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JEW ISH BOOK ANNUAL
ed through pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers and manuscripts
in the collection. Three examples:
1. A pamphlet:
A Letter Addressed to the Southern Delegates of
the Baltimore Democratic Convention,
by M.M. Noah, New York
1848.
2. A broadside sent by the Jews of Indianapolis to the Senate
and House of the State of Indiana, February 22, 1864, reporting
“a mass meeting of Israelites in protest against the so-called
Christian amendment to our State and National Constitutions,”
arguing that adoption “would deprive thousands of good men
of their inherent rights as free Americans.”
3. A campaign circular, in Yiddish, issued by the Jewish mem­
bers of the Republican State Committee (of New York), urging
“every true Jew to vote for the Republican gubernatorial can­
didate, Theodore Roosevelt . . . (who) at his own expense or­
ganized a regiment of Rough Riders . . . who took revenge for
us against Spain . . . which sent Jews to the dungeons of the
Inquisition and the pyres of the auto-da-fe.”
LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS
1. Meyer Josephson, Reading, Pennsylvania, to Michael
Gratz, Philadelphia, Nissan, 1762. In one of the earliest extant
American letters in Yiddish, Mr. Gratz is invited to spend the
Passover holiday with the Josephson family. He is also informed
that Moses Mordecai of Philadelphia is planning to bring his
newborn son to Reading for his circumcision by Dov Ber of
Heidelberg (a small town near Reading). “My house is at his
service,” Mr. Josephson writes, “but I fear the anti-Semite Sha-
mus Reed may take the occasion to place Dov Ber in debtors’
prison, for he owes money here.”
2. Juliette Levy to Clarissa Chadwick, New York, April 22,
1826. Juliette writes about the coming Passover holiday, and
laments the late Abrham Touro. Isaac Touro, father of Abra­
ham (and of Judah), had been the
Hazzan
of the Newport,
Rhode Island, congregation, of which her father, Abraham Lo­
pez, had been the wealthiest congregant. Miss Chadwick was
the life-long sweetheart of Abraham. Their love was never con­
secrated through marriage, because of their loyalty to their re­
spective faiths.
3. Joseph Lyons Moss to Julia Hendricks Levy, Philadelphia,