Sept. 20, 1583

Rescript, issued by Wolfgang von Dalberg, Archbishop of Mainz [Present-day Germany]: “To all of our officers, public servants, customs officials, bailiffs and inspectors, as well as city governments and township councils, we hereby give our most earnest order that you shall do everything in your power to enforce our will and not allow any of our subjects to enter into installment purchases, loans, or any other such usurious contracts with Jews, while contraventions shall result in a complete loss of the Jew’s claim, in addition to merciless punishment for both offenders. You shall enforce this order strictly among all of our subjects, so that you will not suffer any punishment yourselves.”
Schaab, Carl Anton. Diplomatische Geschichte der Juden zu Mainz und dessen Umgebung, mit Berücksichtigung ihres Rechtszustandes in den verschiedenen Epochen (Diplomatic History of the Jews in Mainz and its surroundings, under consideration of their legal situation across the various epochs). Zabern: Mainz, 1855. Page 189. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 8/6/2020