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Anno Vicesimo Spetimo Et Vicesimo Octavo Victoria Regina. No. XIX. An Act to incorporate the Israelite Congregation named "The Emanuel, of Victoria, Vancouver Island Whereas a Congregation of Israelites of the City of Victoria being desirous of fulfilling the Ordinances of their Religion, have formed… Kennedy, A. E.


[coat of arms] ANNO VICESIMO SEPTIMO ET VICESIMO OCTAVO VICTORIA REGINA . NO. XIX. AN ACT TO INCORPORATE THE ISRAELITE CONGREGATION NAMED "THE EMANUEL OF VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND." WHEREAS, A CONGREGATION OF ISRAELITES OF THE CITY OF VICTORIA BEING DESIROUS OF FULFILLING THE ORDINANCES OF THEIR RELIGION, HAVE FORMED THEMSELVES INTO A CONGREGATION UNDER THE STYLE OF "THE EMANUEL OF VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND," AND HAVE ESTABLISHED CERTAIN RULES AND ARTICLES EMBODIED IN ARTICLES OF CONSTITUTION FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT. BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED ... [there follows X numbered paragraphs] ... PASSED THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY 2D JUNE, 1864. ... PASSED THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL 16TH JUNE, 1864. ... RECEIVED MY ASSENT THIS 7TH DAY OF JULY, 1864. A.E. KENNEDY, GOVERNOR. Victoria, Vancouver Island: Printed by Authority of the Government by Harries and Company, 1864.Original folio printings, never bound, of the draft and final act legally establishing the first Jewish Congregation in western Canada, the oldest surviving synagogue in Canada, housed in what is now the oldest surviving synagogue building on the West Coast of North America. The synagogue was founded in 1859 and the present synagogue building was built in 1863. Unrecorded original printed acts, the Harries imprint very rare indeed.

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