The' subject of a Freemason's behavior is one that occupies much attention in both the ritualistic and the monitorial instructions of the Order. In the Charges of a Freemason, extracted from the ancient records, and first published in the Constitutions of 1723, the sixth article is exclusively appropriated to the subject of Behavior. It is divided into six sections, as follows:
Behavior in the Lodge while constituted. Behavior after the Lodge is over and the Brethren not gone. Behavior when Brethren meet without strangers, but not in a Lodge formed. Behavior in presence of strangers not Freemasons. Behavior at home and in your neighborhood. Behavior toward a strange brother.
The whole article constitutes a code of moral ethics remarkable for the purity of the principles it inculcates, and is well worthy of the close attention of every Freemason.
It is a complete refutation of the slanders of anti-Masonic revilers. As these charges are to be found in all the editions of the Book of Constitutions, and in many Masonic works, they are readily accessible to everyone who desires to read them.
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