Richardson's Monitor of Free-Masonry; Being a Practical Guide to the Ceremonies in All the Degrees Conferred in Masonic Lodges, Chapters, Encampments, &c. Explaining the Signs, Tokens and Grips, and Giving All the Words, Pass-Words, Sacred Words, Oaths, a
Place Published: Chicago
Publisher: Ezra A. Cook, Publisher
Book Id: 45757
192pp. Sextodecimo [17 cm] Brown cloth over boards with a gilt stamped title on the spine, and a gilt stamped emblem within single blind ruled borders on the front cover. Illustrated throughout. Very good. With the publisher's original plain paper dust wrapper. The wrapper is in good condition, with a long, thin, jagged tear in the paper at the head of the spine, and multiple shorter closed and open tears in the edges.
"The Society of Free Masons was formed at an early age of the world, when there were no laws to protect the weak against the strong. The oaths and obligations were then undoubtedly binding, not only for the protection of the members, but for the preservation of the very imperfect arts and sciences of that period. To suppose these oaths mean anything now is simply absurd. Mankind outside a Masonic Lodge does not care a straw what takes place within that secret conclave, except as matter of curiosity. It is partly to gratify this spirit of inquisitiveness that I have written this book, and partly to give information to Free Masons themselves. More than half the persons who join Masonic Lodges do not understand anything of the principles of the Order. They go through certain ceremonies, pay their fees, and then forget it all in a short time. By having an authentic detail of the proceedings to read over at their leisure, they may become Masons in reality." - Jabez Richardson