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Lord George Gordon and Cabalistic Freemasonry: Beating Jacobite Swords into Jacobin Ploughshares

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In the process of tracing the transformation of Jacobite Freemasonry into Jacobin Freemasonry, in Sweden, Poland, France, and Britain, the strange career of Gordon emerged as a palimpsest of the more extreme factors in that transformation. Since 1717, Jacobites and Hanoverians had struggled for dominance within Freemasonry, and rival systems of lodges emerged in Britain and abroad. Though Gordon may have initially believed that his scheme of utilizing Jewish Freemasons for "financial pacifism" and "regeneration operations" would liberate England from its autocratic Hanoverian King, the recovery of George III and the Prince's steady loss of prestige, subverted the dream. But, when Blake in his revolutionary prophecy Jerusalem, placed a figure that strikingly resembled Gordon on the frontispiece and issued a call to Cabalistic Jews to join illuminated Christians in the rebuilding of Jerusalem, one suspects that the Masonic dreams of Falk, Cagliostro, and Gordon were not completely forgotten.

Keywords: Cabalistic Jews; Cagliostro; England; Gordon; Hanoverians; Jacobite Freemasonry; Jerusalem

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