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Joint Comm. on Secret Societies and Monopolies. Report, 1836
Senate No. 87 Report on secret societies and monopolies by a Joint Committee of the Legislature of Massachusetts 1836. On January 21, 1836, a
committee was ordered to find out what monopolies existed in the Commonwealth and what capital limits were allowed to each; on April 8, 1836, the
committee sent its report. In his annual remarks, the Governor said secret societies were not appropriate in a free society and the Committee agreed.
"Freemasonry was at war with republican government," but so much of its activities had been exposed that there was no need for legislation. Freemasonry
was declared a moral, pecuniary, political, and charitable evil. There was a discussion of the oaths taken by Masons. Then came many pages about the
attempts of other countries to suppress Freemasonry. Corporations with special privileges were listed by category showing ten year blocs of
incorporation and capitalization. Monopolies were identified as banks, because they could issue money, railroads, and trusts, which were viewed as especially
pernicious. (Digitized from a microfilm copy of title originally held by the Massachusetts State Library).
Title:   Report on secret societies and monopolies / by a joint committee of the legislature of Massachusetts.
OCLC Number:   656538413
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