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18) The Masonic Connection

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The Masonic Connection

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The Great Fire of London by an Unknown Painter

The Masonic Connection From Scotland with Love, you might say. It has been shown (Robinson) that, with the persecution by France, Spain and the Pope, the Templars ended up in Scotland and, with the great fire in London in 1666 and another one in Edinburgh the very next year, Masonry got a huge boost in memberships from all the skilled laborers that were needed to rebuild both those cities so that, by the time of the Revolution, there were lodges all over the Isles and the Continent and the Colonies.

When King James ascended the Throne in London he brought Scottish Templar Masonry with him (in my opinion) and thus Scottish Masonry got a foothold in England to rival the London Lodge and they eventually set up shop in York which we will see again. The Grandmaster of the "Ancient York" Lodge was so charismatic that he succeeded in drawing in a lot of Nobility so that, before long the York Lodge was more popular than the "Modern London" Lodge. All of the Masonic Lodges in the Colonies were under the umbrella of the Modern London Lodge (i.e. the British Crown) with the only exception being Pennsylvania which was under the umbrella of the Ancient York Lodge (Freemasons by H. Paul Jeffers, pg. 54).

At the time the war broke out the Crown was trying to unite the two Lodges (in order to control the York Lodge) and they were very close to closing the deal. This is why, regardless of which side in the war they were on, they had no real conflict with the enemy Officers who were their Masonic Brothers, or soon would be, and they didn't really care who won the war (which they all thought would be England), because they would still have their occupations and possessions when the war was over.

Thus, many of the Officers in America's Army were actively trying to lose the war while making it look like they were trying to win the war or not trying at all which amounts to the same thing. This was the current social environment in the country among the Founding Fathers at this stage in the war which is why Congress met in Philadelphia at this time - the city of Brotherly Love - during the American Civil War as the Brits called this conflict.

All of this changed completely when General Charles Lee dropped his Bombshell.



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