The Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson
MORAL PRINCIPLES / MORAL SENSE AND CONSCIENCE
God... has formed us moral agents... that we may promote the
happiness of those with whom He has placed us in society, by acting
honestly towards all, benevolently to those who fall within our way,
respecting sacredly their rights, bodily and mental, and cherishing
especially their freedom of conscience, as we value our own.
to Miles King, 1814