« FöregåendeFortsätt »
and declares, that "the names of those to whom they owe the actual institution of the Order, will for ever remain - unknown; the Chiefs who now govern not being Founders, and
every document having been committed to the flames.” In one of the classes, where Christ is represented as the enemy of superstitious observances, the assertor of reason and brotherly love, the candidate takes an oath to
powerfully oppose superstition, flander, and despotism: so that, like a true son of the Order, he may serve the world, and follow the traces of the pure and true religion pointed out in the instructions and doctrines of Masonry, and faithfully report to the superiors the progress made therein.” The ceremonies of admission to another of the degrees, are a blafphemous imitation of the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The Prefect, or Principal, after asking whether the knights are in the disposition to partake of the love-feast in earnest
peace and contentment, takes the plate with bread, and says, “ Jesus of Nazareth, our Grand Master, in the night in which he was betrayed by his friends, persecuted for his love for truth, imprisoned, and condemned to die, assembled his trusty brethren, to celebrate his last love-feast, which is signified to us in many ways. He took bread, and brake
it (breaking it), and blessed it, and gave it to his disciples, &c. This shall be the work of our holy union.-->Let each of
examine his heart, whether love reigns in it, and whether he, in full imitation of our Grand Master, is ready to lay down his life for his brethren. Thanks be to our Grand Master, who has appointed this feast as a memorial of his kindness, for the uniting of the hearts of thofe who love him. Go in peace, and blessed be this new association which we have formed-Blessed be
ye who remain loyal and strive for the good caufe.”. In the Priest's degree the ceremonies are a mock ordination, followed by a communion of honey and milk, to represent the purity of the primitive age of the world, when men subsisted by food which nature fupplied, unassisted by the arts of civilized life. Such were the lefser mysteries, but there were higher for stronger stomachs. In the first of these higher degrees the Magus, (the ceremonies of which are adapted to the fire worship of the Magi) the doctrines are the same as those of Spinoza, where all is material; God and the world are the same thing; and all religion is shewn to be without -foundation, and the contrivance of ambitious men.". The second degree, or Rex, teaches " that every peafant, citizen, and housholder,
is a Sovereign, as in the patriarchal state ; and that nations must be brought back to that state, by whatever means are conducible peaceably if it can be done ; but if not, then by force-FOR ALL SUBORDINATION MUST BE MADE TO VANISH FROM THE EARTH."
Thus, having by steps got rid of all Religion, the great aim of the system is laid open, without the fear of any objection from those admitted into these mysteries. And thus it is proved beyond a doubt, that the Order of the Illuminati, following the fystem of Voltaire, had for its immediate objects the abolition of Christianity, and the destruction of all Civil government.
A few words respecting the success of this Order, will at the same time prove that the means employed to ensure it were exactly similar to those adopted by the association in France; and that it has been the incessant labour of its Directors to introduce universal diffoluteness and profligacy of manners, and N 2
then to make these corrupted subjects instrumental to the execution of their designs,
At Munich they established their principal Lodge, under the appearance of a society of zealous Naturalists. Lodges were scattered all over Germany. There were many in Poland, Switzerland, and Holland, some in France and Italy, and in England, two in Scotland, and several in America. " All the German schools, and the Benevolent Society, are at last under our direction. We have got several zealous members in the Courts of Fustice, and we are able to afford them pay,
, and other good additions. Lately we have got possession of the Bartholomew Institution for young clergymen, having secured all their fupporters. Through this we shall be able to supply Bavaria with fit priests. Two of our best youths have got journeys from the court, and they will go to Vienna, where they will do us great service.” The following directions are given among a variety of others, by a Chief of the Order:
“We must acquire the direction of education-of church "management — of the profesorial chair-and of the pulpit--We must preach the warmel concern for humanity, and make people indifferent to all other relations-- We must gain the reviewers,
and the journalifts, and the booksellers-We must try to gain an influence in the military academies " (this may be of mighty consequence). the printing-houses, &c. Painting and en
W graving are highly worth our care.
win the common people in every corner. There is no way of influencing men so erfully as by means of the women. These Thould therefore be our chief study; we should insinuate ourselves into their good opinion, give them hints of emancipation from the tyranny of public opinion, and of standing up for themselves; it will be an immense relief to their enflaved minds, to be freed from any one bond of restraint, and it will fire them the more, and cause them to work for us with zeal, without knowing that they do fo; for they will be only indulging their own desire of personal admiration.” Both the French Free-Masonry, and the German Illuminism, had their female adepts. These were to be admitted into claffes fuited to their characters, whether vicious or virtuous; and were to be deluded into principles and conduct best calculated to promote the views of the society, bụt not to be entrusted with its fecrets... “Should I mention (to the adepts)
i « This affociation might moreover ferve to gratify