Jan. 3, 1737

“Renewed Edict regarding the stopping/turning away of foreign beggar-Jews” issued by Fredrick William I of Prussia [Present-day Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia; Kingdom of Prussia]: “[…] We, Fredrick William, King of Prussia by the grace of God, Margrave of Brandenburg, […] announce herewith […] to all of our prelates, dukes, lords, those of the knighthood, […] the magistrate in the cities […] all of our subjects in the Electorate of Brandenburg that even though a number of pervious edicts — including the most recent one from November 13, 1719 — which strictly and with emphasis prohibited foreign beggar-Jews from entering into our lands […] all sorts of foreign Jewish folk of both sexes still roam around in our lands […].  And since it is our intention to keep such unprotected Jews from our lands, that is why we wish to reissue our previous edicts, especially that of November 13, 1719 […]. Furthermore, we have deemed it necessary to order that henceforth, no foreign Jew with a passport or local Jew or their servants may travel from one place to another on foot and use side-streets or [otherwise] receive the common punishment. They are to keep to the regular mail routes and where there is no mail-route, they are to use a wagon or a horse — no matter whether their destination may be far or near. […] Local Jews who wish to travel for the purpose of conducting business are to report to the local authorities the day of their departure, the duration, and the purpose of their travel […]”
Center for Jewish History; Decree Collection; www.cjh.org; Accessed Online; Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 9/12/2019