Letter of Wolf to Grant on the Statue to Religious Liberty, 18760626

On the Statue to Religious Liberty

A Letter from Simon Wolf, from The Presidents I Have Known page 89, dated June 26, 1876. The attached image appears on page 88.


Washington, D. C. June 26, 1876.
My Dear Mr. President:
No doubt you are aware of the fact that the Independent Order of B'nai B'rith at its quinquennial
Convention held in Chicago in 1874, unanimously voted the erection of a Statue to Religious Liberty, and that the same should be erected in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Now on this coming Fourth of July, the Statue having been completed by an American sculptor, Sir Mosely Ezekiel, will be dedicated and given to the people of the United States. This evidence of patriotism and of love of liberty on the part of American citizens of Jewish faith is in keeping with their history and their lofty ideals and conception of duty. No class of citizenship has been made happier by religious liberty than the Jew, for the denial of that liberty in other lands has been the cause of endless persecution and misery.
We sincerely trust that this statue, typifying so grandly the separation of church and state, may be an inspiration and an example for all the generations of the future.
Is it not possible for you to attend the unveiling?
Very sincerely,
Simon Wolf.

And the President replied:

White House,
June 28, 1876
My Dear Mr. Wolf :
Your letter in the matter of the Statue to be dedicated to Religious Liberty in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, on the 4th of July, has been duly received.
It has impressed me deeply and I congratulate you and all concerned for this splendid contribution on the part of American citizens who at all times in war and in peace, have shown their loyally and patriotism on and in behalf of the Republic.
I sincerely regret that official duties will prevent my attendance.
Sincerely yours,
U. S. Grant

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