Extract from Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia

Reason and free enquiry are the only effectual agents against error. ... Reason and persuasion are the only practicable instruments. To make way for these, free enquiry must be indulged; and how can we wish others to indulge it while we refuse it ourselves.

[Query XVII, “Religion”]

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January 1, 1782 to December 31, 1782
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