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King Frederick William III and his Ministers Stein and Schrötter, "Ordinance for All Cities of the Prussian Monarchy" (November 19, 1808)

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The entire care for the poor, then, will be entrusted to the hands of the citizenry, their sense of community, and the charity of the inhabitants of the city. However, it is still up to the magistracies, as the executors of police regulations, to see that begging in the streets is banned. [ . . . ]

Source of original German text: Sammlung der für die Königlichen Preußischen Staaten erschienenen Gesetze und Verordnungen von 1806 bis zum 27sten Oktober 1810 [Collection of Laws and Edicts Issued for the Royal Prussian States between 1806 and October 27, 1810]. Berlin 1822. (Reprint. Bad Feilnbach, 1985.) pp. 324-27, 330-33, 342-50.

Reprinted in Walter Demel and Uwe Puschner, eds. Von der Französischen Revolution bis zum Wiener Kongreß 1789-1815 [From the French Revolution to the Congress of Vienna, 1789-1815]. Deutsche Geschichte in Quellen und Darstellung, edited by Rainer A. Müller, vol. 6. Stuttgart: P. Reclam, 1995, pp. 155-65.

English translation: Ben Marschke

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