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Commons, Balfour and Lloyd George in “golden Book”

May 9, 1923
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An interesting echo of the widespread enthusiasm occasjoned by the ratification of the Palestine Mandate is reported by the Head Office of the Jewish National Fund. The Jews of Bessarabia, on hearing the news, called a mass meeting, to celebrate the historic event. Large sums were collected for the National Fund which was requested to inscribe in the Golden Book the British House of Commons which accepted the Mandate, the name of Earl Balfour who signed the famous declaration and that of Mr. Lloyd George, the Premier whose Cabinet adopted it as the British Policy. The certificates have been recently forwarded to the recepients who, in acknowledging them, have used very cordial expressions.

The Speaker’s Secretary Lt. Col. Ralph Varney writes as follows:

“I have the honour to acknowledge xour letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons dated 23rd instant, together with the letter from the Central Zionist Committee in Bessarabia with the certificate of inscription.

“The Speaker desires me to convey his thanks for the above, and to say that the certificate of Inscription together with the letter from the Central Zionist Committee has been deposited with the library of the House of Commons.”

Earl Balfour himself signs a letter in which he writes:

“I am much obliged to you for your letter of the 21st. enclosing communications from the Mesopotamian Zionist Association, Baghdad, and the Central Zionist Committee in Bessarabia.

“Would you be kind enough to thank these bodies for the honour they have done me in inscribing my name in the Golden Book of the Jewish National Fund. The Certificates of Inscription have been received safely.”

Mr. Lloyd George replied through Mr. Stevenson as follows:

“I am desired by Mr. Lloyd George to thank you very much indeed for your kind letter of the 4th instant, which you forward on behalf of the Jewish National Fund Commission.

“Mr. Lloyd George has asked me to say how much he appreciates the honour conferred upon him, and he wishes me to thank you for sending him the Certificate of Inscription which he is very pleased to possess.”

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