THE REVEREND DR JAMES WILLIAM PARKES MA, DPhil, DHL 1896-1981

My own first encounter with the Reverend Dr James William Parkes took place 32 years ago, in December 1949.1 had just passed my 2 ist birthday and was down to read my first paper to this Society, on 4 Anglo-Je wish Notaries and Scriveners’. As its President, he invited me to dine with him at the Athenaeum, and selected a suitably fishy menu, which was accompanied – after he had ascertained that I did not take the view that French peasants made libations to strange gods – by a pleasant Alsace wine. I was awed by the surroundings and extremely nervous. I vividly remember the evening. He regaled me with the history of the 18th-century Earl of Bristol and Bishop of Derry and his continen? tal tours. He also told me that since Nathan Marcus Adler’s day, every Chief Rabbi had been elected to the Athenaeum. As a loyal Sephardi,

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