England's Jews

From the middle of the 17th century England's small Jewish minority had found increasing favour with the authorities, and by the 18th century members of the elite were prepared to recognise their claim for status as denizensGlossary - opens new window and subjects - not just in the hope of converting them to Christianity, but as productive and loyal members of the community. Eventually, during the reign of George III, they were allowed to become naturalisedGlossary - opens new window citizens.
Catalogue reference: SP 34/37, f. 173 (21 April 1712)
Catalogue reference: HO 55/18/18 (27 March 1789)

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