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arrived, in consultation with the law advisers of the Crown, with regard to the treaty rights in Russia of British subjects of the Jewish faith, are stated in a despatch to Her Majesty's Ambassador at St. Petersburg of December 28 of last year, which is given at p. 21 of Parliamentary Paper, Iiussia No. 4, 1881. In 1862 Earl Russell informed Lord Napier, then Her Majesty's Ambassador at St. Petersburg, that the effect of the 1st and 11th articles of the treaty was to place British subjects on the footing of Russian subjects before the law, each class A being alike, and one not more than the other amenable to all
general laws applicable in like cases; that as Russian subjects, being Jews, incurred certain disabilities, the equality intended and provided for by the treaty was not infringed by British subjects who were Jews and resident in Russia sharing the same disabilities. The laws of Russia relating to native Jews have been relaxed from time to time in favour of foreign Jews, but the precise formalities which the latter are bound to observe when visiting Russia are not very clearly defined and are still the subject of correspondence between the two Governments. British subjects of the Jewish faith who resort to Russia will continue to receive all the protection to which A they are entitled at the hands of Her Majesty's Government and which can properly be extended to them consistently with treaty obligations."
The Council, on re-assembling in the month of October, put on record their high appreciation of the attention the President had bestowed upon this case.
In the course of last summer, at the instance of the Council, inquiries were made whether according to prevailing rumour, Jews were at liberty to settle in Spain. These inquiries elicited the important information, which deserves the utmost publicity, that no obstacles would be interposed to Jews desirous of settling in that country.
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