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1738 New Book of Constitutions of the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons, The Containing their History, Charges, Regulations, Etc. Collected and Digested by Order of the Grand Lodge from their old Records, faithful Traditions and Lodge-Books, for the Use of the Lodges
Anderson, James
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Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Henry W. Coil Library and Museum of Freemasonry Research Collections
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1738 Printing of Anderson's Constitutions, the seminal work of the early speculative Craft. The Constitutions of the Free-Masons was a constitution written for the Premier Grand Lodge of England (aka "The Moderns during the schism of the early 1750s until 1813), to standardize the rituals and practices of Freemasonry among lodges of London and Westminster operating under that Grand Lodge. Obviously, it was not meant to apply to other lodges in other parts of England, Scotland and Ireland. The constitution laid the foundation of the legend of Hiram Abiff, King Solomon's Master Builder, along with the pyramid style organizational model of Freemasonry. The first and second edition were written by Rev. James Anderson in 1723 and 1738. The section on religion of 1738 refers to the Seven Laws of Noah, which are a list of seven moral imperatives which, according to the Talmud, were given by God to Noah as a binding set of laws for all mankind
Anderson's Constitutions
Lodge Books
Ancient and Honourable
Free and Accepted Masons
James Anderson

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