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This volume is the first to appear under the editorship of Mr Jeremy Schonfield, and as Chairman of the Publications Committee I would like to express my appreciation for his agreement to take over this task. He follows on a long line of distinguished editors, and he brings to the task a wide range of experience in the field of publishing. I would also like to take this opportunity of expressing the most sincere thanks of the Society to Dr Richard Barnett who after many years has stepped down as Chairman of the Publications Committee. At the same time members of the Society will be pleased to know that he has agreed to keep a watchful eye on the two volumes of medieval Plea Rolls, The Exchequer of the Jews V and VI, which form an important part of the Society's general publishing programme. A number of outside bodies, including the British Academy, have made contributions towards the cost of editing and publishing, and it must remain a matter of high priority that we complete the commitment entered into by the Society.

Two further changes have taken place. Mr Alan Rose has resigned as our Honorary Secretary due to the pressure of other commitments. We are most grateful to him for his efforts on our behalf. The Society has been fortunate to be able to secure in his place the services of Mr Cyril Drukker. In addition, Mr Lewis Shane has unhappily had to accept the urgent advice of his doctors to give up his position as our Honorary Treasurer. He has, in the course of his tenure, much improved the state of the Society. Again we have been very fortunate that Mr William Margulies has accepted office in his place. We are grateful also to Mr Shalom Schotten for his valuable advice and help in matters of graphic design. The Society expresses its unqualified thanks, both to those who have already served it in the past and those who have now agreed to serve it in the future. In addition to these changes, there has been the normal succession of Presidents. Dr Lionel Kochan was succeeded as President in 1982 by Mrs Dorothy Stone, and she in her turn has been succeeded by Professor-Emeritus Chimen Abramsky. It is a particular matter of pride to the Society that this renews our links with University College London and particularly with the Goldsmid Chair of Jewish History.


Since the last list of lectures was published in Transactions XXVII pp. xi-xii, the following lectures have been delivered:


Lionel Kochan, Herzl re-assessed 28 October Jonathan Israel, The diplomatic career of jeronimo da Costa, 1642-1697 25 November

Williams, Anti-Semitism in Manchester, 1718-1939 16 December


Malcolm Brown, Anglo-Jewish country houses from the Resettlement to 1800 20 January.

Daniel Schroeter, British influences on the Jewish community of Mogador in the second half of the 19 th century 17 March

William W. Simpson, Jewish-Christian relations since the

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