Freemasons' Monthly Magazine - 1842
WHATEVER is founded in nature is permanent; and although it
may frequently be blended with transcient combinations, it still
remains a part of creation. The plant may be cut down by the frosts
of winter, or by the ruthless hand of the destroyer, but the root still
lives in all its inherent strength and natural energies. It waits but to
receive the warmth of a genial sun, to put forth anew its stalks and
branches, and its fruit and flowers.
We need not say, how many times FREEMASONRY has been
conquered and disgraced, - for such has been asserted of it in every
civilized country, and still, it lives. In common parlance - it dares
to live. Whatever is founded in nature, cannot but live. Its chief
principle is life - and whatever constitutes life, is morally good - as
whatever is evil, is essentially death. Therefore, it is not optional
with men, whether good things shall be permitted to exist; for it is
not within the power of human agency to destroy them. Such is the
wise provision of nature, that though the evils of this world appear
many, the blessings are more. The balance of moral power is on
the side of goodness, and the cause of right and justice does not
depend upon conventional decisions.
It was decreed in France, that "death was an eternal sleep!" ­ and
what was the effect of such a vote upon the glorious doctrines of
the mortality of the soul !
It was decreed by the monarch of all the Russias, that a person who
should presume to practice Freemasonry within his dominions,
should suffer death! Time soon developed his weakness and his
Politicians of every age and country, have denounced the
Institution of Masonry, as fraught with evils unnumbered and
unlimited! But time has cut down these prophets and their
prophecies as transitory and unnatural. Excitement is incident to
party movements; and party measures are seldom dictated by that
judgment which is guided by reason. Passion results in confusion,
and confusion leads to error. Party discipline is never based upon
the immutable principles of justice; and, therefore, no party
succeeds in all its views and measures. There may have been many
errors in the conduct of Masons, and in the administrations of
Masonry; but the principles of the Institution are permanently
good, and will forever remain so.
Nations may rise and fall, - parties organize, re-organize, and
disorganize, - great minds act and re-act upon one another, till the
last hour of mortal strength, - injustice and cruelty may reign
during the common period of human life, - still, the elements of all
the fundamental laws of our moral nature, remain unchanged.
Institutions based upon these laws, may be opposed and even
suspended in their operations. But never destroyed.
We consider that evidence complete, which is confirmed by the
scrutiny of the wise of past ages. The good men of different ages
are independent of those prejudices which influence the good men
of the same age. And whatever is the result of united wisdom, thus
collected, may be regarded as in harmony with the laws of nature,
and not in opposition to the will of nature's God!
Masonry has been tried, judged and proved. She has risen superior
to her enemies, in every age; and it is because her inherent energies
are truth, love, justice, and mercy. All parties, powers,
circumstances, and events, in opposition to these, are but the
poisonous vapors of evil passions, which flit in momentary glory,
and then sink back to unsubstantial confusion. Masonry is adapted
to human nature; and so long as nature is true to herself, so long
will Masonry prove true to man.