CORNERSTONE OF AMERICAN JUDAICA. [WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799.] Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, September 15, 1790. Vol 2, no 45, whole no 149.
Lot 114
CORNERSTONE OF AMERICAN JUDAICA.
[WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799.]
Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, September 15, 1790. Vol 2, no 45, whole no 149.
US$ 15,000 - 20,000
£11,000 - 15,000

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CORNERSTONE OF AMERICAN JUDAICA. [WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799.] Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, September 15, 1790. Vol 2, no 45, whole no 149.
CORNERSTONE OF AMERICAN JUDAICA.
[WASHINGTON, GEORGE. 1732-1799.] Gazette of the United States. New York: John Fenno, September 15, 1790. Vol 2, no 45, whole no 149.
Bifolium (422 x 266 mm). Text printed in three columns. Approximately 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch lower corner of pp 1-2 infilled and text restored in facsimile, not affecting Tuoro letter on p 4, expert restoration at centerfold.

WASHINGTON ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, TO THE NEWPORT HEBREW CONGREGATION. On page four appears President Washington's address to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, at the time the largest Jewish community in the United States. The address came in response to a letter (also printed here) by Moses Seixas, warden of Touro Synagogue of Congregation Yeshuat Israel, in which Seixas had expressed the congregation's hopes for the new nation in respect to religious freedom: "Deprived as we heretofore have been of the invaluable rights of free citizens, we now ... behold a government erected by the majesty of the people—a government, which to bigotry gives no sanction—to persecution no assistance; but generously affording to all liberty of conscience, and immunities of citizenship...."

Grounding religious freedom in natural rights and echoing Seixas' words, Washington replies (in part): "The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy ... All possess a like liberty of conscience, and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection, should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support."

Footnotes

  • "It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people, that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights."

Saleroom notices

  • The estimate in the print catalog is incorrect. The estimate should read $15,000 to 20,000.
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