[Square & Compasses]

Letter of the month: September 1999

Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 4:28:50 PM -0500
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Subject: Gary, I've been looking for someone with knowledge of Masonry
From: "Geoff Ashman" <geoff.ashman@expertcentral.com>
To: dryfoo@MIT.EDU

Dear Gary Dryfoos,

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To: "Geoff Ashman" <geoff.ashman@expertcentral.com>
Subject: Re: Gary, I've been looking for someone with knowledge of Masonry 
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Fri, 24 Sep 1999 16:28:50 CDT."

dear Geoff,

Thanks for the invitation, but I don't know if I have any time to answer even more questions about Masonry than the load I'm already carrying. I do have to fit some actual paying work into my day, too, now and then.

In short, I can't afford to do it for free, and neither could I in good conscience charge people $$ to answer questions about Masonry. That's why I and so many others have put up web-sites about our ancient institution.

Besides which, the truth is you really don't need an expert. You could handle fully 95% of the questions you'll get about Masonry with these three answers:

  • No, Masonry is not a Satanic cult. But if you already think it is, you won't believe this answer anyway. For more info, see: http://www.masonicinfo.com/
  • I can't tell you about the lodge your great-great-grandfather belonged to. You should contact his lodge. If you don't know the lodge, you can contact his state's grand lodge for information about how to contact a particular lodge or perhaps even information on an individual Mason; write to the office of the Grand Secretary. For more info, see: http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/Questions/grandpa.html
  • To join Masonry, you should ask a Mason in person, a member of a lodge somewhere near where you live or work. If you cannot find a lodge in your area, you could write to your state's Grand Lodge and ask about nearby lodges. Fore more info, see: http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/how-to1.html

As I say, that'll handle nearly all of it. For the remaining 5%, you could always point them to my website.

Best of luck,

| Gary L. Dryfoos <dryfoo@mit.edu>| PM: Ocean Lodge AF&AM, Saugus GL Mass.
| P.O.Box 425400, Camb, MA 02142  |   & Mt. Scopus Lodge AF&AM, Malden ""
| http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/  | 32~; MPS; B'hood o/t Blue Forget-Me-Not;
| w: 617.253-0184 f: 617.258-6875 | Internet Lodge #9659, E. Lancs UGLE
|       Rt. Wor. Grand Rep. of the GL of Russia near the GL of Massachusetts
|   "...one sacred band, or society of Friends and Brothers, among
|    whom no contention should ever exist, save that noble contention,
|    or rather emulation, of who best can work and best agree."

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