The Lost History Of The Anti-Masonic Party, The First 3rd Political Party
“In a small town situated in the western part of the State of New York, an event occurred in the autumn of the year 1826, which roused the suspicions first of the people living in the immediate neighborhood, and afterwards of a very wide circle of persons throughout the United States. A citizen of Batavia suddenly disappeared from his family, without giving the slightest warning. Rumors were immediately circulated that he had run away; but there were circumstances attending the act which favored the idea that personal violence had been resorted to, although the precise authors of it could not be distinctly traced. The name of the citizen who thus vanished as if the earth had opened and swallowed him from sight, was William Morgan. He had been a man of little consideration in the place, in which he had been but a short time resident. Without wealth, for he was compelled to labor for the support of a young wife and two infant children, and without influence of any kind, it seemed as if there could be nothing in the history or the pursuits of the individual to make him a shining mark of persecution, on any account. So unreasonable, if not absurd, did the notion of the forcible abduction of such a man appear, that it was at first met with a cold smile of utter incredulity. Among the floating population of a newly settled country, the single fact of the departure of persons having few ties to bind them to any particular spot, would scarcely cause remark or lead to inquiry. Numbers, when first called to express an opinion in the ease of Morgan, at once jumped to the conclusion that he voluntarily fled to parts unknown. So natural was the inference that even to this day, many who have never taken any trouble to look into the evidence, are impressed with a vague notion that it is the proper solution of the difficulty. In ordinary circumstances the thing might have passed off as a nine days’ wonder, and in a month’s time the name of Morgan might have been forgotten in Batavia, had it not been for a single clue which was left behind him, and which, at first followed up from curiosity, soon excited wonder, and from this led to astonishment at the nature of the discoveries that ensued.
The single clue which ultimately unwound the tangled skein of evidence was this. The sole act of Morgan, whilst dwelling in Batavia, which formed any exception to the ordinary habits of men in his walk of life, was an undertaking into which he entered, in partnership with another person, to print and publish a book. This book promised to contain a true account of certain ceremonies and secret obligations taken by those who joined the society of Freemasons. The simple announcement of the intention to print this work was known to have been received by many of the persons in the vicinity, acknowledged brethren of the Order, with signs of the most lively indignation. And as the thing went on to execution, so many efforts were made to interrupt and to prevent it, even at the hazard of much violence, that soon after the disappearance of the prime mover of the plan, doubts began to spread in the community, whether there was not some connection, in the way of cause and effect, between the proposed publication and that event. Circumstances rapidly confirmed suspicion into belief, and belief into certainty. At first the attention was concentrated upon the individuals of the fraternity discovered to have been concerned in the taking off. It afterwards spread itself so far as to embrace the action of the Lodges of the region in which the deed was done. But such was the amount of resistance experienced to efforts made to ferret out the perpetrators and bring them to justice, that ultimately the whole organization of the Order became involved in responsibility for the misdeeds of its members. The opposition made to investigation only stimulated the passion to investigate. Unexampled efforts were made to enlist the whole power of the social system in the pursuit of the kidnappers, which were as steadily baffled by the superior activity of the Masonic power. In time, it became plain, that the only effectual course would be, to go if possible to the root of the evil, and to attack Masonry in its very citadel of secret obligations.” By John Quincy Adams The creation of the Anti-Masonic party soon followed. For a good book on this topic read Letters On Freemasonry. It is John Quincy Adams Letters he wrote while in public office about Freemasonry.
” Masonry ought forever to be abolished. It is wrong, essentially wrong, a seed of evil, which can never produce any good.” John Quincy Adams
The Anti-Mason Party originated in New York in 1827. It resulted from the arrest on September 11th and murder on September 18th of William Morgan in 1826. That year, authorities of Batavia, New York, arrested Morgan for indebtedness of only 2 dollars. He was convicted and jailed for his crimes. The Masons posted his bail when the word got out about the book he was writing in jail called Illustrations Of Freemasonry exposing Masonic secrets. This was William Morgan’s revenge because the Masons would not come to his aid. Its important to remember that William Morgan was a Mason. On the night of September 18, 1826 the Masons posted his bail threw him into a horse and buggy and drowned him in the Niagra River. His body was never recovered. 1000 people attended his funeral in Batavia, NY.
The Anti-Mason Party came into existence to reclaim government from the Masons. It marked the first time in United States history that a formally-organized third political party existed. The party remained strongest in New York. In 1827, New York voters elected fifteen Anti-Masons to the state legislature. In 1831, Darius Lyman, representing the Anti-Mason Party, ran for Ohio’s governor’s seat. Robert Lucas, the Democratic Party’s candidate, won easily. In 1832, the Anti-Masonic Party ran William Wirt for the presidency. He received just over 33,000 votes, 509 from Ohioans, while Jackson, the winner of the election, received more than 687,000 votes nationally and more than 81,000 from Ohioans. With such a poor showing in the presidential election, the Anti-Mason Party fell apart by 1834. The Democratic Party and the Whig Party, the two major political parties of the 1830s and the early 1840s, absorbed the Anti-Mason Party members. In my opinion the Anti-Mason party needs to be restarted to restore the United States from the evil secret society of Freemasons that run it to have true freedom.
Here is some pictures I took of the Grave site of Captain William Morgan when I was in Batavia, NY. It says Freemasons murdered him on the tombstone.