Correspondence with the
Danbury Baptist Association,
Address of the Danbury Baptist Association to Jefferson, October 1801
The address of the Danbury Baptist Association, in the State
of Connecticut; assembled October 7th. AD 1801.
To Thomas Jefferson Esq. President of the united States of
Among the many millions in America and Europe who rejoice in
your Election to office; we embrace the first opportunity
which we have enjoy,d in our collective capacity, since your
Inauguration, to express our great satisfaction, in your
appointment to the chief Magistracy in the United States: And
though our mode of expression may be less courtly and
pompious than what many others clothe their addresses with,
we beg you, Sir to believe, that none are more sincere.
Our Sentiments are uniformly on the side of Religious
Liberty—That Religion is at all times and places a Matter
between God and Individuals—That no man ought to suffer in
Name, person or effects on account of his religious
Opinions—That the legitimate Power of civil Government
extends no further than to punish the man who works ill to
his neighbour: But Sir. our constitution of government is not
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Publication information: Book title: Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State. Contributors: Daniel L. Dreisbach - Author. Publisher: New York University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 142.
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