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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 37

Cromwell and the Jews

Cromwell and the Jews.

Perhaps the attention of Cromwell to the Old Testament influenced him in bringing back the Jews to England. The consequence was that the Asiatic Jews sent to England Rabbi Jacob Ben Azahel and others to inquire whether Cromwell was not the Messiah who had been long expected, and whether he was not descended from a Jewish family. Cromwell saw that this opinion was not likely to suit the saints of the day, and dismissed the Jews hastily.

The lawyers were for receiving them with civil privileges, the citizens indifferent, the clergy hostile, and the wily usurper with great dexterity preserved his own autocracy by professing that his conscienoe was troubled with the question, and that he must seek the Lord to know what it was best for him to do. He died soon afterwards, and it is not unlikely that he would have done nothing more to serve them. (Ellis.")