Jul. 6, 1796

“Ordinance regarding the removal of begging and thieving riff-raff from the land and their punishments” issued by King George III and Prince-Elector of Brunswick-Lüneburg [Present-day Germany; Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg/Holy Roman Empire]: “[…] It has come to Our reproving attention that even after the issuance of numerous ordinances, all sorts of foreign and suspect persons, particularly beggars and thieving riff-raff, sneak into our German lands and jeopardize public and private safety in a number of way, [that is why] We wish to partly reconfirm previous orders and partly issue new ones […] 2) […] especially, no foreign Jews – may they hold permission [slips] or passports or not – shall be allowed into the land or allowed to pass through unless they can show to possess at least twenty-five Rthlr [Reichsthaler] of cash, […] rather, such persons shall be turned back, [and told that] in case they are found to be present in the land, they are to be jailed for eight days and given nothing but bread and water […] and in case it happens again, [they will be punished] with time in the penitentiary or with penal labor […]” [Researcher’s note: The above ordinance of George III has a number of restrictions aimed at Jews.  The full original text can be found in the cited source; it has been abbreviated here to fit the allocated space.]
Sammlung der Verordnungen und Ausschreiben welche für sämmtliche Provinzen des Hannoverschen Staats, jedoch was den Calenbergischen, Lüneburgischen, und Bremen- und Verdenschen Theil betrifft, seit dem Schlusse in denselben vorhandenen Gesetzessammlungen bis zur Zeit der feindlichen Usurpation ergangen sind. Mit Genehmigung des Königl. Cabinets-Ministerii herausgegeben von Ernst Spangenberg, Dr. beider Rechte und köngl. Großbritannisch, honnoverschem Hof- und Canzley-Rathe in der Justiz-Canzley zu Zelle. Dritter Theil, bis Jahre 1780 bis 1799 enthaltend. (“Collection of ordinances and decrees that apply to all provinces of the state of Hannover, however, as far as Calenberg, Lüneburg, Bremen, and Verden are concerned, it contains a collection of laws until the conclusion of the aforementioned [places] by the hostile usurpation. Published by Ernst Spangenberg, PhD. of both laws and royal, Britisch Hanoverian Court and Legal Council in the Justice Office in Zelle, with the permission of the royal Cabinet-Ministers. Third Volume until [from] 1780 until 1799 inclusive.”); (Hannover; 1821); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 8/20/2019