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Manifesto, 4 December 1762

At Our ascension to the All-Russian Imperial Throne, We established for Our self the chief rule that always all Our motherly oversight and labor is for the peace and prosperity of all the wide empire entrusted to Us by God, and for the increase of its inhabitants. And because many foreigners, both equally our subjects and those foreigners separate from Russia, petition Us to allow them to settle in Our empire, We are most merciful to declare that not only foreigners of various nations, except Jews, will be favorably accepted for settlement in Russia and by the most sincere example We affirm that all who arrive for settlement in Russia will be shown mercy and thanks by Our Monarch, and even those [Russian] subjects who have escaped from their homeland We will allow to return.

- Dietz, Jacob E. History of the Volga German Colonists (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 2005): 26.
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