MASONRY is an art equally useful and
extensive. In every art there is a mystery, which requires a gradual
progression of knowledge to arrive at any degree of perfection in it.
Without much instruction, and more exercise, no man can be skillful in any
art; in like manner, without an assiduous application to the various
subjects treated of in the different lectures of Masonry, no person can be
sufficiently acquainted with its true value.
It must not, however, be inferred from this
remark, that persons who labor under the disadvantages of a confined
education, or whose sphere of life requires a more intense application to
business or study, are to be discouraged in their endeavors to gain a
knowledge of Masonry.
To qualify an individual to enjoy the