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An English translation of "Jerusalem or on Religious Power and Judaism" by Moses Mendelssohn (1783) has been suggested for LibriVox to record.
It is a profound philosophical text that derives universalism from transcendent reason and history (while questioning linear progress), pleads for interfaith tolerance as a human right, and anticipates JS Mill's argument about the necessity for free thought to temper social control.
An English translation published prior to 1925 would need to be identified.
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HathiTrust has "Jerusalem, a treatise on religious power and Judaism by Moses Mendelssohn; translated from the German by Isaac Leeser" (1852) here: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/100644194
There is a related, more extensive text, "Jerusalem; a treatise on ecclesiastical authority and Judaism. Translated from the German by M. Samuels" (1838)", here: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/007374896
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