By William Morgan
a choice from the HISTORICAL caricature OF the abduction OF WILLIAM MORGAN: Captain Morgan used to be born in Virginia, and was once a mason through exchange. He began the enterprise of a brewer at York, top Canada, in 1821, yet having misplaced all his estate by means of hearth, he got rid of to big apple kingdom, and labored at his exchange either in Rochester and Batavia. within the 12 months 1826 rumors have been heard that Morgan, in reference to different folks, was once getting ready and meant to post a ebook which might display the secrets and techniques of Freemasonry, and an pleasure of a few style existed with regards to the e-book of the e-book. within the month of September he was once seized less than feigned technique of the legislation, within the day time, within the village of Batavia, and forcibly carried to Canandaigua. Captain Morgan used to be at the moment preparing his e-book, which speculated to display the secrets and techniques of Freemasonry. This reflected e-book excited the alarm of the fraternity, and numbers of its individuals have been heard to claim that it may be suppressed in any respect occasions. conferences of delegates from different resorts within the Western counties has been held to plot capacity for many efficaciously fighting the ebook. The zealous participants of the fraternity have been offended, excited, and alarmed, and sometimes members threw out darkish and determined threats. approximately this time an incendiary try was once made to fireside the place of work of Col. Miller, the writer of the ebook. the crowd who seized Morgan at Batavia have been Masons. They took him to Canandaigua; after a ridicule trial he was once discharged, yet was once instantly arrested and devoted to criminal on a debt. the subsequent evening, within the absence of the jailer, he was once published from felony via the pretended friendship of a fake and hollow-hearted brother Mason. Upon leaving the legal door he was once seized within the streets of Canandaigua, and although his cries of homicide, he used to be thrust with ruffian violence right into a carriage ready for that objective. At Batavia he were torn from his home-from his spouse and toddler little ones. At Canandaigua he was once falsely beguiled from the secure custody of the legislation, and used to be forcibly carried, by way of relays of horses, via a thickly populated kingdom, within the house of little greater than twenty-four hours, to the space of 1 hundred and fifteen miles, and secured as a prisoner within the journal of fortress Niagara. This used to be in actual fact proved at the trial of people involved within the outrage, and who have been came across responsible and sentenced to varied phrases of imprisonment. The destiny of Captain Morgan used to be by no means recognized, however it is meant he used to be taken out into the lake, the place his throat used to be lower, and his physique sunken fifty fathoms in water. in regards to the related time, Col. David C. Miller, the writer of the publication, used to be additionally seized, in Batavia, less than the colour of criminal procedure, and brought to Le Roy. The avowed goal of Col. Miller's seizure used to be to take him the place Morgan was-and the place that used to be will be most sensible amassed from the impious assertion of 1 of the conspirators, James Ganson, for numerous years a member of our Legislature-that ''he used to be placed the place he may remain placed till God should still demand him.'' Miller was once, despite the fact that, set at liberty, because the population of Le Roy interfered with the schemes of his kidnappers. He quickly after placed to press the 1st a part of the quantity that is right here awarded to the general public. Additions were made to Captain Morgan's revelations, now and then, till we're now in a position to make public all of the Masonic levels of any notice or curiosity, entered into by way of sleek Freemasons.
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What are they? A. Humanity, Friendship, and Brotherly Love. Q. How were you then disposed of? A. I was conducted out of the Lodge, and invested of what I had been divested, and returned again in due season. SECOND SECTION. Question—Did you ever return to the SANCTUM SANCTORUM, or HOLY OF HOLIES, of King Solomon's Temple? Answer—I did. Q. Was there anything in particular took place on your return? A. , I was accosted by three ruffians, who demanded of me the Master Mason's word. Q. Did you ever give it to them?
From an ear of corn being placed at the water-ford. Q. Why was this pass instituted? A. In consequence of a quarrel which had long existed between Jephthah, Judge of Israel, and the Ephraimites, the latter of whom had long been a stubborn, rebellious people, whom Jephthah had endeavored to subdue by lenient measures, but to no effect. The Ephraimites being highly incensed against Jephthah, for not being called to fight and share in the rich spoils of the Ammonitish war, assembled a mighty army, and passed over the river Jordan to give Jephthah battle; but he, being apprised of their approach, called together the men of Israel, and gave them battle, and put them to flight; and to make his victory more complete, he ordered guards to be placed at the different passes on the banks of the river Jordan, and commanded, if the Ephraimites passed that way, that they should pronounce the word SHIBBOLETH; but they, being of a different tribe, pronounced it SIBBOLETH, which trifling defect proved them spies, and cost them their lives; and there fell that day, at the different passes on the banks of the river Jordan, forty and two thousand.
They then all assemble around the candidate, the Master having declared the first word spoken after the body was raised, should be adopted as a substitute for the Master's word, for the government of Master Mason's Lodges in all future generations; he proceeds to raise the candidate, alias the representative of the dead body of Hiram Abiff. He [the candidate] is raised on what is called the five points of fellowship, which are foot to foot, knee to knee, breast to breast, hand to back, and mouth to ear.