Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Charles Clay

of publishing a book on religion, my dear Sir, I never had an idea. I should as soon think of writing for the reformation of Bedlam, as of the world of religious sects. of these there must be at least ten thousand, every individual of every one of which believes all are wrong but his own. to undertake to bring them all right, would be like undertaking, single handed, to fell the forests of America.

PoC (DLC). Published in PTJRS, 8:211–13.`
Thomas Jefferson
Charles Clay
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January 29, 1815
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