Aug. 30, 1816

“Ordinance” issued by Frederick William III [Present-day Germany, Poland, Lithuania; Kingdom of Prussia]: “We, Frederick William (‘Friedrich Wilhelm’), King of Prussia by the grace of God, announce herewith and let it be known: […] that 1) the valid patronage-laws pertaining to Christians churches [in the new provinces] are to be put on hold for properties and land that are owned by Jews […] 2) so that provincial-offices can establish a priest and church-aids and a school teacher for an Evangelical church and the bishops for a catholic church as if there were no patron or as if these rights had been transferred to them […] 4) [Jewish owner of such properties] however, need to continue to make the necessary contributions and offer the same services using their earnings from such properties […] 5) If the property belongs to a community, their Jewish members may not take part in it [but] they must contribute [to any expenses …] like the other members of the community […] for the upkeep of the church-systems since these appear to disappear with the [increased] settlement of Jewish citizens […]”
Die früheren und gegenwärtigen Verhältnisse der Juden in den sämmtlichen Landesstellen des Preußischen Staats; eine Darstellung und Revision der gesetzlichen Bestimmungen über ihre staats- und privatrechtlichen Zustände. Mit Benutzung der Archive der Ministerien des Innern und der Justiz. Von Ludwig von Rönne, Kammer-Gerichts-Rath und Heinrich Simon, Ober-Landes-Gerichts-Assessor; (Breslau; 1843); (The past and present circumstances of Jews in all parts of the Prussian state; a representation and revision of legal provision regarding their conditions in terms of state and private law. With the use of the archives of the Ministries of the Interior and Justice. By Ludwig von Rönne, Legal Council of the Chamber and Heinrich Simon Upper-State-Court-Assessor) (Wroclaw; 1843); Researched and Translated by Ziba Shadjaani 6/3/2020