From the National Journal  FREE MASONRY AMONG THE BLACKS

Addressed, “Dear Sir”,and signed only “A.B.”

“If there was to be devised a scheme for organizing and preparing the Southern blacks for insurrection, none that I can conceive of is so admirably calculated for the purpose as free Masonry introduced among free Negroes.  They of all others are most forward in promoting the spirit of revolt among slaves. ……….. recommend the call of a convention of masons for doing away the lodge throughout the Union…….It is necessary and proper that the white should take the lead in that matter, for so long as lodges of white masons are tolerated, who can gainsay the right of free blacks to hold lodges also. Let the white men abolish the order among themselves, and the laws can and will be made for abolishing it among the blacks…….”