Jul. 5, 1788

“Ordinance” issued by the city government of Riga [Present-day Latvia]: “On the order of Her Imperial Majesty, the sovereign ruler of all Russians addressed to the city government of Riga and the 6-member-city-council. […] 1) Except Jewish/Hebrew families who have either received special permission of the highest order or a concession from the government […] may be permitted to remain here, but no one else from this nation is to be given permission [to be in Riga] under any pretenses […]. According to the police authorities, only the following Jewish/Hebrew families are to be tolerated [a list of 15 families, each named, follows.] All other Jews/Hebrews, however, who are found to be here illegally […] are to be informed that they, and their families, are to leave with all of their possessions no later than in 6 weeks [from the publication of this order, which the police authorities are to oversee/enforce. …].” [Researcher’s note: The above ordinance contains 13 points and is several pages long and has been abbreviated to fit the allocated space. It can be found in its entirety in the cited source. The document is signed by W. v. Löwis, Secretary J. C. Lenz.]
Buchholz, Anton: Geschichte der Juden in Riga bis zur Begründung der Rigischen Hebräergemeinde im J. 1842. Herausgegeben von der Gesellschaft für Geschichte und Altertumskunde der Ostseeprovinzen Russlands. (History of the Jews in Riga until the foundation of the Hebrew community of Riga in the year 1842. Published by the Society for History and Antiquity of the Baltic-See provinces of Russia.); (Riga; 1899); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 5/5/2020