THE ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL POSITION OF THE JEWS IN MEDIÆVAL ENGLAND. PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

I must begin with two apologies. The first is for the delay in giving my Presidential Address. For that I shall be readily forgiven. You will easily have controlled your impatience to hear me: and you will realise how exacting are the claims of work in a Government depart? ment during the war. My second apology is for the fact that my address is not based as completely as I should have wished on original authorities. This also is due to pressure of work. To save time I have sometimes, though not often, had to rely on modern historians where I should have liked to use only ancient records.

Having made my humble apologies, I now proceed to put forward a far from humble claim, viz. that my subject is part of a question of commanding importance, which urgently demands scientific discussion and which Jewish writers have treated with the

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