Jun. 2, 1337

Writ of Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV [Present-day Germany]: “We, Louis, (‘Ludwig’), Roman Emperor by the grace of God […] announce publicly with this letter that we have bestowed special grace upon the nobleman Gerhard (‘Gerharten’), elected and confirmed Bishop of Speyer, […] in order that he may pay off his debts and those of the Stift faster […] to settle and have six Jews who are either currently settled there or will do so in the future […] that means that he shall own them and enjoy them (‘nyessen’) with all [inherent] uses, rights […] and to make them useful to the Stift as he wishes […] until Our rescission or that of one of Our successors […]”
Remling, Franz Xaver: Urkundenbuch zur Geschichte der Bischöfe von Speyer. (Book of writs of the Bishops of Speyer); (Mainz; 1852); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 8/17/2020