Masonic Government


This is a copy of a very old tract, single copy 3 cents, 30 cents per dozen and

per hundred $1.25,  published By the American Party sometime in the mid 1800s,

 while Albert Pike was alive and still in the leadership of American Masonry.

                             The American Party, once called the “Know Nothing” Party, was moderately successful

around the 1850s with its anti-slavery, anti-immigration, anti-Catholic

 and apparently from this flyer, very anti-Masonic platform.


Beginning  in the 1820s and 30s, the Anti MasonicParty gained popular political strength on a similar position that the Masons in government should be removed. This party blended with  the ranks of the Whig Party, who had  officially supported the candidates of the Know Nothing party in 1856. We think that the tract comes from this  era. 

Seems that most of the participants in the movement were absorbed into the newly formed Republican Party not long after this election.


One thing does stand out, however. We certainly didn’t invent the theological, political  and social problems associated  with Freemasonry. The tract herein is just as true today as it was 140 years ago when it was distributed. More so, perhaps when you see the tremendous power Freemasonry has within the White House,  Congress and the Judicial system.



Text of Tract


Masonic Government


In the beginning of this examination we hasten to assure the reader that we do not propose to bring forward the testimony of non‑Masons or of anti-Masonic publications. We do not propose to beg the question in any way, manner or shape, and if the reader should have been so unfortunate as to have ever been made a Freemason, we ask and hope that for the time being he will forget that fact, and having divested his mind if possible, of prejudice, will look at the subject from a common sense standpoint, neither accepting; nor rejecting a point or proposition until all the bearings are duly weighed. You are not responsible for the present form, character and government of Freemason, neither is the writer. because we had nothing whatever to do in originating, moulding or shaping the system. However, we do have a right to look at the facts in the case, intelligently draw our conclusions therefrom and then to “mark and govern ourselves accordingly," no man or set of men daring to lawfully molest us or make us afraid.


Now it is plain to every one that if anybody really knows what Freemasonry is, Freemasons themselves certainly must know; and if any Masons know, it is not necessarily the embryo, three‑degree, pinfeather, Blue Lodge Masons, who perhaps do not know enough to visit a strange lodge without a brother along to vouch for them, but it is self-evident that if any Masons know what the principles, doctrines and practice of the order are, it is the men who have gone from the “ground floor” clear through the "pictures." who have made Freemasonry a life study, who are even now occupying the highest positions of honor and power in the craft, and who have been put forward by the institution to write its great standard publications including its rituals, its monitors, its manuals, its lexicons, its dictionaries, its digests of Masonic law, together with its works on Masonic jurisprudence, its histories, its guides, its trestle‑boards, and many other valuable works issued for the sole benefit of the "Worshipful Fraternity."


The great Masonic works and documents herein quoted were written by the learned rulers and teachers of Masonry and are protected by the seal of the United States in copyright. They were written by high Masons, copyrighted by Masons, published by Masons, sold by Masons, sold to Masons and openly endorsed and used by the Masonic Fraternity all over this land. Not only endorsed and used by well posted individual Masons, but subordinate and Grand Lodges have officially fathered and are using them. With this understanding, reader, we will meet upon the " level " and part upon the  "square." First we will secure the evidence and testimony, and by and by determine the real Masonic character and exact standing of the numerous witnesses.




“ The mode of Government observed by the fraternity will give the best idea of the nature and design of the Masonic institution.”  Sickels’ Freemasons' Monitor, p. 10.


Very well; it is the BEST explanation that we are after and so we will examine into Masonic Government.




"The system of Masonic law has little of the republican or democratic spirit about It."—Rob Morris, in Webb’s Freemasons’ Monitor, revised edition, p. 195


Well that is not very encouraging to patriotic men but perhaps all will be satisfactorily explained as we progress.


“We may not call in question the propriety of this organization; if we would be Masons we must yield private judgment. 'To the law and to the testimony—if any man walk not by this rule it is because there is no light in him."'—Pierson's Traditions of Freemasonry, p. 30.


That certainly is not republicanism or democracy, because they are inclined to give a man increased liberty and privileges instead of calling for the surrender thereof. But let us see how far this surrender of personal liberty is demanded of the Mason.


“That this surrender of free‑will to Masonic authority is absolute (within the scope of the landmarks 0f the order) and perpetual, may be inferred from an examination of the emblem (the shoe or sandal) which is used to enforce this lesson of resignation. The esotery of the Masonic rituals gives the fullest assurance of this: "once a Mason always a Mason" is an aphorism in our literature conveying an undeniable truth."—Morris' Dictionary, p. 29.


Then the surrender of personal private judgment and freewill to Freemasonry is complete and binding for all time. Well said indeed; for surely that is anything except Americanism, as either republicanism or democracy.


"A Mason should know how to obey those who are set over him, however inferior they may be in worldly rank; or condition." —Macoy's Masonic Monitor, p. 14.


What is this authority set over the Freemason to which he has bound himself and what will be the result of disobedience?


Disobedience and want of respect to Masonic superiors is an offense for which the transgressor subjects himself to punishment."—Mackey's Masonic Jurisprudence , p. 511.


Superiors and inferiors—queer government that—Americans are all equals. How severely will an offender be punished?





"Under the head of Discipline is given a catalogue of fifteen prime classes of un-Masonic acts, of which this is one. It is so subversive of the groundwork of Masonry, in which obedience is most strongly inculcated, that the Mason who disobeys subjects himself to severe penalties."— Morris' Dictionary of Freemasonry, pp. 91,92


This no doubt was the punishment meted out to William Morgan and many ,others for their disobedience. Who Is the representative of Freemasonry, wielding such extraordinary authority?


"As a presiding officer the Master is possessed or extra-ordinary powers which belong to the presiding officer of no other association” Mackey's Masonic Jurisprudence, p. 344.


Indeed! His Majesty must be quite a privileged character, having such wonderful powers that are possessed by no other presiding officer.


“The powers and privileges of' the Master of a lodge are by  no means limited in extent."—Chase's Digest of Masonic Law, page 380.


Not limited means unlimited, and that is just about as much as an ordinary mortal can well comprehend.


“The power of a Master in his lodge is absolute."— Mackey’s Lexicon of Freemasonry, p. 296.


There it is, a system of absolute masters; and an absolute master cannot exist without abject slavery; one is necessary to the other, so who are the miserable Masonic slaves? Let the reader answer that all important question.


"Hence, we find that the Master's authority in the lodge is despotic as the Sun ~n the firmament, which was placed there by the Creator, never to deviate from its accustomed course. till the declaration is 'promulgated that time shall be no more." Oliver’s  Signs  and & Symbols of Freemasonry, p. 142.


Where, in all the annals of history, ancient or modern, describing all the monarchies, despotisms and tyrannies from the dawn of creation down to the present time, will you find a better description of an irresponsible, absolute despot, than the above synopsis of the power of the Master of a subordinate )Masonic lodge'' To whom, or to what, is this Masonic nabob beholden ?


“The Master is responsible for his official acts, not to his lodge, but to the Grand Lodge: or (which is the same thing) to the Grand Master for the time being."—Webb's Freemasons' Monitor, p. 271.


What is the nature and power of the Grand Lodge is the next question staring us in the face for adjustment.




"A Grand Lodge is invested with power and authority over all the craft within its jurisdiction. It is the Supreme Court of Appeal in all Masonic cases, and to its decrees unlimited obedience must be paid by every lodge and every Mason situated within its control. The government of Grand Lodges is, therefore, completely despotic. While a Grand Lodge exists, its edicts must be respected and obeyed without examination by its subordinate lodges." —Mackey's Lexicon of Freemasonry, p. 186.


The Grand Lodge being completely despotic, therefore the Worshipful Master of a subordinate lodge is as much a slave to it as are the poor deceived and deluded victims over whom he lords it with such pomposity. But suppose, as is often the case, that some conscientious man who has been inveigled into the order should object and rebel against some mandate or edict of the Grand Lodge that he is fully convinced and persuaded is not right and proper; Will he be coerced into a compliance therewith ?


"The first duty of the reader of this Synopsis is to obey the edicts of his Grand Lodge. Right or wrong, his very existence as a Mason hangs upon obedience to the powers immediately set above him. Failure in this must infallibly bring down expulsion, which, as a Masonic death, ends all The one unpardonable crime in a Mason is contumacy, or disobedience."— Webb's Freemasons' Monitor, p. 196.


What is the one unpardonable crime in a Freemason? Is it lying, stealing, murder or a violation of civil law? Nay, verily, but it is simply to disobey Masonic law. That law must be obeyed, right or wrong. Does this low down slavery run through every  department of Freemasonry, or only in the Blue Lodge  and not In the higher grades?


“The principle of submission and obedience runs through the whole system and constitutes one of the greatest safeguards of our institution. The Mason is obedient to the Master, the Master and Lodge to the Grand Lodge, and this in its turn to the old landmarks and ancient regulations of the order. Thus is a due degree of subordination kept up and the institution preserved in its primitive purity."—Pierson's Traditions of' Freemasonry, p. 30.


This is a most galling system of human slavery a hundred‑fold more degrading than ever was African bondage in that both soul and body are the property of Freemasonry leaving the individual member a mere machine in the hands of Masonic superiors. Do Masons, deep down in their souls endorse and revere such a vile system as Freemasonry?




“If any applicant is not prepared in his heart he will never make a Mason no matter what dramatic exercises he may be put through. or what discipline exerted upon him.”—Morris' Dictionary of Freemasonry, pp. 243, 244.


What is it that binds a man to this  “Invisible Empire" or to this secret despotism? We go to the above named Masonic dictionary for “ more light.”




“ The obligations of Masonry are, in the sense of the definition, covenants and so are the Constitution and By‑laws.”—Ibid., P. 76.


The obligations, then, along with the bylaws and constitution are covenants and we will now see what it is that makes a  Mason.




“It is ‘the Obligation which makes the Mason' and the difference between one Mason and another consists simply in the fact that one keeps his obligations better than another."—Morris' Dictionary of Freemasonry, p. 218.


That is the nature and form of the Masonic obligation. Is it simply a promise or affirmation or is it construed to be an oath with all the binding force of the same? Turning again to our friendly dictionary we learn this:




“An affirmation is not equivalent to an oath in Masonry however it may be in common and is not legitimate in  the working of the lodge.”—Ibid. p.13.


Now, sir does Freemasonry consider and teach its devotees to consider the so‑called Masonic oath equal or superior in binding force to the civil oath?





“The Covenant is irrevocable. Even though a person may be suspended or expelled; though he may withdraw from the Lodge, journey into countries where Masons cannot be found, or become a subject of despotic governments that persecute, or a communicant of bigoted churches that denounce Masonry, he cannot cast off or nullify his Masonic covenant; No law of the land can affect it—no anathema of the church weaken it. It is irrevocable.” —Webb’s Freemasons' Monitor, p. 240.


This accounts for many strange and mysterious proceedings in our would‑be courts of justice and in the churches. NO law of the land (that is, civil law,) can even affect this lodge oath or covenant. No anathema of the church (that is, divine law), can so much as weaken it. Is it any wonder that criminals go scot‑free when the sheriff that impanels the jury, enough of the jurors impaneled to bring in a divided verdict, enough witnesses drummed up to make the evidence appear contradictory, the attorneys of the prosecution and of the defense, and the judge on the bench, are irrevocably bound to the prisoner at the bar as sworn brethren, by an obligation considered paramount to all others, civil or divine?


Is it anything strange that there is trouble in the church when the members are bound up, by this strong covenant, with saloon‑keepers, irreverent scoffers, and other evil‑minded men, in sworn brotherhood? Is there no escape from Masonic thralldom? is the now all important question.


“No method is provided for in the Masonic jurisprudence of modern times by which a member can withdraw himself from the authority of the society. He may resign his membership in the lodge, deny its government, even repudiate the ties by which he is bound to the institution, yet that authority remains unbroken. A ‘due summons' from the Lodge or Grand lodge is obligatory upon him; and should he refuse obedience he will be disgracefully expelled from the society with public marks of ignominy that can never be erased."—Morris' Dictionary of Freemasonry, page 29.


What arrogant system is this, that proposes to take a man's manhood from him by imposing  upon him an obligation that defies both his civil as well as the divine law? It even declares vengeance on all who dare to think and act as free men without first consulting the Masonic covenant. No wonder seceded Masons and out-spoken non‑Masons are abused, vilified, slandered and hounded down by Masonic minions. “ Public marks of ignominy that can never be erased.”


“The expulsion of a Mason, while it deprives him of every privilege with which his Masonic attachment endowed him, leaves him bound by every part and point of his. Masonic covenant. Of this no act of his own or of the lodge can ever divest him. The tie of Masonry is perpetual."— Webb's Freemasons' Monitor, p. 257.


That certainly is a queer government if there ever was one. The mystery of the whole business is to discover how under the sun a man can be a loyal citizen of any civil government on earth and at the same time uphold this system of secret despotism that boldly and openly defies all governments?


“There is no charge more frequently made against Freemasonry than that of its tendency to revolution and conspiracy, and to political organizations which may affect the peace of society, or interfere with the rights of government."—Mackey's Mystic Tie of  Freemasonry, p. S6.


Well, does this great Masonic ruler and law‑giver speak the truth in the above, for time and again different governments have been compelled to suppress Freemasonry because of its incompatibility with the peace of society and with the laws of the land in that it harbored criminals and perverted the equitable administration of civi1 law.


“There is no duty more forcibly enjoined in Masonry, than that of warning a brother of danger impending to his person or interests. To neglect this is a positive violation of obligation, and destroys any person's claim to be entitled a Mason:.”— Morris' Dictionary of Freemasonry, p. 25.


Are Masons  obliged to give this warning to affiliates only,

or must they always  warn and aid one another discriminately?


“We are to give aid in imminent peril when Masonically called upon, not lest injustice may be done if we pause to inquire into the question of affiliation, but because the obligation to give this aid, which is reciprocal among all Masons, never has been and never can be canceled."—Mackey's Masonic Jurisprudence, p. 270.


Shall the Mason pause to inquire as to ANYTHING

when Masonically appealed to for aid?


“If a person appeals to us as a Mason in imminent peril, or such pressing need that we have not time to inquire into his worthiness, then, lest we might refuse to relieve and aid a worthy brother' we must not stop to inquire as to anything."—Albert Pike, in Masonic Grand Lodge Report of Arkansas; Also Mackey's Masonic Jurisprudence, p. ~70.


Ex‑Confederate General Albert Pike  who led a brigade of Indian savages against the flag of his country at the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, where the dead and wounded boys in Blue were scalped! and tomahawked, and even mutilated in a manner too barbarous and obscene for description, by his followers, and whose rebel hands are dyed crimson by the blood of loyal American citizens, is now the most honored man in Freemasonry.


He has since been very appropriately placed at the pinnacle of the system, where he sits supreme ruler; and to him every Freemason, knowingly or unknowingly, yet, nevertheless truly, does honor and homage when he throws A due‑guard and sign at a Blue Lodge Master; for the principle of submission and obedience runs through the  WHOLE system," while in giving the  sign he acknowledges himself to be under death‑penalty to obey this Masonic superior. Such is Freemasonry, a hot‑bed of disloyalty and treason, according to our deductions thus far.


"Treason and rebellion also, because they are altogether political offenses, cannot be inquired into by a lodge; and al. though a Mason may be convicted of either of these acts in the courts of his country, he cannot be Masonically punished; and not withstanding his treason or rebellion his relation to the lodge, to use the language of the old Charges, remains indefeasible."—Mackey’s Masonic Jurisprudence, p. 510 !


This makes plain why perhaps the blackest‑hearted rebel in the land is very appropriately placed at the head of treasonable Masonry in this country.  Thus a saint in Freemasonry may be the worst citizen in this government.


''The Mason who is at home and the Mason who comes from abroad are considered on an equal footing as to all Masonic rights; and hence the brother made in Europe is as much a Mason when he comes to America, and is as fully qualified to discharge in America all Masonic functions, without any form of naturalization, as though he had been made in this country. The converse is equally true."— Mackey’s Masonic Jurisprudence, p. 200.


What a remarkable array of Masonic testimony! and yet the half has not been told, as we might go on almost indefinitely showing the foul, treasonable and anti‑republican nature, as legibly portrayed un­der the systematically arranged headings of the great copyrighted standard Mason­ic publications. The above Masonic quota­tions are complete sentences and not garbled. The language is so concise and plain that a child can easily analyze each sentence. The quotations are authorita­tive; Masonic superiors never argue Ma­sonry with subordinates. And now we  proceed to nail the above synopsis of M­asonic law and government by home testi­mony.


We will let every affiliated Freemason in the Missouri Masonic Grand Lodge jurisdiction testify through their Grand Lodge Reports, three copies of which must be filed away year by year in every subordinate lodge throughout the jurisdiction.


The members of all subordinate lodges are fully represented in Grand Lodge by the superior officers of the several lodges, as they are delegates thereto, and no document emanates from any Masonic Grand Lodge without its en­dorsement and approval. We will call our neighbors, and see how cheerfully they accept or reject the testimony of the brightest men in the order:


(Part of a report on foreign correspondence rendered by a full committee consisting of Brothers J. P. Little, Jno. Dove, Wm. B. lsaacs, Wm. L. Maule and T. P. August :)


"The conclusion of the report breathes such a pure air of Masonic truths that we incorporate it herewith. It says: 'Once a Mason always a Mason—once a Mason, everywhere a Mason. However independent either as individuals or as lodges, whether  Grand or subordinate—and we are each and all truly free and uncontrolled by anything, save our ancient laws and constitution—yet no Mason can be a foreigner to another Mason. We are all equal citizens of one common government, having equal rights, equal privileges and equal duties; and in which government, thank God, the majority does not govern.


 For our order in its very constitution, strikes at the root of that which is the very basis of popular government It proclaims and practices, not that the will of the masses is wise and good, and as such to be obeyed,—not that the majority shall govern .. . but that the law tit e., above mentioned "ancient law"1 shall govern. Our tenet is not only that no single man but that no body of men (however wise or numerous)' can change in any decree one single landmark of our ancient institution. Our law is strictly organic; it cannot be changed without being destroyed.  You may take a man to pieces, and you may take a watch to pieces, but you can not alter his organs and put him together again as you do the timekeeper.


Masonry is the living man, and all other forms of government mere convenient machines made by clever mechanics, for regulating the affairs of state. Not only do we know no North, no South, no East and no West, but we know no government save our own. To every government save that of Masonry, and to each and all alike, we are foreigners; and this form of government is neither pontifical, autocratic, monarchial republican, democratic nor despotic; it is a government per se, and that government is Masonic.


We have nothing to do with forms of government, forms of religion or forms of social life. We are a nation of men only, bound to each other by Masonic ties as citizens of the world, and that world the world of Masonry—brethren to each other all the world over, foreigners to all the world beside.  The above is a Masonic address in a nutshell—it is the compressed essence of Masonic life."—Grand Lodge Report for, 1867.


How does that sound to a loyal American? Missouri Freemasons therein positively affirm that they are not controlled by ANYTHING save  Masonic law; they THANK GOD that in their government the majority  does NOT govern; that Freemasonry strikes at the very base of free government; that it proclaims and practices that the will of the MASSES  should not be obeyed; that the United States is a mere convenient machine only: together with many other treasonable doctrines that the Missouri Masonic Grand Lodge emphatically declares are the compressed essence of Masonic life. Later reports all breathe the spirit of double‑dyed treason.


We would gladly prolong this discussion, but we will briefly consult  another Grand Lodge Report or two and rest the case.


“For ourselves, we deny as Masons that any civil government on earth has the right to divide or curtail Masonic jurisdiction when once established. It can only be done by competent Masonic authority, and in accordance with Masonic usage."— Grand Lodge Report.


Rebold’s History of Freemasonry, p. 62, says: "The Freemason receives not the law, he gives It;" and a late Grand Lodge Report puts on the cap‑sheaf by adding:


“In all this we must not forget that 'Masonry is a law unto itself.’ Its Perpetuity is dependent upon the force of its own influences. It never demands affiliation with any other humanizing agencies."—Grand Lodge Report of 1880.




Thomas Smith Webb, whose Masonic title was King, or Grand King, was a learned Mason, the first standard Masonic American author; or, in other words, he is the father of Masonry in this country.


Albert Pike: 33rd  degree Most Puissant Sovereign Grand Commander of the Masons of the United States, author of the "Statutes of Ancient and Accepted Rite," etc. He is the supreme ruler of American Masonry.


Albert G. Mackey, lL D.: Past Grand Secretary and Grand Lecturer of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina; Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of South Carolina; Secretary General of the Supreme Council, 33d degree, for the Southern Jurisdiction of the Masons of the United States; Past General Grand High Priest of the General Grand Chapter of the Masons of the United States; author of A Lexicon Of Freemasonry, Manual Of The Lodge, The Book Of The Chapter, Mystic Tie, The Ritualist, Masonic Jurisprudence,  etc., the  latter a work that is to Masons and Blue Lodge Masters what the Revised Statutes are to a Justice of the Peace, or what Blackstone's Commentaries are to members of the bar.


Daniel Sickels: Past Master, Past High Priest, Knight Templar, Past Junior Grand Warden, 33d degree Secretary General of the Supreme Council for the Northern Jurisdiction of the Masons of the United States, author of a Freemason's Monitor,  General Ahiman Rezon, or Freemasons’  Guide, etc.


A.T. C. Pierson:  Past Grand High Priest, Grand Captain General of the Grand Encampment of the Masons of The United States of America, 33rd degree Sovereign Grand Inspector general; was for ten years Grand Master and is at present Grand Secretary of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Minnesota; author of Traditions of Freemasonry, etc.


Rob Morris, L.L.D.: Knight Templar, Past  Grand Master of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Sovereign Grand Inspector General, author of Code of Masonic Law, compiler of the Universal Masonic Library and his Dictionary of Freemasonry is to Masonry what Webster’s Dictionary is to the English language  it is the great definer of Masonic terms.


Robert Macoy: 33rd degree, Past Master, Past Grand Secretary, Past Grand Recorder, Past Grand Commander, National Grand Secretary, author of A Cyclopedia of Freemasonry, Manual of the Order of The Eastern Star, Masonic Vocal Manual, and other works.


George Wingate Chase: A high Freemason, a prolific Masonic author, having compiled no less than eight valuable Masonic publications, one of which is the great book of decisions, Chase’s Digest of Masonic Law, a book that bears about the same relation to subordinate Masonic Lodges that the decisions of our Supreme Courts bear to our Circuit and County Courts.


Emanuel Rebold, M.D.: Past Deputy of the Masonic Grand Orient of France and a learned Masonic writer.


Rev. George Oliver: D.D., of England: Past Deputy Grand Master for Lincolnshire, and author of about twelve noble Masonic publications.


The above is gleaned from copyrighted standard Masonic publications now in our possession. The high Masonic standing and character of the authors here mentioned is fully sustained by Grand Lodge documents reposing on the table before us as we indite these lines.


Where is the man who has one drop of patriotic blood coursing through his veins that does not abhor, loathe and hate Freemasonry as the arch‑enemy of free government? And is he not ready, if he be a slave to this system of despotism, to declare his independence, and maintain his rights through the pulpit, the press and the polls? Let all true Americans rally to the standard of the American Reform Party, a Party that is rapidly coming up, the object of which is to wrest church and state from the usurpation of oath‑bound foreigners who are open]y endorsing and upholding a system that is treason to the government, as it confers titles of nobility, which is in open violation of the Constitution of the United States. Let true Americans stand for civil and religious liberty before the bristling bayonet or the cannon’s mouth ere we bow the knee to any despot or hail any man as MASTER. God save our country from the further encroachments of secret despotism! Long live the Republic of The United States of America!