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perfect master, on condition that you strictly adhere to what shall be presented to you by ou laws."

The ceremonies, &c. of this degree, were originally established as a grateful tribute of respect to the memory of a departed worthy brother..

The lodge is closed by four times four.

CHAPTER III.

Observations on the Degree of Intimate Secretary

THE lodge of I. S. is furnished with black hangings, and represents the hall of audience of Solomon. It should be enlightened with twenty-seven lights, in three candlesticks of nine branches each, placed E. W. and S.

This lodge consists of two persons only ; whe represent S. and H. K. of T.

They are covered with blue mantles, lined with ermine, with crowns on their heads, sceptres in their hands, and seated at a table, on which are placed two naked swords, a roll of parchrnent, and a death's head.

All the rest of the brethren are considered only as perfect masters, and are termed the guards. They should have white aprons, lined and em. broidered with a blood colour, with strings of the same ; and ribbons of the same colour round their necks, to which must be suspended, hanging on the breast, a solid triangle.

Charge to a new made Intimate Secretary. “ MY BROTHER,

“ I receive you an Intimate Secretary, on your promise to be faithful to the order in which you have just now entered. We hope, brother, that your fidelity will be proof to every trial ; and that this sword, with which we arm you, will defend you from the attacks of those, who may try to extort from you those secrets which we are now about to confer upon you."

History. Solomon had agreed with the king of Tyre, in return for the materials taken from Mount Lebanon, and those drawn from the quarries of Tyre, made use of in constructing the temple in part payment of which, he had already furnished him with a measure of oil, honey and wheat) to have given him a province in Galilea, of thirty cities, immediately after the temple was completed.

A year had elapsed before this was complied with on the part of Solomon ; and when Hiram went to visit this newly acquired territory, he found the lands poor, the people rude, uncultivated, and of bad morals; and that the keeping of

it would be attended with more expense than profit. He therefore went in person to Solomon, to complain of the deceit. Being arrived, he made his entry through the guards in the court, and went hastily to the king's apartment.

The countenance of the king of Tyre was so expressive of anger, as he entered, one of Solomon's favourites, named Joabert, perceived it, and, apprehensive of the consequence, followed him to the door to listen. H. observing him, ran and seized upon him, and delivered him into the custody of the guards ; however, by the intercession of Solomon (who represented that Joabert was, of all those about the temple, most attached to him, and that his intentions could not have been evil) Hiram agreed to pardon him; and before they parted, renewed their former friendship, and concluded a treaty of perpetual alliance, which was signed by them, and to which Joabert was Intimate Se cretary.

This lodge is closed by 3 times 9.

CHAPTER IV.

Observation on the Degree of Provost and Judge

THIS lodge is adorned with red, and lighted by five great lights; one in each corner, and one in the

centre. The master is placed in the east, under a blue canopy, surrounded with stars, and is styled, Thrice Illustrious. He represents: Tito Prince Harodim, the eldest of the P. M, and I. S. first grand warden, and inspector of the three hundred architects ; whose office was, to draw. plans for the workmen..

After the candidate is introduced in due formy the master thus addrsses him :. Respectable Brother,

“ It gives me joy, that I am now about to reacompense your zeal and attachment to the institution of masonry, by appointing you provost and judge, over all the works of this lodge ; and, as we are well assured of your prudence and discretion, we without the least hesitation entrust you with a most important secret. We expect you will do your duty in the degree to which you will now be elevated, as you have done in those already taken.”

He is then decorated with a golden key suspended by a red ribbon, and an apron with a pocket in its centre.

The intention of Solomon in forming this degree, was, to strengthen the means of preserving order among such a vast number of craftsmen. Joabert, being honoured with the intimate confidence of his king, received this new mark of distinction,

Solomon first created Tito Prince Harodim, Adoniram, and Abda his father, provosts and judg. es, and gave them orders 'to initiate Joabert, his favourite, into the secret mysteries of this degree, and to give him the keys of all the building.

Lodge is closed by 4 and 1.

CHAPTER V. Observations on the Degree of Intendant of the

Buildings, or Master in Israel. THIS lodge is decorated with red hangings, and illuminated with twenty-seven lights, distributed by three times nine round the lodge. There must be also five other great lights on the altar before the most puissant, who represents Solomon seated with a sceptre in his hand.

The first warden, called inspector, represents the most illustrious Tito Harodim : second warden represents Adoniram, the son of Abda; all the rest are ranged angularly. The most puissant, and all the brethren, are decorated with a large red ribbon, from the right shoulder to the left hip, to which is suspended a triangle fastened by a small green ribbon. On one side of the triangle are engraved the words, Benchorim, Achard, Jachinai ; on the reverse, Judea, Ky, Jea. The aprons are white, lined with red, and bordered with green ;

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