SEIXAS, MOSES. 1744-1809. "Address of the Hebrew Congregation in Newport in Rhode-Island to the president of the united states of America," IN: The American Museum, or Universal Magazine. Philadelphia: Carey, Stewart, 1791. Vol 9.
8vo (205 x 122 mm). Period sheep. Scattered tears, pages near Seixas's address chipped at edges but his text unaffected, binding dry and rubbed, sold as is.
Seixas wrote to President Washington on behalf of the Newport congregation, whose home is the Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue still standing in America. This letter and Washington's reply comprise one of the most famous statements on religious freedom of this period. It is little known that Washington's declaration that the U.S. government gives "to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance" is actually repeated from Seixas's letter to him.