course, the individuals lose all faith in everything that is claimed and said by the lecturer,and their confidence and trust is directed toward our organization instead.
However, all of that is beside the question. We are not accusing Mr. Hall of being aserious or an important enemy of AMORC, and most certainly we cannot classify him as afriend.
But when Mr. Hall advertises widely that he is going to lecture on “The Secret Rites,Rituals and Teachings of the Rosicrucians and Freemasons,” or “The Mystical Elements of Freemasonry,” or “The Secret Brotherhood of the Rosicrucians,” and on Bacon andShakespeare and similar subjects, thousands of our members and many more thousandsof friends of our members and still more thousands of sincere seekers begin to ask a fewpertinent questions. First of all, they ask, “Is Mr. Hall a member of the recognizedRosicrucian Brotherhood and a member of the Freemasonic Fraternity, and is he arecognized authority on the lives of Bacon and Shakespeare ?”
So far as the authentic and recognized Rosicrucian Order is concerned, we can definitelysay that he is not known in Europe or in America as a member of the AMORC or any other branch of the recognized Rosicrucian activities throughout the world, nor has he ever beensuch a member. As to whether or not he is a Freemason, I am not qualified to say,although it is seriously questioned by those who are capable of making certain tests. Butthat is entirely beside the point of my present argument. As for my knowledge about thelives of Bacon and Shakespeare, from things I have read that he has written, he evidentlyknows less about Bacon than anyone I have ever known who claimed to be ready andprepared to speak or lecture on the subject.
Mr. Hall has written some books with titles which lead the reader to think that he is goingto find many secrets revealed. Mr. Hall still has the old-fashioned and strange idea that“Christian Rosenkreutz” founded, established, invented or created the RosicrucianFraternity and first introduced it into Germany. And he has many other ideas aboutRosicrucianism that are just as strange as that. He presents an interesting program in hiscircular matter and he certainly awakens the interest of a sincere seeker who has never heard of him before, and all are agreed that during the course of his lectures he expressessome ideas in such superlative and flowery language that one is not quite sure what hemeans; but as for revealing any secrets or telling the average seeker anything he doesnot know that will lead him to a real path of development and unfoldment, I have yet tohear of any real investigator who would endorse him as either a lecturer or a teacher.
Now I trust that none of our members are going to think that Mr. Hall is injuring theAMORC organization and that that is why we are making these remarks of a criticalnature. Our members have asked what we knew of him and what we thought of him and Iam trying to be frank and yet conservative. We have never lifted a finger of protestagainst the many erroneous statements Mr. Hall has made, although on occasions someof our members who could not remain reticent and silent during his unfair diatribes againstAMORC have listened to his speeches and protested. Mr. Hall and a hundred more likehim making the same statements across the country could not do any real serious injury toAMORC unless they went far enough to indulge in incriminating charges which theyhappily evade doing.But we do not like to have our members and their friends go to the Manly Hall lectures andspend even a small admission fee or the carfare or gasoline to journey to the lecture andget a seat inside, if they are expecting any real knowledge or any real help. If they areseeking some form of entertainment, or want to study a man who is volubly lecturing on asubject of which he knows nothing, then Manly Hall proves quite satisfying and perhapsnot at all disappointing.