Early American Jewry - Vol. 1

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Chapter 5
New England, 1649-1759

AMONG the signatures of the letter, cited above, to Governor George Clinton was that of Isaac Moses of New York. Although the name was a common one, this Isaac Moses might well have been the same man who was "warned out" of Boston in 1762, some twenty years earlier. The Bostonians and other New Englanders considered the right of residence a privilege, and strangers were ordered out of town unless they could furnish bond that they would not become dependents. Limiting the right of residence to privileged individuals was no strange custom, nor peculiar to the settlers of New England. The zealous vigilance over the right of domicile was usual at this time in many communities of Europe and was common practice in Central European Jewish ghettos.

Apparently Isaac Moses bore the Bostonians no grudge: in 1775, when the Boston port was still closed by the British, some Virginians from Essex County consigned about 1,100 bushels of grain to John Hancock and Samuel Adams

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