M. Wolcott Redding

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M. Wolcott Redding
Born 8 July 1826(1826-07-08)
Barnet, Caledonia Co., Vermont
Died 17 May 1892 (65) [1]
Highgate Center, Franklin Co., Vermont
Occupation(s) Publisher (Redding & Co.)

Moses Wolcott Redding (July 8, 1826 - May 17, 1892) was an American publisher, being the namesake of Redding & Co. of New York City, purveyors of what were described as being standard Masonic works, including such titles as Antiquities of the Orient Unveiled and Cabala, or the Rites and Ceremonies of the Cabalist in their catalogue. Following Redding's death, the company became the Redding Masonic Supply Co.

Selected Bibliography

  • Redding, M. Wolcott (1871), Ecce Orienti!: An Epitome of the History of the Ancient Essenes, Their Rites and Ceremonies: Followed by the Ritual of the Modern Order of Essenes, New York: M. W. Redding & Co., Temple Building, 544 Broadway  — this book was denounced by many Masonic lodges as being fraudulent after its initial publication;[2][3] despite this, many of Redding's later books were often listed in lodge catalogues.
  • Redding, M. Wolcott (1872), Ruins and Relics of the Holy City: Accompanied by a Topographical Plan of Jerusalem, and Its Ruins, New York: Redding & Co., Temple Building, 544 Broadway 
  • Redding, M. Wolcott (1874), Guide to Mt. Moriah: And the Vast Substractions of King Solomon's Temple, New York: Redding & Co. 
  • Redding, M. Wolcott (1875), Cabala, or the Rites and Ceremonies of the Cabalist: Arranged in Accordance with the Standard Formula, New York: Redding & Co. 
  • Redding, M. Wolcott (1876), The Practical Monitor: Containing the Monitorial Instructions Used in the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason, with a Compend of Masonic Law and Jurisprudence, New York: Redding & Co. 
  • Redding, M. Wolcott (1889), Scarlet Book of Freemasonry: Containing a Thrilling and Authentic Account of the Imprisonment, Torture, and Martyrdom of Freemasons and Knights Templars, for the Past Six Hundred Years ; Also an Authentic Account of the Education, Remarkable Career, and Tragic Death of the Renowned Philosopher Pythagoras, New York: Redding & Co. 
  • Redding, M. Wolcott, The Illustrated History of Freemasonry: Containing an Authentic History of the Institution from Its Origin to the Present Time. Traced from the Secret Societies of Antiquity to King Solomon’s Temple at Jerusalem, thence through the Roman Colleges of Builders, Travelling Bands of Masons, and the Guilds to Freemasonry, New York: Redding & Co. 


  1. "OBITUARY. Moses Wolcott Redding.", St. Albans Weekly Messenger (Saint Albans, VT): 8, 2 June 1892, 
  2. "Ecce Orienti", Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts: 17, 13 Mar. 1872,, "I have been informed that agents have been busily engaged in different parts of the State in endeavoring to sell a book called 'Ecce Orienti, or Rites and Ceremonies of the Essenes.' Published by M. W. Redding & Co., New York. This work pretends to give the Masonic ritual by letters and characters. In one instance, at least, the person peddling this book was a member of a Lodge in this jurisdiction. I cannot too strongly condemn such trash, and I strictly enjoin every Brother to do all in his power to discourage and prevent the circulation of such publications. They are gross cheats and frauds, and if the Fraternity would let them alone they would soon die out for want of support. The M. W. Grand Master of Vermont has recently issued a circular cautioning his Lodges against such books, and recommending them to bring to trial and expel from Masonry any Brethren found circulating them, whether residents or not. This recommendation meets my hearty approval." 
  3. "MNEMONICS - AGAIN.", Freemason's Monthly Magazine 32 (1): 55, Jan. 1873,, "Grand Master Nickerson has found it necessary again to issue a circular to the Lodges in this jurisdiction, cautioning them against, and forbidding the use of, a spurious catch-penny bock called 'Ecce Orienti, or Rights and Ceremonies of the Essenes,' published at New York by M. W. Redding & Co., and circulated and sold to ignorant or unsuspecting brethren all over the country by strolling pedlars and impostors."