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In order not to interrupt the action of the principal Committee of Konigsberg, we have been compelled to resort to the expedient of borrowing 10,000 francs from our Reserve Fund. Although that portion of our funds is, in reality, but a guarantee fund for the engagements we have entered into with our teachers, our staff, &c., and although it ought only to be had recourse to in cases of unforeseen emergency, such as would suspend the collection of our subscriptions (as happened in the late war), the prosecution of the Russian work appeared to ns nevertheless to be of an importance paramount to the dictates of common prudence.
But this experiment must not be repeated if we wish to be sure of the morrow. We have therefore taken the present state of affairs into serious consideration, and have resolved to make a fresh appeal to the Jewish public. Doubtless, the famine which evoked the appeal made in 1869 rages no longer, and feelings of pity can no longer be appealed to now with as much force as then; but, on the other hand, we can to-day place before you the great results obtained from means which were in proportion very small, and we shall show these in a special Report on the Russian work.
In the meanwhile, a member of the Central Committee has commenced by placing at our disposal a sum of 50,000 francs, payable, during five consecutive years, by instalments of 10,000 francs per annum. The first of the payments is to be devoted to the reimbursement of the 10,000 francs borrowed from our Reserve Fund ; the other four instalments will go to furnish means of support for the Committee of Konigsberg.
We doubt not that the Council will agree with us on the necessity of prosecuting the Russian work, and we hope that the Anglo-Jewish Association will share the efforts we are about to make to attain this result.
I am, &c.,
To the Council of the Anglo-Jewish Association.
30th January, 1874.
SiB,—You have probably followed the details of the " Russian Work " which we undertook in 1869, and which are set
out at length in our reports.....Interrupted by the war,
this work has since been resumed, and we are endeavouring at this moment to give it a wider extension, and, especially, to promote emigration, which was interrupted by want of funds.
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