This IS The Center Of The Web: Meet The Pilgrim Society
(Author’s Note: The law firms and world governments are checking in from time to time to see what’s new here at the Monster….surprise…is not the Internet a wonderful thang?)
The more I dig, the more I find. My readers already know the cast of characters, or as I like to call them; America’s Aristocracy, and I am sure we will be running across more as we start to investigate the power elite.
Remember when I said that the Bilderberg Group was a red herring?
The Pilgrims Society, founded in 1902, is a British-American society established, in the words of American past-president Joseph Choate, ‘to promote good-will, good-fellowship, and everlasting peace between the United States and Great Britain’. Over the years it has boasted an elite membership of politicians, diplomats, businessmen, and writers. It is notable for holding dinners to welcome into office each successive U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom and each new British Ambassador to the United States. The patron of the society is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Office holders, as of 2006, were:
- President – Lord Inge
- Chairman – Sir Robert Worcester KBE DL
- Honorary Secretary – Mrs Tessa Wells
- Honorary Treasurer – Ian E Barlow FCA
Seems pretty innocuous, right? Then why do so few people know about a society that is so old and has so many wealthy, powerful, influential people in it? And this society is not the only one. You are not going to have to dig to see the correlations between then and now.
Most people have at least vaguely heard of the “Eastern Establishment”. This is a reference to a group of people in the Northeast of the United States which to many appears to wield a disproportionate amount of influence over the nation’s politics. This influence, which goes back even further than the days of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. and J. P. Morgan, Sr. has been illustrated by the fact that a great number of individuals working in the senior positions of government have come from a number of New York-based banks, insurance companies and law firms, only to return to this group of banks and businesses after their public term came to an end. Often these individuals served in more than one administration, and together with a number of other peculiarities – think of controversial policies, suspected cover ups, ignored conflicts of interest, lack of media attention, etc. – some people have become suspicious of what at times appears to be almost like a permanent government. A 1962 newspaper column voiced these suspicions best:
“There is an establishment in the United States. The word “establishment” is a general term for the power elite in international finance, business, the professions largely from the Northeast, who wield most of the power regardless of who is in the White House.
“Most people are unaware of the existence of this “legitimate Mafia.” Yet the power of the establishment makes itself felt from the professor who seeks a foundation grant, to the candidate for a cabinet post or State Department job. It affects the nation’s policies in almost every area.
“For example, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, subsidized by Rockefeller interests since 1927 boasts a membership of at least 90 per cent establishment figures.” It is a social elite centered around a number of universities, a group of banks, insurance companies and law firms, and a group of influential, privately-funded foundations and think tanks.
- It is a social elite centered around a number of universities, a group of banks, insurance companies and law firms, and a group of influential, privately-funded foundations and think tanks.
- It is centered in and around New York, even though at any moment a large portion of this group is active within the government and non-government institutions in Washington.
- There is a close relationship with the British aristocracy and the British royal family via diplomatic officials, individual contacts, and private clubs.
- The dominant religion is Protestant, in particular the Episcopal (Anglican) and Presbyterian churches.British branches of Freemasonry and Templar orders are popular.
- This is the group behind the globalization process and members are generally great supporters of the United Nations and the sustainable development movement.
- Catholic and especially Zionist interests are not very much appreciated.
You probably heard of some of these points before and you may or may not agree with them. So how can we prove to you that this list is true? To do that we need to begin our discussion on the Pilgrims Society.
At the turn of 20th century a number of influential persons were interested in bringing the establishments of the United States and Great Britain closer together. The St. George’s
Official Pilgrims logo. “Hic et Ubique” means “here and everywhere”, apparently a reference to the idea that the United States and Great Britain should stand together side by side everywhere. The eagle represents the United States; the lion Great Britain.
Society in New York, the American Society in London, and the growing network of Anglo-American League branches in England (founded by a good number of later Pilgrims Society members), were seen as inadequate, so the idea arose to form a new, elitist society with branches in both London and New York. This became the Pilgrims Society, which organized regular meetings in such prestigious hotels as the Victoria, the Waldorf Astoria, the Carlton Ritz, and the Savoy.The idea of setting up what ultimately became the Pilgrims Society was first discussed by a number of Americans working in London. One of them was Lindsay Russell, a well-connected lawyer from New York, who regularly visited London in these days to set up his law firm Alexander and Colby. It was Russell who got together with General Joseph Wheeler (on a visit in London), General Lord Roberts, and Sir Harry Brittain. Together they organized the original meeting of the Pilgrims of Great Britain at the Carlton Hotel on July 11, 1902. The meeting was a success and two weeks later Lord Roberts was elected president of the Pilgrims; Lord Grenfell and Admiral Hedworth Lambton became vice presidents. Two other vice presidents were Americans: Senator Chauncey M. Depew (Yale Skull & Bones 1856; lawyer to Cornelius Vanderbilt; member of J.P. Morgan’s elite Corsair Club, together with William Rockefeller) and General Joseph Wheeler. Sir Harry Brittain became secretary and the Archdeacon of London, William MacDonald Sinclair, was elected chairman of the executive committee .
At the July 11 meeting the attendants also discussed their plans of setting up a branch in New York. Lindsay Russell and Chauncey Depew went back to the United States and approached such men as Bishop of New York Henry Codman Potter, J. P. Morgan, Sr., and former U.S. President Grover Cleveland (a good friend of the Morgan family and employed by them since at least the 1880s). Under the leadership of Bishop Potter, the Pilgrims of the United States organized their first formal diner on February 4, 1903. The two societies have been organizing meetings ever since .
The Pilgrims network
Over the years more and more influential persons joined the Pilgrims Society, including virtually all the well known bankers, robber barons and their associates. Going through membership lists of the Pilgrims of the United States you’ll find the following families:
Astor Duke Mellon Stillman Aldrich (Copeland) Du Pont Meyer Vanderbilt Belmont Gould Morgan Warburg Baker Harkness Peabody Watson Carnegie Harriman Pyne Whitney Dillon Lamont Reynolds * Dodge Lodge Rockefeller * Drexel Loeb Schiff *
Within the ranks of the British Pilgrims one comes across a great many Barons, Viscounts, Earls, Marquisses, and Dukes. Members of the British royal family have been patrons of the Pilgrims Society since its inception and regularly attend meetings. Here also well known banking families as Baring, Hambro, Harcourt, Keswick, Rothschild, Kleinwort, Loeb, and Warburg can be found, just as the heads of Barclays and the British managers of U.S. banks as Chase Manhattan and J. P. Morgan.
At the moment of this writing the membership list compiled by PEHI contains 1496 names, the vast majority of them from the United States (rough estimate: about 82% or 1227). Analyzing the biographies of these members doesn’t just show that the Pilgrims are part of the WASP elite – they are the WASP elite. The following banks, law firms, and insurance companies have been headed by Pilgrims Society members – usually for generations:
American Securities Corp. Federal Reserve Kidder, Peabody and Co. Morgan Joseph & Co. Inc. Banker’s Trust Fidelity International Trust Kleinwort Benson New York Savings Bank Bank of England Fifth Avenue Bank Kuhn, Loeb & Co. N.M. Rothschild & Sons Barclays Bank First Boston Corporation Lazard Oppenheimer & Co. Barings Bank First National Bank Lehman Brothers Paine, Webber Blackstone Group US/UK Fourth Nat. Bank of N.Y. Loeb, Rhoades & Co. Rockefeller Center, Inc. Bowery Savings Bank Goldman Sachs Manufacturers Hanover Rockefeller Family & Ass. Brown Brothers Harriman Gotham National Bank Marine Midland Salomon Brothers Bullock Fund Hambro Mellon Bank S.G. Warburg Chase National Bank Harriman National Bank J. P. Morgan & Co. Shearson Loeb Rhoades Chase Manhattan US/UK International Banking Corp. J. P. Morgan Chase U.S. Trust Corp. of N.Y. Chemical Bank Irving Trust Morgan Grenfell (UK) * Citibank J. G. White & Co. Morgan Guaranty Trust * Drexel & Co. J. Henry Schroder & Co. Morgan Stanley *
How many of these banks have we bailed out? How many of these law firm names do you recognize as being visitors to this site? What about AIG and all it’s backers in Congress?
Law firms and insurance companies
Breed, Abbott & Morgan Carter, Ledyard & Milburn Coudert Brothers Cravath, Swaine & Moore Davis, Polk & Wardwell Debevoise & Plimpton Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Herbert Oppenheimer Nathan & Vandyk Shearman & Sterling Sullivan & Cromwell Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts
AIG Equitable Life Assurance Society Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. Mutual Life Insurance Life Insurance Co. Lloyds of London Royal Globe Insurance Group
Chrysler Forbes * ICI R.J. Reynolds Corning Glass Works General Electric Int. Nickel Co. of Canada Rio Tinto De Beers (Anglo-Am Corp) General Motors Jardine Matheson U.S. Steel Dodge IBM Phelps-Dodge W.R. Grace & Co.* other media companies not mentioned here
Looking at these tables, it is clear that the major banks of New York and London have been very prominent in the Pilgrims Society, closely followed by a group of influential law firms and insurance companies. A number of corporations have also had a considerable presence in the Pilgrims, comparable to some of the law firms and smaller banks. The most prominent of these might well be IBM, of the Watson family – but the founders and owners of Chrysler, Dodge, Jardine Matheson, W.R. Grace & Co., Reynolds, Corning Glass, and Forbes have all been Pilgrims. A vast range of other corporations have been represented by Pilgrims, but do not appear to have been part of the core of the Anglo-American establishment.
Tomorrow we will get into the media end of the web and you will see all the usual suspects. If you cannot wait, go to the link to the Institute and read on.
For those of you looking for another source, see Charles Savoie below. One can toggle the full screen on the upper right hand corner.