Washington On Masonry by George Washington

Flattering as it may be to the human mind, and truly honorable as it

is to receive from our fellow citizens testimonies of approbation for

exertions to promote the public welfare, it is not less pleasing to

know that the milder virtues of the heart are highly respected by a

Society whose liberal principles must be founded in the immutable laws

of truth and justice. To enlarge the sphere of social happiness is

worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is

most fervently to be wished that the conduct of every member of the

Fraternity, as well as those publications that discover the principles

which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that the great object

of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.

(George Washington)