George Washington’s Letter to the Jews


George Washington’s Letter to the Jewish Congregations of Newport, Rhode Island is small in size, but its impact on American life is immense.  The Letter reassures those who had fled religious tyranny that life in their new nation would be different, that religious “toleration” would give way to religious liberty, and that the government would not interfere with individuals in matters of conscience and belief:

“For happily the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens…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 fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.” ~ George Washington (August 18, 1790).

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5 Responses to George Washington’s Letter to the Jews

  1. Nachum says:

    How can this letter be from 1970?

  2. mosesjd says:

    Check that date…

  3. Sion Betesh says:

    1790?

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. heather greene says:

    Hi there. I thoroughly enjoy reading your daily emails. Is it possible the date of George Washington’s letter is incorrect?

    Heather Greene, M.Ed., PCC Certified Elder Care Coordinator Private Practice Professional Clinical Counselor

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