Religion

3 July 1801

In his reply to Boardman, Jefferson offers no comment on political appointments, but acknowledges receipt of a sermon on religious freedom and articulates the rights of conscience.

[after 7 October 1801]

The Danbury Baptists congratulate the new president and express their belief in religious liberty as a matter between God and individuals.

1 January 1802

Jefferson's response to the Danbury Baptists is a classic expression on the place of religion in American civil society with its invocation of a "wall of separation between church and state."

9 April 1803

Jefferson intends to draw up an outline comparing the doctrines of Jesus with those of other moral philosophers.

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