Joseph Fort Newton

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Rev. Joseph Fort Newton

America 1876 - 1950

Comments: Freemason; Baptist Minister; Masonic historian, who while relating legends of Egypt, felt they should be honored as the forerunners of architecture, not that they had Lodges like ours; His father was rescued from a Civil War POW camp by a Union soldier who recognized his Masonic sign, nursed him back to health, and gave him a gun and $ to get back home to TX; preached One man living a Brotherly Life is worth 1,000 lectures on Brotherhood; added the last chapter to his early book, "The Unknown Builders" just before death summing up his life philosophy; Points out Albert Pike's "borrowing from Eliphas Levi's Mysteries of Magic. A Digest of the Writings of Eliphas Levi with Biographical and Critical Essay by A.E. Waite in the conclusion of Morals and Dogma (1871);

Teachers: Francis Bacon; Eliphas Levi; Albert Pike; Albert Mackey; William Preston; Thomas Smith Webb; William Schaw; William Sinclair or the St. Clair family of Roslin; David Cunningham of Robertland; Sir James Murray of Kilbaderton; Sir Anthony Alexander; Robert Drummond of Carnok; Sir John Veitch of Dawyck; John Carmichael; William Moray of Dreghorn; Sir Robert Moray, his brother; Sir William Bruce, 1671; John Theophilus Desaguliers,James Anderson; Elias Ashmole; Thomas Ruddiman; William Stranhan; MWGM James Heseline; Martin Clare, who added Christina elements; Capt. George Smith, Inspector of the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich; Dr. Thomas Manningham; Thomas Dunkery; Right Worshipful Bro. William L Hutchinson P.G.W., who added still more Christina symbolism to the rituals; Laurence Dermott of the Ancient Grand Lodge ; Malcolm C. Duncan ; Rob Morris aka Robert Morris; Daniel Coxe; Henry Price; James Graeme; Benjamin Gleason; Henry Fowle; Jeremy L. Cross, author of True Masonic Chart, 1819; G. M. Phillip Tucker; Phillip C Tucker, Jr; John Barney; RW Samuel Wilson; Charles W. Moore; Daniel Sickels;

Students: Manly P. Hall; H. L. Haywood aka Harry Leroy Haywood;

Friends; Jennie Mai Deatherage, wife;


Organizations: Freemasonry, 1902, Friendship Lodge No. 7, Dixon, Illinois; First Baptist Church, Paris, TX; Universalist Church of the Divine Paternity, New York City, NY;

Author: The Builders- A Story and Study of Freemasonry, 1914; The Men’s House - Masonic Papers and Addresses, 1923; River of Years, autobiography, 1944; Altar Stairs: a Little Book of Prayer, 1928; Brothers and Builders: the Basis and Spirit of Freemasonry, 1924; God and the Golden Rule, 1927; Live, Love, and Learn: a Little Book about the Great Business of Living, 1943; Modern Masonry: a Brief Sketch of the Craft Since 1717, 1924; Some Living Masters of the Pulpit: Studies in Religious Personality, 1923; The Angel in the Soul , 1932; The Green Light of Masonry, 1924; The Sword and the Spirit: Britain and America in the Great War , 1918; The Religion of Masonry: An Interpretation, 1927;

Quotes: “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges” ; “A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last” ; "In the noisy clamor of the world our wise Masonry does not strive and cry aloud, indulging in agitations and the making of programs. It works in quieter, gentler ways, teaching men the religion of the brotherly life knowing that by as much as the world fills up with men of 'the larger heart and the kindlier hand,' by so much will our dreams of a juster, gentler, happier world come true, and the final hope of the Kingdom of God on earth be fulfilled. Slowly the Temple rises, builded by the love of many hearts and the loyalty of many workers; and at last it will be completed, and dedicated." "Masonry is mystical as music is musical - like poetry, and love, and faith, and prayer, and all else that makes it worth our time to live; but its mysticism is sweet, sane, and natural, far from fantastic, and in nowise eerie, unreal or unbalanced. Of course these words fail to 'describe' it, as all words must, and it is therefore that Masonry uses parables, pictures and symbols."; "The secret of Masonry, like the secret of life, can be known only by those who seek it, serve it, live it. It cannot be uttered; it can only be felt and acted. It is, in fact, an open secret, and each man knows it according to his quest and capacity. Like all things worth knowing, no one can know it for another and no man can know it alone.";

Resources: Masonic Enlightenment, edited by Michael R. Poll;; read him here - ; or here - ; ;