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Commenting on the Maryland "Jew Bill"...

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January 14, 1826

THE NILES WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Maryland, January 14, 1826 

* Maryland Jew Bill becomes law 

Under the heading "Maryland" is a very nice editorialized report acknowledging the very recent approval of the "Jew Bill" which allowed--for the first time--Jews to hold public office in the state of Maryland. The report reads in part: "The affairs of our state begin to have an improving appearance...for the political liberation of persons held in servitude for conscience-sake, has been also passed by the house of delegates 45 to 32, so a late disgraceful part of our constitution is abolished, and Jews are freemen..." with a bit more (see photos). Included also is the list of those who voted "Year" and "Nay" for the change in the constitution.
Among the other reports in this issue are: "African Colony" "Pay of Members of Congress" "Negotiations on the Slave Trade" which includes documents signed in type by John Quincy Adams, and H. Clay.
This issue is complete in 16 pages, measures about 6 by 9 1/2 inches. Very good condition.

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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