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PREFACE.

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HAVING been honoured by the approbation of the Officers of the General Grand Chapter of the United States, and of most of the Grand Lodges, and Officers of Grand Lodges, in the individual States, as a Grand Lecturer;—and having, by virtue of their sanction and authority, officiated in that capacity for several years ; the Author of this volume has had an opportunity of witnessing the mode of lecturing, and working, in many different Lodges. It is not surprising, therefore, if, in the course of his experience, some errors in the practice of these branches should have fallen within his observation. These have undoubtedly originated from a want of uniformity; and although they may not be considered as radical evils, in relation to the hidden mysteries of the Fraternity, yet they would certainly be regarded as defects in that system, the perfect preservation of which, is at once the pride and glory of every enlightened mason.

Among these errors may be mentioned, the improper classification of inasonic emblems; and a difference in the mode of working

To obviate these inaccuracies, is the object of this work. It contains a classification of the emblems, together with illustrations, that have been approved and adopted by a majority of the Lodges of the United States. So far, therefore, as they are connected with the mode of working, and of lecturing, the evils which have been suggested, will be obviated by an attention to this treatise : and so far only does the Author claim any merit in having contributed towards establishing a standard, which he flatters himself may serve as a safe and sure guide to his Brethren, in some parts of their labours.

The illustrations, &c. are selected from the compilations of Preston, Webb, and other established authorities, accompanied by such alterations and emendations, as were deemed necessary to a strict conformity with the Ancient System.

With a hope that his exertious to benefit them may not prove fruitless, the Author respectfully submits his work TO THE FRATERNITY OF FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.

PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION.

SINCE the publication of the first edition of the Masonic CHART, it has been adopted as a Text-Book by most of the Lodges and Chapters in this country.

The highest expectations of the author have been more than realized in the reception of the first and second editions by his Masonic Brethren. Its beneficial effects in promoting a uniformity in our mode of working and lecturing, have induced him to present to the Fraternity the third edition, with some additions and emendations. If his labours shall in any degree contribute to the advancement of a Society, in which he feels a lively interest, he will be abundantly compensated. It has been his constant aim to place the Masonic Institution upon its proper basis. The correct Mason will ever be more esteemed than the over-zealous or coldly indifferent members of the Society. A Mason who is thoroughly acquainted with the tenets and nature of this Institution, ranks it among the first of human origin, and as inculcating the purest of moral principles, and as having a powerful tendency, where strict discipline is judiciously administered agreeably to the tenets of the Institution, to improve the morals of its members, and to open and expand their hearts to acts of charity and pure benevolence. Those who elevate masonry to a level withi-revealed religion, and those who rank it below the standard of pure morality, are equally unacquainted with its true object.

That every Brother and Companion may possess a correct knowledge of the nature and principles of our excellent Institution, and that their conduct may be such through life as to convince all with whom they may have intercourse, that our great aim is to inculcate FRIENDSHIP, MORALITY, BROTHERLY LOVE, and CHARITY, is the earnest and sincere wish of

THE AUTHOR.

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IN presenting the fourth edition of the Masonic Chart to the Fraternity, the Author is happy to state that but few alterations in the last edition are necessary, except in the Emblems and Hieroglyphics, which are much improved by new designs, emendations and additions. While he believes the work has been much improved in accordance with the principles of the Institus tion, he yet feels conscious that some defects may be discovered by the scrutinizing eye of his more experienced Brethren; he would therefore solicit their forbearance and candor. In taking a retrospective view of the Institution, it is truly gratifying to every upright and correct Mason, to notice the great improvement which has been made within a few years past.- In an institution like ours, however, which is founded ou the MORAL Law of God, and requires that all her members should walk in accordance thereto, we can easily discern that much remains to be done—Especially should it not be forgotten that the very nature of the Institution forbids the admission of any to mem. bership, except men sustaining the straitest moral character, and that no Lodge can be justified in receiving candidates solely for the purpose of increasing their members or their funds.Let them strictly adhere to the Masonic rule, and let the “ internal and not the external qualifications of the man" be the standard for admission. As every man, on entering a Lodge, first puts his trust in God, and then takes the “ Holy SCRIPTURES to be the rule and guide of his faith and practice,” so none should be suffered to remain members who deviate there. from.

It is the intention of the Author of this little volume, by the leave of Divine Providence, to present to bis Masonic Brethren,

soon as convenient, a new and improved edition of the " Masonic Book of Constitutions," a work which is often alluded to, but seldom seen, except in a few Lodges. It is designed to give a brief History of Masonry from its commencement up to the present time, comprising also observations on the regulations of Lodges, duties of Officers, admission of Candidates, duty of Discipline, forms of Petitions, Warrants, Char-, ters, &c. &c. with a complete list of all tbe Encampments,

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Councils, Chapters and Lodges in the United States. The Au. thor is well aware that in many parts of our country, wbicki have been highly favoured with Masonic light and knowledge, a work of this kind would be of minor consequence, but there are many sections which have not been thus highly favoured, and where it would tend to adyance the true interests of the Institution.'

The Author would improve this favourable opportunity in calling upon all Christian Masons to lend their aid in elevating the Institution to its proper level, by influencing every Mason by example, exhortation and persuasion, to live up to the moral precepts which are inculcated in it. At the same time to guard them against relying on any merit in their own works as a title to that Rest beyond the grave, which is prepared for the chil. dren of God, -and to point them to Him, who is the way, the Truth and the LIFE-to the Lion of the tribe of Judah, to the great WATCHMAN of Israel, to our Divine REDEEMER, whose name is the only name which is given under Heaven whereby men can be saved--who has made an atonement for sin by the shedding of his own blood, and who has promised that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

That all his Brethren may not only be found Worthy, Free und Accepted Masons, but qualified by the Spirit of our God for a seat in that House not made with hands, Eternal in the Heav. ens, is the earnest prayer of

THE AUTHOR

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