Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to David Jackson, Jr., 11 August 1803

To David Jackson, Jr.

Monticello Aug. 11. 03

Th: Jefferson presents his compliments & thanks to mr Jackson for the pamphlet sent him. the [. . .] [with which] he has been [. . .] monarchists and ecclesiastics on the subject of religion he has ever consid[ered] as the most honourable testimony he could expect from them. they [acknowlege] their apprehension that he would be an obstacle to the alliance between [church] & State which some of them avowedly sought & more of them secretly. [pure] religion, unpolluted by political embraces or political passions will [. . .] most, where it is most free, and if it has experienced any benefit from the present order of things it has proceeded from the encouragement which arises from a consciousness that it is free and safe.

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