Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments
Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments 1
James Madison (1751-1836)
Madison circulated the Memorial and Remonstrance anonymously in 1785 as part of the effort to pass the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. It appeals to Christian citizens by emphasizing that Christianity's own teachings preclude politically coerced support for particular sects, and to all citizens based on reason.
June 20, 1785
To the Honorable the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia: A Memorial and Remonstrance
We the subscribers, citizens of the said Commonwealth, having taken into serious consideration, a Bill printed by order of the last Session of General Assembly, entitled "A ...