Dec. 15, 1654

“Rescript Requiring that Jews Pay a ‘Wandergeld'” issued by Duke Fredrick William of Prussia [Prussia / Present-day Germany and Poland]: “We command that foreign Jews are to request a certain sign from the Council [of the City] in Our City Minden, and that they are to pay before each night that they remain in the country a certain ‘wander’ and lodging fee half of which is to be paid into Our fiscal [year] and the other half is to be keep for the poor and faithful [citizens of the city].”
Stern, Selma: Der Preussische Staat und die Juden, Vol. 1. (The Prussian State and the Jews) (1962) p. 75, Berliner Staats Archiv R 34 64 g2, Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 12/20/2015