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and the Secretary, was appointed to make inquiries respecting the allegations of the petitioners ; and although no materials were at hand to verify their particular statements, several incidents helped to bear out the general fact, that the Persian Jews continued to be in a most deplorable condition, and that they suffered greatly from the harsh treatment of the authorities. As it therefore appeared opportune to intercede on their behalf, the following letter was addressed to Her Majesty's Minister for Foreign Affairs :—
My Lord,
London, 19th August, 1875.
As President of the Anglo-Jewish Association I beg leave to bring under the notice of your Lordship, the condition of the Jews of Persia, to which the attention of the Council of the Association has been urgently solicited.
When ELM. the Shah visited this metropolis, the Anglo-Jewish Association presented an address to His Majesty, pointing out the grievances of the Persian Jews, and suggesting some practical measures for the removal of those serious evils. Similar representations were addressed to the Persian sovereign in all the civilized countries visited by him during his travels in Europe.
H.M. the Shah was graciously pleased to send to the Anglo-Jewish Association, through the medium of Her Majesty's Government, a favourable reply, wherein it was stated that His Majesty was desirous that no distinction in the enjoyment of religious freedom and civil rights should be made between the various classes of his subjects, and that on his return attention would be given to the grievances brought under His Majesty's notice, with the view of improving the condition of the Jewish Communities in Persia.
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