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Letter of Mr . Jefferson * $ to a Quaker , in Answer to a Letter expressing great Concern for his Soul . ( From the American Newspapers . ) MonticetlOy Sir , September 13 , 1813 . HAVE duly received your favour I of August 29 , and am sensible of the kind intentions from which it flows ,
and truly thankful for them , the more so as they could only be the result of a favourable estimate of my public course—as much devoted to study as a faithful transaction of the trust committed to me would permit .
No subject has occupied more of my consideration , than our relations with all the beings around us , our duties , and our future prospect . After hearing all which probably can be suggested concerning them , I have formed the best judgment I could > as to the course they prescribe , and in the due observation of that course I have no ¦
recollections which give me uneasiness . An eloquent preacher of your religious Society , Richard Mott , in a discourse of much unction and pathos , is said to have exclaimed aloud to his congregation , that €€ he did not believe there was a Quaker , Presbyterian , Methodist , or Baptist , in heaven / ' Having paused
to give his congregation time to stare and wonder , he added , that in " heaven God knows no distinction , but considered all good men as his children , and brethren of the same family /' I believe with the Quaker preacher , that he who observes the moral
prece p ts in which all religions concur , will never be questioned at the gates of heaven , as to the dogmas in which all differ ; that on entering there the Axis tides and Catos , the Penns and Tillotsons , Presbyterians and Baptists , will find themselves united in all the
principles which are in concert with the Supreme Mind . Of all the systems of morality , ancient and modern , which have come under my observation , none appears to me as pure as that of Jesus .
He who follows this steadily , need not , I think , be uneasy , although he cannot comprehend the subtilties and mysteries erected on his doctrines bjr those who , calling themselves his special followers and favourites , would make him come into the world to lay snares for all understaudings but theirs .
Their metaphysical heads , usurping the judgment-seat of God , denounce as his enemies all who cannot perceive the geometrical logic of Euclid , in the demonstrations of St . Athanasius , thaft three are one and one three . In all essential points you and I are of the
same religion , and I am too old to go into unessentiais . Repeating , therefore , my thankfulness for the kind concern you have been so good as to express , I salute you with friendship and brotherly love , TH . JEFFERSON .
692 Letter of Mr . Jefferson ' s to a Quaker .
Omelia del Cittadino Cardinal Chiaranwnti , f ^ escovo d y Imola , Sfc . fyc . Imola : Nella Stamperin de la Nuzione , Anno vi delta Liberth : Homily of the Citizen Chiaramonti ,
Bishop of Imola , now Pope Pius the Vllth , addressed to the People of his Diocese , 1797-T ^ HE genuineness of this curious JL document , though once denied , is now so fully recognized as to require no observation . A great many editions were printed of the Italian text > two
French translations appeared , one of which was made by the celebrated Gre * - goire ; a German translation was published at Sulzbach , and a Spanish one at Philadelphia , by a South American . If the sentiments of the holy father are those of the bishop of Imola , it will
be a pleasing discovery for distrustful politicians , that there is one sovereign at least ( and not the most contemptible ) who recognizes in their full extent the claims of civil liberty , and who has been their spontaneous and their eloquent advocate .
It is not our object to criticise the high-priest of Rome . That were , indeed , an adventurous task . We merely mean to shew , and we do it with heartfelt satisfaction , that political freedom has a voice to thunder in the Vatican ,
and that the chair of St . Peter ( mirabile dictu !) is at last filled by an honest Republican . For the rest vre shall merely give a few extracts from the PontifPs address . We shall then leave them to the consideration of our
readers , persuaded that they will find matter there for serious reflection , and that our impressions will be anticipated by their own . " When his duties to God are discharged , there are many inferior ones
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Dec. 2, 1820, page 692, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2495/page/4/