Meshchanin councils in the Pale #belarus #records

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An archive has documentation of the meshschanin council in a town that I'm researching.  I am trying to decide whether or not to order the documents and am wondering if anyone knows whether or not Jewish residents were permitted to serve on these councils in the late 19th c.; they were probably the majority of the meshchanin in many small towns..  

Thank you.

Toby Gass

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