President of the United States.
Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, Washington, D.C., September 17, 1952. On White House stationery, to Edmund F. Gibbons, Bishop of Albany, New York.
“I am sure that the commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany will bring to the minds of those who participate a sense of thankfulness for the wisdom and courage of their forefathers in guaranteeing complete freedom of conscience under the Constitution. Among all the nations the United States stands as the exemplar of a people grown great through the exercise of freedom of speech, of education, and of assembly. The heritage of liberty which has been passed down to us through the generations must ever be cherished and guarded with unceasing vigilance.
“The Diocese of Albany has increased many times in population in the last ten decades and important contributions have been made to the life of the community through the establishment of schools, hospitals, orphanages and homes for the aged. I [Harry S Truman] congratulate the Diocese and all its members on past achievements and trust the observance of this centennial anniversary will inspire all who join in the celebration with a quickened determination to render ever faithful service to God and country. ”
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