Anti-Masonry, Millard, and Albany Epicures


Millard “Melchizedek” Fillmore blessed Abraham (Lincoln) in Buffalo, New York. (Background: “Millard Blesses Abraham”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of June 20, 2014.)

Millard Fillmore belonged to a trio of politicians who had arisen in the late 1820s consequent to the William Morgan scandal. Morgan, a Freemason, had signed a book contract in which he promised to reveal the inner secrets of Masonry. Before the book could be published, Morgan was mysteriously abducted and disappeared from the face of the earth. “No less an authority than John Quincy Adams, at one time President of the United States, claimed that Morgan had been murdered, and in a gruesome manner.” Morgan had suffered the Masonic penalty of having his throat cut from ear to ear, his tongue plucked out by the roots, and burial “in the rough sands of the sea, a cable’s length from shore, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours.” [1]


A deathbed confession taken down by one Dr. John L. Emery of Racine County, Wisconsin, in 1848, may solve the mystery of William Morgan. One Henry L. Valance, suffering from a fatal illness, was being treated by Dr. Emery. His confession to Dr. Emery, written down on September 11, 1848, was printed without modification, as “taken down and read to the unfortunate man who made it”, by publishers W.J. Shuey of Dayton, Ohio, in 1869.

Abridged Confession of Henry L. Valance

“My last hour is approaching; and as the things of this world fade from my mental sight, I feel the necessity of making, as far as in my power lies, that atonement which every violator of the great law of right owes to his fellow man.” Mr. Valance stated he had been involved in the “abduction and murder of the ill-fated WILLIAM MORGAN…”

His name, he states, “is HENRY L. VALANCE” and he is “an Englishman by birth…” In 1822 he lived in Canada. For some years he had been a Freemason, and had risen to the rank of Master Mason.

”In the early part of the summer of 1826, it was rumored among Masons that the order was about to be assailed by one of its members, who, from the mere desire of making money, was taking measures for publishing to the world all that constituted its secrets.” Even across the border in Canada, this caused a sensation, especially among Canadian Masons who lived near the American line. Most Masons, states Mr. Valance, favored ignoring the matter and treating it with “silent contempt.” But a few of the Freemasons instead proposed “a little violence against the liberty of Morgan would be justified by the nature of the case, though they expressly disclaimed any desire to shed his blood. They thought that he and his papers should be seized, and that while the latter were destroyed, he himself should be placed in confinement until he should agree to refrain from all attempts to injure the order, by exposing its proceedings to the gaze of the uninitiated — the fraternity, in the meantime, providing for the support of his family.”

Mr. Valance confesses himself to have belonged to the sub-set of Masons who had favored “a little violence…” But as a Canadian, he and his fellows believed the American Lodges would handle the situation. Time passed, and it was learned, in Canada, that some American Masons had kidnapped William Morgan. “We were informed that Morgan was to be brought to Canada, and put on board a ship and sent to Europe.” Thus, the co-operation of the Canadian Masons became necessary. But as in so many kidnappings, something went wrong. “The captain of the ship in which Morgan was to have sailed for Europe suddenly died, and no other opportunity offered for banishing [Morgan] in the manner proposed. The necessity of sending [Morgan] off in a ship manned by Masons only, must be obvious to every reflecting mind.” And so the already kidnapped William Morgan could not immediately be sent off to Europe.

It was at this time, states Mr. Valance, that he himself became connected to the “unhappy business.” What should now be done with William Morgan? “We discussed the whole matter, in all its bearings, and the death of the offender was darkly and obscurely hinted at in our nocturnal consultations.” But the final actual murder of William Morgan “would have remained unperpetrated, had it not been that we had placed ourselves in a position where a feather’s weight was sufficient to turn the scale against the life of the victim of a mistaken view of our Masonic obligations.”

William Morgan was confined at Fort Niagara. The keeper of the fort was a Freemason. He could be trusted to keep silent, but his wife was another matter. “This woman came to the knowledge of the fact that some one was confined illegally in the fort, and she demanded to be made acquainted with the whole circumstances of the transaction in which we were engaged.” Her husband would not yield to his wife’s demand, and she became increasingly agitated. Soon, the wife left, and returned to her father’s house. She told her father the cause of the domestic separation, and her father, intrigued by what he heard, decided to visit his son-in-law and demand an explanation.

The father-in-law “probed deeply” into the matter of the mysterious person confined at Fort Niagara. It was admitted by the son-in-law “that some one was illegally confined in the fort, but who he was, or for what purpose imprisoned, he could not ascertain.” The man warned his son-in-law that unless the mysterious prisoner was released within 24 hours, he would bring the matter to the attention of the legal authorities.

Something had to be done! Immediately! It was then that the decision was made that William Morgan had to die. Eight pieces of paper were gathered, upon three of which the letter “D” was written. Each of eight men drew from a container one of the tickets. They each then separated, without looking to see if the letter “D” was on their own slip of paper. “So soon as we had arrived at certain distances from the place of rendezvous, the tickets were to be examined…” Those three who had pulled the “D” tickets “were to proceed to the Fort at midnight, and there put Morgan to death, in such manner as should seem to themselves most fitting.”

Mr. Valance confesses that he was among the unlucky three who drew out a “D” ticket. The other two soon-to-be murderers were Americans.

Mr. Valance states part of his role was to announce to William Morgan his fate. His two American partners went off to find a boat, in which Morgan would be carried off and “sunk in the Niagara.” Morgan, chained and hand-cuffed, appeared “pale and haggard” when Valance entered his cell. Valance pronounced to Morgan his doom: “William Morgan, I come to you on a sad duty — it is to prepare you for your last hour on earth… It is now past midnight, and before the earliest dawn shall have appeared, you must be no longer on earth. I leave you to prepare for the great change you are to undergo.”

A boat meanwhile having been obtained, as well as a number of heavy weights, William Morgan was bound and gagged when his allotted hour of prayer and meditation had passed. The group entered the boat and rowed out into the river. The heavy weights were attached to Morgan, and he was thrown overboard.

Filled with remorse, Mr. Henry L. Valance soon moved away from the area of the crime, to New York State. This was the place where “the antimasonic excitement originated” and where Valance now witnessed the “just indignation of a people stirred to their inmost souls by the occurrence of a mysterious crime, that had baffled the law, and whose perpetrators seemed to be as much above the reach of ordinary human power as were the members of the once terrible Secret Tribunal of Germany.”

In his purported Confession, Valance does not mention what is found in a separate source: that, several months after Morgan’s abduction in September 1826, a bloated body was dragged from the Niagara River. Unfortunately, by that time, it was not possible to positively identify the remains as those of Morgan. [4]

Due to the William Morgan affair, “Out of subsequent anti-Masonic agitation in New York State, ‘a brilliant group of young politicians arose and appeared, first in politics as anti-Masonic leaders.'” Among this group was the notable trio of William H. Seward, Thurlow Weed, and Millard Fillmore. Originally, Millard Fillmore had belonged to the Anti-Masonic Party, before he joined the Whig Party. Later, in 1856, Fillmore was the presidential candidate of the “Know Nothings.” [1]

“A man could set his watch by the comings and goings of the Lincoln Special,” writes Michael J. Kline in his revealing book, The Baltimore Plot. After having received the blessing of Millard Fillmore in Buffalo, New York, the Lincoln Train of Death headed eastward across New York State, destination Albany, New York. [2]

In a footnote to the biography of his friend and law partner, William H. Herndon offers this explanation for Lincoln’s well-known bouts of melancholy: “The cause of this peculiar condition was a matter of frequent discussion among his [Lincoln’s] friends. John T. Stuart said it was due to his abnormal digestion. His liver failed to work properly — did not secrete bile — and his bowels were equally as inactive.” [3] During his White House years, Lincoln ate sparingly and often fasted.

But in Albany, New York, a torture of Lincoln’s digestion awaited. At 2:25 pm, February 18, 1861, the train reached Albany. Three official dinners waited to be endured. Three factions of New York State politicos were doing a tug-of-war over the stomach of Old Abe. As was often the case, Lincoln made a “little joke”: this time he shortened his customary speech and alluded to the “two or three courses through which I shall have to go” as an excuse for the brevity of his talk. [2]

But at least one person present that day in Albany was not smiling. John Wilkes Booth, member KGC (Knights of the Golden Circle), watched and waited. [2]

By the next morning, after Lincoln’s poor digestion had been pushed to the limit, the President-elect was “out of sorts.” Mary Todd Lincoln and Abe were both glad to depart Albany and its political squabbles. Both Mary and Abe vowed to never, ever, again visit Albany, New York! [2]

(A version of the above first appeared at my Melchizedek Communique web site on May 18th and June 16th, 2011.)

——- Sources ——-
[1] Redman, Brian. What Would Millard Do?. 2009. Published by
[2] Kline, Michael J. The Baltimore Plot. Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, LLC, 2008
[3] Herndon, William H. and Weik, Jesse William. Herndon’s Lincoln. Originally published in 1888. Digital reproduction, 1999.
[4] Scarry, Robert J. Millard Fillmore. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., Inc., 2001

About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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