The regulations by which avouchments are to be governed appear to be three:

  1. A Mason may vouch for another, if he has sat in Lodge with him.
  2. He may vouch for him if he has subjected him to a skillful private examination.
  3. He may also vouch for him if he has received positive information of his Masonic character from a competent and reliable Brother.

Of these three, the first is the safest, and the last the most dangerous. It is essential that the voucher should be a skillful Mason, for it is better to subject the visitor to a formal examination, than to take the avouchment of an unknowing Brother, though he may declare that he has sat in Lodge with the person desirous of being admitted.

See also: Vouching

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