"With Westcotts death, masonic research lost the one man whose influence might have led to the development of a distinct, reputable 'esoteric school' whose work could have complemented that of the authentic school. His criticisms might also have kept the wilder proponents of the 'esoteric' approach within the bounds of reason."
The masonic career of A.E. Waite By Bro. R. A. Gilbert (1986)
Eliphas Levi was the pseudonym of the French
occultist Alphonse Louis Constant (1810-75). The
standard biography is by Chacornac, Eliphas Levi (Paris,
The Mysteries of Magic, a Digest of the
Writings of Eliphas Levi, with a Biographical and Critical Essay (Redway, 1886)
Jenningss book was The Rosicrucians, their Rites and Mysteries (Chatto
& Windus, 1879, 2nd ed.). It was savaged by Waite in Redways journal, Walfords Antiquarian and with justice; it is a
hotchpotch of irrelevant and misleading data.
The Real History of the Rosicrucians,
founded on their own Manifestos and on Facts and Documents collected from the Writings of
Initiated Brethren (Redway, 1887) pp. 403-4
Rosicrucian; a Quarterly Record, No. 1, July 1868, pp. 6-9.
This journal was the official organ of the Societas
Rosicruciana in Anglia, a body for which the qualification for membership was that the
applicant must be a Master Mason.
The Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia of
History, Rites, Symbolism and Biography (John Hogg, 1877).
The tables are on pp. 617-18.
According to the Golden Dawns address
book and record of members' progress, Waite had attained the grade of Zelator in September
1891. He was no. 98 on the Orders Roll and,
from the dates of initiation of surrounding members, June 1891 seems to be his date of
entry. He demitted in 1893
An insignificant work on
fortune-telling, published by Redway. Waite
never permitted his connection with it to be
known publicly, but he admitted it to Voorhis and others in private.
Worship in France. See pp. 214 and 254 for Yarker, pp. 227 and
279-81 for Westcott, and pp. 282-3 for the S.R.I.A.
The Echo, 11 July 1896; The New Saturday, 12
September 1896, and F. Legges review in The
Letter from Waite to Yarker,
Gunnersbury, 5 February 1897. Formerly in the
Yarker Library, now in private hands.
Harmonial Philosophy. A Compendium and Digest
of the Works of Andrew Jackson Davis, the Seer of Poughkeepsie,
edited by 'A Doctor of
Hermetic Science' (Rider, 1917)
Springett wrote a number of books on
secret societies and on masonic symbolism. He
was an active supporter of the F.R.C. and of the later
Golden Dawn before it, but there is no evidence that he was involved prior to
1910 and thus it cannot be assumed that it was he who introduced Waite to Runymede Lodge
Secret Tradition in Freemasonry and an analysis of the Inter-Relation between the Craft
and the High
For the complex tale of the schism in
the Golden Dawn, see Howe, op. cit.
In 1905; they were printed, or rather
mimeographed, in 1934 by F. F. Bahnson at Warrenton in North
His letter of Obligation is dated 26
November 1907. It is preserved in the
archives of the Independent Great Priory
of Helvetia at Geneva
Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross, being Records of the House of the Holy Spirit in its Inward
The details of the quarrel and of the
demise of the Isis-Urania Temple are given in R. A. Gilbert, The Golden
Dawn: Twilight of the Magicians (Aquarian Press, 1983)