A | B |
C | D |
E | F |
G | H |
I | J |
K | L |
O | P |
Q | R |
S | T |
U | V |
W | X |
Y | Z
In Hebrew the letter is n.
Cheth; the hieroglyph was an altar as in the illustration, and finally the
Hebrew n. The eighth letter in the alphabet, and in Hebrew has the value in
number of 8, while the Hebrew an, He, which is of the same hieroglyphic
formation, has the numerical valuation of 5.
H. . A. . B. .
An abbreviation of Hiram Abif
The Hebrew is "pipan", meaning
a struggler, a favorite. The eighth of the twelve minor prophets. No account
is contained in the Book of Habakkuk, either of the events of his life or the
date when he lived. He is believed by many to have flourished about 630 B. C.
In the Thirty-second Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, his
name answers to the passwords Tuesday and Xerxes.
The Hebrew is p'an, Intelligus.
Name of the initiate in the Fourth Degree of the modern French Rite, sometimes
given as Johaben, or Jabin.
The Hebrew word is probably "noan"
, the Fanum excelsum or high holy place. The French explanation is that the
word was applied to a holy place or an elevation near the altar in the Jewish
Tabernacle where a feast was prepared. Said to be used in the Thirtieth Degree
of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in France; it is not used in
HACQUET, G. A.
French notary at Port-au
Prince, subsequently a member of the Grand Orient of Paris, and President of
the Royal Arch Chapter at Paris in 1814.
An Arabic word, signifying the
traditions handed down by Mohammed and preserved by the Mohammedan doctors.
They are said to amount to 5266 in number. Many of the traditions of
Mohammedan Freemasonry are said to be borrowed from the Hadeeses, just as much
of the legendary lore of European Freemasonry is to be found in the Jewish
English Freemason said to have
attended the Occasional Lodge at The Hague for the conferring of the first two
Degrees on the Duke of Tuscany and Lorraine, afterwards Emperor Francis I.
William Preston (Illustrations of Masonry, 1812, page 231) asserts Brother
Hadly then acted as a Warden.
The second of the four gods
worshiped by the Arak tribe of Ad, before the time of Mohammed, to which Hud,
or Heber, was sent. These were Sakia, the god of rain; Hafedha, the preserver
from danger; Razeka, the provider of food; and Solemn, the god of health.
The old lectures taught the
doctrine, and hence it was the theory of the Freemasons of the eighteenth
century, that the landmark which requires all candidates for initiation to be
free born is derived from the fact that the promise which was given to Isaac,
the free-born son of Abraham and Sarah, was denied to Ishmael, the slave-born
son of the Egyptian bondwoman Hagar. This theory is entertained by Brother
Oliver in all his writings, as a part of the old Masonic system (see Free
According to Jewish tradition,
Haggai was born in Babylon during the captivity, and being a young man at the
time of the liberation by Cyrus, he came to Jerusalem in company with Joshua
and Zerubbabel, to aid in the rebuilding of the Temple. The work being
suspended during the reigns of the two immediate successors of Cyrus, on the
accession of Darius, Haggai urged the renewal of the undertaking, and for that
purpose obtained the sanction of the king. Animated by the courage and
patriotism of Haggai and Zechariah, the people prosecuted the work with vigor,
and the second Temple was completed and dedicated in the year 516 B.C.
In the Royal Arch system of
America, Haggai represents the Scribe, or third officer of a Royal Arch
Chapter. In the English system he represents the second officer, and is called
A city of the Netherlands,
formerly South Holland. Freemasonry was introduced there in 1731 by the Grand
Lodge of England, when an occasional Lodge was opened for the initiation of
Francis, Duke of Lorraine, afterward Emperor of Germany. Between that year and
1735 an English and a Dutch Lodge were regularly instituted, from which other
Lodges in Holland subsequently proceeded. In 1749, the Lodge at The Hague
assumed the name of the Mother Lodge of the Royal Union, whence resulted the
National Grand Lodge, which declared its independence of the Grand Lodge of
England in 1770 (see Netherlands).
The Hebrew definite article
"n" or the. It forms the second syllable of the Substitute Word.
HAHNEMANN, SAMUEL CHRISTIAN
Famous physician. Born April
10, 1755, at Meissen, Saxony, and a member of the Lodge Minerva at Leipsic,
Germany, from 1817. Founder of the homoeopathic system. He died at Paris on
July 9, 1843.
This word is used among
Freemasons with two very different significations.
l. When addressed as an inquiry to a visiting Brother it has the same import
as that in which it is used under like circumstances by mariners. Thus:
"Whence do you hail?" that is, "Of what Lodge are you a member?" Used in this
sense, it comes from the Saxon term of salutation huel, and should be spelled
2. Its second use is confined
to what Freemasons understand by the tie, and in this sense it signifies to
conceal, being derived from the Saxon word helan, to hide, the e being
pronounced in Anglo-Saxon as a in the word fate. By the rules of etymology, it
should be written hate, but is usually spelled hele.
The preservation of this Saxon
word in the Masonic dialect, while it has ceased to exist in the vernacular,
is a striking proof of the antiquity of the Order and its ceremonies in
England. "In the western parts of England," says Lord King (Critical History
of the Apostle's Creed, page 178), "at this very day, to hele over anything
signifies, among the common people, to cover it; and he that covereth an house
with tile or slate is called a helliar."
"As regards the Anglo-Saxon
hele, it survives of course in the word Hell—the covered world—of the
Apostle's Creed, but," says Brother Canon J. W. Horsley, (page 21,
Transactions, Quatuor Coronati Lodge, volume xxvi, 1913), "I thought until
lately that a hellyer, that is, a thatcher who covers over with thatch the
sticks of corn, was only North Country. However, lately when asking who had so
well covered a stick close to Detling Church I was told it was a hellyer from
the next village. And in the best dictionary of the Kentish dialect I find:
Hele (heel) verb, to cover
Heal (heel) verb, to hide, to cover anything up; to roof in.
''All right! I'll work Jim; I've only just got this 'ere row o taturs to
Heler (hee-ler) substantive. anything which is laid over another: as, for
instance, the cover of a thurrick, or wooden drain.
To the above information
Brother Doctor Hammond added that in the West of England, the word "hele" is
used at the present time, and its common pronunciation there and on the moors
of the Cornish Country is hale (see also Heler). From correspondence with
Brother Charles E. Funk in regard to the pronunciation of the word, we learn
he is convinced that in most Lodges until 1750, and perhaps even later than
1800, the words hele, conceal, reveal, were perfect rhymes pronounced hayl,
concayl, revayl, as they would be in Ireland today, but modern dictionaries
give the pronunciation as heel.
American patriot, born at
Coventry, Connecticut, in 1756. Gave his life for his country in 1776, when he
was hanged as a Spy by the British in New York City on September 29. He was a
member of Saint John's Regimental Lodge of New York City and had already
received recognition as a Freemason although not twenty-one years of age (see
New Age, September, 1924).
A Committee established in all
Lodges and Grand Lodges which own the buildings in which they meet, to which
is entrusted the supervision of the building. The Grand Lodge of England first
appointed its Hall Committee in 1773, for the purpose of superintending the
erection of the hall which had been projected.
For a long time after the
revival of Freemasonry in 1717, Masonic Lodges continued to meet, as they had
done before that period, in taverns. Thus, the Grand Lodge of England was
organized, and, to use the language of Anderson, "the Quarterly Communications
were revived" by four Lodges, whose respective places of meeting were the
Goose and Gridiron Ale-House, the Crown Ale-House, the Apple-Tree Tavern, and
the Rummer and Grapes Tavern. For many years the Grand Lodge held its
quarterly meetings sometimes at the AppleTree, but principally at the Devil
Tavern, and kept the Grand Feast at the hall of one of the Livery Companies.
The first Lodge in Paris was organized at a tavern kept in the Rue des
Boucheries by one Hure, and the Lodges subsequently organized in France
continued to meet, like those of England, in public houses. The custom was
long followed in other countries of Europe. In the United States the practice
ceased only at a comparatively recent period, and it is possible that in some
obscure villages it has not yet been abandoned.
At as early a period as the
beginning of the fourteenth century, the Gilds, or Livery Companies, of
London, had their halls or places of meeting, and in which they stored their
goods for sale. At first these were mean buildings, but gradually they rose
into importance, and the Goldsmith's Hall, erected in the fifteenth century is
said to have been an edifice of large dimensions and of imposing appearance.
These halls, probably, as they were very common in the eighteenth century,
were suggestive to the Freemasons of similar edifices for their own
Fraternity; but undoubtedly the necessity, as the Association grew into
importance, of a more respectable, more convenient, and more secure locality
than was afforded by temporary resort to taverns and alehouses must have led
to the erection of isolated edifices for their own special use.
The first Masonic Hall of
which we have any account is the one that was erected by the Lodge at
Marseilles, in France, in the year 1765. Smith describes it very fully in his
Use and Abuse of Freemasonry (page 165), and calls it "a very magnificent
hall." In 1773, the Grand Lodge of England made preliminary arrangements for
the construction of a hall, a considerable sum having been already subscribed
for that purpose. On May 11 1775, the foundation-stone of the new edifice was
laid in solemn form, according to a ceremonial which was then adopted, and
which, with a few modifications, continues to be used at the present day on
similar occasions. On the foundation-stone it was designated as Aula Latamorum
meaning The Freemasons Hall. It was finished in less than twelve months, and
was dedicated on May 23, 1776, to Masonry, Virtue, Universal Charity and
Benevolence: a formula still adhered to without variation in the English and
In the same year, the Lodge at
Newcastle, stimulated by the enterprise of the London Freemasons, erected a
hall; an example which was followed, two years afterward, by the Lodge of
Sunderland. And after this the erection of isolated halls for Masonic purposes
became common not only in England, Scotland, and Ireland, but all over the
Continent, wherever the funds of a Lodge would permit of the expenditure.
In the United States, Lodges
were held in taverns up to a comparatively recent period. It is not now
considered reputable. It is impossible to tell at what precise period and in
what locality the first Masonic Hall was erected in the United States. It is
true that in a Boston paper of 1773 we find, according to Moore's Magazine
(xv, page 162), an advertisement summoning the Freemasons to celebrate the
festival of Saint John the Evangelist at "Freemasons Hall"; but, on
examination, we learn that this was no other than a room in the Green Dragon
Tavern. Other buildings, such as the Exchange Coffee-House, only partially
used for Masonic purposes, were subsequently erected in Boston, and received
by courtesy, but not by right, the name of Masonic Halls: but it was not until
1832 that the first independent hall was built in that city, which received
the name of the Masonic Temple, a title which has since been very usually
conferred on the halls in the larger cities. We may suppose that it was about
this time, when a resuscitation of Masonic energy, which had been paralyzed by
the anti-Masonic opposition, had commenced to develop itself, that the Lodges
and Grand Lodges began to erect halls for their peculiar use. At present there
is no dearth of these buildings for Masonic use of imposing grandeur and
architectural beauty to be found scattered all over the land.
In the United States, as well
as in Britain, the construction of Masonic Halls is governed by no specific
rules, and is too often left to the judgment and taste of the architect, and
hence if that person be not an experienced Freemason, the building is often
erected without due reference to the ritual requirements of the Order. But in
these particulars, says Brother Oliver, the Freemasons of the Continent are
governed by a Ritual of Building, and he quotes, as a specimen of the
Helvetian ceremonies in reference to the laying of the foundation-stone of a
Masonic Hall, the following directions:
A Mason, assisted by two
others, if there be a dearth of workmen, or distress, or war, or peril, or
threats of danger, may begin the work of building a Lodge; but it is better to
have seven known and sworn workmen. The Lodge is, as we know, due east and
west; but its chief window or its chief door must look to the east. On a day
allowed and a place appointed, the whole company of builders set out after
high noon to lay the first stone.
Far more practical are the
directions of Doctor Oliver himself for the construction of a Masonic Hall,
given in his Book of the Lodge (chapter iii), which are here condensed. A
Masonic Hall should be isolated, and if possible surrounded with lofty walls,
so as to be included in a court, and apart from any other buildings, to
preclude the possibility of being overlooked by cowans or eavesdroppers. As,
however, such a situation in large towns can seldom be obtained. the Lodge
should be formed in an upper story; and if there be any contiguous buildings,
the windows should be either in the roof, or very high from the floor.. These
windows ought to be all on one side the south, if practicable and furnished
with proper ventilation, that the Brethren be not incommoded, when pursuing
their accustomed avocations, by the heat of the Lodge.
The room, to preserve a just
proportion, must, of course, be lofty. It should be furnished with a pitched
roof, open within, and relieved with an ornamental frame work of oak, or
painted so as to represent that species of timber. It should be supported on
corbels running along the cornice, on which should be engraven Masonic
ornaments. The dimensions of the room, in length and breadth, will depend in a
great measure on the situation of the Lodge, or the space which is assigned
for its position; and this will often be extremely circumscribed in a large
and populous place, where building land is scarce and dear, or the fund
inadequate to any extensive operations. But in all eases a due proportion
should be observed in the several members of the fabric wherever it is
practicable, that no unsightly appearance may offend the eye, by disturbing
that general harmony of parts which constitutes the beauty and excellence of
every architectural production.
The principal entrance to the
Lodge room ought to face the east, because the east is a place of light both
physical and moral; and therefore the Brethren have access to the Lodge by
that entrance, as a symbol of mental illumination. The approaches to the Lodge
must be angular, for a straight entrance is un-masonic and cannot be
tolerated. The advance from the external avenue to the east ought to consist
of three lines and two angles. The first line passes through a small room or
closet for the accommodation of visitors. At the extremity of this apartment
there ought to be another angular passage leading to the Tiler's room adjacent
to the Lodge: and from thence, by another right angle, you are admitted into
the presence of the Brethren with your face to the Light.
In every convenient place the
architect should contrive secret cryptae or closets. Then are of indispensable
utility; but in practice are not sufficiently attended to in this country. On
the Continent they are numerous and are dignified with the name of chapels.
Two of these apartments have already been mentioned a room for visitors and
the Tiler's room; added to which there ought to be a vestry, where the
ornaments. furniture jewels, and other regalia are deposited. This is called
the treasury, or Tiler's conclave because these things are under has especial
charge, and a communication is usually made to this apartment from the Tiler's
room. There ought to be also a chapel for preparations, hung with black and
having only one small light. placed high up near the ceiling; a chapel for the
dead furnished with a table on which are a lamp and emblems of mortality; the
Master's conclave, where the records, the Warrants, the Minutes, and every
written document are kept. To this room the Worshipful Master retires when the
Lodge is called from labor to refreshment and at other times when his presence
in the Lodge is not essential; and here he examines the visitors, for which
purpose a communication is formed between his conclave and the visitors
chapel. It is furnished with blue. And here he transacts the Lodge business
with his Secretary. The Ark of the Covenant is also deposited in thus
apartment. None of these closets should exceed twelve feet square, and may be
of smaller dimensions, according to circumstances.In the middle of the hall
there should he a movable trapdoor in the floor, seven feet long and three or
four feet broad, opening into a small crypt, about three feet in depth, the
use of which is known to none but perfect Freemasons, who have passed through
all the symbolical Degrees. All of these particulars may not be equally
necessary to the construction of a Masonic Hall; but a close attendance to
their general spirit and direction, or to similar regulations, should be
impressed on every Lodge that undertakes the construction of a building
exclusively for Masonic purposes; and such a building only is entitled to be
called a Masonic Hall
The division in the American
Rite of the Degrees among various Bodies imposes the necessity, or at least
the convenience, when erecting a Masonic Hall in the United States, of
appropriating some of the rooms to the uses of Ancient Craft Lodges, some to
Royal Arch Chapters, some to Royal and Select Councils, and some to
Commanderies of Knights Templars. It is neither proper nor convenient that a
Chapter should be held in a Lodge; and it is equally expedient that the Asylum
of a Commandery should be kept separate from both. All of these rooms should
be oblong in form, lofty in height, with an elevated dais or platform in the
East, and two doors in the West, the one in the Northwest corner leading into
the preparation room, and the other communicating with the Tiler's apartment.
But in other respects they differ. First, as to the color of the decorations.
In a Lodge room the predominating color should be blue, in a Chapter red, and
in a Council and Commandery black.
In a Lodge-room the dais
should be elevated on three steps, and provided with a pedestal for the
Master, while on each side are seats for the Past Masters, and dignitaries who
may visit the Lodge. The pedestal of the Senior Warden in the West should be
elevated on two steps, and that of the Junior Warden in the South on one. A
similar arrangement, either permanent or temporary, should be provided in the
Chapter room for working the intermediate Degrees; but the Eastern dais should
be supplied with three pedestals instead of one, for the reception of the
Grand Council. The tabernacle also forms an essential part of the Chapter
room. This is sometimes erected in the center of the room, although the
consistency of the symbolism would require that the whole room, during the
working of the Royal Arch Degree, shoddy be deemed a tabernacle, and then the
veils would, with propriety, extend from the ceiling to the floor, and from
one side of the room to the other. There are some other arrangements required
in the construction of a Chapter room, of which it is unnecessary to speak.
Councils of Royal and Select
Masters are usually held in Chapter rooms, with an entire disregard of the
historical teachings of the Degrees. In a properly constructed Council chamber
which, of course, would be in a distinct apartment, there should be no veils,
but nine curtains of a stone color; and these, except the last, starting from
one side of the room, should stop short of the other, so as to form a narrow
passage between the wall and the extremities of the curtains, reaching from
the door to the ninth curtain, which alone should reach across the entire
extent of the room. These are used only in the Select Degree, and can be
removed when the Royal Master is to be conferred. Unlike a Lodge and Chapter,
in a Council there is no dais or raised platform; but three tables, of a
triangular form, are placed upon the level of the floor in the East. It is,
however, very seldom that the funds of a Council will permit of the indulgence
in a separate room, and those Bodies are content to work, although at a
disadvantage, in a Chapter room. It is impossible, with any convenience, to
work a Commandery in a Lodge, or even a Chapter room. The officers and their
stations are so different, that what is suitable for one is unsuitable for the
other. The dais, which has but one station in a Lodge and three in a Chapter,
requires four in a Comrnandery, the Prelate taking his proper place on the
right of the Generalissimo. But there are other more important differences.
The principal apartment should be capable of a division by a curtain, which
should separate the Asylum proper from the rest of the room, as the mystical
veil in the ancient Church shut off the prospect of the altar, during the
Eucharistic sacrifice, from the view of the catechumens. There are several
other rooms required in the Templar ritual which are not used by a Lodge, a
Chapter, or a Council, and which makes it necessary that the apartments of a
Commandery should be distinct. A banquet-room in close proximity to the Asylum
is essential; and convenience requires that there should be an armory for the
deposit of the arms and costume of the Knights. But it is unnecessary to speak
of reflection rooms, and other places well known to those who are familiar
with the ceremonies, and which cannot be dispensed with.
Meaning Praise the Lord.
Expression of applause in the Degree of Sublime Ecossais, Heavenly Jerusalem,
The earliest of the old
Constitutions. It is in poetic form, and was probably transcribed in 1390 from
an earlier copy.
The manuscript is in the
King's Library of the British Museum. It was published in 1840 by James 0.
Halliwell, and again in 1844, under the title of The Early History of
Freemasonry in England. The Masonic character of the poem remained unknown
until its discovery by Halliwell, who was not a Freemason, because it was
catalogued as A Poem of Moral Duties. It is now more commonly known as the
Regius Manuscript because it formed part of the Royal Library commenced`by
Henry VII and presented to the British Museum by George II.
What is said above by Brother
Hawkins of this early reference to the Craft does not exhibit as fully as many
may desire the peculiar features of the Hall Udell or Regius Manuscript. The
book is about four by five and a half inches, the writing being on vellum, a
fine parchment, and it was bound in its present cover, according to Brother H.
J. Whymper, about the year 1838. The cover bears the Royal Arms stamped on
both sides with G. R. II, and the date 1757. In that year the King, George II,
b an instrument that passed the Great Seal of England presented the Library
containing the volume to the British Museum where the present reviser of this
work had the pleasure of personally examining it. Formerly in the possession
of Charles They're, a boox collector of the seventeenth century and listed in
Bernards CatulZugous Manuscripts am Anyliac, Oxford, 1697 (page 200), and
described in David Casley s Catalogue of the Manuscripts of the Old Royal
Library, 1734 (page 259), as a Poem of Moral levities, the contents were
mistaken until J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps mentioned it in his paper on the
Introduction of Freemasonry into England, read before the Society of
Antiquaries during the session of 183tS to 1839. Two small editions of the
transcript of the poem were published as Brother Hawkins tells us. The first
edition contained a facsimile reproduction of four lines of the manuscript,
the second similarly reproduced the first page, and he also gave a glossary
which with the transcript was published in a veritable gem of a work in 1889,
Spencer and Company with an introduction by Brother H. J. Whymper.
Halliwell-Phillipps pointed out that the writer was probable a priest, this
evidently from the allusions in line 699 (page LI). He also calls attention to
line 143 (page XI), as intimating that a still older manuscript was in
existence when the poem was written.
The writing is done in a neat
but characteristic style of the earls period and in these modern days far from
familiar to us, the English of that generation was also very different from
that of our time. Brother Roderick H. Baxter, Past Master of Quatuor Coronati
Lodge and Past President of the Manchester Association for Masonic Research,
has carefully modernized the transcript and permitted us to make use of his
valuable labors. Before giving the work of Brother Baxter we ma) submit a
transcript of the first eight lines in which may be seen some of the
difficulties met in turning such a manuscript into modern English.
Whose wol bothe wel rede and
He may fynde wryte yn olde boke
Of grete lord s, and eke ladyysse,
That hade mony chyldryn y-fere, y- wisse;
And hade no rentys to fynde hem wyth,
Nowther yn towne, ny felde, ny fryth:
A counsel togeder they cowthe hem take,
To ordeyne for these chyldryn sake, . . .
In the following transcript
Brother Baxter has adhered strictly to the phraseology of the original with
all its vagaries of person, tense and mood, and has retained the peculiarities
of double and sometimes even treble negatives, the only variation being in the
substitution of modern words for those now obsolete. However, where the modern
words at the ends of lines could not have been used to preserve the jingle of
the verses the old words have been utilized with their present equivalents
added in brackets so as to avoid the necessity or referring to a glossary. The
Roman numerals on the right of the lines indicate the pages of the manuscript.
Hic incipiunt constituciones
artis gemetriac cecundum Euclydem
Here begin the constitutions
of the art of Geometry according to Euclid.
Whoever will both well read and look
He may find written in old book
Of great lords and also ladies,
That had many children together, y-wisse; (certainly)
And had no income to keep them with,
Neither in town nor field nor frith: (enclosed wood)
A council together they could them take,
To ordain for these children s sake
How they might best lead their life
Without great disease, care, and strife;
And most for the multitude that was coming
Of their children after their endings
They send them after great clerks,
To teach them then good works;
And pray we them, for our Lords sake,
To our children some work to make
That they might get their living thereby,
both well and honestly full securely.
In that time, through good geometry,
This honest craft of good masonry
Was ordained and made in this manner,
Counterfeited of these clerks together;
At these lords' prayers they counterfeited geometry,
And gave it the name of masonry,
For the most honest craft of all.
These lords' children thereto did fall
To learn of him the craft of geometry,
The which he made full curiously;
Through fathers' prayers and mothers' also,
This honest craft he put them to.
He that learned best, and was of honesty
And passed his fellows in curiosity,
If in that craft he did him pass
He should have more worship than the lasse. (less)
This great clerk's name was called Euclid,
His name it spread full wonder wide.
Yet this great clerk more ordained he
To him that was higher in this degree,
That he should teach the simplest of wit
In that honest craft to be parfytte; (perfect)
And so each one shall teach the other,
And love together as sister and brother.
Furthermore yet that ordained he
Master called so should he be
So that he were most worshiped,
Then should he be so called:
glut masons should never one another call,
within the craft amongst them all,
Neither subject nor servant, my dear brother
Though he be not so perfect as is another;
Each shall call other fellows by cuthe, (friendship)
Because they come of ladies' birth
On this manner, through good wit of geometry,
began first the craft of masonry:
The clerk Euclid on this Wise it found,
This craft of geometry in Egypt land.
In Egypt he taught it full wide,
In divers lands on every side;
Many vears afterwards, I understand
Ere that the craft came into this land
This craft came into England, as I you say,
In time of good King Athelstane's day
He made then both hall and even bower,
And high temples of great honor,
To disport him in both day and night
And to worship his God with all his might.
This good lord loved this craft full well,
And purposed to strengthen it every del, (part)
For divers faults that in the craft he found;
He sent about into the land V.
After all the masons of the craft,
To come to him full even straghfte, Straight)
For to amend these defaults all
By good counsel, if it might fall.
An assembly then he could let make
Of divers lords in their state,
Dukes, earls, and barons also,
Knights, squires and many mo, (more)
And the great burgesses of that city,
They were there all in their degree;
These were there each one algate, (always)
To ordain for these masons' estate,
There they sought by their wit,
How they might govern it: VI.
Fifteen articles they there sought,
And fifteen points there they wrought.
Hic Incipit articulus primus.
Here begins the first article.
The first article of this geometry:
The master mason must be full securely
Both steadfast, trusty and true,
It shall him never then rue:
find pay thy fellows after the cost,
As victuals goeth then, well thou woste: (knowest)
And pay them truly, upon thy fad, (faith)
What they deserven may; (may deserve)
And to their hire take no more,
But what that they may serve for;
And spare neither for love nor drede, (dread) VII.
Of neither parties to take no mede; (bribe)
Of lord nor fellow, whoever he be,
Of them thou take no manner of fee;
find as a judge stand upright,
And then thou dost to both good right,
And truly do this wheresoever thou gost, (goest)
Thy worship, thy profit, it shall be most.
The second article of good masonry,
As you must it here hear specially,
That every master, that is a mason,
Must be at the general congregation,
So that he it reasonably be told
Where that the assembly shall be holde; (held) VIII.
And to that assembly he must needs gon, (go)
Unless he have a reasonable skwsacyon, (excuse)
Or unless he be disobedient to that craft
Or with falsehood is over-raft, (overtaken)
Or else sickness hath him so strong,
That he may not come them among;
That is an excuse good and able,
To that assembly without fable.
The third article forsooth it is,
That the master takes to no Prentice,
Unless he have good assurance to dwell
Seven years with him, as I you tell,
His craft to learn, that is profitable; IX.
Within less he may not be able
To lords' profit, nor to his own
As you may know by good reason.
The fourth article this must be,
That the master him well besee,
That he no bondman Prentice make,
Nor for no covetousness do him take;
For the lord that he is bound to,
May fetch the Prentice wheresoever he go.
If in the lodge he were y-take, (taken)
Much disease it might there make,
And such ease it might befal,
That it might grieve some or all X.
For all the masons that be there
Will stand together all y-fere. (together)
If such one in that craft should dwell
Of divers dis-eases you might tell:
For more ease then, and of honesty
Take a 'prentice of higher degree.
By old time written I find
That the Prentice should be of gentle kind
And so sometime, great lords' blood
Took this geometry that is full good
The fifth article is very good,
So that the Prentice be of lawful blood
The master shall not, for no advantage
Make no Prentice that is outrage; (deformed)
It is to mean, as you may hear,
That he have his limbs whole all y-fere; (together)
To the craft it were great shame,
To make a halt man and a lame
For an imperfect man of such blood
Should do the craft but little good.
Thus you may know every one
The craft would have a mighty man;
A maimed man he hath no might
You must it know long ere night.
The sixth article you must not miss
That the master do the lord no prejudice
To take the lord for his Prentice,
As much as his fellows do, in all wise.
For in that craft they be full perfect,
So is not he, you must see it.
Also it were against good reason,
To take his hire as his fellows don. (do)
This same article in this case,
Judgeth his prentice to take less
Than his fellows, that be full perfect.
In divers matters, know requite it,
The masters may his 'prentice so inform,
That his hire may increase full soon,
And ere his tertm come to an end,
His hire may full well amend.
The seventh article that is now here
Full well will tell you all y-fere (together)
That no master for favour nor dread
Shall no thief neither clothe nor feed.
Thieves he shall harbour never one,
Nor hint that hath killed a man
Nor the same that hath a feeble name
Lest it would turn the craft to shame.
The eighth article sheweth you so,
That the master may it well do.
If that he have any man of craft
And he be not so perfect as he ought,
He may him change soon anon,
And take for him a more perfect man.
Such a man through rechelaschepe, (recklessness)
Might do the craft scant worship.
The ninth article sheweth full well
That the master be both wise and felle(strong)
That he no work undertake,
Unless he ean both it end and make
And that it be to the lords' profit also, XV
And to his craft, wheresoever he go;
And that the ground be well y-take, (taken)
That it neither flaw nor grake. (crack)
The tenth article is fear to know,
Among the craft, to high and low,
There shall no master supplant another,
But be together as sister and brother,
In this curious craft, all and some,
That belongeth to a master mason.
Nor he shall not supplant no other man,
That hath taken a work him upon
In pain thereof that is so strong, XVI.
That weigheth no less than ten ponge, (pounds)
But if that he be guilty found,
That took first the work on hand;
For no man in masonry
Shall not supplant other securely,
But if that it be so wrought,
That in turn the work to nought;
Then may a mason that work crave,
To the lords' profit for it to save
In such a ease if it do fall,
There shall no mason meddle withal.
Forsooth he that beginneth the ground,
If he be a mason good and sound,
He hath it securely in his mind
To bring the work to full good end.
The eleventh article I tell thee,
That he is both fair and free;
For he teacheth, by his might,
That no mason should work by night,
But if it be in practising of wit,
If that I could amend it.
The twelfth article is of high honesty
To every mason wheresoever he be,
He shall not his fellows' work deprave,
If that he will his honesty save
With honest words he it commend,
By the wit that God did thee send;
But it amend by all that thou may.
Between you both without nay. (doubt)
The thirteenth article, so God me save,
Is if that the master a Prentice have,
Entirely then that he him teach
And measurable points that he him reche, (tell)
That he the craft ably may conne, (know)
Wheresoever he go under the sun.
The fourteenth article by good reason,
Sheweth the master how he shall don; (do)
He shall no Prentice to him take, XIX.
Unless divers cares he have to make,
That he may within his term,
Of him divers points may learn.
The fifteenth article maketh an end,
For to the master he is a friend;
To teach him so, that for no man,
No false maintenance he take him upon,
Nor maintain his fellows in their sin,
For no good that he might win;
Nor no false oath suffer him to make,
For dread of their souls' sake,
Lest it would turn the craft to shame,
And himself to very much blame. XX
At this assembly were points ordained mo, (more)
Of great lords and masters also,
That who win know this craft and come to estate,
He must love wed God and holy church algate, (always)
And his master also that he is with,
Wheresoever he go in field or frythe, (enclosed wood)
And thy fellows thou love also,
For that thy craft win that thou do
The second point as I you say
That the mason work upon the work day,
As truly as he can or may, XXI
To deserve his hire for the holy-day,
And truly to labour on his deed,
Well deserve to have his mede. (reward)
The third point must be severele, (severely)
With the Prentice know it well,
His master's counsel he keep and close
And his fellows by his good purpose;
The privities of the chamber tell he no man,
Nor in the lodge whatsoever they don- (do)
Whatsoever thou hearest or seest them do,
Tell it no man wheresoever you go;
The counsel of hall, and even of bower, XXII.
Keep it well to great honour
Lest it would turn thyself to blame,
And bring the craft into great shame.
The fourth point teacheth us alse, (also)
That no man to his craft be false;
Error he shall maintain none
Against the craft, but let it gone; (go)
Nor no prejudice he shall not do
To his master, nor his fellow also;
And though the Prentice be under awe
Yet he would have the same law.
The fifth point is without nay, (doubt)
That when the mason taketh his pay
Of the master, ordained to him,
Full meekly taken so must it byn; (be)
Yet must the master by good reason,
Warn him lawfully before noon,
If he will not occupy him no more
As he hath done there before;
Against this order he may not strive,
If he think well for to thrive.
The sixth point is full given to know,
Both to high and even to low, XXIV
For such case it might befall,
Among the masons some or all
Through envy or deadly hate,
Oft ariseth full great debate.
Then ought the mason if that he may,
Put them both under a day;
But loveday vet shall they make none
Till that the work-day be clean gone;
Upon the holy-day you must well take
Leisure enough loveday to make
Lest that Il would the work-day
Hinder their work for such a fray
To such end then that you them draw. XXV
That they stand well in God's law.
The seventh point he may well mean,
Of well long life that God us lene, (lend)
As it descrieth well openly,
Thou shalt not by thy master's wife lie,
Nor by thy fellows', in no manner wise,
Lest the craft would thee despise;
Nor by thy fellows' concubine,
No more thou wouldst he did by thine.
The pain thereof let it be sure,
That he be Prentice full seven year
If he forfeit in any of them
So chastised then must he been (be)
Full much care might there begin,
For such a foul deadly sin.
The eighth point, he may be sure,
If thou hast taken any cure,
Under thy master thou be true,
For that point thou shalt never rue;
A true mediator thou must needs be
To thy master, and thy fellows free;
Do truly all that thou might,
To both parties, and that is good right.
The ninth point we shall him call,
That he be steward of our hall,
If that you be in chambery-fere, (together)
Each one serve other with mild cheer;
Gentle fellows, you must it know,
For to be stewards all o-rowe, (in turn)
Week after week without doubt,
Stewards to be so all in turn about,
Amiably to serve each one other
As though they were sister and brother,
There shall never one another costage (cost)
Free himself to no advantage,
But every man shall be equally free
In that cost, so must it be
Look that thou pay well every man algate, (always)
That thou hast bought any victuals ate, (eaten)
That no craving be made to thee,
Nor to thy fellows in no degree,
To man or to woman, whoever he be
Pay them well and truly, for that will we:
Thereof on thy fellow true record thou take,
For that good pay as thou dost make,
Lest it would thy fellow shame,
And bring thyself into great blame.
Yet good accounts he must make
Of such goods as he hath y-take (taken)
Of thy fellows' goods that thou hast spende, (spent)
Where and how and to what end;
Such accounts thou must come to,
When thy fellows wish that thou do.X
The tenth point presenteth well good life,
To live without care and strife
For if the mason live amiss,
And in his work be false y-wisse, (I know)
And through such a false skewsasyon (excuse)
May slander his fellows without reason,
Through false slander of such fame.
May make the craft acquire blame.
If he do the craft such villainy
Do him no favour then securely,
Nor maintain not him in wicked life,
Lest it would turn to care and strife;
But yet him you shall not delayme, (delay)
Unless that you shall him constrain
For to appear wheresoever you will
Where that you will, loud or still;
To the next assembly you shall him call,
To appear before his fellows all,
And unless he will before them appear,
The craft he must need forswear;
He shall then be punished after the law
That was founded by old dawe. (day)
The eleventh point is of good discrction
As you must know by good reason
A mason, if he this craft well con, (know)
That seeth his fellow hew on a stone
And is in point to spoil that stone,
Amend it soon if that thou can
And teach him then it to amend
That the lords' work be not y-schende, (spoiled)
And teach him easily it to amend, .
With fair words, that God thee hath lender (lent)
For his sake that sit above
With sweet words nourish his love.
The twelfth point is of great royalty
There as the assembly held shall be
There shall be masters and fellows also,
And other great lords many mo- (more)
There shall be the sheriff of that country,
And also the mayor of that city,
Knights and squires there shall be
And also aldermen, as you shall see:
Such ordinance as they make there,
They shall maintain it all y-fere (together)
Against that man, whatsoever he be
That belongeth to the craft both fair and free
If he any strife against them make
Into their custody he shall be take (taken)
The thirteenth point is to us full lief,
He shall swear never to be no thief
Nor suecour him in his false craft,
For no good that he hath byraft- (bereft)
And thou must it know or sin
Neither for his good, nor for his kin.
The fourteenth point is full good law
To him that would be under awe:
A good true oath he must there swear
To his master and his fellows that be there;
He must be steadfast and true also
To all this ordinance, wheresoever he go,
And to his liege lord the king,
To be true to him over all thing.
And all these points here before
To them thou must need be y-swore, (sworn)
And all shall swear the same oath
Of the masons, be they lief be they loath
To all these points here before,
That hath been ordained by full good lore.
And they shall enquire every man
Of his party, as well as he can,
If any man may be found guilty
In ante of these points specially;
And who he be, let him be sought
And to the assembly let him be brought
The fifteenth point is of full lore
For them that shall be there y-swore, (sworn)
Such ordinance at the assembly was raid
Of great lords and mvsters before said
For the same that be disobedient y-wisse (I know)
Against the ordinance that there is,
Of these articles that were moved there,
Of great lords and masons all y-fere. (together)
And if they be proved openly
Before that assembly by and by
Befor that assembly , by and by
And for their guils no amends will make,
Then must they need the craft forsake;
And no masons craft they shall refuse,
And swear it never more to use.
But if that they will amends make,
Again to the craft they shall never take;
And if that thev will not do so
The sheriff shall come them soon to,.
And put their bodies in deep prison,
For the trespass that they have done,
And take their goods and their cattle
Into the king's hand, every delle, (part)
And let them dwell there full still,
Till it be our liege king's will.
Alia ordinacio artis gemetriae.
Another ordinance of the art of geometry.
They ordained there an assembly to be y-holde, (held)
Every year, wheresoever they would,
To amend the defaults, if any were found
Among the craft within the land;
Bach year or third year it should be holde, (held)
In every place wheresoever they would;
Time and place must be ordained also,
In what place they should assemble to.
All the men of craft there they must be,
And other great lords, as you must see,
To mend the faults that he there spoken,
If that any of them be then broken.
There they shall be all y-swore, (sworn)
That belongeth to this eraft's lore,
To keep their statutes every one
That were ordained bv King Athelstane;
These statutes that I have here found
I ordain they be held through my land,
For the worship of my royalty,
That I have bv my dignity.
Also at every assembly that you hold,
That you come to your liege king bold,
Beseeching him of his high grace,
To stand with you in every place,
To confirm the statutes of King Athelstane,
That he ordained to this craft by good reason.
Ars quatuor coronatorum.
The art of the four crowned ones.
Pray we now to God almight, (almighty)
And to his mother Mary bright,
That we may keep these articles here,
And these points well all y-fere, (together)
As did these holy martyrs four,
That in this craft were of great honour;
They were as good masons as on earth shall go,
Gravers and image-makers they were also.
For they were workmen of the best,
The emperor had to them great luste; (liking)
He willed of them an image to make
That might be worshipped for his sake;
Such monuments he had in his dawe, (day)
To turn the people from Christ's law.
But they were steadfast in Christ's lay (law)
And to their craft without nay; (doubt)
They loved well God and all his lore,
And were in his service ever more.
True men they were in that dawe, (day)
And lived well in God's law;
They thought no monuments for to make
For no good that they might take,
To believe on that monument for their God,
They would not do so, though he were wod; (furious)
For they would not forsake their true fay (faith)
And belleve on his false lay. (law)
The emperor let take them soon anon,
And put them in a deep prison;
The more sorely he punished them in that place,
The more joy was to them of Crist' s grace.
Then when he saw no other one,
To death he let them then gon, (go)
Whose will of their life yet more know.
By the book he might it show
In the legend of sanetorum (holy ones)
The names of quatuor coronàtorum (four crowned ones)
Their feast will be without nay, (doubt)
After Hallow-eten the eighth dale
You may hear as I do read,
That many years after, for great dread
That Noah's flood was all run
The tower of Babylon was begun,
As plain work of lime and stone
As any man should look upon;
So long and broad it was begun,
Seven miles the height shadoweth the sun.
King Nebuchadnezzar let it make
To great strength for man's sake,
Though such a flood again should come,
Over the work it should not nome, (take)
nor they had so high pride, with strong boast,
All that work therefore was lost;
An angel smote them so with divers speech,
That never one knew what the other should reche (tell)
Many years after, the good clerk Euclid
Taught the craft of geometry full wonder wide,
So he did that other time also,
Of divers crafts many mo. (more)
Through high grace of Christ in heaven,
He commenced in the sciences seven;
Grammar is the first science y-wisse, (I know)
Dialect the second, so have I bliss
Rhetoric the third without nay, (doubt)
Music is the fourth, as I you say,
Astronomy is the fifth, by my snout,
Arithmetic the sixth, without doubt,
Geometry the seventh maketh an end,
For he is both meek and hende. (courteous)
Grammar forsooth is the root,
Whoever will learn on the book;
But art passeth in his degree,
As the fruit doth the root of the tree;
Rhetoric measureth with ornate speech among,
And music it is a sweet song;
Astronomy numbereth, my dear brother,
Arithmetic sheweth one thing that is another,
geometry the seventh science it is,
That can separate falsehood from truth y-wis. (I know)
These be the sciences seven,
Who useth them well he may have heaven.
Now dear children by your wit
Pride and covetousness that you leave it,
And taketh heed to good discretion,
And to good nurture, wheresoever you come.
Now I prav you take good heed, .
For this vou must know nede, (needs)
But much more you must wyten, (know)
Than you find here written.
If thee fail thereto wit
Pray to God to send thee it:
For Christ himself, he teacheth out (us)
That holy church is God's house,
That is made for nothing ellus (else)
But for to pray in, as the book tellus; (tells us)
There the people shall gather in,
To pray and weep for their sln.
Look thou come not to church late
For to speak harlotry by the gate; XLVIII.
Then to church when thou dost fare,
Have in thy mind ever mare (more)
To worship they lord God both day and night,
With all thy wits and even thy might.
To the church door when thou dost come
Of that holy water there some thou nome"t
For every drop thou feelest there
Quencheth a venial sin, be thou ser. (sure)
But first thou must do down thy hood,
For his love that died on the rood.
Into the ehureh when thou dost gon, (go)
Pull up thy heart to Christ, anon; XLIX.
Upon the rood thou look up then,
And kneel down fair upon thy knew (knees)
Then pray to him so here to worche (work)
After the law of holy church,
For to keep the commandments ten,
That God gave to all men;
And pray to him with mild steven (voice)
To keep thee from the sins seven,
That thou here may, in this life,
Keep thee well from care and strife;
Furthermore he grant thee grace,
In heaven's bliss to have a place.
In holy church leave trifling words
Of lewd speech and foul bordes, (jests)
find put away all vanity,
And say thy pater noster and thine ave;
Look also that thou make no bere, (noise)
But always to be in thy prayer;
If thou wilt not thyself pray,
Hinder no other man by no way.
In that place neither sit nor stand,
But kneel fair down on the ground,
And when the Gospel me read shall,
Fairly thou stand up from the wall,
And bless the fare if that thou can,
When gloria tibi is begun;
And when the gospel is done,
Again thou might kneel down,
On both thy knees down thou fall,
For his love that bought us all;
And when thou hearest the bell ring
To that holy sakerynge, (sacrament)
Kneel you must both young and old,
And both your hands fair uphold,
And say then in this manner.
Fair and solf without bere; (noise)
"Jesu Lord welcome thou be,
In form of bread as I thee see,
Now Jesu for thine holy name,
Shield me from sin and shame;
Shrift and Eucharist thou grant me bo, (both)
Ere that I shall hence go,
And very contrition for my sin,
That I never, Lord, die therein;
And as thou were of maid y-bore (born)
Suffer me never to be y-lore- (dot)
But when I shall hence wend,
Grant me the bliss without end;
Amen! Amen! so mote it be!
Now sweet lady pray for me."
Thus thou might say, or some other thing
When thou kneelest at the sakerynge, (sacrament)
For covetousness after good, spare thou nought
To worship him that all hath wrought;
For glad may a man that day be,
That once in the day may him see;
It is so much worth, without nay, (doubt)
The virtue thereof no man tell may
But so much good doth that sight,
That Saint Austin telleth full right,
That day thou seest God's body
Thou shalt have these full securely:
Meet and drink at thy need
None that day shalt thou gnede; (lack)
Idle oaths and words bo, (both)
God forgiveth thee also;
Sudden death that same day
Thee dare not dread by no way
Also that day, I thee plight
Thou shalt not lose thy eye sight;
And each foot that thou goest then,
That holy sight for to sen (see)
They shall be told to stand instead
When thou hast thereto great need
That messenger the angel Gabriel
Will keep them to thee full well.
From thls matter now I may pass
To tell more benefits of the mass
To church come yet, if thou may
And hear the mass each day
If thou may not come to church,
Where that ever thou dost worche, (work)
When thou hearest the mass knylle, (toll)
Pray to God with heart still
To give they part of that service,
That in church there done is.
Furthermore yet, I will you preach
To your fellows, it for to teach,
When thou comest before a lord
In hall, in bower, or at the board,
Hood or cap that thou off do,
Ere thou come him entirely to
Twice or thrice, without doubt,
To that lord thou must lowte; (bow)
With thy right knee let it be do, (done) LVII.
Thine own worship thou save so.
Hold off thy cap and hood also,
Till thou have leave it on to do. (put)
All the time thou speakest with him,
Fair and amiably hold up thy chin
So, after the nurture of the book,
In his face kindly thou look.
Foot and hand thou keep full still
For clawing and tripping. is skill;
From spitting and sniffling keep thee also
By private expulsion let it go.
And if that thou be wise and felle, (discrete) LVIII.
Thou has great need to govern thee well.
Into the hall when thou dost wend
Amongst the gentles, good and hende, (courteous)
Presume not too high for nothing
For thine high blood, nor thy cunning,
Neither to sit nor to lean,
That is nurture good and clean.
Let not thy countenance therefore abate,
Forsooth good nurture will save thy state.
Father and mother, whatsoever they be,
Well is the child that well may thee,
In hall, in chamber, where thou dost gon; (go) LIX.
Good manners make a man.
To the next degree look wisely
To do them reverence by and by;
Do them yet no reverence all o-rowe, (in turn)
Unless that thou do them know.
To the meat when thou art set,
Fair and honestly thou eat it
First look that thine hands be clean,
And that thy knife be sharp and keen
And cut thy bread all at thy meat,
Right as it may be there y-ete. (eaten)
If thou sit by a worthier man.
Then thy self thou art one
Suffer him first to touch the meat,
Ere thyself to it reach.
To the fairest morsel thou might not strike,
Though that thou do it well like;
Keep thine hands fair and well
From foul smudging of thy towel;
Thereon thou shalt not thy nose smite, (blow)
Nor at the meat thy tooth thou pike- (pick)
Tco deep in cup thou might not sink,
Though thou have good will to drink,
Lest thine eyes would vaster thereby
when were it no courtesy.
Look in thy mouth there be no meat,
When thou beginnest to drink or speak.
When thou seest any man drinking,
That taketh heed to thy carpynge, (speech)
Soon anon thou cease thy tale
Whether he drink wine or ale,
Look also thou scorn no man
In what degree thou seest him gone:
Nor thou shalt no man deprave,
If thou wilt thy worship save
For such word might there outburst.
That might make thee sit in evil rest
Close thy hand in thy fist,
And keep thee well from " had-y-wiste." (" had known ")
In chamber, among the ladies bright,
Hold thy tongue and spend thy sight;
Laugh thou not with no great cry,
Nor make no lewd sport and ribaldry.
Play thou not but with thy peers
Nor tell thou not all that thou hears;
Discover thou not thine own deed,
For no mirth, nor for no mede: (reward)
With fair speech thou might have thy will,
With it thou might thy self spylle. (spoil) LXIII.
When thou meetest a worthy man,
Cap and hood thou hold not on;
In church in market or in the gate,
Do him reverence after his state.
If thou goest v.ith a worthier man
Then thyself thou art one,
Let thy foremost shoulder follow his
For that is nurture without lack;
When he doth speak, hold thee still,
When he hath done , say for thy will
In thy speech that thou be felle, (discreet)
And what thou sayest consider thee well
But deprive thou not him his tale,
Neither at the wine nor at the ale.
Christ then of his high grace
Save you both w it and space
Bell this book to know and read,
Heaven to have for your mede. (reward)
Amen! Amen! so mote it be!
So say we all for charity.
The Manuscript has been discussed at various times by several students. A
lengthy and careful examination of it appears in volume i of the Antigrapha of
Quatuor Coronati Lodge, 1889, and among the Collected Essays and Papers
Relating to Freemasonry by Robert F. Gould, 1913, published by William Tait of
Belfast, Ireland. Brother William Begernann published a discussion of it in
the German language, which is summarized by Brother George William Speth in
volume vii~ Transactions of Quatuor Coronati Lodge.
The name Reyius Manuscript was
the suggestion of Brother Gould as indicating its pre-eminence as a Masonic
document as well as its previous ownership by the Kings of England. The
Manuscript, as Brother Baxter well said, is of prime importance to the
Fraternity of Freemasons as being its oldest preserved document which affords
evidence of a legendary history and an indication of a speculative origin.
Brother Baxter read a paper upon the subject before the Lodge of Research at
Leicester on November 2S, 1914. From this discussion we take the following
comments of Brother Baxter:
I should like to ask you to
carefully consider the wording of the poem, and to notice the remarkable
number of instances in which the phrases have been introduced although in
different terminology into our ritual, and the cases in which its requirements
have been incorporated with our Constitutions. Even the last stage of the
document, which deals with manners at table and in the presence of superiors,
and appears at first sight to be quite irrelevant, may be accepted as evidence
that our present custom of celebrating special Masonic events by banqueting
and fraternizing was a feature of the Craft at the time of which the
Manuscript speaks. You will all be acquainted in some degree with the
remarkable series of documents known variously as the Manuscript
Constitutions, the Gothic Constitutions, or more commonly nowadays as the Old
Charoes of the British Freemasons and you will further know that after an
introductory prayer, of a purely Christian character, they go on to relate how
the science of geometry (or Freemasonry) came to be founded. This same legend
forms the first part of the poem we are now considering, and as it clearly
states that the story is to be found in old books, abundantly proves that the
versifier had access to copies of the Old Charges which are unhappily now lost
I wish to use this legend as
the basis of a theory which I shall try to develop. Briefly stated, my idea is
that the poem, as well as all the other Old Charges, clearly indicates that
architectures the mistress of the arts, which is undoubtedly founded on
geometry, was developed in Egypt, the cradle of civilization, and that its
early practitioners were, as related in these old Manuscript, of gentle birth.
They must have been the actual designers of the structures and have worked, in
conjunction so far as the execution of their projects was concerned with the
skilled craftsmen and manual laborers who were necessary to their purpose. A
gild, composed of different grades of members, would thus be formed, possibly
with different secret signs for each class, and from this gild, through
different channels of development, would arise the present-day purely
speculative form of Freemasonry, with its system of Degrees.
Brothers Speth and Gould have
labored hard to establish the fact that prior to the institution of Grand
Lodge, and during its early regime, two Degrees only were worked, and I have
used the weight of later evidence to back up their assertion. What is more
likely than that the higher or Master's Degree was confined to the skilled
geometricians, whilst the simpler artificers had to content themselves with
the lower step? All students know definitely, that from the earliest times of
which we have any monuments remaining, that architecture was a living art
developing along clearly defined lines, and varying in character with the
nature of the materials employed, and the climatic conditions existing in the
countries where they were used, down at least to the close of the Gothic Era
in Western Europe, and its counterpart in Eastern countries. (I am not at all
suggesting that the Renaissance effected an arrest of creative design,
although it reverted to and made use of forms of a bygone age.) It is
therefore not possible to conceive that buildings of any architectural
pretensions could have been erected, without carefully thought-out designs
having been prepared. Dealing more particularly with the actual time of the
writing of the poem, we can only conclude that such a progression of design as
commonly proceeded over the whole of England almost simultaneously, could only
have been produced by a school of thought and not by individual effort. My
firm conviction is that this school was composed of the Master Freemasons of
Commenting on lines 143-G of
the poem which (modernized) read:
By old time written I find
That the Prentice should be of gentle kind
And so sometime great lords' blood,
Took this geometry that is full good.
The late F. J. Furnivall said,
"I should like to see the evidence of a lords son having become a working
mason. and dwelling seven years with his master 'his craft to learn."' All
contention is that neither the poem nor any other craft document ever
suggested that a lord's son had become a working mason. That they became
students of geometry and designers of buildings is in every way likely, and
was in no way derogatory to their dignity. I might even point out that the
present Lord Ferrers (the successor in the earldom of your own late Provincial
Grand Master) was, before his accession to the title, a practicing architect,
and that other scions of noble families are at present similarly engaged.
There seems to be good evidence of this in the poem, particularly in Lines
279-83, which read: She privities of the chamber tell he no man, Nor in the
lodge whatsoever they don; Whatsoever thou hearest or seest them do Tell to no
man wheresoever you go; The counsel of hall and even of bower Steep it well to
great honor— That these gentlemen were on a different footing from the
ordinary craftsmen, and that their labors were conducted. not in the Lodge,
but in the chamber, are conditions which I suggest are parallel to the masons'
shed and the drawing office. Reverting now to Henry Yevley, whose name is
variously spelled, but always easily recognizable, I find on turning up his
name in Ivenning's Cyclopaedia Said by the Revd. James Anderson, D.D. (in the
first edition of the Book of Constitutions, 1723) to have been the King's
Freemason, or general surveyor of the buildings of King Edward III, and
employed by His Majesty to 'build several abbies' and other edifices.
Unfortunately Doctor Anderson was gifted with the imaginative faculty to an
undue extent, so that such statements as the foregoing (which are frequently
met with in his work) confuse more than they benefit the general reader, and,
Masonically speaking, have done much harm. We fail to see why Masonry requires
unhistorical statements to render it acceptable in any way." The Reverend
Brother Woodford, who was the author and editor of the encyclopedia, in
conjunction with Brother Vaughan, who wrote the articles under the letters U.
V, W. Y. and Z. appears, however, to be wrong on this occasion, and the
imaginative doctor quite right. Doctor Begemann contributed a note to
Transactions. Quatuor Coronati Lodge, xxi, in which he endeavored to prove—and
I think with complete success—that the title of Freemason applied to Yevley by
Stow in his Survey of London, 1598, had actually been used during the former's
lifetime, and was not a posthumous description. Doctor Begemann's note
inspired an article by Brother E. W. M Wonnacott, of Quatuor Coronati Lodge,
and himself an architect in the same volume, in which he conclusively proved
from existing documents, that as early as 1362 Yevley was described as a "
deviser of Masonry," and that William of Wykeham, generally credited with
having been a great architect, was merely mentioned as a clerk. In 1381
Nicholas Typerton undertook to build the aisle of Saint Dunstan's Church in
Thames Street " selon ho devise de Mestre (according to the design of Master)
Henry Iveleghe," and in 1395 works were carried out at Westminster Hall from a
model made by the advice of Waster Henri Zeveley. " Selone be purport d'une
fourme et molde fait par conseil de mesttre Henri Zeveley. (According to the
style of a form and mold made by counsel of Master Henri Zeveley.) I have not
picked out the ease of Yevley as being at all singular, but merely because it
has been so fully dealt faith in Masonic writings which are available to us
all. tn examination of the list of names in Wyatt Papworth's paper on the
Superintendents of English Buildings during the Middle Ages, and a careful
study of their records, could doubtless prove that their duties were in every
way analogous to those of the character selected. Surely there can no longer
be any doubt that the Master Masons of the Gothic Era at least (and possibly
so long as architecture has been practiced), were architects in the truest
sense of the word, for when we consider the constructive ingenuity of their
buildings, no less than their perfect proportions and beauty, we are compelled
at once to admit, that their skill and knowledge of geometry were profound.
Thus I think you will agree, I am quite justified in concluding that the
legend of the founding of the science of geometry by the children of great
lords and ladies, as related in the first part of the poem, is no myth, but is
founded on fact, for unlettered working masons could never have produced the
temples and churches for the worship of T. G. A. O. T. U., which of all things
that excite pleasure to the eye, rank next only to the works of the Great
The name of the angel that, in
accordance with the Cabalistical system, governs the planet Venus.
In 1733, the Earl of
Strathmore, Grand Master of England, granted a Deputation "to eleven German
gentlemen, good Brothers, for constituting a Lodge at Hamburg" (see Anderson,
Constitutions, 1738, page 194). of the proceedings of this Lodge we have no
information. In 1740, Brother Luettman brought from England a Warrant for the
establishment of a Lodge, and a Patent for himself, as Provincial Grand Master
of Hamburg and Lower Saxony. In October, 1741, it assumed the name of Absalom,
and in the same year the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hamburg and Saxony was
opened, a Body which, Lindel says (on page 239 of his History) was the oldest
Mother Lodge in Germany. About the year 1787, the Provincial Grand Lodge
adopted the newly invented Rite of Frederick L. Schroder, consisting of only
three Degrees. In 1801, it declared itself an independent Grand Lodge, and has
so continued. The Grand Lodge of Hamburg practices Schroder's Rite (see
Schroder). There is also in Hamburg a sort of Chapter, which was formed by
Schroder, under the title of Geschichtliche Engbund, or Historical Select
Union. It was intended as a substitute for Fessler's Degrees of Knowledge, the
members of which employ their time in studying the various systems of
Freemasonry. The Mutter-Bund of the Confederacy of Hamburg Lodges, which make
up this system, is independent of the Grand Lodge. The two authorities are
entirely distinct, and bear much the same relation to each other as the Grand
Lodges and Grand Chapters of the United States.
American economist and
statesman, born January 11, 1757, in West Indies, and as the result of a duel
with Aaron Burr at Weehawken, New Jersey, died, July 12, 1804. Organized an
artillery company in Revolutionary War, became private secretary to
Washington. Brilliant as a soldier, he was equally effective in organizing the
United States Government under the 1787 Constitution and became Secretary of
State. His able reports cover a wide range of investigation and he bestowed
order and confidence to national finances. His name is recorded among those
visiting American Union Lodge at Morristown, New Jersey, December 27, 1779,
and is identified because the only one of that name then holding a commission
in the Army under General Washington.
HAMILTON, HON. ROBERT, M.A.,
Born 1820; died May, 1880, at
Jamaica, of which island he was District Grand Master. This English gentleman
was a member of the Queen's Body Guard. He was appointed District Grand Master
of Jamaiea, November 5, 1858; District (brand Superintendent of Royal Arch
Masons, January 10, 1859; Provincial Grand Master of Mark Masons, 1877; and
was a supernumerary member of the Supreme Council, 33 , of England, and
Provincial Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland.
Born January 12, 1737; died
October 8, 1793. President of the Continental Congress from May 1775, to
October 1777, and the first to attach his name to the Declaration of
Independence. He took the Masonic Degrees in Merchants Lodge No. 277, Quebec,
Canada, in 1762, and on October 14, 1762, affiliated with the Lodge of Saint
Andrew, Boston, Massachusetts (see New Age, October, 1925; Masonic Presidents,
Vice-Presidents and Signers, Wm. L. Bovden; Masonry in the Formation of our
Government 1761-99, Philip A. Roth, page 40).
In Freemasonry, the hand as a
symbol holds a high place, because it is the principal seat of the sense of
feeling so necessary to and so highly revered by Freemasons. The same symbol
is found in the most ancient religions, and some of their analogies to Masonic
symbolism are peculiar. Thus, Horapollo says that among the Egyptians the hand
was the symbol of a builder, or one fond of building, because all labor
proceeds from the hand. In many of the Ancient Mysteries the hand, especially
the left, was deemed the symbol of equity. In Christian art a hand is the
indication of a holy person or thing. In early medieval art, the Supreme Being
was always represented by a hand extended from a cloud, and generally in the
act of benediction.
The form of this act of
benediction, as adopted by the Roman Church, which seems to have been borrowed
from the symbols of the Phrygian and Eleusinian priests or hierophants, who
used it in their mystical processions, presents a singular analogy, which will
be interesting to Mark Master Masons who will recognize in it a symbol of
their own ceremonies. In the benediction referred to, as given in the Latin
Church, the thumb, index, and middle fingers are extended, and the two others
bent against the palm as in the illustration. The church explains this
position of the extended thumb and two fingers as representing the Trinity;
but the older symbol of the Pagan priests, which was precisely of the same
form, must have had a different meaning.
A writer in the British
Magazine (volume I, page 565) thinks that the hand, which was used in the
Mithraic mysteries in this position, was symbolic of the Light emanating not
from the sun, but from the Creator, directly as a special manifestation; and
he remarks that chiromancs or divination by the hand is an art founded upon
the notion that the human hand has some reference to the decrees of the
supreme power peculiar to it above all other parts of the microcosmus man.
Certainly, to the Freemason, the hand is most important as the symbol of that
mystical intelligence by which one Freemason knows another "in the dark as
well as in the light."
To the above observations by
Doctor Mackey we may add that scores of references in the Bible attest the
important significance that from the earliest times has been associated with
the hand. As a pledge of fidelity the hand is frequently employed in all
religious rites, old or new. The sign of a covenant indicated by a movement of
the hand is noted by several authors, notably in a chapter on the subject in
the Threshold Covenant, H. Clay Trumbull, 1896 (pages 74 to 94).
This authority says "It is a notes worthy fact that the uplifted hand is
prominent in the representation of the deities of Babylonia, Assyria, Phenicia,
and Egypt, especially of the gods of life or of fertility, who have covenant
relations with men. And the same is true of the representations of sovereigns,
in the ancient East, who are supposed to be in peculiar relations with the
gods. Thus on the seal of Urgur, the earliest ruler of Ur of the Chaldees (see
Genesis xi 31 and xv 7), the ruler and his attendants appear with uplifted
hands before the moon-god Sin, who in turn is represented with his hand
uplifted, as if he were making covenant with him. This is from Perrot and
Chipiez's History of Art in Chaldea and Assyria (i, pages 38 and 84). It is
the same with the sun-god Shamash and his worshipers, Sayce's Social Life
Arrow the Assyrians aru] Babylonians (page 52)."
Professor Trumbull submits
numerous instances of the kind in records from various parts of the world and
also makes the fact clear that the uplifted hands in the representations of
deities and their worshipers was not the attitude of adoration nor of
supplication but a symbol of covenanting, the showing of a pledge, a formal
act of visible consecration. Of the importance of such an act with the hand
there are frequent allusions in the Scriptures. Trumbull (page 82) says,
"There is a clear recognition of this idea in many Bible references to the
lifting up of the hands unto God, as if in covenant relations with him.
Thus Abraham says to the King
of Sodom, 'I have lift up my hand to the Lord,' Genesis xiv 22, as if he would
say I have pledged myself to Him. I have given him my hand. And the Psalmist
lxiii 4, says 'I will lift up my hand in Thy name.' God Himself says, by His
prophet, Isaiah il 22, 'I will lift up Mine hand to the nations;' that is I
will covenant with them. Compare Exodus vi 8, Numbers xiv 30, and Nehemiah ix
15. And 80 in many another case. Indeed the Assyrian word for swearing—nish—is
literally lifting up the hand, and the Hebrew word nasa means to lift up the
hand or to swear (see Tallquist's Die Sprague Contracte Nabu Naido, page 108,
and Gesenius's Hebrew Lexicon). Again, there may be a reference to the 'hand
of might' in a covenant relation, in those passages where God is spoken of as
bringing His people out of Egypt by 'a strong hand' or 'a mighty hand,' and as
dealing with them afterwards in the same way (see, for example, Exodus ui 19;
xiii 3, 14, 16; xxxii ll; Deuteronomy iii 24; iv 34; v 15, vi 21; vii 8, 19;
ix 26; xi 2, etc.; Second Chronicles vi 3'' Ezekiel xx 34; Daniel ix 15). An
uplifted hand is a symbol found also on the stepped pyramid temples of
Polynesia (see Ellis's Polynesian Pesearches ii, page 207, illustration)."
Attention may be directed to
the additional authority given in the signing of a document by one's own hand.
Even where a person cannot write for himself, a mark made by the one attesting
to the truth of the rest of the writing is acceptable and customary. To pass a
coin from hand of the one party to a contract into the hand of another person
involved in the matter has been accepted as a mutual pledge of the good faith
of both concerned to carry out the terms of the undertaking. An English
expression about "taking a shilling" refers to the binding of the bargain when
a soldier enlists in the British Array. All refer to the covenant authorized
by a sign made by the hand. We must not forget the common expressions relating
to the hand as an agency, a source, an authority, and so on, as in "at first
hand," "by hand," "in hand," "in the hands of," etc. Nor may we overlook the
use of blood to emphasize the importance of a contract. Professor Trumbull
offers a suggestive comment on the relation of this to an oath or obligation.
"The very term sign manual, employed for a veritable signature, may point to
an origin in this custom. Indeed, may it not be that the large red seal
attached to important documents, at the present time, is a survival of the
signature and seal of the bloody hand?" (Threshold Covenant, page 94).
Of such gestures as are made
by the laying on of hands in Church ceremonies and elsewhere in sealing a
covenant there are many pregnant allusions in the Bible and other places.
Compare Genesis it 8, 94; Numbers xxvii, 8 to 23; Acts vi 6; viiu 18, xui 3;
xix 6; First Timothy iv 14; vi 2; viii 9; Hebrews vi 2; viii 9 (see Covenant
and Oath, also Penalty).
See Left Hand
See Right Hand
See Clean Hands
Clasped hands are a symbol of
Jidelity and trust. A Spanish work was published at Vittoria, in 1774, where
three hands are shown united in the vignette on the title.
HAND TO BACK
See Points of Fellowship
HAND TO HAND
See Points of Fellowship
Freemasonry was introduced
into Hanover, in the year 1744, by the organization of the Lodge Frederick;
which did not, however, get into active operation, in consequence of the
opposition of the priests, until two years after. A Provincial Grand Lodge was
established in 1755, which in 1828 became an independent Grand Lodge. In 1866,
in consequence of the war between Austria and Prussia, Hanover was annexed to
the latter country. There being three Grand Lodges at that time in Prussia,
the Kirlg deemed it inexpedient to add a fourth, and, by a cabinet order of
February 17, 1867, the Grand Lodge of Hanover was dissolved. Most of the
Hanoverian Lodges united with the Grand Lodge Royal York at Berlin, and a few
with the Grand Lodge of the Three Globes.
The Hebrew word 17N'XEN, in
Latin Voluntas Dei. A covered word used in the Twenty-third Degree of the
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.
The name of the second king in
the Scandinavian Mysteries.
The Seventy-third Degree of
the Rite of Mizraim
The title of an officer in the
Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, and also in the Knights of Saint John the
A Freemason of New York, who
published, in 1818, a work entitled The New Freemasons' Monitor and Masonic
Guide. It evinces considerable ability, was in Brother Mackey's opinion more
valuable than the Monitors of Webb and Cross, and deserved a greater
popularity than it seems to have received.
An old record of the
Constitutions of Freemasonry, so called because it forms No. 2054 of the
collection of manuscripts in the British Museums which were originally
collected by Robert Harley, Earl of Oxford, the celebrated Prime Minister of
Queen Anne, and known as the Bibliotheca Harleian, or Harleian Labrary. The
Manuscript consists of four leaves, containing six and a half pages of close
writing in a cramped hand, said to be that of Randle Holmc, Chester Herald, n
ho died in 1699. The Manuscript has first published by Brother William James
Hughan, in his Masonic Sketches and Reprints. She Manuscript was carefully
transcribed for Brother Hughan by a faithful copyist, and its correctness was
verified by Sims, of the Manuscript Department of the British Museum. Brother
Hughan places the date of the record in the middle of the seventeenth century,
and in this he is probably correct.
The two following folios says
the Reverend Brother Woodford in the volume (namely 33 and 34) are of a very
important character, inasmuch as the secrets of Freemasonry are referred to in
the "obligation" taken by Initiates and the sums are recorded which "William
Wade give to be a Freemason," and others who were admitted members of the
Lodge. The amounts varied from five shillings to a pound the majority being
ten shillings and upwards. The fragment on folio 33 is as follows and was
written about the same time as the Manuscript Constitutions; There is several
words & signs of a free mason to be received to ye weh as y-u w-ch as will
before God at the Great & terrible day of Judgment you keep secret & not to
revile the same in the hears of any person or to any hut to the Mrs- & fellows
of the said society of free masons so help me God, etc.
A facsimile of the Manuscript
has been published by the Quatuor Coronati Lodge. There is another Manuscript
in the same collection marked No. 1492, the date of which is conjectured to be
about 1650! or rather later. It was copied by Brother Henry Phillips, and
first published in the Freemasons Quarterly Retnew in 1836 (pages 288 to 295).
The copy, however, unfortunately, is not an exact one, as E. A. Bond, of the
Museum, who compared a part of the transcript with the original, says that
"the copyist has overlooked peculiarities in many instances." It is important
in containing an Oath of Secrecy, which is in the following words:
I (giving full name) in the
presence of Almighty God, and my fellows and Brethren here present, promise
and declare that I will not at any time hereafter, by any Act, or Circumstance
whatsoever, directly or indirectly publish, discover, reveal, or make known
any of the Secrete privileges, or Counsels of the Fraternity or fellowship of
Freemasonry, which at this time, or any time hereafter shall be made known
unto me; so help me God and the holy contents of this book. . A facsimile of
this manuscript also has been published by the Quatuor Coronati Lodge.
It is a duty especially
entrusted to the Senior Warden of a Lodge, who is figuratively supposed to
preside over the Craft during the hours of labor, so to act that none shall
depart from the Lodge dissatisfied or discontented, that harmony may be thus
preserved, because, as the instruction expresses it, harmony is the strength
and support of all well-regulated institutions.
HARMONY, BRETHREN OF
See Brethren of Harmony
HARMONY, KNIGHT OF
See Knight of Harmony
See Mesmeric Free masonry
See Montfort, Colonel Joseph
Lord Harnouester is said to
have been elected by the four Lodges of Paris, as the second Grand Master of
France, in 1736, succeeding the Earl of Derwentwater. Nothing is known of this
nobleman in contemporary history. Burke makes no allusion to him in his
Extinct Peerages, and probably the name has undergone one of those
indecipherable mutations to which French writers are accustomed to subject all
foreign names; indeed, Brother R. F. Gould, in his Concase History of
Freemasonry (page 355), considers that the name may even be a corruption of
We owe the Masonic use of this
word to Anderson, who first employed it in the Book of Constitutions, where he
tells us that "there were employed about the Temple no less than three
thousand and six hundred Princes or Master Masons to conduct the work," and in
a note he says that "in First Kings (v, 16) they are called Harodim, Rulers or
Provosts" (see Constitutions, 1723, page 10). The passage here alluded to may
be translated somewhat more literally than in the authorized version, thus:
"Besides from the chiefs or princes appointed by Solomon who were over the
work, there were three thousand and three hundred harodim over the people who
labored at the work."
Harodim, in Hebrew os , is a
grammatically compounded word of the plural form, and is composed of the
definite article if, HAR the or those, and a participle of the verb rho, radah,
to rule over, and means therefore, those who rule over, or overseers. In the
parallel passage of Second Chronicles (ii, 18), the word used is Menatzchim,
which has a similar meaning. But from the use of this word Harodim in First
Kings, and the commentary on it by Anderson, it has come to pass that Harodim
is now technically used to signify Princes in Masonry. They were really
overseers of the work, and hence the Masonic use of the term is not altogether
inappropriate. Whoever inspects the two parallel passages in First Kings (v,
16) and Second Chronicles (ii, 18), will notice an apparent discrepancy. In
the former it is said that there were three thousand and three hundred of
these overseers, and in the latter the number is increased to three thousand
and six hundred. The commentators have noted but not explained the
incongruity. Lee, in his Temple of Solomon, attempts to solve it by supposing
that "possibly three hundred at a second review might be added to the number
of officers for the greater care of the business." This is not satisfactory;
not more so is the explanation offered by myself, continues Brother Mackey,
many years ago, in the Lexicon of Freemasonry. It is much more reasonable to
suspect a clerical error of some old copyist which has been perpetuated. There
is room for such an inadvertence, for there is no very great difference
between wIw, the Hebrew for three, and wwt, which is six. The omission of the
central letter would create the mistake. Masonic writers have adhered to the
three thousand and six hundred, which is the enumeration in Chronicles.
Brother E. L. Hawkins tells us
that a Degree bearing this name was commonly conferred by the Lodges in the
County of Durham, England, during the latter half of the eighteenth century,
but what its exact nature was has now been forgotten.
HARODIM, GRAND CHAPTER OF
An institution under the title
of the Grand Chapter of the Ancient and Venerable Order of Harodim was
established in London, in the year 1787, by the celebrated Masonic lecturer,
William Preston. He thus defines, in his Illustrations, its nature and objects
(see twelfth edition, page 310):
The mysteries of this Order
are peculiar to the Institution itself; while the lectures of the Chapter
include every branch of the Masonic system, and represent the art of Masonry
in a finished and complete form.
Different classes are
established, and particular lectures restricted to each class. The lectures
are divided into sections, and the sections into clauses. The sections are
annually assigned by the Chief Harod to a certain number of skillful
Companions in each class, who are denominated Sectionists; and they are
empowered to distribute the clauses of their respective sections, with the
approbation of the Chief Harod and General Director, among the private
companions of the Chapter, who are denominated Clauseholders. Such Companions
as by assiduity become possessed of all the sections in the lecture are called
Lecturers; and out of these the General Director is always chosen.
Every Clauseholder, on his
appointment, is presented with a ticket, signed by the Chief Harod, specifying
the clause allotted to him. This ticket entitles him to enjoy the rank and
privileges of a Clauseholder in the Chapter; and no Clauseholder can transfer
his ticket to another Companion, unless the consent of the Council has been
obtained for that purpose, and the General Director has approved the Companion
to whom it is to be transferred as qualified to hold it. In case of the death,
sickness, or non-residence in London of any Lecturer, Sectionist, or
Clauseholder, another Companion is appointed to fill up the vacancy for the
time being, that the lectures may be always complete, and during the session a
public lecture is usually delivered at stated times. The Grand Chapter is
governed by a Grand Patron, two Vice Patrons, a chief Ruler, and two
Assistants, with a Council of twelve respectable Companions, who are chosen
annually at the Chapter nearest to the festival of Saint John the Evangelist.
The whale system was admirably
adapted to the purposes of Masonic instruction, and was intended for
propagating the Prestonian system of lectures.
HARODIM, PRINCE OF
In the old lectures of the
Ineffable Degrees, it is said that Tito, the oldest of the Provosts and
Judges, was the Prince of Harodim, that is, chief of the three hundred
architects who Caere the Harodim, or additional three hundred added to the
thirty-three thousand Menatzchim mentioned in Chronicles, and who thus make up
the number of three thousand six hundred recorded in the First Book of Kings,
and who in the old lecture of the Degree of Provost and Judge are supposed to
have been the Harodim or Rulers in Masonry. The Statement is a myth; but it
thus attempts to explain the discrepancy alluded to in our article on Harodim.
There svere two Grand
secretaries acting together from the Union of the Grand Lodges of England in
1813, Brother Edwards Harper officiating from 1813 to 1838. For twelve rears
previously to 1813 Brother Harper had been Deputy Grand Secretary and on
December 1, 1813, he was given a gold jewel or medal by the Grand Lodge for
"eminent services rendered the Ancient Craft" during that period. Brother
William Henry White, who became Grand Secretary of the Moderns in 1810,
continued from 1813 with Brother Harper until 1838 and then acted alone as
Grand Secretary up to 1856 (see Memorials of the Masonic Union, W. J. Hughan-John
T. Thorp, 1913, pages 11 and 185.
Deputy Grand Master of the
Athol Lodge and an ardent Freemason. Published an edition of the Ahiman Rezon
in 1800 and two others in 1807 and 1813. At the Union of the two Grand Lodges
he opened the Especial Grand Lodge as Deputy Grand Master and by unanimous
accord was fraternally requested to continue in office and fulfil the duties
until the appointment and installation of a Grand Master, the Duke of Kent,
who subsequently appointed and installed Brother Harper as his Deputy (see
Memorials of the Masonic Union, W. J. Hughan, John T. Thorp, 1913, pages
The Greek god of silence and
seereey. He was, however, a divinity of the Egyptian mythology; his true name
being, according to Bunsen and Lepsius, Har-pi-krati, that is, Horus the
child; and he is supposed to have been the son of Osiris and Isis. He is
represented as a nude figure, sitting sometimes on a lotus flower, either
bareheaded or covered by an Egyptian muter, but always with his finger pressed
upon his lips. Plutarch thinks that this gesture was an indication of his
childlike and helpless nature; but the Greeks, and after them the Romans,
supposed it to be a symbol of silence; and hence, while he is sometimes
described as the god of the renewed year, whence peach blossoms were
consecrated to him because of their early appearance in spring, he is more
commonly represented as the god of silence and secrecy. Thus, Ovid says of
Quique premit vocem digitoque
He who controls the voice and persuades to silence with his finger.
In this capacity, his statue
was often placed at the entrance of temples and places where the mysteries
were celebrated, as an indication of the silence and secrecy that should there
be observed. Hence the finger on the lips is a symbol of secrecy, and has so
been adopted in Masonic symbolism.
HARRIS, THADDEUS MASON
The Rev. Thaddeus Mason
Harris, D.D., an American Masonic writer of high reputation, was born in
Charlestown, Massachusetts, July 7, 1767, and graduated at Harvard University
in 1787. He was ordained as minister of a church in Dorchester in 1793, and
died at Boston, April 3, 1842. He held at different times the offices of
Deputy Grand Master, Grand Chaplain, and Corresponding Grand Secretary of the
Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. Huntoon says (in his Eulogy):
His first great Masonic work
was the editing of a collation revision, and publication of the Constitutions
of the ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons, a quarto
volume, printed at Worcester, Massachusetts 1792: a work which he accomplished
with the accustomed diligence and fidelity with which he performed every
enterprise confided to his care. His various occasional addresses while Grand
Chaplain of the Grand Lodge, Masonic defenses and his volume of Masonic
Discourses, published in 1801, constitute a large and valuable portion of the
Masonic classic literature of America.
HARUGARI, ORDER OF
Secret society founded in New
York City in 1847 or 1848 among immigrants from Germany to preserve the use of
the German language and to mutually assist the needy and aid the widows and
orphans of the members. The name is thought to be derived from an old German
word, harur, meaning grove or forest, and the title itself to have been that
of an ancient organization. The Order teaches Friendship, Love and Humanity
(see Cyclopedia of Fraternities, Albert C. Stevens, and the Deutsch-Amerikanisches
HARUSPICES, ORDER OF
The word Haruspet comes from a
Sanskrit word hira, meaning entrails; therefore implying a soothsayer or arus
pice. The founder of the Etruscan Order was Tages, doubtless a myth of
self-creative power. This Order is claimed to have been re-established in Rome
at the time of the foundation of the city. It embraced two divisions, those
who formed their judgment from the movements and habits of animals as well as
the flight of birds, and those who judged and foretold events by the
inspection of the entrails of newly killed animals. These were the precursors,
the forerunners, of naturalists and physiologists.
HASIDIM, SOVEREIGN PRINCE
The Seventy-fifth and
Seventy-sixth Degrees of the Rite of Mizraim. It should be Chasidim, which
To uncover the head in the
presence of superiors has been, among all Christian nations, held as a mark of
respect and reverence. The Eastern nations uncover the feet when they enter a
place of worship; the Western uncover the head. The converse of this is also
true; and to keep the head covered while all around are uncovered is a token
of superiority of rank or office. The king remains covered, the courtiers
standing around him take off their hats.
To wear the hat in an
assemblage has been thus done as a sign of equality and it is so worn in the
English Parliament and in certain Masonic Lodges on the Continent of Europe.
So very common is the ceremonial use of the hat wh`en at labor by the
presiding officers of a Masonic Body in the United States and to a far less
frequent extent elsewhere, Bristol, in England, where a hat is worn being an
exception to the general rule there, that one naturally looks for instances of
any similar character in other directions. Among the Romans we are told in
Fiske's Classical Antiquities (page 237) that they prayed with the head
covered or veiled, capite velato. The woolen cap, the pileus (page 298) was
allowed only to the free by birth or manumission, but forbidden to slaves.
Fiske says (page 289):
The liberating of slaves took
place in several ways. The most ancient mode seems to have been by will
manumissio per testamentum, on the decease of the master. There were two other
modes, censu, and per vindictam; the former was when the slave, with the
master's consent, was enrolled in the taxation list as a freedman, the latter
was a formal and public enfranchisement before the praetor. In the last case,
the master appeared with his slave, before the tribunal, and commenced the
ceremony by striking him with a rod, vindicta; thus treating him as still his
slave. Then a protector or defender, assertor liberntatis steps forward and
requests the liberation of the Slave by saying hunc hominen liberum esse aio,
jure Quiritium, the last nord referring to the inhabitants of Cures a Sabine
town, after the union of the Romans and Sabines, being equivalent to meaning
The first of the two similar
expressions was followed by the other, indicating that it was the owners will
the slave should be freed. Then the master, who has hitherto kept hold of the
slave, lets him go, e manu emittebat, and gives up his right over him with the
words, hunc hominem libertum esse volo. A declaration by the praeter that the
slave should be free formed the conclusion. To confirm this manumission the
freed slave sometimes went to Terracina and received in the temple of Feronia
a cap or hat, pious, as a badge of liberty. The slave to be freed must not be
under twenty years of age, nor the person setting him free under thirty.
The goddess of fruits,
nurseries, and groves, Feronia, had a Temple on Mount Soracte where a grove
was especially sacred to her. She was honored as the patroness of enfranchised
slaves, who ordinarily received their liberty in her Temple.
Another, and a custom that
prevails in our own times, is mentioned by Dr. George C. Williamson, Cunous
Survivals (page 92), writing of the House of Commons, London, "A member has to
wear his hat when he is to address the House, and there is often confusion
when the member is unable to find his hat at the moment, and to put it on,
before he addresses the Speaker, but, were he to rise without his hat, he
would be greeted immediately with cries of 'Order, Order'!"
Pascal's Provincial Letters,
American edition of 1850 translated by Rev. Thomas McCrie of Edinburgh,
Scotland (page 79), gives a curious reference to the old Paris proverb about
voting without speaking, Il opine du bonnet comme un moine en sorbonne, means
literally: "He votes with his cap like a monk in the Sorbonne" alluding to the
custom in that place of learning of taking off the cap when a member was not
disposed to speak, or in token of agreement with the rest (see also Nicole i,
page 184, Ludovici Montaltii Litterae Provintciales).
Among the German Stone Masons
of the Middle Ages, the original Lodge at Strasburg was considered as the head
of the Craft, under the title of the Haupt-Hutte, the Head Lodge, or Grand
French, meaning Hiph Dearees, which see
HAWKINS, EDWARD LOVELL
Author of the Concise
Cyclopedia and founder of the Miscellanea Latomorum, died on April 17, 1913,
and was at the time of his death Senior Warden of Quatuor Coronati Lodge,
being appointed to that office on November 8, 1912.
Born on August 10, 1851,
initiated in the Apollo University Lodge No. 357 at Oxford, England, and was
its Worshipful Master in 1881. He also served as Provincial Grand Steward of
Oxfordshire in 1879, becoming Grand Registrar in 1880, Grand Warden in 1882,
and was Grand .Secretary of the Province from 1883 to 1885. In the Province of
Sussex he was Grand Steward in 1910 and Senior Grand Warden in 1912. In other
Bodies he also held prominent rank. one of the earliest joining members of
Quatuor Coronati Lodge, on April 7, 1882, the first meeting after the
consecration, and on November 8 , 1912, he was appointed Senior Warden of
Lodge 2076. Among his literary works are a History of Freemasonry in
Oxfordshire, 1882; A Concise Cyclopedia, or Handbook of Masonic References,
1908, and also he took an active part in the preparation of the new and
revised edition of Doctor Mackey's monumental Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and
its Kindred Sciences published in 1912. He conceived the idea of a periodical
treating of Masonic notes and queries and in Mail, 1911, the first number of
Miscellanea Latomorum appeared and was continued up to his death, then the
editorial labor was carried on by Brother F. W. Lavender, and after his death,
by Brother Lionel Vibert.
HAYS, MOSES MICHAEL
Born 1739 in Lisbon, Portugal,
his parents were Jews. In 1761, while in Jamaica, he secured the appointment
of Deputy Inspector-General for North America for the Masonic Rite of
Perfection. From Jamaica Brother Hays went to the West Indies and thence to
Newport, Rhode Island, where he became active in the Fraternity. November 5,
1782, Brother Hays was proposed as a member of Massachusetts Lodge, Boston. He
was elected Master, December 3, 1782, held this office until 1785, when he was
appointed Junior Grand Warden and he served as Grand Master of the
Massachusetts Grand Lodge from July 24, 1788, until March 5, 1792, at which
time the union was effected between the two Grand Lodges of Massachusetts.
which unity was due in a large way to the efforts of Brother Hays.
His death occurred May 9,
1805, and the Columbian Sentinel, Boston, published the following obituary
notice ore May 11:
In the character of the
deceased there is much worth of our admiration much for our imitation.
Possessed by nature of a strong interest there was a vigor in his conception
of men and things which gave a seeming asperity to his conversation, which was
ever frank anal lucid. He walked abroad fearing no man, but loving all. Under
his roof dwelt hospitality, it was an asylum of friendship, the mansion of
peace. He was without guile. despising hypocrisy as he despised meanness. Take
hint for all in all, he was A MAN. In his death society wills mourn the loss
of a most estimable citizen, his family the kindest of husbands, the most
indulgent of fathers. But what consolation shall we offer to assuage the
violence of their grief? Why this is all—the recollection of his virtues, and
that as he lived, so he died, that to his last moment the cheerfulness and
benevolence of his whole life wasted not on his falling brow. Calm and without
a sign he sunk to rest. and is non secure in the bosom of his Father and our
Father, of his God and our God.
Freemasonry, which had been in
existence for several years in the island of Hayti, was entirely extinguished
by the revolution which drove out the white inhabitants. In 1809, the Grand
Lodge of England granted a Charter for a Lodge at Port au-princes and for one
at Cayes. In 1817, the same authority constituted two others, at Jeremias and
at Jacmel Subsequently, a Provincial Grand Lodge was established under
obedience to England. January 25, 1824, this Provincial Grand Lodge declared
its independence and organized the Grand Orient of Hayti.
A technical Masonic term which
signifies to make valid or legal. Hence one who has received a Degree in an
irregular manner or from incompetent authority is not recognized until he has
been healed. The precise mode of healing depends on circumstances If the Lodge
which conferred the Degree was clandestine, the whole ceremony of initiation
would have to be repeated. If the authority which conferred the Degree was
only irregular, and the question was merely a technical one of legal
competence, it is only necessary to exact an obligation of allegiance, or in
other words to renew the covenant.
One of the five senses, and an
important symbol in Freemasonry, because it is through it that we receive
instruction when ignorant, admonition when in danger, reproof when in error,
and the claim of a Brother who is in distress. Without this sense, the
Freemason would be crippled in the performance of all his duties; and hence
deafness is deemed a disqualification for initiation.
Notwithstanding that all the
modern American Masonic Manuals and Masters Carpets from the time of Jeremy L.
Cross exhibit the picture of a heart among the emblems of the Third Degree,
there is no such symbol in the instructions except as a part of the stern
injunction that justice will sooner or later overtake the wrongdoer. But the
theory that every man who becomes a Freemason must first be prepared in his
heart was advanced among the earliest lectures of the eighteenth century, and
demonstrates, as Krause properly remarks, in Speculative Freemasonry, an
internal principle which addresses itself not simply to the outward conduct,
but to the inner spirit and conscience of all men who seek its instructions.
HEART OF HIRAM ABIF
There is a legend in some of
the advanced Degrees and in Continental Freemasonry, that the heart of Hiram
Abif was deposited in an urn and placed upon a monument near the Holy of
Holies; and in some of the Tracing Boards it is represented as a symbol. The
myth, for such it is, was probably derived from the very common custom in the
Middle Ages of persons causing their bodies to be dismembered after death for
the purpose of having parts of them buried in a church, or some place which
had been dear to them in life. Thus Hardynge, in his Metrical Chronicle of
England, tells us of Richard I that
He queathed his corpse then to be buried
At Fount Everard, there at his father's feete;
His herte invyneyb!e to Rome
he sent full mete
For their great truth and stedfast great Constance.
The medieval idea has descended to modern times; for our present instructions
in the United States say that the ashes of Hiram were deposited in an urn.
The ecclesiastical year
commences with the first Nisan, March, but the civil reckoning begins with the
first Tishri, September, which is New Year's Day.
The following dates are accepted by the Hebrews, as given by Doctor Zunz in
Remarks prefacing The 24 Books of the Holy Scriptures according to the .Massoretic
BEFORE CONMON ERA.
2040, Abraham born.
1575, Moses born.
1051, David acknowledged as King.
1015, First Temple commenced.
586, First Temple destroyed.
536, Cyrus Decree.
516, Second Temple completed.
330, Alexander conquers Palestine.
The succeeding dates are in
accord with the research of other authorities.
The Temple was dedicated on five occasions:
1. 1004 B.C., fifteenth day of Tishri- Ethanim and Abib. First Kings via 2 to
2. 726 B. C., when purified from the abominations of Ahaz.
3. 516 B.C., third Adar, upon completion of Zerubbabel's Temple.
4. 164 B.C., twenty-fifth Kislev, after the victory of Judas Maceabaeus over
the Syrians the service lasted eight days.
5. 22 B.C., upon completion of Herod's Temple.
The three Temples were destroyed on the same day and month of the year
The " three-fold destruction " of the Temple took place on the ninth Ab, or
fifth ecclesiastical month.
Destruction of Temple, by Nebuchadnezzar, 588 B.C., or four hundred and
sixteen years after dedication.
Taking the city of Jerusalem by Titus is commemorated as a fast day on the
Passover, fourteenth Nisan- Little Passover, fifteenth Iyar.
Pentecost, or First Fruits, commemorating the giving of the law on Mount Sinai
sixth Sivan Great Day of Atonement, tenth Tishli.
Feast of Tabernaeles, fifteenth to twenty-first Tishri.
Fast for commencement of siege of Jenasalem by Nebuchadnezzar, tenth day of
Feast of Purim, fourteenth and fifteenth Adar.
King Cyrus liberated the Jews, 538 B.C.
King Darius confirmed the Deeree, 520 B. C. (see Cons) .
HECART, GABRIEL ANTOINE JOSEPH
A French Masonic writer, who
was born at Valenciennes in 1755, and died in 1838. He made a curious
collection of Degrees; and invented a system of five, namely:
1. Knight of the Prussian Eagle;
2. Knight of the Comet;
3. The Scottish Purifier;
4. Victorious Knight;
5. Scottish Trinitarian, or Grand Master Commander of the Temple.
This cannot be called a Rite, because it was never accepted and practised by
any Masonic authority. It is known in nomenclatures as Nécart's System. He was
the author of many dissertations and didactic essays on Masonic subjects. He
at one time proposed to publish his collection of Degrees with a full
explanation of each, but did not carry his design into execution. Many of them
are cited in this work.
The Greek compound word
hecatotombe, from hecaton, meaning one hundred, and bous, ox. and therefore
strictly speaking a reference to the sacrifice of one hundred oxen. But the
allusion to a sacrifice, formerly of one hundred bulls, and in later
expressions referring probably only to an indefinitely large number of
victims, is also capable of being applied and was frequently so employed, to
mean any great sacrifice. In this latter sense should the word be understood
by Freemasons. Pythagoras was a vegetarian who taught that killing was wicked
and to him the sacrifice of a hecatomb could have meant no loss of animal life
in the offering (see Forty-seventh Problem).
This expression has been
believed to be applied to a secret society, probably Masonic, but meeting
without Warrant or authority. In Transactions, Quatuor Coronati Lodge, 1913
(volume xxvi, part 2, page 197), we find that a letter of Amicus to the Editor
of the Northern Star, Ireland, dated March 21, 1792, mentions that all
disorders and mischiefs in the country are being hatched by those who
associate under the description of Hedge Masons.
HEIGHT OF THE LODGE
From the earth to the highest
heavens. A symbolic expression (see Form of the Lodge).
HELDMANN, DR. FRIEDRICH
A Professor of Political
Science in the Academy of Bern, in Switzerland, and was born at
Margetshochheim, in Franconia, November 24, 1770. He was one of the most
profound of the German investigators into the history and philosophy of
Freemasonry. He was initiated into the Order at Freiburg, in 1809, and,
devoting himself to the study of the works of Fessler and other eminent
scholars, he resolved to establish a system founded on a collation of all the
rituals, and which should be more in accordance with the true design of the
Institution. For this purpose, in 1816, he organized the Lodge zur Brudertreue
at Aarau, in Switzerland, where he then resided as a professor. For the Lodge
he prepared a Manual, which he proposed to publish. But the Helvetian
Directory demanded that the manuscript should be given to that Body for
inspection and correction, which the Lodge, unwilling to submit to such a
censorship, refused to do. Heldmann, being reluctant to involve the Lodge in a
controversy with its superiors, withdrew from it. He subsequently published a
valuable work entitled Die drei altesten geschichtlichen Denkmale der
deutschen Freimaurerbruderschaft; meaning, The three oldest Memorials of the
German Masonic Brotherhood, which appeared at Aarau in 1819. In this work,
which is chiefly founded on the learned researches of Krause, the
Constitutions of the Stone-Masons of Strasburg were published for the first
A tiler or teghtor. From the
AngloSaxon Helan. Also written Hillyar and Hilliar.
A defensive weapon wherewith
the head and neck are covered. In heraldry, it is a mark of chivalry and
nobility. It was, of course, a part of the armor of a knight, and therefore,
whatever may be the head covering adopted by modern Knights Templar, it is in
the instructions called a helmet.
HELMETS, TO DEPOSIT
In quaint old Templar ritualism, to lay aside the covering of the head.
HELMETS, TO RECOVER
In the early Templar
ritualism, to resume the covering of the head.
See Aid and Assistance
HEMMING, SAMUEL, D.D.
Previous to the Union of the
two Grand Lodges of England in 1813, the Prestonian system of lectures was
practiced by the Grand Lodge of Modern Freemasons, while the Atholl Freemasons
recognized higher Degrees, and varied somewhat in their ritual of the lower.
When the Union was consummated, and the United Grand Lodge of England was
organized, a compromise was effected, and Doctor Hemming, who was the Senior
Grand Warden, and had been distinguished for his skill as the Master of a
Lodge and his acquaintance with the ritual, was appointed to frame a new
system of lectures. The Prestonian system was abandoned, and the Hemming
lectures adopted in its place, not without the regret of many distinguished
Freemasons, among whom was Doctor Oliver. Among the innovations of Doctor
Hemming, which are to be regretted, are the abolition of the dedication to the
two Saints John, and the substitution for it of a dedication to Solomon. In
Brother Mackey's opinion, some other changes that were made were certainly not
Editor of the fourth volume of
the German Encyclopadie (see Lenning) .
The widow of Charles I, of
England It is asserted, by those who support the theory that the Master's
Degree was invented by the adherents of the exiled house of Stuart, and that
its legend refers to the death of Charles I and the restoration of his son,
that in the technical Masonic expression of the "Widow's Son," the allusion is
to the widow of the decapitated monarch. Those who look further for the
foundation of the legend give, of course, no credence to a statement whose
plausibility depends only on a coincidence.
HENRY PRICE MEDAL
See Price, Henry
King of England from 1422 to
1461. This monarch is closely connected with the history of Freemasonry
because, in the beginning of his reign and during his minority, the celebrated
Statute of Laborers, which prohibited the congregations of the Freemasons, was
passed by an intolerant Parliament, and because of the questions said to have
been proposed to the Freemasons by the king, and their answers, which are
contained in what is called the Leland Manuscript, a document which, if
authentic, is highly important; but of whose authenticity there are as many
oppugners as there are defenders.
In what are called the High
Degrees of the Continental Rites, there is nothing more puzzling than the
etymology of this word. We have the Royal Order of Heredom, given as the ne
plus ultra, meaning nothing farther or nothing beyond, of Freemasonry in
Scotland, and in almost all the Rites the Rose Croix of Heredom, but the true
meaning of the word is apparently unknown. Ragon, in his Orthodoxie Maçonnique
(page 91), asserts that it has a political signification, and that it was
invented between the years 1740 and 1745, by the adherents of Charles Edward
the Pretender, at the Court of Saint Germain, which was the residence, during
that period, of the unfortunate prince, and that in their letters to England,
dated from Heredom, they mean to denote Saint Germain. He supposes it to be
derived from the medieval Latin word hoeredum, signifying a heritage, and that
it alludes to the Castle of Saint Germain, the only heritage left to the
dethroned sovereign But as Ragon's favorite notion was that the Hautes Grades
or High Degrees, were originally instituted for the purpose of aiding the
house of Stuart in its restoration to the throne, a theory not now generally
accepted, at least without modification, this etymology must be taken with
some grains of allowance The suggestion is, however, an ingenious one.
In some of the old manuscripts
the word Heroden is found as the name of a mountain in Scotland; and we
sometimes find in the French Cahiers the title of Rose Croiz de Heroden. There
is not a very great difference in the French pronunciation of Heredom and
Heroden, and one might be a corruption of the other. Brother Mackey says he
was once inclined to this theory; but even if it were the correct one we
should gain nothing, for the same difficulty would recur in tracing the root
and meaning of Heroden.
The most plausible derivation is one given in 1858, by a writer in the London
Freemasons Magazine. He thinks it should be spelled Heredom, and traces it to
the two Greek words, repass hieros, meaning holy, and biros, domos, meaning
house. It would thus refer to Freemasonry as symbolically the Holy House or
Temple. In this way the title of Rose Croiz of Heredom would signify the Rosy
Cross of the Holy House of Freemasonry. This derivation is now very generally
recognized as the true one.
So far Brother Mackey's
explanation of the word, but at this point Brother Hawkins observes that
according to the view taken in the last paragraph the word should be Hierodom
(see also Royal Order of Scotland ).
A corruption of Hermes, found
in some of the old Constitutions (see Hermes).
The Spanish word for
Brotherhood. An association of the principal cities of Castile and Aragon
bound by a solemn league for the defense of their liberties in time of
trouble. The sovereigns approved this brotherhood as agents for suppressing w
the increasing power of the nobles, and without cost to the government. The
Hermandad was first established in Aragon in the thirteenth century, and in
Castile about thirty years later, while, in 1295, thirty-five cities of
Castile and Leon formed a joint confederacy, pledging themselves to take
summary vengeance on every robber noble who injured a member of the
association. The Santa, or Holy Brotherhood, finally checked so effectually
the outrages of the nobles, that Isabella of Castile, in 1496, obtained the
sanction of the Cortez to reorganize and extend it over the whole kingdom.
In all the old manuscript
records which contain the Legend of the Craft, mention is made of Hermes as
one of the founders of Freemasonry. Thus, in the Grand Lodge Manuscript, No.
1, whose date is 1583 and the statement is substantially and almost verbally
the same in all the others that "The great Hermarines that was Cubys sonne,
the which Cubye was Semmes sonne, that was Noes sonne. This same Hermarines
was afterwards called Hernes the father of Wysdome; he found one of the two
pillars of stone, and found the science written therein, and he taught it to
There are two persons of the
name of Hermes mentioned in sacred history. The first is the divine Hermes,
called by the Romans Mercury. Among the Egyptians he was known as Thoth.
Diodorus Siculus describes him as the Secretary of Osiris; he is commonly
supposed to have been the son of Mizraim, and Cumberland says that he was the
same as Osiris. There is, however, much confusion among the mythologists
concerning his attributes.
The second was Hermes
Trismegistus or the Thrice Great, who was a celebrated Egyptian legislator,
priest, and philosopher, who lived in the reign of Ninus, about the year of
the world 2670. He is said to have written thirty-six books on theology and
philosophy, and six upon medicine, all of which are lost. There are many
traditions of him; one of which, related by Eusebius, is that he introduced
hieroglyphics into Egypt. This Hermes Trismegistus, although the reality of
his existence is doubtful, was claimed by the alchemists as the founder of
their art, whence it is called the Hermetic Science, and whence we get in
Freemasonry, Hermetic Rites and Hermetic Degrees.
It is to him that the Legend
of the Craft refers; and, indeed, the York Constitutions, which are of
importance, though not probably of the date of 926, assigned to them by
Krause, give him that title, and say that he brought the custom of making
himself understood by signs with him to Egypt. In the first ages of the
Christian church, this mythical Egyptian philosopher was in fact considered as
the inventor of everything known to the human intellect. It was fabled that
Pythagoras and Plato had derived their knowledge from him, and that he had
recorded his inventions on pillars. The Operative Masons, who wrote the old
Constitutions, obtained their acquaintance with him from the Polycromycon of
the monk Ranulf Higden, which was translated from the Latin by Trevisa, and
printed by William Caxton in 1482. It is repeatedly quoted in the Cooke
Manuscript, whose probable date is the latter part of the fifteenth century,
and was undoubtedly familiar to the writers of the other Constitutions.
The art or science of Alchemy,
so termed from Hermes Trismegistus, who was looked up to by the alchemists as
the founder of their art. The Hermetic philosophers say that all the sages of
antiquity, such as Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, and Pythagoras, were initiated
into the secrets of their science; and that the hieroglyphics of Egypt and all
the fables of mythology were invented to teach the dogmas of Hermetic
philosophy (see Alchemy).
Pertaining or belonging to
that species of philosophy which pretends to solve and explain all the
phenomena of nature from the three chemical principles, salt, sulphur, and
mercury. Also that study of the sciences as pursued by the Rosicrucian
Fraternity. A practice of the arts of alchemy and similar pursuits, involving
a duplex symbolism with their peculiar distinctions.
A Rite established by Pernetty
at Avignon, in France, and more commonly called the Illuminati of Avignon (see
Avignon, Illuminati of).
See Isis-Uranea Temple
HERODEM, ROYAL ORDER OF
See Royal Order of Scotland
"Heroden," says a manuscript
of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, iris a mountain situated in the
northwest of Scotland, where the first or metropolitan Lodge of Europe was
held." The word is not now used by Masonic writers, and was, undoubtedly, a
corruption of Heredom or Harodim, which see.
HEROINE OF JERICHO
An androgynous (for both
sexes) Degree conferred, in America, on Royal Arch Masons, their wives, and
daughters. It is intended to instruct its female recipients in the claims
which they have upon the protection of their husbands' and fathers'
companions, and to communicate to them an effectual method of proving those
claims. An instance of friendship extended to the whole family of a
benefactress by those whom she had benefitted, and of the influence of a
solemn contract in averting danger, is referred to in the case of Rahab, the
woman of Jericho, from whom the Degree derives its name; and for this purpose
the second chapter of the Book of Joshua is read to the candidate. When the
Degree is received by a male, he is called a Knight of Jericho, and when by a
female, she is termed a Heroine. It is a side or honorary Degree, and may be
conferred by any Royal Arch Mason on a candidate qualified to receive it.
Born in London, England,
January 12, 1794; died in France, October 8, 1867; buried in Greenwood
Cemetery, New York, October 27, 1867. The family emigrated to America in 1805.
James Herring was initiated in Solomon's Lodge, Somerville, New Jersey, in
1816. He was Master of Clinton Lodge, New York City, in 1827, 1828, 1832, and
1834, a period when the anti-Masonic spirit was in its zenith. He, with the
remaining members of Clinton Lodge, united with Saint John's, No. 1, and met
in union December 18, 1834. He instituted the formation of the Lodge of Strict
Observance, which was constituted by Grand Lodge, December 27, 1843, Right
Worshipful Brother Herring being the Master, with which Lodge he remained
until his death. On September 3, 1528, he was appointed Assistant Grand
Secretary, and on June 3, 1829, was elected Grand Secretary, which office he
retained until 1846. He sided with the Phillips or Herring Grand Body at the
split in Grand Lodge on June 5, 1849, and remained its Grand Secretary until
1858, when, in June, the two Grand Lodges were fused. He was a delegate to the
Convention of Grand Lodges held in Washington on March 7, 1842.
Brother Herring delivered the
oration, on August 25, 1847, in Saint John's Lodge, in commemoration of the
Most Worshipful Grand Masters, Morgan Leavis and Alex. H. Robertson, and other
eminent Freemasons, on the occasion of the First Lodge of Sorrow held in
America in the English language. He was exalted in Jerusalem Chapter, No. 8,
Royal Arch Masons, New York City, January 5, 1817, dubbed a Knight Templar in
Columbian Commandery, No. 1, New York, and was received a Sovereign Grand
Inspector General, Thirty-third Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish
Rite. Brother Herring was a Past High Priest and Past Grand Secretary of the
General Grand Chapter of the United States, Past Grand Master of the Grand
Encampment of the United States, and Past Grand Representative of the Orients
of Brazil and France. Grand Historian Ossian Lang on page 126, History of
Freemasonry in the State of New York, 1922, says "James Herring proved a tower
of strength in the trying days. His untiring zeal and masterly management did
much to pilot the Grand Lodge through the night of storm."
A corruption of Chesed, which
Said to be the real name of
the author of the Encyclopadie des Freemaurerei (see Lenning)
Freemasonry appears to have
been founded in this Electorate in 1743, by a Lodge at Marburg, called Zu den
drei Löwen, or Three Lions, which afterward took the name of Marc Aurel zum
flammenden Stern, or of the Blazing Star. A Lodge also appears to have existed
in 1771, at Cassel, called Zum blauen Lowen. In 1817 the Grand Mother Lodge of
Hesse-Cassel was founded, which lasted until 1821, when the government closed
all Lodges. In 1849 one was reopened by General von Helmschwerdt, but it was
closed in 1855. It is now understood that this Lodge has been reopened.
HESSE DARMSTADT, GRAND DUCHY
German state. An early Masonic
Lodge, Die drei Disteln, or Three Thistles, here said to have been first
organized at Mayence in 1765. The Lodges in Darmstadt were in the Frankfort
Eclectic Union and formed the Grand Lodge Zur Eintracht or of Concord, at
Darmstadt in 1845, which is now called Die grosse Loge des Freimaurer Bundes
zur Eintracht in Darns stadt or The Grand Lodge of Masonic Bodies of Concord
A figure of six equal sides
constitutes a part of the Camp in the Scottish Degree of Sublime Princes of
the Royal Secret. Stieglitz, in an essay on the symbols of Freemasonry,
published in 1825, in the Altenburg Zeitschrift, says that the hezagon formed
by six triangles, whose apices converge to a point, making the accompanying
figure, is a symbol of the universal creation, the six points crossing the
central point; thus assimilating the hexagon to the older symbol of the point
within a circle.
From two words of the Greek
language meaning siz and written. A geometrical figure made up of two
interlaced equilateral triangles, supposed to possess mysterious powers and
frequently used as a symbol of the Pythagorean school. It is also known as the
Seal of Solomon and the Shield of David (see Magic Squares).
See Magic Squares
Greek for sixfold. A Bible
arranged with six versions in parallel columns, sometimes spoken of as the
Hexaplar.-Text of the Holy Scriptures.
H. G. W.
Initials of an expression
frequently used by visiting English Brethren to convey the hearty good wishes
of the Master and Brethren of their own Lodge to the officers and members of
the Lodge visited.
Means the Beating of the
sepulcher. A Mohammedan belief as to the state of the soul after death. The
form and mode of judgment is explained in Al Koran. The sarcophagus of an
orthodox Moslem is so constructed that the deceased can sit upright when
notified by his angel of the approach of the examiners, who question him as to
his faith in the unity of God and the mission of Mohammed Satisfactory answers
insure peace; but if to the contrary, he is beaten on the temples with iron
maces until he roars with anguish. The two angels, Monker and Naku, then press
the earth upon the body, which is gnawed and stung by ninety-nine seven-headed
dragons until the day of resurrection. As the Mohammedan was an imitative
religion, we naturally look for the origin of its customs and beliefs in older
faiths; thus the Hibbut-Hakkeber is found in the Jewish, which taught that the
angel of death would sit on a new-made grave, the soul would return to the
body, which would stand up, the angel striking it thrice with a chain, half
iron and half fire; at the sirst blow all the limbs were loosened, at the
second the bones were dispersed, but gathered again by angels, and the third
stroke reduces it to dust. This need not occur to those who died on the
Sabbath or in the land of Israel (see Gilgul).
From the two Greek words which
signify the engraving of sacred things. Hieroglyphics are properly the
expressions of ideas by representations of visible objects, and the word is
more peculiarly applied to that species of picture writing which was in use
among the ancient Egyptians, whose priests by this means concealed from the
profane that knowledge which they communicated only to their initiates. Browne
says (Master Rey, page 87), "The usages amongst Masons have ever corresponded
with those of the ancient Egyptians. Their Philosophers, unwilling to expose
their Mysteries to vulgar Curiosity, couched the Principles of their Learning
and Philosophy under Hieroglyphical Figures and Allegorical Emblems, and
expressed their notions of Government by Signs and Symbols, which they
communicated to the Magic or wise Men only, who were solemnly obligated never
to reveal them."
The title of those priests in
the Egyptian mysteries to whom were confided the keeping of the sacred
records. Their duty was also to instruct the neophytes in the ritual of
initiation, and to secure its accurate observance.
A Hermit Order established in
the fourteenth century, formed from the third Order of Saint Francis.
Followers of Thomas of Siena, who established themselves among the wild
districts of the Sierra Morena, and so forming a community, obtained approval
of Pope Gregory XI in 1374.
From the Greek, tepo¡ß ¥¢
which signifies one who explains the sacred things. The Hierophant was, in the
Ancient Mysteries, what the Master is in a Masonic Lodge—he who instructed the
neophyte or candidate in the doctrines which it was the object of the
Mysteries to inculcate.
HIEROPHANT or MYSTAGOG
The Chief Priest of the
Eleusinians, selected from the grade of Eumolpidens He was selected for his
imposing personal presence, and his dignity was sustained by the grandeur of
his attire, his head encircled with a costly diadem. He was required to be
perfect in animal structure, without blemish, and in the vigor of life, with a
commanding voice. He was presumed to be surrounded by a halo of holiness. His
duty was to maintain and also expound the laws. He was the introductor of the
novices into the Eleusinian Temple, and passed them from the lesser into the
greater mysteries, where he became the Demiurg, and Impressed the initiate,
while instructing him, by his manner and voice. His title of Mystagog was
awarded because he alone revealed the secret or mystery.
Title of the Guardian of the
holy vessels and vestments, as used in several Rites.
Not long after the
introduction of Freemasonry on the Continent, in the beginning of the
eighteenth century, three new Degrees were invented and named, Ecossais,
Novice, and Knight Templar. These gave the impulse to the invention of many
other Degrees, all above the Master's Degree. To these the name of Hautes
Grades or High Degrees was given. Their number is very great. Many of them now
remain only in the catalogues of Masonic collectors, or are known merely by
their titles; while others still exist, and constitute the body of the
different rites. The word is not properly applicable to the Royal Arch or
Degrees of the English and American systems, which are intimately connected
with the Master's Degree, but is confined to the additions made to Ancient
Craft Freemasonry by continental ritualists. These Degrees have, from time to
time, met with great opposition as innovations on Ancient Freemasonry, and
some of the Grand Lodges have not only rejected them, but forbidden their
cultivation by those who are under their obedience. But, on the other hand,
they have been strenuously supported by many who have believed the Ancient
Craft Degrees do not afford a sufficient field for the expansion of Masonic
thought. A writer in the London Freemasons Magazine (of 1858, I, 1167) has
expressed the true theory on this subject in the following language:
It is the necessary
consequence of an exclusive addition to Craft Masonry that the intellectual
and artistic development of the minds of the members must suffer the ritual
sink to formalism, and the administration fail into the hands of the lower
members of the Order, by a diminution in the initiations of men of high
intellectual caliber, and by the inactivity, or practical secession, of those
within the Order. The suppression of the higher Degrees, that is, of the
higher Masonry, may be agreeable to those who are content to possess the
administrative functions of the Order without genuine qualifications for their
exercise, but it is a policy most fatal to the true progress of the Order.
When Masonry has so fallen, to restore the higher Degrees to their full
activity is the measure essential for restoring the efficacy of Masonry within
and without. Thus, in the last century when Craft Masonry had spread rapidly
over the whole of Europe, a reaction set in, till the heads of the Order
brought the high Degrees into vigor, and they continued to exercise the most
HIGHEST OF HILLS
In the Old York Lectures was
the following passage: "Before we had the convenience of such well-formed
Lodges, the Brethren used to meet on the highest of hills and in the lowest of
valleys. And if they were asked why they met so high, so low, and so very
secret, they replied the better to see and observe all that might ascend or
descend; and in case a Cowan should appear, the Tiler might give timely notice
to the Worshipful Master, by which means the Lodge might be closed, the jewels
put by, thereby preventing any unlawful intrusion." In commenting on this,
Doctor Oliver (Landmarks I, page 319) says: "Amongst other observances which
were common to both the true and spurious Freemasonry, we find the practice of
per forming commemorative rites on the highest of hills and in the lowest of
valleys. This practice was in high esteem amongst all the inhabitants of the
ancient world, from a fixed persuasion that the summit of mountains made a
nearer approach to the celestial deities, and the valley or holy cavern to the
infernal and submarine gods than the level country; and that, therefore, the
prayers of mortals were more likely to be heard in such situations."
Hutchinson also says: "The highest hills and the lowest valleys were from the
earliest times esteemed sacred, and it was supposed that the Spirit of God was
peculiarly diffusive in those places."
The sentiment was expressed in
the language of the earliest lectures of the eighteenth century, and is still
retained, without change of words, in the lectures of the present day. But
introduced, at first, undoubtedly with special reference to the ancient
worship on high places, and the celebration of the mysteries in the caverns of
initiation, it is now retained for the purpose of giving warning and
instruction as to the necessity of security and secrecy in the performance of
our mystical rites, and this is the reason assigned in the modern lectures.
And, indeed, the notion of thus expressing the necessity of secrecy seems to
have been early adopted, while that of the sacredness of these places was
beginning to be lost sight of; for in a lecture of the middle of the
eighteenth century, or earlier, it was said that "the Lodge stands Upon holy
ground, or the highest hill or lowest vale, or in the Vale of Jehosophat, or
any other secret place." The sacredness of the spot is, it is true, here
adverted to, but there is an emphasis given to prentices secrecy.
This custom of meeting on the
"highest hills and in the lowest valleys," says Brother E. E. Cawthorne, seems
to have prevailed at Aberdeen, Scotland, for they say: "We ordain that no
Lodge be holden within a dwelling-house where there is people living in it,
but in the open fields, except it be ill weather, and then let a house be
chosen that no person shall heir or see us." Also, "We ordain lykewayes that
all entering prentices be entered in our ancient outfield Lodge in the mearnes
in the Parish of Negg, at the Stonnies at the point of the Ness." It is also
of interest that Montandon Lodge No. 22, Grand Lodge of Chile, was consecrated
in November 1927, at Potrerillos, some ten thousand feet above sea level in
the Andes Mountains and named after George Montandon, the constructing
engineer who lost his life in building the railroad there in 1908. The Revisor
is reminded of attending the consecration of a Masonic Lodge on the top floor
of the pioneer skyscraper, the old Masonic Temple, later the Capitol building,
a 355 foot structure, at Chicago, Illinois.
HABERDASHERS' COMPANY, THE
Writing in 1837 William
Herbert said of this company "They were incorporated by letters patent of the
26th of Henry Vl Anno 1447, by the style of the Fraternity of St. Catherine of
the Virgin, of the Haberdashers of the city of London; but at present are
denominated the Master and four Wardens of the Fraternity of the Art or
Mystery of Haberdashers in the City of London. This corporation is governed by
a master, four wardens, and ninety-three assistants, with a livery of 342
members, who, upon their admission, pay in cash a fine [fee] of twenty-five
pounds, and to whom belongs a great estate, out of which, according to the
generous benefactions of the several donors, they annually pay to charitable
uses about the sum of £3,500.... They may take each too apprentices.... There
have been twenty-two lord mayors free of this company. Their principal tenets
are Serve and Obey. Their Patroness is St. Catherine. They have had altogether
ten charters." Originally, in the Fourteenth Century, the Haberdashers were a
branch of the gild of Mercers, dealers in merchandises, or small wares (the
phrase "small mercies" may have thus originated), but in course of time the
cappers, or hat makers, separated from them. The Haberdashers of small wares
also were called Milaners, for selling merchandise from Milan, corrupted into
milliner. (In Queen Elizabeth's time the English paid out £60,000 per year for
pins alone.) The company, though its first charter w as received in 1447, had
been organized a century before that, and had a set of regulations, or
by-laws, as early as 1372. Having lost its old documents in the London fire of
1666 the come pony drew up a new code, and among the judges giving it legal
sanction was the great jurisconsult Sir Matthew Hale. The officers were named
as Master, four Wardens, and 50 Assistants. By "livery" was meant the
ceremonial or symbolic clothing which a privileged number of members was
entitled to wear: such livery did not signify servitude. The Hurrers, or
hatters, and Mercers were combined. The list of the Companies charities is a
long one: it supported five schools; four almshouses; six benefices; two
lectures; three exhibitions; and paid many pensions. Many other benefactions
it administered as a trustee.
The similarities between the
Haberdashers' Company and the Masonic Fraternity are very striking; the more
so since the Company was here chosen at random as a specimen of the Twelve
Great City Companies of London and the long list of lesser Companies, the
Mason Company being among the latter. They were ancient; had apprentices; had
ceremonies; administered an oath; the membership was divided into ranks; they
were governed by Master and Wardens (in a Masonic Lodge that still is the
case, for the appointive officers are to assist the Master and Warden, and the
Secretary and Treasurer do not govern); they had tenets; arms; were devoted to
charity; had quarterly communications and feasts and from a very early time
admitted "non-operatives" who "were made free" of the company, so that there
were "free Haberdashers" just as there were "free Masons." This entering of
non-Operatives into Masonry, of which they were then "free," may be one of the
many original meanings of "free Mason." The antiquity, form of organization,
oaths, non-operatives, etc., cannot therefore explain why the Free Masons
alone continued over into a worldwide fraternity, for the other gilds or
fraternities, identical in general customs, would have done the same. It is
the extraordinary similarity of the old Free Masonry with the old gilds and
companies coupled with the fact that it alone developed into a worldwide
Fraternity which is of itself the best proof that the Freemasons also
possessed a secret of their own which none of the others ever had.
See London Companies, by
William Herbert; London; 1837. It is not as exhaustive as the large histories
written since by Hazlitt, etc., but has the advantage of having been written
by a man who got his information at first hand, and before the new
industrialism had changed the face of London commerce and business.
HAT, THE MASTER'S
History has more than one
device for creating its romantic effects, but none more surprising than
inversion which is to have something occur where its opposite would be
expected. The universal American custom of the Master's Hat is such an
inversion (see page 445); for it is not the custom in contemporary England,
where ancient usages are to be expected, yet is required in America, where
custom has least weight. American Masons can be glad that this inversion has
occurred because there is in craft practice in general and in Masonic practice
in particular no custom more honored or more ancient.
The Greeks crowned their
poets, their victorious generals, and the winners of the games with wreaths;
at Delphi with one of apple boughs, at Olympia with laurel, at Corinth with
pine. Even the gods in time came to be represented with a wreath of light or
sun rays, the corona, origin of the saints' halo. At a Roman general's Triumph
he was crowned with a laurel wreath, called corona triumphalts; in later times
a wreath of gold A citizen who had won a peace-time triumph received an
ovation, and a crown for his head. Anglo-Saxons had similar customs; so also
the French, who crowned graduates of their Universities with caps; and the
Italians who set a cap of fur on a man's head when he was made Duke (not the
same as duce!). In England a Duke, Marquis, Earl, Viscount, and Baron received
a cap. So also did the alderman or master of a gild or a City Company. Such a
cap came to be called "a cap of maintenance," and the coat of arms of the City
of London is topped with such a cap. The helmet in military arms is an
adaptation of the same custom; the King's "cap" is a six-barred helmet. While
Henry VIII was still loyal to the Vatican he was presented with a consecrated
cap of maintenance by Pope Leo X. The wearing of such a cap, with its
ceremonial significance, was so closely connected with the ceremonial wearing
of a sword that the two became enshrines together in the phrase "cap and
It would thus appear that the
wreath, cap, or hat began as a badge of honor; perhaps it became afterwards
identified with the idea of authority, and then with the idea of a presiding
officer, because in so many cases it was the head or chief or leader who was
honored. The Master's Hat has both ideas combined in it; it represents his
authority to preside; it represents also the fact that he has received the
highest honors of his Lodge and it is because it thus is a symbol of that
honor that he will not, if he rightly understands his art, take it off and put
it aside, as if the honor meant nothing to him; certainly he will not lay it
on the floor.
HEBREW WORDS IN MASONRY
"Ahiman Rezon," the name given
by Laurence Dermott to his edition of the Book of Constitutions for the
Ancient Grand Lodge, was intended to be Hebrew but to date Hebraists are not
certain of its meaning; it is believed to mean "Worthy Brother Secretary," or
"Help to a Scribe," but the earliest editions carried on the title page the
sub-title "Help to a Brother," and that may have been Grand Secretary
Dermott's own translation. But why use a Hebrew title? No answer to this
question has ever been found. Dermott himself had some Hebrew. There must have
been a special interest in Hebrew by members of the Grand Lodge of Ireland at
about the time of the writing of the Constitution of the Ancient Grand Lodge,
which was Irish Masonry transplanted to England, because Irish Grand Lodge
medals of the period occasionally carried Hebrew words. A Side Order or High
Degree (it is impossible to tell which) was practiced in Ireland, England, and
Scotland under the Hebrew name of Herodim (or Harodim, or Highrodim, or
Highrodian); Preston called a little society for the study of Masonry which he
organized, "Order of Herodim." This word was lifted bodily from I Kings, Ch.
5, of the Hebrew Old Testament, where it meant provosts, or "officers which
were over the work." Giblim, another word in Masonic usage, was taken from the
same chapter. It is possible that a certain word in the Third Degree which
cannot be spoken or written is an altered form of a third Hebrew word from
that same chapter.
The whole subject of a Hebrew
influence at work in the Seventeenth and early Eighteenth Century Freemasonry
is a still-virgin field for Masonic research. There were professors and
specialists in Hebrew at Oxford, Cambridge, and the University of Dublin; the
making of the Authorized Version under King James in 1611 was much discussed
everywhere among educated men, and inspired many amateurs to study the
language of the Old Testament. Public exhibition at two different times in
English cities of models of Solomon's Temple aroused a popular interest in the
Book of Kings. The Allegory of the Temple in the Second Degree may have been
added to the Ritual in that period; at least an amplification of it. The
Raising, which bears the Hebrew name of HA.-. may have originated in the same
period (the oldest known Lodge of Master Masons is dated at 1725); this is
doubtful because the rite bears internal evidence of having originated much
earlier, but it is possible that its general popularity may have been owing to
the current of Hebrew interests. The Holy Royal Arch, which in some forms was
probably known in Ireland in Time Immemorial Lodges, is Old Testament in
spirit and reference; also, if "Arch" meant "chief" or "overseer" the Rite may
at one time have been called Herodim.
Thus far no historian has
discovered any connection between the origin of Speculative Freemasonry and
the Jews. Such Hebraic elements as are found in the Craft Degrees and the High
Grades are derived from Hebrew sources at second or at third hand, from the
English Bible, from Old Testament traditions and stories, and also, perhaps,
and over a roundabout route, from the Kabbala (or Cabala, or Kabbalah). There
was much interest in the Kabbala during the early period of the Reformation;
Reuchlin, one of Luther's forerunners, was familiar with it; Luther and
Melanchton both studied it; there was even a Christian Kabbala. If Seventeenth
and Eighteenth Century Masons took a lively interest in Hebrew matters it is
not to be wondered at the Hebrew Old Testament comprises two-thirds of the
English Bible; and British and European culture, as Matthew Arnold was to
remind everybody in the Nineteenth Century, was in origin a blend of Hellenism
(Greek, and to some extent, Roman) and of Hebraism.
The curious word in the OB
which is pronounced to rhyme with fail and which appears to be contradictive
of the pledge of which it is a part has been in continuous use in England
since the early Middle Ages. In his comments on "Notes on Some Trade Guilds at
Ludlow," in Ars Quatuor Coronatorum, Vol. XXXII., 1919, page 149 (page 14 in
reprint) Canon Horsley writes:
" The old Saxon word Helyer is still in use. I asked my church warden who
thatched his ricks. 'A helyer from Bearsted ' (the next village), he said. The
helyer heles or covers the rick. A gardener heles the potato plants he earths
up, and so Hell in the Apostles' Creed is the covered place, the unseen world,
the ancient conception of the world being that of a flat place with the river
of ocean running round it, while above there was a hemisphere heaved up and
hence called heaven, and correspondingly beneath there was the heled or
covered place. Men could look up and understand something of the star-spangled
arch of blue, but the reversed arch or crypt beneath was to the eyes of flesh
'heled, concealed, and never revealed,' or, as some would I suppose say,
'hailed, concealed, and never reviled '."
HERALDRY, MASONRY AND
Heraldry in Britain was an art
or science, professed by learned specialists and officials, with its
foundation in civil law. A coat of arms was in essence a patent in the firm of
pictures and devices, it was an official and attestation about a family's
origin and past; and since special privileged often of large value, might go
with such an origin, a coat of arms was more than a badge or a decoration;
just as a deed was a legal Charter confirming ownership of a property, a coat
of arms was a deed confirming ownership in certain honors, privileges, and
titles. Since the Constitution of the United States recognized the existence
of no classes or titles, heraldry in America has been either a hobby or a
minor branch of the arts.
The Grand Lodge of England
(1717) adopted as its seal the old seal of the Masons Company of London;
Laurence Dermott adopted for the Ancient Grand Lodge (1751) a seal which he
found in a work by Jehudah ben Leon, a Hebrew scholar for whom he felt a great
reverence; perhaps the device thus chosen also recommended itself because it
contained a plain hint of the Royal Arch Degree. Each of the Grand Lodges in
the United States has an official seal; some are designed according to the
strict rules of heraldry; others are intended to be so, but without any
strictness in the rules; still others are rather wide departures from that
art. one of the seals that have been used by California, and the seal of New
York are similar to the Ancient Grand Lodge seal.
Landscapes are used in
Montana, Vermont, Kansas, North Dakota the Montana picture suggesting High
Hills and Low Dales, the North Dakota suggesting Fords of the Jordan. Great
Pillars are conspicuous in the designs used by Connecticut, Delaware, District
of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, and some nine or ten others. In
some designs the Pillars are surmounted by Globes, in others are not. Alabama,
Arkansas, Indiana, and Utah have two Pillars joined at the top by a round
arch; Wisconsin has the Five Orders of Architecture. These lists are
suggestive, not exhaustive, and the designs are subject to change. Two
blunders are repeated in some ten or twelve designs: inch marks on the square,
which make it a carpenter's square; and dividers used where compasses were
See illustrated essay on "The
Heraldry of Masonry," by Walter F. Meier, P. G. M., page 3; Masonic Papers;
Research Lodge, No. 281; Seattle, Washington; 1943. John Ross Robertson has a
characteristically scholarly chapter on Masonic heraldry in his History of
Freemasonry in Canada. For general works see: Heraldry, Historical and
Popular, by Charles Boutell; 3rd Ed.; illustrated; Richard Bentley, London,
Eng.; 1864. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, by Arthur C. Fox Davis; Dodge Pub.
Co.; New York. Heraldry in America, by Eugene Ziebler; Bailey, Banks & Biddle
Co.; 1895. For an account of the seals of Canadian Grand Lodges see The
Builder; August, 1929; page
Under the head of "Hermes,"
reference is made to Hermes (or Mercury), a mythologic character, and to
Hermes Trismegistus, a legendary wise man of ancient Egypt. At the time those
paragraphs were written it was still generally believed that Medieval
occultism consisting of alchemy, astrology, and the Kabbala, was collectively
called Hermetism because it claimed a mythologic descent from the god Hermes,
or else from the ancient Egyptian sage; it is now al most certain that the
reference was to neither but to a book or collection of writings entitled
Hermes Trismegtstus, a fact which explains why a majority of the Medieval
occultists (there never were any large number of them) gave as their authority
fragments of old texts. They could not have read Egyptian hieroglyphics; a god
would have written no book; but they could read fragments or chapters of a
book that had been written in Greek and translated into Latin, Arabic, and
When the early bishops of
Christian Churches in Italy and Greece began their systematic destruction of
Greek and Latin schools and colleges, arts, sciences, and books, believing it
their mission to destroy the "old world" in order to build a new one in its
place, mathematicians, scientists, artists, architects, scholars, and
philosophers became greatly alarmed lest the whole of civilization be
obliterated. This alarm reached such a height at Alexandria, Egypt, the
Greek-speaking city which was the center of civilization at the time, that a
group of scholars there began a counter-propaganda; and one of them, or
possibly a group of them, collected or wrote and published the Hermes
Trismegistus as a defense of civilization and as a plea to men-everywhere not
to destroy the age old culture of the Mediterranean world.
This attempt to save
civilization did not succeed; even the thousand-year-old University at Athens
was destroyed; Alexandria itself was burned; illiteracy became universal in
Europe; the Dark Ages came on, and lasted between two and three hundred years.
But the Hermes did not disappear. It was a favorite book among some of the
Post-Nicene Fathers of the Church, who had not approved the destruction of
civilization, and in after times a homily modeled on one chapter of it, called
Postor Hermes, became one of those pseudepigraphical books which are still
ranked second only to the Bible; and it was read by Arabic scholars, from whom
portions of it made their way into Europe through Spain.
Hermes was a name given to the
mind, and in its larger and more usual sense denoted intelligence, skill,
culture. Trismegistus, which etymologically meant "thrice-greatest," was a
eulogistic adjective meaning fine, or very fine; the title Hermes Trismegistus
carried the general meaning of fine arts, of culture, of civilization. Men of
many parties and religions "believed in Hermes"; that is, they fought to save
civilization against fanatics in the Church, who were followed by the
barbarians from the north. Perhaps the best nontechnical account of Hermes
Trismegistus is the essay in Literary Remains of the Late Emanuel Deutsch,
published by Henry Holt; New York; 1874. Deutsch, on the staff of the British
Museum for some sixteen years, was one of the most brilliant scholars of
Nineteenth Century England. Two chapters in his book on the Talmud and four
papers on the Vatican Council of 1870 which declared the infallibility of the
Pope also are of exceptional value to Masons. It may be taken as a practical
certainty that the source of the reference to Hermes in the Masonic Old
Charges was Hermes Trismegistus the book, and not faint rumors of an ancient
Greek god. At the period when the Old Manuscripts were written very few
Freemasons had ever heard of Greek mythology, and least of all of a god named
Ranulf (or Ralph) Higden
between 1320 and 1360 (the year of his death) wrote and published in eight
books a history of the world, or "universal chronicle," entitled Polychronicon,
one of the most famous of the Medieval attempts at an encyclopedic narrative
of world events, and used as an authority until some three centuries ago. It
was twice translated out of Latin into English; once in the Fifteenth Century;
once, in 1387, by John Trevisa.
In 1857 the Archivist of the
British Parliament, called Master of the Rolls, proposed the publishing of a
series of Medieval chronicles; the most accurate text was to be found by an
expert collation of the MSS., and each book was to have a historical and
biographical introduction. In the following pear, publication began under the
general head of Rerum Brita7z1ticorum Alvi Scriptores, popularly called the
Roll Series. By 1915 some 250 volumes had been published. After World War I
the series was renewed but came to a temporary halt with World War II. Among
the titles was John Capgrave's chronicles of England to 1417, a source book
for Medieval Masonic history. Higden's Polychronicon was one of the earliest
works thus published, in nine volumes, and contained the abovementioned two
English translations in addition to the Latin original.
The Cooke MS., the second
oldest existing version of the Old Charges, which was dated at 1450 until 3
few years ago but is now believed to have been written as early as 1410 or
1420, quotes from a Polychronicon some seven times (along with four other
sources) and manuscript authorities have taken this to have been Higden's
work; but Knoop, Jones & Hamer in their The Two Earliest Masonic MSS.
(Manchester University Press; 1938) raise some doubt about this and think the
scribe may possibly have used some other polychronicon, a title used regularly
for general chronicles. In his treatise on The 'Naimus Grecus' Legend (A.Q.C.;
XVIII; 1905; p. 178) Bro. E. H. Dring in speaking of one of the Coolte MS.
polychronicon quotations which he could not find in the Rolls Series version
of Higden suggests that the seribe may have had another "one of the numerous
MSS. of Higden which are scattered all over England ...."
Wynkyn de Worde began as an apprentice under Caxton, England's first printer,
and became his foreman. After Caxton's death he tool; over the business, and
printed about 100 titles in Caxton's old shop, then moved to London where
before his death in 1534 he printed 500 more. In 1435, only three years after
Columbus landed in the West Indies, he published an edition of Higden's
Polychronicon. It is famous for having in it the first musical notes ever
printed in England.
Higden, after long neglect, is
becoming studied by historical scholars in the United States, and by Masonic
specialists also, as ought to have been done long ago, seeing that in the
Polgchronicon is a better exhibit of what men of Britain and Europe knew,
thought, and believed in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries than the
popular Medieval romances which have received so much attention. (As this is
written Mr. Dawson, rare book dealer of Los Angeles, announces for sale a copy
of Higden, "Imprinted in Southwerke by my Peter Treveris at the essences of
John Reynes bookeseller, 1527," priced at $300.00.)
In the oldest North Ireland
records of Freemasonry are references to "Priests Pillar Lodges" and to "Hedge
Masons"; these are taken by the historians of the Irish Craft, Crawley, Lepper,
and Crossle, to denote "Lodges" or "makings' out of doors. The Work Book of
1670 of the Lodge Aberdeen 1e of Scotland has a passage connecting the Irish
custom with a Scottish one: "We ordain likewise that all entering Prentices be
entered in our ancient outfield lodge in the Mearns in the parish of Nigg at
the sources at the point of the Ness."
The Weekly Journal or British
Gazeteer, April 11, 1730, published this item: "A few days since, their Graces
the Dukes of Richmond and Montague, accompanied by several gentlemen who were
all Free and Accepted Masons, according to ancient custom, formed a lodge upon
the top of a hill near the Duke of Richmond's seat, at Goodwood in Sussex, and
made the Right. Hon. the Lord Baltimore a Free and Accepted Mason." The Duke
of Montague (not to be confused with the Duke of Montagtle who was Grand
Master in 1721) was Grand Master in 1732 A Duke of Richmond was Grand Master
Bro. R. J. Meekren, a former
editor of The Builder, contlilJuteel to the interpretation of the history of
the Ritual the valuable suggestion that there is a distinct element in the
Ritual which is clearly distinguished in 1721 from the rest; that does not
appear to be of architectural origin but is more like certain anthropologic
ceremonies, of the sort so abundantly illustrated in Frazer's Golden Bough;
that the elite of HA.-. is one of them; that it sounds like an old "cultural
survival"; and that it may have been the rite enacted outdoors "on the highest
hills or in the lowest vales."
HINDUS IN FREEMASONRY
When Freemasonry was carried into India early in the Nineteenth Century the
bearers of it in the majority of instances were military Lodges; and as they
gave way to permanent, local Lodges the latter were composed almost w holly of
English, Scottish, and Irish Brethren for in that period the so-called "color
line" was strictly drawn; but after many years one Indian after another was
admitted, some of them of the Hindu religion, some of them Mohammedans, with a
sprinkling from any one of the other numerous Indian faiths. Masons from
America, Britain, and Europe watched this experiment with an abiding interest;
when the Fraternity of Anglo-Saxondom, which long had kept the Holy Bible on
the altar, became admixed with Hindus, Brahmins, Mohammedans, Jains, Parsees,
with believers in the Vedas, the Gita, the Tripitaka, etc., what would be the
amalgam thus formed? Would Oriental Freemasonry become transformed out of
recognition? Would it preserve its forms but lose its original substance? Not
all the returns are in as yet, but aftel a half-century of the experiment
there are a sufficient number of them to make clear at least one verdict: that
Freemasonry is capable of becoming universal in the most literal sense without
being altered in Landmarks or purposes. An ever-growing Masonic literature out
of India attests that fact.
A representative of that
literature which already is out-dated in India but would be new if it could be
widely read in America is an extraordinary book: The K. 1V. Cama Masonic
Jubilee Volume, Containing Papers on Masonic Subjects Written by Varuxus
Freemasons in Honour of Bro. Kharshedji Rustaniji Cama on his completing 50
years of Masonic Life in the year 1904, edited by Jivanji Jamshedji Modi
(Fellow of the University of Bombay); 1907; Bombay.
Bro. Cama was Made a Mason in
Rising Star of Western India, No. 342, S. C., August 24, 1856, and to honor
his many years of service in Craft work and to recognize his fame as an
authority on Indian literature and also in Iranian literature, the Lodge
proposed a banquet, but he demurred, and in lieu of it his Brethren prepared
this volume in his honor. The volume consists of eighteen contributions, along
with two or three poems. Among the authors are such names as Mills, Harley,
Dover, co-mingled with such names as Wadia, Ghose, Dass; the concluding
contribution is a paper on "Zoroaster and Euclid," by Bro. Jivanji Jamshedji
Modi. American readers will be pleased to discover one of our own Brothers in
this symposium, R.-. W. . William C. Prime, of the Grand Lodge of New York.
(The translator has him a resident of the city of Tonkers instead of Yonkers.
Yonkers is a large industrial city and Masonic center which would be known the
world over were it not smothered by New York City.)
HINDUSTAN, MYSTERIES OF
Of all the ethnic religions,
that of Hindustan is admitted to be the oldest, for its Vedas or sacred books
claim an antiquity of nearly forty centuries. However Brahmanism may have been
corrupted in more modern times, in its earliest state it consisted of a series
of doctrines which embraced a belief in a Supreme Being and in the immortality
of the soul. All primitive religions were more or less mystical, and that of
India formed no exception to the rule. Brother Oliver, in his History of
Initiation, has given a very succinct account of the Brahmanical mysteries,
collected from the most authentic sources, such as Maurice, Colebrook, Jones,
and Faber. His description refers almost exclusively to the reception and
advancement of a Brahman in his sacred profession; for the initiations of
India, like those of Egypt, were confined to the priesthood. All Brahmans, it
is true, do not necessarily belong to the sacerdotal order, but every Brahman
who has been initiated, and thus been made acquainted with the formulas of
worship, may at any time become an officiating priest.
The ceremonies of initiation,
as they have been described by Brother Oliver, were celebrated in spacious
caverns, the principal of which were Elephanta and Salsette, both situated
near Bombay. The mysteries were divided into four Degrees, and the candidate
was permitted to perform the probation of the first at the early age of eight
years. It consisted simply in the investiture with the linen garment and
Zennar or sacred cord; of sacrifices accompanied by ablutions; and of an
explanatory lecture. The aspirant was now delivered into the care of a
Brahman, who thenceforth became his spiritual g ude, and prepared him by
repeated instructions and a life of austerity for admission into the Second
Degree. To this, if found qualified, he was admitted at the requisite age. The
probationary ceremonies of this Degree consisted in an incessant occupation in
prayers, fastings, ablutions, and the study of astronomy. Having undergone
these austerities for a sufficient period, he was led at night to the gloomy
caverns of initiation, vwhieh had been duly prepared for his reception.
The interior of this cavern
was brilliantly illuminated, and there sat the three chief hierophants, in the
east, west, and south, representing the gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva,
surrounded by the attendant mystagogues, dressed in appropriate vestments.
After an invocation to the sun, the aspirant was called upon to promise that
he would be obedient to his superiors, keep his body pure, and preserve
inviolable secrecy on the subject of the mysteries. He was then sprinkled with
water, an invocation of the Deity was whispered in his ear; he was divested of
his shoes, and made to circumambulate the cavern three times, in imitation of
the course of the sun, whose rising was personated by the hierophant
representing Brahma, stationed in the east, whose meridian height by the
representative of Siva in the south, and whose setting by the representative
of Vishnu in the west. He was then conducted through seven ranges of dark and
gloomy caverns, during which period the wailing of Mahadeva for the loss of
Siva was represented by dismal howlings.
The usual paraphernalia of
dashes of light, of dismal sounds and horrid phantoms, was practised to
intimidate or confuse the aspirant. After the performance of a variety of
other ceremonies, many of which we can only conjecture, the candidate reached
the extremity of the seven caverns; he was now prepared for enlightenment by
requisite instruction and the administration of a solemn oath. This part of
the ceremonies concluded, then the sacred conch or horn was blown, the
folding-doors were suddenly thrown open, and the aspirant was admitted into a
spacious apartment filled with dazzling light, ornamented with statues and
emblematical figures, richly decorated with gems, and scented with the most
fragrant perfumes. This was a representation of Paradise.
The candidate was now supposed
to be regenerated, and he was invested by the chief Brahman with the white
robe and tiara; a cross was marked upon his forehead, and a tau upon his
breast, and he was instructed in the signs, tokens, and lectures of the Order.
He was presented with the sacred belt, the magical black stone, the talismanic
jewel to be worn upon his breast, and the serpent stone, which, as its name
imported, was an antidote against the bite of serpents. And, lastly, he was
entrusted with the sacred name, known only to the initiated. This ineffable
name was Aum, which, in its trilateral form, was significant of the creative,
preservative, and destroying power, that is, of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva. It
could not be pronounced, but was to be the subject of incessant silent
contemplation. The symbols and the aporrheta, or secret things of the
mysteries, were now explained. Here ended the Second Degree.
The Third took place when the
candidate had grown old, and his children had all been provided for. This
consisted in a total exclusion in the forest, where, as an anchored withdrawn
from the world, a hermit, he occupied himself in ablutions, prayers, and
sacrifices. In the Fourth Degree he underwent still greater austerities, the
object of which was to impart to the happy sage who observed them a portion of
the Divine nature, and to secure him a residence among the immortal gods.
The object of the Indian
mysteries appears, says Brother Oliver, to have been to teach the unity of God
and the necessity of virtue. The happiness of our first parents, the
subsequent depravity of the human race, and the universal deluge were
described in a manner which showed that their knowledge must have been derived
from an authentic source.
A deep valley south of Mount
Moriah, known as Gehenna; in which carrion was cast as food for vultures. The
holy Valley of Judgment, Jehoshaphat, has been improperly substituted for
HIRSCHAU, WILHELM VON
The Abbot Wilhelm von Hirschau,
Count Palatine of Scheuren, is said to have been the founder, at the close of
the eleventh century, of the German Bauhütten. Having been previously the
Master of the Bauhütte, or Lodge of St. Emmerau, in Ratisbon, when he became
Abbot of Hirschau, he collected together in 1080-91 the Freemasons for the
purpose of enlarging the Convent. He incorporated the workmen, says Findel (
History, page 54), with the monastery, as lay Brethren, and greatly promoted
their instruction and general improvement. Their social life was regulated by
special laws; and the one most frequently inculcated by him was that brotherly
concord should prevail, because only by working together and lovingly uniting
all their strength would it be possible to accomplish such great works as were
these undertakings for the public benefit.
A powerful nation, whose two
chief seats were at Kadesh, on the Orontes, and Carchemish, on the River
Euphrates, and who subjected as allies, forces from Palestine, Lydia, and the
Troad. This great empire had at times contended with the Egyptian monarchs
before the days of the Exodus. The Assyrians also had felt their power. They
were foremost in arms and in the arts, and carried their religion to the
shores of the Aegean Sea; in fact, as shown by the explorations and
discoveries of 1879, the early civilization of Greece and other European
nations was as much indebted to them as it was to the Phoenicians. Egyptian
inscriptions bear out the truth of these discoveries, and more firmly
establish Biblical history. Jerusalem came within the influence of this great
empire. The Hittites were finally subdued by the capture of their famous
capital Carchemish, by Sargon, 717 B.C. For Biblical references, see Judges (i,
26!; First Kings (x, 28-29); Second Kings (vii, 6).
The system of writing by the
Hittites was unique; their letters were hieroglyphic and their sculptures a
peculiar and curious style of art, some of which may be found in the British
Museum (see Fresh Lights, etc., by Sayce, chapter 5).
H.-. K.-. T.-.
The abbreviation for Hiram,
King of Tyre
The name given, in some of the
advanced Degrees, to one of the three conspirators commemorated in the
Master's Degree. The derivation is uncertain. Oben, in Hebrew, means a stone:
or it may be a corruption of Habbone, the Builder or Mason.
The Blind Fate mentioned in
the Scandinavian Mysteries (see Balder).
Artist and engraver. Born
November 10, 1697, and died on October 25, 1767, London. He was a member of
the Masonic Lodge at the Hand and Apple Tree Tavern on Little Queen Street at
London. This Lodge was organized and constituted in 1725 and erased in 1737.
Hogarth, according to the Grand Lodge Register, was also a member of the Lodge
at the Bear and Harrow Tavern in 1731 and was a Grand Steward in 1735. His
father-in-law, Sir J. Thornhill, was Senior Grand Warden in 1728.
Brother George W. Speth was of
the opinion that the date of Hogarth's famous picture Night, that is the
occurrence it celebrates, was intended to be May 29, the anniversary of the
Restoration of Charles II, as shown by the oak-leaves over the barber's sign
and in the hats of two of the figures. The street is probably Hartshorn Lane,
Charing Cross, opening into what is now Trafalgar Square and which was
Northumberland Street but is now North Avenue in London. Brother Speth
suggests the principal figure is that of Sir Thomas de Veil, a member of
Hogarth's first Lodge, the one meeting at the Vine in 1729. A sword under the
arm of the boon companion and the Masonic apron, large in size, as was typical
of these times, are suggestive of the Tyler and have been taken to mean a
caricature of Brother Montgomery. the Grand Tyler, or, as he was then called,
"garder of ye Grand Lodge." Note the snuffers, useful where candles were a
common source-of illumination, to be seen hanging at the Tyler's belt in the
picture representing Night. This engraving was published in 1837.
Brother Hogarth married Jane
Thornbill in 1729, daughter of Sir James Thornbill, at whose art school he
studied for a time, and who for a long time refused to admit his genius and
skill as an artist. It was not until Hogarth finished his series of six
pictures depicting A Harlot's Progress that his father-in-law was entirely
reconciled to the painter who had finally attained the fame warranted by his
art. Hogarth painted a number of these series or pictures or illustrated
stories, among the most popular being Marriage à la mode, A Rake's Progress
and Four Times a Day. Hogarth also met with success as a portrait painter and
in 1746 he painted Garrick as Richard III, for which he wages handsomely paid
for that day and age. His celebrated portrait of himself with his dog Trump is
now in the National Gallery at London.
Hogarth died at the age of
sixty-eight years and was buried in Chiswick, a tomb having since been erected
to him, in 1771, by his admirers. A private hou3e in which he spent many of
his summers was purchased in 1902 by Lieutenant-Colonel Shipway of Chiswick
and turned into a Hogarth Museum.
Famous Scottish poet, born
1770; died 1835. Became a Freemason in Canongate Kilwinning Lodge in Scotland,
May, 1835 (see New Age, May, 1925).
A combination of the two
Hebrew pronouns m, ho, meaning He, and of, hi, meaning 'n; thus mystically
representing the twofold sex of the Creator, and obtained by a Cabalistic
transposition or inversion of the letters of the Tetragrammaton nln' or Ihoh.
Ho-hi, therefore, thus Cabalistically obtained, denotes the male and female
principle, the vis genitrix, the phallus and lingam, the point within the
circle; the notion of which, in some one form or another of this double
gender, pervades all the ancient systems as the representative of the creative
power Thus, one of the names given by the mythological writers to the Supreme
Jupiter was appevo9vXvs, the man-woman. In one of the Orphic hymns we find the
Zeus QpO7/V, yevero, Zfus vS3poros e7rXero Wag. Jove is a male, Jove is all
Plutarcht in his Isis and
Osiris, says, "God, wbo is a male and female intelligence, being both Life and
Light, brought forth another intelligence, the Creator Of the world." All the
Paean gods and goddesses, however various their appellation, were but
different expressions for the male and fenale principle. "In feet," says
Russel, "they may all be included in the one great Hermaphrodite, the
appevoinaus who combines in His nature all the elements of production, and who
continues to support the vast creation which originally proceeded from His
will." And thus, too, may we learn something of the true meaning of the
passage in Genesis (I, 27), where it is said, "So God created man in His own
image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them."
The suggestion of this working of Ho-hi out of Oh- Ho was put forward by
George R. Gliddon, the Egyptologist, who had obtained it from the writings of
Lanzi, the Italian antiquary.
HOLINESS TO THE LORD
In Hebrew, Kodesh Layehovah.
It was the inscription on the plate of gold that was placed in front of the
High Priest's miter. The letters were in the ancient Samaritan character (see
Exodus xxix, 30).
The first mention of the Craft
in Holland belongs properly to the history of Freemasonry in Austria. In 1731
Francis, Duke of Lorraine, later Emperor of Austria and Germany, was initiated
by Doctor Desaguliers at a special Lodge at the Hague. The first regular Dutch
Lodge was the Loge du Grand Maitre des Provinces Réunies, Grand Masters Lodge
of the Reunited Provinces, instituted at the Hague with Count Vincent de la
Chapelle as Worshipful Master. Freemasonry in Holland was regarded with
disfavor by the Government and suffered much persecution. On December 25,
1756, however, fourteen Lodges attended a Convention to constitute a Grand
Lodge and two days later Baron Aerssen Beyeren was elected Grand Master. A
separate Grand Lodge was formed by the Belgian Lodges in 1817 and between the
two Grand Bodies there was some dissension. In 1835 a state of peace was at
last attained under the leadership of Prince Frederick Wilhelm Karl of the
HOLY CITY, KNIGHT OF THE
The Fifth and last of the
Degrees of the rectified Rite of the Benevolent Knights of the Holy City, or
the Rite of Strict Observance, settled at Wilhelmsbad in 1782.
See San GEraal
A Masonic Lodge is said to be
held on holy ground, according to the Prestonian lecture, because the first
regularly constituted Lodge was held on that holy, consecrated ground wherein
the first three grand offerings were made, which afterward met with Divine
approbation (see Ground Floor of the Lodge and Grand offerings).
The lectures of the eighteenth
century taught symbolically that there were three Lodges opened at three
different periods in Masonic history; these were the Holy Lodge, the Sacred
Lodge, and the Royal Lodge. The Holy Lodge was opened in the tabernacle in the
wilderness, and over it presided Moses, Aholiab, and Bezaleel; the Sacred
Lodge was opened on Mount Moriah during the building of the first Temple, and
was presided over by Solomon, King of Israel, Hiram, the King of Tyre, and
Hiram the Builder; the Royal Lodge was opened among the ruins of the first
Temple, at the building of the second, and was presided over by Joshua,
Zerubbabel, and Haggai. Though presented as a tradition, it is really only a
symbol intended to illustrate three important events in the progress of
Freemasonry teaches, in all
its symbols and rituals, a reverence for the name of God, which is
emphatically caned the " Holy Name." In the prayer .Ahabath Olam, first
introduced by Dermott, it is said, "because we trusted in Thy holy, great,
mighty, and terrible Name"; and in the introductory prayer of the Royal Arch,
according to the American system, similar phraseology is employed: "Teach us,
we pray Thee, the true reverence of Thy great, mighty, and terrible Name." The
expression, if not the sentiment, is borrowed from the Hebrew mysteries.
HOLY OF HOLIES
Every student of Jewish
antiquities knows and every Freemason who has taken the Third Degree ought to
knows, what was the peculiar construction, character, and uses of the Sanctum
Sanctorum or Holly of Holies in King Solomon's Temple. Situated in the western
end of the Temple, separated from the rest of the building by a heavy curtain,
and enclosed on three sides by dead walls without any aperture or window, it
contained the sacred Ark of the Covenant, and was secluded and set apart from
all intrusion save of the High Priest, who only entered it on certain solemn
occasions. As it was the most sacred of the three parts of the Temple, so has
it been made symbolic of a Master's Lodge, in which are performed the most
sacred rites of initiation in Ancient Craft Freemasonry.
But as modern horologists have
found in all the Hebrew rites and ceremonies the traces of more ancient
mysteries, from which they seem to have been derived, or on which they have
been modified, whence we trace also to the same mysteries most of the Masonic
forms which, of course, are more immediately founded on the Jewish Scriptures,
so we shall find in the ancient Gentile temples the type of this same Sanctum
Sanctorum or Holy of Holies, under the name of Adyton or Adytum. And what is
more singular, we shall find a greater resemblance between this Adytum of the
Pagan temples and the Lodge of Master Masons, than we will discover between
the latter and the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Solomonic Temple. It will be
curious and interesting to trace this resemblance, and to follow up the
suggestions that it offers in reference to the antiquity of Masonic rites.
The Adytum was the most
retired and secret part of the ancient Gentile temple, into which, as into the
Holy of Holies of the Jewish Temple, the people were not permitted to enter,
but which was accessible only to the priesthood. And hence the derivation of
the word from the Greek Adoein, meaning not to enter, or that which it is not
permitted to enter. Seclusion and mystery were always characteristic of the
Adytum, and therefore, like the Holy of Holies, it never admitted of windows.
In the Adytum was to be found
a taphos or tomb, and some relic or image or statue of the god to whom the
temple was dedicated. The tomb reminds us of the characteristic feature of the
Third Degree of Freemasonry; the image or statue of the god finds its analogue
or similarity in the Ark of the Covenant and the overshadowing Cherubim.
It being supposed that temples
owed their first origin to the reverence paid by the ancients to their
deceased friends, and as it was an accepted theory that the gods were once men
who had been deified on account of their heroic virtues, temples were,
perhaps, in the beginning only stately monuments erected in honor of the dead.
Hence the interior of the temple was originally nothing more than a cell or
cavity, that is to say, a grave regarded as a place of deposit for the
reception of a person interred, and, therefore, in it was to be found the
soros or coffin, and the taphos or tomb, or, among the Scandinavians, the
barrow or mound grave. In time the statue or image of a god took the place of
the coffin; but the reverence for the spot, as one of peculiar sanctity,
remained, and this interior part of the temple became among the Greeks the
sekos or chapel, among the Romans the AdyEum or forbidden place, and among the
Jevvs the kodesh kodashim, or Holy of Holies.
"The sanctity thus acquired,"
says Dudley in his Naology (page 393), "by the cell of interment might readily
and with propriety be assigned to any fabric capable of containing the body of
the departed friend, or relic, or even the symbol of the presence or
existence, of a divine personage." Thus it happened that there was in every
ancient temple an Adytum or Most Holy Place.
There was in the Holy of
Holies of the Jewish Temple, it is true, no tomb nor coffin containing the
relics of the dead. But there was an Ark of the Covenant which was the
recipient of the Rod of Aaron, and the Pot of Manna, which might well be
considered the relics of the past life of the Jewish nation in the wilderness.
There was an analogy easily understood according to the principles of the
science of symbolism. There was no statue or image of a god, but there were
the sacred cherubim, and, above all, the Shekinah or Divine Presence, and the
bathkol or Voice of God.
But when Freemasonry
established its system partly on the ancient rites and partly on the Jewish
ceremonies, it founded its Third Degree as the Adytum or holy of holies of all
its mysteries, the exclusive place into which none but the most worthy the
priesthood of Freemasonry the Masters in Israel were permitted to enter; and
then going back to the mortuary idea of the ancient temple, it recognized the
reverend for the dead which constitutes the peculiar characteristic of that
Degree. And, therefore, in every Lodge of Master Masons there should be found,
either actually or allegorically, a grave, or tomb, and coffin, because the
Third Degree is the inmost sanctuary, the kodesh kodashim, the Holy of Holies
of the Masonic temple.
Called also the Sanctuary. It
was that part of the Temple of Solomon which was situated between the Porch
and Holy of Holies. It was appropriated to the purposes of daily worship, and
contained the altars and utensils used in that service. It has no symbolic
meaning in Freemasonry; although really, as it occupied the ground floor of
the Temple, it might be properly considered as represented by an Entered
Apprenticed Lodge, that is to say, by the Lodge when occupied in the
ceremonies of the First Degree.
HOLY SEPULCHER, KNIGHT OF THE
See Knight of the Holy Sepulcher
The tree of life and man in
the Zoroastrian doctrine of the Persians.
First employed by Entick, in
his edition of the Constitutions, in reference to the installation of the Earl
of Kintore, in 1740, as Grand Master: "Who having been homaged and duly
congratulated according to the forms and solemnity of Masonry." He never
repeats the word, using afterward the expression, "received the homage."
Noorthouck adopts this latter expression in three or four instances, but more
generally employs the word "recognized" or "selected." The expression "to do
homage" to the Grand Master at his installation, although now generally
disused, is a correct one not precisely in the feudal sense of homagium, the
service of a bondman, but in the more modern one of cheerful reverence,
obedience, and loyalty.
HONEST MASON CLUB
An early organization formed
by certain members of the Grand Lodge of Scotland in the middle of the
eighteenth century for the purpose of instructing the Scottish Brethren in the
practice and history of Freemasonry and holding its meetings in Edinburgh.
This club, while enthusiastically supported by its projectors, did not meet
with success and went out of existence shortly after its inception, only to be
revived about twenty-five years later by the forming of a group of Masonic
Clubs in various parts of Scotland. These clubs were prohibited by the Grand
Lodge because of their unfavorable criticism of the Grand Lodge transactions
but in order to further the stated objects of the organization, Grand Lodge
resolved to issue "temporary warrants, without fee, for holding Lodges of
Instruction in any district or province when a majority of the Masters of the
Lodges in the province should petition for it" (see History of the Lodge of
Edinburgh, Mary's Chapel, Brother David Murray Lyon, 1873, page 402). This
offer has never been taken advantage of to any extent which, as Brother Lyon
observes, leaves the Brethren of Scotland without any centralized method for
the giving and receiving of instruction.
This was the title formerly
given to the Degree of Fellow Craft.
When a Degree of Freemasonry
is conferred honoris causa, that is, as a mark of respect, and without the
payment of a fee, it is said to be conferred as an honorarium. This is seldom
done in Ancient Craft Freemasonry; but it is not unusual in the advanced
Degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, which have sometimes been
bestowed by Inspectors on distinguished Freemasons as an honorarium.
1. The Mark Master's Degree in
the American system is called the honorary Degree of Mark Master, because it
is traditionally supposed to have been conferred in the Temple upon a portion
of the Fellow Crafts as a mark of honor and of trust. The Degrees of Past
Master and of High Priesthood are also styled honorary, because each is
conferred as an honorarium or reward attendant upon certain offices; that of
Past Master upon the elected Master of a Symbolic Lodge, and that of High
Priesthood upon the elected High Priest of a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons. 2.
These Degrees which are outside of the regular series, and which are more
commonly known by the epithet Side Degrees, are also sometimes called Honorary
Degrees, because no fee is usually exacted for them.
A schismatic Body which arose
soon after the revival in the beginning of the eighteenth century, the members
of which rejected the established formula of an obligation, and bound
themselves to secrecy and obedience by a pledge of honor only. Lilie the
Gregorians and the Gormogons, who arose about the same time, they soon died a
natural death. A song of theirs, preserved in Carey's Musical Century, is
almost the only record left of their existence.
It is a custom in some Lodges
to invest distinguished Freemasons with the rank and title of honorary
membership. This confers upon them, as the by-laws may prescribe, sometimes
all the rights of active membership and sometimes only the right of speaking,
but always without the exaction of annual dues. Nor does honorary membership
subject the person receiving it to the discipline of the Lodge further than to
a revocation of the honor bestowed. The custom of electing honorary members is
a usage of very modern date, and has not the sanction of the old
Constitutions. It is common in France; less so, but not altogether unknown, in
America and England. Oliver, in the title of one of his works, claimed
honorary membership in more than nine Lodges. It may be considered
unobjectionable as a method of paying respect to distinguished merit and
Masonic services, when it is viewed only as a local regulation, and does not
attempt to interfere with Masonic discipline. A Freemason who is expelled
forfeits, of course, with his active membership in his own Lodge, his honorary
membership in any other Lodge.
The Supreme Councils of the
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in the United States have adopted the
custom of electing honorary members, who are sometimes called Honorary
Thirty-Thirds. They possess none of the rights of Inspectors-General or Active
Members, except that of being present at the meetings of the Council, taking
part to a limited extent in its deliberations, except when it holds an
The earliest record that we
have been able to discover is a letter of Morris Holbrook; December 2A, 1897
(volume x, page 208), of iczal Bulletins, Supreme Council Southern
Jurisdiction, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. This letter was written to
Brother J. J. J. Gourgas and, among other things, he says that Jeremy L. Cross
was made an honorary member of this Supreme Council. The same Supreme Council
provided for Honorary Thirty-thirds in the Statutes of 1855. Probably the
specific idea in this particular case was to make honorary members of those
Brethren of the Supreme Council of Louisiana who surrendered their Supreme
Council in that year and amalgamated with the Southern Jurisdiction. From that
time onward the Statutes contain provisions for Honorary Members.
The original number of
Honorary Members in the United States of America was nine Sovereign Grand
Inspectors-Central comprising a Supreme Council. The additional Thirty-third
Degree Members were made only by vacancies occasioned by the death of one of
the original nine.
The necessity arising from the
circulation of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Degrees in America brought
about the appointment of Deputy Inspectors-General, assigned sometimes to
States; at other times at large. Some of the records of these Deputy
Inspectors-General notably omitted the numerical designation of Degree. As
time passed on and the organization of Supreme Councils by the several
factions proceeded, the number of Thirty-thirds grew. Thirty-three was the
number set for a "regular" Supreme Council. After the union of the two Supreme
Councils of the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in 1867, sixty-six was set as
the limit and these were expressly defined to be Active Members. The
proceedings of the early seventies indicate the differences of opinion
resulting in the adjustment of the rite privileges to Honorary Members of the
In the Northern Masonic
Jurisdiction of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite there is but one
Thirty-third Degree and persons elected under the provisions of Article 17 of
the Constitution became honorary members of the Supreme Council, not Honorary
Thirty-third Degree Members—and this subject was carefully dealt with in the
Proceedings of 1923 (pages 48 to 50).
Practically the same rule
governs in the Southern Jurisdiction except that Honorary Members are invested
with a different title, Inspectors-General Honorary (see Article 4, Section 8,
of The Statutes).
HONOR, FEES OF
See Fees of Honor
The Grand Honors of
Freemasonry are those peculiar acts and gestures by which the Craft have
always been accustomed to express their homage, their joy, or their grief on
memorable occasions. In the Symbolic Degrees of the American Rite, they are of
two kinds, the private and public, which are used on different occasions and
for different purposes.
The Private Grand Honors of
Freemasonry are performed in a manner known only to Master Masons, since they
can only be used in a Master's Lodge. They are practiced by the Craft only on
four occasions; when a Masonic Hall is to be consecrated, a new Lodge to be
constituted, a Master Elect to be installed, or a Grand Master, or his Deputy,
to be received on an official visitation to a Lodge. They are used at all
these ceremonies as tokens of congratulation and homage. And as they can only
be given by Master Masons, it is evident that every consecration of a hall, or
constitution of a new Lodge, every installation of a Worshipful Master, and
every reception of a Grand Master, must be done in the Third Degree. It is
also evident, from what has been said, that the mode and manner of giving the
private Grand Honors can only be personally communicated to Master Masons.
They Ere among the aporrheta— the things forbidden to be divulged.
The Public Grand Honors, as
their name imports, do not partake of this secret character. They are given on
all public occasions, in the presence of the profane as well as the initiated.
They are used at the laying of corner-stones of public buildings, or in other
services in which the ministrations of the Fraternity are required, and
especially in funerals. They are given in the following manner: Both arms are
crossed on the breast, the left uppermost, and the open palms of the hands
sharply striking the shoulders; they are then raised above the head, the palms
striking each other, and then made to fall smartly upon the thighs. This is
repeated three times, and as there are three blows given each time, namely, on
the breast, on the palms of the hands, and on the thigh making nine
concussions in all, the Grand Honors are technically said to be given "by
three times three." On the occasion of funerals, each one of these honors is
accompanied by the words, The will of God is accomplished; so mote it be,
audibly pronounced by the Brethren.
These Grand Honors of
Freemasonry have undoubtedly a classical origin, and are but an imitation of
the plaudits and acclamations practiced by the ancient Greeks and Romans in
their theaters, their senates, and their public games. There is abundant
evidence in the writings of the ancients, that in the days of the empire, the
Romans had circumscribed the mode of doing homage to their emperors and great
men when they made their appearance in public, and of expressing their
approbation of actors at the theater, within as explicit rules and regulations
as those that govern the system of giving the Grand Honors in Freemasonry.
This was not the case in the earlier ages of Rome, for Ovid, speaking of the
Sabines, says that when they applauded, they did so without any rules of art,
In medio plausu, plausus tunc arte carebat.
Propertius speaks, at a later
day, of the ignorance of the country people, who, at the theaters, destroyed
the general harmony by their awkward attempts to join in the modulated
applause of the more skillful citizens.
The ancient Romans had carried
their science on this subject to such an extent as to have divided these
honors into three kinds, differing from each other in the mode in which the
hands were struck against each other, and in the sound that thence resulted.
Suctonius, in his life of Nero (chapter xx), gives the names of these various
kinds of applause, which he says were called bombi, imbrices, testoe, and
Seneea, in his Quaestionum Naturalium, gives a description of the manner in
which they were executed. The bombi, or hums, were produced by striking the
palms of the hands together, while they were in a hollow or concave position,
and doing this at frequent intervals, but with little force, so as to imitate
the humming sound of a swarm of bees. The imbrices, or tiles, were made by
briskly striking the flattened and extended palms of the hands against each
other, so as to resemble the sound of hail pattering upon the tiles of a roof.
The testae, or earthen vases, were executed by striking the palm of the left
hand, with the fingers of the right collected into one point. By this blow a
sound was elicited which imitated that given out by an earthen vase when
struck by a stick.
The Romans, and other ancient
nations, having invested this system of applauding with all the accuracy of a
science, used it in its various forms, not only for the purpose of testifying
their approbation of actors in the theater, but also bestowed it, as a mark of
respect or a token of adulation, on their e:nperors, and other great men, on
the occasion of their making their appearance in public. Huzzas and cheers
have, in this latter case, been generally adopted by the moderns, while the
manual applause is only appropriated to successful public speakers and
The Freemasons, however, have
altogether preserved the ancient custom of applause, guarding and regulating
its use by as strict, though different rules as did the Romans; and thus
showing, as another evidence of the antiquity of their Institution, that the
Grand Honors of Freemasonry are legitimately derived from the plausus, or
applaudings, practice I by the ancients on public occasions. In the advanced
Decrees, and in other Rites, the Grand Honors are different from those of
Ancient Craft Freemasonry in the American Rite as, indeed, are those of
England from those of the United States.
A symbol of the secrecy,
silence, and darkness in which the mysteries of our art should be preserved
from the unhallowed gaze of the profane. It has been supposed to have a
symbolic reference to the passage in Saint John's Gospel (I, 5), "And the
light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." But it is
more certain that there is in the hoodwink a representation of the mystical
darkness which always preceded the rites of the ancient initiations.
The second round in the
theological and Masonic ladder, and symbolic of a hope in immortality. It is
appropriately placed there, for, having attained the first, or faith in God,
we are led by a belief in His wisdom and goodness to the hope of immortality.
This is but a reasonable expectation; without it, virtue would lose its
necessary stimulus and vice its salutary fear; life would be devoid of joy,
and the grave but a scene of desolation. The ancients represented Hope by a
nymph or maiden holding in her hand a bouquet of opening flowers, indicative
of the coming fruit; but in modern and Masonic iconology, the science of Craft
illustrations and likenesses, it is represented by a virgin leaning on an
anchor, the anchor itself being a symbol of hope (see Immortality of the
A manuscript cops of the old
Constitutions, which is in the possession of the Lodge of Hope at Bradford, in
England. The parchment roll on which this Constitution is written is six feet
long and six inches wide, and is defaced and worn away at the lower edge. Its
date is supposed to be about l680. From a transcript in the possession of the
late Brother A. F. A. Woodford, whose correctness is certified to by the
Master of the Lodge, Brother Hughan first published it in his Old Charades of
the British Freemasons.
HORN OF PLENTY
The jewel of the Steward of a
Lodge (see Cornucopia).
HORNS OF THE ALTAR
In the Jewish Temple, the
altars of burnt-offering and of incense had each at the four corners four
horns of shittim wood, shittim being a species of acacia having yellowish
wood. Among the Jews, as well as all other ancient peoples, the altar was
considered peculiarly holy and privileged; and hence, when a criminal, fleeing
took hold of these horns, he found an asylum and safety. As the Masonic altar
is a representation of the altar of the Solomonic member, it should be
constructed with these horns; and Brother Cross has very properly so
represented it in his Hieroglyphic Chart.
The word of acclamation used
by the French Freemasons of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. In some of
the Cahiers it is spelled Ozee. It is, as Brother Mackey believed, a
corruption of the word Huzza, which has been used by the English and American
Freemasons of the same Rite.
HOSMER, HESIKIAH LORD
First Chief Justice of
Montana, appointed by President Lincoln, 186S, he organized orderly justice
from frontier violence. Born at Hudson, New York, December 10, 1814, he died
at San Francisco, California, October 31, 1893. Studied law at Cleveland,
Ohio; was editor of the Toledo Blade, and author of the novel "Octoroon,"
1859, prompting Boucicault's play of that name. Hosmer in 1861 was at
Washington as Secretary of House Committee on Territories. Judge Hosmer
published in 1887 "Bacon and Shakespeare in the Sonnets." Made a Freemason in
Wood County Lodge No. 112, Ohio, 1843, going ten miles into the forest for the
Degrees, the Morgan excitement still causing much bitterness; exalted in
Circleville Chapter No. 20, Ohio, 1845, and knighted, Toledo Commandery No. 7,
1847. At Toledo he was Master of Rubicon Lodge No. 237; High Priest, Fort
Meigs Chapter No. 29, and for several years Eminent Commander, Toledo
Commandery No. 7. He became Grand King, Grand Chapter of Ohio; Grand Orator
and then Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Ohio; at Cleveland, 1851,
delivering an eloquent address to the Grand Lodge. In Montana in 1865 he was
first Master of Montana Lodge No. 2, and six years Eminent Commander of
Virginia City Commandery No. 1. In the Grand Lodge of Montana he was for
several years Chairman, Foreign Correspondence Committee, and for two years,
1870-1, Grand Secretary. At death he had been thirteen years Prelate of Golden
Gate Commandery No. 16, San Francisco, and ten years Grand Prelate of the
Grand Commandery of California. An accomplished and impressive ritualist, an
able civic and Masonic official (see Proceedings, Grand Lodge of Montana,
1903, page 62, and volume ui, Transactions, Historical Society of Montana,
An officer in each of the
Bodies of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, and in the Modern French
Rite, one whose duty it is to collect obligatory contributions of the members,
and, as the custodian, to disburse the sane, under the advisement of the
Master, to needy Brethren, or even worthy profanes who may be in distress. The
fund is entirely a secret one, and is reserved apart from all other receipts
See Rnight Hospzfaler
HOSPITALERS OF JERUSALEM
In the middle of the eleventh
century, some merchants of Amalfi, a rich city of the kingdom of Naples, while
trading in Egypt, obtained from the Calif Monstaser Billah permission to
establish hospitals in the city of Jerusalem for the use of poor and sick
Catholic pilgrims. A site was assigned to them close to the Holy Sepulcher, on
which they erected a chapel dedicated to the Virgin, giving it the name of
Saint Mary ad Latinos, to distinguish it from those churches where the service
was performed according to this Greek ritual.
The building was completed in
the year 1048; and at the same time two hospitals, one for either sex, were
erected in the vicinity of the chapel for the reception of pilgrims.
Subsequently each of these hospitals had a separate chapel annexed to it; that
for the men being dedicated to Saint John the Almoner, and that for the women
to Saint Mary Magdalen. Many of the pilgrims who had experienced the kindness
so liberally bestowed upon all wayfarers, abandoned all idea of returning to
Europe, and formed themselves into a band of charitable assistants, and,
without assuming any regular, religious profession, devoted themselves to the
service of the hospital and the care of its sick inmates. The chief cities of
the south of Europe subscribed liberally for the support of this institution;
and the merchants of Amalfi who were its original founders acted as the
stewards of their bounty, which was greatly augmented from the favorable
reports of grateful pilgrims who had returned home, and the revenues of the
hospital were thus much increased. The associates assumed the name of
Hospitalers of Jerusalern. Afterward, taking up arms for the protection of the
holy places against the Saracens, they called themselves Knights Hospitalers,
a title which they subsequently changed to that of Knights of Rhodes, and
finally to that of Knights of Malta.
This virtue has always been
highly esteemed among Freemasons. Nothing is more usual in diplomas or
certificates than to recommend the bearer "to the hospitality of all the
Brethren wheresoever dispersed over the globe"; a recommendation that is
seldom disregarded. All of the old Constitutions detail the practice of
hospitality, as one of the duties of the Craft, in language like this: "Every
Mason shall receive and cherish strange fellows when they come over the
HOST, CAPTAIN OF THE
See Captain of the Host
HOUDON, JEAN ANTOINE
Celebrated French sculptor;
born March 20, 1741, at Versailles; died at Paris on July 16, 1828. His name
appears on the list of members of the Lodge of the Nine Sisters at Paris for
1779, 1783, 1784 and those of 1806, where he is designated as the "Imperial
Sculptor, Member of the Institute, and Professor." At twelve entered the Royal
School of Sculpture, won the Prize of Rome at twenty, and became famous for
his statues and busts of prominent people. Came to the United States with
Franklin and was for a time with Washington at Mount Vernon His statues of
Washington and Voltaire are especially well known.
An officer of the Grand Orient
of France in 1804. Grand Orator of the Grand Chapter in 1814.
HOUEL, JEAN PIERRE LOUIS
French engraver and painter,
born at Rouen about 1735, studied painting and engraving in Italy, and also
wrote four volumes entitled voyage Pittoresque de Sicile, de Malte, et de
Lipari, 1782-7. His name is listed on the rosters of the Lodge of the Nine
Sisters at Paris for the years 1783, 1784, 1806. Brother Houël died on
November 14, 1813, at Paris.
An emblem connected with the
Third Degree, according to the Webb lectures, to remind us by the quick
passage of its sands of the transitory nature of human life. As a Masonic
symbol it is of comparatively modern date, but the use of the hourglass as an
emblem of the passage of time is older than our oldest known rituals. Thus, in
a speech before Parliament, in 1627, it is said: "We may dan dandle and play
with the hour-glass that is in our power, but the hour will not stay for us;
and an opportunity once lost cannot be regained." We are told in Notes and
Queries (First Series, v, page 223) that in the early part of the eighteenth
century it was a custom to inter an hour-glass with the dead, as an emblem of
the sand of life being run out.
There is in Sir John Soane's
Museum, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, a manuscript account book, of 1614- 41,
once owned by Nicholas Stone, Mason to King James I and Charles I, which on
the title page has the following written note:
In time take time while time
For time is no time wheel time is past.
A few sad and studious lines written in his Bible by Sir Falter Raleigh are
found in Cayley's biography of him (volume in, chapter ix):
E'en such is time! which takes in trust
Our youth, our joys, and an we have
And pays us naught but age and dust,
Which, in the dark and silent grave,
When we have wandered all our ways,
Shuts up the story of our days.
And from which grave, and earth, and dust
The Lord will raise me up, I trust.
Longfellow, in his "Sand of the Desert in an Hour glass," has written thus:
A handful of red sand from the hot clime
Of Arab deserts brought
Within the glass comes the spy of Time,
The minister of Thought.
An hour-glass is in the
possession of the Lodge at Alexandria, Virginia, of which our Brother George
Washington was Master.
That old treasure, a measure
of the flying moments, well exhibits the changing methods brought about in
The language of Freemasonry,
in reference to the hours of labor and refreshment, is altogether symbolical.
The old lectures contained a tradition that our ancient Brethren wrought six
days in the week and twelve hours in the day, being called off regularly at
the hour of high twelve from labor to refreshment. In the French and German
systems, the Craft were said to be called from labor at low twelve, or
midnight, which is therefore the supposed or fictitious time at which a French
or German Lodge is closed. But in the English and American systems the Craft
are supposed to be called off at high twelve, and when called on again the
time for recommencing labor is said to be "one hour past high twelve": all
this refers to Ancient Craft Freemasonry. In some of the advanced Degrees the
hours designated for labor or rest are different. So, too, in the different
Rites: thus, in the system of Zinnendorf, it is said that there are in a
Mason's Lodge five hours, namely, twelve struck, noon, high noon, midnight,
and high midnight; which are thus explained: Twelve struck, is before the
Lodge is opened and after it is closed; noon is when the Master is about to
open the Lodge; high noon, when it is duly open; midnight, when the Master is
about to close it; and high midnight, when it is closed and the uninitiated
are permitted to draw near.
HOURS OF INITIATION
In Masonic Lodges, as they
were in the Ancient Mysteries, initiations are always at night. No Lodges ever
meet in the daytime for that purpose, if it can be avoided.
More recently than the time of
brother Mackey there have been in the United States and in Europe a number of
Masonic Bodies which meet in the afternoon because of greater convenience, the
majority of the members being connected with the Stage, the Press, and similar
businesses (see Night).
Born March 2, 1792; died July 26, 1863. First president of the Republic of
Texas in 1836 and later governor of Texas under American rule in 1861. Made a
Freemason in 1817, in Cumberland Lodge No. 8, Nashville, Tennessee, and became
affiliated with Holland Lodge No. 1, Houston, in 1837. He presided over the
Masonic Convention held to create the first Grand Lodge of Texas (see NeuJ Age
Magazine, March, 1924; also Mackey's History of Freemasonry, page 1613).
HOW GO SQUARES
The question was one of the
earliest of the tests which were common in the eighteenth century. In the
Grand Mystery, published in 1724, we find it in the following form:
Q. :How go squares?
It is noteworthy, that this phrases has an earlier date than the eighteenth
century, and did not belong exclusively to the Freemasons. In Thomas May's
comedy of The Old Couple, published in 1658, Act iv, scene I (see also
Dodsley's Colkstion of Old Plays, volume 10), will be found the following
Sir Argent Scrape. Ha! Mr. Frightful, welcome.
How go squares? What do you think of me to make a bridegroom? Do I look young
H.-. R.-. D.-. M.-.
An abbreviation of Heredom or
The name of the chief god
among the Druids, commonly called Hu Gadarn, or Hu the Mighty. He is thus
described by one of the Welsh bards: "The smallest of the small, Hu is the
mighty in the world's judgment; yet he is the greatest and Lord over us and
our God of mystery. His course is light and swift, his car is a particle of
bright sunshine. He is great on land and sea, the greatest whom I shall
behold, greater than the worlds. Offer not indignity to him, the Great and
Beautiful." Bryant and Davies, in accordance with their arkite theory, think
that he was Noah deified; but the Masonic scholar will be reminded of the Hi-hu
taken by the Cabalists out of the name of Jehovah.
A word equivalent among the
Stone Masons of Germany, in the Middle Ages, to the English word Lodge. Findel
defines it as "a booth made of boards erected near the edifice that was being
built, where the stone-cutters kept their tools, carried on their work,
assembled, and most probably occasionally ate and slept." These Hütten accord
exactly with the Lodges which Wren describes as having been erected by the
English Masons around the edifice they were constructing.
HUGHAN, WILLIAM JAMES
This able and well-known
Masonic scholar was born on February 13, 1841, and died on May 20, 1911. His
father vas a native of Dunscore, in Scotland, who had settled at East
Stonehouse in Devonshire, where Brother Hughan was born. At the age of fifteen
he was apprenticed to a draper at Devonport; at nineteen he entered a
wholesale firm at Plymouth, going thence to Manchester and Truro, at which
latter place he remained until 1883, when he retired from business and settled
at Torquay, where he died.
He was initiated in 1863 in
the Saint Aubyn Lodge, No. 954, at Devonport; in the following year he joined
the Emulation Lodge of Improvement in London, and on removing to Truro in 1864
he joined the Phenix Lodge of Honor and Prudence, No. 331, of which he was for
a time Secretary, and in 1866 the Fortitude Lodge, No. 131, of which he was
Worshipful Master in 1868 and 1878. In 1865 he was exalted in the Glasgow
Chapter, No. 60, and joined Kilwinning Chapter, Ayr, No. 80, in 1868, becoming
its Z., the chief officer, in 1873, and he was appointed Past Assistant Grand
Sojourner of England in 1883; at various times he took most, if not all, of
the Degrees worked in England and Scotland. In 1869 he was appointed
Provincial Grand Secretary for Cornwall, which post he held for two years, and
in 1874 he received the rank of Past Senior Grand Deacon of England, in
recognition of his literary labors in the service of the Craft, this honor
being the first of its kind to be so bestowed. In 1876 he was given the rank
of Past Senior Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Egypt, which was followed by
many similar honors from various foreign Masonic I3Odies, including Senior
Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of Iowa.
Brother Hughan was devoted to
Masonic study and research ever since he first saw the light of Freemasonry,
and the Masonic periodicals of both hemispheres contain innumerable articles
from his pen. His chief published works are: Constitutions of the Freemasons,
1869; History of Freemasonry in York, 1871; Unpublished Records of the Craft,
1871- Old Charges of British Freemasons, 1872; Memorials of the Masonic Union
of ISIS, 1874; Numerical and Medallic Register of Lodges, 1878; Origin of the
English Rite of Freemasonry, 1884 and 1909; Engraved List of Regular Lodges
for 1734, 1889; History of the Apollo Lodge and the R. A. York, 1889; History
of the Lion and Lamb Lodge, 1894; Old Charges of British Freemasons, 1895;
Constitutions of the Freemasons, 1725-1896, 1899 and The Jacobite Lodge at
Rome, 1756-7, 1910. His writings cover the whole range of Freemasonry, but he
gave special attention to the Old Charges, in the search for which he was
indefatigable. The copyright in his books now belongs to the Lodge of
Research, Leicester, England.
The Divine Master has said,
"He that humbleth himself shall be exalted" (Luke, xiv 2), and the lesson is
emphatically taught by a portion of the instructions of the Royal Arch Degree.
Indeed, the first step toward the acquisition of truth is a humility of mind
which teaches us our own ignorance and our necessity for knowledge, so that
thus we may be prepared for its reception. Doctor Oliver has erred in saying
(Landmarks ii 471) that bare feet are a Masonic symbol of humility. They are
properly a symbol of reverence. The true Masonic symbol of humility is bodily
prostration, and it is so exemplified in the Royal Arch Degree.
HUMMELL, JOHANN NEPOMU
German composer. Born on
November l4, 1778, at Pressburg, Hungary, and died at Weimar, Germany, in
1837. Member of the Lodge Amalia at Weimar and a pupil of Mozart's. Sesame
celebrated pianoforte player and composer and in the music hook published by
the Lodge where he was initiated, 1820, there are two songs by him.
HUND, BARON VON
Carl Gotthelf, Baron von Hund,
was born in Oberlausitz, in Germany, on September ll, 1722. He was a nobleman
and hereditary landed proprietor in the Lautsitz. He is said to have been
upright in his conduct, although beset by vanity and a love of adventure. But
Findel if scarcely correct in characterizing him as a man of moderate
understanding, since the position which he took among his Masonic
contemporaries many of whom were of acknowledged talent and the ability with
which he defended and maintained his opinions, would indicate the possession
of very respectable intelligence. In religious faith he was a Protestant. That
rare work, the Anti-Saint-Nicaise, contains in its first volume a brief
biography of Brother von Hund, from which some details of his personal
appearance and character may be obtained he was of middling stature, but well
formed; never dressed sumptuously, but always with taste and neatness; and
although himself a moderate liver, was distinguished for his hospitality , and
his table was always well supplied for the entertainment of friends and
visitors. The record that his servants were never changed, but that those who
were employed in his domestic service constantly remained with him, is a
simple but conclusive testimony to the amiability of his character
The scanty details of the life
of Hund, which are supplied by Clavel in his Histoire Pittoresque; by Thory,
in tile ilda Lalornor1xrn; by Ragon, in his Orlhorlozie Mtl4nnniqur; by
RotiHon, in his Proofs of Conspiracy; tvy Lenning and licke, in the
Encyclopedia of huh; by Oliver, in his Historical Lanelmarks, and by Findel,
in his l-lialorty, vary so much in dates and in the record of events that he
who should depend on their conflicting authority for information would be
involved in almost inextricable confusion in attempting to follow any
connected thread of a narrative.
AH Thory, however, writes as
an annalist, in chronological order, it may he presumed that his dates are
more to be depended on than those of the looser compilers of historical
essays. He, therefore will furnish Liz with at least an outline of the
principal Masonic events in the life of Hund, while from other writers we may
derive the material facts which the brevity of Thory does not provide. But
even Thory must sometimes be abandoned, where he has evidently neglected to
note a particular circumstance, and his omission must be supplied from come
other source. On the 20th of March, 1742, when still lacking some months of
being twenty years of age, he was initiated into the mysteries of Freemasonry,
in the Lodge of the Three Thistles at Frankfort-on-the Main. Findel places the
date of his initiation in the year 1741; but, for the reason already assigned,
Brother Mackey preferred the authority of Thory, with whom Lenning concurs.
The First and Second Degrees were conferred on the same day, and in due time
his initiation into the Symbolic Degrees was completed.
Soon after his initiation, the
Baron von Hund traveled through England and Holland, and paid a visit to
Paris. Robison, who speaks of the Baron as "a gentleman of honorable
character," and whose own reputation secures him from the imputation of wilful
falsehood, although it could not preserve him from the effects of prejudice,
says that Hund, while in Paris, became acquainted with the Earl of Kilmarnock
and some other gentlemen, who were adherents of the Pretender, and received
from them the new Degrees, which had been invented, it is said, for political
purposes by the followers of the exiled house of Stuart. Gadicke states that
while there he also received the Order of the Mopses, which he afterward
attempted, but without success, to introduce into Germany. This must, however,
be an error; for the Order of the Mopses, an androgynous institution, which
subsequently gave birth to the French Lodges of Adoption, was not established
until 1776, long after the return of Hund to his native country.
This entire article is by
Brother Mackey except where otherwise plainly indicated and here we may insert
a comment by Brother Hawkins who says the Order of the Mopses was established
in 1738 (see Mopses).
While he resided in Paris he
received, says Findel, some intimations of the existence of the Order of
Knights Templar in Scotland. The legend, which it is necessary to say has been
deemed fabulous, is given to us by Clavel (Histoire Pittoresque, page 184),
who tells us that, after the execution of Jacques de Molay, Pierre d'Aumont,
the Provincial Grand Master of Auvergne, accompanied by two Commanders and
five Knights, escaped to Scotland, assuming during their journey, for the
purpose of concealment, the costume of Operative Masons. Having landed on one
of the Scottish Islands, they met several other companions, Scottish Knights,
with whom they resolved to continue the existence of their Order, whose
abolition had been determined by the Pope and the King of France. At a Chapter
held on Saint John's Day, 1313, Aumont was elected Grand Master, and the
Knights, to avoid in future the persecutions to which they had been subjected,
professed to be Freemasons, and adopted the symbols of that Order. In 1361,
the Grand Master transported his See to the city of Aberdeen, and from that
time the Order of the Temple spread, under the guise of Freemasonry,
throughout the British Islands and the Continent.
The question now is not as to
the truth or even the probability of this legend. It is sufficient for our
present purpose to say, that the Baron von Hund accepted it as a veritable
historical fact. He was admitted, at Paris, to the Order of Knights Templar,
Clavel says, by the Pretender, Charles Edward, who was the Grand Master of the
Order. Of this we have no other evidence than the rather doubtful authority of
Clavel. Robison intimates that he was inducted by the Earl of Kilmarnock,
whose signature was attached to his diploma. Gadicke says that he traveled
over Brabant to the French army, and was there made a Templar by high chiefs
of the Order. And this statement might be reconciled with that of Robison, for
the high chiefs, hohe Obere, of Gädicke were possibly the followers of the
Pretender, some of whom were likely to have been with the French army. The
point is not, however, worth the trouble of an investigation.
Two things have been well
settled, namely: That in 1743 von Hund was initiated as a Knights Templar, and
that at the same time he received the appointment of a Provincial Grand
Master, with ample powers to propagate the Order in Germany. He returned to
his native country, but does not appear to have been very active at first as a
missionary of Templarism, although he continued to exhibit his strong
attachment to Ancient Craft Freemasonry. In the year 1749 he erected, at his
own expense, a Lodge on his estates at Kittlitz, near Lobau, to which he gave
the name of the lodge of the Three Pillars. At the same time he built there a
Protestant church, the corner-stone of which was laid by the Brethren, with
the usual Masonic ceremonies.
We are compelled to suppose,
from incidents in his life which subsequently occurred, that Hund must have
visited Paris a second time, and that he was there in the year 1754. On
November 24, in that year, the Chevalier de Bonneville, supported by some of
the most distinguished Freemasons of Paris, instituted a Chapter of the High
Degrees, which received the name of the Chapter of Clermont, and into which he
introduced the Templar system, that is, the system which finds the origin of
Freemasonry in Templarism. In this Chapter Baron von Hund, who was then in
Paris, received the Degrees of the Clermont system, and there, says Thory, he
learned the doctrine upon which he subsequently founded his new Rite of Strict
Observance. This doctrine was, that Freemasonry owes its existence to Knights
Templarism, of which it is the natural successor; and, therefore, that every
Freemason is a Templar, although not entitled to all the privileges of the
Order until he has attained the highest Degree.
Von Hund returned to Germany
possessed of powers, or a Deputation granted to him in Paris by which he was
authorized to disseminate the advanced Degrees in that country. He was not
slow to exhibit these documents, and soon collected around him a band of
adherents. He then attempted what he termed a reform in primitive Freemasonry
or the simple English system of the three Symbolic Degrees, which alone most
of the German Lodges recognized. The result was the establishment of a new
system, well known as the Rite of Strict Observance.
But here we again encounter
the embarrassments of conflicting authorities. The distinctive feature of the
Rite of Strict Observance was, that Freemasonry is the successor of Templarism;
the legend of Aumont being unhesitatingly accepted as authentic. The author of
Anti-Saint-Nicaise, the book already referred to, asserted that between the
years 1730 and 1740, there was already in Lusatia a Chapter of Templars; that
he knew one, at least, who had been there initiated before the innovation of
the Baron von Hund; and that the dignities of Prior, Sub-Prior, Prefect, and
Commander, which he professed to introduce into Germany for the first time,
had been known there at a long antecedent period. Ragon also asserts that the
Templar system of Ramsay was known in Germany before the foundation of the
Chapter of Clermont, whence von Hund derived his information and his powers;
that it consisted of six Degrees, to which Hund added a seventh; and that at
the time of von Hund's arrival in Germany this regime had Baron von Marshall
as its head, to whom Hund's superiors in Paris had referred him. This seems to
be the correct version of the affair; and so the Rite of Strict Observance was
not actually established, but only reformed and put into more active
operation, by von Hund.
One of the peculiarities of
this Rite was, that every member was called a Knight, or Eques; the classical
Latin for a Roman knight being, by a strange inconsistency, adopted by these
professed Templars, instead of the medieval word Miles, which had been always
appropriated to the military knights of chivalry. To this word was appended
another, and the title thus formed was called the characteristic name. Lists
of these characteristic names, and of the persons whom they represented, are
given in all the registers and lists of the Rite. Von Hund selected for
himself the title of Eques ab Ense, or Knight of the Sword, and, to show the
mixed military and Masonic character of his regime, chose for his seal a
square and sword crossed, or, in heraldic language, saltierwise. Von Hund
divided Europe into nine provinces, and called himself the Grand Master of the
Seventh Province, which embraced Lower Saxony, Prussian Poland, Livonia, and
Courland. He succeeded in getting the Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick to place
himself at the head of the Rite, and secured its adoption bv most of the
Lodges of Berlin and of other parts of Prussia. After this he retired into
comparative inactivity, and left the Lodges of his Rite to take care of
But in 1763 he was aroused by
the appearance of one, Johnson, on the Masonic stage. This man, whose real
name was Leucht, was a Jew, and had formerly been the secretary of the Prince
of Anhalt-Bernburg, under the assumed name of Becker. But, changing his name
again to that of Johnson, he visited the city of Jena, and proclaimed himself
to the Freemasons there as possessed of powers far more extensive than those
of von Hund, which he pretended to have received from "Unknown Superiors" at
Aberdeen, Scotland, the supposed seat of the Templar Order, which had been
revived by Aumont. Von Hund at first admitted the claims of Johnson, and
recognized him as the Grand Prior of the Order.
Ragon says that this
recognition was a fraud on the part of von Hund, who had really selected
Johnson as his agent, to give greater strength to his Rite. I am reluctant to
admit the truth of this charge, and am rather disposed to believe that the
enthusiasm and credulity of von Hund had made him for a time the victim of
Johnson's ostentatious pretensions. If this be so, he was soon undeceived,
and, discovering the true character as well as the dangerous designs of
Johnson, he proclaimed him to be an adventurer. He denied that Johnson had
been sent as a delegate from Scotland, and asserted anew that he alone was the
Grand Master of the Order in Germany, with the power to confer the high
Degrees. Johnson, accused of abstracting the papers of a Lord of Courland, in
whose service he had been, and of the forgery of documents, was arrested at
Magdeburg through the influence of von Hund, on the further charges of larceny
and counterfeiting money, and died in 1775 in prison.
Von Hund now renewed his
activity as a Freemason, and assembled a Congress of the Rite at Altenberg,
Where he was recognized as Grand Master of the Templars, and augmented his
strength by numerous important initiations. His reappearance among the
Brethren exerted as much surprise as joy, and its good effects were speedily
seen in a large increase of Chapters; and the Rite of Strict Observance soon
became the predominating system in Germany. But dissatisfaction began to
appear as a consequence of the high claims of the members of the Rite to the
possession of superior knowledge. The Knights looked haughtily upon the
Freemasons who had been invested only with the primitive Degrees, and these
were offended at the superciliousness with which they were treated. A Mother
Lodge was established at Frankfort, which recognized and worked only the three
Degrees. Other systems of advanced Degrees also arose as rivals of the Rite,
and von Hund's regime began to feel sensibly the effects of this compound
Hitherto the Rite of Strict
Observance had been cosmopolitan in its constitution, admitting the believers
in all creeds to its bosom, and professing to revive only the military and
chivalric character of the ancient Templars, without any reference to their
religious condition. But in 1767, von Starck, the Rector at Wismar, proposed
to engraft upon the Rite a new branch, to be called the clerical system of
Knights Templar. This was to be nominally spiritual in character; and, while
announcing that it was in possession of secrets not known to the chivalric
branch of the Order, demanded as preliminary to admission, that every
candidate should be a Roman Catholic, and have previously received the Degrees
of the Strict Observance. Starck wrote to von Hund, proposing a fusion of the
two branches; and he, "because," to borrow the language of Findel (History of
Freemasonry, page 279), "himself helpless and lacking expedients, eagerly
stretched out his hand to grasp the offered assistance, and entered into
connection with the so-called clergy." He even, it is said, renounced
Protestantism and became a Catholic, so as to qualify himself for admission.
In 1774, a Congress assembled
at Kohlo, the object of which was to reconcile the difference between these
two branches of the Rite. Here von Lund appears to have been divested of some
portion of his digmties, for he was appointed only Provincial Superior of
Upper and Lower Alsace,.of Denmark and of Courland, while the Grand Mastership
of the Rite was conferred on Frederick, Duke of Brunswick.
Another Congress was held in
1775, at Brunswick, where Hund again appeared. Here Findel, who seems to have
no friendly disposition toward von Hund, charges him with "indulgence in his
love of outward pomp and show," a charge that is not consistent with the
character given him by other writers, who speak of his modesty of demeanor.
The question of the Superiores Incogniti, or Unknown Superiors, from whom von
Hund professed to derive his powers, came under consideration. He denied that
he was bound to give any explanations at all, and asserted that his oath
precluded him from saying anything more. Confidence in him now declined, and
the Rite to which he was so much attached, and of which he had been the
founder and the chief supporter, began to lose its influence. The clerical
branch of the Rite seceded, and formed an independent Order, and the Lodges of
Strict Observance thenceforward called themselves the United German Lodges.
With his failure at Brunswick,
the functions of von Hund ceased. He retired altogether from the field of
Masonic labor, and died in the fifty-fifth year of his life, on November,
1776, at Meiningen, in Prussia.
The members of the Lodge
Minerva, at Leipsic, struck a medal in commemoration of him, which contains on
the obverse an urn encircled by a serpent, the symbol of immortality and on
the reverse a likeness of him, which is said to be exceedingly accurate.
A copy of it may be found in
the Taschenbuche der Freimaurerei, and in the American Quarterly Review of
Freemasonry. For this amiable enthusiast, as he certainly was credulous but
untiring in his devotion to Freemasonry; deceived but enthusiastic; generous
and kind in his disposition; whose heart was better than his head we may not
entertain the profoundest generation; but we cannot but feel an emotion of
sympathy. We know not how much the antagonism and contest of years, and final
defeat and failure, may have embittered his days or destroyed his energy; but
we do know that he ceased the warfare of life while still there ought to have
been the promise of many years of strength and vigor.
HUNGARY, NATIONAL GRAND LODGE
See Austria Hungary and Czecho
The Hebrew word nm, liberty. A
term used in the Fourth Degree of Perfect Mistress in the French Rite of
Of all the Masonic writers of
the eighteenth century there was no one who did more to elevate the spirit and
character of the Institution than William Hutchinson of Barnard Castle, in the
county of Durham, England. To him are we indebted for the first philosophical
explanation of the symbolism of the Order, and his Spirit of Masonry still
remains a priceless boon to the Masonic student. Hutchinson was born in 173 ,
and died April 7, 1814, at the ripe age of eighty-two years. He was by
profession a solicitor; but such was his literary industry, that a were
extensive practice did not preclude his devotion to more liberal studies.
He published several works of
fiction, which, at the time, were favorably received. His first contribution
to literature was The Hermitage, a British Story, which was published in 1772.
This was followed, in 1773, by a descriptive work, entitled An Excursion to
the Lakes of Westmoreland and Cumberland. In 1775, he published The Doubtful
Marriage, and in 1776 A Week in a Cottage and A Romance after the Fashion of
the Castle of Ontranto. In 1778, he commenced as a dramatic writer, and
besides two tragedies, Pygmalion, King of Tyre and The Tyrant of Onia, which
were never acted, he also wrote The Princess of Zanfara which was successfully
performed at several of the provincial theaters.
devoted himself to archeological studies, and became a prominent member of the
Royal Society of Antiquaries. His labors in this direction were such as to win
for him from Nichols the title of "an industrious antiquary." He published in
1776, A View of Northumberland; in two volumes; in 1785, 17&7, and 1794, three
consecutive quarto volumes of The History and Antiquities of the County
Palatinate of Durilam; and in 1794, in two quarto volumes, A History of
Cumberland works which are still referred to by scholars as containing
valuable information on the subjects of which they treat, and are an evidence
of the learning and industry of the author. But it is as a Masonic writer that
Hutchinson has acquired the most lasting reputation, and his labors as such
have made his name a household word in the Order. He was for some years the
Master of Barnard Castle Lodge, where he sought to instruct the members by the
composition and delivery of a series of Lectures and Charges, which were so
far superior to those then in use as to attract crowds of visitors from
neighboring Lodges to hear him and to profit ban his instructions. Some of
these were from time to time printed, and won so much admiration from the
Craft that he was requested to make a selection, and publish them in a
Accordingly, he applied, in
1774, for permission to publish, to the Grand Lodge which then assumed to be a
rigid censor of the Masonic press and, having obtained it, he gave to the
Masonic world the first edition of his now celebrated treatise entitled The
Spzrat of Masonry, in Moral and Elvzidatory Lectures; but the latter part of
the title was omitted in all the subsequent editions. The sanction for its
publication, prefixed to the first edition, has an almost supercilious sound,
when we compare the reputation of the work which at once created a revolution
in Masonic literature with that of those who gave the sanction, and whose
names are preserved only by the official titles, which were affixed to them.
The sanction is in these words:
Whereas, Brother William
Hutchinson has compiled a book, entitled The Spirit of Masonry, and has
requested our sanction for the publication thereof, we, having perused the
said book and finding it will be of use to this Society, do recommend the
This approval is signed by the
Grand Masterand his Deputy, also by the Grand Wardens, and the Grand Treasurer
and Secretary. But their judgment, though tamely expressed, was not amiss. A
century has since shown that the book of Hutchinson has really been "of use to
the Society." It opened new thoughts on the symbolism and philosophy of
Freemasonry, which, worked out by subsequent writers, have given to
Freemasonry the high rank it now holds, and has elevated it from a convivial
association, such as it was in the beginning of the eighteenth century, to
that school of religious philosophy which it now is. To the suggestions of
Hutchinson, Hemming undoubtedly owed that noble definition, that "Freemasonry
was a science of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols."
The first edition of The
Spirit of Masonry was published in 1775, the second in 1795, the third in
1809, the fourth in 1813, the fifth in 1814, and the sixth in 1815, all except
the last in the lifetime of the author. Several subsequent editions have been
published both in the United States and in Great Britain. In 1780, it was
translated into German, and published at Berlin under the title of Der Geist
der Freimaurerei, in moralischen und erlauternden Vortragen. Of this great
work the Craft appear to have had but one opinion. It was received on its
first appearance with enthusiasm, and its popularity among Masonic scholars
has never decreased. Doctor Oliver says of it:
It was the first efficient
attempt to explain, in a rational and scientific manner, the true philosophy
of the Order. Doctor Anderson and the writer of the Gloucester sermon
indicated the mine. Calcott opened it, and Hutchinson worked it. In this book
he gives to the science its proper value. After explaining his design, he
enters copiously on the rites, ceremonies and institutions of ancient nations.
Then he dilates on the Lodge, with its ornaments, furniture, and jewels, the
building of the Temple; geometry and after explaining the Third Degree with a
minuteness which is highly gratifying, he expatiates on secrecy, charity, and
brotherly love, and sets at rest all the vague conjectures of cowans and
unbelievers, by a description of the occupations of Masons and a masterly
defense of our peculiar rites and ceremonies.
The peculiar theory of
Hutchinson in reference to the symbolic design of Freemasonry is set forth
more particularly in his ninth lecture, entitled "The Master Mason's Order."
His doctrine was that the Lost Word was typical of the lost religious purity,
which had been occasioned by the corruptions of the Jewish faith. The piety
which had planted the Temple at Jerusalem had been expunged, and the reverence
and adoration due to God had been buried in the filth and rubbish of the
world, so that it might well be said "that the guide to heaven was lost, and
the master of the works of righteousness was smitten." In the same way he
extends the symbolism. "True religion," he says, "was fled. Those who sought
her through the wisdom of the ancients were not able to raise her. She eluded
the grasp, and their polluted hands were stretched forth in vain for her
restoration. Those who sought her by the old law were frustrated, for death
had stepped between, and corruption defiled the embrace."
Hence the Hutchinsonian theory
is, that the Third Degree of Freemasonry symbolizes the new law of Christ,
taking the place of the old law of Judaism, which had become dead and corrupt.
With him, Hiram or Huram is only the Greek huramen, meaning I have found it,
and acacia, from the same Greek, signifies freedom from sin; and "thus the
Master Mason represents a man, under the Christian doctrine saved from the
grave of iniquity and raised to the faith of salvation. " Some of Hutchinson's
etymologies are unquestionably inadmissible; as, when he derives Tubal Cain
from a corruption of the Greek, tumbon choeo, "I prepare my sepulcher," and
when he translates the Substitute Word as meaning "I ardently wish for life."
But fanciful etymologies are the besetting sin of all antiquaries.
So his theory of the exclusive
Christian application of the Third Degree will not be received as the dogma of
the present day. But such was the universally recognized theory of all his
contemporaries. Still, in his enlarged and elevated views of the symbolism and
philosophy of Freemasonry as a great moral and religious science, he was
immeasurably in advance of his age. In his private life, Hutchinson was
greatly respected for his cultivated mind and extensive literary acquirements,
while the suavity of his manners and the generosity of his disposition secured
the admiration of all who knew him. He had been long married to an estimable
woman, whose death was followed in only two days by his own, and they were
both interred in the same grave.
The acclamation in the Ancient
and Accepted Scottish Rite. In the old French manuscripts it is generally
In the History of the
Provincial Grand Lodge of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire, England, by
Brother Phipps Doran, 1912, we are told that Brother W. Clegg, a member of the
Lodge of Harmony, No. 279, Boston, Lincolnshire, was the author of the hymns
Hail Eternal and Now the Evening Shadows Falling, which are in frequent use at
the opening and closing of many Lodges.
Hail, Eternal! by whose aid
All created things are made
Heav'n and earth thy vast design;
Hear us, Architect Divine!
May our work begun in Thee
Ever blest with order be.
And may we, when labors cease,
Part in harmony and peace,
By Thy glorious Majesty
By the trust we place in Thee
By the badge and mystic sign
Hear us Architect Divine!
NOW THE EVENING SHADOWS FALLING
Now the evening shadows falling
Warn from toil to peaceful rest
Mystic arts and rites reposing
Sacred in each faithful breast.
God of Light! whose love unceasing,
Doth to all Thy works extend
Crown our Order with Thy blessing;
Build, sustain us to the end.
Humbly now we bow before Thee,
Grateful for Thine aid Divine;
Everlasting pow'r and glory,
Mighty Architect! be Thine.