I have been reading books as research for my own writing. This quote is related to my own book, currently at:
from "Jefferson: Champion of the Free Mind", by
Phillips Russell 1956, p327.
" Thomas Jefferson wrote a book called "Jefferson's Bible", which was a book made up from cuttings of the four gospels whereby all the sayings of Jesus were reserved but his so-called miracles omitted. He (Thomas Jefferson) wrote about his book to a friend:
"It is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, disciple of the doctrines of Jesus, very different from the Platonists who call me infidel and themselves Christians and preachers of the Gospel, while they draw all their characteristic dogmas from what its author never said nor saw. They have compounded from the heathen mysteries a system beyond the comprehension of man, of which the great reformer of the vicious ethics and deism of the Jews, were he to return on earth, would not recognize one feature." "