Parfaite Estime” from 1783-88, the founder of “La Société Olympique” in 1785, and a member of theParis Lodge “Centre des Amis” in 1793.
Permanent, official correspondence between the Illuminati and Savalette’s Amis Réunis was establishedin 1784. Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig von Beulwitz (1755-1829), the head of the Rudolstadt Illuminati wasinitiated into the Amis Réunis in 1784, while visiting Paris, and received into the 11
class of thePhilalèthes. Another Illuminatus, Sigismund Falgera (1752-1790) was already initiated into the AmisRéunis in 1784 (to 1789) and was appointed the official Illuminati correspondent/liaison to the ParisLodge.
The famous trip Johann Joachim Christoph Bode (then head of the Illuminati) had made from Weimar toParis in 1787 has been for over 200 years a source of speculation. It turns out, however, that Bode hadkept a travel journal that was only recently rediscovered and published for the first time in 1994. This,along with a letter Bode sent to Illuminatus Christian, Prince of Hessen-Darmstadt (1763-1830) atprecisely the same time, includes the explicit admission that the Master of the Amis Réunis and thePhilalèthes, Savalette de Langes, after over a month of meetings and talks with Bode, was persuaded to join the Illuminati. He was initiated on August 1
, 1787, followed three days later by Jean-Baptiste-Marie-Adéodat Taillepied de Bondy (1741-1822) and Alexandre-Louis Roëttiers de Montaleau (1748-1808). This hitherto unknown secret Lodge of the Illuminati in Paris had decided to operate underanother name –
. Little else is known save the pledge to work toward the “healthy reason”of the politically inclined Illuminati. Additional Amis Réunis recruits during Bode’s visit were Jean-Baptiste Le Sage (1757/67-1838) and Francois-Antoine Lemoyne Daubermesnil (1748-1802).Yet even before this, other Illuminati were simultaneously members of the Amis Réunis – CountKolowrat, for one (see below) – and it would be hard to believe that they hadn’t at least tried to“Illuminize” this most important Lodge in Paris. In this regard, about all we can safely say is that thereremains a lack of documentation about any successes the Illuminati may have had in France
In the letter to Christian von Darmstadt, Bode outlined some specifics about how the Illuminati wouldoperate in France:1.
Correspondences should be marked with a cross. In this way, out of politeness and respect,rejections from the censors would be few;2.
The utilization of a standard Masonic cipher, but for the ninth key, the word St. ... [a gap in thetext, perhaps deliberately] from an agreed upon almanac;
See Beaurepaire, op. cit., and Hermann Schüttler,
(Munich: Ars Una 1991),p. 132-3.
Die Mitglieder desIlluminatenordens 1776-1787/93
(1991), Schüttler mentions that Falgera, after being initiated into the Illuminati in 1782,became the Order’s propagandist for France, also listing his membership in the Amis Réunis and the new Chapter it had formedin 1788. At any rate, both Beulwitz and Falgera, in 1784, managed to establish official contact between the Illuminati in Bavariaand the Amis Réunis in Paris.