The Government of the
THE mode of government observed by the
Fraternity will best explain the importance, and give the truest idea of
the nature and design of the Masonic system.
There are several classes of Masons, under
different appellations. The privileges of these classes are distinct, and
particular means are adopted to preserve those privileges to the just and
meritorious of each class.
Honor and probity are recommendations to
the first, class, in which the practice of virtue is enforced, and the
duties of morality inculcated, while the mind is prepared for regular and
social converse in the principles of knowledge and philosophy.
Diligence, assiduity, and application are
qualifications for the second class, in which an accurate elucidation of
science, both in theory and practice, is given. Here human reason is
cultivated by a due exertion of the rational and intellectual powers and
faculties, nice and difficult theories are explained, new discoveries
produced, and those already known beautifully embellished.
The third class is composed of those whom
truth and fidelity have distinguished; who, when assaulted by threats and
violence, after solicitation and persuasion have failed, have evinced
their firmness and in-