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Letter #1577

[Ioannes DANTISCUS] to [Mauritius FERBER]
Cracow, 153[7]-02-02

English register: Dantiscus recounts the meeting he had the previous day with the king, the Płock bishop (Jan Chojeński) and the voivode of Pomerania (Jerzy Konopacki). The king does not intend to transfer his own prerogatives or those of the Prussian Council to the Prussian gentry. The plans of provost Płotowski will not succeed, either. Controversial issues will be considered by the king only if they cannot be resolved at the nearest Prussian diet. At this assembly, the king will be represented by the Poznań voivode (Łukasz Górka) or his son, the Poznań castellan (Andrzej Górka), and by the Inowrocław voivode (Janusz Latalski). As soon as the king has replied to the gravamina of the Prussian gentry’s envoys, Dantiscus will immediately inform Ferber of the contents of this response. He is optimistic, as he has properly explained the situation to the king. The text of the advice Dantiscus gave to the king has been sent to Ferber by Johann von Werden. Dantiscus informs Ferber that the swearing-in of the young king (Sigismund II Augustus) is planned for the next day, but in the face of adamant demands made by the Crown deputies that the reform of their rights and statutes be dealt with first, this is not certain. This situation worries the king. For security reasons, Dantiscus does not want to give the details in his letter. There are rumors that the Turkish sultan is preparing a great army in the spring, for a triple attack on Bohemia, Silesia and Austria. The war between the emperor and the king of France is becoming increasingly cruel, which does not bode well for the General Council being convened. Dantiscus sends Ferber a bulla and breve from the Gniezno archbishop (Andrzej Krzycki). Dantiscus has received a similar breve, but fears that these documents will not bring the expected effect. Dantiscus calls for prayer for the unity of Christians.

Manuscript sources:
1office copy in Latin, in secretary's hand, AAWO, AB, D. 67, f. 54r-v
2copy in Latin, 18th-century, BCz, 274, No. 242, p. 486-488
3excerpt in Latin, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8243 (TK 5), a.1537, f. 6-7

Auxiliary sources:
1register in German, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8248 (TK 10), f. 379

1CEID 1/1 No. 3, p. 137-140 (in extenso; English register)
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