JAMES MADISON TO F. L. SCHAEFFER
Montpellier, Dec. 3rd ,1821
Revd Sir,--I have received, with your letter of November 19th, the copy
of your address at the ceremonial of laying the corner-stone of St Matthew's
Church in New York.
It is a pleasing and persuasive example of pious zeal, united with pure
benevolence and of a cordial attachment to a particular creed, untinctured
with sectarian illiberality. It illustrates the excellence of a system
which, by a due distinction, to which the genius and courage of Luther
led the way, between what is due to Caesar and what is due God, best promotes
the discharge of both obligations. The experience of the United States
is a happy disproof of the error so long rooted in the unenlightened minds
of well-meaning Christians, as well as in the corrupt hearts of persecuting
usurpers, that without a legal incorporation of religious and civil polity,
neither could be supported. A mutual independence is found most friendly
to practical Religion, to social harmony, and to political prosperity.
In return for your kind sentiments, I tender assurances of my estaeem
and my best wishes.
(SOURCE OF INFORMATION: To F. L. Schaeffer from Madison, December 3,
1821. Letters and Other writings of James Madison, in Four Volumes, Published
by Order of Congress. VOL. III, J. B. Lippincott & Co. Philadelphia,
(1865), pp 242-243).