Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Virginia Baptist Association of Chesterfield
|Nov. 21. 08.|
we have solved, by fair experiment, the great & interesting question Whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government, and obedience to the laws. & we have [. . .] experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely & openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason. & the serious convictions of his own enquiries.
PoC (DLC); dateline beneath signature.
November 21, 1808