May 13, 1837

Ordinance, issued by the Department of the Interior of the Grand Duchy of Posen [Present-day Germany]: “In the circular ordinance of August 7, 1834, we determined that those individuals who visit markets, namely the unnaturalized Jews, may not be issued passports that are valid indefinitely and without special indication of the markets to be visited, but instead only those which are valid for 2 to 3 months, and that these Jews may not bring along their whole family, but only one assistant, and that they must return to their hometown upon the expiration date of the passport. To that end, we order all county marshals to direct their subordinates towards strict enforcement of said ordinance, and we further amend the same to the effect that any extensions of passports of such Jews shall only take place if these individuals apply for such extensions in their hometown, and not, as has occurred in some cases, by way of other police agencies sending the passports to the hometown agency for an extension.”
Kletke, M.G. (ed.). Organisation des Judenwesens im Großherzogthum Posen (Organization of Jewish Affairs in the Grand Duchy of Posen). Heymann: Berlin, 1843. Page 304. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 4/15/2020