Fascinating Historical Records Recount Abduction & Disappearance Of Anti-Freemason Author in 1826- & Subsequent Criminal Conviction of 4 Freemasons in New York Court
By Martin Hill
May 26, 2015


Regardless of what you think of the Freemasons, there is a fascinating and documented historical account of a little know abduction and disappearance of an anti-mason agitator which occurred on September 11, 1826. Captain William Morgan was kidnapped and hauled away by Freemasons as he was about to publish a book on the craft, which his publisher had characterized as containing the "strongest evidence of rottenness." The two men contended that the secretive group subverted the public interest and went against decent ideals.

The masons had also attempted to abduct the book's publisher, David C. Miller, but he defended himself along with a group of armed men.

As the controversy captivated the public's attention, many public figures who were Freemasons defended Morgan's abduction. A member of the New York Legislature said "If they are publishing the true secrets of Masonry, we should not think the lives of half a dozen such men as Morgan and Miller of any consequence in suppressing the work." A Masonic judge in the Genesee County sneered "whatever Morgan's fate might have been, he deserved it - he had forfeited his life."

Four freemasons were eventually convicted of the crime of William Morgan's abduction in a New York court, in which a judge publicly excoriated the craft, saying it went against everything America stood for.

At sentencing, Judge Enos T. Throop pronounced that their crime was a "daring, wicked and presumptuous" act that had "polluted this land." Addressing the "heaviest part of your crime," Judge Throop continued, "Your conduct has created, in the people of this section of the country, a strong feeling of virtuous indignation. The court rejoices to witness it�to be made sure that a citizen's person cannot be invaded by lawless violence, without its being felt by every individual in the community. It is a blessed spirit, and we do hope that it will not subside�that it will be accompanied by a ceaseless vigilance, and untiring activity. . . . We see in this public sensation the spirit which brought us into existence as a nation, and a pledge that our rights and liberties are destined to endure."

Miller's body was never found, but his abduction and disappearance and the subsequent societal firestorm also launched the fascinating story of the short-lived Anti-Mason political party, which established a new way in which political conventions were to be run.

The Four freemasons were convicted of abducting Morgan, yet he was never seen again. As Morgan was dragged off by the masons, he screamed "MURDER!!"

You see, Morgan had infiltrated the masonic ceremonies and was going to write a book on it. Why didn't they want their 'innocent charitable masonic deeds' exposed for all the world to see? Visit the LibertyFight.com Freemasonry Archives for the answers to this question, because as Pope Pius VIII explained about the freemasons, "Their Law is Untruth: Their God is the Devil and their Cult is Turpitude."

Here is an excerpt from 'The Mysteries of the Masons,' By Andrew Burt.

... In 1826, a shadowy cabal kidnapped a man who had threatened to expose the rites of the secretive brotherhood. American politics were never the same again.

...To this day, nobody knows the true fate of Capt. William Morgan. A failed businessman and citizen of generally low repute, Morgan was abducted from his home, in the town of Batavia, New York, in the early morning of Sept. 11, 1826. He soon found himself in a Canandaigua jail cell, about 50 miles away, imprisoned for a debt of $2.65. The whole ordeal was doubtless confusing to Morgan, a man best known for his drinking. It likely became even more confusing when a stranger paid his bail. But that man had no intention of setting him free. Morgan emerged from the jail only to be forced into a carriage, reportedly screaming out "murder" while he was being dragged away.

...This is the last anyone ever saw of Morgan, about whom little else is certain. ... What we do know is that whatever happened to him, trapped inside that northbound carriage and fearing for his life, Morgan never came back.

...Over the next few years, the details of Morgan's abduction would slowly come to light, setting off a political firestorm and giving rise to the first third party in American politics. Evidence suggested that Morgan's abduction was carried out by members of a secret organization known as the Masons. Americans soon came to believe in the existence of a Masonic plot to overthrow society from within; the country's very existence, many proclaimed, was now in jeopardy. What began as an obscure crime in upstate New York would spark one of the first episodes of political hysteria in American history, laying the foundation for a long line of political crusades to come.

...The story of Morgan's disappearance begins in the summer of 1826, when a new era was dawning in the nation's history. Fifty years after the Declaration of Independence, the last of America's founding generation was dying off�a turning point highlighted by the deaths of both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on the Fourth of July that year. What would become of America's "great experiment" in democracy without the presence of the founders?
January 2, 2015

...In upstate New York, then on the outer edges of America's frontier, two men were occupied with a different question: how to secure personal fame and fortune. The first was David C. Miller, the publisher of Batavia's Republican Advocate....The second was William Morgan, who had moved his family restlessly throughout the countryside, working first as a brewer, now as a stoneworker, hauling his wife, Lucinda, and two young children from one failed venture to the next.

...The two men made an odd pair, but what they lacked in common background they shared in common circumstance�and now in common goals. Over that summer the two hatched a plan to expose to the world the inner workings of the secret society of Freemasons.

...Not surprisingly, both men harbored deep-seated animosity toward Freemasonry, which served as a symbol for the establishment class.

......In the years between America's founding and 1826, Masonry had only grown more powerful, especially in New York. Gov. DeWitt Clinton was not only a Mason but had also been the grand master of the Grand Lodge of New York and the highest-ranking Mason in the country. By one estimate, more than half of all publicly held offices in New York were occupied by Masons.

...Miller first hinted at some type of forthcoming revelation in an article published in the Advocate in August 1826. He had discovered the "strongest evidence of rottenness," he wrote, evidence that compelled him and an unnamed collaborator, "to an act of justice to ourselves and to the public." This bombshell was a book, to be compiled by Morgan and printed by Miller, detailing Masonic rituals and misdeeds at the highest levels of power. Morgan wasn't a member of the Masons, but he had convinced other Masons that he was and had been granted access to a neighboring Masonic lodge. Morgan was thus able to witness the Masons' ceremonies, recording their doings in a manuscript.

...News of Miller and Morgan's impending publication soon began to spread and Masons in neighboring counties began to worry about the disclosures. Reported one Mason at that time: "[I] never saw men so excited in my life." Committees of Masons were quickly organized to investigate the revelations, and "everything went forward in a kind of frenzy." Groups of concerned Masons began harassing Miller and Morgan with prosecutions for petty debt, with the tacit cooperation of the county sheriff, who briefly placed Morgan in jail. Strange men, thought to be Masons from other counties, now began to make suspicious appearances in the villages of Ontario County, putting not just Miller and Morgan on edge but entire towns too.
January 2, 2015

...On Sept. 8 a group of Masons attempted to destroy Miller's offices. Capping a night of drinking at a local tavern, a group of several dozen men descended onto the print shop. There they found that Miller had convened a posse of his own, equipped with firearms and ready to fight. The Masons retreated, and Miller was safe�for the time being. Two nights later, Miller's office suddenly erupted into flames, though the fire was detected early and no serious damage was done. Cotton balls dipped in turpentine were reportedly found throughout the print shop.

...On Sept. 11 the conflict escalated. A half-dozen Masons showed up at Morgan's home with an arrest warrant. The charges: petty larceny for stealing a shirt and tie, lent to Morgan by the owner of the town's tavern, which Morgan had failed to return.

...Soon Morgan was being whisked away in a carriage, though reportedly without worry. He apparently thought that testifying that he had simply forgotten to return the items would get him off the hook. He was right. The charges fell through and he was released�only to be immediately arrested again for the outstanding debt of $2.65. This time, the charges stuck.

...Morgan spent the following night in jail. The next day, he was forced into the carriage that sped northward out of town, never to be seen again.


The crime had exposed a powerful group, shrouded in secrecy, manipulating the law for its own purposes.

That wasn't the end of the ordeal: A group of Masons soon came back for Miller. On Sept. 12 roughly 70 armed Masons rallied at a tavern while a constable presented the publisher with a warrant for his arrest on questionable charges and conveyed him to the nearby town of Le Roy. Luckily for Miller, his lawyer and an armed posse from Batavia followed along, carrying him back home when the charges fell through.

As Miller and his crew returned to Batavia, the story of his arrest spread throughout the neighboring villages and towns. It was loose ends like Miller, and the family that Morgan had left behind, that would cause the Masons the most trouble. The fate of Morgan's wife, Lucinda, for example, would help to stoke up sympathy and support for Morgan's plight, deepening the public's anger over the Masons' crimes. The mother of two small children now no longer had a husband to depend on.
January 2, 2015

But the Morgan affair wasn't just about the disappearance of one man. The crime had exposed the existence of a powerful group, shrouded in secrecy, manipulating the law for its own purposes. The story of Morgan's kidnapping, as it was told and retold throughout the coming weeks, focused on how the elite Masons had turned the public interest into a private one and how the government itself may have been perverted in the process.

...Two weeks after the abduction, a series of heavily attended public meetings was held. Though the meetings were initially called to solve the mystery of Morgan's fate, they were equally about calming the public's fear. There was no guarantee, after all, that what happened to Morgan could not happen to others.

...As a result of the Batavia meetings, a panel was established, the so-called Committee of Ten, which began sending agents into neighboring towns to investigate the abduction, gathering facts and taking down testimony. Soon neighboring towns followed suit with committees of their own, all tasked with shedding light on the crime. These public meetings were people's meetings, and they convened people's committees: No government authorities were called in because none, many suspected, could be trusted.

...The committees were created to calm the public's sense of fear, but in fact they helped to deepen it. Throughout the months of October and November, citizen representatives of the committees traveled throughout upstate New York spreading the story of Morgan's abduction, serving to confirm the wild stories local newspapers were already printing about the kidnapping. Those who initially didn't believe what they read now heard witnesses attest to the truth of the affair. Meanwhile, speculation about Morgan's fate was becoming more and more sensational. One version of the kidnapping ended with Morgan being murdered in some sort of occult Masonic ceremony, with his throat slit "from ear to ear" and his tongue cut out with a knife.

...Within a few months, the outrage over Morgan's kidnapping transformed from public fear to political hysteria. Though clearly only a few Masons were guilty of any crime, it was the reaction of other Masons that convinced much of the public that they weren't dealing with a simple crime but with a widespread conspiracy. Many Masons began publicly�and inexplicably�to defend Morgan's abduction, and many of them were public figures to boot. "If they are publishing the true secrets of Masonry," said one former member of the New York Legislature, we "should not think the lives of half a dozen such men as Morgan and Miller of any consequence in suppressing the work." Another Masonic judge on the Genesee County court stated that, "whatever Morgan's fate might have been, he deserved it�he had forfeited his life."
January 2, 2015

...The nascent anti-Masonic movement gained an expanded sense of purpose as the Morgan affair began working its way through the courts. In October, a group of Masons were indicted on charges of rioting and assault for the attempt to imprison Miller. In November, four other Masons were indicted for the conspiracy to abduct Morgan.

...By January 1827, the trial was set to begin in Canandaigua, New York, where teams of lawyers, bankrolled by local Masonic lodges, assembled to represent the four Masonic defendants. The district attorney prosecuting the case had amassed a team of his own, which in the end would prevail�though the win would be more symbolic than substantive. The four defendants were sentenced to lenient terms, ranging from two years to one month in prison, convicted only of forcibly moving Morgan from one place to another against his will. What happened to Morgan in the end, and the larger conspiracy behind his abduction, was still conspicuously unsolved.

...If the public wanted justice, this surely was not it. But the trial proved fulfilling in another sense, thanks in no small part to Judge Enos T. Throop. When it came time for him to read the sentencing statement to the four guilty men, Throop read much more than a simple description of their punishment. What he told the Masons, in front of a rapt courtroom, soon to be reprinted in papers across the state, revealed that their trial was about something greater than their offense alone.

...Throop began by describing the four Masons' crimes. Theirs was a "daring, wicked and presumptuous" act, he said, one that had "polluted this land." The men had robbed the state of a citizen, left the victim's wife and his children "helpless," and somehow shielded the rest of the culprits from being brought to justice. But this act on its own was not even the "heaviest part of your crime," as Throop explained:

...Your conduct has created, in the people of this section of the country, a strong feeling of virtuous indignation. The court rejoices to witness it�to be made sure that a citizen's person cannot be invaded by lawless violence, without its being felt by every individual in the community. It is a blessed spirit, and we do hope that it will not subside�that it will be accompanied by a ceaseless vigilance, and untiring activity. . . . We see in this public sensation the spirit which brought us into existence as a nation, and a pledge that our rights and liberties are destined to endure.

What Throop saw in the public indignation was a dedication to America's founding spirit. The citizens, it seemed, were willing to enforce the laws themselves, if that's what it took to protect American ideals. What began as the public's reaction to a local kidnapping was now evolving into a common dedication to protect America's core values.
January 2, 2015

..."In fastening on Masonry as the foremost evil in the Republic," writes historian Paul Goodman, "Antimasons were responding to the emergence of industrial society which clashed with the remnants of a pre-industrial order." America, many thought, was entering an era of chaos, and one in which the principle of equality was fundamentally threatened. And by the end of the year, the party was already sweeping the polls in New York. In the elections of 1827, for example, the party of the sitting U.S. president, John Quincy Adams, would elect 12 members to the New York Legislature while the Anti-Masons would elect a shocking 15. The following summer, just a few months before the national elections of 1828, Adams himself had openly aligned himself with the Anti-Masons by declaring that, "I am not, never was, and never shall be a Freemason"�proving that the party had jumped from a statewide political phenomenon to become a national one.

...As for the former Anti-Masons themselves, many of the movement's leaders went on to bigger achievements even after the demise of their party. Millard Fillmore, a New York Anti-Mason from the start, became president in 1850. William Seward, another New York Anti-Mason, became Abraham Lincoln's secretary of state, serving as a key member of the president's wartime cabinet. William Morgan's lonely widow, Lucinda Morgan, would herself go on to further renown. She moved west and reportedly remarried a man named Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Mormons - a group that, like the Freemasons, would soon find itself the target of future political crusades.

[Read the entire, fasdcinating article here: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/history/2015/05/masons_and_american_history_the_1826_kidnapping_allegedly_by_freemasons.html.]

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