SOME MS. SIDELIGHTS ON ANGLO-JEWISH EMANCIPATION

An important series of letters on Jewish Emancipation, included in the Goldsmid archives, was contributed by Mr. Lionel Abrahams to vol. iv. of the transactions of this Society, pp. 116-176. I have unearthed a few additional fragments relating to the same subject out of a large collection of letters preserved by the late Mr. Jacob Franklin, editor of the Voice of Jacob.

In January, 1848, Mr. Franklin prepared a statement of the Jewish case for the removal of political disabilities, and forwarded it to a few leaders in both Houses of Parliament. Sir Robert Peel wrote from Dray ton Manor on January 8th, declining to offer any suggestions. Lord John Russell sent a formal acknowledgment. The Bishop of Norwich wrote guardedly: ” The question of admission of Jews to Parliament divides itself into two distinct questions, the one religious, the other political, and so much can be said on either

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