Secretary's Report - To the Board of Trustees and Members of the "Congregation Emanu El"
Hoffman, Abraham, Autograph Report, signed, 5 pages on foolscap, dated 22 November 1862, Victoria, Vancouver Island, folded, docketed on outside as "Secretary's Report Nov. 22/62". Excerpts from the text: "To the Board of Trustees and Members of the Congregation Emanu El, as the first three months of our existence are gliding on the wings of time it becomes my pleasing duty to lay before your body a report of our proceedings and standing during that time... May Providence give you strength and aid to fulfill your endeavours so that this congregation though slumbering yet in its infancy may one day attain the magnitude of a mighty institution, a shrine for the destitute, a school for our youth, and a Blessing for those that seek the House of God in prayer... So far I can but say all has gone as well as could be expected. But what I would urge is to build a synagogue as speedily as possible... The next subject to which I would respectfully call your attention is the burial ground... The roll of the congregation at the commencement of this term numbered 19- which number has since increased to 40 -3 or 4 of whom however are doubtful... The pecuniary affairs of the congregation are very flourishing considering the great expense that was incurred in fitting out the place of worship for the holy days... The expenses of the congregation will hereafter be greatly reduced in as much as the Board has let the Hall to a German singing society for 2 nights a week..."
Date:November 22, 1862