In 1798, in the space of four months, three key events happened: April 1798, Proofs Of A Conspiracy was published in the United States; May 1798, Rev. Jedediah Morse gave a sermon in Boston warning about the Illuminati; and July 1798, the Alien and Sedition Acts were signed into law. The Illuminati, it was widely believed, had been responsible for the enormities of the French Revolution. Lurking about in Paris had been Monsieur le Comte de St. Germain and his protégé Cagliostro.
Thus reads the description for my latest video, “Proofs Of A Conspiracy”, published to YouTube on April 23, 2017. The clip, which clocks in at 10 minutes and 59 seconds, can hopefully be viewed at the top of today’s blog entry.
In Boston, in May 1798, Rev. Jedediah Morse warned his listeners that what was then happening in the United States was “part of the same deep-laid and extensive plan” which had been “in operation in Europe for many years.” In this context he mentioned “a work written by a gentleman of literary eminence in Scotland, within the last year, and just reprinted in this country, entitled, ‘Proofs of a Conspiracy against all the Religions and Governments of Europe’.” 
A footnote to Vernon Stauffer’s book, New England and The Bavarian Illuminati, further explains that John Robison’s Proofs Of A Conspiracy had arrived at the printers in the United States and had been published here “about the middle of April .” 
Morse described how the Illuminati in Europe worked to get control of “cultural agencies” such as schools, newspapers, writers and booksellers. He attributed the French Revolution and its horrors to the Illuminati. 
“The order has its branches established and its emissaries at work in America.” 
In this context of the American edition of Robison’s exposé published in April 1798, and Morse’s sermon of May 1798, the Alien and Sedition Acts became law in July 1798. Not only that, but they became law on July 14, 1798 – Bastille Day! (Further background: Bavarian Illuminati In America, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, April 20, 2017.)
How much the Illuminati was controlling Freemasonry was the question of the day. Morse was cautious in attempting to answer this. In footnotes to his sermon, Morse “repeated the charge which Robison had made before him that the Order of the Illuminati had had its origin among the Freemasons, but hastened to add that this was because of corruptions which had crept into Freemasonry, so that Illuminism must be viewed as ‘a vile and pestiferous scion grafted on the stock of simple Masonry.'” 
Illuminism, to some extent, had infiltrated Freemasonry. And the engine of Freemasonry had been applied as a lever to foment the French Revolution of 1789 – 1799. What part had the mysterious Monsieur le Comte de St. Germain possibly played in all this?
Opinions vary. Nesta H. Webster tells us, “The part played by magicians during the period preceding the French Revolution is of course a matter of common knowledge and has never been disputed by official history.” Among these “magicians” Mrs. Webster includes Count St. Germain and Cagliostro.  St. Germain had been “one of the selected representatives of the Free Masons at their great convention at Paris in 1785.” Furthermore, an account is given of Cagliostro having been initiated into Freemasonry by St. Germain.  And an “Inquisition-biographer” discovered Cagliostro at Frankfort-on-the-Main “as a secret agent of the Illuminés, and, as an assumption, the statement is at once plausible and probable.”  So we have Cagliostro, an alleged Illuminati, having been initiated into Freemasonry by Count St. Germain. On the other hand, Vernon Stauffer, after exploring the controversy, concluded that “the proof is conclusive that M. St. Germain had nothing to do with the Jacobin party as the Abbé Barruel and the Abbé Migne have tried to insist.” 
——- Sources ——-
 New England and The Bavarian Illuminati, by Vernon Stauffer. New York: Columbia University, 1918.
 Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, by Nesta H. Webster. Brooklyn: A&B Publishers, 1994. Originally published 1924.
 The Comte de St. Germain, by Isabel Cooper-Oakley (1912). Republished by ForgottenBooks.org
 Cagliostro; The Splendour and Misery of a Master of Magic, by W.R.H. Trowbridge. London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd. Republished in 2010 by ForgottenBooks.org