An item in the will of Dr. Richard Rawlinson runs thus : ” I give and bequeath to the same University my metal Jewish vessel.” And in the same University, in the Ashmolean Museum in connection with the Bodleian Library, Oxford, the vessel has remained till the present day. Dr. Rawlinson died in 1755. He had bought the pot in March 1742 for XI, 5s., at the sale of the Earl of Oxford’s pictures and curiosities. The Earl of Oxford had bought it in 1722 on the death of its original owner, Dr. John Covel, Master of Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Covel, as may be seen from Bent’s Introduction to the Hakluyt Society’s volume, ” Early Voyages and Travels in the Levant,” was a noted Oriental traveller, and his diary contains several interesting, but not very agreeable, remarks about the Jews of the Orient. He was Master of Christ’s from 1688

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