Jan. 24, 1625

“Official Document/Letter” of Prince-Elector Ferdinand of Cologne to the [City] Council of Münster [Present-day Germany]: “To our worthy and honorable […] chancellor and council of Münster [… we] Ferdinand, by the grace of God Archbishop to Cologne (‘ertzbischoff zu Coln’) and Prince-Elector and Bishop of Paderborn, Luttig and Münster […] have attached the patents and commissions/regulations which the Holy Roman Emperors have issued/have asked to be issued […] for the protected Jews/Jewry in terms of the coronation-tax and the tenth penny (‘zehenden pfennings halber […] (‘erteilen laßen’) […] and since we wish to collect the same fee, we graciously order herewith […] that you should find out from the chancellery or such if these [taxes] have been collected and when […] and that such taxes (including those due in the past) are submitted obediently and continue to be submitted in the future.” [Researcher’s note: This document is noteworthy because Ferdinand bases his demands for additional payments from the Jewry on Kaiser Ferdinand’s decree – effectively making the same demands from the Jewry in his own territory.]
Westfalia Judaica III. Quellen und Regesten zur Geschichte der Juden in der Stadt Münster 1530-1650/1662. Herausgegeben von Diethard Aschoff. Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Band 3.1. (“Jewish Westfalia III. Sources and Regests Regarding the History of Jews in the City of Münster 1530-1650/1662. Edited by Diethard Aschoff. Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum at the Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Westphalia.”); (Münster; 2000); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 10/21/2018