The Constitutions contained leading-edge Enlightenment principles including:
The 1723 Constitution's overall ideology was based on equality, aspiration and merit.
'This identity did not prevent the lodges from being hierarchical and everywhere eager for aristocratic patronage, but it did ultimately tilt the lodges in the direction of being schools for government, inculcating principles for a more republican politics. It was a social atmosphere within which the new ideas of the age, religious toleration, scientific literacy, and intellect rather than birth as the criterion of excellence, could flourish'.
Professor Margaret C. Jacob - Historian