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SIXTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT.
to do. Not only has much been accomplished by active interference, but much also has been effected by public opinion coming from an united body of free citizens of a great country, and I can venture to say that on no occasion have we had to appeal in vain for the good offices of a Foreign Minister in England, whatever the party was to which he belonged, or whatever name he bore. From all we have always had the most cordial assistance, and the most warm and steady support. I am satisfied that that cordial assistance, and that warm and steady support have done much to produce a good effect in other countries, and to stop the persecuting hand when it was raised to strike. I think that this part of our work has been effective of great things, but we have not confined our efforts in one direction. We have said, let us remove any possible reproach from amongst our people, and whereas persecutions have had their universal effect of preventing many who were ready to endeavour to improve their social condition from accomplishing that desirable object, we have determined to take care that the young shall be so educated that they may see it is their duty to take a fair part as citizens of their native land. We have considered it our duty, then, to take care that they should have the opportunity of learning the duties of citizens by means of a free education, and for that reason we have appended to our other work endeavours to found schools in all parts of the world where they did not exist, and to help them where they did exist. At the present moment something like 8,000 Jewish children are educated in schools to which we contribute. But whilst we thus assist scholars in twenty schools, we have had applications from more than thirty others in different parts of the world for assistance, which we have been unable to give, because our funds did not allow it. We expended last year £1,500 for these grants, but our certain income hardly comes up to that amount; therefore it leaves nothing for the expense of administration and for all the other work which we have to undertake. One reason, then, why we are justified in asking you to give liberally to this Association is, that there is still a vast amount of work which is undone, which remains to be done, and which we hope you will assist us to do if possible. We have, both in the United Kingdom and in many other countries, even as distant as the Australian Colonies, large and efficient branches. We have in Liverpool, and in Manchester, and in Birmingham capital branches under the able superintendence of Mr. Edward Henriques, Mr. B. L. Benas, and the Kev. J. G. Emanuel. In many parts of
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