Captain Morgan of Batavia New York was the first person to reveal some of the inner secrets of Freemasonry, which resulted in the Masons murdering him. He revealed the initiation rites of the lower degrees or the Blue Degrees, which included rituals, passwords, and secret oaths. William T. Still wrote in his book New World Order: “The concern over the influence of secret societies in the United States grew steadily until an anti-Masonic explosion erupted in 1826, after the murder of one Captain William Morgan, of Batavia New York. Morgan was killed by Masons shortly after obtaining a copyright for an expose on Masonry. Morgan’s crime was that he was the first to publish the complete rituals, including the oaths and secret passwords of the first three degrees of Masonry, known as the Blue Lodge (p. 98).”
Now Captain Morgan’s book touched off a firestorm. According to William T. Still in 1826 there were 50,000 Masons in America. After the publishing of this book 45,000 left the Masons and resulted in as many 2,000 lodges closing between 1830-1840. As the result of this scandal, a political party called the Anti-Mason party was formed. It got 130,000 votes in the 1832 presidential election and carryied the state of Vermont. William T. Still quoted William J. Whalen’s writing in 1958, who explained: “…Rhode Island and Vermont passed laws against blood oaths. Thousands of Masons burned their aprons. In a few years time, membership in the New York lodges dropped from 30,000 to 300 as a direct result of the Morgan incident( p. 108).”
Two states, New York and Massachusetts, began an investigation of the Masons. The findings of these states showed the power the Masons had over the press at this time and the influence of the Masons in the political arena. Bill Still lists their findings below:
• The New York State Senate in 1829 began an investigation of the Masons. Its findings revealed that Masonry was “composed of powerful and wealthy men whose members held office in almost “every place where any importance.” They also criticized the role of the press, thereof, saying the press had been “...silent as the grave. This proclaimed sentinel of freedom, has felt or has been smitten with the rod of its power.”
• Five years later, in 1834, a joint Committee of the Massachusetts legislature investigated the Craft. “It found that Freemasonry was a distinct independent government within our own government, and beyond the control of the laws of the land by means of its secrecy.”
It there is any doubt of the Masons’ influence in this country an incident with one the U.S. President should clarify the point. This incident is not in most history books. If it is, the most important facts are left out. The U.S. Congress tried to impeach President Andrew Johnson because he pardoned Albert Pike, who was a General in the Southern Army when they fought against the North in the Civil War.
After the Civil War, Pike was tried for treason, found guilty, and sent to jail. Many of the Mason brothers used their influence to get Pike pardoned for he was the Grand Master of the Southern District. Now President Andrew Johnson, being a Mason, pardoned Pike April 22, 1867, but did not inform the press for nine months. Because of the Anti-Mason fervor in this country, Congress impeached President Johnson in March 1867. During this impeachment hearing President Johnson, Albert Pike and General Granger had a meeting for three hours in the White House. The General was summoned by the house Judiciary Committee and asked about this meeting. William Still’s book stated that the General said the following. “They [President Johnson and Pike] talked a great deal about Masonry. More about that than anything else. And from what they talked about between them ... I understood from the conversation that the President was [Pike’s] subordinate in Masonry (p. 123).”
Shortly thereafter, President Johnson was given the fourth through the 32nd degrees of the Scottish Rite Masonry in his bedroom in the White House. Now this shows the power and the influence of Masonry and its shows that the President of the United States is subordinate to the Grand Master of Freemasonry
By DeVita Brown
Edited by: Dr. Lee Warren
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History of Freemasonry - Ancient roots of Masonry
Craft of Masonry
Do Freemasons fall into one of three groups?
Structure of the Freemasonry
Freemasonry, the Universal Religion
God of the Freemasonry
What is the Mystery of the light of Freemasonry?
Other Beliefs of Masons Important figures an/or events in Free Masonic History
Secrets and Power of the Masons Revealed
Are Freemasons and Secret societies operating by a pattern?
What are the goals of the Freemasonry?