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TITLE:  President George Washington's letter in response to letter from Moses Seixas, Warden, Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island

 

DATE: After 17 August 1790

 

PURPOSE: President George Washington’s response to the letter written by Moses Sexias, in which the President set the standard for religious freedom and civil liberties in America

 

AUTHORITY: The President of the United States

 

COMMENT: The official journals of the Senate show that this act, repealing the act of allegiance with Great Britain, was passed on the 4th May, 1776. A true Copy, George Brian Sullivan, Ph.D., Witness, August 7, 2011, faithfully and graciously transcribed from The NEWPORT MERCURY, Monday, June 10, 1776.

 

DOCUMENT TEXT: To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island.
 

Gentlemen,


While I receive, with much satisfaction, your Address replete with expressions of affection and esteem; I rejoice in the opportunity of assuring you, that I shall always retain a grateful remembrance of the cordial welcome I experienced in my visit to Newport, from all classes of Citizens.


The reflection on the days of difficulty and danger which are past is rendered the more sweet, from a consciousness that they are succeeded by days of
uncommon prosperity and security. If we have wisdom to make the best use of the advantages with which we are now favored, we cannot fail, under the just
administration of a good Government, to become a great and happy people.


The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily
the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection
should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.


It would be inconsistent with the frankness of my character not to avow that I am pleased with your favorable opinion of my Administration, and fervent
wishes for my felicity. May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid. May the father of all mercies scatter light and not darkness in our paths, and make us all in our several vocations useful here, and in his own due time and way everlastingly happy.

 

G. Washington