Aug. 8, 1853

Parliamentary Decision, reported to the King of Denmark by the Parliament of Iceland [Present-day Iceland]: “Regarding the April 5, 1850 ‘Law on Foreign Jews’ Right to Stay Here in the Kingdom,’ we failed to find a reason to pray for Your Royal Highness to guide the laws of this country; as it would thus not be raised up as it should be, and likewise, the various decrees regarding the Jews in question, published in Denmark, do not have the same legal value here, and this may result in problems and uncertainties in future cases. With 13 votes against 6, a majority of members of this body thus voted to disallow your measure.” [Researcher’s note: The Danish law of April 5, 1850, giving foreign Jews the right to enter the Danish empire and settle there, had been submitted to the Althing (i.e., the Icelandic parliament) in a letter from the Danish Minister of Justice, dated 23 May 1853, as Iceland was, at the time, a Danish possession.]
Pètursson, P. & Guðmundsson, Jón (Eds.). Tídindi frá Alþíngi Íslendínga. Fjórða þing, 1. júli til 10. ágúst 1853 (News from the Icelandic Parliament. Fourth Congress, July 1 through August 10, 1853). State Printing Press: Reykjavik, 1854. Page 1033. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 7/14/2020