msr. Destigny, who died in 1868. The successors of the E.'.C.'. at the endof the 19th century were Bergeron, Bréban-Salomon, Carl Michelsen( Denmark) and Edouard Blitz (USA). Blitz was also an initiate of the'
ienfaisants de la
ainte' and the 'Memphis-MisraimRite'. He was the direct successor of Antoine Pont. The immediatesuccessors in France were Fugairon and Charles Détré (source-Fr.Roggemans). According to Dr.Edouard Blitz in his manual "Ritual andMonitor of the O
, the following rites were "entirely or partiallyderived from the Elus Cohen" :- ILLUMINATI OF AVIGNON (Hermetic) , Dom Pernety 1766 - ILLUM. THEOSOPHISTS (Mystic), Chantanier 1767 - - PHILALETHES (Occult) Savalettede Langes
1773 - PRIMITIVE RITE OF NARBONNE (Rosicrucian), 1780
Savalette de Langes was also co-founder of La Société Philantropique (1780),together with (amongst others) Louis Claude de Saint-Martin.
LOUIS CLAUDE DE SAINT-MARTIN
( 01/18/1743 - 1803/10/13). Saint-Martin wasinitiated into Pasqually's ELUS COHEN in october 1768 and towards the end of 1770 he becomes Martinez De Pasqually's personal secretary. After DePasqually's death Saint-Martin tries to convert the Elus Cohen to his personalblend of Christian mysticism (through the years, Saint-Martin gradually feltuneasy about the theurgical operations of the rite). He failt to convert the rite,and decides to leave the order. Meanwhile he publishes several works (his firstbook had been published in 1775, Des Erreurs et de la Vérité (' Of Errors and Truth' , a book that was recommended by "the Initiated Knights and Brothers of Asia" and used by the "Philalethes") "and assumes the role of mentor andteacher" (source: Sar Ignatius). It is not certain that Saint-Martin founded anorder of any kind, however, there's some evidence, if slight, found in privatecorrespondences, in which one finds references to the existence of a groupcalled the "Société des Initiées" (Society of Initiates, founded in 1785 byWillermoz). The 'group' is also referred to as the "Société des Intimes" (Societyof Friends). According to leading French Martinist researchers and authorities,such as the late Robert Ambelain and Robert Amadou, the "Société desIntimes" referred to the Elus Cohen of which Saint-Martin himself was amember. In a small booklet published by Gence, "Notice biographique sur L. C.de Saint-Martin" it is stated that it has never been the intention of L.C. deSaint-Martin to establish a rite, order, cult or whatsoever. Cf. R. Amadou in hisportrait of L. C. de Saint-Martin, presents the following quote of Saint-Martin ; "Ma secte, c'est la Providence ; mes prosélytes, c'est moi ; mon culte,c'est la justice....", (freely transl.) "My sect - it's called Providence, My <
prosélyte>, it'sme ; My Cult, it's Justice…".Anyway, in both cases the group/society is represented by the initials"S.I." ("Supérieur Inconnu"). The followers of Saint-Martin (in variouseuropean countries, including Russia) met in small circles, which werebased on 'personal initiation' (the initiator employs the biblical "laying onof hands" upon the initiate). According to Sar Ignatius (R+C MartinistOrder ) the ceremony comes directly from an order called THE
. Saint-Martin had used the ancient order,thus Sar I., as a "blueprint" to create his 'circles', sometimes referred toas the SOCIETY OF SAINT- MARTIN. The ceremony of the 'personalinitiation' also included a ritual which was derived from the Elus Cohen.Saint-Martin's initiation conferred the quality of "Unknown Superior",