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PUBLISHED BY
1. P. TRIMBLE, PHILADELPHIA; SKINNER AND DEWEY, NEW YORK; D. B. PACKARD,
ALBANY ; WILLIAM WILLIAMS, UTICA; D. D. SPENCER, ITHACA ; N. D. STRONG,
HARTFORD, CON.; JOHN MARSH AND CO. OFFICE OF THE BOSTON CHRISTIAN
HERÀLD, AND OF THE FREE PRESS, BOSTON, MASS.; AND AT MOST OF

THE BOOKSTORES IN THE UNITED STATES.

1830.

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CONTENTS.

Page.
State Committees

2
Journal of the Convention,

0
Mr. Whittlesey's report on the abduction and murder of William Morgan,
and the means used to prevent convictions,

15
Mr. Ward's report on the origin, &c. of masonry,

33
Mr. Oliver's report on the pretensions of masonry,

36
Mr. Morris' report on the truth of the disclosures,

39
Mr. Taylor's report on the public press,

41
Mr. Hopkins' report on the obligation of masonic oaths,

43
Messrs. Ward and Armstrong's report from the Committee of seceding ma-

sons, or, a summary of freemasonry,
Mr. Thacher's report on the early history of anti-masonry,

65
Mr. Seward's report on the recent history of anti-masonry,
Mr. Ellmaker's report on the presidential nomination,

73

Mr. Walker's report on the disqualifying nature of masonic oaths,

76

Mr. Todd's report on a national correspondence,

png

Mr. Maynard's report on the effect of freemasonry on the Christian religion, 79

Mr. Seward's report of resolutions,

84 1

Debates of the Convention,

85

Address to the people of the United States, reported by Mr. Holley,

143

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NOTE BY THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLICATION.

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It is perceived, with regret, that some few typographical errors have escaped detection, and will appear in the first impressions. These have been corrected when discovered; and if others yet should be found, the notice of them will be received as a favour, and they will be amended.

If any errors of a graver character, in the reports or debates, should appear, the

Committee take occasion to say, that they have not happened through any want of 2 diligence in seeking for the true reading of the manuscript reports, or the true mean

ing of a speaker, from the notes of the stenographer. It is, however, felt, that errors in the sense may possibly have happened, in printing reports drawn up in many dif

ferent, and often obscure hand-writings; and in debates of speakers, whose mean1

ing may in possible cases have been misapprehended. Some of the speakers who are nearest and most accessible, and whose employments permitted, have been so

kind as to revise the notes taken of their remarks. But in this respect, gentlemen 3 who live remote from the place of publication, have suffered a wrong, unavoidable

certainly, but which the Committee cannot reflect upon without regret, and which it is the principal object of this note to acknowledge. For, it has happened in several instances, that some doubt or obscurity has been

discovered in the notes of a gentleman's remarks; but discovered so late, that recourse to him could not be had for explanation, without delaying the publication. Mean time, the public call for the pro

ceedings has been loud and urgent; the Committee thought it safer to omit some 5 speeches than to run the risk of any, even small, errors in the sense ; and in this

manner, injustice has been done to gentlemen residing at a distance, by omitting 61

valuable remarks; and injustice to the public also, by presenting the debates less full 69 · and perfect than was expected. Sometimes a part only of a speaker's remarks has

been inserted, thereby intending to exclude a paragraph, which it was feared did not

correctly express his idea. 76 Among the gentlemen whose remarks, or some of them, are thus omitted, it may

not be improper to name, Mr. Dexter, of Michigan ; Mr. Miles, of Erie, in Pennsylvania, and Mr. Jones of the same state; Mr. Hanna, of Ohio; Mr. Armstrong, of New York ; Mr. Strong, of Connecticut; Mr. Morse, and Mr. M'Culloch, of New Jersey; and if there are still others whose names were not known, it is hoped they will be indulgent for the omission, considering the difficulty which the reporter experienced in learning names, in an assemblage of men so intensely occupied, and so soon dissolved. The Committee think it just to make an unsolicited acknowledge ment of the ability, intelligence, and attention of Mr. Marcus T.C. Gould, stenographer to the Convention.

It remains only to say, that arrangements are made with the publishers to print in • future impressions, such additional speeches or remarks as may be furnished, and to correct errata that may be pointed out; and that for these purposes, communications may be sent to SAMUEL M. HOPKINS, Albany; WILLIAM H. MAYNARD, Utica, or Harman Denny, Pittsburgh,

20th October, 1830.

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In parsuance of a resolation of the Convention, the following list is published, though imperfect. It is requested that perfect lists of all the State Committees may be furnished as soon as possible, in order that the following may be corrected accordingly.

VERMONT.
Martin Flint,
Lebbeus Edgerton, Randolph, Orange County.
Calvin Blodget,

MASSACHUSETTS.
Abner Phelps,

Ebenezer Withington,
John D. Williams,

John P. Whitwell,
George Odiorne,

Benjamin V. French
Henry Gassett,

Daniel Weld,
William Marston,

Jonathan French,
Thomas Walley,

Jacob Hall.
Benjamin W. Lamb,

RHODE ISLAND.
Walter Paine, Jun.

Josiah Wardwell,
Christopher Spencer,

Wyllis Ames,
John Prentice,

Daniel Matthewson,
John Hall,

Lemuel Steere,
John Foster,

Lodowick L. Thurston.

CONNECTICUT.
Jonathan W. Edwards,

Stephen F. Palmer, Ashford,
Gaius Lyman,

Hartford.

Sidney Wadsworth, Farmington,
N. D. Strong,

Henry Perkins, Salem.
Calvin Barber, Simsbury,

OHIO.
Jonathan Sloane,

George B. Depeyster,
Frederick Wadsworth, Ravenna, Portage Co. Gregory Powers, Jun.
Cyrus Prentiss,

PENNSYLVANIA.
Geo. W. Harris,

Aaron Bombaugh,
Francis Wyeth,

John A. Wier,
Valentine Hummel,

Archibald Orme, (Dauphin,)
Lee Montgomery,

Philip Fishburn.
John Fox.

NEW YORK.
Harvy Ely,

Thurlow Weed, Albany,
Frederick Whittlesey, Rochester.

Bates Cooke, Lewiston,
Samuel Works,

Timothy Fitch,Batavia.
F. F. Bachus,

NEW JERSEY.
Joseph Cutler,

Jacob Mann, Morristown.
Botlle Hill.

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ALABAMA.
Bolling Hall,
Samuel S. Graham, Coosada.
Absalom Jackson,
Lewis Johnson,

Cahawba,
Joseph Babcock,

W. R. Norrison,
William Hewes,
A. P. M‘Curdy,
Thomas G. Gill, :
E. Pickens,

Cahawba.

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Ninety-six Delegates* to the United States Anti-masonic Convention, assembled in the District Court Room, in the city of Philadelphia, on the 11th of September, 1830, at 12 o'clock, M.-On motion of Frederick Whittlesey, of the state of New York, it was resolved, that the Convention be organized by appointing a President, four Vice-Presidents, and two Secretaries; whereupon the following gentlemen were unanimously appointed, viz: FRANCIS GRANGER, of the state of New York,

President. JOSEPH RITNER, of the state of Pennsylvania, 1st V. President. ABNER PHELPS, of the state of Massachusetts, 2d V. President. ROBERT HANNA, of the state of Ohio,

3d V. President. SAMUEL W.DEXTER, of the territory of Michigan, 4th V. President. JOHN CLARKE, of the state of Pennsylvania,

Secretaries. NOBLE D. STRONG, of the state of Connecticut,

The Convention being organized, prayer was offered by the Rev. Moses Thacher, of Massachusetts.

On motion of Mr. Whittlesey, --Resolved, that a Committee of one from each state and territory here represented, be appointed to lay before this Convention the subjects proper for its consideration. Messrs. Phelps, of Massachusetts, Messrs. Wadsworth, of Ohio, Terry, of Connecticut,

Vanderpool, of New Jersey,
Whittlesey, of New York,

Dexter, of Michigan,
Todd, of Pennsylvania,

Slifer of Maryland,
Clark, of Vermont,

Kirk, of Delaware,
Paine, of Rhode Island,
were appointed said Committee.

The Convention then adjourned to 4 o'clock, P. M.

The same day, at 4 o'clock, P. M. the Convention met pursuant to adjournment. Samuel P. Lyman, a delegate from the state of New York, and Nathaniel B. Boileau, and Alexander Plummer, delegates from the state of Pennsylvania, appeared and took their seats.

Mr. Phelps, from the Committee, to lay before this Convention, the subjects proper for its consideration, reported in part, by the following resolutions, viz:

1st. Resolved, that a Committee of five be appointed, to prepare and report rules and orders, for the more convenient regulation of the proceedings of this Convention.

2d. Resolved, that a Committee of one from each state and territory here represented, be appointed to report whether it is expedient to elect honorary members of this Convention ; how many, and who are proper persons to be so elected ; and under what restrictions, if any, they are to take seats in this convention.

3d. Resolved, that a Committee be appointed, consisting of all the seceding

** Note by the publishing Committee:- The names of members this day attending, are not here inserted, as the 'names of all who attended the Convention, will appear subscribed to the address at the end of this volume.

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