A Test Book of Masonic Jurisprudence; Illustrating the Written and Unwritten Laws of Freemasonary

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A Test Book of Masonic Jurisprudence; Illustrating the Written and Unwritten Laws of Freemasonary
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1872. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Lodge are laid down in the installation service as follows: He is required to he "of good morals, of great skill, true and trusty, aud a lover of the whole fraternity." There is much significance in this language : it portrays the qualifications of a Master under the three-fold heads of moral, intellectual, and social. He is required, in the first place, to be " of good morals." The teacher of the principles of virtue and morality, which it is the design of Freemasonry to inculcate, should himself be, if not an admirable pattern, at least not a notorious transgressor of those principles; for, as a distinguished member of the craft (Dr. Townsend, the Deputy Grand Master of Ireland,) has remarked: "The most elegant homily against those vices for which the preacher is distinguished, falls dead upon the ear; the most graceful eulogy of virtue is but disgusting in the lips of a man whose conduct gives the lie direct to his words ; but he who teaches good by example, will ever be listened to with respect."* But the Master is not only a teacher of his brethren, but he is their representative to the world, and it becomes peculiarly his duty, by his own exemplary conduct, to impress the world at large with a favorable opinion of the institution in which he holds so high a position, and of which his own exemplary or unworthy conduct will be considered * Lecture on the duty of the Master Am. Quart. lien, of Freemamnry, vol. i. p. 202. Thus, too, Aristotle Bays, " he who is to govern (the uv) must be perfect in (^diKa apery) moral virtue."--PoL lib. i. cap. ziii. by the uninitiated as a fair exponent. Mankind will very naturally presume that the members of a moral institution would hardly confer so important a trust upon an immoral or licentious brother, and they will judge...