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Letter #2064

Ioannes DANTISCUS to Tiedemann GIESE
Wartenburg (Barczewo), 1539-01-27

English register:

Dantiscus informs Giese about the many letters from Cracow he received the day before. Contrary to expectations, he did not find in them any mention of the matter of storing the tax money. He supposes the reason is the preliminary consent to put it off until the next [Royal Prussian] Diet. However, this consent is conditional on the [Prussian] lords’ letter reaching the [royal] court in time.

Dantiscus complains about the stance of most of the Prussian Council, and especially the Thorn Town Council and the Pomeranian Voivode [Jerzy Konopacki], who is saying publicly that he knew nothing of the memorandum sent to the court from the Graudenz Diet.

Dantiscus is putting off discussing many other issues until he and the addressee meet in person.

Dantiscus believes [Prussian] affairs are not going well. At the ongoing Diet in Cracow, they are working on burdening the residents of Prussia with new costs and making them equal in everything to the residents of the Kingdom.

Fabian Wojanowski, who arrived recently, has given Dantiscus a reply from the Queen who, as before, considers him responsible for everything that is going on in Prussia and accuses him of getting a message written to the King from the [Royal Prussian] Diet without the others’ consent. According to the Queen, no one [in Royal Prussia] besides the Voivode of Pomerania [Jerzy Konopacki] and the [Starost] of Strasburg in Preusen [Mikołaj Działyński] shows any concern for royal interests and authority. However, Dantiscus has received a message, written on the King’s behalf, not to take these opinions to heart.

Following the majority’s example, Dantiscus intends to send the tax money to Marienburg soon, and advises others to do the same. He thinks, however, that the [Prussian] lords should describe the whole matter to the King, asking that he order the next Diet to take a serious approach to the settlement of accounts, thanks to which it will be clear how much has been paid by whom, and it will be possible to ease the conflicts between the nobility and the burghers over beer brewing.

Dantiscus reports that a decision was made at the Cracow Diet regarding defence against the Turks. The costs are also to be borne by the clergy and residents of [Royal] Prussia from both estates.

Having read Giese’s latest letter, Dantiscus advises him not to write to the King on behalf of the Prussian lords, because he will incur the court’s displeasure. In his view, the letter needs to be written anew in accordance with the advice of the Castellan of Gdańsk [Achatius von Zehmen], and the towns should be notified of it as quickly as possible. The money already collected should be sent to Marienburg immediately. The blame for this state of affairs lies solely with the Voivode of Pomerania.

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, address in secretary's hand, BCz, 245, p. 115-118 + 1 not numbered after f. 148 (f. 80r according to previous foliation)
2office copy in Latin, in secretary's hand, BCz, 245, p. 114-113
3excerpt in Latin, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8243 (TK 5), a.1539, f. 2
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