Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of writing lately, I can deduce nothing else.
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Famous freemasons include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire.
The author did not divulge the specific means freemasons use to recognize each other such as handshakes and specific ritual wording.