Dec. 31, 1764

Decree issued by General Governor of Vidzeme George Browne [Estonia]: “As it has become known that various Jews are present here in the rural areas, and they are hired by some local manors as alcohol-destillers, tobacco-spinners and in all kinds of other handwork, although no permission or order is received for the reception and the hiring of this people. Therefore all and each Sirs owners, leaseholders and civil servants are charged by the higher authorities to admit or to take care of no Jews in the manors; at the contrary, everyone, that should already be present or would be wishing to arrive, must be deported across the border as soon as possible in order to avoid losses and responsibility.”
“No Jews tolerated in Livland 1764.” Bruno Martuzans. 2002, Accessed online article 9/21/2011