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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ. The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple

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CHARLES G. ADDISON, ESQ.
The history of the Knights Templars, Temple Church, and the Temple
page 240



of the order of the Temple in the kingdom of Scotland received JAMES DI their orders, rules, and observances from the Master of the, uno. Λ.D Temple in England, and that the Master in England received the rules and observances of the order from the Grand Master and the chief convent in the East ; that the Grand Master or his deputy was in the habit of visiting the order in England and elsewhere ; of summoning chapters, and making regulations for the conduct of the brethren and the administration of their property. Being asked as to the mode of his reception, he states that when William, de la More, the Master, held his chapter at the preceptory of Temple Bruere in the county of Lincoln, he sought of the assembled brethren the habit and the fellowship of the order ; that they told him that he little knew what it was he asked, in seeking to be admitted to their fellowship ; that it would be a very hard matter for him, who was then his own master, to become the servant of another, and to have no will of his own ; but notwithstanding their representations of the rigour of their rules and observances, he still continued earnestly to seek their habit and fellowship. He states that they then led him to the chamber of the Master, where they held their chapter, and that there, on his bended knees, and with his hands clasped, he again prayed for the habit and the fellowship of the Temple ; that the Master and the brethren then required him to answer questions to the following effect:—Whether he had a dispute with any man, or owed any debts ? whether he was betrothed to any woman ? and whether he had any secret iufirmity of body? or knew of anything to prevent him from remaining within the bosom of the fraternity? And having answered all those questions satisfactorily, the Master then asked of the surrounding brethren, " Do ye give your consent to the reception of brother Walter?" who unanimously answered that they did ; and the Master and the brethren then standing up, received him the said Walter in this tt 2


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