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I.W. Goethe's masonic receipt, 1783.

I.W. Goethe's masonic receipt, 1783.

I, undersigned, swearing on my honor and good name, and waiving any secret reservation, unconditionally undertake that I shall not disclose to any person, even those closest friends and relatives of mine, in any manner, whether by word, sign or glance, and to any extent, irrespective of whether I am admitted or not, those issues related to my admission to the Secret Society which were entrusted to me by Mr. Bode, Supervisory and Legetary Counselor. Especially as I was assured that the above Society would not undertake anything against State, religion and decent manners. I also undertake to return immediately, upon making necessary extracts which I only could understand, all the official papers and letters passed over to me in reference to aforementioned . If such official instruments of the Order are entrusted to me for safekeeping in future, I shal lock them up in an appropriate manner, having enclosed address of an informed and devoted member of the Order, so that in the event of my sudden death the above instruments could in no manner be taken advantage of by strangers. I hereby unconditionally and irrevocably take up the above obligations and state that, being a man of honor and wishing to stay as such, I have no commitments of any kind with any other society, and shell not betray to any person things entrusted to me secretly and as secrets.

Given in Weimar, on this 11th day of February, 1783
Goethe


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