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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
[Gotthold Ephraim Lessing]
January 22, 1729 - February 15, 1781
"Freimaurerei war immer"
German dramatist and playwright, and court librarian for the Duke of Brunswick at Wolfenbuttel. Lessing is also known as the "father of German criticism."
"ERNEST AND FALK.— 'Ernst und Falk, Gespräche für Freimaurer' — 'Conversations for Freemasons.' A remarkable work by Bro. Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, translated by me, in part in the London Freemason’s Quarterly, 1854, and afterwards republished and completed in the London Freemason for 1872. Findel’s opinion is, that this work, unfortunately only a fragment, is one of the best treatises ever written on Freemasonry."1
Initiated, Passed and Raised: October 14, 1771
Lodge Zu den Drei Goldenen Rosen, Hamburg2

1. The Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia, Kenneth Mackenzie. 1877. p. 205.
2. Ars Quatuor Coronatorum vol. 88 (1975) pp. 98-104. His lodge certificate (1771), now at the library of The National Grand Lodge of Denmark (DDFO ) q.; See also: reprinted in Meddelelser fra Den Danske Frimurerorden ('Transactions' No. 10, p.156) 1952.

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