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Letter #2136

Ioannes DANTISCUS to Tiedemann GIESE
Heilsberg (Lidzbark Warmiński), 1539-04-25

English register:

Upon returning from Seeburg the previous day, Dantiscus found a messenger with a letter from the Duke [Albrecht I von Hohenzollern-Ansbach]. At the sender’s request, he is passing on the letter for Giese to read. In his reply he has assured the Duke that the [Prussian] Council will make an effort to ensure the Diet deals with the matters outlined in the letter.

Dantiscus has nothing against Giese writing [to Albrecht I von Hohenzollern-Ansbach] whatever he sees fit, but he thinks that in the face of direct danger they can only count on God’s help, and not advice and help from outside.

Dantiscus has asked the Elbing Town Council and the Gdańsk Town Council to inform the interested parties about the moving of the Diet. He promises to send news as soon as his envoy returns from the court.

In the postscript Dantiscus apologises for placing his signature at the bottom of the letter too high up, but he thinks Giese will not hold it against him, since he does that sometimes too. He assures Giese of the constancy of his friendship towards him.

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, address in secretary's hand, BCz, 245, p. 175-178
2office copy in Latin, in secretary's hand, AAWO, AB, D. 6, f. 37r (t.p.)
3copy in Latin, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8243 (TK 5), a.1539, f. 23r-v
4register with excerpt in Latin, English, 20th-century, CBKUL, R.III, 31, No. 333a

Auxiliary sources:
1register in Polish, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8249 (TK 11), f. 60-61
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