senior Enter'd ’Prentice?

A. In the South.

Q. What is his Business?

A. To hear and receive Instructions and welcome strange Brothers.

Q. Where stands the Junior Enter'd ’Prentice?

A. In the North.

Q. What is his Business?

A. To keep off all Cowans and Eaves-droppers.

Q. If a Cowan (or Listner) is catch'd, how is he to be punished?

A. To be plac'd under the Eaves of the Houses (in rainy Weather) till the Water runs in at his Shoulders and out at his Shoes.

Q. What are the Secrets of a Mason?

A. Signs, Tokens and many Words.

Q. Where do you keep those Secrets?

A. Under my Left Breast.

Q. Have you any Key to those Secrets?

A. Yes.

Q. Where do you keep it?

A. In a Bone Bone Box that neither opens nor shuts but with Ivory Keys.

Q. Does it hang or does it lie?

A. It hangs.

Q. What does it hang by?

A. A Tow-Line 9 Inches or a Span.

Q. What Metal is it of?

A. No manner of Metal at all; but a Tongue of good Report is as good behind a Brother's Back as before his Face.

N.B. The Key is the Tongue, the Bone Bone Box the Teeth, the Tow-Line the Roof of the Mouth.

Q. How many Principles are there in Masonry?

A. Four.

Q. What are they?

A. Point, Line, Superficies and Solid.

Q. Explain them.

A. Point the Centre (round which the Master cannot err) Line Length without Breadth, Superficies Length and Breadth, Solid comprehends the whole.

Q. How many Principle-Signs?

A. Four.

Q. What are they?

A. Guttural, Pectoral, Manual and Pedestal

Q. Explain them.

A. Guttural the Throat, Pectoral the Breast, Manual the Hand, Pedestal the Feet.

Q. What do you learn by being a Gentleman-Mason?

A. Secrecy, Morality and Goodfellowship.

Q. What do you learn by being an Operative Mason?

A. Hue, Square, Mould-stone, lay a Level and raise a Perpendicular.

Q. Have you seen your Master to-day?

A. Yes.

Q. How was he Cloathed?

A. In a Yellow Jacket and Blue Pair of Breeches.

N.B. The Yellow Jacket is the Compasses, and the Blue Breeches the Steel Points.

Q. How long do you serve your Master?

A. From Monday Morning to Saturday Night.

Q. How do you serve him?

A. With Chalk, Charcoal and Earthen Pan.

Q. What do they denote?

A. Freedom, Fervency and Zeal.

Ex. Give me the Enter'd ’Prentice's Sign.

Resp. Extending the Four Fingers of the Right Hand and drawing of them cross his Throat, is the Sign, and demands a Token.

N.B. A Token is by joining the Ball of the Thumb of the Right Hand upon the first Knuckle of the Fore-finger of the Brother's Right Hand that demands a Word.

Q. Give me the Word.

A. I'll letter it with You.

Exam. BOAZ. [N.B. The Exam. says B, Resp. O, Exam. A, Resp. Z, i.e. Boaz] Give me another.

Resp. JACHIN. [N.B. Boaz and Jachin were two Pillars in Solomon's Porch. 1 Kings, chap. vii. ver. 21]

Q. How old are you?

A. Under Seven. [Denoting be has not pass'd Master.]

Q. What's the Day for?

A. To See in.

Q. What's the Night for?

A. To Hear.

Q. How blows the Wind?

A. Due East and West.

Q. What's a Clock?

A. High Twelve.

The End of the Enter'd ’Prentice’s Part


Fellow-Craft’s Degree.

Q. Are you a Fellow-Craft?

A. I am.

Q. Why was you made a Fellow-Craft?

A. For the sake of the Letter G.

Q. What does that G denote?

A. Geometry, or the fifth Science.

Q. Did you ever travel?

A. Yes, East and West.

Q. Did you ever work?

A. Yes, in the Building of the Temple.

Q. Where did you receive your Wages?

A. In the middle Chamber.

Q. How came you to the middle Chamber?

A. Through the Porch.

Q. When you came through the Porch, what did you see?

A. Two great Pillars.

Q. What are they called?

A. J. B. i.e. Jachin and Boaz. (Vide 1 Kings, Chap. 7)

Q. How high are they?

A. Eighteen Cubits.

Q. How much in Circumference?

A. Twelve Cubits.

Q. What were they adorn’d with?

A. Two Chapiters.

Q. How high were the Chapiters? (Vide 1 Kings, Chap. 7)

A. Five Cubits.

Q. What were they adorn’d with?

A. Net-Work and Pomegranates.

Q. How came you to the middle Chamber?

A. By a winding Pair of Stairs.

Q. How many?

A. Seven or more.

Q. Why Seven or more?

A. Because Seven or more makes a just and Perfect Lodge.

Q. When you came to the Door of the middle Chamber, who did you see?

A. A Warden.

Q. What did he demand of you?

A. Three Things.

Q. What were they?

A. Sign, Token, and a Word.

N.B. The Sign is placing the Right Hand on the Left Breast, the Token is by joining your Right Hand to the Person that demands it, and squeezing him with the Ball of your thumb on the first Knuckle of the middle Finger, and the Word is Jachin.

Q. How high was the Door of the middle Chamber?

A. So high that a Cowan could not reach to stick a Pin in.

Q. When you came into the middle, what did you see?

A. The Resemblance of the Letter G.

Q. Who doth that G denote?

A. One that’s greater than you.

Q. Who’s greater than I, that am a Free and Accepted Mason, the Master of a Lodge.

A. The Grand Architect and Contriver of the Universe, or He that was taken up to the top of the Pinnacle of the Holy Temple.

Q. Can you repeat the Letter G?

A. I’ll do my Endeavour.

The Repeating of the Letter G.

Resp. In the midst of Solomon’s Temple there hands a G,
 A Letter fair for all to read and see,
 But few there be that understands.
 What means that Letter G.

Ex. My Friend, if you pretend to be
 Of this Fraternity,
 You can forthwith and rightly tell
 What means that Letter G.

Resp. By Sciences are brought to Light
 Bodies of various Kinds,
 Which do appear to perfect Sight;
 But none but Males shall know my Mind.

Ex. The Right shall.

Resp. If Worshipful.

Ex. Both Right and Worshipful I am,
 To Hail you I have Command,
 That you do forthwith let me know,
 As I you may understand.

Resp. By Letters Four and Science Five
 This G aright doth stand,
 In a due Art and Proportion,
 You have your Answer, Friend.

N.B. Four Letters are Boaz, Fifth Science Geometry.

Ex. My Friend, you answer well,
 If Right and Free Principles you discover,
 I’ll change your Name from Friend,
 And henceforth call you Brother.

Resp. The Sciences are well compos’d
 Of noble Structure’s Verse,
 A Point, a Line, and an Outside;
 But a Solid is the last.

Ex. God’s good Greeting be to this our happy Meeting.

Resp. And all the Right Worshipful Brothers and Fellows.

Ex. Of the Right Worshipful and Holy Lodge of St. John’s.

Resp. From whence I came.

Ex. Greet you, greet you, greet you thrice, heartily well, craving your Name.

Resp. Timothy Ridicule.

Exam. Welcome, Brother, by the Grace of God.

N.B. The Reason why they Denominate themselves of the Holy Lodge of St. John’s, is, because he was the Fore-runner of our Saviour, and laid the first Parallel Line to the Gospel (others do alert, that our Saviour himself was accepted a Free Mason while he was in the Flesh) but how ridiculous and profane it seems, I leave to judicious Readers to consider.

The End of the Fellow-Craft Part


The Master’s Degree

Q. Are you a Master-Mason?

A. I am; try me, prove me, disprove me if you can.

Q. Where was you pass'd Master?

A. In a Perfect Lodge of Masters.

Q. What makes a Perfect Lodge of Masters?

A. Three.

Q. How came you to be pass'd Master?

A. By the Help of God, the Square and my own Industry.

Q. How was you pass'd Master?

A. From the Square to the Compass.

Ex. An Enter'd ’Prentice I presume you have been.

R. Jachin and Boaz I have seen;
A Master-Mason I was made most rare,
With Diamond, Ashler and the Square.

Ex. If a Master-Mason you would be,
You must rightly understand the Rule of Three.
And M. B. [Macbenah] shall make you free:
And what you want in Masonry,
Shall in this Lodge be shewn to thee.

R. Good Masonry I understand;
The Keys of all Lodges are all at my Command.

Ex. You’re an heroick Fellow; from whence came you?

R. From the East.

Ex. Where are you a going?

R. To the West.

Ex. What are you a going to do there?

R. To look for that which was lost and is now found.

Ex. What was that which was lost and is now found?

R. The Master-Mason’s Word.

Ex. How was it lost?

R. By Three Great Knocks, or the Death of our Master Hiram.

Ex. How came he by his Death?

R. In the Building of Solomon’s Temple he was Master-Mason, and at high 12 at Noon, when the Men was gone to refresh themselves, as was his usual Custom, he came to survey the Works, and when he was enter’d into the Temple, there were Three Ruffians, suppos’d to be Three Fellow-Crafts, planted themselves at the Three Entrances of the Temple, and when he came out, one demanded the Master’s Word of him, and he reply’d he did not receive it in such a manner, but Time and a little Patience would bring him to it: He, not satisfied with that Answer, gave him a Blow, which made him reel; he went to the other Gate, where being accosted in the same manner, and making the same Reply, he received a greater Blow, and at the third his Quietus.

Ex. What did the Ruffians kill him with?

R. A Setting Maul, Setting Tool and Setting Beadle.

Ex. How did they dispose of him?

R. Carried him out at the West Door of the Temple, and hid him under some Rubbish till High 12 again.

Ex. What Time was that?

R. High 12 at Night, whilst the Men were at Rest.

Ex. How did they dispose of him afterwards?

R. They carried him up to the Brow of the Hill, where they made a decent Grave and buried him.

Ex. When was he miss’d?

R. The same Day.

Ex. When was he found?

R. Fifteen Days afterwards.

Ex. Who found him?

R. Fifteen Loving Brothers, by Order of King Solomon, went out of the Well Door of the Temple, and divided themselves from Right to Left within Call of each other; and they agreed that if they did not find the Word in him or about him, the first Word should be the Master's Word; one of the Brothers being more weary than the rest sat down to rest himself, and taking hold of a Shrub, which came easily up, and perceiving the Ground to have been broken, he Hail'd his Brethren, and pursuing their Search found him decently buried in a handsome Grave 6 Foot East, 6 West, and 6 Foot perpendicular, and his Covering was green Moss and Turf, which surprized them; whereupon they replied, Muscus Domus Dei Gratia, which, according to Masonry, is, Thanks be to God, our Master has got a Mossy House: So they cover'd him closely, and as a farther Ornament placed a Sprig of Cassia at the Head of his Grave, and went and acquainted King Solomon.

Ex. What did King Solomon say to all this?

R. He order'd him to be taken up and decently buried, and that 15 Fellow-Crafts with white Gloves and Aprons should attend his Funeral [which ought amongst Masons to be perform'd to this Day.]

Ex. How was Hiram rais'd?

R. As all other Masons are, when they receive the Master's Word.

Ex. How is that?

R. By the Five Points of Fellowship.

Ex. What are they?

Hand to Hand, Foot to Foot, Cheek to Cheek, Knee to Knee, and Hand in Back.

N. B. When Hiram was taken up, they took him by the Fore-fingers, and the Skin came off, which is called the Slip; the spreading the Right Hand and placing the middle Finger to the Wrist, clasping the Fore-finger and the Fourth to the side of the Wrist; is called the Gripe, and the Sign is placing the Thumb of the Right Hand to the Left Breast, extending the Fingers.

Ex. What's a Master-Mason nam'd?

R. Cassia is my Name, and from a Just and Perfect Lodge I came.

Ex. Where was Hiram inter'd?

R. In the Sanctum Sanctorum.

Ex. How was he brought in?

R. At the West-Door of the Temple.

Q. What are the Master-Jewels?

A. The Porch, Dormer and Square Pavement.

Q. Explain them.

A. The Porch the Entering into the Sanctum Sanctorum, the Dormer the Windows or Lights within, the Square Pavement the Ground Flooring.

Ex. Give me the Master's Word.

R. Whispers him in the Ear, and supported by the Five Points of Fellowship before-mentioned, says Machbenah, which signifies The Builder is smitten.

N.B. If any Working Masons are at work, and you have a desire to distinguish accepted Masons from the rest, take a Piece of Stone, and ask him what it smells of, he immediately replies, neither Brass, Iron, nor Steel but of a Mason; then by asking him, how old he is, he replies above Seven, which denotes he has pass’d Master.

The End of the Master’s Part


(Twentieth Edition)

The following is a correct List of Regular Lodges, according to their Seniority and Constitution, when this new Edition went to press; but if there should be any errors or new Lodges arise, upon Members giving Notice thereof to Charles Corbett, they shall be carefully corrected and properly placed in the next Edition.

1 Queen’s Arms, St. Paul’s Church-Yard, the West-India and American Lodge, 2d Wednesday, 4th a Master’s Lodge.

2 Horn, Westminster, 2d Thursday.

  These two constituted Time Immemorial

3 George, Grafton-Street, St. Ann’s, 1st and 3d Thursday, Jan. 17, 1721.

4 Crown and Rolls, Chancery-Lane, 2d and 4th Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1721.

5 Fox and Goose, King-Street, Seven Dials, 1st and 3d Wednesday, Feb. 28, 1721.

6 Salmon and Bell, Charles-Street, Soho-Square, 1st and 3d Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1722.

7 King’s Arms, New Bond-Street, 2d and last Thursday, Nov. 25, 1722.

8 Crown, Leadenhall-Street, New Bond-Street, 1st and 3d Wednesday, May, 1722.

9 Dundee Arms, Wapping New Stairs, 2d and 4th Thursday, 1722.

10 Bunch of Grapes, Chatham, 1st and 3d Monday, March 28, 1723.

11 King’s-Arms, Wandsworth, 1st and 3d Tuesday, March 30, 1723.

12 Anchor, Rosemary-Lane, 1st and 3d Friday, April 1, 1723.

13 Mourning-Bush, Aldersgate, 2d and 4th Friday, 1723.

14 Baptist’s Head and Anchor, Chancery-Lane, 2d and last Thursday, Aug. 4, 1723.

15 Golden Anchor, at the Ballast Key, in East Greenwich, Chancery-Lane, 2d and 4th Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1723.

16 Salutation, Grey-Fryers Newgate-Street, 1st Thursday, Sept. 18, 1723.

17 Greyhound, Garlick-Hill, 2d and last Wednesday, 1723.

18 Red-Horse, in Old Bond-Street, 3d Monday, Dec. 24, 1723.

19 Angel, Norwich, 1st Thursday, 1724.

20 Dolphin, Chichester, 3d Wednesday, July 17, 1724.

21 Three Tons, Portsmouth in Hampshire, 1st and 3d Friday, 4 o’clock, 1724.

22 Castle, Lombard-Street, 2d and 4th Monday, Jan. 22, 1724.

23 Queen’s Head, at Stockton upon Tees, in the County of Durham, 1st and 3d Friday, Feb. 1724.

24 Sun, Ludgate-Street, 4th Monday, April 1725.

25 Pon’s Coffee-House, Castle-Street, 1st and 3d Tuesday, May 25, 1725.

26 St. Alban, St. Alban’s-Street, 3d Monday, Jan. 31, 1727.

27 Three Fleur-de-Luces, St. Bernard-Street, Madrid, 1st Sunday, 1727.

28 Red Cow, West-Smithfield, 1st and 3d Wednesday, 1728.

29 Queen’s Head, Red Cross-Street, Southwark, 1st and 3d Thursday, 1728.

30 Gibraltar, at Gibraltar, 1st Tuesday, Nov. 1728.

31 Lion, Lynn Regis, Norfolk, 1st Friday, Oct. 1, 1729.

32 George, St. Mary Axe, 2d and 4th Monday, Jan. 22, 1729.

33 Horn, Fleet-Street, 1st and 3d Thursday, Jan. 24, 1729.

34 Peacock, King-Street, St. James’s Square, 2d and 4th Tuesday, March 25, 1730.

36 Red Cross, Barbican, St. James’s Square, 1st Wednesday, 3d a Master’s Lodge, May 22, 1730.

37 Castle at Putney, 3d Thurday, July 17, 1730.

38 Saracen’s Head, Lincoln, 1st Tuesday, 3d a Master’s Lodge, Sept. 7, 1730.

39 Platter, White Lion-Yard, Norton Falgate, 1st Friday, Jan. 26, 1730.

41 Fox, Castle-Street, Southwark, 2d Monday, 1730.

42 Windmill, Rosemary-Lane, 1st Monday, 1730.

43 Angel, Macclesfield, Cheshire, 1731.

44 Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell, 2d and 4th Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1731.

45 Half Moon, Cheapside, 2d Wednesday, Dec. 23, 1731.

46 Salutation and Cat, Newgate-Street, 1st and 3d Monday, Jan. 11, 1731.

47 King’s Arms, St. Margaret’s-Hill, Southwark, Third Monday, Feb. 2, 1731.

48 King’s Arms, Leigh, in Lancashire, Feb. 22, 1731.

49 A la Ville de Tonerre, Rue des Boucheries, a Paris, 1st Monday, Apr. 3, 1732.

50 Turk’s Head, Greek-Street, Soho, 1st and 3d Wednesday, May 25, 1732.

51 King’s Arms, Mary-le-Bone Street, Piccadilly, 2d and 4th Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1732.

52 London Prentice, at Hoxton, 2d Tuesday, July 12, 1732.

53 London Bridge Punch House, 1st Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1732.

54 Royal Oak, Derby, Sept. 14, 1732.

55 A Private Room, Bolton Lee Moor, Lancashire, next Wednesday to every Full Moon, Nov. 9, 1732.

56 Cough, Blue Boar Row, Salisbury, 1st and 3d Wednesday, Dec. 27, 1732.

57 Queenhithe Coffee House, 2d and 4th Monday, Feb. 17, 1732.

58 Swan, Chelsea, 2d and 4th Thursday, March 3, 1732.

59 White Bear, Bath, 1st and 3rd Tuesday, May 18, 1733.

60 Cross Keys, Henrietta-Street, Covent-Garden, 1st Tuesday, May 23, 1733.

61 Red Lion, Bury, Lancashire, next Thursday to every Full Moon, July 26, 1733.

62 Talbot, Stourbich, Worcestershire, every Wednesday, Aug. 1733.

63 Sun, St. Paul’s Church-Yard, 2d and 4th Wednesday, Dec. 27, 1733.

64 Swan, Birmingham, last Monday, 1733.

65 Royal Exchange, Boston in New England, 2d and 4th Saturday, 1733.

66 Valenciennes, French Flanders, 1733.

67 Mason’s Arms, Plymouth, 1st and 3d Friday, 1734.

68 Samson and Lion, East-Smithfield, late the Ship at the Hermitage, 1st and 3d Thursday, Feb. 17, 1734.

69 King’s Head, near the Watch-House, High Holborn, 2d and 4th Wednesday, June 11, 1735.

70 Bedford Head, Stewards Lodge, Southampton Street, Covent-Garden, Publick Nights, 3d Wednesday in March and December.

71 In Holland, 1735.

72 Fencers, near Newcastle upon Tyne, 1st Monday, June 24, 1735.

73 Castle, Aubigney in France, 1st Monday, Aug. 12, 1735.

74 Nov. 12, 1735.

75 Savannah, in the Province of Georgia, 1735.

76 Angel, Colchester, 2d and 4th Monday, 1735.

77 Fountain, Gateshead, in the Bishoprick of Durham, 2d and 4th Wednesday, March 8, 1735.

78 Green Man, Shrewsbury, 1st Monday, April 16, 1736.

79 Rising Sun, Fashion Street, Spittle Fields, 1st and 3d Tuesday, June 11, 1736.

80 King’s Head, Norwich, last Thursday, 1736.

81 The Custom House, by the Old Dock, Liverpool, 1st Wednesday, June 25, 1736.

82 Salutation, Nicholas Lane, 1st and 3d Monday, Aug. 16, 1736.

83 Rose, Edgebaston Street, Birmingham, 2d and last Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1736.

84 Bell, Friday Street, 1st and 3d Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1736.

85 George, Ironmonger Lane, 2d and 4th Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1736.

87 Two Blue Posts, Southampton-Buildings, Holborn, 3d Tuesday, Jan. 24, 1736.

88 Crown, West-Smithfield, 4th Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1736.

89 Three Tuns, Spittle-Fields, 2d and 4th Friday, April 18, 1737.

90 Chapman’s Coffee-House, Sackville-Street, 1st and 3d Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1737.

91 Salutation, Budge Row, 2d and 4th Thursday, Sept. 21, 1737.

92 Sun, Milk-Street, Honey-Lane Market, 1st and 3d Tuesday, Dec. 8, 1737.

93 Angel, Shipton Mallet, Somersetshire, 1st and 3d Monday, Dec. 12, 1737.

94 Parham Lodge, Parham, Antigua, Jan. 31, 1734.

95 Swan, Gloucester, 1st and 3d Friday, March 28, 1738.

96 Helmet, Bishopsgate-Street, 2d Tuesday, May 3, 1738.

97 Black Bull, Halifax, Yorkshire, last Monday, July 12, 1738.

98 The Great Lodge, at St. John’s, Antigua, 2d and 4th Wednesday, Nov. 22, 1738.

99 Fox, near the Square, Manchester, 1st and 3d Monday, 1738.

100 Black Lion, Nottingham Court, Seven Dial, 2d and 4th Monday, Jan. 27, 1738.

101 Swan, Watergate-Street, Chester, 2d Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1738.

103 Red Lion, Hornchurch, in Essex, 1st Friday, March 13, 1738.

104 Bakers Lodge, St. Mary’s-Street, St. John’s, Antigua, March 14, 1738.

105 Kingston, in Jamaica, 1st and 3d Saturday, April 14, 1739.

106 April 24, 1739.

107 Scotch Arms, the Mother Lodge, at St. Christopher’s, held at Basseterre, 1st Thursday, June 21, 1739.

108 Crown and Ball, Playhouse-Yard, Black Friars, 1st Tuesday, Aug. 24, 1739.

109 East-India Arms, John-Street, Blacks-Fields, Horsleydown, 1st and 3d Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1739.

110 King’s Arms and Ton, Hyde Park Corner, 2d and 4th Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1739.

111 Red Bull, Long-Lane, West-Smithfield, 2d and 4th Monday, Dec. 7, 1739.

112 King’s Head, in the Poultry, 3d Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1739.

113 Private Room, Lausanne, in the Canton of Bern, Switzerland, Feb. 2, 1739.

114 Three Lions, Banbury, Oxfordshire, every Full Moon, if on a Thursday, or the Thursday before, March 31, 1740.

115 Ship, James-Street, Covent-Garden, Second Tuesday, June 26, 1740.

116 Mourning Bush Tavern, Corn-Street, Bristol, 2d and 4th Wednesday, July 10, 1740.

117 The Third Lodge, Calcutta, in East-India, 1740.

118 St. Michael’s Lodge in Barbadoes, 1740.

119 Bunch of Grapes, Decker-Street, Hamburgh, every other Thursday, Oct. 23, 1740.

120 George, Whitehaven, Cumberland, 1st Monday, March 19, 1740.

121 Ship and Castle, High-Street, Haverford-West, South Wales, April 14, 1741.

122 Swan, the Old French Lodge in Grafton-Street, 1st and 3d Thursday, April 13, 1742.

123 Old Road, at St. Christopher’s, Jan. 17, 1742.

124 Union, Francfort, in Germany, 2d and 4th Tuesday, Jan. 17, 1742.

125 Three Horseshoes, Leominster, in the County of Hereford, Oct. 11, 1742.

126 Port Royal Lodge, Jamaica, 1742.

127 Angel, Dolgelly in Merionethshire, North Wales, 1st Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1743.

128 St. George, Emperor’s Court, at Hamburgh, every other Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1743.

129 Bull, High Street, Bristol, 1st and 3d Tuesday, March 20, 1743.

130 New Lodge, Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 25, 1745.

131 St. Jago de la Vego, in Jamaica, April 29, 1746.

132 Bear, Norwich, 2d and 4th Tuesday, May 9, 1747.

133 A New Lodge, St. Eustasia, Dutch Island, West Indies, Jan. 6, 1747.

134 Pope’s Head, Plymouth, May 1, 1748.

135 Jan. 15, 1748.

136 Queen’s Head, Norwich, 3d Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1748.

137 Bear, Cambridge, 2d Monday, March 31, 1749.

138 Lodge of Orange, at Rotterdam, May 5, 1749.

139 St. Martin’s Lodge, at Copenhagen, in Denmark, Oct. 9, 1749.

140 Rampant Horse-Tavern, Norwich, 2d and 4th Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1749.

141 No. 1, at Minorca, 1st Thursday, Feb. 9, 1750.

142 No. 2, at Minorca, 2d Tuesday, May 23, 1750.

143 No. 3, at Minorca, 1st Wednesday, June 24, 1750.

144 St. Christopher’s, at Sandy Point, July 20, 1750.

145 Union, Norwich, 2d and 4th Monday, Feb. 12, 1750.

146 King’s Arms, Falmouth, 2d and last Thursday, May 20, 1751.

147 Angel, Great Yarmouth, in Norfolk, June 6, 1751.

148 King’s Head, West-Street, Gravesend, 1st and 3d Thursday, June 8, 1751.

149 St. Andrew, the Sea Captains Lodge, near the Hermitage, 2d and 4th Friday, Aug. 29, 1751.

150 No. 4 at Minorca, 1st Monday, Nov. 26, 1751.

151 King’s Arms, at Helston, in Cornwall, 1st and 3d Tuesday, April 14, 1752.

152 St. John’s Lodge, at Bridgetown, in the Island of Barbadoes, 4th Monday, April 23, 1752.

153 Ship, Leadenhall-Street, late the Bell at Aldgate, 2d and 4th Monday, July 13, 1752.

154 King’s Head, Broad St. Giles, 1st and 3d Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1752.

155 King’s Head at Truro in Cornwall, 2d and last Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1752.

156 At Chardenagere, the Chief French Settlement in Bengal, East India.

157 At Madras, in East India.

158 At the Hague, in Holland.

159 St. Peter’s Lodge, in the Island of Barbadoes, 1st and 3d Saturday, Dec. 15, 1752.

160 Jan. 7, 1753.

161 Lion and Goat, Grosvenor-Street, 2d and 4th Monday, Feb. 24, 1753.

162 Harrow, Salisbury Court, 2d and 4th Wednesday, March 5, 1753.

163 Angel, Piccadilly, 2d and 4th Monday.

164 Lilly Tavern, in Guernsey, May 10, 1753.

165 Nag’s Head, Wine-Street, Bristol, 2d and 4th Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1753.

166 Queen’s Head, Great Queen-Street, 2d and 4th Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1753.

167 Red Lion, Market-Street, Carmarthen, South Wales, 1st and 3d Monday, Oct. 24, 1753.

168 King’s Head, Prince’s Street, Cavendish-Square, 2d and 4th Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1753.

169 Castle and Lion, White Lion Lane, Norwich, 3d Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1753.

170 Evangelist’s Lodge, at Antigua, Nov. 10, 1753.

171 At Amsterdam, Nov. 30, 1753.

172 Rose and Crown, at Prescot, Lancashire, Wednesday next before Full Moon, Dec. 20, 1753.

173 The Royal Exchange, in the Borough of Norfolk, Virginia, 1st Thursday, Dec. 22, 1753.

174 St. Paul’s Lodge, at Speight’s Town, in Barbadoes, 1st and 3d Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1754.

175 White Hart, Mansel-Street, Goodman’s Fields, 2d and 4th Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1754.

176 Redruth, in Cornwall, 1st and 3d Thursday, Feb. 14, 1754.

177 Bear, Leman-Street, Goodman’s Fields, 1st and 3d Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1754.

178 Mitre, Union-Street, Westminster, 2d Tuesday, March 2, 1754.

179 Chequers, All Saints, Norwich, March 4, 1754.

180 Swan, Ramsgate, in the Isle of Thanet, 2d and 4th Monday, March 8, 1754.

181 Parrot, Cow Lane, in Leeds, 1st Wednesday, March 28, 1754.

182 Robin Hood, Butcher-Row, near St. Clement’s, 1st Thursday, March 29, 1754.

183 Horn, Doctor’s Commons, 3d Monday, April 5, 1754.

184 Paul’s Head, Doctor’s Commons, 2d and 4th Monday, April 13, 1754.

185 Swan, Westminster Bridge, 1st and 3d Wednesday, May 13, 1754.

186 Rustal’s Coffee house, Sharard-Street, Golden-Square, 2d and 4th Wednesday, June 4, 1754.

187 Pelican, Leicester, 1st and 3d Tuesday, Aug. 21, 1754.

188 Red House, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, South Wales, 2d Monday, Aug. 1754.

189 Bear, Cowbridge, Glamorganshire, last Monday, Sept. 1754.

190 No 2, at St. Eustatia, Dutch Island, West Indies, 1754.

191 Queen’s Head, Lowstoff, in Suffolk, Second Monday, Oct. 29, 1754.

192 Chequers, Charing Cross, 2d Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1754.

193 The Two Spies, King-Street, Seven-Dials, 2d and 4th Monday, Dec. 14, 1754.

194 King’s Head, Salford, near Manchester, 1st and 3d Monday, Feb. 4, 1755.

195 No. 8. The King’s Own Regiment of Foot, 1st and 3d Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1755.

196 Two Blue Posts, Old Bond-Street, 2d and 4th Friday, March 2, 1755.

197 Jack of Newberry, Chiswell-Street, 1st and 3d Wednesday, April 5, 1755.

198 White Hart, St. James’s-Street, 2d and 4th Thursday, May 5, 1755.

199 Ship and Castle, Penzance, in Cornwall, 1st and 3d Wednesday, June 14, 1755.

200 Bricklayers Arms, Duke-Street, Grosvenor Square, 1st and 3d Tuesday, June 17, 1755.

201 Shoulder of Mutton, St. Augustin’s Parish, City of Norwich, 1st and 3d Monday, June 17, 1755.

202 The Lodge of Charity, at Amsterdam, June 24, 1755.

203 Golden Lion, Foregate Street, Chester, every other Monday, June 24, 1755.

204 Lion, Beccles, in Suffolk, July 14, 1755.

205 Swan Tavern, in York Town, Virginia, 1st and 3d Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1755.

206 The Flower in Hand, Parish of St. Mary, Norwich, 1st and 3d Tuesday, Sept. 16, 1755.

207 Sunderland, near the Sea, in the County of Durham, 1st Friday, Oct. 7, 1755.

208 The Grand Lodge Frederick, at Hanover, Nov. 25, 1755.

209 Plume of Feathers, Bridges Street, Chester, Dec. 2, 1755.

210 Princess of Wales’s Arms, upper End of Cranborne Ally, Leicester Fields, 1st and 3d Monday, Jan. 20, 1756.

211 A Lodge in Capt. Bell’s Troop, in the Right Hon. Lord Ancram’s Regiment of Dragoons, Feb. 7, 1756.

212 Anchor and Crown in the Strand, 2d and 4th Friday, Feb. 26, 1755.

213 A Lodge at Wilmington, on Cape Fear River, in the Province of North Carolina, March, 1755.

214 White Lion, Water-Street, Liverpool, April 15, 1755.

215 The Lodge of Peace, at Amsterdam, Sept. 23, 1756.

216 Hoop and Bunch of Grapes, St. Martin’s Lane, 1st and 3d Tuesday, April 30, 1756.

217 White Horse, Corner of New Burlington-Street, 1st and 3d Thursday, Dec. 2, 1756.

218 At the Marquis of Carnarvon’s at Sunderland, near the Sea, 1st and 3d Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1757.

219 In the Parish of St. Mary, in the Island of Jamaica, Feb. 17, 1757.

220 Crown, Christmas Street, Bristol, 2d and 4th Thursday, Feb. 17, 1757.

221 At Parliament Coffee-House, in Parliament Street, 2d and 4th Tuesday, Feb. 14, 1757.

222 Sun, in the Strand, 4th Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1757.

223 Dove and Branch, in the Parish of St. Lawrence, Norwich, 2d Wednesday, March 23, 1757.

224 Sancta Croix, a Danish Island in the West-Indies, 1756.

225 Cock, the Head of the Side, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1st Monday, Oct. 13, 1757.

226 Bacchus, Bloomsbury Market, 2d Monday, May 4, 1757.

227 Sun, at Shadwell, 1st and 3d Monday, Oct. 31, 1757.

228 The Lodge of Regularity, at Amsterdam, Nov. 21, 1757.

229 Queen’s Head, Duke’s Court, Bow-Street, Covent Garden, 1st and 3d Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1757.

230 St. Michael’s Lodge, in the City of Severn, in the Duchy of Mecklenburg, May 15, 1754.

231 Cock, in the Parish of St. Mary, Norwich, Feb. 18, 1758.

232 Red Lion, South Side-Street, Plymouth, 2d and 4th Monday, March 1, 1758.

233 Bell, Broad-Street, Bristol, 2d and 4th Monday, March 8, 1758.

234 Lodge at Bombay, in the East-Indies, March 24, 1758.

235 Green Man, Berwick Street, St. James’s, Aug. 6, 1758.

236 Swan, the Sea Captains Lodge, at Yarmouth, Norfolk, Jan. 1, 1759.

237 Three Crowns, the 2d Division of Marines, Plymouth, Jan. 2, 1759.

238 St. James’s Lodge, at Barbadoes, March 20, 1759.

239 New Inn, at Exeter, 1st and 3d Wednesday, 1732.

240 Sun, at Newton Abbot, Devonshire, 1st and 3d Thursday, March 17, 1759.

241 Meadway’s Wine Vaults, in the West Town of Crediton, Devonshire, First Monday, April 21, 1759.

242 Royal Oak, Portsmouth Common, 2d and 4th Friday, April 21, 1759.

243 Square and Compass, Barnard Castle, in the County of Durham, April 21, 1759.

244 Mermaid, at Windsor, June 6, 1759.

245 The Temple Lodge at Bristol, 1st and 3d Monday, July 2, 1759.


The Author’s Vindication of himself from the prejudiced Part of Mankind

Of all the Impositions that have appear'd amongst Mankind, none are so ridiculous as the Mystery of Masonry, which has amus'd the World, and caused various Constructions and these pretenses of Secrecy, invalid, has (tho' not perfectly) been revealed, and the grand Article, viz. the Obligation, has several Times been printed in the publick Papers, but is entirely genuine in the Daily Journal of Saturday, Aug. 22. 1730. which agrees in its Veracity with that deliver'd in this pamphlet; and consequently when the Obligation of Secrecy is abrogated, the aforesaid Secret becomes of no Effect and must be quite extinct; for some Operative Masons (but according to the polite Way of Expression, Accepted Masons) made a Visitation from the first and oldest constituted Lodge (according to the Lodge Book in London) to a noted Lodge in this City, and was denied Admittance, because their old Lodge was removed to another house, which, tho' contradictory to this great Mystery, requires another Constitution, at no less Expence than two Guineas, with an elegant Entertainment, under the Denomination of being put to charitable Uses, which if justly applied, will give great Encomiums to so worthy an Undertaking, but it is very much doubted, and most reasonable to think it will be expended towards the forming another System of Masonry, the old Fabrick being so ruinous, that, unless repair'd by some occult Mystery, will soon be Annihilated.

I was induced to publish this mighty Secret for the publick Good, at, the Request of several Masons, and it will, I hope, give entire Satisfaction, and have its desired effect in preventing so many credulous Persons being drawn into so pernicious a Society.