Sept. 24, 1753

General Rescript, issued by Carl Eugen, Duke of Württemberg [Present-day Germany]: “Whereas previous ordinances, such as the general rescript of January 5, 1704, have given detailed instructions as to how to administer the collection of the Jews’ protection tax, namely, that upon their entry into the land, they are to pay one shilling and two kreutzers for each the first and second mile of their travel route, but that for a journey of three miles or more, a flat tax of fourteen shillings shall be paid, and that when a Jew does not live up to this obligation, he shall be appropriately punished, and reported to Our ducal tax chamber; We nevertheless have gained knowledge of the fact that miscellaneous state officers enforce these ordinances so poorly, that they only charge transiting Jews on the per-mile basis, regardless of how near or far they may travel, thus creating a noticeable inequality in the land, as well as neglecting the interest of Our ducal tax chamber. As We are not inclined to overlook this harmful inconvenience, We hereby instruct all officers of the state to observe the aforementioned regulations most conscientiously, so that We are not forced to investigate any further omissions and to unmercifully discipline the offending public servants.”
Reyscher, August Ludwig (ed.). Vollständige, historisch und kritisch bearbeitete Sammlung der württembergischen Gesetze (Complete, Historically and Critically Edited Collection of Wurttemberg Laws). Vol. 17. Fues: Tübingen, 1839. Page 582. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 8/4/2020