Friday, 25 November 2011

A 1704 report on the establishment of Bevis Marks synagogue, London

A rather grudging 1704 report on the 1701 establishment of Bevis Marks synagogue:

"Touching the Jews, which by the late Usurper were admitted at London, and since continued by the bare permission of our Princes, and suffered to hire a private House, wherein to hold their Meetings; they were not considerable either for Number, making not above 80 or 100 Families; or for their Wealth or Abilities, being for the most part poor and ignorant, to what they are in other Countries; yet of late they are increas'd and have built themselves a sumptuous Synagogue near Duke's Place, within the City of London."

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