Oct. 19, 1781

“Decree” issued by Emperor Franz Joseph [Present-day Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary]: “[…] Jews are permitted to farm only where they are actually tolerated, but absolutely not everywhere they please […] and only on leased land – especially on unused (virgin) and uncultivated land […] but not on land that is under royal command […] which [land] they cannot lease for more than 20 years […]. […] that all farming on these properties is to be done by Jewish hands […]; however, should they become Christians, they can purchase the land in accordance with the law. […]”
Kanka, Johann, editor. Vortsetzung der von Johann Roth verfaßten Sammlung aller in dem königreiche Böhmen kundgemachten Gesetze und Verordnungen in alphabetischer Ordnung gereiht.  Die Gesetze und Verordnungen vom Jahre 1802 bis Ende des Jahres 1818 in sich fassend. (Prag, 1824); (“Continuation of the Collection of all laws and Ordinances made public in the kingdom of Bohemia in Alphabetic Order as collected by Johann Roth. Laws and Ordinances from 1802 until the end of 1818 inclusive.”); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 6/20/2017 ADD PAGE #