These rituals have most probably been in use in an irregular lodge of colored people at Port de Paix, San Domingo. The lodge being situated in an isolated area of the island, there has been no updating of the rituals, a usual procedure during the 18th century. The collection therefore represents a very old version of the ritual, copied around 1785 to serve for the newly erected lodge at New Orleans in 1794. An introduction gives the results of the historical research.
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