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Letter #1778

[Ioannes DANTISCUS] to Antonio PUCCI
Löbau (Lubawa), 1537-11-16

English register: Dantiscus is asking the cardinal protector for his help in arranging for a reduction in the amount of annates for himself and Tiedemann Giese. He argues that the bishops’ income has decreased substantially as a result of the last two wars and the development of Lutheranism in the territories neighboring upon the Chełmno and Warmia dioceses. Dantiscus points out that though he paid the required 700 ducats for the provision for the Chełmno bishopric, his predecessors took advantage of substantial reductions due to the devastation of the bishopric estate. He also notes that the Warmia bishop, who is in a much better financial situation than the Chełmno bishop, pays just 400 ducats for his confirmation. The amount of the fee for the Chełmno bishopric seems all the more unjust to Dantiscus when the annual income of the Chełmno bishop barely reaches the required fee of 700 ducats. Dantiscus asks for support for the activity of his plenipotentiary in Rome, Dietrich von Rheden. He recalls the great kindness shown to himself by the cardinal protector during the coronation of the emperor (Charles V) in Bologna, and is counting on his continued kindness.

Manuscript sources:
1rough draft in Latin, autograph, BCz, 244, p. 299-300
2office copy in Latin, in secretary's hand, BCz, 244, p. 297-298

Auxiliary sources:
1register in Polish, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8248 (TK 10), f. 648

1Starożytności p. 71 (excerpt in Polish translation)
2CEID 1/1 No. 72, p. 322-325 (in extenso; English register)
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