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quite fatigued, laid myself down to sleep, where I remained until my companions entered the cave crying out revenge.
Q. How did Solonion receive you on your presenting the head of the traitor to him.
A. With indignation, as he had proposed to himself much gratification in punishing the villain and even doomed my death; but on account of my zeal forgave me.
Q. What did the dark chamber represent, into which you were conducted before your reception.
A. It is the representation of the cave, where the traitor was found by me.'
Q. How came you to be left there blindfolded,
A. To call to my mind the traitors sleep, and how often we may think ourselves secure, after committing a crime, when we are in the most danger.
Q. How did the elect walk.
A. Darkness obliged them to put their hands before their heads, to prevent injury, by coming against an obstruction. · And as the road was bad and uneven, they were obliged to cross their legs, and, for that reason, we sit in that posture in the chapter.
Q. What does the dog represent, which you see in the draft.
A. The unknown person, or good citizen, who conducted the elected.
Q. What does the naked arm with the dagger mean.
A. The grief still subsisting for Hiram Abiff, though his murderer was punished, as it was perpetrated by masons, and some of them yet unpunished.
Q. What emblems do you use to explain the number of nine elected.
A. First, nine red roses, at the bottom of our black order. Second, nine lights in the chapter. And third, nine strokes to gain admittance. These are the emblems of the nine elected, and red is the emblem of the blood that was spilt in the temple and ordered to remain there, till revenge was completed.
Q. How do you wear the black order in this chapter.
A. From the left shoulder to the right hip, with a poignard hanging to the bottom of it.
Q. What colour is your apron.
A. A white skin bordered and lined with black, spotted with red, and, on the flap, is painted a bloody arm holding a bloody dagger.
Q. With what is this chapter hung.
A. White; red and white mixed with flames; white flames and red flames; and red on the white. The one indicates the blood that was spilt, and, the other, the ardour and purity of the elect.
Q. Why have you no more than one warden.
A. Because the chapter was always held in Solomon's Palace, where there was no one but his favourite privy to what passsed.
Q. What is there more to be done.
A. Nothing, as every thing is achieved, and Hiram Abiff revenged.
Q. Give me the pass-word.
A. Begulgal, is a word which signifies faithful guardian or chief of the tabernacle, fitend or chosen favourite.
Q. Have you any other pass-words.
Q. At what time did the nine elected set out on their journey to the cave.
A. Just at dark.
Form of closing the Chapter. Solomon makes the sign, by putting his hand to his forehead and says :-My brethren, let us renew our obligation. The brethren make the sign with their daggers, first striking the head and then the heart. Solomon strikes 8 and 1: Stolkin does the same : and the chapter is closed.
TO MR. RICHARD CARLILE DORCHESTER GAOL.
Hull, 16 August, 1825. THE account you published of the late Wm, Stephens, of this place was perfectly correct. - In his manners he was mild ard inoffensive, and so far was the acquirement of knowledge from making him averse to labour, as some imagine, that, though he was a slender man, he would frequently perform as much work as two ordinary man.
My wife visited him a short time before he died, --He desired her to assure me, that he should die a true Materialist, and parodying the expression of Addison, when on his death bed, he added “ See how a Materialist can die,”
Several Christian writers have exulted at Addison's exclamation, as affording a complete proof of the truth of the Christian religion- Was you disposed to imitate their logic, you might now adduce a similar proof of the truth of Materialism---I continue so sceptical as to reject such proofs of any Creed, but remain with best wishes for your welfare, Dear Sir, your obedient Servant,
TO MR. RICHARD CARLILE, DORCHESTER GAOL.
Bristol, August 6, 1825. I Have with very great pleasure perused your excellent, and correct, exposure of one of the greatest humbugs that ever crept into the mind of man (Freemasonry) and I cannot refrain from embracing the earliest opportunity of expressing my thanks for the part you have acted on the occasion. Though it is sometime since I discarded and disowned the fraternity, from their animosity and hostilities toward each other in this city. I cannot but reflect and look back with shame at my former folly and ignorance. Figure to your brilliant imagination, if you possibly can, any thing a hundredth part so absurd, as a set of men, some of them really not deficient in intellect and ability, met together and dressed up as puppets, more fit for our ensuing fair, in old silk or velvet dresses, of various colours, pur. chased at a rag shop, or made from their wives or mistresses cast off pelisses, gowns or petticoats; a surgeon, as Commandant Knight of the Rosy Cross Knights; an Attorney, as commander of the Knight Templars and Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem ; an Auctioneer, late a Methodist Preacher, &c. &c. &c., as commander of the Knights of the East; a Salt Man and Banker, as Commander of the Scotch Knights, who appeared, not long since, at a masquerade, in the same dress, a very proper place, you will admit, I am certain ; a Jaw Bone Cracker or Dentist, as Commander of the Nine elect, representing the great and wise Solo. mon himself; with a Pork-butcher, Pigman, Sausage Maker and Roman Catholic, &c., as Generalissimo, or great and grand superintendant plagiarist of Finch, and Co., alias Charlatan Major of the higher orders of Noodles, armed in mockery to hurl a mock revenge upon a people for no other offence than because they inhabit. ed a spot of ground on which tradition says that a god was put to death! But here we have many more orders or degrees than you communicate as forthcoming ---here we have the Grand Grand Kadosh, Order of Misraim, Le Orion or Egyp tian Masonry, &c. &c. &c. As a specimen of their brotherly love, I send you some squibs, which they throw at each other.
Yours, Sir and Brother,
HIRAM THE SECOND.
Five Shillings worth of Fun, and a Crown's worth of laughter, the Free Masons are
mad and Bridge Street is all in an uproar.
Who would knock down, so pretty, the rabble, if rude,
To be seen during the Fair, at the Sluve Mason's Hall, Bridge Street
GRAND COLLECTION OF NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL CURIOSITIES. The natural curiosities consist of a Bengal Tiger, whose ferocity is only equalled by its stupidity. A Black muzzled Cur, that answers to the name of Jack, very fond of sleeping on wool; it is more of the Bully than of the Bull breed, being most noisy when it is most gently used: yet is so extremely delicate, that it is much afraid of contamination. A Monkey of the Pug sort, and Dandy Species, something in features like a Jew, and appears on inspection to have undergone circumcision. A great German Boar, soft and gentle in its manners, but partaking of the nature of the Bear-if it hugs it is sure to hurt. A large Qurang Outáng, or Wild Man, so tamed as to have learned the art of a Black-smith, and will draw a piece of gold wire to the admiration of the company. A large collection of Asses from the Zebra to the stupid Jack. Among the artificial Curiosities is a view of the ruins of Solomon's Temple, with the armour of * * * * * * * * Grand Master of the Knight Templars, who was burnt for Sodomy and other unnatural practices ; for which crimes, and their prevalency in the order, it was condemned and the order exterminated.
Note.--I hope this Bristol Friend and Brother will furnish me with a description of the degrees he mentions. I have before heard, that Bristol is a hot bed for the more ridiculous part of Masonry and have wished for a communications with a Masonic brother in that city or neighbourhood. I shall be very glad to hear again from Hiram the second. It should have been the third, as tradition already mentions two masons of that name.
DR. STODDART, A BLASPHEMER OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
AND OF THE GODS OF THE CHRISTICOLES !!!
The doctor has lately sent the following paragraphs through all the newspapers of the country, by printing it in his, headed as the reader will here find it :
NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS.—By a calculation, ingeniously made, it is found that, were the inhabitants of the known world divided into thirty parts, nineteen are still possessed by Pagans, six by Jews and Mahometans, two by Christians of the Greek and Eastern Churches, and three by those of the Church of Rome and Protestant communion. If this calculation be accurate, Christianity, taken in its largest latitude, bears no greater proportion to the other religions, than five to twentyfive, or one to fire. If we regard the number of inhabitants on the face of the globe, the proportion of Christians to other religionists is not much greater; for, according to a calculation made in a pamphlet published originally in America, and republished in London, in 1812, the inhabitants of the world amount to
about 800,000,000, and its Christian population to only 200,000,000: viz, in Asia, 2,000,000; Africa, 2,000,000 ;- Europe, 177,000,000, America, 18,000,000; the Greek and Eastern Churches, 30,000,000: the Papists, 100,000,000; the Protestants, 70,000,000. The Pagans are estimated at 461,00,000; the Mahometans, at 130,000,000; the Jews, at 9,000,000. If a generation last 30 years, then in that space, 800,000,000 will be born and die; consequently, 73,059 suffer death every day, 3,044 every hour, 51 every minute, and, awful to reflect, nearly one every moment.---New Times.
There is more meant by this paragraph, than at first meets the eye. Why is it headed—"number of Christiuns." As sure as I am in Dorchester Gaol, towards the end of a sixth year's imprisonment, for blaspheming this Christian Religion, Dr. Stoddart has been taught to see the iinportance and necessity of joining me in my blasphemy, and that promptly! What he has published against Christianity, to be sure is but a matter of fact, visible to all who will look and count ; but such, also, bave been the whole of my publishings against Christianity.
Here is a system called Christianity, invented, say Christians, and set a going, by an omnipotent and omniscient god, after many thousand years of labour, cogi. tation and scheming, for the benefit of mankind So important was the subject deemed, that, say they, this very god, to begin it, assumed the human form and character, and suffered himself to be deprived of life, as a criminal, that the race, or generations of the race to come, should be told, that he had sufl'ered enough to expiate all human offences, past and future, if each human being would but ask him for a share of that expiation. They say, also, that this knowlege is to spread all over the earth. The Doctor has helped us to a statement of its progress, after eighteen hundred years of real hard labour on the part of this God and his followers! He tells us, that, after the countless millions of buinan beings that have suffered pain indescribable to propagate, or for propagating, or for opposing, this system; after more wealth has been wasted upon it, than the earth has now on its surface : after all the exertions of a God, who made the universe in six dars, and all the mate. rials to begin with ; after all that the Bible Societies, Tract Societies and Missionary Sociсties have done and are doing to help this omnipotent god, he has now, after eighteen centuries, but one in six of all the inhabitants on the face of the earth, that know or respect his new soul saving scheme! What can be a more damning fact against Christianity, its God, or religion of any kind? Of these two hundred million christians, which, by the bye, is beyond the fact, as to number, we may safely calculate, that one hundred millions are as ignorant as the cattle of the field, and would precede or follow their driver (priest) any where ; and that about fifty millions are so far enlightened, t.ave knowledge enough, to scout the Christian Religion as an absurdity, though passing among a multitude as Christians. The remaining fisty niillions, we may divide into fifty inveterate sects, damning and cursing each other, each proclaiming that the menubers of one sect can alone claim a share in the criminal and deicidal expiation! Such, then, is Christianity, as seen by your blasphemous exposition, O Dr. Stoddart! This exposition fairly considered and calculated speaks far more powerfully than Paine s * Age of Reason." This “ Age of Reason” will pass for a Christian Book, before its author has been dead half a century. O! how I rejoice, even at my six years of imprisonment, for bav. ing assaulted this dumned absurdity; now, even, damned as an absurdity by you; Dr. Stoddart!
There is, another fact, which tells a strange story against the Christian · Almighty :' that Christianity was at its zenith in the seventh century, and that it has been on the decline ever since Mahomet opposed it with lis new system! And now, there is not a Christian alive, priest or layman, who will fairly stand forth and defend his religion before me! My very gaolers skulk before melike frightened dogs, upon this subject.
I'he Doctor, by his conclusion, means to shew us another fact, when he says, that a human being dies every moment. It is laughable, as weil as awful, when we consider the Christian doctrine, that the bulk of these beings are to be crammed into a lake of fire called hell! The numbers dying, at one a minute, runs thus : 60 in an hour; 1,440 in a day ; 10,080 in a week; 10,320 in a month ; 525,600 in a