December 4, 2019
Thomas grabbed his coat and scarf as he walked to the door. The brisk wind stole his breath as he approached his horse. Church would be starting soon and he didn't want to be late as his friend Rev. John Leland was presiding. Fortunately, he had less that two miles to his destination. Thomas spurred his horse as he noticed the crowds of others heading in the same direction.
After dismounting, attendants collected Thomas' horse before he blended into the masses funneling through the front doors. Scanning the quickly filling room, he found an available seat. Thomas took his place as music filled the air. In the moments before the service started, he drank in the atmosphere while contemplating the letter he penned just two days earlier.
In October, Danbury Baptist Church sent him a letter concerned that the federal government would decide to designate a national religion. As several states established state religions before the Constitution was written, they desired his support in confirming and guaranteeing their religious liberty from the federal government. (see and ) Empathetic to their anxiousness regarding their religious freedom, he responded on January 1, 1802, stating the following:
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