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The History of Freemasonry Vol. IV 1906 - Mackey

The History of Freemasonry Vol. IV 1906 - Mackey

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THE
 
HISTORY
OF
FREEMASONRY
 ITS LEGENDS AND TRADITIONSITS CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY
B
Y
ALBERT GALLATIN MACKEY, M.D.,33
 
THE HISTORY OF THE
 
SYMBOLISM OF FREEMASONRY
 
THE
 
ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE
 
AND THE
 
ROYAL ORDER OF SCOTLAND
 
BY WILLIAM R. SINGLETON,33
 
WITH AN
 
ADDENDA 
BY WILLIAM JAMES HUGHAN
 
P.·. S.·. G.·. D.·.
OF
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OF
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NGLAND
—P.·. S.·. G.·. W.·.
OF
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GYPT
,
ETC
.
 
V
OLUME
F
OUR
 
PUBLISHED BY
 THE MASONIC HISTORY COMPANYN
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ORK AND
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ONDON
 
 
 
 
 CHAPTER XXIX
 
ORGANIZATION OF THE GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND
 
E have now reached the most interesting portionof the history of Freemasonry. We are gettingaway from the regions of legend and tradition,and are passing into the realm of authenticrecords. And though at this early period thereis a sparseness of these records, and sometimesa doubtfulness about their meaning, which willoccasionally compel us to build our hypothesis on the foundation of plausible conjecture and reasoning, still, to whatever conclusionswe may come, they will, of course, be more satisfactory to the mindthan if they were wrought out of mere mythical and traditionary nar-ratives.
 
It has already been shown that the Guild or Fraternity of Free-masons from the earliest period of its history had admitted into itsconnection persons of rank and influence who were not workmenof the Craft.
 
In this usage it followed the example of the Roman Collegesof Artificers, whose patrons were selected to secure to the corpora-tions a protection often needed, from the oppressive interference of the government.
 
Thus, when after the decadence of the Roman Empire, archi-tecture, which had fallen into decline, began to revive, the Masonswere employed in the construction of religious edifices, the dignita-ries of the Church naturally became closely connected with theworkmen, while many of the monks were operative masons. Bish-ops and abbots superintended the buildings, and were thus closelyconnected with the Guild.
 
This usage was continued even after the Freemasons had with-drawn from all ecclesiastical dependence, and up to the 18th centurynon-operatives were admitted into full membership of the Fraternity,under the appellation of Gentlemen or Theoretic Masons, or as
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