1701: 1 Anne s.1 c.24: Protestant Children of Jewish Parents

1701: 1 Anne session 1 c.24: An Act to oblige the Jews to maintain and provide for their Protestant Children.

To the End that sufficient Maintenance be provided and allowed for the Children of Jewish Parents who shall turn Protestants Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, and by Authority of the same

[Jewish Parent compelling his or her Protestant Child to change Religion, or refusing Maintenance, Lord Chancellor may make Order therein.]

That from and after the Twenty-fourth Day of June, One thousand seven hundred and two, if any Jewish Parent, in order to compel his [or her*] Protestant Child to change his or her Religion, shall refuse to allow such Child a fitting Maintenance suitable to the Degree and Ability of such Parent, and to the Age and Education of such Child, then (upon Complaint thereof made to the Lord High Chancellor of England, or Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, or Commissioners for the Great Seal for the Time being) it shall and may be lawful for the said Lord Chancellor, Lord Keeper, or Commissioners to make such Order therein for the Maintenance of such Protestant Child as he or they shall think fitt.

* Interlined on the Roll

Note: Older editions of the Statutes number this as chapter 30.

Source: Statutes of the Realm, vol. 8.

See also: Journals of the House of Commons, vol. 9.