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Originally published in 1856, The Principles of Masonic Law by Albert Gallatin Mackey is a classic treatise on the constitutional laws, usages & landmarks of Freemasonry.
Albert G. Mackey, was an American medical doctor, and is best known for his authorship of many books and articles about Freemasonry, particularly Masonic Landmarks. He served as Grand Lecturer and Grand Secretary of The Grand Lodge of South Carolina; Secretary General of the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States.
"In presenting to the fraternity a work on the Principles of Masonic Law, it is due to those for whom it is intended, that something should be said of the design with which it has been written, and of the plan on which it has been composed. It is not pretended to present to the craft an encyclopedia of jurisprudence, in which every question that can possibly arise, in the transactions of a Lodge, is decided with an especial reference to its particular circumstances."
"Were the accomplishment of such an herculean task possible, except after years of intense and unremitting labor, the unwieldy size of the book produced, and the heterogeneous nature of its contents, so far from inviting, would rather tend to distract attention, and the object of communicating a knowledge of the Principles of Masonic Law, would be lost in the tedious collation of precedents, arranged without scientific system, and enunciated without explanation."
Note: This digital reprint is NOT a widely-available, e-Text version. Instead, it is a top-quality, electronic facsimile version of the actual book published in 1856.