Dec. 15, 1766

Ordinance, issued by the government of the Kingdom of Bohemia [Present-day Czech Republic]: “Whereas, in view of the many evaluations submitted [to the state government] on behalf of Bohemian Jews, it is not without cause to surmise that, in contravention of the highest prohibition previously published, county offices and city magistrates issue the required attestations to these domestic, first-born Jews applying for a wedding license, also in those cases where the Jew in question remains alone in this country, while one or more brothers of the same are married but living abroad; thus, the chief county officers shall make it known: that, when sooner or later, such a domestic Jew married abroad is to return, the given magistrate or county officer, on account of the irregularly issued certificates, shall be subjected, without mercy, to the appropriate and most severe punishment.” [Researcher’s note: Under the Bohemian system, Jews had to apply for wedding licenses through their county office, which was responsible for evaluating the truthfulness of the application, before forwarding it to the state office for approval.]
Jaksch, Peter Karl (Ed.). Gesetzeslexikon im Geistlichen, Religions- und Toleranzfache, wie auch in Güter- Stiftungs- Studien- und Zensurssachen für das Königreich Böhmen von 1601 bis Ende 1800. Zweiter Band von E – H (Encyclopedia of Spiritual, Religious and Tolerance Laws, as well as Matters of Goods, Foundations, Education and Censorship, for the Kingdom of Bohemia, from 1601 until the End of 1800. Volume II from E – H). Government Printing Office: Prague, 1828. Page 63. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 3/1/2020