Have I actually learned anything at this Magic Flute colloquium, a reader asks?
Well, yes, lots. For example: Millard Fillmore got his start in politics in a party that had been set up to combat Freemasonry. I never knew that (though I bet Hugh Fitzgerald did). The anti-Freemason party later merged in with the Whigs.
Well, yes. I'm not a 33-degree Mason but?I know about Millard Fillmore and?the calumny heaped on Masons because of the William Morgan business because I saw the exhibit on Freemasonry at the Museum of Our National Heritage, in Massachusetts, a free-to-the-public museum founded and run by ?the Scottish Rite Masons. That permanent exhibit (there are many temporary exhibits, also excellent) contained a forthright discussion of the William Morgan?disappearance, and the founding of an Anti-Mason party. Can't remember exactly where Millard Fillmore's name came up, but come up it did. ?