Message to the Calvert Associates.
[Released April 8, 1932. Dated April 6, 1932]
My dear Mr. Williams:
I will be obliged if you will express my cordial greetings to the Calvert Associates gathered on Friday evening for their annual celebration of the founding of Maryland, and of the adoption of the Act Concerning Religion by the Maryland Colonists. One of the proudest traditions of our history is the early date at which our Nation committed itself unreservedly and permanently to the principle of freedom of conscience, and the very early action of Maryland in this respect was one of the important influences leading to the adoption of this principle. The strong support of the foremost Revolutionary patriots, including Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and many others, was decisive in fixing this principle in our Constitution as the permanent and beneficent policy of our country.
[Mr. Michael Williams, President, The Calvert Associates, Grand Central Terminal, New York City]
Note: The message was read at a meeting held in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Herbert Hoover, Message to the Calvert Associates. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/207617