Anglo-Jewry as seen through Foreign Eyes

We are indebted to many foreign travellers who visited England not only for valuable information on the life and manners of the English people, but incidentally for fascinating glimpses into the growth and development between 1730 and 1830 of the Anglo-Jewish community. Continuously from the end of the seventeenth century there had been an increasing influx into England of Jewish immigrants from Holland, Germany and Poland. Synagogues sprang up and the growing community began to assume a definite shape with definite characteristics. But in general this growth passed unheeded and unobserved, by contemporary English historians. Barring the Naturali? zation controversy of 1753, English observers tell us very little about the Jews. Eor information about them we have to go to the traveller and visitor, who unlike the natives of a country, are not unobservant of ordinary happenings in their midst. The traveller liked to spy and ferret out curious items

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