Extract from Edgar Allan Poe’s Review of Francis L. Hawks’s Contributions to the Ecclesiastical History of the United States of America

It is with no little astonishment that we have seen Dr. Hawks accused of illiberality in his few remarks upon “that noble monument of liberty,” the Act for the Establishment of Religious Freedom. If there is any thing beyond simple justice in his observations we, for our own parts, cannot perceive it. No respect for the civil services, or the unquestionable mental powers of Jefferson shall blind us to his iniquities.

Published in Gary R. Thompson, ed., Edgar Allan Poe, 1809–1849: Essays and Reviews (New York, 1984), 565. Conjectural date based on publication of reviewed work.
Author
Edgar Allan Poe
Date Range
Date
January 1, 1836 to December 31, 1836
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Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson