Abstracted from 61/12684: Proceedings of Stühlingen district, 1730-1732.
|1732-07-15||Mencke Bloch refers to the session of 11.07.1732 and objects that the marriage was based upon the promise to obtain protection, and this promise relies on the marriage contract, so they are both connected. So two Jews who happened to be in town, plus Marumb Weyl Sandels Sohn, were summoned to the office and interrogated about the meaning of this bond. They declared unanimously that one matter is connected with the other one, and it is usual amoung Jews to establish such a bond besides a marriage contract, and each one is to be fulfilled with the other one. Especially as Marumb Weyl´s interpretation for Stühlingen or Donaueschingen cannot be read or understood by any Rabbi or Jewish scholar (gelehrten Juden), except by someone who is informed about such an abbreviation of the place names, and that the abbreviation of various place names into one word stands for craftiness and exorbitant demand (für Arglist und Überforderung) rather than sincerity. It had been better to write out the word Donaueschingen in the same way as Stühlingen, so the groom, his parents and the others had understood it correctly and the whole quarrel had been avoided. The authority is not interested in shortening the rights of one or the other side, nor to turn this into an everlasting lawsuit and drop the parties into poverty. So if every side is interested in concluding the matter and no side will deceive the other one, the Rabbis can be called in within 14 days, and as Marum Weyl already gave to understand that if the Rabbi´s decision would be in his favour, he is expecting appeal (by the other side), and an infinite lawsuit might arise from this, thus such difference about the promised protection cannot be carried out apart from the marriage (in the sense of marriage contract?), except that both sides subject themselves to the Rabbi and refrain from appeal, and the 100 Dukaten are deposited (at the court), in which case the matter is to remain at the former decision. In the meantime, the bond remains deposited in the office. Mencke Bloch, however, is to obey anything the Rabbis will decide about the expenses and the marriage endowment, and no side is allowed to file for appeal. (This entry deserves a better translation before being used).|