Rhode Island First Day of Issue Covers
Touro Synagogue Newport, Rhode Island
Oldest Existing Synagogue in the U.S.
Issued August 22, 1982 Scott #2017

Masonic Cover Depicting George Washington
and the bible that was used for his Masonic Oath

President George Washington visited Newport on August 17, 1790 and was presented with a letter from Moses Seixas, the President of the Touro Congregation, extolling the new government, "which to bigotry gives no sanction, to persecution no assistance." Washington repeated this phrase in his reply and it has been credited to him ever since.

SEE: Touro Synagogue Cover - Aristocrat Cachet  for Historical Background Information.

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