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Washington’s letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport: Full Reading

September 14, 2018

by beckandstone

Detail, John Trumbull, General George Washington Resigning His Commission, c. 1817-1824. United States Capitol Rotunda, Washington, DC.

…to bigotry no sanction…” 

After receiving congratulations from people and groups from across America upon becoming the first president, George Washington took the time to respond to many of them, personally. In this letter to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport, RI, Washington not only expresses his personal thanks for the group’s letter, but then goes on to present his thoughts on the centrality of freedom of conscience and religion in America, and why those liberties are so essential to a free people working within a republican-style government. This concise document presents a powerful defense of the American core value, that of the freedom of religion.

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