Jul. 6, 1674

“Decree Regarding Liability for Recently Picked-Up Jews” issued Duke Fredrick William of Prussia [Prussia / Present-day Germany and Poland]: “No new Jews is to be accepted or ‘offered protected’ in the land, except with the attestation of all Jews already living in the country; however, in case a Jew who was vouched for by the community turned out to be dishonest or found to be involved in mischief, all Jews [in the community] who had vouched for them are to be held accountable as well.”
Stern, Selma: Der Preussische Staat und die Juden, Vol. 1. (The Prussian State and the Jews) (1962) p. 40, Berliner Staats Archive R 21- 207 b 2 a, Accessed online; Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 12/4/2015