Reading Time: 19 minutes For centuries Masonic historians have been puzzled by the motives for, and the purpose of, the formation of the craft of freemasonry, both in its operative, and speculative form, and whilst endeavouring to investigate the mysteries surrounding the formation of our order, it seems that the riddle actually forms itself into three distinct questions
Reading Time: 16 minutes There is such an abundance of evidence in proof of the continuity of Freemasonry during the period selected, that it is only necessary to study the special records of the old Lodges, happily still preserved, the Rolls of the “Old Charges”, and especially the extant minutes of the Masons’ Company of London, to be assured that the Freemasons of the present day are the lineal descendants of the operative builders, who in the 17th century, and earlier, admitted speculative or non-professional members.
Reading Time: 25 minutes Delivered in the Witham Lodge, LincoIn, 1863, by THE REV. G. OLIVER, D.D. PAST D.P.G.M. FOR LINCOLNSHIRE;Honorary Member of numerous Lodges and Literary Societies in various parts of the World. BRETHREN, It is rather late in life for me to appear before a Lodge of intelligent Masons in the capacity of a lecturer; and it … Read more
Reading Time: 17 minutes by Bro. H.L. HAYWOOD, Editor THE BUILDER The Builder Magazine, June 1924 – Volume X – Number 6 THE OLD CHARGES OF FREEMASONRY I. WHAT THE OLD CHARGES ARE I have just come from reading an article in one of the more obscure Masonic periodicals in which an unknown brother lets go with this … Read more