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Letter #728

Bruges, 1531-12-17

English register:

Laurijn thanks Dantiscus for his many gifts. He has distributed among his friends the copies of the Victoria Serenissimi Poloniae regis which Dantiscus had sent with an earlier letter, and conveyed Dantiscus’ greetings to them. With another letter that De Schepper’s wife Elisabeth Donche gave to him, he received more copies and, to his great pleasure, a portrait of Dantiscus as well.

In his letter Dantiscus congratulated Laurijn for his safe return from France, where he himself had had an unpleasant experience some 24 years ago, and he advised Laurijn to remain on the side of the Emperor [Charles V], as he had done since that time. Now Laurijn can understand why Dantiscus does not know more French. He extensively refers to years of French attempts to induce him into disloyalty to the Emperor. Although the French used all possible means to persuade him to choose their side, he has always remained faithful to the Emperor. He describes this metaphorically as a heroic combat from which he has emerged victorious.

He expresses his gratitude to Dantiscus and offers him his services. He conveys greetings from Antoon van Schoonhoven, Frans Cosijn and Dantiscus' other Brugge acquaintances.

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, BCz, 243, p. 155-156
2register with excerpt in Latin, English, 20th-century, CBKUL, R.III, 32, No. 566

Auxiliary sources:
1register in Polish, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8245 (TK 7), f. 10r
2register in Polish, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8246 (TK 8), f. 453

1DE VOCHT 1961 No. DE, 184, p. 120-121 (English register; excerpt)
2CEID 2/2 (Appendix No. 11) p. 618-620 (in extenso; English register)
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