In 1717, four lodges in London went public. To give the reader the frame of mind that the "new" lodges had, a quote from a Masonic book Defense of Masonry, (1730) is informative as to their view of antiquity. "The System, as taught in the regular Lodges, may have some Redundancies or Defects, occasion'd by the Ignorance or Indolance of the old members. And indeed, considering through what Obscurity and Darkness the MYSTERY has been deliver'd down; ...notwithstanding the great Rust it may have contracted, there is much of the OLD FABRICK remaining..."117
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