John Jay on the Holy Bible: The Best of All Books

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, John Jay

The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.


Source: John Jay letter to Peter Augustus Jay, April 9, 1784.

John Jay (1745 – 1829) was an American politician, statesman, revolutionary, diplomat, a Founding Father of the United States, and the first Chief Justice of the United States (1789–95). He also served as the President of the Continental Congress from 1778 to 1779. During and after the American Revolution, Jay was U.S. Ambassador to Spain and France, helping to fashion United States foreign policy, and to secure favorable peace terms from Great Britain (i.e. Jay’s Treaty of 1794) and the First French Republic. He also co-wrote the Federalist Papers, along with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. Finally, John Jay was a deeply religious man and the Founder of the American Bible Society.


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