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JEWISH BOOK ANNUAL
P r o b u s , o r R o m e i n t h e T h i r d C e n t u r y , b y
W illiam Ware.
New York, 1838.
T he story, which is a continuation of the
Letters of Lucius M.
Piso,
deals with the persecution of the early Christians by the
Romans. Isaac, a Jew, risks his life to rescue his Christian friends.
Among those he befriends is Probus, head of the Christian com­
munity, who along with other Christians is being held in prison
and is destined to be hung. Another endangered Christian, Lady
Portia, is offered the sanctuary of Isaac’s home.
In describing Isaac to a friend, Lady Portia says of him: “For
us, Christians as we are, there is I believe no evil to himself he
would not hazard, if in no other way he could shield us from
the dangers tha t impend.”
M o r t o n ’s H o p e ,
by John Lothrop Motley. New York, 1839.
Traveling in Germany, an American by the name of Uncas
Morton meets Count T rum p Von Toggerburg-Hohenstraufer, a
student who is in love with Jud ith , only daughter of the wealthy
Jewish banker, Potiphar. Po tiphar’s wish is tha t his daughter
marry a fellow Jew by the name of Maccabaeus. Count T rum p
considers this an impertinence on the part of the father. Morton
meets Jud ith Potiphar at a ball and describes her as a young
woman of great beauty.
Count T rum p and Jud ith elope, bu t before they can be joined
in marriage Potiphar comes upon them at an inn and takes his
erring daughter back with him. A friend of the Count offers
a plan whereby Potiphar, on his way to Hamburg, would be
accosted and threatened with disclosure of his dishonest deal­
ings and forced to sign a paper giving consent to Ju d i th ’s mar­
riage to T rump . The plan is carried out and the two lovers
are married.
T h e G ip s y o f t h e H i g h l a n d s o r t h e J e w a n d t h e H e i r , b y
Joseph H o lt Ingraham. Boston, 1843.
Duncan Powell, heir to a fortune, bu t a reckless spender who
otherwise possesses good qualities, comes to the pawnbroker,
Jacob Goldschnapp, for a loan of $6,000. He signs a note agreeing
to tu rn over to Goldschnapp a $12,000 legacy left him by an
aun t which he will receive upon attain ing his majority.
Soon Duncan comes again for a loan. Th is time Goldschnapp