Further, it is considered that, had any effort been made to take the sense of so widely extended an order embracing in its ramification the world itself—too mucli time would have been required; and that as the members of our profession include every class of the great family of mankind, from the crowned head to the yeoman, we would at once announce our readiness to afford to all a miscellany which it is confidently trusted will meet their approbation; and the conductors, while they thus offer free and unfettered their first number to the kind protection and honest judgment of the Brethren at large, ask no support but wliat it may be found to deserve—and anticipate no other success than that which the maturity of Masonic opinion may accord to it upon the clearest examination.
It is neither our intention, or wish, merely to follow the arrangements pre-occupied by our literary contemporaries, or take undue advantage of their industry and experience. No—like the adventurous mariner, we launch our bark upon the vast sea of time, to tracé amid the billows of centuries, and the wrecks of nations, the rise, progress, and purposes of ancient Freemasonry.
There are few sciences in the world, perhaps, upon which mankind have more speculated, or have been more generally in ei-ror, than Freemasonry. The antiquary lias pondered with admiration upon an institution whose origin his most anxious endeavours have failed to tracé. The legislator lias marvelled at the peculiar construction of those lavvs whose