Bavarian Investigation & Suppression Decrees
Illuminati of Bavaria
Meanwhile, on November 11, 1783, the regular Mother lodge of Prussian Freemasonry,
The Three Globes
,issued a warning that the Illuminati at Berlin were a “masonicsect which wants to sap the Christian religion and to makeMasonry a political system.”
With this upheaval even among Freemasons trying towarn the brethren, the Bavarian Court of Inquiry summonedseveral Illuminati to testify. The first two witnesses includedProfessor Lorenz Westenreider (1749-1829) of Munich, anhistorian, and Stroble, a bookseller.
During Westenreider’stestimony, none of the alleged goals of the Illuminati wereconfirmed. Stroble similarly did not admit to any of the accu-sations against the Illuminati. So the issue remained dormantfor the rest of 1783.
Pezzl, A Renown Liberal Writer Warns About The Illuminati
Then in 1784, a highly regarded Bavarian-born“enlightened”
writer of several popular works
— JohannPezzl (1756-1823) — wrote about his encounters with theIlluminati in Bavaria. It was stated in his travel book entitled
Journey through the Circle of Bavaria
Reise durch Bay-erischen Kreis
) (Salzburg/Leipzig: 1784).
Pezzl described his entry into an Illuminati lodge. Hesaid that within the lodge he heard certain teachings which“made me
, become hard and stoic and closed withinmyself when the system was read to me clearly at a smallacademy that two had joined.”
3.“Illuminés,” Daniel Ligou, Ed.
Dictionnaire de la Francmaçonerìe
(1987), supra, at 604. Ligou suggests that this must have been directedat the Rosicrucians of Munich and Vienna where they allegedly wereinfluential.4.Frost
, Vol. I, at 44.5.Wilhelm Haefs,
Zensur im Jahrhundert der Aufklärung
(Gottingen:Wallstein Verlag, 2007) at 411 (“Aufklärer Johann Pezzl”).