Statement of President John Quincy Adams
On the Institution of Freemasonry
& the 9-11 Abduction and Assasination of Captain William Morgan
"Freemasonry, corporate Freemasonry, is chargeable with the
stealing of a free citizen, and the murder of a father and
husband. The proof of this subject is perfectly conclusive
and is to be found in the reports of the trials of the
kidnappers of William Morgan, and in the official accounts
given by different Special Attorneys.
It is responsible for having baffled inquiry, for having
defeated investigation by the removal of witnesses and for
having produced the acquittal of persons notoriously guilty.
It has been decided by Judge Marcy in New York and by two
sets of triers at circuit court held by Judge Gardiner in
the same state, and by a court in Rhode Island, that the
obligations of Freemasons disqualified a man from being an
impartial juror in a case where a brother mason was a party;
and such undoubtedly is the law of the land.
The Grand Lodge of New York has given one hundred dollars in
charity to one of the most guilty kidnappers of Morgan. The
Grand Chapter of the same state has given one thousand
dollars to aid and sustain other well-known kidnappers and
to enable them to escape from justice, at a time when they
had no money to bestow in charity to widows and orphans.
This has recently been established in the trial of a libel
suit brought by Jacod Gould, which was tried at Albany, New
But perhaps the most remarkable evidence of the binding
force of masonic obligations and the real power of the
fraternity, is afforded in the conduct of those who control
the newspapers of the country.
When the English forger Stephenson was kidnapped in a
distant state and brought forcibly to New York, the whole
country rang with the alarm which was sounded by the
newspapers and every patriot was called on to resent this
invasion of personal liberty.
But when a free citizen of America was dragged from his
family, forcibly carried through the country and drowned in
the deep waters of the Niagra, a death-like silence pervaded
the newspapers; or if they spoke, it was to notice the
outrage in terms of irony and as a trifling and
The papers of every party teemed with the most gross
misrepresentations; a simultaneous attack was made on all
who were engaged in discovering the offenders; fabricated
accounts of Morgan having been seen at different and distant
places were incessantly circulated and every effort made to
delude the public and mislead inquiry.
How tremendously powerful must have been that organization,
which could produce that shameful treachery of the press to
its public duties!
These facts are as notorious as the sun at noon-day and a
stronger proof of their general truth cannot be adduced,
than the single circumstance that to this day, thousands and
millions of reading citizens of this counrtry are ignorant
of Morgan's abduction and murder and are totally uninformed
of the abominations of Freemasonry."
-- President John Quincy Adams
[William Morgan was abducted 9/11 1826 and murdered by
Freemasons because he had tried to expose the evils of
Freemasonry. On his grave stone, the words are
The bane of our evil institutions is to be found in Masonry,
Already powerful and daily becoming more so. I owe to my
country an exposure of its dangers. Capt. W MORGAN.]