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May 12, 2012 1:00 pm

George Washington Letter to First U.S. Synagogue in Newport to Go on Display

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Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. Photo: wiki commons.

LA Times – A letter penned by George Washington that’s been locked away for a decade will be the centerpiece of an exhibit dedicated to America’s early roots in religious freedom.

The 337-word document sent to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, R.I., in August 1790 was addressed to “the children of the stock of Abraham” and poetically quoted the Old Testament, vowing that the new government “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”

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