Dec. 4, 1839

Directive to all county marshals, issued by the Department of the Interior of the Grand Duchy of Posen [Present-day Germany]: “Many Jews in our administrative district roam beyond its border, without fulfilling the purpose of their travel – to sell their wares at markets – and thus create a public nuisance. However, as long as they carry the required passports – as they generally do – nothing can be done against their roaming. Therefore and herewith, we instruct all county marshals to order their subordinate agencies to be stricter in the issuance of passports, not giving them to Jews who carry few or no wares with them, let alone to their companions, which may be claimed to be assistants.”
Kletke, M.G. (ed.). Organisation des Judenwesens im Großherzogthum Posen (Organization of Jewish Affairs in the Grand Duchy of Posen). Heymann: Berlin, 1843. Page 311. Researched by Dominik Jacobs 4/15/2020