Rob Morris

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Rob Moris aka Robert Morris aka Robert Williams Peckham (before adoption as a child) aka the "Poet Laureate of Freemasonry"

America 1818 - ?

Comments: copied an incomplete manuscript of Thomas Smith Webb's rituals to teach as the "Webb-Preston Work as taught by Robert Morris"; 1st known English style Freeman's Lodge performed in the Holy Land, 1868; created the FREEMASON'S Cabinet of Holy Land Relics from stone, wood and water and sold to Lodges at $5 each @1880; not Creator, but reviser of Masonic Rites;

Teachers: Robert Burns, 1st Poet Laureate of Freemasonry ; William Schaw; William Sinclair or the St. Clair family of Roslin; David Cunningham of Robertland; Sir James Murray of Kilbaderton; Sir Anthony Alexander; Robert Drummond of Carnok; Sir John Veitch of Dawyck; John Carmichael; William Moray of Dreghorn; Sir Robert Moray, his brother; Sir William Bruce, 1671; John Theophilus Desaguliers,James Anderson; Elias Ashmole; Thomas Ruddiman; William Stranhan; MWGM James Heseline; Martin Clare, who added Christina elements; Capt. George Smith, Inspector of the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich; Dr. Thomas Manningham; Thomas Dunkery; Right Worshipful Bro. William L Hutchinson P.G.W., who added still more Christina symbolism to the rituals; Laurence Dermott of the Ancient Grand Lodge ; received an incomplete and flawed copy of the Webb lectures from RW Samuel Wilson in VT, 1857; P. C. Tucker of VT;

Students: Robert Macoy; Albert Pike; Malcolm C. Duncan ; Albert Mackey; Luke Lockwood of CT; Daniel Coxe; Henry Price; James Graeme; Benjamin Gleason; Henry Fowle; Jeremy L. Cross, author of True Masonic Chart, 1819; G. M. Phillip Tucker; Phillip C Tucker, Jr; John Barney; Charles W. Moore; Daniel Sickels; Jerome Van Crowninshield Smith, 1851;

Friends: Charlotte Mendenhall, wife;

Organizations: Freemasonry] Order of the Eastern Star (wrote 1st ritual); Grand Lodge of Kentucky's Masonic University; The Conservitor's Association;

Author: Mnemonics; the hymn "O Galilee"; "The Level and the Square" poem, 1854; The Poetry of Freemasonry; Freemasonry In The Holy Land; Masonic Spiritual Architecture; The Lights and Shadows of Freemasonry; The Masonic Trowel; Masonic Odes and Poems; Freemason's Almanac for the Year of Our Lord 1860;

Quotes: "The Level and the Square" We meet upon the Level and we part upon the Square, What words of precious meaning those Masonic words are! Come, let us contemplate them! They are worthy of a tho't; In the very walls of Masonry the sentiment is wrought! We meet upon the Level, though from every station come The rich man from his palace and the poor man from his home. For the rich must leave their wealth and state outside the Mason's door, And the poor man finds his best respect upon the Checkered Floor. We act upon the Plumb,-tis the order of our Guide - We walk upright in every way and lean to neither side; Th' All-Seeing Eye that reads our hearts doth bear us witness true, That we still try to honor God and give each man his due. We part upon the Square, for the word must have its due, We mingle with the multitude, a faithful band and true, But the influence of our gatherings in Masonry is green, And we long upon the Level to renew the happy scene. There is a world where all are equal, we are hurrying to it fast, We shall meet upon the Level when the Gates of Death are past; We shall stand before the Orient and our Master will be there, To try the blocks we offer with His own unerring square. We shall meet upon the Level there, but never thence depart, There's a Mansion, tis all ready for each trusting, faithful heart, There's a Mansion and a welcome and a multitude is there; Who have met upon the Level and been tried upon the Square. Let us meet upon the Level then while laboring patient here, Let us meet and let us labor though the labor be severe; Already in the western sky the signs bid us prepare To gather up our working tools and part upon the Square. Hands round! Ye faithful brotherhood, the bright fraternal chain, We part upon the Square below and meet in Heaven again; And the words of precious meaning, those words Masonic are: "We meet upon the Level and we part upon the Square."

Resources:;; read him here - ; ; ; THE NORTHER LIGHT (of the Scottish Rite) magazine vol 45, # 2;