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Letter #2135

Ioannes DANTISCUS to Tiedemann GIESE
Heilsberg (Lidzbark Warmiński), 1539-04-20

English register:

Dantiscus has received Giese’s letter. The news of his illness worries him. However, he was amused at the Kulm Voivode’s [Johann von Lusian’s] absurd demands as to the time and place of the approaching [Prussian] assembly. The Voivode, who does not usually attend assemblies, is only concerned about making sure the people through whom he wants to secure his own interest do not have far to travel to the meeting place (which is why he accepts Graudenz), without considering realistic organisational possibilities or safety from the plague.

Meanwhile, Dantiscus approves of the proposals of Giese and the other [members of the Prussian Council]. Due to Giese’s illness, the next day he plans to send the King [Sigismund I Jagiellon] a request to move the assembly date to 15 June, and also to leave the choice of meeting place up to the Council members. Even if the plague subsides in Marienburg, Dantiscus does not think it will be favourable for the assembly to convene in Giese’s absence.

Dantiscus acknowledges with understanding the fact that illness prevents Giese from writing a more extensive reply to his letter

Dantiscus thinks the towns and the other [Prussian Council members] should be informed that the assembly in Marienburg will not take place, and that the King’s decision on the changed place and time is anticipated. He promises to notify the councils of Elbing and Gdańsk of this.

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, address in secretary's hand, BCz, 245, p. 171-174
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