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The 1890s prospectus of the Oak Island Treasure Co (6) mentions the three links, but says only that they resembled an ancient watch chain, and says nothing about them being gold, even though the prospectus here is directly quoting Mc Cully!The inconsistencies of the various contemporary accounts of the three gold links indicates that Mc Cully embellished his account of them, and it appears likely they never existed or if they did they were not gold.(i) Sounding to the further depth of five feet [1.5m] and striking an apparent money box, and (ii) the flooding of the pit, and (iii) the alleged existence of the treasure, and of course those three elements did not originate with Mc Cully in any event.If we now examine the rituals of the Thirteenth Degree given in Crafts and Richardson, available online at (16) and (18) respectively, we can tabulate their correspondences to Mc Cullys additions to the Oak Island Legend thus: In the Holy Royal Arch Degree (related to but not to be confused with the Thirteenth Degree) the three sojourners discover a vault containing a treasure including the secret name of God when their crowbar strikes a rock which makes a hollow sound: Crafts does not directly refer to Noahs flood, but makes reference to another text where he uses the word etc on page 156, and it appears he is following the then common Masonic practice of referring to the history of the Degree as given in the semi-official Webbs Monitor of Freemasonry which does refer to Noahs flood as part of the history of the Thirteenth Degree (20).The aprons and other regalia worn by Freemasons are often adorned with metal epaulettes, comprising chains of small links, and which were and still are frequently of gold or a metal resembling gold, eg brass.The earliest unambiguous documentary evidence of treasure hunting on Oak Island dates to the year of 1849 and takes the form of a Treasuring Hunting Licence issued to Charles Archibald and John Pitblado on 6 August 1849 by the Governor of Nova Scotia (8).The third known article on the Oak Island Money Pit was a further brief piece in the 20 August 1861 issue of the Liverpool Transcript entitled The Oak Island Folly (11), which is highly sceptical in tone.
I have previously written two brief online papers entitled respectively Did the Oak Island Legend Start Out as a Masonic Ritual?
Prior to the flood, the biblical patriarch Enoch constructed an underground temple consisting of nine chambers descending vertically into the earth, and in the ninth or lowest chamber he deposited a treasure which included the secret name of God engraved on a triangular plate of gold.
This temple was inundated by Noahs flood and was lost, until it was accidentally rediscovered by three searchers during the building of King Solomons Temple, with the three searchers recovering the treasure and the secret name of God from the lowest or ninth the discovery of the lost word or name of God, albeit the historic context of the discovery in the Thirteenth Degree (the building of King Solomons Temple about 1000 BCE) differs from the historic time of the Holy Royal Arch Degree (the building of the second temple about 535 BC-516 BC).
The existence of this single unambiguous element in the Patrick letter can of course be written off as coincidence, and I certainly do not suggest the Patrick letter has deliberately included any Masonic motifs.
We are now in a position to consider the fifth published article on the Oak Island Money Pit, and how it appears to have deliberately included elements from the Royal Arch of Enoch Degree (not to be confused with the Holy Royal Arch).