Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Book of Wisdom: Freemasonry Through the Veil of an Ancient French Manuscript
Compiled by Freemason Jean Doszedardski (b. 1770) during the early 1800s, the “Book of Wisdom” contains “statutes and general regulations” for Lodge le Choix des Hommes, located in Jacmel, San Domingo (sic). (Blogger's note: The correct name was Saint Domingue which became Haiti after the revolution in 1804.) Now translated from the original French, the book provides an entrée into the lodges of the West Indies during the late 1700s and early 1800s. In addition to details about how the lodge pursued its routine business, the end of the book includes a history of the development of Scottish Rite Freemasonry as it traveled from France to the West Indies and, eventually, to the United States.
The original manuscript is part of a collection of documents compiled by Doszedardski, now in the collection of the Van Gorden-Williams Library and Archives at the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library. Kamel Oussayef, 33°, completed the translation over several years as a volunteer at the Museum & Library. Director of Collections Aimee E. Newell, Ph.D., provided an introduction and historical notes for the text.
Book of Wisdom: Freemasonry through the Veil of an Ancient French Manuscript is available now for $34.95 plus shipping from the Supreme Council, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, at
Scottish Rite Northern Jurisdiction Museum Shop