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Symbolical Masonry by H. L. Haywood [1923]

Symbolical Masonry by H. L. Haywood [1923]

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 SYMBOLICAL MASONRY An Interpretation of the Three Degrees By H. L. HAYWOOD EDITOR OF The Builder   NEW YORK  GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY [1923]Scanned, proofed and formatted at sacred-texts.com, July 2009 by John Bruno Hare. This text is in the public domain in the US because its copyright was not renewed in a timely fashion.WITH LOVE AND AFFECTION TO MY WIFEEDITH AGNES HAYWOOD Symbolical Masonry, by H.L. Haywood, [1923], at sacred-texts.comTHE M.S.A. NATIONAL MASONIC LIBRARYTHE M. S. A. NATIONAL MASONIC LIBRARY presents, in a series of volumes of uniform bindingand competent craftsmanship, the best results of Masonic research by masters of the Craft in Americaand abroad. The LIBRARY will cover every aspect of Freemasonry, its ritual, its symbolism, its
 
 philosophy, its past history and present activities and development. Representing all recognized schoolsof Masonic thought, it will bring the best literature of the Craft within reach of lodges and members.Symbolical Masonryby H. L. HAYWOODThe Great Teachings of Masonryby H. L. HAYWOODThe Beginnings of Freemasonry in Americaby MELVIN M. JOHNSONSpeculative Masonryby A. S. MACBRIDEThe Buildersby JOSEPH FORT NEWTONThe Men's Houseby JOSEPH FORT NEWTONThe Philosophy of Masonryby ROSCOE POUNDSymbolism of the Three Degreesby OLIVER DAY STREETWASHINGTON, D. C.: THE MASONIC SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES Symbolical Masonry, by H.L. Haywood, [1923], at sacred-texts.com[p. vii] PREFACEShortly after taking my degrees in Masonry I asked my friend, Brother Newton R. Parvin, GrandSecretary of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, for a book to explain the ritual in which I had just participated,so much of which had escaped or confused me like a foreign language. He told me there was no such book in existence and said it was the most badly needed volume in the whole field of Freemasonry.Later, I chanced to report this remark to a group of friends at Waterloo, Iowa, consisting of Alfred E.Longley, Raymond Folk, Louis Fowler, and P. J. Martin, the last mentioned of whom, now deceased,was one time Grand Master of Masons in that state, whereupon these gentlemen challenged me to writesuch a book myself, and offered to co-operate in publishing and marketing it after my MS. might becompleted. The upshot of it all was that after engaging a young man to assist me in the work I spent thelarger part of one year in the Iowa Masonic Library at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a magnificent collection of Masonic literature founded by Theodore Sutton Parvin and maintained by the Grand Lodge of Iowa. I
 
owe very much to the unfailing kindness of Brother Newton R. Parvin and to his Deputy, Brother C. C.Hunt, and wish at this time, and publicly, to extend to them my most sincere thanks. Also I wish toextend my thanks to Brother John H. Cowles, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite,Southern Jurisdiction, for his permission to read Albert Pike's unpublished manuscript on the ritual of the Three Degrees,[p. viii]which is preserved in the vaults of the House of the Temple, Washington, D. C., and which, accordingto Pike's own written directions, can never be published.While prosecuting those necessary researches--an arduous task since I was new in the field and foundno previous books to guide me in my particular undertaking--I became Associate Editor of The Builder,the journal of the National Masonic Research Society, and later, Editor of its Study Club Department.Because of this connection it fell out that instead of publishing my MS. in book form I published it inThe Builder, or at least all of it except the first few sections, and in such shape as could be used byStudy Clubs as well as by individual students. Owing to the delay thus occasioned the book is just nowappearing. It has been so widely used by Study Clubs, and is still so much in demand by them, that Ihave placed in an appendix a list of questions for discussion, and I have also included such bibliographies as experience has shown to be useful for their purpose.I may say that since its appearance as a serial in The Builder I have entirely revised and in many casesrewritten the whole. The Introduction, except for two or three paragraphs, is entirely new, and so arethe first four or five chapters. One chapter has been omitted.The work undertaken originally as an apprentice task proved so attractive to me that I was at last drawnto surrender all my other duties in order to devote myself entirely to Masonic research and the cause of Masonic education, and have found my own particular and quite congenial niche with the NationalMasonic Research Society, of which I now have the honour to be Editor-in-Chief.There is no need to tell the veteran Masonic scholar who may chance to peruse these pages that the book [p. ix]was not designed for his uses, but rather for the host of beginners in the field, whose first intellectualinterest in the Craft is usually aroused by their curiosity as to what the work "is all about." I have triedto tell the beginners what it is all about, as clearly as possible, within the limits of space and of theobligations to secrecy, and as far as the results of modern Masonic scholarship have allowed.H. L. HAYWOOD.Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Symbolical Masonry, by H.L. Haywood, [1923], at sacred-texts.com[p. x] [p. xi]

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