Excerpt from The Centennial History of St. John's Commandery, No; 4: Knights Templar, A. O. 701-801, A. D. 1819-1919; Masonic Temple, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Compiled From the Minutes and Records of the Commandery and Other Authentic Sources
It is more probable, however, that the collaborators of modern Freemasonry, inspired by the virtues of the gallant knights, their impressive ritual, and the striking events of their history, sought to perpetuate these lessons of heroic manhood, by incorporating them into the body of Masonic teaching and practice.
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