by JF

This is an extraordinary book, although most of it does not make for easy reading. It was published in 1883 by a 32nd degree Freemason. Sherman was, in fact, a noteworthy Freemasonic historian from California, and he happened to have been witness to a most extraordinary event. Here is that event as described on the Internet at

“In 1870 a French archeologist slipped unobtrusively into the office of the  Secretary of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in San Francisco, California. He had been sent into the remote recesses of the Andes, where Pizarro and his army had conquered the Incas more than three centuries before. He had rented a room in a tiny village. This he used as a base of his operations. To this spot he returned periodically to rest from the dangerously high altitudes and to write his reports for shipment back to France. While he was away, the family frequently rented the same room to overnight guests. One of these happened to be a Jesuit official. On his departure he forgot a little book which he had hidden under the mattress. The French archeologist accidentally found it. It was the Secret Instructions of the Society of Jesus—the top classified manual of procedure for the trusted leaders of the Jesuit Order. It was in Latin and bore the seal, signature and attestation of the General and Secretary of the Order in Rome.

For the next few days the Frenchman labored furiously translating the work in stenographic notes into French. He then replaced the book and left. The Jesuit returned in a few days inquiring nervously about his little black packet. He also wanted to know if anyone had occupied the room since his departure. On learning of the archeologist he began a search so relentless that the Frenchman had to leave Peru. He finally reached San Francisco and entrusted his precious but dangerous burden to Edwin A. Sherman, the Secretary of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in California. Mr. Sherman included the <em>Secret Instructions in his book The Engineer Corps of Hell published in 1882. For several years Edwin Sherman was the Masonic Historian of California. He was highly esteemed for his great accuracy and dependability.”

           The first 1/3 of this book is taken up with the aforementioned Secret Instructions. Approximately the next and middle 1/3 of the book is the easiest to read. Here Sherman recounts the true facts about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Much of what he recounts here is also detailed in Fifty Years in the Church of Rome by Charles Chiniquy, which was published shortly after this book. However, what is exquisitely fascinating here is that Sherman provides some specific details about the Roman conspiracy behind the assassination of President Lincoln that not even Chiniquy provides. Furthermore, Sherman provides some extremely intriguing and most singular revelations about the surreptitious Papal takeover of the Confederate States just prior to, and during, the War Between the States. The final 1/3 of the book or so is a compilation of certain other very salient and revealing papal and other documents, such as transcripts of Pope Pius IX’s “Syllabus of Errors” from 1870, and Pope Sextus V’s Bull against Queen Elizabeth which set up the chain of events leading to the ill-fated invasion of the Spanish Armada, and a good deal of other very damning and very privy information about the Mother of Harlots.

        Fascinating that this would be written by a high-degree freemason. It makes this reader wonder why, if the author had the penetrative vision to see the truth behind the veil of Roman lies, then why couldn’t he see behind the lies of his own Luciferian religious system? (There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.~ Proverbs 14:12)
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