Thomas Jefferson Papers

Joseph Coppinger to Thomas Jefferson, 2 September 1817

From Joseph Coppinger

New York 2d Septemr 1817


Permit me to pray your acceptance of a Copy of the inclosed little tract which I lately caused to be publishd here entitled Catholic doctrine and Catholic principles explained in the hope (As I state in the preface) that it may tend to remove some of the prejudices which are but too generally prevailing against the Catholic Religion in this Country. Your liberal and distinguished protection so Promptly afforded, the Catholic religious Society of Ursulins, at New Orleans in protecting them in their rights, and Priviledges when both were thretened gives me to hope you will not be offended with the freedom of this communication and that you will have the goodness to receive it as it is ment accompanied with my best wishes for your happiness, remaining very Respectfully

Sir Your most obt Servt

Joseph Coppinger

RC (DLC); addressed (torn, with left half on recto of PoC of TJ to Julius B. Dandridge, 19 Nov. [1819]): “The Honorable Thomas Jefferson Monticello Verginia”; franked; postmarked New York, 2 Sept.; endorsed by TJ as received 21 Sept. 1817 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Coppinger, Catholic Doctrine and Catholic Principles Explained (New York, 1817; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 9 [no. 523]).

When nuns of the Ursuline order at new orleans wrote to TJ in 1804 expressing fears about the security of their property holdings following the Louisiana Purchase, he assured them that “the principles of the constitution and government of the United states are a sure guarantee to you that it will be preserved to you sacred and inviolate, and that your institution will be permitted to govern itself according to it’s own voluntary rules, without interference from the civil authority” (TJ to Therese de St. Xavier and the Ursuline Nuns at New Orleans, [13 or 14 July 1804] [DLC: TJ Papers, 142:24602]; printed in National Intelligencer, and Washington Advertiser, 26 Oct. 1804, and elsewhere).

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