they ever been guilty of idolatry at all since their return from Babylon? No! Have they been guilty of sheding inno cent blood, to that extent, since their re turn that they were, before they were ta ken captives by Nebuchadnezzar? The Jew says no. Very well: there will none deny, with any claim upon our credulity, but that the disaster and over throw that befel the Jewish nation in the days of Vespassian, very far exceeded in severity, in almost every particular, the disaster and ouerthrow that befel them in the days of Nebuchadnezzar.”
“Now, then, if God be just, and mete out and apportion the chastisement or penalty to the magnitude of the offence or crime committed, it follows, of course, that your fathers committed some far greater crime subsequent to their return from Babylon, than ever they before com mitted. Be that crime whatever it may: Know ye, that for it, or because of it, the Roman armies were permitted to crowd their conquests to the heart of your city —burn your temple—kill your men, wo men and children, and disperse your rem nant to the four quarters of the earth. The fiery storm that burst upon your na tion at that time, and the traces of blood which they have, ever since, left behind them in their flight and dispersion, to gether with the recent cursed cruelties inflicted upon them in Damascus and Rhodes, but too plainly declare that the strong imprecation which they uttered on a certain occasion, has been fulfilled up on them to the letter. ‘Let his blood be on us and on our children.’ If condemn ing and crucifying Jesus of Nazareth was not the cause of this great evil; what was the cause of it?”
“Aware that I have written very plain ly upon those points that have come within my notice; yet believe me, Sir, when I assure you, that my pen is point ed with friendship, and dipped in the fountain of love and good will towards your nation. The thoughts which it re cords have proceeded from a heart grate ful to the Almighty, that the time has ar rived when the day-star of your free dom already begins to dispel the dark and gloomy clouds which have seperated you from the favor of your God. Ere long it will be said to you; ‘Arise, shine, for thy light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon
“The morning breaks, the shadows flee,
Lo! Zion’s standard is unfurled;
The dawning of a brighter day
Majestic rises on the world.
The Gentile fullness now comes in,
And Israel’s blessings are at hand:
Lo! Judah’s remnant cleansed from sin
Shall in their promised Canaan stand.”
“Now, therefore, O ye children of the covenant! Repent of all your backslid ings, and begin, as in days of old, to turn to the Lord your God. Arise! Arise! and go out from among the Gentiles; for destruction is coming from the north to lay their cities waste. is thy home. There the God of Abraham will deliver thee. (See Joel 2, 32) There the bending heavens shall reveal thy long- looked-for Messiah in fleecy clouds of light and glory, to execute vengeance up on thine enemies; and lead thee and thy brethren of the ten tribes to sure con quest, and certain victory. Then shall thrones be cast down, and the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our God. Then will they come from the east, west, north and south, and set down in the kingdom of God with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But the children of the kingdom (Gentiles) shall be cast out, and the kingdom restored to Israel.
With sentiments of distinguished con sideration I have the honor, Sir, to sub scribe myself
Your most ob’t. servant
Rev. Dr. Solomon Hirschell,
Pres’t Rabbi of the Hebrew society in England.
It is very hard times in England.— Thousands that have nothing to do, and are literally starving. Trade of all sorts is at the lowest ebb. Very cold and dry. No harvest, unless rain come soon.
You will discover that the greater part of the English brethren, have al ways worked under masters; and they have not so much notion of planning and shifting for themselves, particularly in a strange country, as the Americans.— They want some one to be a kind of fa ther to them, to give them plenty of work, and plenty to eat; and they will be content. They are a very industri ous people whenever they can get em ployment; and by a little fatherly care, they will soon get way-wised to the conn try, and be enabled to shift for them selves. I trust that exertions are made to give employ to as many as possible [p. 554]