Wise had clearly been incensed by a letter which had been published in The Boston Morning Times from an anonymous Mason from Massachusetts, in which he had claimed:
"... here in Massachusetts Masonry is a Christian, or rather Protestant institution ; Christian, as it merely TOLERATES Jews ; Protestant, as it abhors Catholics,"
"We characterize the above principles as anti Masonic, because we know that not only Catholics but Israelites in this country and in Europe are prominent and bright Masons. We know still more, viz. that Masonry is a Jewish institution whose history, degrees, charges, passwords and explenations (sic) are Jewish from the beginning to the end, with the exception of one by-degree and a few words in the obligation, which true to their origin in the middle ages, are Roman Catholic. (...) it is impossible to be well posted in Masonry without having a Jewish teacher,"
"Masonry never was especially Jewish, nor is it now especially Christian, it always sustained, and according to its nature must sustain cosmopolitical character."
A clearly enraged, and at times sarcastic Rabbi Wise, went on to clarify his position that Masonry was a Jewish institution. He also insisted that Jews gave the world Christianity to gradually convert the heathens to the teachings of Israel's prophets. And then mocks the Rev. Brother Randall, by stating that the Jews did not do him personally a favour, although he is a privileged position, being a preacher in a faith which the Jews created (as Henry pointed out: Jewish scholar Samuel Oppenheim declined to quote these passages from Wise, even though he quotes from this article in his 1910 book on Jews and Masonry):
"It is a great favour, the Rev. R. believes that the Jews are admitted in the lodges etc. of which they must be sensible and grateful. Why does he not consider it a favor, that we have the privilege of living in our houses. Masonry was founded by Jews as a cosmopolitical institution, hence it is a favor for the Jew to be admitted in the lodges, viz. in our own house. How sapient!
We Jews have given birth to the masonic fraternity as a cosmopolitical institution; but we consider it no favor to admit you in the lodge, provided, however, you leave your secterianism outside of the consecrated walls. We have given you Christianity to convert the heathens gradually to the pure deism and ethics of Moses and the Prophets ; still, we consider it no special favor bestowed on you from our side, that you have the privilege of being a preacher in one of the churches."