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Letter #2128

Ioannes DANTISCUS to Tiedemann GIESE
Heilsberg (Lidzbark Warmiński), 1539-03-29

English register:

Dantiscus praises Giese’s reply to the letter from the King [Sigismund I Jagiellon]. He shares the addressee’s suspicions regarding the matters discussed in the King’s memorandum. He feels helpless in the face of the fact that fate has sent them [Stanisław Kostka], to whose influence he also attributes the admonitions of the Queen [Bona Sforza]. Meanwhile, he feels comforted by the King’s kind letter.

He would like to repay Giese by sending correspondence addressed to himself, but he has to reply to it first. He will send an envoy to the court with his own and Giese’s letters within three days.

It is unnecessary for the addressee to thank him for recommending him to the Vice-Chancellor [Samuel Maciejowski]. Dantiscus does not doubt they will find a friend and patron in him.

Dantiscus is grateful to Giese for reading his poem [Carmen paraeneticum ad Constantem Alliopagum], but he would have prefered to receive more corrections. He would be glad if Giese were right in his opinion regarding [the unnecessary excuses contained in] the introduction (proclesis) to the piece, but he is aware of his own limitations. He also explains that the fragments which seem unnecessary to Giese are a response to works he was sent previously. He has decided to refrain from publishing the poem until its addressee and inspiration [Eustachy Knobelsdorf] replies from Wittenberg.

Dantiscus demands a more exhaustive reply from Giese to his last letter.

He promises to return the records from the Cracow Diet to Giese soon.


            received 1539-03-30

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, address in secretary's hand, BCz, 245, p. 155-158

Auxiliary sources:
1register in Polish, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8249 (TK 11), f. 36
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