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Lot #    16648
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 12:57:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Jewish Disabilities (Canada and Jamaica)
Author    [Community - Only Ed. - American Judaica]
City    London
Publisher    The House of Commons
Publication Date    1850
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. iv, 19, [1] pp., 345:215 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound as issued.
Paragraph 1    “Return of Copies of the Acts of the Parliaments of Canada and Jamaica, by which Civil Disabities of the Jews were Removed...”
   Concerning the hiostory of the Jews of Canada and Jamica. In Canada, a major issue of contention was the fact that in order to serve in public office a Jew would have to take an oath of abjuration containing the formula “upon the true faith of a Christian.” Thus, Ezekiel Hart, though elected to the legislature of Lower Canada in 1807 and 1808, was unable to take his seat as he was unwilling to swear in such a manner. As late as 1833, prominent Montreal Jews, such as Benjamin Hart, Moses Judah Hart and Aaron Philips Hart had to urge the Government to remove this impediment to their assuming offi ce (pp. 9-12).

In Jamaica - between the years 1827 and 1830, thanks to the energetic petitions of local Jewish leader Moses Delgado, the final “disabilities” or impediments to the Jews of Jamaica achieving full equality were removed. On December 21, 1826 we learn of an Act to entitle Jews to the rights and privileges of natural born subjects. And on February 17, 1830, an Act repealed the clauses disabling Jews from being elected members of the Corporation of Kingston and from holding title to real estate. (Jewish Disabilities, pp. 13-19.)

   EJ; Mordechai Arbell, The Jewish Nation of the Caribbean (2002), p.250
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
England:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English
Manuscript Type
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