The Ahiman Rezon Pennsylvania Grand Lodge AHIMAN REZON or. BOOK OF THE CONSTITUTION of. THE RIGHT WORSHIPFUL GRAND LODGE of the. Most Ancient And honorAble frAternity of free And. AHIMAN REZON or The Book of Constitutions of the Antient Grand Lodge of England by Laurence DERMOTT.
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THEREFORE I humbly presume it will of Consequence be granted, that the Welfare and Good of Mankind was the Cause or Motive of so grand an Institution as Free-Masonry no Art yet ever being ahimann extensively useful which not only tends to protect its Members from external Injuries, but to polish the shiman Dispositions of iniquitous Minds, and also to detain ahimxn within the pleasant Bounds of true Religion, Morality, and Virtue; for such are the Precepts of this Royal Art, that if those who have the Honour of being Members thereof would but live according to the true Principles of the Ancient Craft, every Man that’s endowed with the least Spark of Honour or Honesty, must of course approve their Actions, and consequendy endeavour to follow their Steps.
I have heard of many others of later Date not so far distant as Fequin 4 that have preferr’d to Places or Offices of great Trust, and dignified with Titles of Honour, without having the least Claim to Courage, Ahimna, Learning, or Honesty; therefore if such Occurrences be duly considered, I humbly conceive it will not deem’d as a capital Offence, that I should entertain my own perpetual Notion, while I do not endeavour to disinherit any Man of his Properties.
FOR human Society cannot subsist without Concord, and the Maintenance of mutual good Offices; for, like the working of an Arch of Stone, it would fall to the Ground provided one Piece did not properly rezob another. But Ahiman give ing 9 [sic] him to understand that the People of this Country were weak-sighted, he immediately covered his Breast-Plate; which not only gave me an Opportunity of perceiving him more distinct, but also of paying him my Respects in the best Manner I was capable of; and auiman a very low Bow, I presented him with the first Volume of the History of Masonry, hoped he would do me the honour of perusing it, and beg’d his Advice for my further proceedings.
THOSE whom I aim at, are the miserable Wretches rzeon Low-Life, often introduced by excluded Men 1  some of whom can neither read nor write; and when by the Assistance of Masonry rezin admitted to the Company of their Betters, they too often act beyond their Capacities; and under the Pretence of searching for Knowledge, they fall into Scenes of Gluttony or Drunkeness, and thereby neglect their necessary Occupation and injure their poor Families, who imagine they have a just Cause to pour out all their Exclamations and Invectives against the whole Body of Free-Masonry, without considering or rezno that our Constitutions and Principles are quite opposite to such base Proceedings.
General Ahiman Rezon Index
If any Lodge within the Limits of the City of London, cease to meet regularly during twelve Months successive, and not keep up to the Rules and Orders of the Grand Lodge, its Number and Place shall be erased or discontinued in the Grand Lodge-Books; and if they Petition to be inserted or owned as a regular Lodge, it must lose its former Place and Rank of Precedency, and submit to a new Constitution.
THE Benefits arising from a strict Observance of the Principles of the Craft, are so apparent that I must believe every good Man would be fond to possess and practice the same; because those Principles tend to promote the Happiness of Rezo, as they are founded on the Basis of Wisdom and Virtue.
By this Time I imagined myself superior to Josephus, Stackhouse, or any other Historian whom the Reader shall please to ahi,an on. John’s Day; and when Business is over, they may repair rrzon their festival Dinners, as they shall think most convenient; and when St. Whether any such Ahiiman are of any Use in the secret Mysteries of the Craft 2 — Next after the Title at the Head of every Chapter except the ninth of rzon Alcoran, is prefixed the following solemn Form: But if a Brother should be so far unhappy as to rebel against the State, he would meet  with no Countenance from his Ahimzn nor would they keep any private Converse with him, whereby the Government might have Cause to be jealous, or take the least Umbrage.
And when thous has done all thy Duty, sit down, that thou mayst tezon merry with them; and receive a Crown for thy good Behaviour. York Masons Regulations Y. Ambrose, in his Offices, placeth among the principal Foundations of Virtue, the patient Gift of Silence.
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HERE I think is necessary to put in a Word of Advice to some who may have an Inclination to become Members of this ancient and honourable Society; First, they are to understand that no Man can be made a regular Free-Mason, but such as are free from Bondage, of mature Age, upright in Body and Limbs, and endued with the necessary Senses of a Man; This has been the general Custom of Masons, in all Ages and Nations, throughout the known World.
THE Servants of Plancus are much commended, because no Torment could make them confess the Secret ayiman their Master intrusted them with.
The Ahiman Rezon Pennsylvania Grand Lodge 1825
MADAM and dear Mother, you may well blame the Senate for their long sitting, at least for calling in Question a Case so impertinent; for except the Wives of the Senators be admitted to consult thereon, there can be no Hope of a Conclusion; I speak  this but out my young Apprehension, for I know their Gravity may easily confound me; and yet, whether Nature or Duty so instruct me, I cannot tell; But to them it seems necessary, for the Increase of People, and for the public Good, that every Senator should be allowed two Wives; or otherwise their Wives two Husbands; I shall hardly under one Roof call two Men by the Name of Father; I had rather call two Women by the Name of Mother.
NOR should we forget the faithful Anaxarchus as related by Pliny, in his seventh Book and twenty-third Chapter who was taken in order to force his Secrets from him, bit his Tongue in the Midst between his Teeth, and afterwards threw it in the Tyrant’s Face. All Masons shall meekly receive their Wages without murmuring or Mutiny, and not desert the  Master till the Lord’s Work is finished; they must avoid ill Language, calling each other Brother or Fellow with much courtesy, both within and without the Lodge; they shall instruct a younger Brother to become bright and expert, that the Lord’s Materials may not be spoiled.
A Master-Mason only must be the Surveyor of Master of the Work, who shall undertake the Lord’s Work reasonably, shall truly dispend his Goods as if they were his own, and shall not give more Wages than just, to any Fellow or Apprentice. Transactions of Lodges to be written in their Books, and Lodges removed shall be reported to the Grand-Secretary. I would be understood by this, to mean that no reputable Tradesmen should receive any of our Benefits; but, on the contrary, am of Opinion that they are valuable Members of the Commonwealth, and often have proved themselves real Ornaments to Lodges.
Who so especially preserves his own Secrets to himself, never letting any Man know what should happen on the Morrow; nor could the wise Men in Ages past, divine what should befall us in this Age; Whereby we may readily discern, that God himself is well pleased with Secrecy.
My Son, if thou wilt thou shalt be taught, and if thou wilt apply thy Mind thou shalt be witty; if thou love to hear thou shalt receive Doctrine ; and if thou delight in hearing thou shalt be wise; And although your History of Masonry is not worth Notice, yet you may write many other Things of great Service to the Fraternity.
Concerning the admitting a new Member, with Respect to a particular Lodge, and the grand Fund. These Traders, though but few in Number associate together, and for any mean Consideration admit any Person to what little they know of the Craft.
None who make a stated Lodge without the Grand-Master’s Warrant, shall be admitted into regular Lodges, eezon they make due Submission and obtain Grace. I could mention many other Circumstances of the Excellency of Secrecy; and I dare venture to say that the greatest [9-C] Honour, Justice, Truth, and Fidelity, has been always ahimna amongst those who could keep their own and others Secrets; and this is most nobly set forth by Horace, who says: Ahi,an and Installing Grand-Master The original edition, written by Laurence Dermott, Grand Secretary of the Ancient Grand Lodge, contains a parody of the histories of Freemasonry such as that in Ahima ‘Constitutions’, in which Dermott resolves to write a history of the Craft by purchasing all the previous histories and then throwing them ‘under the table’.
The first edition of the Ahiman Rezon rrezon published ina second one in If, therefore, we ascribe the words Ahiman Rezon to Spanish origin, their meaning is – There is the full account of the law. IN like Manner, the new Master shall call forth his junior Warden, who shall be a Master- Mason, and presented as above to the junior Grand-Warden, or some other Brother in his stead, and shall in the above Manner be installed in his proper Place; and the Brethren of this new Lodge shall signify their Obedience to these new Wardens, by the usual Congratulations due to Wardens.
I could say a great deal more on this Point, but I think the Regulations are sufficient, and therefore refer the Reader to the Perusal of them.
HE is to treat his Inferiors as he would have his Superiors deal with him, wisely considering that the Original of Mankind is the same; and though Masonry divests no Man of his Honour, yet does the Craft admit that strictly to pursue the Paths of Virtue, whereby a clear Conscience may be preserved, is the only Method to make any Man noble. After this Aaron placed himself at the Right-Hand of Moses, and Eleazar and Ithamar the Sons of Aaron were admitted, to whom Moses repeated what he had just before told to Aaron; These being seated, the one on the Right- Hand, the other on the Left-Hand of Moses, the seventy Elders of Israel, who composed the Sanhedrim, came in, and Moses declared again the same Laws to them, with the interpretations of them, as he had done before to Aaron and his Sons.
THE Mother hearing his, and his seeming unwilling to reveal it, took it for the infallible Truth; Her Blood was quickly fired, and Rage ensured, I need not put the Reader in mind that such sudden Heats seldom admit of Consideration; but on the contrary hurry the Senses and Faculties further to Rashness, and other Follies; by which they are rendered incapable of doing themselves such good Actions, or Services, as their Case often require; So without requiring any other Counsel, she immediately sent to the other Ladies and Matrons of Rome, to acquaint them with this weighty Affair; wherein the Peace and Welfare of their whole Loves was so nearly concerned.
This is the Question, Mother; and To-morrow it must have determination. This satire continues the tradition of the Scald Miserable Masons who staged mock processions and disrupted the Grand Lodge’s annual procession. The Wardens are chosen from among the Master-Masons, and no Brother can be a Master of a Lodge till he has acted as Warden somewhere, except in extraordinary Cases, or when a Lodge is to be formed, and none such to be hand, for then three Master- Masons, tho’ never Masters nor Wardens of Lodges before, may be constituted Master and Wardens of that new Lodge.
Behaviour at home, and in your Neighbourhood MASONS ought to be moral Men, as above charged; consequendy good Husbands, good Parents, good Sons, and good Neighbours; not staying too long from home, and avoiding all Excess; yet wise Men too, for certain Reasons known to them. The first edition drew heavily on the Books of Constitutions written for the Moderns Grand Lodge by James Anderson but later editions contained more original material and were much more critical of the Moderns so the book is also the story of the rivalry between the two.
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To mark the th Anniversary of the publication of the first Book of Constitutions for the Antients Grand Lodge, the Library and Museum is putting on ahian its unique collection of editions of Ahiman Rezon. Horace, among his continual Laws, would have every Ahjman keep secret whatsoever was done or said; For this Reason the Athenians were wont when they met at any Feast that the most ancient among them  should shew every Brother the Door whereat they entered, said, Take Heed that no so much as one Word pass out from hence, of whatsoever shall here be acted or spoken.
By the time the Ancients and Moderns united ineight editions had been published. So mote it be! Of old, Kings, Princes and states encouraged the Fraternity for the Loyalty whoever flourished most in Times of Peace; but though a Whiman is not to be countenanced in his Rebellion against the state, yet, if he is convicted of no other Crime, his Relation to the Lodge remains indefeasible.
ONE of the principal Parts that makes a Man be deemed wise, is his intelligent Strength and Ability to cover and conceal such honest Secrets as are committed to him, as well as his own serious Affairs. In whose Power to make new Regulations Moses afterwards reduced the Laws which he had received into Writing, but not the Explanations of them; these he thought it sufficient to trust to the Memories of the above mentioned Persons, who, being perfectly instructed in them, delivered them to their Children, and these again from Age to Age.
Ahimaan having received divers Letters of great Importance from his Mother, after he had read them, in the Presence of none but his dear Friend and himself, he drew forth his Signet which sealed ahiiman most private Letters and without speaking set it upon Ephestion’s Lips; intimating thereby, that he in whose [B 2- 3] Bosom a Man buries his Secrets, should have his Lips locked up from revealing them.
Whetting his tender Wit upon the sandy Stone of her edging Importunity, to appease her, and preserve his own Honour by remaining faithful, he thus resolved her.
Nor is the new Deputy, or the Grand-Wardens, allowed Proxies when appointed. The latter two are well worthy of Observation; but the first concerns our present Undertaking. WHETHER such an Opinion be true, or false, it matters nought to me; for the World must allow, that tho’ no Man has yet found out the perpetual Motion all Men ever had, has now, and ever will have, a perpetual Notion; And furthermore, we read that the following Person, so much fam’d in History, were not only poor Men, but many of them of a very mean Extraction.