Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller
Jews. - Fund for Public Worship [Parliamentary paper, Victoria Parliament, 1855-6]. n/a.

Jews. - Fund for Public Worship [Parliamentary paper, Victoria Parliament, 1855-6]

Melbourne: Printed by John Ferres, at the Government Printing Office, 1856. First edition. Paperback. Folio. [1] leaf. Copy of despatch from the Right Honorable the Secretary of State, in reply to a memorial from the members of the Jewish faith to be allowed to participate in the funds appropriated to public worship. In 1855, members of Victorian Jewry had signed a petition to have the wording of the Act for Public Worship altered, so that it included the word 'Hebrew' as well as the term 'Christian.' This would entitle the Jewish community of Victoria to a share of public funds set aside for religious faiths, and in particular religious education. The Secretary of State writes that the Queen has received the petition and that she deems it a reasonable request, but as yet 'Her Majesty has not been advised to make any Order thereupon. The wishes of the Colony however, should they propose to admit the Jews to participate in the Funds for Public Worship, will receive a favorable attention.' State aid for the Colony of Victoria was a contentious topic in the mid 1850s, with dissenters arguing that it was grossly unfair to tax citizens of other faiths in order to pay for the maintenance of the ascendent Protestant or Catholic Churches. The counter-argument warned of the dangers of becoming a secular state, in which lack of respect for religion would lead to a degenaration of public morals and a decline in social tolerance. Folding mark at center. Document in overall very good condition. vg. Item #37895

Price: $450.00

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