Letters of Protection
Letters of Protection (Schutzbriefe) were given the Mennonites in Altona (now Germany) by Duke Ernst von Schaunburg in 1601 (in 1604 by King Christian IV of Denmark and confirmed by all the succeeding kings of Denmark). As a rule they were granted free exercise of their religion and release from the oath and military service. The Mennonites in Eiderstedt and Friedrichstadt received a letter of protection from Duke Friedrich of Gottorp on 13 February 1623; the Mennonites were given such letters by Countess Anna and Count Carl Edward in East Friesland in 1738, and the Mennonites of Danzig on 12 February 1792, etc.
See the concession of Charles Louis in the article on him.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 328. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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