Rebecca Gratz to Maria Fenno Hoffman, October 20, 1817

Rebecca Gratz to Maria Fenno Hoffman, October 20, 1817

Rebecca Gratz Papers, Manuscript Collection no. 236, American Jewish Archives, reproduced in Schappes, Documentary History of the Jews in the United States, p. 138

I think however a more interesting & natural story might have been produced in making the characters of Jew & Christian associate, & assimilate inall the respective charities of social life, without bringing the passions into contact [.] I believe it is impossible to reconcile a matrimonial engagement between persons of so different a creed, without requiring on or the other to yield [sic] in all instances we have heard of in real life, this has been the case and where a family of children are to be brought up, it appears necessary that parents should agree on so important a subject. I have known many Jews marry Christian women, whose wives have become strict conformists to the rites of our religion- and Jewesses married to Christians who have entered the church, as in the case of my Aunt Schuyler- one instance similar to Monteveia I have heard of here—but the parties lived very unhappily- little jealousies were continually occurring, and at length when the husband died the widow & her daughter returned to her family & the synagogue while the son was put in the navy, and quite estranged from the family. The poor fellow is also dead, but had he survived the division of interests and sentiments would have broken up the harmony of feelings that should subsist between such near relations.

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