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Inability is discovered.
       9. No Master shall undertake a work that he is not   12. The General Assembly, or Grand Lodge, shall
      able to finish to his lord’s profit and the credit of  consist of Masters, and  Fellows, Lords, Knights
      his Lodge.                                         and Squires, Mayor and Sheriff, to make new laws,
       10.  A brother shall not supplant his fellow in the  and to conform old ones when necessary.
      work, unless he is incapable of doing it himself;   13.  Every  Brother  shall  swear  fealty,  and  if  he
      for then he may lawfully finish it, that pleasure and  violate his oath, he shall not be succored or assisted
      profit may be the mutual result.                   by any of the Fraternity.
       11.  A Mason shall not be obliged to work after    14.  He  shall  make  oath  to  keep  secrets,  to  be
      the sun has set in the West.                       steadfast  and  true  to  all  the  ordinances  of  the
       12. Nor shall he decry the work of a brother or  Grand Lodge, to the King and Holy Church, and
      fellow, but shall deal honestly and truly by him,  to all the several points herein specified.
      under a penalty of not less than ten pounds.        15.  And if any Brother break his oath, he shall”
       13.  The  Master  shall  instruct  his  Apprentice  be committed to prison, and forfeit his goods and
      faithfully, and make him a perfect workman.        chattels to the King.
       14.  He shall teach him all the secrets of his trade.
       15.  And shall guard him against the commission  Additional Ordinance:
      of perjury, and all other offenses by which the craft  That a General Assembly shall be held every year,
      may be brought to shame.                           with the Grand Master at its head, to enforce these
                                                         regulations, and to make new laws, when it may
      The Fifteen Points:                                be  expedient  to  do  so,  at  which  all  the  brethren
       1. Every Mason shall cultivate brotherly love and  are competent to be present; and they must renew
      the love of God, and frequent holy church.         their O. B. to keep these statutes and constitutions,
       2. The  workman  shall  labor  diligently  on  work  which  have  been  ordained  by  King  Athelstan,
      days, that lie may deserve his holidays.           and  adopted  by  the  Grand  Lodge  of  York. And
       3.  Every  Apprentice  shall  keep  his  Master’s  this  assembly  further  directs  that,  in  all  ages  to
      counsel, and not betray the secrets of his Lodge.  come, the existing Grand Lodge shall petition the
       4. No man shall be false to the craft, or entertain a  reigning Monarch to confer his sanction on their
      prejudice against his Master or Fellows.           proceedings.
       5.  Every workman shall receive his wages meekly,
      and without scruple; and should the Master think           The Constitutions of Edward III
      proper to dismiss him from the work, he shall have     1. That for the future, at the making or admission
      due  notice of the same beforehand.                of  a  Brother,  the  constitutions  and  the  charges
       6.  If  any  dispute  arise  among  the  brethren,  it  shall be read.
      shall be settled on a holiday, that the work be not   2. That  Master Masons or Masters of the work,
      neglected, and God’s law fulfilled.                shall be examined whether they be able of cunning
       7.  No  Mason  shall  debauch,  or  have  carnal  to serve their respective lords, as well the highest
      knowledge of the wife, daughter, or concubine of  as  the  lowest,  to  the  honor  and  worship  of  the
      his Master or Fellows.                             aforesaid art, and to the profit of their lords; for
       8.  He  shall  be  true  to  his  Master,  and  a  just  they  be  their  lords  that  employ  them  for  their
      mediator in all disputes or quarrels.              travel.
       9.  The  Steward  shall  provide good cheer against    3.  That  when  the  Master  and  Wardens  meet  in
      the  hour  of  refreshment,  and  each  Fellow  shall  Lodge, it need be, the Sheriff of the county, or the
      punctually defray his share of the reckoning, the  Mayor  of  the  City,  or Alderman  of  the  town,  in
      Steward rendering a true and correct account.      which the congregation is held, should be made
       10. If a Mason live amiss, or slander his Brother,  fellow and sociate to the Master, in the help  of
      so as to bring the Craft to shame, he shall  have  no   him  against rebels,  and  for upbearing the rights
      further maintenance  among the brethren, but shall  of the realm.
      be summoned to the next Grand Lodge, and if he    4.  That  Entered  Prentices  at  their  making were
      refuses to appear, he shall be expelled.           charged not to be thieves and thieves maintainers;
       11. If   a Brother see   his Fellow hewing   a stone,  that they should travel honestly for their pay, and
      and likely to spoil it by unskillful workmanship,  love their Fellows as themselves, and to be true to
      he shall teach him to amend it, with fair words and  the King of England, and -to the realm, and to the
      brotherly speeches.                                Lodge.
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