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which deponents had received all the degrees--that on numerous occasions during the pendency of trials in courts of justice, some of the seceding Masons at Le Roy were subpænaed to attend such trials as witnesses, to sustain objections against masonic jurors, when called in a cause where a brother or companion was a partythat they did attend, that objections were interposed on the ground of the existing obligation between the juror and the party, and that the objected jurors have uniformly been dispensed with, rather than submit to a trial of the objection.
With respect to the correctness and truth of the degrees of Knights of the Red Cross-- Knights Templars, and Knights of Malta-Knights of the Christian Markand Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, the evidence is written, and a reasonable doubt cannot be entertained-a ritual of the degrees in manuscript was left with those who made the disclosure by a high masonic officer, known to have been authorised to confer those degrees.
This ritual formed the basis on which the publication was made, and still remains in their possession. There has also been a ritual in manuscript, left by a high and authorised mason, who came among them to establish a council, called “ The Holy and Thrice Illustrious Order of the Cross,” and grant diplomas, headed “ The Ancient Council of the Trinity, by their successors in the United States of America”- from the rituals, were the degrees of Knighthood taken and published. Your committee there fore are of opinion, that the evidence in relation to these latter degrees is conclusive.
The progress in masonry, of one of the informants, was thus given masonically,
Regularly initiated into the degree of entered apprentice mason.
Passed to the degree of fellow Craft.
Acknowledged and received as Most Excellent Master, and exalted to the sublime degree of Royal Arch.
Degrees in the Encampment.
Knight Templar, and Knight of Malta.
In the Council he received the degree of Illustrious, Most Illustrious, and Thrice Illustrious Order of the Cross.
The offices he held were, Worshipful Master.
Secretary of the Chapter, and Generalissimo of the Genesee Encampment.
That in addition to the three degrees of masonry revealed by William Morgan, and the twelve degrees disclosed by the convention of seceding masons at Le Roy, on the 4th and 5th of July last, your committee would beg leave to state that ELDER David Bernard, late Intimate Secretary of the Lodge of Perfection, and one of the seceding masons at Le Roy, is about to publish the “ Eleven Ineffable Degrees' conferred in the Lodge of Perfection, and also, Seven French Degrees of a still higher order of masonry; the authenticity of which your committee think cannot reasonably be doubted; that in one of these degrees now revealed, namely, the “Knights Adepts of the Eagle, or Sun!” DEISM is plainly avowed, and a dagger aimed at the Christian Religion.
BATES COOKE, Chairman. Resolved, That in the opinion of this convention, the authenticity of the thirty-three degrees of masonry revealed, is satisfactorily established.
of the General Central Anti-Masonic Committee upon the progress and con
dition of the Anti-Masonic cause.—Made to the New York State Convention, holden at Albany. In rendering our grateful acknowledgements to the Dispenser of all good, and congratulating our fellow citi
“ the signs of the times” which indicate a great moral and political revolution in the coming overthrow of Freemasonry, it may not be unprofitable to
glance backwards over the relationship which that institution bore to the people and the country, at the period when the overt acts were committed, which are leading the American Republic to re-assert and confirm its Independence.
The masonic society by its arrogation of all the science, wisdom, patriotism, and virtues, which illumine the age, endow and sustain the institutions of the country, and adorn the human character, had conciliated the esteem and won the confidence of public opinion. It had grown under these general influences, unsuspected of other motives than those which it professed, into enormous wealth and gigantic power. Professing strict obedience to the laws, and a wedded affinity to the religion of the country, it had implanted its roots, extended its arms, and established its laws all over the land. The suspicions and apprehensions that had watched and overcome all other secret associations, by the soothing pretensions and specious bearings of Freemasonry were quieted and disarmed.
At this crisis of popular credulity, the masonic conspiracies and outrages which have aroused the moral energies of this State, and promise to interest the whole nation, were matured and perpetrated.- Voluntary investigations were speedily undertaken : but the people were slow to entertain evil thoughts of an ancient and honorable institution. The great, the wise and the good, of every age and country, were claimed to be among its votaries and patrons. Investigations, embarrassed and crippled by the influence and stratagems of the fraternity, proceeded with slow and uncertain steps. The laws were relaxed and the ministers of justice lingered in their course. The constitutional reliances of the people, for protection and safety, were soon found too weak to discharge their functions; and the public press, which, on all other occasions of existing evil or approaching danger had asserted its high prerogative, was now awed into silence.
A general alarm spread through the western counties. The people met and appointed committees of investigation. It was soon discovered that the outrages had not been unadvisably perpetrated by irresponsible members
of the fraternity, but authorised by the institution and impelled by its principles. The conspiracy, from its origin to its conclusion, embraced a period of more than four months, and the knowledge of it extended from the immediate actors in it, to the highest authorities pertaining to the Order.
The results of the first six months' investigation, are embodied in a narrative, and published by the Lewiston committee. The facts and developements therein set forth, have withstood the “ test of truth, and the scrutiny of time.” With a view to possess the people of information which so deeply concerned their individual rights and the public safety, the committee caused five thousand copies of this narrative to be gratuitously circulated through this and adjoining States.
Finding the ordinary tribunals of justice, in some instances disinclined to discharge their duties, and in all cases too feeble to resist the mysteriously powerful influence of Freemasonry, the people memorialized their Representatives for relief. Their petition respectfully detailed the alarming facts now so well known to all, and earnestly praying that the arm of the law might be strengthened, scarcely received the decent forms of legislative interment. The same irresistible power which had misruled our public officers, sealed the lips of witnesses, tampered with the consciences of jurors, and suspended the sword of justice, now closed the halls of legislation upon the people.
Turned out of Court and repulsed by their Representatives, the people of the western counties appealed, not to the weapons which God and nature had put into their hand, as would have been the case in a less enlightened country, but to public opinion, lawfully and understandingly expressed, through the Ballot Boxes, for protection and redress. Every other avenue was closed. This was the only constitutional last resort. Truly auspicious results, and salutary influences, are vindicating the wisdom of this appeal, and all coming experience will sanction its justice.
Meantime the public eye, and the committee, more especially, turned inquiringly from individual offenders, towards the institution itself. A keen desire was mani
fest to know the real character of Freemasonry, and the true tendency of its principles. Morgan had made a full revelation of the three first degrees, the truth of which was attested by his abduction and sealed with his blood.
Masonry, however, professed to be a "progressive science," and further developements were necessary to the formation of a correct estimate of its character. These were not long withheld. An encampment of Knights Templars at Le Roy, after a violent and protracted struggle with that portion of their companions which approved of the outrages, resolved to restore themselves to society and their country, by renouncing the principles and exposing the secrets of the institution. This solemn duty was discharged, in convention, at Le Roy, on the 9th of February, 1828.—The horrid oaths, unearthly penalties, profane orgies, and blasphemous rites, of the higher degrees, were made public. Freemasonry, stripped of her seeming vestal garments and gorgeous attire, now stood bald naked, exposed to the scorn and abhorrence of a long deluded, but finally disabused people.
The committee continued their investigations, and were in constant attendance upon the several courts, where indictments were pending, vainly endeavoring to accelerate the tardy and fettered footsteps of justice.
Near the close of the winter session of 1828, the executive and legislative departments of the Government became suddenly impressed with the propriety and necessity of affording the relief which was so promptly denied the preceding session. An act was passed, authorising the appointment of special counsel, to prosecute the investigation of the masonic outrages. The then acting Governor appointed Daniel Moseley, Esq. to discharge this responsible duty.
That gentleman entered immediately into the investigation, which he continued to prosecute, diligently, until called from the disc ge of the duties, to a seat upon the bench, in the 7th Judicial District.
Mr. Moseley has collected and arranged an important mass of complicated testimony, evidencing a wide spread of conspiracy, and an accumulation of crime, fearful, dark and atrocious. This fulfilling measure of guilt grows out of the necessity, from which the institution cannot