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Letter #2132

Ioannes DANTISCUS to Tiedemann GIESE
Heilsberg (Lidzbark Warmiński), 1539-04-12

English register:

Dantiscus is pleased by Giese’s declaration, contained in his letter, of friendship and loyalty on the matter of Alexander [Sculteti], and assures him of his own unchanging good will.

When Giese’s letter arrived [on April 11], Dantiscus was conferring with the Castellan of Gdańsk (Danzig) [Achatius von Zehmen (Achacy Cema)]. They were both pleased with the stance taken by Giese and the Thorn (Toruń) Town Council. The castellan promised to speak from these positions with the Duke [Albrecht I von Hohenzollern-Ansbach], as he was setting off the next day to see him.

Because the plague has appeared in Marienburg (Malbork), they decided it was advisable to ask the King [Sigismund I Jagiellon] to suggest a different location and a realistic date for the next [Royal Prussian] Diet, e.g. for Trinity Sunday [June 1] in Elbing (Elbląg). Dantiscus asks Giese to impart this information to the other [Prussian] councillors.

Fabian [von Zehmen] has written from Cracow to his brother [Achatius] informing him of the news brought to the court by the envoy of the Roman King [Ferdinand I of Habsburg]: the Emperor [Charles V] and the King of France [Francis I of Valois] have set off together with an enormous fleet against the Sultan [Suleiman the Magnificent] in order – as rumour has it – to recapture Rhodes. This information is confirmed in a letter Dantiscus has received from the elect of Lund and Constance [Johan Weze]. He is currently travelling to the [Reich] Diet in Frankfurt as the emperor’s general commissioner for religion, very hopeful about an end to the religious conflicts.

Dantiscus thinks it advisable to issue a directive in the [Kulm (Chełmno) and Ermland (Warmia)] dioceses ordering prayers for the success of the expedition against the Sultan.

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, address in secretary's hand, BCz, 245, p. 163-166
2register with excerpt in Latin, Polish, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8243 (TK 5), a.1539, f. 15
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