Masonic Miscellanies

Image sourcing always brings up some interesting things – at first I thought this was an “apron” made by the Anti-Masonic Party, but quite the reverse.

Admittedly it wasn’t an actual apron but was used as an illustration in an advertising campaign during the 1832 presidential election campaign, to show the contrasts between the Masons and anti-Masons.

Several candidates who were running for office were Freemasons and were under attack by the Anti-Masonic Party.

The ads/flyers were printed by William Cammeyer of Albany, New York.

The description accompanying the image held by the Library of Congress is as follows:

 

An attack on the Anti-masonic party, produced shortly after their September national convention in Baltimore.

The “apron” symbolically contrasts the Masons with the Antimasons.

On the right is a “Rock of Ages” on which stands a pyramid with steps labelled (from the bottom upwards): Free Masonry, Peace & Plenty, Equal Rights, Science, Sincerity, Fortitude, Charity, Patriotism, Honour, Fidelity, Virtue, Order, Law, and U.S.

On the top sits an eagle with a streamer inscribed “Victory” and a staff with liberty cap and flag with the masonic device of a compass and right angle with the words “Just & True.”

Around the liberty cap is an aureole of “Perfect Light.”

On the left is a three-headed “Hydra of Antimasonry,” and a pile of broken timbers resting on a “sandy foundation.”

From two of the hydra’s mouths issue “Blackness of Darkness” and a list of evils, including Persecution, Intolerance, Hypocrisy, Slavery, Anarchy, Filth, etc. The timbers are marked: Baseless Fabric, Arnold, Bernard, Stramonium, and Judas.

The whole design is enclosed in an apron-shaped border.

Cammeyer, W., publisher [Albany, New York] : Published by W[illiam] Cammeyer, Jr., 489 Sth. Market Street, Albany, c1831. https://www.loc.gov/item/2003690779/

So who were the Anti-Masonic Party?

 

The Anti-Masonic Party, also known as the Anti-Masonic Movement, was the earliest third party in the United States.

A single-issue party, it strongly opposed Freemasonry; it later aspired to become a major party by expanding its platform to take positions on other issues. After emerging as a political force in the late 1820s, most of the Anti-Masonic Party’s members joined the Whig Party in the 1830s and the party disappeared after 1838.

The party was founded in the aftermath of the disappearance of William Morgan, a former Mason who had ultimately become a prominent critic of the Masonic organization.

Many believed that the Masons had murdered Morgan for speaking out against Masonry and subsequently many churches and other groups condemned Masonry.

As many Masons were prominent businessmen and politicians, the backlash against the Masons was also a form of anti-elitism.

The Anti-Masons purported that Masons posed a threat to American republicanism by secretly trying to take control of the government.

Furthermore there was a strong fear that it was hostile to Christianity. Mass opposition to Masonry eventually coalesced into a political party.

Before and during the presidency of John Quincy Adams, there was a period of political realignment.

The Anti-Masons emerged as an important third-party alternative to Andrew Jackson’s Democrats and Adams’s National Republicans.

In New York, the Anti-Masons supplanted the National Republicans as the primary opposition to the Democrats.

Source: Wikipedia under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

This video by One Minute Mason explains it further:

Morgan: The Scandal That Shook Freemasonry

By: Stephen Dafoe (Author)

For more than a century, Freemasons have held fast to the belief that Masons did not murder William Morgan; rather they deported him to Canada.

In “Morgan: The Scandal That Shook Freemasonry”, author, journalist and Freemason Stephen Dafoe disassembles that myth while reassembling the trail of evidence that remains to uncover the facts behind this 183-year-old Masonic cold case.

 

The Red Triangle: A History of Anti-Masonry

By: Robert L. D. Cooper (Author)

This new title looks at both the controversy surrounding present-day issues along with the long history of anti – masonry and what the future holds for the Freemasons.

This new title looks at both the controversy surrounding present-day issues along with the long history of anti – masonry and what the future holds for the Freemasons.

 

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