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Letter #614

Cornelis DE SCHEPPER to Ioannes DANTISCUS
Bruges, 1531-04-15

English register:

If De Schepper had known Dantiscus would come to Ghent before Easter, he would have postponed his departure to meet him there. But the Margave [Johann Albrecht of Brandenburg] had told him that Dantiscus would spend Easter in Antwerp.

The Emperor [Charles V] will not return to Ghent before Easter, so there is no reason why Dantiscus should not come and visit De Schepper tomorrow in Bruges. It is only a short journey. De Schepper will show him a gigantic and well-crafted globe. Whenever the Emperor returns, he will accompany Dantiscus back to Ghent.

All his acquaintances in Bruges insist that Dantiscus should come. There is a lot worth seeing; a crossing to Zeeland is easily possible. De Schepper will answer the Ciceronian letter [or: will answer in a more Ciceronian style?] (Ciceronianis litteris) when he is in the mood for it.

De Schepper’s wife [Elisabeth Donche] and her sister [Joanna] send Dantiscus greetings and wait impatiently for his visit.


            received Ghent (Gandavum), [1531]-04-15

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, AAWO, AB, D. 3, f. 44
2copy in Latin, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8242 (TK 4), a.1531, f. 24 (t.p.)

Auxiliary sources:
1register in German, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8246 (TK 8), f. 319
2register in English, 20th-century, CBKUL, R.III, 31, No. 235

Prints:
1DE VOCHT 1961 No. DE, 116, p. 71 (English register)
2CEID 2/2 (Letter No. 27) p. 143-144 (in extenso; English register)
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