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Letter #1738

[Ioannes DANTISCUS] to [Dietrich von RHEDEN]
Graudenz (GrudziÄ…dz), 1537-10-01

English register: Dantiscus is replying to Rheden’s letter. He thanks him for his efforts concerning the coadjutorship, but in connection with the death of Warmia bishop Maurycy (Ferber) he asks him to give up the matter and immediately start dealing with the formalities related to the papal provision for Dantiscus, postulated by the Chapter for the Warmia bishopric, and for Tiedemann Giese, postulated for the Chełmno bishopric. He encloses the Chapter’s resolution on the election and the required documents. He lists specific instructions and information concerning the sending of further documentation and funds to Rome. Dantiscus thanks Rheden for the news. He informs him about the prince of Holstein’s coronation as king of Denmark, which took place in Copenhagen. He points out the lack of a sacral aspect to the ceremony. He also mentions that the Danish bishops remain in prison. Given the customs and nature of the Danes, Dantiscus is doubtful whether the new king will retain the throne for long. Dantiscus is convinced that the spreading of Lutheranism in neighboring areas (the Duchy of Prussia) could only be stopped by the speedy convening of the General Council. Postscript: Dantiscus thanks Rheden for obtaining the privilege concerning the Roman canonical hours and promises to cover the costs involved. He informs Rheden that since serious difficulties have emerged, he will no longer try to obtain a dispensation from spiritual kinship. Dantiscus asks Rheden to sound the pope out on whether the decision in whose favor he will resign from the Warmia canonry and prebend could be left to him. If this can be arranged, he will be extremely grateful.
            received [1537-11-12]

Manuscript sources:
1office copy in Latin, in secretary's hand, BCz, 244, p. 268 (t.p.)
2copy in Latin, 18th-century, BK, 232, p. 224-226
3copy in Latin, 18th-century, B. Ossol., 151, f. 165v-166v
4copy, 18th-century, BCz, 55 (TN), No. 52, p. 385-388
5register with excerpt in Latin, Polish, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8243 (TK 5), a.1537, f. 51

1CEID 1/1 No. 49, p. 270-273 (in extenso; English register)
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