الأحد، 1 مايو، 2011

9/11 Masonic Terrorism in Early America

The 9/11 Masonic Capture & Subsequent Terrorist

Murder of Capt. William Morgan in the year 1826

© 2002 by John Daniel



Taken from the INTRODUCTION of:

“The Character, Claims and Practical Workings of Freemasonry”
by Rev. Charles G. Finney

First published in 1869

Republished with this additional “Introduction” in 1998

If you want a PDF version of this article adjusted for a three ring notebook, click here.

Footnote documentation of this historic event is in the above book by Finney.
Finney’s book can be ordered at www.scarletandthebeast.com


Revival In America


Early in 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), a famous French statesman, received official permission from the French government to travel to the United States to study the reason behind America’s greatness. After having spent nine months in our land, he returned and delivered the following report to the French Parliament:



I went at your bidding and passed through their thorough-fares of trade; I ascended their mountains and went down their valleys; I visited their manufactories, their commercial markets and emporiums of trade; I entered their judicial courts and legislative halls; but I sought everywhere in vain until I entered the Church. It was there as I listened to the soul-elevating principles of the Gospel of Christ, as they fell from Sabbath to Sabbath upon the masses of the people, that I learned why America was great and free and why France was a slave.

America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.



Tocqueville visited America during our nation’s Second Great Awakening, when pulpits were aflame with the gospel of repentance and salvation. Very significant were the thousands of Masons who flocked to church altars to renounce their Masonic oaths and receive Christ as Savior. Evangelist Charles Finney specifically included repentance from Freemasonry in his preaching and saw this action as a precursor to revival. America was experiencing revival amidst the Anti-Masonic Movement.

Little or no mention is made in our history books of the Anti-Masonic Movement, which formed the Anti-Masonic Party in 1827. The Random House Dictionary of the English Language gives a sketchy definition:



Anti-Masonic party, U.S. Hist. A former political party (1826-35) that opposed Freemasonry in civil affairs.



Anti-Mason, U.S. Hist. A member of the Anti-Masonic party or a supporter of its principles.



The Encyclopaedia Britannica gives a broader view of the Anti-Masonic Movement than do the dictionaries, yet it, too, holds to the media standard of reporting only part of the facts. We shall let the Britannica speak for itself before we tell the complete story.



In U.S. history, the Anti-Masonic Movement reflected a long-standing suspicion of secret fraternal orders, culminating in the political activities of the Anti-Masonic Party (1827-36). The movement was touched off in 1826 in western New York by the mysterious disappearance of William Morgan, a Freemason who had prepared for publication a book revealing the secrets of the Order of the Masons. Charged with stealing and indebtedness, Morgan was imprisoned and then reportedly kidnapped shortly after his release. He was never heard from afterward, and it was widely thought that he had been murdered. After prolonged investigation… the press, churches, temperance and antislavery elements joined in condemning the apparent “murder.”

When 15 Anti-Masonic candidates were elected to the New York Assembly in 1827, the dynamic political nature of the issue was recognized and the anti-Masonic Party was organized. National conventions met at Philadelphia in 1830 and at Baltimore in 1831, the latter to nominate [renounced Mason] William Wirt, former U.S. attorney general, as a presidential candidate. By this time the movement had spread across the Middle Atlantic States and into New England, usually through church, temperance, and anti-slavery channels.

The Anti-Masonic national nominating convention in Baltimore, with 13 states represented by 116 Anti-Masons, was the first of its kind in…U.S. Politics. The convention required a special three-fourths majority rather than a simple majority to nominate, a precedent followed by the Democrats in subsequent national conventions for more than a century. The convention system has been used since by the major U.S. political parties.

The Anti-Masonic Party won a large number of Congressional seats in 1832, but thereafter internal improvements and the protective tariff became the major issues. By late in the decade, Anti-Masonic agitation had been largely superseded by anti-slavery activities, and remnants of the party merged with the newly formed Whig Party in 1838.



After the “Morgan Affair,” when John Quincy Adams learned of these odious Masonic Obligations and partialities during his Presidency, he united his National Republican Party with the Anti-Masonic Party, which union became the Whig Party in 1838. In 1845, he wrote of Freemasonry, “A more perfect agent for the devising and execution of conspiracies against church or state could scarcely have been conceived.”

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