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Letter #1851

Ioannes DANTISCUS to Tiedemann GIESE
Heilsberg (Lidzbark Warmiński), 1538-05-01

English register:

Dantiscus criticises the avaricious demands of the Cantor [Johannes Tymmermann] regarding his pay of 100 marks. He points out that such free distribution, not practised before, will clean out the treasury in the future. He emphasises that it is his privilege to grant pay according to his own discretion.

Giese has already learned from Achatius [Trenck] and from Dantiscus’ brother [Georg? von Höfen] how things have been for Dantiscus. He is not concerned about alliances with the Cantor, for he is not lacking in supporters at the royal court. He is favourably disposed towards the Chapter, as he declared in yesterday’s letter to the King, a copy of which he encloses. Therefore the Chapter should behave in a way that will not make him ashamed of these declarations. He recommends that Giese show the Chapter the enclosed copy [of the letter to the King].

Dantiscus is surprised Giese did not know that the Chapter had advised him through Felix [Reich] to come to Frombork after the [Royal Prussian] Diet already equipped with his bulls, to have his installation and then accept the oath from his subjects. He expects instructions on the matter, since all his plans have changed in connection with the diplomatic mission [to Ferdinand I of Habsburg] he has been given. Dantiscus has asked to be released from it, but will accept whatever God brings.

Dantiscus declares that he will support Giese during the Diet with letters on current issues.

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, address in secretary's hand, BCz, 245, p. 33-36
2excerpt in Latin, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8243 (TK 5), a.1538, f. 8-9
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