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The Maryland "Jew Bill" is finally passed...



Item # 618565

March 19, 1825

THE WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, March 19, 1825 

* Passing the Maryland Jew Bill
* Jews to hold public office


The prime content in this issue is the page 2 report from "Maryland" noting three acts which have passed the legislature, the first & most significant being the Jew Bill, which for many years had been attempted before finally being approved in 1825. The text of the bill includes: "Be it enacted by the general assembly of Maryland, that every citizen of this state professing the Jewish religion, and who shall hereafter be appointed to any office or public trust under the state of Maryland, shall...make & subscribe a declaration of his belief in a future state of reward & punishment, in the stead of the declaration now required by the constitution..." with a bit more.
This was a very significant development in the advancement of Jewish equality within the United States.
Another article in this issue has a small head: "The Israelites" with the text beginning: "The pope has lately issued an edict for the conversation of the Jews of which the following is an extract..." and see the photos for the remainder of this article.
The back page has a small item concerning the Santa Fe Trail, headed: "Intercourse with Santa Fe" with the text including: "...a company, to be composed of 100 men...prepared to go out to the city of Santa Fe...in the province of Texas for the purpose of selling goods to the inhabitants." (see).
Complete in 16 pages, 6 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches, very nice, clean condition.

This small size newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia: "Niles edited and published the Weekly Register until 1836, making it into one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States and himself into one of the most influential journalists of his day. Devoted primarily to politics, Niles' Weekly Register is considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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