My Brother, being passed to the Second Degree
of Freemasonry, we congratulate you on your
preferment. The internal, and not the external,
qualifications of a man are what Masonry
As you increase in knowledge you will improve
in social intercourse.
It is unnecessary to recapitulate the duties
as a Fellow Craft you are bound to discharge,
to enlarge on the necessity of a strict
to them, as your own experience must have
established their value. Our laws and
you are strenuously to support, and be always
ready to assist in seeing them duly executed.
You are not to palliate or aggravate the
of your Brethren, but in the decision of every
trespass against our rules you are to judge
candor, admonish with friendship and reprehend
Be just and fear not. Never speak ill of anyone
unless you are sure that what you say be true.
Avoid suspicion; for, like the fabled upas, it
all healthy life and makes a desert round it.
Nothing so fair, nothing so pure can live, but
suspicion may be marred and blasted; no path
so straight but to suspicionís eye looks
and bent from its true end.
The study of the liberal arts, that valuable
of education which tends so effectually to
and adorn the mind, is earnestly recommended
to your consideration, especially the science
Geometry, which is established as the basis of
our art. Geometry, or Masonry, originally
synonymous terms, being of a divine and moral
nature, is enriched with the most useful
knowledge; while it proves the wonderful
properties of nature, it demonstrates the more
important truths of morality.
Your past behavior and regular deportment have
merited the honor we have conferred, and in
new character it is expected that you will
to the principles of the Order by steadily
persevering in the practice of every
Such is the nature of your engagement as a
Fellow Craft, and to these duties you are bound
by the most sacred ties.
WM: My Brother, there is a lecture in
this degree that it will be necessary for you
commit to memory and on which you must pass
a suitable examination in open Lodge, or as
provided by our Nevada Code, before you can
be Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master
Mason. I have no doubt that the Brother who
has instructed you thus far will be pleased to
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