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Letter #5838

Elisabeth DONCHE to Ioannes DANTISCUS
Bruges, 1532-01-17

English register:

Rumour has it that the Emperor [Charles V] will depart from the Netherlands. Elisabeth Donche supposes Dantiscus will follow the imperial court. She thanks him for his friendship and will keep fond memories of him.

She regrets that she could not come to Brussels to personally say goodbye; therefore she is saying goodbye by letter. She is sending Dantiscus as a parting gift Parmesan (cheese?) of local origin, although it is not as refined as the Italian original. As her compatriots are less sophisticated than the Italians, so are their products less refined than theirs. She offers him her services, whenever needed. In a postscript she conveys greetings from Jacob Snaggaert.

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Dutch, AAWO, AB, D. 90, f. 33

1CEID 2/2 (Appendix No. 12) p. 621-622 (in extenso; English register)
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