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Henry More would have liked Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, himself as well an avid follower of witches, demons, goblins, and unidentified apparitions. Co-nan Doyle also comes to mind when contemplating Henry More and the Jews, for here again his famous character provides us with some important clues, drawing our attention to ‘the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime’. But the ‘dog did nothing in the night-time’. ‘That was the curious incident’, he remarked.1 For despite More’s well-known involvement with kabbalah, mysticism, and the millenarian interpretation of Scripture, it is somewhat surprising that apart from one reported dinner with a Jew in 1672, he seems hardly to have come into contact with living Jews at all, even though by his death in 1687 a thriving community already existed in London. An examination of More’s missed Judaical opportunities is not therefore yet another historical might-have-been, but rather a means towards understanding the real nature of his celebrated philo-semitism.2

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Seventeenth Century Historical Society Latin Translation Hebrew Language Bodleian Library 
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