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TO THE Most High, Puisant and most Illustrious PRINCE FRIDERICK LEWIS, Prince Royal of GREAT-BRITAIN,
Prince and Stewart of SCOTLAND, PRINCE of WALES
Electoral Prince of Brunswick Luneburg, Duke of Cornwall, Rothsay, and Edinburgh,
Marquis of the Isle of Ely,
Baron of Snaudon and Renfrew,
Fellow of the Royal Society,
GRE AT SIR,
HE Marquis of CAERNARVON our Right Worshipful GRAND Master, with his Deputy and wardens,
and the Fraternity, have ordered me their Author humbly to dedicate, in their Name, this their Book of Conftitutions to Your ROYAL HIGHNESS.
It was perused and approved by the former and present Grand Officers, and was order’d to be publish'd by our late Grand Master the Earl of DARNLEY with his Deputy and Wardens, and by the GRAND Lodge in his Maftership.
Your ROYAL HIGHNESS well knows, that our Fraternity has been often patronized by Royal Persons in former Ages; whereby Architecture early obtain'd the Title of the Royal Art: And the Free-Mafons have always endeavour'd to deserve that Patronage by their Loyalty.
For we meddle not with Affairs of State in our Lodges; nor with any Thing that may give Umbrage to Civil Magistrates, that may break the Harmony of our own Communications, or that may weaken the Cement of the LODGE,
And whatever, are our different Opinions in other Things (leaving all Men to Liberty of Conscience) as Masons we harmoniously agree in the noble Science and the Royal Art, in the Social Virtues, in being True and Faithful, and in avoiding what may give Offence to any Powers round the Globe, under whom we can peaceably assemble in Ample Form; as now we happily do in these Islands under Your Royal Father, and our Sovereign Lord
King GEORGE II. The Fraternity being All duly sensible of the very great Honour done them by your becoming their Royal Brother and Patron, have commanded me thus to signify their Gratitude, their brotherly Love to your Royal Person, and
their humble Duty to Your Royal PRINCESS; wishing her to be the happy Mother of many Sons, whose Descendants shall also prove the. Patrons of the Fraternity in all future Ages.
In this the Free and Accepted Malons are unanimous, and none can more heartily wish. it, than in all Humility,
Your ROYAL HIGHNESS'S
True and Faithful