See BMSat 10332. A travesty of Free Masonry. A terrified man kneels with bared posteriors, his wrists tied to two columns of composite order. These are surmounted by balls and hung by masonic symbols, a level, and plumb-rule. His ankles are chained to rings in the floor. The master sits behind a little covered rostrum; his two wardens, wearing aprons, &c, are on each side of the victim. One (l.) is about to apply a branding-iron with the letters FM. (reversed). The other holds a staff. Other symbols engraved over the heads of the Masons are: sun (centre), square and compasses (l.), moon (r.). The words of the three masons have not been transcribed. 2 January 1804  Hand-coloured etching

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1935,0522.8.76.b

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See BMSat 10332. A travesty of Free Masonry. A terrified man kneels with bared posteriors, his wrists tied to two columns of composite order. These are surmounted by balls and hung by masonic symbols, a level, and plumb-rule. His ankles are chained to rings in the floor. The master sits behind a little covered rostrum; his two wardens, wearing aprons, &c, are on each side of the victim. One (l.) is about to apply a branding-iron with the letters FM. (reversed). The other holds a staff. Other symbols engraved over the heads of the Masons are: sun (centre), square and compasses (l.), moon (r.). The words of the three masons have not been transcribed. 2 January 1804 Hand-coloured etching

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