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< 3 & £ t ± t *^ scci ^ tari ^ x and - tineer ^ ¦ ¦' " ' " ¦ ' < ¦ ' ¦ ¦ '' ¦ / : M ; Abraham FiRTADO was chosen pf&sidttit - He was a deputy for . the de ^ artm ^ nt of Gironde * He is a Por * tujgfese' Jew , and the Portugese Jews are said to be Superior to" others . 6 e is a " well known ' merchant of Bsurdeaux ^ and is distinguished by his writings . -
The choice of secretaries fell upon 3 VI . M . Rodrigue , jun . and Isaac SaMuel Avigdov , the former a deputy for the department of La Siine , thp latter from the Maritime Jilps . The scrutineers' appointed "were , M . M . Olry Hayem WoiMSi ( iot La Stine , ) Theodore Cb-rf « 23 e'Rii ( for ditto-, named , also for Nmncy ^) d Emi-X « tE VlTTA ( for Marengo . )
The Second Sitting of the Assembly wls held , July ao , 1806 . At this Sitting , commissioners from the emperor were * introduced with a message . For the questions proposed by them , see IWontbt y Repository , vol . I , p . 496 Inuring the reading of them , the Assembly manifested by unanimous and spon < - taneous emotions , how deeply it was affected by the doubt which the questions
seemed to convey as to their patriotism .. The sixth question was no sooner read $ h which it is asked if Jews born in France and treated by the law as French citizens , acknowledge France as their country , and if they are bound to defend it , ) than the whole assembly unanimously exclaimed , ** . «*« i ° death / A "committee Was appointed to prepare answers t © the questions .
The Sitting of August 4 , 1806 " , was memorable for the first animated discussion of the Assembly . It is not our intention to insert ( the answers at length of the deputies tr , the question ' s , a \ s we shall hereafter rxtract tfye more defini' iivc decisions of trie Grand Sanhedrim on the same BUDifccts ' . Our readers
however wiilbe pleased with the Report of tlie Debate of the Assembly , on tjie three first questions : we therefore lay - ittefbre tj \ em . * It shows £ he contempt pf'sbme of tile Jews for priestrr ^ ft . At the end of the Debate will be r ^ und , the ^ Declaration wfejch the deputies prbfixe 4 to their answers . r
** The President informed thjc assem-. bly that a secretary vrould read the answers , which / the commission , named to prepare the ground-work of the dis-
cussions of the assembly , on the mje $ t «« i % proposed by Hia . Maje ^ yfs -J £ pmmi » Ti sioners ^ had thought fit to return-to tfeeh three first question ^ . He intrc ^ tcd the assembly to remain cahn dvcriqg thediscussion , apd invited those member * .
who may chuse to deliver their sentiments , to give in their names at the table .- —One of the Secretaries rca < 4 the \ answer proposed by . the commission ti > the first question . M . X ^ yon Marx ; , ono of the interpreters of the assembly andt member of the commission , read the
literal translation he had made of it into German . The discussion opened on th ^ first question . — -A member ascended thel tribune , and said , that though the ani swer was within- the meaning and sense ; of the law , yet the wording of . it wa& not sufiiciently clean The ^ Fresiden ^
asked if he had another to , propose" ix \ . i % s stead ; he answered in the negative . — - » Another member expressed fcis . surprise ^ that the member who had just sat dowq should not point out in what , particulars he found the woi ^ iing reprehensible . : '" J& third observed that the , French wond in tte question , which means lawful * m # rq particularly alluded to religious law \ .
the answer should be made with a view to this meaning . —* Nobody , * said another , < having offered to speak against the sense $ > f the answer proposed by tbe corphiission , it ought to be put -to th $ , vote . ' This proposition ^ fas seconded ,
and put to the vote ; apd the answer to the first question , was adopted almost unanimously , without any alteration . — Title answer to the second question was retfd . M . JLfon Marx read as before , the translation he had made of it into
the German language ; no one offering to speak on the answer proposed by the corrimission , it was put to the vbte , and pa « sed . un ^ nimpi | s 1 y . ' -r-Onc ; of the gecrer taries read' the answer to the third ques ^ ibh ; " M , Lyph Marx rdad f German literal translation he had made
of it . A R > bbi proposed that whenever ^ pripciples purely theological should bd presented Jor discussion ^ his brethrert the nabbies shouldbc more particularly consulted . * Is itf not evident , * $ ays he " , « ify&i if astrorioniicat . ' . eubjects w ^ r ? proposed , you . Would coijsul ^ only astro * nomers ? Why then should you not leave to tKeologians , whatever relates " t ^ religion ? ' He thought that que * Uon $ of this nature should not be fctcrm \ W $ ¦
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Feb. 2, 1808, page 116, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2389/page/60/