Franz Balthasar Bachmayr (1745-1789)
*1745, †1789 – 1774/75 Studied medicine in Ingolstadt, 1778 medical doctor. City and court physician, Eichstätt, member of the Illuminati under the code name Mercurius
Illuminati: Lesser Priest Degree or Presbyter.
On the Presbyter degree, it’s described in the introduction section of The Secret Schools of Wisdom:
For the key element of the Presbyter degree, the lengthy ‘Lesson in the First Chamber’, Knigge drew upon the text that Weishaupt had originally written with the Illuminatus dirigens in mind. As an essay in the philosophy of history, the ‘Lesson’ is an unmistakable product of late Enlightenment thinking and follows the cues given in earlier seminal contributions to the field such as Rousseau’s Discourse on the Origin of Human Inequality. It is stated that mankind was once free but has become the victim of subjugation as a result of its own weaknesses. The power and control exerted by a few men over the multitude are derived from the fact that men are invariably in need of one another. However, the dialectics of progress will eventually ensure that mankind finds the path to restoring its natural state of liberty. This basic structure of the argument has justly been called a ‘plain three-phases doctrine’.