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Dexter, Samuel:

LETTER OF THE HON. SAMUEL DEXTER.

[Boston?: 1818?] 4pp. Caption title [as issued]. Disbound, with light but persistent spotting. Good+. This pamphlet, evidently its first printing, was stimulated by Dexter's candidacy for Governor in 1816, on the Republican ticket. It prints Dexter's attack on Freemasonry, originally written in 1798, in response to an article written by Josiah Bartlett, Grand Master of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge. "The eagle mind of Mr. Dexter," says the Introduction, "penetrated masonry at a glance, and the biting ridicule here exhibited, bears the stamp of his sarcastic powers." Dexter says Freemasons and Illuminati are part of "a horrible conspiracy against Government, Morals, and Religion." He warns against Freemasonry's secret ceremonies. "Secret agency has overthrown all the republics of France, and an extended, secret, levelling, self-created society, without any valuable object of pursuit, and embracing bad characters as well as good, cannot be the subject of approbation of an anxious patriot." A Note at the end, displaying a Masonic advertisement urging a vote for the Freemason and Federalist John Brooks in the gubernatorial contest, demonstrates that Masons value loyalty to their secret organization above all else. OCLC 28075377 [2]. AI 43848 [2].


Book Id: 19436

Price: $250.00

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