Key Documents

4 March 1801

Jefferson expresses his political creed in this statement of republican principles with his unifying and conciliatory exhortation, "we are all republicans: we are all federalists."

[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."

4 March 1805

Jefferson affirms the general principles of his presidency and expresses hope that the nation can achieve a complete "union of sentiment."


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