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We four friends have discovered a lot of secrets And through this we will reveal it to the worldMuch has been made of the death of an anti-Mason Captain William Morgan What is not often revealed are the details surrounding this matter Here in brief are some facts William Morgan was born in 1774 yes well over 200 years ago in Virginia In 1819 he was married to a girl sixteen years of age and two years later he moved to Canada and became a distiller Fire destroyed his brewery and reduced him to poverty after which he moved again In 1823 he was at Rochester New York and took up residence in Batavia New York in 1826 While he had visited lodges before this time there is no evidence to show where or if he was initiated despite his rather complete knowledge of the ritual He was denied admission to the local Lodge and Chapter of York Rite Masonry at Batavia and there is usually some reason for such a refusal However it is confirmed that he received the York Rite Royal Arch Degree at LeRoy New York in 1825 When a new Chapter was proposed in his own town his name was on the petition but objection was made and a new one was prepared without it Resenting this action Morgan apparently became bitter and sought revenge He entered into a conspiracy with the local newspaper editor to publish a malicious book on Freemasonry Some reports indicate that David C Miller the newspaper editor had received the Entered Apprentice - first - degree in Freemasonry but objections arose and he was prevented from proceeding further This some Masonic scholars assert could have given rise to his interest in taking part in the scheme of Morgans This caused great resentment in the town and the newspaper building was set on fire but no serious damage was done As a result of this hotheadedness four
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