"Are you a Master Mason"
Ans. “I am—try me, prove me—disprove me if yon can.”
"Where were you prepared to be made a Master Mason?"
Ans. “In a room adjacent to the body of a just and lawfully constituted lodge of such, duly assembled in a room representing the sanctum sanctorum, or holy of holies, of King Solomon’s Temple.”
"How were you prepared?"
Ans. “By being divested of all metals; neither naked nor clothed; barefoot nor shod; with a cable-tow three times about my naked body; in which posture I was conducted to the door of the lodge, where I gave three distinct knocks.”
"What did those three distinct knocks allude to?"
"What was said to you from within?"
Ans. “Who comes there? Who comes there? Who comes there?”
Ans. “A worthy brother who has been regularly initiated as an Entered Apprentice Mason, passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft, and now wishes for further light in Masonry, by being raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason.”
"What further was said to you from within?"
Ans. “I was asked if it was of my own free will and accord I made that request; if I was duly and truly prepared; worthy and well qualified, and had made suitable proficiency in the preceding degrees; all of which being answered in the affirmative, I was asked by what further rights I expected to obtain that benefit.”
Ans. “By the benefit of a pass-word.”
"What is that pass-word?"
Ans. “Tubal Cain.”