Thursday, 25 October 2012

A debate held at white-hall about the admission of the Jews, 1655

A failed attempt by Manasseh Ben Israel to win admission to England in 1655:

“Upon the tendring of certain Proposals to the Protector by Manasseh Ben Israel, a Jewish Merchant, in the behalf of his Hebrew Nation, for their free admission to Trade and exercise of the Religion in England, a Conference was held about it several days at White hall, but the Members of the Council, and certain Divines of the most Eminent then in esteem: and many Arguments being urged, some for, others against their admission; those against it so far prevailed, that the Proposals took no effect.”

Sir Richard Baker, Edward Phillips, Sir Thomas Clarges. A chronicle of the kings of England. 1684. Page 627

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