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Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Letter from Thomas Jefferson to M.M. Noah, Monticello, May 28, 1818

Author: Thomas Jefferson 1743-1826

Title: Letter from Thomas Jefferson to M.M. Noah, Monticello

Date: May 28, 1818

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Letter from Thomas Jefferson to M.M. Noah, 1818In 1818, Mordecai Manuel Noah (1785-1851), a political activist, playwright, journalist and drama critic, and the recognized leader of early 19th century American Jewry, delivered a discourse at the consecration of Congregation Shearith Israel’s new synagogue building in New York. In his discourse Noah recounted the vicissitudes of Jewish history and analyzed the Jewish role in building America and the responsibilities of American Jews. Noah sent copies of his address to leading Americans, including former President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). Jefferson responded with this letter, in which we can glimpse his intellectual integrity and compassionate nature. Jefferson denounces anti-semitism and affirms education as the means by which religious prejudice will be eliminated.Letter from Thomas Jefferson to M.M. Noah, 1818

Acknowledgements: Collection of Yeshiva University Museum (1986.059), Gift of Erica and Ludwig Jesselson