Mordecai M. Noah to James Madison

New York May 6 1818 Dear sir, I take the liberty to enclose to you a Discourse delivered at the consecration of the Jewish Synagogue in this City1, under the fullest persuasion, that it cannot but be gratifying to you, to perceive this portion of your fellow Citizens, enjoying an equality of privileges in this …

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A Preacher to President James Madison

From a Preacher of the Everlasting Gospel, Massachusetts June 4 1815. to all christian Rulers, Greeting. As Christians you all Profess to be upon an equality with all other men, inasmuch as you rest your hopes for eternal life in the world to come, upon the Grace of God revealed in his son Jesus Christ. …

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Thomas Jefferson on the Ethics of Jesus, the Jews, and the Philosophers

Syllabus of an Estimate of the Merit of the Doctrines of Jesus, compared with those of others. In a comparative view of the Ethics of the enlightened nations of antiquity, of the Jews, and of Jesus, no notice should be taken of the corruptions of reason among the ancients, to wit, the idolatry and superstition …

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Thomas Jefferson to Benjamin Rush on Christianity

TO DOCTOR BENJAMIN RUSH. Washington, April 21, 1803. Dear Sir, In some of the delightful conversations with you, in the evenings of 1798-99, and which served as an anodyne to the afflictions of the crisis through which our country was then laboring, the Christian religion was sometimes our topic: and I then promised you, that, …

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George Washington to Step-Daughter Elizabeth Parke Custis

German Town, Sepr 14th, 1794 My dear Betcy, Shall I, in answer to your letter of the 7th instant say—when you are as near the Pinnacle of happiness as your sister Patcy conceives herself to be;1 or when your candour shines more conspicuously than it does in that letter, that I will then, comply with …

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