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Southern District of New York, ss.
W BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the 24th day of March, ************ ***L: 3.**** A. D. 1827, in the 51st year of the Independence of the United * ********** States of America, Mary Hanlon, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof she claims as proprietress, in the words following, to wit:
" Revelations in Masonry, made by a late member of the craft. In four parts, a new edition, carefully revised and corrected by the author. In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States, entitled “An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled “ An Act, supplementary to an Act, en. titled an Act for the encouragement of learping, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
FRED, I. BETTS,
Tappan Prerhan 2'13-1932
. REVELATIONS IN MASONRY,
The reader will perceive, that the drift of the Knight Templars degree, and these Rosicrusian degrees, is to make Masonry begin in Judaism and to end in Christianity as the religion of the Bible begins in Judaism and ends in Christianity. It is a disjointed concern, has no connection, and would satisfy no sensible and reasoning mind.
A DESCRIPTION OF THE ROSICRUCIAN OR NE
PLUS ULTRA DEGREE.
This dignity is considered as the neplus ultra of masonry. The possession of it is of that importance, that the members have a right to be admitted into the inferior lodges without examination. Yet the Knights of the Rosy Cross are more particular in demanding demonstrative proof from strangers, than any other order of masonry. They will not except as a
visitor any brother unless he is well known, or can give a . ready answer to every question proposed. They advance no
person who has not been admitted into all the preceding de-
The officers are called most wise, orator, secretary, and master of the ceremonies. The brethren are stiled most respectful knights. .
The Jewel of this dignity is a triangle formed by a compass and a quarter of a circle. In the centre is a cross, upon which is a rose, and upon the quarter of the circle is a pelican, bleeding to feed her young. The Jewel is tied to a black rose and pendant to a black collar, in the first point, and to a crimson in the second.
The most wise is seated on the third step of the altar, with his head supported by one of his hands. He strikes five equal and two quick strokes, saying :-What hour is it.
A. The first hour of the day.
M. W. It is time, then, to commence our labors. Invite the most respectable knights to assist us to open the sovereign chapter of the Rosy Cross. We are overcome with grief; the veil of the temple is rent; the columns of mason'ry are broken; the cubical stone has sweated blood and water; the word is in danger of being lost and it is almost finished. · Most respectable Knights, let us confer with each other and trace the outlines of the word, before it is too late. (They make up the word I. N. R. I.) I congratulate you all, that the word is known. What else remains for us to do?
Orator. Most wise, we respect the decrees of the most high, render homage to the supreme architect, and bend the knee to him from whom we derive our existence.
The chapter rises and turns towards the east, makes the sign, bends forward and kneels. Then all rise up and strike seven with their hands, saying, Oyer.
M. W. I declare this sovereign chapter to be assembled. Give notice to the candidate to present himself.
The candidate is in the chamber of the last degree and writes his name, his address, the degrees in masonry through which he has passed, and states his age to be thirty-three. The master of the Ceremonies conducts him to the door and demands admission as a Knight of the Red Cross, which is answered with the report of a Rosicrucian.
M. W. See who waits.
M. C. A candidate requests entrance to explore the mysteries of this degree?
A ballot for his admission takes place, and, if in the affirmative the chapter gives seven plaudits, exclaiming oyer three times.
M. W. Permit the candidate to enter.
At this moment, the M. C. puts the insignia of a Rosicrucian on him and conducts him into the chapter. The members appear sorrowful. He presents him by acquainting the