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any Office Civil or Military under the Crown, and from filling any situation in Corporate Bodies; and may be excluded from practising at the Bar, or as an Attorney, Proctor, or Notary, from voting at elections, from enjoying any exhibition in either University, and from filling some other offices of minor importance.
Such is a short summary of the disabilities to which it will be seen, the Jews at the present day are subjected in this country.
It is proposed very briefly to enquire, whether these disabilities should be any longer continued.
In considering this subject, it is proper to bear in mind the circumstances which produced the laws that imposed these disabilities.
First, As regards the law which prevents a Jew from holding landed property. It will be shewn in the following treatise, that the statute which raised the disability in this respect, was passed for the purpose of obviating evils which can no longer exist. At the time when the statute was made the Jews were regarded as the villeins of the king, and the crown became entitled, immediately to whatever property they acquired. The object of the statute was to remedy the inconvenience which this right of the king produced; and not to afford security against any evils which were experienced from the