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SANCTION.

GRAND ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER OF THE STATE OF

RHODE ISLAND.

Providence July 7, A. L. 5802. THE subscribers, having been appointed a committee to esamine a publication by companion Thomas S. WEBB, entitled, “TAE FREEMASON'S MONITOR,'' beg leave to report, that, having attended to the subject of their appointment, they are of opinion, that the said publication is replete with useful Masonic Information, and is fwly entitled to the sanction of this grand chapter,

JOHN CARLILE, R. A. K.
WM. WILKINSON, R. A.S.,
JER’H F. JENKINS, R. A. T.
NATHAN FISHER, R. A. C.

JOSEPH TILLINGHAST, R. A. C. Whereupon resolved unanimously, That this Grand Chapter recommend the aforesaid work to the attention and study of all the members of the fraternity to whom the same may come.

EXTRACT FROM THE RECORDS,

AMOS T. JENCKES, Grand Secrelary.

426b 1932

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PREFACE.

The following work, although chiefly intended for the use of the ancient and honourable só. ciety of Free and Accepted Masons, is also calcalated to explain the nature and design of the Masonic institution, to those who may be desirous of becoming acquainted with its principles, whether for the purpose of initiation into the society, or merely for the gratification of their curiosity.

The observations upon the first three degrees are many of them taken from Preston's Illustrations of Masonry,' with some necessary alterations. Mr. Preston's distribution of the first lecture into six, the second into four, and the third into twelve scctions, not being agreeable to the mode of working in America, they are different. ly arranged in this work.

It is presumed that all regular Lodges, and Royal Arch Chapters, will find it a useful assist. ant and Monitor; inasmuch as it contains most of the Charges, Prayers, and Scripture Passages, made use of at our meetings, and which are not otherwise to be found, without recourse to several volumes. This often occasions much delay in the recitals, produces many irregularities in their distribution, and sometimes causes important omissions.

The whole are here digested and arranged in such order, through the seyeral degrees, from the Entered Apprentice to the Royal Arch Mason, that they may be easily understood; and, by a due attention to their several divisions, the mode of working, as well in arrangement as matter, will become universally the same. This desirable object will add much to the happiness and satisfaction of all good Masons, and redound to the honour of the whole fraternity.

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CONTENTS.

PART L

BOOK I.

PAGR.

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CHAP
1. Origin of Masonry, and its general advantages

13
II. The Government of the Fraternity explained

15
The importance of the Secrets of Masonry demonstrated

17
IV. General Remarks

19
V. Ceremony of Opening and Closing a Lodge

20
Charge used at Opening a Lodge

23
Prayer used at Closing the Lodge

ib.
VI. Charges and Regulaticns for the Conduct and Behaviour of
Masons

24

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Ancient Charges.
On the Management of the Craft in Working

ib.
Laws for the Government of the Lodge

26
Charge on the Behaviour of Masons out of the Lodge ib.
VII. Pre-requisites for a Candidate

28
Form of a Petition to be presented by a Candidate for Ini-
tiation

29
Declaration to be assented to by a Candidate, in an adjoin-

ing apartment, previous to Initiation
VIII. Remarks on the first Lecture

31
The First Section

ib.
A Prayer used at the Initiation of a Candidate

32
The Second Section

34
The Badge of a Mason

35
The Third Section

36
* Of Brotherly Love

39
Of Relief

ib.
Of Truth

30

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