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THE AUTHOR'S VINDICATION OF HIMSELF FROM THE PREJUDICED PART OF MANKIND.
Of all the Imposition that have appear'd amongst Mankind, none are so ridiculous as the Mystery of Masonry, which has amus'd the World, and caused various Constructions and these Pretences of Secrecy, invalid, has (tho' not perfectly) been revealed, and the grand Article, viz. the Obligation, has several Times been printed in the publick Papers, but is entirely genuine in the Daily Journal of Saturday, Aug. 22. 1730. which agrees in its Veracity with that deliver'd in this Pamphlet; and consequently when the Obligation of Secrecy is abrogated, the aforesaid Secret becomes of no Effect, and must be quite extinct; for some Operative Masons (but according to the polite Way of Expression, Accepted Masons) made a Visitation from the first and oldest constituted Lodge (according to the Lodge Book in London) to a noted Lodge in this City, and was denied Admittance, because their old Lodge was removed to another House, which, tho' contradictory to this great Mystery, requires another Constitution, at no less Expence than two Guineas with an elegant Entertainment, under the Denomination of being put to charitable Uses, which is justly applied, will give great Enconiums to so worthy an Undertaking,but it is very much doubted, and most reasonable to think it will be expended towards the forming another System of Masonry, the old Farbick being so ruinous, that, unless repair'd by some occult Mystery, will soon be annihilated.
I was induced to publish this mighty Secret for the publick Good, at the Request of several Masons, and it will, I hope, give entire Satisfaction, and have its desired Effect inpreventing so many credulous Persons being drawn into so pernicious a Society.
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