Note: The bracketed section in the second paragraph had been blocked off fordeletion in the final draft of the letter sent to the Danbury Baptists, thoughit was not actually deleted in Jefferson's draft of the letter. It is includedhere for completeness. Reflecting upon his knowledge that the letter was farfrom a mere personal correspondence, Jefferson deleted the block, he noted inthe margin, to avoid offending members of his party in the eastern states.


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