I hope there is some satisfactory reason, not clearly explained or apparent to myself, why the honour was offered me of becoming President of the Jewish Historical Society for the coming year. I trust it is not because there is any lack of earnest students of history in your ranks; I also trust it was not to see what a man who knows no history would make of the Introductory Address. At any rate, whatever the reason, the offer was made; authorities and forces, whose power there was no gainsaying, ordered acceptance, and so the question immediately arose, what was I to say at this inaugural function ?

I recalled a casual remark once made to me by the late Professor Graetz, who said that Jewish history was the most exacting of all histories, because it demanded a good working knowledge of most other histories, and of most languages whether

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