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SIXTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
APPENDIX B.
SPEECH OF SIR JULIAN GOLDSMID, BART., M.P., PRESIDENT, AT THE PUBLIC DINNER ON MARCH gXD, 1887.
Gentlemen,—I have now to ask your attention for a few moments while I bring before your notice the most important toast of the evening; but before I do so, I desire to express the regret I feel at not seeing some of our most prominent members present to-night. Sir John Simon, who has always paid tlie deepest attention to everything which concerns Jewish interests, is absent owing to ill-health. Mr. Arthur Cohan writes that he much regrets having been unable to put off an engagement which prevents his being present; at the same time he wishes that the dinner may meet with all the success which the Association so amply deserves. I should say this is the first public celebration of any kind which has been held by the Anglo-Jewish Association. This Association was established in the year 1871, nearly sixteen years ago, but during that time it has never pressed in so public a manner as this its claim upon the attention of the Jewish people. Now the time has come when it should be done, and I think we owe a debt of gratitude to the proprietors of this hall for giving us the opportunity of assembling here to-night. To the attraction of this place are added the charms of the beautiful works of art which adorn these splendid walls; and we also have the advantage of the presence of those who are ever ready to show their sympathy in any good work. (Applause.) The Anglo-Jewish Association was founded by a small knot of gentlemen, most of whom I regret to say have passed away from amongst us. There was the late Dr. Benisch, who, I believe, originated the idea of founding the Association, a man of ability which we all recognised, and of talent which we all admired. There were Mr. Jacob Waley and my uncle, Sir Francis Goldsmid, who both took a great and active part in works of public usefulness. These men have passed from amongst us, but I think their example has not been lost, because 1 see around me many who have devoted themselves to the good cause under the leadership of Mr. Jacob Waley for three years, and
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