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Arturo de Hoyos and S. Brent Morris
COMMITTED TO THE FLAMES
The History and Rituals of a Secret Masonic Rite.
Published by Lewis Masonic, 2008.
Hardback - 288 pages. 40 Illustrations
Available from: Lewis Masonic
fascinating and amazing book is “Dedicated to the memory of Ill. Robert B.
Folger, 33° Earnest Physician , Passionate Historian,
(1803-1892) was the author of an invaluable book, The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, in Thirty-three degrees [...] with an Appendix containing
numerous authentic documents [...] first published in New York in 1862. It
was republished in 1881 with a Supplement of 104 pp. inserted before the
Appendix, each part having a separate pagination, altogether (362 + 104 + 426)
892 pages. It was never reprinted.
Committed to the
the transcrptions of three manuscripts (Chapters 6 to 8) written by Robert
Folger, the first one mostly written in a cipher which « looks like
Chinese ideographs », the second one ciphered only in parts. Whereas
manuscript 1 was discovered in 1946 by Harold Voorhis and manuscript 2 also by
him about 1967, manuscript 3 was discovered by Kent L. Walgren who sent a
photocopy of the entire document to Arturo de Hoyos about 1994. The
transcriptions are preceded with five chapters incluiding a biography of Folger,
explaining when and why these manuscripts were written, and describing how, when
and by whom the cipher was broken.
title of the book comes from a few words inscribed by Robert Benjamin Folger on
manuscript 1. If the manuscript was found after his death, it was to be given to
one of his friends, Hans B. Gram ; if Gram was not then in America, it may be
given to Mr. Ferdinand L. Wilsey « who will know what it contains and also
how to preserve its substance in his mind while he commits the manuscript to the
1 (the Macoy Book) was first published by S. Brent Morris in 1993 as a volume of
the Masonic Book Club. This earlier edition prefaced by Wallace McLeod,
reproduced the transcription of the whole manuscript facing a facsimile of each
page, which makes it extremely valuable. On the other hand, the 2008 edition,
thanks to the incredible work and patience of Arturo de Hoyos, reproduces the
transcription of all three Folger manucripts. It adds many new elements to the
general presentation of manuscript 1 and sets right minor flaws of the previous
are these manuscripts about ? Answer from the authors (p. 21) : « a
very good interpretation of the first three degrees of the Rectified Scottish
Rite [...], the earliest evidence [of that Rite] in the United States ».
certainly is the most fascinating masonic book printed for many years. A must.
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