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Several of these discourses have been delivered before the GRAND LODGE OF MASSACHUSETTS in the discharge of my office of GRAND CHAPLAIN. Some of them have been already published, in a pamphlet form, at the request and for the accommodation of the particular lodges at whose consecration they were delivered: but, as their circulation was limited, many of the brethren
who were desirous of perusing them had not an opportunity. To satisfy the repeated application of such, and to extend to the public in general some correct ideas of the sacred character and genuine principles of Free Masonry, I have been induced to consent to the republication of those discourses in which I endeavored to obviate the misrepresentations, confute the asperfions, and allay the prejudices which have been so industriously circulated to destroy the credit of the institution.
Some discourses are now added which I declined publishing at the time of their delivery ; and
others are prepared for this volume to give it a suitable variety and a respectable fize.
The critic will doubtless find these compositions unequal and defective. For this some apology must be made. They were written upon emergencies, upon very short notice, and when there was no leisure to spare from the pressing avocations, the laborious duties, and the anxious cares, in which their author was involved.
“ Hæc fcripfi, non otii abundantia, sed amoris.”
However they may be received by the Public, this I would have remembered, that I have endeavored in them to give a
faithful delineation of the spirit and principles of FREE MASONRY; “I speak that I do know, and teftify that I have seen ;” and these pages contain THE OPEN AND UNDISGUISED SENTIMENTS OF MY HEART.
N. B. In the haste of transcribing for the press, a note of interrogation was inserted at the end of the second line of the 217 page, which the reader will please to erase.