Oct. 12, 1751

Decree, issued by William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse [Present-day Germany]: “We hereby resolve that in the future, Jew-widows shall be permitted to marry the second son of a Jew, as long as those second sons have a net worth of at least one thousand thalers – twice the regular threshold for first sons of Jews – not counting anything brought into the marriage by the Jewess.”
“Von Gottes Gnaden Wir Wilhelm der Achte, Landgraf zu Hessen, Fürst zu Herßfeld… [By God’s Mercy We, Wilhelm VIII, Landgrave of Hesse, Prince of Hersfeld …],” 10/12/1751; Decrees Collection; AR 379; Box 1; Folder 78; Leo Baeck Institute. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 12/16/2019