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necessary to be known, that there is no part of these degrees that have any resemblance to the fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh degrees before mentioned, or that have any reference or allusion to any of the circumstances on which those degrees were founded. But, notwithstanding this difference, it will clearly appear, from the account here given of the Ineffable Degrees, that much ingenuity is displayed in their formation ; that their design is noble, benevolent and praiseworthy; and that the institution was intended for the glory of the Deity and the good of mankind.

September, 1797.

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Observations on the Degree of Secret Master

THE lodge of Secret Masters is spread with black. The master represents Solomon coming to the temple to elect seven experts. He is styled, Most Powerful.

There is only one warden, who is called Ado niram, after him who had the inspection of the workmanship done at Mount Libanus. He was the first made secret master.

Solomon holds a sceptre in his hand, standing in the East, before a triangular altar, upon which is a crown, and some olive and laurel keaves. Adoni. ram, the inspector, stands in the West.

The first officer is decorated with a blue ribbon, from the right shoulder to the left hip, to which

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hangs a triangle. The second officer is decorated with a white ribbon, bordered with black, in a triangular form, and an ivory key suspended therefrom, with a figure of Z upon it.

All the other brethren are decorated in the same manner, with white aprons and gloves, the strings of the aprons black ; the flap of the apron is blue, with a golden eye upon it. This lodge should be enlightened by eighty-one candles, distributed by nine times nine.

A candidate, after being strietly examined by the inspector, who must vouch for his qualifications, is thus addressed by the M. P. « Brother,

6 You have hitherto only seen the thick veil that covers the S. S. of God's temple ; your fidelity, zeal and constancy have gained you this favour I now grant you, of shewing you our treasure, and introducing you into the secret place.”

He is then invested with the ribbon, the crown of laurels and olives, by the M. P. who thus addresses him : " My Brother,

" I receive you as secret master, and give you rank among the Levites. This laurel, the emblem of victory, is to remind you of the conquest you ere to gain over your passions. The olive is the symbol of thatpeace and union, whichought toreign

#mongst us. It belongeth to you to deserve the favour, that you may be enabled, one day, to arrive in the secret place, to contemplate the pillar of beauty. I decorate you with the ivory key, hung to a white and black ribbon, as a symbol of your fidelity, innocence and discretion.

“ The apron and gloves are to be marks of the eandour of all S. M. in the number of which yoia have deserved to be introduced. In this quality, my brother, you are to become the faithful guardian of the S. S. and I put you in the number of seven, to be one of the conductors of the works which are raising to the Divinity. The eye upon your apron is to remind you to have a careful watchi over the conduct of the craft in general.”

The lodge is closed by the mysterious number:

CHAPTER II.

Observations on the Degree of Perfect Master.

THE lodge of perfect masters is hung with green tapestry, on eight columns, four on each side, placed at equal distances ;, to be illuminated with sixteen lights, placed at the four cardinal points A table before the canopy covered with black. The R. W. and respectable master represents the poble Adoniram,. being the first that was elected S. M. because S. chose him the first of the sever. He commanded the works of the temple before H. A. arrived at Jerusalem, and afterwards bad the inspection of the works at Mount Libanus. He is decorated with the ornaments of perfection, and is a prince of Jerusalem, with those decorations. He occupies the place of S. in the east under the canopy.

There is only one warden, who represents Stockin, in the function of inspector, with the or naments of his highest degrees, which he received in the west.

The assistants, being at least perfect masters, ought to be decorated with a large geen ribbon hung to the neck, with a jewel suspended thereto, being a compass extended to 60 degrees.

The brethren all have aprons of white leather with green flaps ; on the middle of the apron must be embroidered a square stone, surrounded by three circles, with the letter P in the centre.

After a candidate is duly examined in the proficiency he has made in the foregoing degree, he is regularly introduced, and is thus addressed by the M. P. “ My Brother,

« It is my desire to draw you from your vicious life, and, by the favour I have received from the most powerful of kings, I raise you to the degree of

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