of the profession were attended with
Masonry is a science confined to no
particular country, but diffused over the whole terrestrial globe.
Wherever arts flourish, there it flourishes too. Add to this, that, by
secret and inviolable signs, carefully preserved among the Fraternity
throughout the world, Masonry becomes an universal language. Hence many
advantages are gained: the distant Chinese, the wild Arab, and the
American savage will embrace a brother Briton, Frank, or German; and will
know, that, besides the common ties of humanity, there is still a stronger
obligation to induce him to kind and friendly offices. The spirit of the
fulminating priest will be tamed; and a moral brother, though of a
different persuasion, engage his esteem. Thus, through the influence of
Masonry, which is reconcilable to the best policy, all those disputes
which embitter life, and sour the tempers of men, are avoided; while the
common good, the general design of the Craft, is zealously pursued.
From this view of the system, its utility
must be sufficiently obvious. The universal principles of the art unite
men of the most opposite tenets, of the most distant countries, and of the
most contradictory opinions in one indissoluble bond of affection, so that
in every nation a Mason finds a friend, and in every climate a home.