Judaic Treasures of the
Library of Congress:
Harby Letter to Monroe Protesting Removal of Noah As
Isaac Harby of Charleston protested the
removal of Mordecai
Manuel Noah from his
post as consul to Tunis because he was a
Jew, arguing in a letter to Secretary of
State James Monroe, Harby writes: "It is
upon the principle, not of toleration .
. . but upon the principle of equal inalienable, constitutional
Rights, that we see Jews appointed to
offices, that we see them elected in our
State Representation, & that, in proportion
as their talents and their influence can
bear them through, we see their mingling
in the honours of their country. They are
by no means to be considered a Religious
sect, tolerated by the government; they
constituted a portion of the people."
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Harby (1788-1828) to James Monroe (1758-1831).
Manuscript letter, May 13, 1816.
National Archives and Records
Administration, Washington, D.C.
Source: Library of Congress