FRANKLIN ON FREEMASONRY
Freemasonry has tenets peculiar to itself.
They serve as testimonials of character and qualifications, which are only conferred after due course of instruction and examination. These are of no small value; they speak a universal language, and act as a passport to the attentions and support of the initiated in all parts of the world. They cannot be lost as long as memory retains its power. Let the possessor of them be expatriated, shipwrecked or imprisoned, let him be stripped of everything he has got in the world, still those credentials remain, and are available for use as circumstances require. The good effects they have produced are established by the most incontestable facts of history. They have stayed the uplifted hand of the destroyer; they have softened the asperities of the tyrant; they have mitigated the horrors of captivity; they have subdued the rancour of malevolence; and broken down the barriers of political animosity and sectarian alienation. On the field of battle, in the solitudes of the uncultivated forest, or in the busy haunts of the crowded city, they have made men of the most hostile feelings, the most distant regions, and diversified conditions, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a special joy and satisfaction that they have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason.
St. John's Lodge, Philadelphia
Junior Grand Warden: June 24, 1732
Grand Master: June 24, 1734
Provincial Grand Master, Boston: June 10, 1749
Provincial Grand Master, Philadelphia: June 1760
Deputy Grand Master: March 13, 1750
Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
Benjamin FRANKLIN (1706-1790): affiliι le 7 avril 1778 sera Vιnιrable de La Loge des Neuf Soeurs aprθs Lalande en 1779
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