Box Art Produced by William C. Johnson

Historical research by Gallery Administrator M Leonard Barron


The LeMarchand puzzle box known as The Child's Own Losses was first purchased by Voltaire in Paris during one of LeMarchand's legendary auctions in 1749.  Voltaire later presented the box as a gift to the Grand Master of the Nine Sisters Lodge in Paris - Benjamin Franklin.

Philip LeMarchand first met Benjamin Franklin during a Masonic conference in New York, 1753.  The two shared interests in natural science and the hidden sciences of the Occult.

They made several trips to Europe together in the 1770s.  They primarily stayed in London but often dared travel to Paris with LeMarchand in disguise so as to not alert "the authorities" to his return.  During these journeys, Franklin made a point to always publicly introduce LeMarchand as "The Professor."

It was Franklin who introduced The Professor to George Washington in 1775 at a dinner party held for the American flag committee.  It is said that LeMarchand (as the Professor) "put forward several proposals about the design of the flag which were eagerly accepted by the committee without argument."


"When the dinner party broke up and the other committee members left for home, the Professor remained in conversation with Franklin and Washington for several hours.  He predicted to the two statesmen that America would soon take its rightful place as a new nation recognized by all governments of the world and was destined to be a future leader of civilization."



"He was referred to merely as the Professor and was described by those who met him as an elderly man who was very well read and extremely knowledgeable about historical events of the previous century as if he had witnessed them.  He was a vegetarian, was accompanied by a large oak chest containing rare books and ancient manuscripts."

Benjamin Franklin

"One of the most influential figures in the American Revolution was the writer, philosopher and scientist Benjamin Franklin.  He was a Quaker but had become a Freemason in 1731 when he joined the Lodge of St. John in Philadelphia, which was the first recognized Masonic lodge in America.  At the time he was inducted Franklin was working as a journalist and he wrote several pro-Masonic articles which were published in The Pennsylvania Gazette.  In 1732 he helped draft the by laws of his lodge and in 1734 he printed the Constitutions which was the first Masonic book ever issued in America.  He eventually rose to Grand Master of the St. John's lodge and in 1749 was elected Grand Master of the Province.  While in France in the 1770s, as a diplomat for the American colonies, Franklin was made Grand Master of the Nine Sisters Lodge in Paris.  Members of the Lodge included Danton, who was to play a crucial role in the French Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette and Paul Jones, both of whom fought in the American War of Independence.  While in Paris Franklin used his Masonic contacts to raise funds to buy arms for the American rebels."

- Michael Howard, The Occult Conspiracy

Franklin's Magic Circle Configuration

Franklin, was also a Rosicrucian Grand Master, who was at the heart of the Illuminati operations to take over America and replace the visible control of the British Empire with the invisible control of the secret brotherhood, the most effective and ongoing form of mastering the underclass.  It is said the Illuminati, via the Freemasons, controlled and manipulated both sides in the American War of Independence and were also deeply connected with the French Revolution (1789).

Franklin was Agent 72 of the British intelligence agency created by Dr. John Dee and Francis Bacon during the rein of Elizabeth I.  During their time in London, Franklin and the Professor were brought into contact with those in positions of power who shared their Masonic and occult interests.  One of these was Sir Francis Dashwood, the English Chancellor of the Exchequer who was also the founder of a secret society called the Friars of St. Francis of Wycombe, more popularly known in the parlors of London as the Hell Fire Club.

Franklin and LeMarchand spent a summer at Dashwood's estate in West Wycombe, north of London, where they took part in rituals in the specially-created caves dug on Dashwood's orders.  Dashwood and Franklin, both postmasters, together were able to control and disseminate intelligence better than the military.  Postmaster at this point in history meant spymaster as the postmasters controlled the movement of information.


"Did this day Heliograph intelligence from Doctor Franklin in Paris to Wycombe."

~ John Norris, Agent of Dashwood in a letter dated June 3 1778.

Craven Street Map, 1747.

In 1998, during an excavation under Franklin's former home at 36 Craven Street near Trafalgar Square in London, the remains of ten bodies (six of them children) were discovered.  It has been proposed that Franklin and his house mate may have been acquiring bodies for medical research and not for occult purposes.  In either case, no trace of LeMarchand's "most colorful creation" was ever found among Franklin's estate.



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