[Square & Compasses]

Letter of the month: December 2000

To: masonry-ask@mit.edu
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 02:40:34 -0500
Subject: Batavia NY
MESSAGE-ID: <20001204.024035.-326333.0.yeaks@juno.com>
From: Yeaks Yeaks <yeaks@juno.com>

My father was a free mason and I wonder about a monument that I saw in a cemetary in Batavia NY.

This monument said that (I don't remember the name)was killed by masons because he gave the secrets of the society to non masons.

I have been wondering about this--it is hard to believe but the very large monument does exist and I saw it.

Can you shed any light on this.

Thanks for your time

W. Dean

To: Yeaks Yeaks <yeaks@juno.com>
Subject: Re: Batavia NY
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Mon, 04 Dec 2000 02:40:34 EST."

Yes, the monument really, exists, and the guy supposed to be buried there is named William Morgan.

Did the Masons really do him in? Probably not.

Is that his body in that grave? Almost certainly not.

"The Morgan Affair" is a great story. It started as a small town argument in the 1820s, and became a huge national scandal and even a political affair. A New York politician fanned the flames of the "Anti-Masonry" movement, and as a political party, they even ran a candidate for President.

You can follow this link to several articles about "The Morgan Affair".

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