The annual reading of George Washington's letter to the Jews—which
took place this weekend at the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I.—will
echo with extra significance this year, as a campaign is now under way
to make the original letter available for public viewing.
campaign was launched earlier this year by the Jewish Daily Forward
after the newspaper discovered that Washington's letter—in which he
vowed that the new American government would "give to bigotry no
sanction, to persecution no assistance"—is locked away in storage by an
owner who is loath to share access with the rest of his countrymen.
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