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Letter #2774

Marco de la TORRE to Ioannes DANTISCUS
Cracow, 1544-12-06

English register:

Marco de la Torre rejoices at the letter he has received from Dantiscus, the good news about his health, and promises that he and his fellow friars will pray for him.

His own health is unchanged, he is afflicted with weaknesses linked to old age, but accepts this calmly as being the path to heaven.

He laments the widespread indifference and tardiness in fighting against sects, he predicts an approaching decline of the clergy.

Poland’s rulers, and especially the queen [Bona], are absolutely not leaning towards sects. Marco de la Torre trusts that the King jr. [Sigismund II Augustus] will adopt a similar attitude to that of his parents. He intends to encourage him to do so in a letter.

He thanks Dantiscus for the nutmeg medicine (confectiones muscati), which is the only effective remedy for his stomach problems. He asks Dantiscus to tell him who sells it in Gdańsk, because when the queen comes next week to visit him in his chamber (which he is not allowed to leave due to the cold weather), Marco de la Torre intends to suggest that this medicine be purchased for the King [Sigismund I]. The medicines sent for the King from Italy are not as effective.


            received Heilsberg (Lidzbark WarmiĹ„ski), 1544-12-17

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, AAWO, AB, D. 70, f. 233-234

Auxiliary sources:
1register in Polish, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8250 (TK 12), f. 173
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