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Letter, 1801 April 21, Washington, [D.C.] to [William Short], n.p.

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Author: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Abstract: Elaborates on his religious views, saying they are "very different from that Anti-Christian system imputed to me by those who know nothing of my opinions"; disdains corruptions of Christianity but embraces the "genuine precepts of Jesus himself"; the more he reflects on it, the more he realizes "it expanded beyond the measure of either my time or information"; recommends reading Joseph Priestley's Socrates and Jesus Compared; it caused him to outline a "syllabus" for points to investigate; sends both to Short, asking him not to make the latter public; states he is "averse to the communication of my religious tenets to the public"; adds that it behooves other leaders to follow the same policy and not to inquire as to others' religious beliefs.
Issued Date: 1801-04-21
Subjects: Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804
Socrates and Jesus compared
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826--Religion
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826--Correspondence
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/15376
Citation: Thomas Jefferson Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.


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