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(rf . ' t, w j, r Vc : n rirnner office In this ■* inn rr lrt U immntnip!« nower of defeating men tile hws In'crod time we shall have some . ' Knifcir »l,«, fresh Btccadillo some varietin theTal"ts oftf'sonVyTr'ace an .ventXàmtementànd edito^gT« in I must hasten to close. The subject is too psmfub My opinions o masonry will be collected from this letter. I would not give them without my reasons; more especial ly as you admonish me of yoqr intention to publish what I write. No one better knows than I do, that we are surrounded daily, by individuals ot-the order, whose good qualities as citizens, all remain pure; whom we respect, We and value, and love; and the mind of a really great man, who knows his duty to hu country, will soar above all its pernicious obligations, Of this, our country has afforded illustrious instances. But after the developments I have given, I must, I do believe, the evils of Mason-masonic ry to be stupendous; I must, I do believe, that of rncy counterbalance a thousand fold, any good that it can achieve. It follows, that l think favourably of the exertions which you and in vour ami-masonic friends, fiere and elsewhere in the United States, are making to root out its bad influence from the face of our land. I hope that you may continue them with ardor. Taking care that they avoid personal slander i Î a vigorous foe; but fact, and argument, and the force of truth, are with you. Employ these weapons vigorously, on your side. If you do make up but a .mall band, more is the the honor to your public spirit; and more the re proach of those, who remain insensate under his an attack so high baned upon life and liberty; the where guilt has been so presumptous, where the bloody league continues, as malevolent as ever, unbroken, unabashed. Jenkins, the En glishman, when under torture, by the Span iards, and expecting death from those who were mutilating him, commanded says the English historian, his soul to God, and his!the cause to his country. But where is Morgan's country? Where the avenging arm for him! As| yet he has found none. Unrelenting and blood thirsty conspirators could even dare to convertishipful a fortress of the republic into his dungeon.'and Monsters in human shape, they thrust him in-| to the cavern of death. But who takes up the cause of his wrong? I perceive tens of thou-!S. sands marshaled against it? There are none 1 but you. Go on then in your course. are under the broad banner of the law, of patriotism, of humanity; of public order, of private safety; the banner of right reason and!debt, of right feeling. You have all the motives that can urge good citizens to act on. You have shown that you are not afraid of Masonry, or bound by its spell; and as those who chant its praises, say to them all, that they are as dust in the balance to the unfathomed guilt, which bad men of the brotherhood have forever fast enedupon it; and that the only way to stop the stream of blood and pollution which you have detected, simply in Morgan's new stream of blood and pollution which you have detected, simply in Morgan's case, is, to dry] up the fountain. Say that you will never cease from your endeavours to break down a power in the country, which has shown itself in the' face of millions, if they will but look, to be an ! overmatch for the laws. Keep up an eternal battery against its dangers. "I like a clamor," said Burke, "where there has been outrage; the fire bell at midnight breaks your sleep, but it saves you from being burned." We have been told that Masonry is too strong to be put down ; that such attempts have been made in European countries, but have failed. Let this hut animate you the more. Already, it has' been the glory of America to set Europe the example of conques over public abuses, hv many memorable ways. It may be her further! glory to be the first to dspcll the solemn folly, and break the tyrannical fetters of Masonry, The day that shall witness this triumph among! us. may well deserve to stand next in our cele. bradons- to the fourth of July. ! In the momentous nature of the general principles I have had under review, I had al-| most lost sight of a point personal to myself, ! which your letter embraces, but which I must' not omit to answer. It is, whether I am a mason or not ! I have tf say, that I am not. Many years ago I became an "entered a-.pren tice," went to a lodge Once, aivl but' onae. On my return from England, alter an absence in the service of the United States, I volun tarily withdrew from the body, by a letter to * that effect. My separation from it was in 1836 before the murder of Morgan was known'tô! mc, and had no connexion with the just indig-i natioq which that horror excited among, u portion of the citizens of New-York. I am' happy to fiud that this feeling is shared h v some of the citizens of our state: vourselves | a portion of my intimate neighbours and friends among the rest. I I remain with great respect and esteem your friend and fellow-citizen. RICHARD RUSH. * „"k ft*« KunWq Hu; ; h u iim.ai,] ow i Tuspondcucefor York'coiintv. °'j In illustration of the inveteracy of th, 1 i ' of strong drinkW it is i ,i . * love New Engla»d made a VOW IW T," ,n touch spirits for fortv »ears hin * VV °? d not riod would comnriseYis eïi«Lnrl S lf ,,t i. pe *' Ins vow with fidelitv blit iinvin ' J 13 ?' iënrut rd^'h wir v,ved, £ habit—tasted, and died a sot come the ' | I Ti. ■■ . ANTI-MASONRY GOING DOWN!'.'. | qf How often do wc hear this sentiment expressed by men °f intelligence; but more frequently by the "be-| nevolent" Knight* of the-Cable and the Hood." ibe Probably when they read the following, and their «a™, saluted with the dying groans of the " Hrrfmai^those Main, they win change thei^iew. Mmry Vr ^M.ino Frtc Pm.-Estm q^orjouS CONSUMMATION 1 !_RENUN ciATION OF THE LODGE AT as GORHAM, MAINE. f ,, fMainc v Au „ ao , 193 , in IIAUOWEU, fiuaine,; rtug. xu, leji. „ The following glorious intelligence we re- 1 ceived since our paper of yesterday was issued, i We regard it as the most important occurrence that the people of Maine have beheld since Aey | were established into at. independent Stau, what a worthy example has the Harmony I.odoe set to the other Lodges in the country! se This frank and manly disavowal of all future connection, this candid renunciation " of masonic obligations, is well calculated to re store confidence to the community. The peo pie will see there is no mistake, no stratagem, P in this surrender. If the Kennebec Lodge had thus expressed its resolutions, irtsSad if en dorsing for the • pure principles of masonry,' it Uvould have better satisfied the public mind. At a regular communication of HA RM ON \ LODGE, held at Mason's Hall on Wednesday ****** o'clock A a The lodgc was opened in due form by R. W. Master. No candidates for proposition for either of the degrees before the lodge. On motion, Voted . That each brother be at 8 his liberty to speak his opinion as it regards the institution of freemasonry. « There being but few who were prepared to to explain their minds, it was, therefore, on mo lion, voted, That it be postponed until our next ! regular communication, viz. Aug. 17 th, and l that we meet at one o'clock P. M. *nd that, 1 each absent brother be particularly notified by i secretary to give his punctual attendance accordingly. . \f On motion, veted, That the right worshipful Obed Gammon, worshipful John Burnel, wor David Libby, (our master and senior junior wardens,) together with brother Ebenezer Spencer, treasurer, brother William .Newcomb, secretary, brother Richard Paine D.,brother George W. Blake, J. I)., brother 1 Henry Stevens, S. S., and brother Elmor i). You'Swett, J. S., be a committee to examine the books of the treasurer, ascertain the sum of the funds of the lodge, how much the lodge, is in and!debt, and what sum is due to the lodge, and to draft resolutions against our next meeting, Also Voted, That said committee, and as many of the brethren as ar* disused to meet on the 5th day of August next, at 4 o'clock P. M. to investigate the subject. The lodge then was duly closed, ? OBED GAMMON, ifcrttr. Attest William Newconb, -Stc. At a regular communication of HARMONY LODGE, held at Masons Hall on Wedne s day preceeding the full Moon, Aug. 17; A. M. 1831. The lodge was opened in due form by the R. W. Master. A communication was read by the secretary from the secretary of Adoniram Lodge, that a motion had been made at their last commu nication, to give up their charter and abolish the lodge, and soliciting counsel from Harmo 11 y Lodge upon the subject. On motion. Voted, 1 'hat it lie on the table, The committee appointed at our last regu l ar communication was called upon by brother James Campbell of Windham, to make rtport of the finances of the lodge, and the resolu tions, whose duty it was by virtue of a vote 'passed at our last regular communication. The following resolutions were presented an< * read by the secretary, and unanimously accepted—brother Campbell of Windham ce P ted - Resolved, That we' cannot mote clearly ex P r<!ss our opinions in regard to the "farternity," ca *'^ freemaonry than is expressed in the let ters oP l *' e Hon. Mr. RUSH. As they have 1,een published in the public newspapers, even those Whose editors are masons, we pre 3ume . that noqe are ignorant of his opinions oP ^ dangerous influence it will have upon our liberties, if it be allowed to ride any longer * n the chariot of triumph as heretofore—bro i*her Campbell, of Windham, seceding, Resolved, That by these presents we DIS SOX.VÜ all connection with the masonic fra 'erniti/, and all masonic connections of what is callt 'tî the "mytic tie," and that we pledge Yourselves each and every one of us not to call an y man right worshipful nor brother on ac count of his heing'a freemason. The committee of finance made report that -they had attended to the duties assigned them, 'land state that the funds of the lodge consist in bank 3tock ia 'he different banks in Port ,and to 'he amount of twelve hundred dollars, and from individuals, secured by mortgages luffon real estate, including iotercst thereon, i ' fi • ft ' : " , hundred and , jWteri and ninety-one cents, making in the whole twenty 3< : ven hundred and twenty-five dollars and ?">ety-one cents on the 4th inst. and the J,!W ' 1 * , and . fu , rnitur « of tlle lodge we a ' ooc hundred and fifteen dollars. And that th r lod 8 e is indebted for haU rent ' U « ht9 ' and refreshments, forty-three dollars and forty - | el 8 ht cents, which becomes due on the first day , ex authorised to act as a special agent, in col lecting and receiving the money from the banks in Portland—Mr. C. of W. seceeding. Voted , That a copy of our proceedings be forwarded to the editors of the 4i Main Free Press," by which they are legally authorized to dyaw on Mr. Champberlin or either of the aforementioned committee for payment of their bills. Votcd, That the advertisement of our sale at auction , of the furniture of the late Harmony Lodge, in Gorham, county of Cumberland, State of Maine, be inserted m the "Maine Free Press" from the receipt of these presents to time of sale. qf Janusy yxG-which report was on mo *jon voted OTanimouslv accepted On motiôn, Voted, That the Said commute! ibe authorized to collect the debts due the lodge, by-commencing suits at October term, against which are already due, who do not pay Previous tothat timc-Mr. Campbell of Wind Voted, That the said committee be autho/ tied to appropriate fifty dollars of said sum as soon as collected, and subscribe for twenty, f lve copies of the •> Main Frie Press," printed in Hallowell, Me., to be forwarded to Obed „ r.nrhim _ Mr Campbell of Wind 1 . 'line ' P , the editors of the " Maine Free That the editors ot Hie ' c ' ntaining these pl esen ts to each j n P Main New-Hampshire. Massachu S* v . ■ *, , wo conics to se 3 office, in Maine and forward their ^ 4 'Pf c ' m^^r navment -Mn " _c,ii _r Windham seceditm a P , hundred dollars be ap ' ■ . o ' „ xncllses 0 f a 1JELE P ®1L.„ / ANTI MASONIC held at Baltimorc CONVEN HO!N to be helat BaUimorc the de • i , f«nvi*ntinn Mr JjS® * n rr#»nfrH rnnkincr an nnhronriate * 1 P > 1 S PP P a p at f Ö ^«'„^"^"^"^/october next; sale to D » T co ™ r "'? ce . I 2 t *"° ° , k , , \ , , ,e. **4 nur 8 ra jJ ° ( 8 e ° 4 , * t (unda and charter when we cease to_me « Mg* of free and accepted mos®«:—therefore, to manifest our utter abhorrence of such un constitutional laws, and assert our right to our own property, we offer our CHARTER to any ?'" l 'S m ""£™ sen * at HAL ii . K 1 Uf 1 HE COST. No one offering roRTY cents i tnereof, Hwas therefore Voted, 1 hat we include the charter in the \f u gfi ur f, at t *' e a " c,10n sale—Mr. Champbell of Windham seceding, On motion, Voted, That the secretary be requested to write to the secretary of the Adomram Lodge t ' 1at we have dissolved our connection with all freemasons, and advise them to "go and do likewise." Voted, That Mr. Benjamin Champberlin be time of sale. Voted, That we dissolve this meeting NEVER TO MEET AGAIN in the chnr-jand acter of free and accepted masons of Harmony Lodge in Gorham; which was unanimous. Signed in behalf the late Harmonv Lodge. OBÈD GAMMON, Late Master of Harmony Lodçe. Attest, WILLIAM NEWCOMB. Late Secretary of Harmony Loùgc, Gorham , Aug. 17. 1831. s A. is . ., The following letter was addressed by Elias Hicks in answer to one that was received from; Mr. Darlington, a member of the Antimasonic committee of Chester, Pa. Poughkeepsie, 7th mo. 18/A, 1829. Respected Friend. —Thine of the 4th inst. came duly to hand; and although thou art un der a mistake as it supposes my being a mem her of the Masonic Society, vet as thou soli cits my opinion on that subject, I feel disposed to give thee my views thereon. And Ist, I can assure thee I am nota Free-mason, neither have I ever been one, neither have I ever been the solicited by any of that Order to join that In apprise!stitution, having always, since I heard of it, felt a settled aversion to it, as supposing it only and consisted in a club of ordinary men, wdio, ul - der pretence of having found a secret that none day knew but themselves, and by which they would ThefbUowing is the advertisement of the auction. To be Sold at Public Vendue, at the late Masons' Hall, in Gorham Village, on Satur day the first day of October next, at two of the clock Pi M. three mahogany PEDESTALS; two bird's eye WRITING DESKS; three hogany CHAIRS, elegantly bronzed; siz first rate PARLOUR CHAIRS; three SOFAS; four SET'rEES. which can accommodate ten per sons each; two BALLOT-BOXES, with ivory drawers; one MASTER'S MALLET, hooped with silver; ten RED SILK VELVET COL LARS, trimed with gold lace, with silver jewels plated with gold; one SILKEN CORD weighing one pound seven and ounces, used as a CABLE TOW; twenty-four BRASS LAMPS; six pairs SNUFFERS and TRAYSi one BRASS FIRE-SET complete, with sundry other articles. ma A half DAVID LIBBY, Auct'r Gorham, Me. Aug. 17, 1831. ELIAS HICK'S OPINION OF MASONRY. be exalted itt eôme ennobling virtue beyond 'mankind: all which I considered to be but a mere sham, to blind the eye3 of the weak and credulous, and that their meetings were only scenes of vulgar amusement, like other assem-» blies of that nature, &c., and that the institu tion was altogether inimical to moral virtue and Christian religion. And I apprehend X had sufficient evidence to establish these views: as I nad knowledge of divers worthy men, who had been members of that institution, wlro, when they felt their minds religiously inclin ed, found it their duty and interest to quit these associations: sonVe of whom assured me, their full belief, that no man could be a Christian and a freemason at the same time. But I had stronger evidence than this, founded ort my own judgment, when I took à full view of the subject. For, in the first place, they hâve discarded one half the human family from partaking the least benefit from the institution, even if it possible that any benefit could be derived from it; by which they also divest themselves of all real human feelings, for if they have the best of the female race for their companions, yet they bind thert\Selves by the worst of oaths never to let them have the least participation of any part or share of the pleasures, the profits, or amusements, that they themselves enjoy in their secret conclave. Do we want any higher evidence of its opposition to Christian religion, and every Christian and moral virtue, all which must be founded on pure, undefiled love? Is not this view of the subject enough, if rightly considered, to raise a just degree of abhorrence against such an institution, in the mind of eve ry rational social being? And when we .add thereto, the abominable Oaths that must be ta ken to introduce one into the society, never to divulge the secrets of Masonry;—and this to he done without knowing what that secret is, whether it binds us to a band of robbers, or tö rise up whfcn opportunity offers, and de stroy the civil and free institutions of cur conn* try, and take the power into our own hands, unite Church and State, and establish an In quisition; or any thing else, cither good or bad, toe know »öl what! In this correct view of the subject, I have been astonished to think how any men of common sense should have ever given up to embark in such an Institution, un der such degrading conditions ; by which they make themselves bound-slaves for live, as they dare not come out and tell the truth of the mat ter, although it might be productive of ever so great a good, or prevbht a real evil; and rtoth ing but death can deliver them from this bon dage, which they have brought upon thern selves by their own folly. Can such oaths, be bindirig on rational creatures, and free agents? I say hot. They,are so inconsistent and de rogatory to every species of justice, mercy, and of truth, that they destroy themselves, ana can not be binding on any rational intellectual bc at ing. And what a noble act it would be, if the Masonic brethren Would unite in the same nriind, and make a public declaration of the whole system of Masonry; as nothing has to made those oaths binding but themselves! As they are altogether of tneir own making and creating, so they can readily do them away, chnr-jand destroy all their binding force, as were For it chnr-jand destroy all their binding force, I For it must be evidently clear to every man of under standing in this enlightened age, that the insti tution is a great nuisance in a government like ours, and tends to counteract that virtuous mo rality and holy religion that can only adorn such a nation as this. Therefore, the sooner it is done away and abolished, the better for our beloved country. N. B. I will now inform thee bow the pub lic tnind has been misled, and brought to ac count me a Freemason ;—I have a kinsman, re sident in the city of NeW York, bv the of Elias Hick 9 , who, I have been informed is a Master in the Masonic Society, and his let ters have come to me through mistake, to that, there have some 1 looks and papers ac cidentally fallen into my hands, treating on the Masonic Order ; all which has tended to in crease my aversion to that Order. And having oftentimes, for thirty years or more, been led to bear my testimony against the Institution, by which I have offended some of their mem bers, and in one instance, a Master in that So ciety. many years since; and he, to convince me that I had borne too hard upon them, sent me a sermon, preached for them, by an Epis copal minister, on the day of parade, called John the Baptist's Day; which sermon tended still more to increase my aversion thereto. This sermon I answered, showing the contra dictory nature of Masonry to the Christian re ligion. And having, as above observed, met with that which gave a clue to some of their works of darkness, which I brought to estab lish my position ; this put them to silence, and led them to observe that I must have been a Mason, or I could not have known so much of their secrets. But this was entirely a mistake; and I have always had such aversion to the Order, that I have never seen the inside of a Freemason's Lodge, nor felt any desire or curiosity so to do. If this information affords any satisfaction to thee and thy friends, you may have the dis posal of it in your own discretion. With due respect, I rest thy assured friend. name Add ELIAS HICKS. "Whilst fortune continues favourable, you have always the countenance of friends; but when she changes, they can turn their backs in shameful flight."