Sir George Grey found it impossible to maintain a policy of total abstention from the affairs of the republics.
Reverting to the origin and the meaning of the feast, modern criticism draws attention to the different nature of the two observances combined with the name Passover, the pastoral sacrifice of the paschal lamb and the agricultural observance of a seven days' abstention from unleavened bread.
So successful was their prudential abstention that no regular war occurred between Turkey and Poland during the two centuries of their sway.
With regard to the abstention from leavened bread, the inquiry is somewhat more complicated.
If the Sabbath involved abstention from all such business as recorded in dated documents and always fell on these days, then the 7th, &c., should show a marked falling off in the number of dated documents.