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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 324



with hearty desire, dedicate my body and soul to the Lord, to the most blessed Virgin Mary, and to the house of the chivalry of the Temple, in manner following. If at any time I determine on taking the vows of a religious order, I will choose the religion of the Temple, and none other ; but I will not embrace it except in sincerity, of my own free will, and without constraint. Should I happen to end my days amid the pleasures of the world, I will be buried in the cemetery of the house of the Temple. I promise, through love of God, for the repose of my soul, and the souls of my parents, and of all the dead faithful in Christ, to give to the aforesaid house of the Temple and to the brethren, at my decease, my own horse, with two other saddle-horses, all my equipage and armour complete, as well iron as wood, fit for a knight, and a(hundred marks of silver. Moreover, in acknowledgment of this donation, I promise to give to the aforesaid house of (he Temple and to the brethren, as long as I lead a secular life, a hundred pennies a year at the feast of the nativity of our Lord ; and all the property of the aforesaid house, wberesoever situate, I take under my safeguard and protection, and will defend it in accordance with right and justice against all men. " This donation I have made in the presence of Brother Peter de Montaigu, Preceptor of Spain ; Brother Peter Cadelli, Preceptor of Provence ; and many other brothers of the order. " And we, Brother Peter de Montaigu, Master, with the advice and consent of the other brothers, receive you, the aforesaid Lord William, count of Fourcalquier, as a benefactor and brother (in donatimi et confrairem) of our house, and grant you a bountiful participation in all the good works that are done in the house of the Temple, both here and beyond sea. Of this our grant are witnesses, of the brethren of the Temple, Brother William Cadclli, Preceptor of Provence; Brother Bermond, Pie


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