In 1790, George Washington wrote a note to congregants at a Newport, Rhode Island, synagogue. The letter, which provides evidence that the new government was intent on protecting religious freedom, is pretty intriguing.
In it, Washington pledged “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” CNN has more:
“The letter starts off to the Hebrew congregation of Newport, Rhode Island,” said Mordechai Eskovitz, rabbi of the Touro Synagogue in Newport. “It was meant for the congregation. It is addressed to the congregation.” [...]
“Jews at that time were going through such turmoil and finally they found a safe haven in the United States,” said Eskovitz. “This letter, and its sentiment, is something too valuable for an individual. It is for everyone.”
Check it out here.