F. H. Goldsmid and Archbishop Whately of Dublin: their significance in the emancipation debate

A number of factors come to light in what amounts to the final stage of Jewish emancipation in Britain, in the period 1829 to 1858, which bear on the underly? ing issues of Parliamentary reform and the relations between Church and State. While de facto emancipation for Jews had hitherto been typified by a pragmatic process of precedent (since, unlike the situation in Europe generally, Jewish disabilities were not enshrined in specifically anti-Jewish law), in the case of their admission to Parliament, Jews found their position implicated, especially by their opponents, in questions concerning the fundamental character of Britain as a Christian country with an established religion. In broad terms the admission to Parliament of dissenting Christians and particularly of Roman Catholics had had the two-fold effect of creating a precedent essentially favourable to Jewish admission, while at the same time creating another precedent, which was to single the Jews

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