This document is a petition
from Manasseh ben Israel and others to Oliver
Cromwell, asking for the Jews to have the right
to practise their religion in their own houses,
SP18/125 folio 173)
Manasseh ben Israel, a Dutch rabbi, came to England in 1655
hoping to persuade Cromwell to accept the Jews right to worship.
Interestingly, although there is no record of any formal reply,
it was in 1657 that a Synagogue within a house in Creechurch
Lane, London was established.
- The document is written in a clear cursive