1786.003: Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

Published: 1786

Full Title: An act for establishing religious freedom, passed in the Assembly of Virginia in the beginning of the year 1786. === Acte de la république de Virginie, qui établit la liberté de religion, passé à l'assemblée de la Virginie au commencement de l'année 1786.

Author: Virginia. General Assembly.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Dunlap & Hayes

Description: 8 pgs. (8vo.).


Sheet lacks printer credit; credited to press of Dunlap & Hayes by Evans, so the attribution here. However, it may have been produced by another Richmond press, as Dunlap & Hayes were then struggling to retain the public printing contract in the face of negligence charges, with much public work incomplete; they lost that post to Dixon & Holt in May 1786. Passed by the General Assembly on January 16, 1786, the act was slightly amended version of Thomas Jefferson's 1779 proposal; it was ushered through this session by James Madison. Title is a bilingual imprint, with French text on left-hand pages (verso) and English on right-hand ones (verso); evidently designed for distribution in France as well as in America, as Jefferson was then minister plenipotentiary to the court of Louis XIV in Paris.

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