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For happily the government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support. May the children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other inhabitants, while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.

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Source Notes: Source: President GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to the Hebrew congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, August 17, 1790.The Writings of George Washington, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, vol. 31, p. 93, footnote .

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George Washington was commander in chief of the Continental army during the American Revolution and first president of the United States (1789-97).

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