Thursday Trivia: Who Said It?

I’m instituting a new feature here. I’m going to ask you all a trivia question about political rhetoric and you can answer it in the comments and the first person who’s right will get a shout out tomorrow when I post the answer. Make sense?

This one isn’t from a speech, but a written letter. Who wrote it? No google cheating, people!

The United States have adventured upon a great and noble experiment, which is believed to have been hazarded in the absence of all previous precedent-that of total separation of Church and State. No religious establishment by law exists among us. The conscience is left free from all restraint and each is permitted to worship his Maker after his own judgment. The offices of the Government are open alike to all. No tithes are levied to support an established Hierarchy, nor is the fallible judgment of man set up as the sure and infallible creed of faith. The Mahommedan, if he will to come among us would have the privilege guaranteed to him by the constitution to worship according to the Koran; and the East Indian might erect a shrine to Brahma if it so pleased him. Such is the spirit of toleration inculcated by our political Institutions . . . . The Hebrew persecuted and down trodden in other regions takes up his abode among us with none to make him afraid . . . . and the Aegis of the Government is over him to defend and protect him. Such is the great experiment which we have cried, and such are the happy fruits which have resulted from it; our system of free government would be imperfect without it.

Good luck!

1 comment for “Thursday Trivia: Who Said It?

  1. September 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Have you modernized spelling and punctuation in this letter?

    Anyway, the “have” in the first sentence suggests this is pre-Civil War, so my wild guess is Madison.

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