Prior to the Revolution, the Episcopal Church was established by law in this State. On the Declaration of independence it was left with all other sects, to a self-support. And no doubt exists that there is much more of religion among now than there ever was before the change; and particularly in the Sect which enjoyed the legal patronage. This proves rather more than, that the law is not necessary to the support of religion.

James Madison (1751-1836) American statesman, political theorist, US President (1809-17)
Letter to Edward Everett (19 Mar. 1823)
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