Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Jacob de La Motta, 1 September 1820

Monticello Sep. 1. 20.

Th: Jefferson returns his thanks to Doctr de la Motta for the eloquent discourse on the Consecration of the Synagogue of Savannah which he has been so kind as to send him. it excites in him the gratifying reflection that his own country has been the first to prove to the world two truths, the most salutary to human society, that man can govern himself, and that religious freedom is the most effectual anodyne against religious dissension: the maxim of civil government being reversed in that of religion, where it’s true form is ‘divided we stand, united we fall.’ he is happy in the restoration, of the Jews particularly, to their social rights, & hopes they will be seen taking their seats on the benches of science, as preparatory to their doing the same at the board of government. he salutes Dr de la Motta with sentiments of great respect.

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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