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Examples of Ashlar
Here, then, again, in these materials do we find other elementary symbols.
There was, for instance, the _rough ashlar_-the stone in its rude and natural state-unformed and unpolished, as it had been lying in the quarries of Tyre from the foundation of the earth.
Here an interesting circumstance in the history of the preparation of these materials has been seized and beautifully appropriated by our symbolic science.
It is, in fact, a symbol of the social character of the institution.
There are other elementary symbols, to which I may hereafter have occasion to revert; the three, however, already described,-the rough ashlar, the perfect ashlar, and the trestle-board,-and which, from their importance, have received the name of "jewels," will be sufficient to give some idea of the nature of what may be called the "symbolic alphabet" of Masonry.