Everywhere one turns masons attempt to alter facts, block, or prevent publication of the good works of this lone man (Captain William Morgan) who stood against the corruption & multitude of evils associated with freemasonry. His testimony stands in recognition of his attempts to expose the works of Satan through freemasonry.

William Morgan (anti-Mason)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (wiki has not published the majority of this info claiming it to not be neutral) The pro masonic information seems to stand along with the discredit of Morgan. The info contained herein is from books published around the time of Captain William Morgan’s disappearence and the discovery of his body which washed ashore on October 7, 1827 at Oak Orchard Harbor, NY.

Born 1774
Culpeper, Virginia

Died ca 1826

William Morgan (1774–1826?) was a resident of Batavia, New York, whose disappearance and presumed murder in 1826 ignited a powerful movement against the Freemasons, a secret fraternal society that had become influential in the United States. After Morgan announced his intention to publish a book exposing Freemasonry’s “secrets”, he was arrested, kidnapped by Masons, and murdered according to Freemason Henry Valance deathbed confession to the Morgan murder.

The events sparked a public outcry and inspired Thurlow Weed, a New York politician, to muster discontent and form the new Anti-Masonic Party, which was also opposed to President Andrew Jackson. It ran a presidential candidate in 1828, but by 1835, was nearly defunct.[1]


1 Early life and education

2 Military service

3 Marriage and family

4 Association with Freemasonry

5 Henry L. Valance’ Deathbed Confession

6 The Masonic (Paper/Box) Hoodwink Scheme

7 Reverend Charles Finney (1869)

8 Elder David Bernard – Light On Masonry (1829)

9 The Morgan affair

10 Anti-Masonic Conventions (1827)

11 Aftermath: the anti-Masonic movement

12 Monument to Morgan

13 Representation in other media

14 See also

15 References

16 External links

[edit] Early life and education

Morgan was born in Culpeper, Virginia, in 1774. His birthdate is sometimes listed as August 7, but no source for this is given. He was apprenticed as a bricklayer[2] or stone cutter.

[edit] Military service

Morgan claimed to have served with distinction as a captain during the War of 1812.

–Samuel D. Greene, an anti-Masonic writer, says 1:— ” At the time I joined the Masons, Captain William Morgan was my neighbor, and I was in free and daily intercourse with him. He was a man of fine personal appearance, about fifty years of age, of remarkable conversational powers, so that he was everywhere known as a good talker. He was a native of Culpepper County, Virginia, and was, by trade, a bricklayer; but for several years before coming to Batavia, he had been otherwise employed. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and brought his title of Captain from the army during that war. He had served under General Jackson, at New Orleans, and was a man of fine soldierly bearing. He was gentlemanly and agreeable in his manners.

[edit] Marriage and family

In October 1819, when he was in his mid 40s, Morgan married 16-year old Lucinda Pendleton in Richmond, Virginia. They had two children: Lucinda Wesley Morgan and Thomas Jefferson Morgan.[3] Two years after his marriage, Morgan moved his family for unknown reasons to York, Upper Canada, where he operated a brewery. When his business was destroyed in a fire, Morgan was reduced to poverty.

He returned with his family to the United States, settling first at Rochester, New York, and later in Batavia, where he worked in stone quarries.[4]

[edit] Association with Freemasonry

Morgan attempted to join the Masonic lodge in Batavia but was denied admission is the common claim of masons. However, he had a very extensive knowledge of the degrees and was capable of writing the book outlining the initiate ceremonies for multiple degrees with great accuracy and detail.[5] Angered by the rejection, Morgan said he was going to publish a book entitled Illustrations of Masonry. The book was in fact published (existing still today online PDF format) and Morgan was captured as a result and held at Fort Niagara, he washed up on shore some 40 miles below Niagara (Oak Orchard Harbor, N.Y). The body positively identified by his wife and doctor and confirmed via Morgan’s dental records. [6] Morgan, in his book, critical of the Freemasons and describing their secret degree work in great detail.

He said that a local newspaper publisher, David Cade Miller, had given him a sizable advance for the work. Miller is said to have received the entered apprentice degree (the first degree of Freemasonry), but had been stopped from advancement by the objection of one or more of the Batavia lodge members.[4] This may have inspired him to support Morgan’s work, another claim of masons today as a form of damage control. Morgan had entered into a $500,000 penal bond with three men: Miller, John Davids (Morgan’s landlord) and Russel Dyer. Henry L. Valance admitted on his deathbed that Morgan was kidnapped 9/11/1826 by Masons for writing: Illustrations of Masonry, He was taken North, and Later murdered by Freemason Henry L. Valance and a council of 8 masons who determined Morgan would be drowned in the Niagara River just as the masonic blood oath states for those who reveal masonic secrets. The Entered Apprentice’ penalty for disclosing his secret grip is to have “the throat cut across from ear to ear, the tongue torn out by the roots, and the body buried up to the neck below the high tide line.” As quoted in Captain Morgan’s book Illustrations of Freemasonry.

On October 7, 1827 came the discovery of a drowned man’s body, on the beach at Oak Orchard Harbor, N.Y., about forty miles from Niagara. The body was positively identified as William Morgan by both Morgan’s wife and doctor and verified via dental records. A lone woman made an identification to the Medical Examiner who was a mason and that identification stood.


Samuel D. Greene, an anti-Masonic writer, says 1:— ” At the time I joined the Masons, Captain William Morgan was my neighbor, and I was in free and daily intercourse with him. He was a man of fine personal appearance, about fifty years of age, of remarkable conversational powers, so that he was everywhere known as a good talker. He was a native of Culpepper County, Virginia, and was, by trade, a bricklayer; but for several years before coming to Batavia, he had been otherwise employed. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and brought his title of Captain from the army during that war. He had served under General Jackson, at New Orleans, and was a man of fine soldierly bearing. He was gentlemanly and agreeable in his manners.

E. S. Ferguson, of Uhrichsville, Ohio, a distant relative of Morgan, gave the following information to Morris in 1856[.] Morgan was said to have been born in Culpepper County, Virginia, August 7, 1774. He married Lucinda Pendleton in October, 1819, who was left with two small children when Morgan disappeared in 1826. In 1821 he went to York, Canada, and began business there as a brewer.

Another relative, John Day, a Freemason, of Gordonsville, Kentucky, is quoted as saying that Morgan served his apprenticeship as a bricklayer with Day’s brother at Hap Hazard Mills, Madison County, Virginia. Reaching his majority, Morgan is said to have left for Kentucky, returning to Virginia after four years. He worked upon the Orange County Courthouse, Virginia, and subsequently moved to Richmond.

1. The Broken Seal, or, Personal Reminiscences of the Morgan Abduction and Murder. Boston, 1870, p. 15.

2. William Morgan, or Political Anti-Masonry, its Rise, Growth and Decadence. Rob Morris, LL.D., 1883, p. 55.

Mrs. Lucinda Morgan, in her affidavits, states that she and Morgan came to Western New York and settled at Batavia in 1823. No records have ever been found to indicate where Morgan was initiated, passed and raised in the Craft; neither are records extant indicating when he received the degrees of Mark, Master, Past Master and Most Excellent Master. [5]

[edit] Henry L. Valance’ Deathbed Confession




“The following account of that tragical scene is taken from a pamphlet entitled,’Confession of the murder of William Morgan, as taken down by Dr. John L. Emery, of Racine County, Wisconsin, in the summer of 1848, and now (1849) first given to the public:’

“This ‘Confession’ was taken down as related by Henry L. Valance, who acknowledges himself to have been one of the three who were selected to make a final disposition of the ill-fated victim of masonic vengeance. This confession it seems was made to his physicians, and in view of his approaching dissolution, and published after his decease.

“After committing that horrid deed he was as might well be expected, an unhappy man, by day and by night. He was much like Cain–‘a fugitive and a vagabond.’ To use his own words,’Go where I would, or do what I would, it was impossible for me to throw off the consciousness of crime. If the mark of Cain was not upon me, the curse of the first murderer was–the blood-stain was upon my hands and could not be washed out.

‘He therefore commences his confession thus:–‘My last hour is approaching; and as the things of this world fade from my mental sight, I feel the necessity of making, as far as in my power lies, that atonement which every violator of the great law of right owes to his fellow men’ In this violation of law, he says, ‘I allude to the abduction and murder of the ill-fated William Morgan.’

“He proceeds with an interesting narrative of the proceedings of the fraternity in reference to Morgan, while he was incarcerated in the magazine of Fort Niagara. I have room for a few extracts only, showing the final disposition of their alleged criminal. Many consultations were held, ‘many plans proposed and discussed, and rejected.’ At length being driven to the necessity of doing something immediately for fear of being exposed, it was resolved in a council of eight, that he must die: must be consigned to a ‘confinement from which there is no possibility of escape–THE GRAVE.’ Three of their number were to be selected by ballot to execute the deed. ‘Eight pieces of paper were procured, five of which were to remain blank, while the letter D was written on the others. These pieces of paper were placed in a large box, from which each man was to draw one at the same moment. After drawing we were all to separate, without looking at the paper that each held in his hand. So soon as we had arrived at certain distances from the place of rendezvous, the tickets were to be examined, and those who held blanks. were to return instantly to their homes; and those who should hold marked tickets were to proceed to the fort at midnight, and there put Morgan to death, in such a manner as should seem to themselves most fitting.’ Mr. Valance was one of the three who drew the ballots on which was the signal letter. He returned to the fort, where he was joined by his two companions, who had drawn the death tickets. Arrangements were made immediately for executing the sentence passed upon their prisoner, which was to sink him in the river with weights; in hope, says Mr. Valance, ‘that he and our crime alike would thus be buried beneath the waves.’ His part was to proceed to the magazine where Morgan was confined, and announce to him his fate–theirs was to procure a boat and weights with which to sink him. Morgan, on being informed of their proceedings against him, demanded by what authority they had condemned him, and who were his judges.

‘He commenced wringing his hands, and talking of his wife and children, the recollections of whom, in that awful hour, terribly affected him. His wife, he said, was young and inexperienced, and his children were but infants; what would become of them were he cut off; and they even ignorant of his fate?’ What husband and father would not be ‘terribly affected’ under such circumstances–to be cut off from among the living in this inhuman manner?

“Mr. V.’s comrades returned, and informed him that they had procured the boat and weights, and that all things were in readiness on their part. Morgan was told that all his remonstrances were idle, that die he must, and that soon, even before the morning light. The feelings of the husband and father were still strong within him, and he continued to plead on behalf of his family. They gave him one half hour to prepare for his ‘inevitable fate.’

They retired from the magazine and left him. “How Morgan passed that time,’ says Mr. Valance, ‘I cannot tell, but everything was quiet as the tomb within.’ At the expiration of the allotted time, they entered the magazine, laid hold of their victim, ‘bound his hands behind him, and placed a gag in his mouth.’ They then led him forth to execution. ‘A short time,’says this murderer, ‘brought us to the boat, and we all entered it–Morgan being placed in the bow with myself, along side of him. My comrades took the oars, and the boat was rapidly forced out into the river. The night was pitch dark, we could scarcely see a yard before us and therefore was the time admirably adapted to our hellish purpose.’ Having reached a proper distance from the shore, the oarsmen ceased their labors. The weights were all secured together by a strong cord, and another cord of equal strength, and of several yards in length, proceeded from that. ‘This cord,’ says Mr. V., ‘I took in my hand [did not that hand tremble ?] and fastened it around the body of Morgan, just above his hips, using all my skill to make it fast, so that it would hold. Then, in a whisper, I bade the unhappy man to stand up, and after a momentary hesitation he complied with my order. He stood close to the head of the boat, and there was just length enough of rope from his person to the weights to prevent any strain, while he was standing. I then requested one of my associates to assist me in lifting the weights from the bottom to the side of the boat, while the others steadied her from the stern. This was done, and, as Morgan was standing with his back toward me, I approached him, and gave him a strong push with both my hands, which were placed on the middle of his back. He fell forward, carrying the weights with him, and the waters closed over the mass. We remained quiet for two or three minutes, when my companions, without saying a word, resumed their places, and rowed the boat to the place from which they had taken it.'”

They also kidnapped Mr. Miller, the publisher; but the citizens of Batavia, finding it out, pursued the kidnappers, and finally rescued him.

The courts of justice found themselves entirely unable to make any headway against the wide-spread conspiracy that was formed among Masons in respect to this matter.

These are matters of record. It was found that they could do nothing with the courts, with the sheriffs, with the witnesses, or with the jurors; and all their efforts were for a time entirely impotent Indeed, they never were able to prove the murder of Morgan, and bring it home to the individuals who perpetrated it. But Mr. Morgan had published Freemasonry to the world. The greatest pains were taken by Masons to cover up the transaction, and as far as possible to deceive the public in regard to the fact that Mr. Morgan had published Masonry as it really is.

Masons themselves, as is affirmed by the very best authority, published two spurious editions of Morgan’s book, and circulated them as the true edition which Morgan had published. These editions were designed to deceive Masons who had never seen Morgan’s edition,and thus to enable them to say that it was not a true revelation of Masonry.

[edit] The Masonic (Paper/Box) Hoodwink Scheme

Reportedly, it is a well known “hoodwink” of the masons used to “pull the wool over the eyes” of lower ranking brethren, to place all pieces of paper into the box with the prescribed tally marked upon it (8 pieces of paper all containing the letter D in this case).

The reason for immediately departing and not examining the paper in the presence of the others is that it would instantly reveal that none of the papers contained in the box were blank and that all pages were marked with D for Morgan’s death. Thus guaranteeing that the three masons who had been chosen for the task of Morgan’s murder would each receive the D marked papers.

The masons chosen to carry out the task were likely previously determined by the higher ranking masons prior to the paper/box hoodwink scheme being run (three masons chosen in this case). Thus the highest ranking masons already knew which had been assigned to commit the Morgan murder and merely discarded their own paper, each also marked with the letter D after departing. Knowing each mason present had received an identical paper marked with the letter D, and that only the previously chosen three would actually participate, while the remaining 5 would not attend the Morgan death ceremony despite having also received the letter D on their papers.

Any failure to comply would be considered a failure to “tow the line” likely resulting in being “black balled” within the brotherhood.

This cowardly act, likely later lead to the revelation of Henry L. Valance, as his conscience weighed so heavily that he could not live/die with the fact and confessed upon his deathbed to participation in the horrible deed, revealing all of the specific details to the entire world.

[edit] Reverend Charles Finney (1869)

Reverend Charles Finney in his book published 1869,

(available Online PDF)


Writes of Morgan’s opinion of Freemasonry:

“He regarded it as highly injurious to the cause of Christ, and as eminently dangerous to the government of our country.”

— Why I wrote this book —

IN few words I wish to state what are not and what are my reasons for writing this book.

1. It is not that I have any quarrel or controversy with any member of the Masonic Order. No one of them can justly accuse me of any personal ill-will or unkindness.

2. It is not because I am fond of controversy–I am not. Although I have been compelled to engage in much discussion, still I have always dreaded and endeavored to avoid the spirit and even the form of controversy.

3. It is not because I disregard the sensibility of Freemasons upon the question of their pet institution, and am quite willing to arouse their enmity by exposing it. I value the good opinion and good wishes of Freemasons as I do those of other men, and have no disposition to capriciously or wantonly assail what they regard with so much favor.

4. It is not because I am willing, if I can dutifully avoid it, to render any member of the Fraternity odious. But my reasons are:

1. I wish, if possible, to arrest the spread of this great evil, by giving the public, at least, so much information upon this subject as to induce them to examine and understand the true character and tendency of the institution.

2. I wish, if possible, to arouse the young men who are Freemasons, to consider the inevitable consequences of such a horrible trifling with the most solemn oaths, as is constantly practiced by Freemasons. Such a course must, and does, as a matter of fact, grieve the Holy Spirit, sear the conscience, and harden the heart.

3. I wish to induce the young men who are not Freemasons “to look before they leap,” and not be deceived and committed, as thousands have been, before they were at all aware of the true nature of the institution of Freemasonry.

4. I, with the many, have been remiss in suffering a new generation to grow up in ignorance of the character of Freemasonry, as it was fully revealed to us who are now old. We have greatly erred in not preserving and handing down to the rising generation the literature upon this subject, with which we were made familiar forty years ago. For one, I must not continue this remissness.

5. Because I know that nothing but correct information is wanting to banish this institution from wholesome society. This has been abundantly proven. As soon as Freemasons saw that their secrets were made public, they abandoned their lodges for very shame. With such oaths upon their souls, they could not face the frown of an indignant public, already aware of their true position.

6. Freemasons exhort each other to maintain a dignified silence and are exhorted not to enter into controversy with opposers of Freemasonry. The reasons are obvious to those who are informed. We know why they are silent if they are so, and why they will not enter the field of controversy and attempt to justify their institution. Let anyone examine the question and he will see why they make no attempt to justify Freemasonry as it is revealed in the books from which I have quoted. I greatly desire to have the public, and especially the church of Christ, understand what Freemasonry is. Then let them act as duty requires.

7. Should I be asked why I have not spoken out upon this subject before, I reply that until the question was sprung upon us in this place a year ago, I was not at all aware that Freemasonry had been disinterred and was alive, and stalking abroad over the face of the whole land.

8. This book contains the numbers published in the Independent last year. These are revised, enlarged and rearranged. To these are added eight numbers not heretofore published.

9. I have said in the body of the work, and say also in this preface, that I have no pecuniary intent in the sale of this work. I have not written for money, nor for fame. I shall get neither for my pains. I desire only to do good.


[edit] Elder David Bernard – Light On Masonry (1829)

(Available Online PDF)

(Quote); The following documents are compiled with the design of securing them from the grasp of Masonic power; advancing the cause of truth and justice; preserving the rights and liberties of our country; promoting the glory of the Redeemer’s kingdom; and saving souls from destruction. During several years the compiler was a memer of the Masonic fraternity. While he regarded the ceremonies of the order with disgust, and its oaths with abhorrence, he supposed that there existed principles in the institution which were pure and holy. In the peculiar providence of God, he was led to in vestigate the subject; he found it wholly corrupt; its morality, a shadow; its benvolence, selfishness; its religion, infidelity; and that as a system it was an engine of Satan, calculated to enslave the children of men, and pour contempt on the Most High.

In the immolation of Morgan, he saw the fate of Masonry–

‘Its fall Determined, and its hapless crew– involved In’ that dark deed of death ‘contagion spread Both of its crime and punishment;’

[edit] The Morgan affair

Some members of the Batavia lodge published an advertisement denouncing Morgan. Unknown individuals were reported to have tried to set fire to Miller’s newspaper office.[5] A group of Masons gathered at Morgan’s house claiming that he owed them money. On September 11 1826, Morgan was arrested; according to the law, he could be held in debtor’s prison until the debt was paid. Learning of this, Miller went to the jail to pay the debt and finally secured Morgan’s release.

A few hours later, Morgan was arrested, for a loan which a creditor claimed he had not paid, and for supposedly stealing clothing. He was jailed in Canandaigua. On the night of September 11, a man claiming to be a friend paid Morgan’s debt at the jail, securing his release. The two men went to a waiting carriage, which arrived the next day at Fort Niagara.[4]

Several accounts have conflicts about what followed. The most common version is that Morgan was taken in a boat to the middle of the Niagara River and drowned, as he was never seen again.[7] In 1848 Henry L. Valance allegedly confessed to his part in the murder in a deathbed confession, recounted in chapter two of Reverend C. G. Finney’s book The Character, Claims, and Practical Workings of Freemasonry (18xx).[8] In October 1827, a badly decomposed body washed up on the shores of Lake Ontario. Many presumed it to be Morgan, and the remains were buried under that identification. But the clothing was positively identified as that of Timothy Monroe, a missing Canadian, by his widow.[9][10] Freemasons deny that Morgan was killed, saying that he was paid $500 to leave the country. Contemporary reports included sighting of Morgan in other countries, but none have been confirmed. Three Masons, Loton Lawon, Nicholas Chesebro and Edward Sawyer, were charged with, convicted and served sentences for the kidnapping of Morgan.[11]

[edit] Anti-Masonic Conventions (1827)

On January 13, 1827, an anti-Masonic Convention was held at Seneca, N.Y., which was speedily followed by others in Western New York. Churches participated in the general feeling against the fraternity by disbarring Masons from their pulpits, and in general condemning the “irreligious” tendency of the institution. A convention of Baptist churches held September 12, 1827, at Milton, N.Y., adopted a platform giving the following fifteen reasons for denouncing and opposing Freemasonry:

1. Because Freemasonry professes a divine origin.

2. Because its rites correspond with the Egyptian.

3. Because it adopts unscriptural modes of teaching; it proposes to impart religious consolation with stone hammers.

4. Because its songs are often of a profane character.

5. Because it pretends that its religion and morality are those of the Bible.

6. Because it perverts and degrades the meaning of Scriptural texts.

7. Because it uses the name of God irreverently.

8. Because it authorizes the practice of religious rites, etc., not countenanced in the New Testament.

9. Because it imposes obligations of a moral and religious nature, only communicated to Masons, and not even to churches.

10. Because it affixes new names to God, the Father and the Son.

11. Because it omits the name of Jesus in it’s system.

12. Because it excludes the female sex from its order.

13. Because it amalgamates all men of all religions who profess to believe in the existence of a Supreme Being.

14. Because it authorizes prayers accommodated to the prejudices of the Jews.

15. Because it adopts orders of Knighthood from Popery.

The discovery of a drowned man’s body October 7, 1827, on the beach at Oak Orchard Harbor, N.Y., about forty miles from Niagara, gave new impetus to the excitement, and injected the element on which a new political party was shortly afterwards elected. The published inquest of the coroner’s jury giving “accidental death” as its verdict, brought a party of Batavians to the scene, where the body was disinterred October 13 and [a] second inquest held Monday, October 15, 1827.

[edit] Aftermath: the anti-Masonic movement

Soon after Morgan disappeared, Miller published his book, which became a bestseller because of the notoriety of the events. Miller did not say that Morgan had been murdered but “carried away”. Accounts circulated of Morgan’s having assumed a new identity and settled in Albany, in Canada, or the Cayman Islands, where he was said to have been hanged as a pirate. New York governor DeWitt Clinton, also a Mason, offered a $1,000 reward for information about Morgan’s whereabouts, but it was never claimed.[10]

The circumstances of Morgan’s disappearance and the minimal punishment received by his kidnappers caused public outrage. He became a symbol of the rights of free speech and free press. Protests against Freemasons took place in New York and the neighboring states. Masonic officials disavowed the actions of the kidnappers, but all Masons came under a cloud. Thurlow Weed, a New York politician, formed an anti-Masonic movement, gathering discontented opponents of President Andrew Jackson, known to be a Mason, into the Anti-Masonic political party. It ran a candidate for the presidency in 1828 and gained the support of such notable politicians as William H. Seward.

On that campaign, other Jackson rivals, including John Quincy Adams, joined in denouncing the Masons. In 1832, the Anti-Masonic Party fielded William Wirt as its presidential candidate, but he received only seven electoral votes. By 1835, the party had become moribund everywhere but Pennsylvania, as other issues, such as slavery, became the focus of national attention. In 1847 Adams published a widely distributed book titled Letters on the Masonic Institution, that criticized the Masons’ secret society.

In 1830 Morgan’s widow Lucinda Pendleton Morgan married George W. Harris of Batavia, a silversmith who was 20 years older. After they moved to the Midwest, they became Mormons. By 1837, some historians believe that Pendleton Morgan Harris had become one of the plural wives of Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement.[12] She continued to live with her older husband, George Harris. After Smith was murdered in 1844, she was “sealed” to him for eternity in a rite of the church.[3]

Members of Freemasonry criticized the Mormons for their alleged adoption of Masonic rituals and regalia. In 1841 the Mormons announced their official baptism of William Morgan after his death as one of the first under their new rite to take people into eternal the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[3]

By 1850 the Harrises had separated. When George Harris died in 1860, he had been excommunicated from the Mormons after ceasing to practice with them. That year Lucinda Morgan Harris was reported to have joined the Catholic Sisters of Charity in Memphis, Tennessee, where she worked at the Leah Asylum. She had been widowed three times.[3]

In June 1881 in Pembroke, New York, a grave was discovered in a quarry two miles south of the Indian reservation. In it was a metal box containing a crumpled paper; its few legible words were interpreted to suggest that the remains might have been Morgan’s.[10]

[edit] Monument to Morgan

William Morgan Pillar, April 2011

On September 13 1882, the National Christian Association, a group opposed to secret societies, commissioned and erected a statue in memoriam to Morgan in the Batavia Cemetery. The ceremony was witnessed by 1,000 people, including representatives from local Masonic lodges.[13][14]

The monument reads:

Sacred to the memory of Wm. Morgan, a native of Virginia, a Capt. in the War of 1812, a respectable citizen of Batavia, and a martyr to the freedom of writing, printing and speaking the truth. He was abducted from near this spot in the year 1826, by Freemasons and murdered for revealing the secrets of their order. The court records of Genesee County and the files of the Batavia Advocate, kept in the Recorders office contain the history of the events that caused the erection of this monument.

[edit] Representation in other media

The pharmacist John Uri Lloyd based part of the background story of his popular scientific allegorical novel Etidorhpa (1895), on the kidnapping of William Morgan and the start of the Anti-Masonry movement. In the novel, the speaker is kidnapped by members of a secret society, because he and a publication are suspected to threaten the society’s secrecy. Identifying as “I-Am-The-Man,” he is taken to a cave in Kentucky. He is led on a long, subterranean journey, an inner journey of the spirit as well as a physical one.

In his novel The Craft: Freemasons, Secret Agents, and William Morgan (2010), the author Thomas Talbot presents a fictional version of the William Morgan kidnapping. He portrays him as a British spy, includes rogue British Masons, and has presidential agents thwart an assassination plot.

[edit] See also

List of people who disappeared mysteriously

[edit] References

^ The History Channel, Mysteries of the Freemasons: America, video documentary, 1 August 2006, written by Noah Nicholas and Molly Bedell

^ The Proceedings of the United States Antimasonic Convention, Held at Philadelphia, September 11, 1830. Embracing the Journal of Proceedings, the reports, the Debates, and the Address to the People, Published by I. P. Trimble, Philadelphia et al. 1830. 164 pp.

^ a b c d Thompson, John E.; “The Mormon Baptism of William Morgan”, The Philalethes, February, 1985; 38(1): p. 8

^ a b c Tillotson, Leo F.; Ancient Craft Masonry in Vermont, Vermont Freemasons, Online version

^ a b c anonymous; “The Morgan Affair”, The Short Talk Bulletin, Vol. XI, March 1933; No. 3. Online version

^ Morgan, William (1827), Illustrations of Masonry by One of the Fraternity Who has devoted Thirty Years to the Subject: “God said, Let there be Light, and there was light”, Batavia, N.Y.: David C. Miller, http://utlm.org/onlinebooks/captmorgansfreemasonrycontents.htm

^ “Captain William M. Morgan of Batavia New York”, Christian Martyrs

^ Finney, Charles Grandison; The Character, Claims, and Practical Workings of Freemasonry.

^ Clyde R. Forsberg, Jr., Equal Rites: The Book of Mormon, Masonry, Gender, and American Culture, New York: Columbia University Press, Preface xv.

^ a b c [1] “William Morgan’s Bones; A Skeleton Found in a Quarry in Genesee County” The New York Times, June 22, 1881. Retrieved 2011-07-07.

^ Ridley, Jasper;The Freemasons: A History of the World’s Most Powerful Secret Society, pp. 180-181 (Arcade Publishing 1999).

^ Compton, Todd (1997), In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith, Salt Lake City: Signature Books

^ “An Old Tragedy Revived; Erection Of A Memorial To Morgan, Who Divulged The Secrets Of Masonry”, The New York Times, 14 September 1882, p. 1.

^ “Morgan’s Monument: The Unveiling Ceremonies Witnessed by a Large Crowd Who Listen to Able and Interesting Addresses Substance of the Speeches Proceedings at the Convention A Letter from Thurlow Weed”, The Daily News, Batavia (NY), 14 September 1882. Retrieved 2011-07-07.

[edit] External links

Illustrations of Masonry by Capt. Wm. Morgan

A detailed account from a Canadian Grand Lodge

Morgan’s book on line

Downloadable summary of Morgan Affair from Historic Lewiston, NY



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