In 1806, after reading Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, a professional soldier from the Piedmont in northwest Italy named Jean-Baptiste Simonini felt compelled to write the author, a French Catholic priest named Augustin Barruel, to divulge his firsthand knowledge about the role the Jews played in the Freemasons and the Illuminati — and how this nexus of power orchestrated the French Revolution — and had plans to take over all of Europe.
It is clear that Barruel believed the letter and its contents to be authentic — despite the fact that he was never able to subsequently locate or contact Simonini, but researchers have confirmed that Simonini was exactly who he said he was and lived in Lilianes in the Aosta Valley. Barruel used his network of connections within the Church to make inquiries about Simonini in Piedmont — and was told that Simonini had a good reputation and could be trusted.
So convinced of the truth outlined in Simonini’s letter, Barruel felt compelled to write another book that included the Jewish hidden hand in world events — but on his death bed, he had misgivings about publishing it and asked that the manuscript be burned — and it was.
The original letter in Simonini’s hand has never been found — though some believe it still exists somewhere in the Vatican archive — a detail that many have used to desperately try to discredit or debunk it. Others have made the spurious claim that the Illuminati had “disbanded” prior to the French Revolution — transparent disinformation put out by the Freemasons themselves, as detailed by former Scottish Freemason John Robison in his landmark 1798 book, Proofs Of A Conspiracy.
An important aspect of Simonini’s letter is that he contends that the Jews in Piedmont approached him because he was a high-ranking military man who could be useful to them and their cause — and he admittedly let them believe that he was an orphan born into a Jewish family with strong natural affinities and sympathies to the Jewish nation — so that they would feel that they could trust him.
Historian Claus Oberhauser — who went to the Jesuit archives in Vanves outside of Paris — wrote, “I’ve seen a copy of [Barruel’s] book accompanied by notes written by him after 1806. At various points in these notes, Barruel wrote Simonini’s name over a passage about Jews and remarked that it was probably Jews who were pulling the strings.”
Despite being firmly convinced of the truth of the Simonini letter, Barruel chose not to publicize it — allegedly fearing that its revelations could incite widespread violence against the Jews. However, the fact that Barruel was a Jesuit likely had a greater influence over his decision to withhold the letter — after all, the Jesuit Order was founded by a converso Jew — Ignatius Loyola — and had attracted so many other conversos that the Order gained a reputation of being a “virtual synagogue.”
According to Oberhauser, Barruel did, in fact, send copies of Simonini’s letter to some of his Jesuit colleagues — along with a postscript explaining his opinion of the Jewish-Masonic-Illuminati conspiracy. As such, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to speculate that one — if not a number of — these Jesuits dissuaded Barruel from making the contents of the letter public. The Jesuits themselves had been infiltrated by Freemasons — a controversy that has plagued the Church for many centuries.
Given his extensive research, it was probably not lost on Barruel that the founder of the masonic Illuminati order was Adam Weishaupt, who was an orphan born of Jewish ancestry but raised and schooled by Jesuits — just as Siminoni himself pretended to be to gain the trust of the Jews.
Despite all the evidence Barruel received from Simonini, he subsequently chose not to portray the Jews as the main conspirators of this secret cabal in the final manuscript that he was working on up until his death — and which he ultimately ordered destroyed. What caused him ultimately to shy away from portraying the Jews as the ultimate power behind the Freemasons and Illuminati? We will probably never know the answer, but surely the answer can be found within the circle of Jesuits to which he belonged.
The Simonini letter was finally published for the first time in 1878 — fifty-eight years after Barruel’s death — in a French magazine Le Contemporain — and today, almost 140 years later, the letter has been virtually scrubbed from the internet — and finding an English translation is extremely difficult — proof that powerful people do not want this letter read, circulated, or given an credence.
So here we present our own English translation of the “The Simonini Letter” — based on the French copy published by Le Contemporain in 1878. We do not contend that our translation is perfect, but we have done our best to represent the contents of the original without embellishment, and we would encourage any of our many French-speaking readers — who are obviously more adept in translation — to submit any corrections to improve our text.
The Simonini Letter
It has only been a few months since I was fortunate enough to learn of your excellent work “Mémoires des Jacobins.” I read it—or better said devoured it—with real pleasure. Your book had the advantage of providing me with great insights for my own conduct, all the more so as I found an infinite number of exact depictions in it of things of that I have been, in the course of my life, an eyewitness to without fully understanding them. Please accept, then, sir, from an ignorant military man like myself, the most sincere congratulations on your work, which may rightly be called the quintessential work of the last century. You have unmasked these inflamed religious sects so well—sects that prepare the way for the Antichrist and are the implacable enemies, not only of the Christian religion, but of all worship, of all society, of all orders!
There is, however, one sect that you only touched lightly. Perhaps you did it on purpose, because it is the best known and therefore the least to be feared. But, in my opinion, it is the most formidable power today, considering its great wealth and the protection it enjoys in almost every state in Europe. As you know, sir, I am talking about the Judaic sect, which seems entirely separate and an enemy of other sects, but really it is not. Indeed, it is enough that one of these other sects shows itself to be an enemy of Christians, for the Judaic sect to favor it, bribe it and propagate it. Haven’t we seen members of the Judaic sect lavish gold and silver to support and multiply the modern sophists, the Freemasons, the Jacobins, the Illuminati? The Jews, therefore, along with all the other sectarians, form a single faction whose aim is to annihilate, if possible, Christians.
Please do not think, sir, that all of this is an exaggeration on my part. I am putting forward here nothing other than what was told to me by the Jews themselves. Here is how it came to pass.
While Piedmont, of which I am a native and which was in revolution, I had occasion to frequent them and to consult confidentially with them. They were the first to seek me out; and I, as I was then unscrupulous, pretended to forge a close friendship with them. I succeeded in telling them, while begging them keep the strictest secrecy, that I was born in Leghorn into a happy family, but that while still a very little boy I had been brought up by others—I do not know much about them; I did not even know if I was baptized and, although on the outside I lived and behaved like the Catholics, inside, however, I thought like those of my nation, for which I had always kept a tender and secret love. So they made me the biggest offers and gave me all their trust. They promised to help me become a general if I wanted to join the sect of Freemasons. They would show me the sums of gold and silver they intended to give, they told me, to those who embraced their party. They absolutely wanted to present three weapons to me, decorated with signs of Freemasonry, that I agreed accept so as not to displease them and to encourage them to tell me more of their secrets. Here is what the principal and richest Jews of Turin communicated to me on several occasions.
1. Manete (in French the Manes) and the infamous old man or old man of the mountain had come out of their (Jewish) nation.
2. The Freemasons and the Illuminati had been established yet have escaped memory (1).
3. In short, it is from them that the origins of all the anti-Christian sects can be traced—these sects are now so numerous in the world that they reached several million people of all sexes, of all states, of all ranks, of any level.
4. In Italy alone, they had more than eight ecclesiastics as supporters, both secular and regular, among whom many priests, public professors, prelates, a few bishops and a few cardinals. They even hoped to soon have a pope from their party. (Assuming that he [the Pope] was a schismatic, this becomes probable.)
5. Likewise in Spain, they had a great number of partisans, even in the clergy, although in this kingdom the accursed inquisition was still in force.
6. The Bourbon family was their greatest enemy, and in a few years they hoped to destroy it.
7. So as to better to deceive Christians, they pretended to be Christians, traveling and passing from one aisle to another with false baptismal certificates, which they bought from certain stingy and corrupt priests.
8. They hoped, by means of money and cabals, to obtain a civil status from all governments, as has already happened to them in several countries.
9. Once they having the rights of citizens like other people, they would buy as many houses and as much land as they could. By means of usury they would soon succeed in stripping Christians of their property and their treasures. (This is beginning to be true in Tuscany, where the Jews exert the most exorbitant usury with impunity and make immense and continual acquisitions both in the countryside and in the towns.)
10. Consequently, they promised themselves that in less than a century they would become the masters of the world and abolish all the other sects so that theirs would reign. The would make synagogues of Christian churches and to reduce the remaining Christians to true slavery.
These, sir, are the treacherous plans of the Jewish nation, which I have heard with my own ears. Undoubtedly, it is impossible that they can perform them all, because they are contrary to the infallible promises of Jesus Christ to his church and to the various prophecies which clearly announce that this ungrateful and obstinate people must remain wandering and vagabond, held in contempt and slavery, until they recognize the true messiah, whom they crucified, and, at this last consolation of the church, until they embrace the Christian faith.
However, they can do a lot of harm, if governments continue to favor them, as they have done for many years. It would therefore be wise to wish that an energetic and superior pen like yours made the aforementioned governments open their eyes and instructed them to make this people return to the abjection due to them and in which our fathers, more political and judicious than we are, always took care to keep them.
Sir, I beg you to forgive this Italian, a soldier, for the many errors of all kinds that you will find in this letter. I ask that the hand of God reward you for all the luminous writings with which you have enriched his church and which grant you, from those who read them, the highest esteem and the deepest respect in which I have the honor of to be, sir, your very humble and obedient servant.
P.S. If you find yourself in this country and I can oblige you in anything, for example if you need new light to be shed on the contents of this letter, let me know and you will be completely obeyed.