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From The Times (London), Friday, Jun 3, 1785; pg. 2; Issue 136; col A
(Thanks to Language Hat for alerting us to the limited-time-only free access to the archives of the Times and a wealth of other material.)


Yesterday arrived the Mail from France.
Vienna, May 11.

To prevent in Gallicia [sic] the confusion frequently occasioned in contracts, from the uniformity of the Jewish names, his Imperial Majesty has ordered, that for the future the Jews shall take family names, to which shall be joined the names of their fathers; but that they may place before these distinctive names any others they shall choose to adopt.

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