The Founding Faith Archive

Seminal documents on religious freedom & the spiritual beliefs of the Founding Fathers
TitleAuthorDate
A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal LawJohn Adams1765
A Letter Concerning TolerationJohn Locke2000
Amendments Offered in Congress by James MadisonJames Madison6/8/1789
Autobiography of James MadisonJames Madison1831
Charter of Rhode Island and Providence PlantationsRhode Island7/15/1663
Debate on the First Amendment, House of RepresentativesCongress 8/15/1789
Declaration and ResolvesContinental Congress10/14/1774
Delaware Declaration of Rights and Fundamental RulesDelaware Congress9/11/1776
Draft of The Virginia Act for Establishing Religious FreedomThomas Jefferson1779
Letter from Danbury Baptists to Thomas JeffersonDanbury Baptists10/7/1801
Letter from George Washington to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode IslandGeorge Washington1790
Letter from George Washington to the United Baptist Churches in VirginiaGeorge Washington5/10/1789
Letter from James Madison to Edward LivingstonJames Madison7/10/1822
Letter from James Madison to James MonroeJames Madison5/29/1785
Letter from James Madison to Reverend Jasper AdamsJames Madison1832
Letter from James Madison to William BradfordJames Madison4/1/1774
Letter from John Adams to Abigail AdamsJohn Adams9/16/1774
Letter from Jonas Phillips to President and Members of the ConventionJonas Phillips9/7/1787
Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas CooperThomas Jefferson11/2/1822
Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James MadisonThomas Jefferson3/15/1789
Letter from Thomas Jefferson to James MadisonThomas Jefferson12/20/1787
Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Roger C. WeightmanThomas Jefferson6/24/1826
Letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury BaptistsThomas Jefferson1802
Maryland Act concerning ReligionMaryland 1649
Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious AssessmentsJames Madison6/20/1785
New Jersey Constitution of 1776New Jersey1776
New York Constitution of 1777New York1777
North Carolina Constitution of 1776North Carolina1776
Northwest OrdinanceContinental Congress7/13/1787
Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776, Declaration of RightsCongress 1776
South Carolina Constitution of 1778South Carolina1778
The Articles of AssociationCongress 10/20/1774
The Expence of the Institutions for the Instruction of PeopleAdam Smith1776
The Rights of the ColonistsSamuel Adams11/20/1772
The Virginia Act for Establishing Religious FreedomThomas Jefferson1786
To the Inhabitants of the Province of QuebecContinental Congress10/26/1774
Vermont Constitution of 1786Vermont 1786

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