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Stretton’s ‘Operative’ Masonry: Legacy Or Forgery? By Bernard Dat Translated

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In his introductory notes Stretton explains that for thousands of years Guilds in general and Free Masons in particular have kept strictly secret their ancient methods of working. Stretton shows a constant desire to demonstrate the perfect logic and coherence of the operative system as well as to prove its authenticity. A systematic study of all documents reveals one notable fact: unless other documentary evidence comes to light, there is no trace of the working by any Lodges of Stretton?s System before its discovery or creation by Stretton himself in 1908. Throughout all of his correspondence Stretton demonstrates great hostility towards James Anderson. This is hardly surprising since he attributes the creation of the Moderns? speculative Freemasonry to his distortion of Operative Freemasonry.

Keywords: James Anderson; Operative Freemasonry; Stretton



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