Oct. 16, 1785

Order, “For the purpose of limiting the number of protected-Jews” issued by Frederick Francis I, Duke of Mecklenburg [Present-day Germany; Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin]: “Frederick Francis, Duke of Mecklenburg […] The number of privileged-Jews in this and other cities has increased so drastically due to the willingness of landlords/territorial lords to admit these strangers (‘Fremdlinge’) [into their domains], so that they are now beginning to not only be hinder-some and a burden to each other in their ability to make a living, but also to their Christian co-inhabitants. In order that this does not lead to complaints and legal action, We have come to the firm decision not to issue any new letters of protection to Jews in the future, until a number of the current protected-Jews have died off and have made it possible (made room) for their co-religionists to settle down and to pursue a trade. This, Our opinion and will, we let be known publicly to be minded […]”
Sammlung aller für das Großherzogthum Mecklenburg-Schwerin gültigen Landes-Gesetze von den ältesten Zeiten bis zu Ende des Jahres 1834. Vierter Band. Kirchen- und Schulgesetze. (Collection of all state laws issued in the Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin from the earliest times to the end of 1834. 4th Volume. Church and school laws.); (Wismar; 1836); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 3/17/2020