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The Master Masons Guide - A Utley

The Master Masons Guide - A Utley

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Published by Ryan McIlhon
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865,
By Andrew J. Utley,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Unites States for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Preface:
Notwithstanding t here is a multiplicity of Masonic Manuals and Monitors, compiled and arranged by able and skillful craftsmen, yet in the opinion of the compiler of the following pages, they all fall far short of supplying the wants and demands of the Master Mason. It is true that many of them contain the information that Master Mason is in search of, and afford light on all of exoteric Masonry, yet they are objectionable, not because they fail to tell that which the Master Mason desires to know and which he should know, but because they occupy so much of their space in telling that in which he has no interest.
Most of the Monitors now in use contain from three hundred to five hundred pages, about one hundred of which are devoted to Blue Lodge Masonry, while the rest of the work is explanatory of the Chapter, the Council, the Order of High-Priesthood, the Encampment, &c. Now it is a fact that only about one Mason in ten ever goes higher in the order than the degree Master Mason, and consequently feels comparatively little interest in the higher order of Masonry. The candidate, after having attained to the degree of Master Mason, thereby entitling himself to all the right and benefits of the order, instinctively looks around him for a Master Mason's Monitor by which to strengthen and refresh his memory ; but the search is vain. There are plenty of Monitors containing the monitorial of Blue Lodge Masonry, but they are also Monitors for the Chapter, the Council, the Encamplment, &c.; and in order to get the one hundred pages that he does want, he is obliged to buy the three hunred that he does not want, and has no use for. This is not only an unnecessary burthen and tax upon the fraternity, but results in furnishing to Master Masons, at an exorbitant price, a Monitor which is in reality worth to them less money than one containing exactly what they want, printed and bound in a neat, compact form. Our present Monitors are cumbrous and unwieldly, burthensome to carry, and for that very reason, frequently mislaid and lost; where-as, a Monitor containing only what a Master Mason needs, printed in a small, compact form, might, without inconvenience, be carried in your pocket, and would always be an agreeable and instructive companion. Such a Monitor I have endeavored to make THE MASTER MASON's GUIDE.
It contains all that is proper to publish of the opening and closing ceremonies of Blue Lodge Masonry; all the necessary and useful forms and the monitorial of the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft's and Master Mason's degrees. It also contains the complete Funeral Services,
the Installation Services, the Dedication Services, the order of Public Processions, &c. This work has been carefully compiled from and compared wiith the established work of this State, and made to conform in every particular to the requirements of the Grand Lodge.
In conclusion I will say, that in the MASTER MASON's GUIDE I offer to the Fraternity a full, accurate and complete Monitor of BLUE LODGE MASONRY, bound in a convenient and substantial form, for one-third of the cost of the Monitors now in use, and the necessity of work of this kind, peculiarly fitted and adapted to the wants of the Master Mason, is my apology to the Fraternity for adding another to the long list of Monitors now in Use.

A. J. UTLEY.
St. Johns, MICH, Aug., 1865
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865,
By Andrew J. Utley,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Unites States for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Preface:
Notwithstanding t here is a multiplicity of Masonic Manuals and Monitors, compiled and arranged by able and skillful craftsmen, yet in the opinion of the compiler of the following pages, they all fall far short of supplying the wants and demands of the Master Mason. It is true that many of them contain the information that Master Mason is in search of, and afford light on all of exoteric Masonry, yet they are objectionable, not because they fail to tell that which the Master Mason desires to know and which he should know, but because they occupy so much of their space in telling that in which he has no interest.
Most of the Monitors now in use contain from three hundred to five hundred pages, about one hundred of which are devoted to Blue Lodge Masonry, while the rest of the work is explanatory of the Chapter, the Council, the Order of High-Priesthood, the Encampment, &c. Now it is a fact that only about one Mason in ten ever goes higher in the order than the degree Master Mason, and consequently feels comparatively little interest in the higher order of Masonry. The candidate, after having attained to the degree of Master Mason, thereby entitling himself to all the right and benefits of the order, instinctively looks around him for a Master Mason's Monitor by which to strengthen and refresh his memory ; but the search is vain. There are plenty of Monitors containing the monitorial of Blue Lodge Masonry, but they are also Monitors for the Chapter, the Council, the Encamplment, &c.; and in order to get the one hundred pages that he does want, he is obliged to buy the three hunred that he does not want, and has no use for. This is not only an unnecessary burthen and tax upon the fraternity, but results in furnishing to Master Masons, at an exorbitant price, a Monitor which is in reality worth to them less money than one containing exactly what they want, printed and bound in a neat, compact form. Our present Monitors are cumbrous and unwieldly, burthensome to carry, and for that very reason, frequently mislaid and lost; where-as, a Monitor containing only what a Master Mason needs, printed in a small, compact form, might, without inconvenience, be carried in your pocket, and would always be an agreeable and instructive companion. Such a Monitor I have endeavored to make THE MASTER MASON's GUIDE.
It contains all that is proper to publish of the opening and closing ceremonies of Blue Lodge Masonry; all the necessary and useful forms and the monitorial of the Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft's and Master Mason's degrees. It also contains the complete Funeral Services,
the Installation Services, the Dedication Services, the order of Public Processions, &c. This work has been carefully compiled from and compared wiith the established work of this State, and made to conform in every particular to the requirements of the Grand Lodge.
In conclusion I will say, that in the MASTER MASON's GUIDE I offer to the Fraternity a full, accurate and complete Monitor of BLUE LODGE MASONRY, bound in a convenient and substantial form, for one-third of the cost of the Monitors now in use, and the necessity of work of this kind, peculiarly fitted and adapted to the wants of the Master Mason, is my apology to the Fraternity for adding another to the long list of Monitors now in Use.

A. J. UTLEY.
St. Johns, MICH, Aug., 1865

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