August 8, 1854: It was reported today that all of the people of Jamaica, regardless of religious persuasion, have responded sympathetically to the plight of the Jews living in Jerusalem and other parts of Palestine. They have raised $2,000 to help alleviate their suffering which includes the effects of a famine brought on by an outbreak of “pestilence” and skyrocketing food prices. The suffering of the Jewish communities is blamed on Czar Nicholas who has prevented the Jews from receiving financial aid usually sent from Russia.
The stamps shown here are some of the first issues of Jamaica under Victorian authority. They were printed in 1863, but commissioned by the postal authority in Jamaica for engraving in 1854, the same year the funds were raised for the Jews.