Remembered for his persecution by the Inquisition and his subsequent rescue by English brethren "who got him under the protection of the British flag."
As author of History of the Dionysian Artificers, published posthumously in 1820, he attempted to draw parallels between masonic initiation and those of the Orphic mysteries of Eleusis.
Initiated in Philadelphia
Source: Narrative of the Persecution of Hippolyto Joseph Da Costa Pereira Furtado de Mendonça, "A native of Colonia-do Sacremento, on the River La Plata; imprisoned and tried in Lisbon, by the Inquisition, for the pretended crime of Free-Masonry. To which are added, The Bye-Laws of the Inquisition of Lisbon, both ancient and modern, (never before published,) Taken from the Originals in one of the Royal Libraries in London, in two volumes. vol. 1. London : Printed and sold by W. Lewis, Paternoster-Row, and may be had of Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster-Row; and of all other booksellers. 1811." See Mackey, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, also A. E. Waite.