a prayer or affirmation of faith

most blessed of

Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Methodist preacher Miles King in 1814 in language that can be taken as a form of prayer or affirmation of faith.

I have trust in him who made us what we are, and knows it was not his plan to make us always unerring, he has formed us oral agents, not that, in the perfection of his state, he can feel pain or pleasure from any thing we may do: he is far above our power: but that we may promote the happiness of those with whom he has placed us in society, by acting honestly towards all, benevolently to those who fall within our way, respecting sacredly their rights bodily and mental, and cherishing especially their freedom of conscience, as we value our own.

  • Most Blessed of the Patriarchs by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf



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