Friday, February 18, 2005

Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah Moore

"The clergy, by getting themselves established by law, & ingrafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man. They are still so in many countries & even in some of these United States. Even in 1783, we doubted the stability of our recent measures for reducing them to the footing of other useful callings. It now appears that our means were effectual."

Thomas Jefferson to Jeremiah Moore, August 14, 1800

Scanned letter at The Library of Congress
Transcript at The Library of Congress



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