While coroner Nicholas Chesebro led one group of sixty-nine Masons in deliberating the fate of Morgan, constable Jesse French led another group of sixty-seven Masons in an attempted destruction of Miller’s print shop, as well as the kidnapping and planned murder of Miller. Like Morgan, Miller was a Mason, albeit only an Entered Apprentice (1st degree). Yet, the attitude of Masons toward Miller was the same as that toward the high-degree Morgan. Miller must also be killed. Following are some quotes of Masons concerning the fate of Miller:
In Buffalo a politician said he was astonished Miller had been permitted to go so far in printing the book; that if he should come to Buffalo, there were twenty Masons willing to take his life in less than half an hour.
In Leroy a physician and former sheriff of the county declared at a public table, “The book should be suppressed, if it cost everyone of us our lives.”
In Batavia a Mason holding a respectable office declared, “Miller’s office will not stand there long.” Two Batavia justices of the peace (both Masons), left town on the day Miller’s print shop was to be leveled. As they boarded the stage, one justice turned to a citizen and said in the presence of the other justice, “I should not be surprised if when I return to Batavia I find Miller’s office leveled with the ground.” The citizen asked, “Do you two think such proceedings against Miller right?” The second justice answered with a smirk, “If you found a man abusing your marriage bed, would you have recourse to the law, or take a club and beat his brains out?”
The conspiracy against Miller actually began before the conspiracy against Morgan. In the early summer of 1826, rumors began to spread in the town of Batavia that Miller, a newspaper publisher in town, was planning to print Morgan’s book. The rumor excited no one but Masons, who avowed that the suppression of the work was determined at all costs.
Their first attack was an attempt to bankrupt Miller. A large number of subscribers to his paper suddenly withdrew their subscriptions, followed by numerous lawsuits against Miller to enforce the payment of small debts. The collection of these debts was done in a manner so as to embarrass Miller.
This failing, Freemasonry’s second attempt was to infiltrate his business and steal the manuscript to Morgan’s book. The Mason selected for the task was well known for his skill in deception. His name was Daniel Johns, a Knights Templar who lived about fifty miles from Batavia.
About the middle of August, Mr. Johns appeared in Batavia and lodged at one of the public houses. The next morning he presented himself before Miller, proposing that he assist the printer in the publication of the book, offering to advance any sum of money that might be needed in the venture. Johns was accepted and received into Miller’s confidence. Within days Johns absconded with the manuscript.
Miller, a shrewd man himself, had prepared for such an occasion. When contracting with Capt. Morgan, he had the captain write four copies of the manuscript. Two were to remain at the captain’s home – one visible and one hidden in a straw mattress. Two were to be held at Miller’s office, one visible and the other likewise hidden. Johns absconded only with the visible copy.
When Miller proceeded to print Morgan’s book, only then did the Masons learn that there was another manuscript. They supposed it to be hidden either at Morgan’s house, or at the printing office, and made plans to get it.
One Saturday evening in August, when Captain Morgan was away, three Masons (Johnson Goodwill, Daniel H. Dana, and Thomas McCully) were sent to the Captain’s home to find the manuscript. As Mrs. Morgan opened the door, Goodwill and Dana, without permission or ceremony, brushed her aside and proceeded upstairs to rummage among the trunks, boxes, drawers and every other place where it was probable the manuscript might be found. McCully remained downstairs to keep Mrs. Morgan from sounding an alarm. They left without the papers, unaware they were hidden in the straw mattress.
Upon hearing of the unwelcome intrusion on Mrs. Morgan, Miller anticipated the Masons might attack his office, so he set up a fortification. When the Masons learned of the printer’s defense, they planned to burn the building to the ground, capture Miller and kill him along with Morgan.
Miller’s office was in a wooden building. Occupying the ground floor was a family of ten. Upstairs was the print shop, with sleeping quarters for six employees. The reckless determination of the Lodge to burn out Miller gave no concern for these sixteen souls, nor for the villagers, for had the fire made much headway, a considerable portion of the town would have been consumed.
The arsonist was Freemason Richard Howard of Buffalo, a bookbinder by trade. Howard’s plan was to implicate John Mann, a blacksmith from Buffalo, by having him purchase the ingredients to torch Miller’s office. The blacksmith declined, so Howard purchased a keg of turpentine himself, which purchase later tied him to the crime.
Howard took a late stage to Batavia and arrived in the city on Sunday night, 9/10, the evening before Morgan’s 9/11 capture. Howard immediately went to Miller’s office, splashed turpentine on the siding directly under the stairs leading to the printing apartment above, then soaked cotton balls and straw with turpentine and scattered them around the foundation.
Anticipating trouble, Miller had earlier set a watch on the print shop. Almost immediately after the flame was lit it was discovered and quickly extinguished. Howard was chased by one of the lookouts and barely escaped. When he was later implicated in the crime, he never stood trial, for he mysteriously disappeared. It was believed he had been spirited out of the country by Freemasons and lived the rest of his life in a foreign land, leaving behind his wife and children.
Failing in their attempt to burn out Miller, the Masons planned to take the print shop by force, level the building, destroy the printing press, capture Miller and kill him. The Lodge at Batavia informed the Lodge at Buffalo that Tuesday, Sept. 12 would be the perfect day, since the two local justices of the peace were scheduled to stand as witnesses before a justice of the peace in a neighboring town. The only official left in Batavia was the sheriff, and he was one of them.
Meanwhile, on September 9/11 Captain William Morgan failed to return home to his 23-year-old wife and two small children. Early Tuesday morning, September 12, Mrs. Morgan sent for Sheriff William R. Thompson to inquire of her husband’s whereabouts. The sheriff informed her that Morgan had been arrested for stealing a shirt and tie, that he believed it was a pretense to spirit him out of town and kill him. Mrs. Morgan, knowledgeable of the manuscript hidden in the straw mattress, offered to give it up in return for the release of her husband. The sheriff accepted and took the manuscript to a Mason named George Ketchum, who in turn took the papers to the Masons in Rochester. Morgan, however, was not released.
At about high noon that same day, while the sheriff was visiting with Mrs. Morgan over her husband’s fate, and while the two justices of the peace were officiating in a neighboring village, a crowd of sixty-seven men suddenly appeared from all directions in the little town of Batavia. Nearly all were carrying clubs or sticks newly cut. So as not to be recognized, each dressed alike. Leading them was constable Jesse French.
French selected six of the ruffians and together went to Miller’s office, and in a rude and violent manner arrested him under the pretense of having a warrant. They carried Miller to a neighboring village where he was illegally confined in a Masonic Lodge room, assaulted and threatened with the fate of Morgan. By the assistance of friends and his own intrepidity, Miller escaped. Meanwhile, the citizens at Batavia, hearing of Miller’s capture, surrounded his office with weapons in hand. Gradually, the crowd of Masons disbursed.
These outrages extended over six counties. In this alarming emergency, the agents of government were paralyzed. The public institutions and provisions for the preservation of tranquility and the repression of crime seemed worthless. Therefore, in a move unprecedented in our nation’s history, and in defiance of the most malignant, persevering, and ingenious counteraction by Freemasons, the citizens of New York took the matter into their own hands. At great expense of their own time and money, they suspended their private concerns and gave themselves up to all the labors of a complicated investigation. At every turn they met obstruction to justice. They could obtain no involuntary testimony; they received no assistance from public office; and in their travels their lives were endangered. Still they went on fearlessly and successfully – inquiring cautiously but persistently into all the circumstances of these most revolting crimes. Their sole purpose was to obtain enough evidence to be effective for the judicial exposure and punishment of the offenders. Yet, all the while their motives were venomously slandered and their conduct belied in the Masonic-controlled press. Such tenacity on the part of these citizens is indicative of the safety, and prophetic of the perpetuity of our free institutions.
In the end the citizen investigators uncovered enough evidence to bring charges against individual Masons and the Masonic Institution as a whole. However, the sheriffs in all the counties in which these deeds of violence against Morgan had been committed, whose duty it was under the laws of New York to select and summon the grand juries, were all Freemasons. Several had themselves been party to the crime. Hence, they did not hesitate to make use of their power as officers of justice to screen the criminals from conviction. The jurors were most of them Masons, with some of them participants in the crimes into which it became their civil duty to inquire.
Five years were consumed in attempting to obtain a legal conviction of the various offenders, but to no avail. Some of the suspected persons indeed stood trial. But it was a mockery of justice, for the secret obligation prevailed in the jury box. Consequently, they were one and all rescued in the moment of their utmost need. Others vanished from the scene and eluded pursuit even to the farthest limits of the United States. The Masonic coroner, the one most guilty of perpetuating these offenses, was tracked to a Lodge in New York City. From there the citizen investigators discovered that Masons in that city secreted him aboard a vessel below the harbor and sent him to a foreign land, leaving his wife and children behind.
Important witnesses were carried off at the moment their evidence was indispensable, and placed beyond the jurisdiction of the State. Those who were called to testify, and actually sat on the stand, stood doggedly mute. Others placed themselves entirely under the guidance of legal advisers employed to protect them from incriminating themselves. All the while, distant Lodges responded favorably to the call for aid in the defense of their accused brethren by forwarding sums of money for their legal liabilities.
The sixty-nine Masons who actually participated in the abduction and murder of Captain William Morgan gradually dropped out of sight. So well hidden were they that it was the belief of all who were knowledgeable of these events that they lived and died outside of the United States, secure from every danger of legal punishment. Twenty-two years after the fact, one of the three who actually murdered Morgan made a deathbed confession, which is printed in detail in Finney’s book on pp. 6-10.
Persons engaged in these outrages were either Royal Arch Masons at the time of their crimes, or made so shortly after. As such, they were obligated by oath to conceal and never reveal the crimes of brother Masons, treason and murder not excepted. Should they disobey, they knew the consequences. Hence, Masons called as witnesses perjured themselves. Others were excused from testifying by alleging they would incriminate themselves. And yet, all those who were guilty of participating in the offenses were praised by the Fraternity as heroes of fidelity to their duty, and victims to the prejudices of their fellow citizens. To their dying day, they were still retained as worthy and cherished members of their beloved Fraternity.
One faithful and able state officer, whose lawful duty was to investigate these offences, officially reported on the proceedings in which he had been in charge:
Difficulties that never occurred in any other prosecution have been met at every step. Witnesses have been secreted: they have been sent off into Canada, and into different states of the Union. They have been apprised of process being issued to compel their attendance, and have been thereby enabled to evade its service. In one instance, after a party implicated had been arrested and brought into this state, he was decoyed from the custody of the individual having him in charge, and finally escaped. These occurrences have been so numerous and various as to forbid the belief that they are the result of individual effort alone; and they have evinced the concert of so many agents as to indicate an extensive combination to screen from punishment those charged with a participation in the offences upon William Morgan.
The irony of all ironies is that shortly following the ransacking of Mrs. Morgan’s house by three Masons, and the murder of her husband by three other Masons, benevolent Freemasonry came to her financial aid. James Ganson, who was directly involved with the abduction of her husband, visited Mrs. Morgan, assuring her that the Lodge was making arrangements for her support, that she would be well-provided for, that her children would be sent to school as soon as they were old enough.
After Freemasonry determined how Mrs. Morgan and her children were to be cared for, they appointed Thomas McCully to deliver the message. McCully, you recall, was one of the three Masons who had earlier bullied their way into her house, ransacking it in their attempt to find the manuscript to her husband’s book. Now benevolent McCully informs Mrs. Morgan, “Freemasonry has raised support for your family, and has provided board for you and your children at a public tavern in the village.” The tavern was the same where her husband had been detained after his arrest.
Six months after the murder of her husband, Henry Brown of Batavia, who was Grand Commander of the Knights Templar at LeRoy, New York, called on Mrs. Morgan and handed her a bag containing silver dollars that had been collected from the various Lodges throughout the state.
Her distress of mind and unprotected situation did not sway her to bow to their hypocritical benevolence. Without hesitation she said, “I shall accept no assistance from the Masons.” Several years later Mrs. Morgan was provided for when she became the first wife of former Freemason Joseph Smith — founder of Mormonism.
During “The Morgan Affair,” the ends of justice were defeated by the oath of Freemasonry, which came in conflict with the duty to society and to God, and succeeded in setting it aside. Gradually, the opposition to Masonry became more and more political and the Anti-Masonic Party was formed.
“The Morgan Affair” triggers the Second Great Awakening
At the turn of the 19th century, a quarter century before these Masonic atrocities, Almighty God had once again set up His standard in America to put the Masonic enemy to flight and bring revival to our land. Men, such as Francis Asbury, the first bishop of the Methodist Church in America, with Peter Cartwright, Timothy Dwight, and Lyman Beecher, led the way to the Second Great Awakening. The most eminent figure and symbol of this awakening was former Mason Charles G. Finney (1792-1875), who, after becoming a Christian in 1824, renounced his affiliation with the Lodge and two years later began preaching, bringing great revival to the Eastern States. His meetings were characterized by deep and open mourning over sin. After Morgan’s murder Finney included repentance from Masonry wherever he went, resulting in thousands of Masons renouncing their oaths after receiving Christ as Savior. Because of these experiences, it has been agreed by many that Finney wrote the textbook on revival.
Recall Christ’s promise to the evangelical Philadelphia Church, “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” (Rev. 3:9).
This promise suggests the submission of a “synagogue of Satan” to the preaching of the evangelical church. Such submission can only be God-sent and God-controlled, causing the synagogue of Satan (those who say they are Jews and are not), to bow in shame before the work of evangelism.
What group during the Second Great Awakening might be identified as the synagogue of Satan? The answer comes from three sources: (1) Masonic authorities; (2) Holy Scripture; and (3) theologians.
Our first Masonic authority is 33rd degree Albert Pike, the most important figure of 19th century Masonry. Before joining the Lodge in 1850, Pike was first a member of the Illuminati, which had infiltrated Freemasonry four decades before “The Morgan Affair.” In his 1871 Masonic publication, Morals and Dogma, Pike documents that rituals in the Scottish Rite (degrees 4-33) were acquired from the Jewish Cabala (also Kabalah or Kabala):
All truly dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabalah and return to it: everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of all the illuminati…is borrowed from the Kabalah; all Masonic associations owe to it their secrets and their symbols.
The Kabalah alone consecrates the alliance of the Universal Reason and the Divine Word; it establishes, by the counterpoises of two forces apparently opposite, the eternal balance of being; it alone reconciles Reason with Faith, Power with Liberty, Science with Mystery; it has the keys of the Present, the Past, and the Future.
Masonry is a search after Light. That search leads us directly back, as you see, to the Kabalah. In that ancient and little understood medley of absurdity and philosophy, the Initiate will find the source of many doctrines; and may in time come to understand the Hermetic philosophers, the Alchemists, all the Anti-papal Thinkers of the Middle Ages….
Thus was a second Bible born, unknown to, or rather uncomprehended by, the Christians….
Since the Scottish Rite rituals come from the Jewish Cabala, the Scottish Rite is known as the Jewish Rite of Freemasonry. Because of this, the second Masonic authority, 33rd degree Albert G. Mackey explains the Jewish character of Gentile Masons in Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry:
“Each Lodge is and must be a symbol of the Jewish Temple; each Master in the chair representing the Jewish King; and every Freemason a personation of the Jewish Workman.”
If gentile initiates, who make up the bulk of membership in the Scottish Rite, claim to be Jews and clearly are not, does this not support the first portion of the three-source equation, that the Masonic Lodge is a counterfeit synagogue?
Source two of the three-source equation prompts the question, “Is this counterfeit synagogue a satanic order?” The answer is found in Scripture, the source of our second confirmation. Jesus Christ, speaking in Matthew 5:33-37, informs us from where sworn oaths come:
Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
In Greek, the word “evil” can be translated “the devil.” Therefore, the taking of oaths, according to Jesus Christ, comes from the devil, or Satan.
James, the brother of Jesus, wrote in James 5:12 “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and you nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”
In Greek, the word “condemnation” can also be translated “deceit” or “hypocrisy.” It comes from a primitive root word, which means, “to be covertly placed in an inferior position.” Fairly translated, Christians who take Masonic oaths are hypocrites, who permit themselves to be deceived.
Conclusion: If Masonry requires the taking of oaths, which it does, then according to Scripture these oaths are of Satan. And if Masonry claims to pattern its lodges after the Jewish temple, which it does, then there can be little doubt that Masonic Lodges qualify as synagogues of Satan.
Source three of the three-source equation comes from two theologians. In 1961 the Roman Curia, the supreme government of the Vatican, published The Plot Against The Church, a book in which Catholics were warned that Scottish Rite Freemasonry is the synagogue of Satan spoken of by Jesus Christ, and that its agents were planning to infiltrate the Catholic Church during Vatican II. This book also states that Pope Clement XII declared in 1738 that the Masonic lodge is “the synagogue of Satan.”
The second theologian is former 33rd degree Mason Dr. Jonathan Blanchard, preaching companion with Finney, and president of Wheaton College in mid-1800s. Following Morgan’s example of exposing the Blue Lodge degrees, Blanchard exposed all 33 degrees of Freemasonry in a two-volume work entitled, Scottish Rite Masonry Illustrated. In that work he stated, “Every lodge is a Synagogue of Satan and its ritual is Sorcery.”
Dedication of Solomon’s Temple is re-enacted by Brooklyn Royal Arch Masons, Orient Chapter 138. This ritual, never before photographed, is part of a ceremony awarding Most Excellent Master degree to prospective Royal Arch Masons. High Priest of Jews (center) kneels before cherubim-decorated Ark of the Covenant flanked by members of the Jewish tribes. King Solomon stands before Bible (background) surrounded by princes, workmen and court attendants. Life Magazine, p. 105, Oct. 8, 1956
Rev. 2:9 and 3:9
“them of the synagogue of Satan,
which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie.”
Jesus said to the evangelical Philadelphia Church (which some Bible scholars believe is headquartered in America), “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.”
In Greek, the phrase “worship before thy feet,” can be translated, “to prostrate oneself in homage.” Did Freemasonry submit to the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ following the Morgan Affair? Did Masons come and worship before the feet of evangelicals? Charles G. Finney gives the answer, which can be read in more detail on page 179 in his book:
Before the publishing of Morgan’s book, the Baptist denomination…had been greatly carried away by Freemasonry. A large proportion of its eldership and membership were Freemasons. A considerable number of ministers and members of other branches of the Christian Church had also fallen into the snare. The murder of Wm. Morgan and the publication of Masonry…broke upon the churches…like a clap of thunder from a clear sky. The facts were such, the revelations were so clear, that the Baptist denomination backed down, and took the lead in renouncing and denouncing the institution. Their elders and associated churches, almost universally, passed resolutions disfellowshipping adhering Masons… Now it is worthy of all consideration and remembrance, that God set the seal of His approbation [approval] upon the action taken by those churches at that time, by pouring out His Spirit upon them.
Great revivals immediately followed…In 1830 the greatest revival spread over this [land] that had ever been known in this or any other country.
As you shall read in Finney’s book, when God’s Word was delivered, Masons by the thousands rushed to the altars, repented and bowed before the feet of evangelicals and worshipped God. This may have been in fulfillment of Christ’s prophecy to the Philadelphia Church in America: “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan…to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” (Rev. 3:9).
As a result of these revivals, great conventions were called by thousands of repentant Masons, who made public confessions of their relation to the institution, and openly renounced Freemasonry. The proceedings of these conventions, part of which you have just read, were published everywhere, and Masons attending the conventions returned home and made public their Masonic oaths.
As revival swept the northern states, so ashamed were Masons of their institution that Freemasonry was almost universally renounced. Of the 50,000 Masons in America in 1826, a total of 45,000 had by 1830 turned their backs on the Lodge, resulting in the suspension of 2,000 lodges.
This was the America visited in 1831 by French statesman, Alexis de Tocqueville, who afterwards returned to France and reported, “It was there [in the Churches] as I listened to the soul-elevating principle 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…. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
America was good in those days because repentance and salvation was preached during two Great Awakenings (1739-1750 and 1824-1835). As a result, tens of thousands of sinners responded, including 45,000 Masons.
Civil War — Retaliation of Freemasonry
Freemasonry, however, was not dead. Of the original 50,000 Masons in our land prior to the Morgan Affair, the remaining 5,000 went underground to plan a strategy for Freemasonry’s comeback. The result was Civil War!
As documented earlier, Masonic partiality means success in this present world. To a soldier it means protection during war. In the Masonic book entitled, 10,000 Famous Freemasons, Freemason William Denslow informs us of Freemasonry’s comeback during our Civil War:
“By 1860 New York had 432 lodges and 25,000 members, 10,000 more than before the Morgan Affair. In 1861, the year the Civil War began, the nationwide count of Freemasons had grown to 200,000. During the war over a hundred military lodges were formed. By the end of the war, there were 500,000 Masons throughout America.”
Vol. 3 of Scarlet and the Beast documents Freemasonry’s total complicity with planning our Civil War. Among evidence presented is the Fraternity’s offer of its Lodges as military recruitment centers for the express purpose of increasing Masonic membership devastated by the “Morgan Affair.” Scarlet and the Beast and the Finney book can both be ordered from the Order Page on the left side of our web page at http://www.scarletandthebeast.com/right.htm.
Third Great Awakening
Almighty God is never taken by surprise. He preempted our Civil War by nearly three years with the Third Great Awakening of 1857. This Awakening was triggered with a prayer meeting in New York City. Within a year evangelism swept the Northeast. After our Civil War evangelism continued, resulting in the greatest missionary movement this world has ever known.
A survey conducted in 1975 by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and reported at its annual Council that same year, states that "The greatest missionary movement of all time has been sustained by the United States of America, whose churches have either traditionally sent or supported 95 percent of the world's missionaries."
Truly in America was headquartered the prophetic Philadelphia Church. But alas, since the end of WWII, America has lost its goodness, and Christians have turned lukewarm toward our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
This was the plan of Freemasonry. The EPILOG of Finney’s book, entitled “Freemasonry’s Retaliation Against the Church,” documents that in 1889 a world council of Masons met in Paris, France to plan a strategy to weaken the Church in America. Their plan was to turn the Church “materialistic.” Thirteen years later, in the year 1913, Freemasonry was ready to infiltrate the Church. The date set was exactly 100 years after the 1826 Morgan Affair. During the month of January 1926, Freemasonry gave the order for every Mason in America to join a local church and “liberalize it, modernize it and render it aggressive and efficient” for Masonic use.
For more FREE reading on the result of Freemasonry’s 1926 infiltration of America’s churches, visit our website at http://www.scarletandthebeast.com/right.htm. There you will discover the heartrending accounts of four Pastors who experienced the terrorist wrath of Freemasons in their churches when these men of God preached Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation.
Meanwhile, live righteously, witness constantly, and pray hard until