According to Sir Richard Burton, "Sufi-ism [was] the Eastern parent of Freemasonry." (See, F. Hitchman, Burton, Volume 1, p. 286)
"The pilgrim is urged by the voice of his soul " O thou, toiling so fiercely for worldly pleasure and for transitory profit, wilt thou endure nothing to win a more lasting boon ? " Hence it is that pilgrimage is common to all ancient faiths. The Sabaeans, or old Arabians, visited the Pyramids as the sepulchres of Seth and his son Sabi, the founder of their sect. The classical philo- sophers wandered through the Valley of the Nile. The Jews annually went up to Jerusalem. The Tartar Buddhists still journey to distant Lamaserais, and the Hindus to Egypt, to Tibet, to Gay a, on the Ganges, and to the inhospitable Caucasus. The spirit of pilgrimage animated mediaeval Europe, and a learned Jesuit traveller considers the proces- sions of the Roman Catholic Church modern vestiges of the olden rite. " WANDERINGS IN THREE CONTINENTS -BY THE LATE CAPTAIN SIR RICHARD F. BURTON, K.C.M.G,
The Funeral at Mortlake, 15th June 1891.motto had been “Honour not Honours.”
The sum of £700 having been raised by Burton’s admirers, a mausoleum, made of dark Forest of Dean stone and white Carrara marble, and shaped like an Arab tent, was erected in the Catholic Cemetery at Mortlake. Over the door is an open book inscribed with the names of Sir Richard and Lady Burton, and below the book runs a ribbon with the words “This monument is erected to his memory by his loving countrymen.”
Discord and strife had surreptitiously invaded the exhalted Assembly of the Sages; reknowned for convening at times propitious for working harmonies into the fabric of the moment. Some say it was the work of malevolent djinn.