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C cum. Yet such a one was now held (being the 25th of H. 3) as properly deserves that title. For the king directed writs to the sheriffs of each county, commanding them to return before him, at Worcester, upon Quinquagesima Sunday, six of the richest Jews from every town; or two only, from such places where there were but few: to treat with him as well concerning his own, as their benefit; and threat9ning the sheriffs, that, if they fail9d, he wou9d so terribly handle them, that they shon9d remember it as long as they liv9d.

Tovey) appointed justices itinerant thro9 every county, who, amongst other articles, were to inquire concerning the murtherers of the Jews. Who they were that slew them? What lands and chattels were belonging to them, at the time they were slain? Who took possession of them, and were aiders and abettors of the muither? "They were likewise to give orders, that all their effects should be apply9d to the king9s use; and that those who were guilty of any of these particulars, and had not made fine to our Lord the King, or his justices, should be apprehended, and not delivered, unless by the said justices, or our Lord the King himself.

But, allowing the truth of the charge of meanness and unamiability which has been laid against them, and which is the natural rust of their situation, the circumstances of their history舒the decided nationality and the oriental colouring about the Jewish character, relieve them, in our eyes, from that contempt and prejudice which I is not uncommonly felt even in these enlightened times, and which has always induced us to trace, with more than common interest, the fates of this unfortunate nation, from their last dispersion, through thedark and dismal periods of European history.

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