Nov. 18, 1724

“Ordinance regarding taxes for the Jewish-hostel/house in Riga” protocol of the state courts*; confirmed by the [City] Council of Riga [Present-day Latvia, Estonia, Russia; Governorate of Livonia/Russian Empire]: “[…] 1) As per old custom, no Jew may arrive and find accommodation anywhere but on the unloading berth/distribution port/house (‘Lastadie’) which he was assigned to so that he can report his merchandise properly and so that fraud may be prevented. 2) Jews, like all arriving foreigners from Lithuania, Russia, Courland, Polish Livonia shall have their brandy, which they carry in on their sleds or wagons during the summer and winter […] brought nowhere but into that house first [so that the appropriate officers/authorities can take inventory and all necessary taxes and levies are paid …] and the inn-keeper is not to permit any brandy to leave the premises until then, and he is permitted to take for each [small] vessel of brandy […] 1/8 Rthl. [Reichsthaler] Alb. [Albus] and for each large one 1/4 Rthl. Alb. 3) When a Jew remains in the city overnight, the inn-keeper must report this immediately to the acting mayor. […]” [Researcher’s note: *The Protocol of the state court bears the date November 14, 1724. A similar ordinance was issued April 5, 1666.]
Buchholz, Anton: Geschichte der Juden in Riga bis zur Begründung der Rigischen Hebräergemeinde im J. 1842. Herausgegeben von der Gesellschaft für Geschichte und Altertumskunde der Ostseeprovinzen Russlands. (History of the Jews in Riga until the foundation of the Hebrew community of Riga in the year 1842. Published by the Society for History and Antiquity of the Baltic-See provinces of Russia.); (Riga; 1899); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 4/28/2020