A Waterloo County Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by Stephanie Kirkwood Walker

By Stephanie Kirkwood Walker

A photographic heritage of the associated towns of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, with pictures from as early as 1880.

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This page intentionally left blank S E T T I N G T H E STAGE This page intentionally left blank i Obstacles to Equality for Religious Minorities in Britain in 1750 The word toleration, which, after so many centuries and so many acts of intolerance, appeared to be a word full of humanity and reason, is no longer suitable to a nation that wishes to firmly place its rights upon the eternal foundations of justice. America, to which politics will owe so many useful lessons, has rejected the word from its code, as a term tending to compromise individual liberty and to sacrifice certain classes of men to other classes.

The penalty had been waived, but the crime remained on the books. " Locke would ask sixteen years later. "23 As Judaism was not officially tolerated in England until 1846, it followed that prior to that date the law could not be relied upon to allow gifts or bequests that advanced the Jewish religion, and during the eighteenth century there were a number of judicial decisions that bequests advancing the Jewish religion were void. " As he determined that the legacy was not good in law, he decided that it should be applied to some other charitable uses rather than allowing it to become part of the residue of the estate and go to De Paz's heirs.

More than that, this was the first debate on the status of Jews to take place since the process of political reform in England had made the laws of Parliament superior to the edicts of the sovereign. "16 The outcome of the debate ultimately would have a bearing on the future status of immigrant Jews in Britain's American colonies. As a matter of historical record, from the time of William the Conqueror in the eleventh century, Jews had been invited into Catholic England to act as financiers to the monarch.

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