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Letter #922

Vienna, 1533-03-27

English register:

De Schepper has finally received a letter from Dantiscus. It took three months to reach him, although his whereabouts were well known. At that time Dantiscus had not yet received any letter from De Schepper; however, by now this problem should have been resolved.

He comments on the difficult time he went through, and summarises the news from his earlier letters: his wife's [Elisabeth Donche] childbirth, the losses [due to the floods] (which are less severe than feared), and the tempting job opportunities in France and elsewhere, of which he has informed the Emperor [Charles V].

He considers his current mission of little use, but he will loyally perform his duties and bear misfortunes with equanimity. The Bishop of Przemyśl [Jan Chojeński] as well as Jan Tarnowski offered him prospects in Poland, in case things go utterly wrong in his present career. He thanks Dantiscus for his support in this matter. Nevertheless, in Poland De Schepper would prefer to be with Dantiscus. He urges Dantiscus to enjoy above all the company of his family and friends, and to write to him.

He and the Archbishop of Lund [Johan Weze] are in Vienna for their current mission. They have conducted negotiations in Pressburg with the envoys of Count Janós [Thurzó], although Hieronymus Łaski, who was one of them, had already left.

The negotiations were suspended in anticipation of the arrival of the envoy of the Sultan [Suleiman the Magnificent], who comes to King Ferdinand with a peace proposal. The Sultan's desire for peace is undoubtedly inspired by fear after the recent military setbacks. De Schepper stresses that the Sultan is the one suing for peace, and is proposing an honourable and unconditional peace.

He denies the rumours that are circulating in Poland and Hungary, that the Emperor and the Pope [Clement VII] have agreed to a peace treaty in which King Ferdinand should cede territory of Sklavonia. Nor is it true that the pashas had to be bribed. The Sultan wishes to involve the Emperor in the peace, but that is not likely to happen any time soon.

They are expecting the response of the Emperor, to whom the Count of Salm [Niklas II Graf of Salm and Neuburg] was sent as an envoy. At the instance of the Sultan the Voivode [John Zápolya] has sent Alvise Gritti to defend his case. The partisans of the Voivode were wrong in their assumption that the Sultan was only willing to agree to peace when the Voivode could reign over all of Hungary. After the retreat of the Sultan from Pannonia, King Ferdinand discreetly inquired about his intentions, and it appeared that there was a great willingness to conclude a solid peace treaty.

De Schepper wishes Dantiscus all the best, and promises to send a short letter to Campensis. He sends special greetings to Dantiscus' brother-in-law [Johann Reyneck]. As his planned mission to Poland is not going to take place, he sends Dantiscus the greetings from his wife [Elisabeth Donche], his brother-in-law [Mark Laurijn] and other friends in writing.

He reports on the planned journey of the Emperor to Spain. The French pose no threat since a significant force, under the command dux of Thamyse [François Le Fèvre?], has been left behind in Italy. The interests of the Emperor are guaranteed by the alliance of Bologna, although the Venetians remain a risk factor.

The Archibishop of Bari [Esteban Gabriel Merino] has been made cardinal. Lord of Praet [Louis of Flanders] and all other acquaintances have left the court; only [Nicolas Perrenot] de Granvelle and [Francisco] de los Cobos remain. After his current assignment, De Schepper will return home and travel to Spain from there.

He regrets that by his frequent travelling he was unable to do more for the cause of the Queen of Poland [Bona Sforza], although he achieved some results. Godschalk [Ericksen] and he will remain committed to her interests.

He would write more but the sparse correspondence from Dantiscus makes him fear that his own letters are being intercepted. He emphasises at length the honourable character of the proposed peace with the Turks. He foresees a poor outcome for the Lutherans, and the Kings of England [Henry VIII] and France [Francis I].

            received [1533-04-12 — 1533-04-18]

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, UUB, H. 154, f. 114-115
2copy in Latin, 18th-century, LSB, BR 19, No. 18
3copy in Latin, 18th-century, SUB, Sup. Ep. 4041, No. 12, f. 9v-11v
4copy in Latin, 18th-century, SBB, MS Lat. Quart. 101, No. 11, f. 29r-33r
5copy in Latin, 18th-century, SLUB, C 110, f. 38v-45r
6copy in Latin, 18th-century, BCz, 1366, p. 91-98
7copy in Latin, 18th-century, B. Ossol., 151/II, f. 12r-14r
8copy in Latin, 18th-century, BCz, 49 (TN), No. 75, p. 203-204
9register with excerpt in Latin, English, 20th-century, CBKUL, R.III, 30, No. 78

Early printed source materials:
1Monumenta inedita p. 427-429 (in extenso)

1AT 15 No. 159, p. 222-226 (in extenso; Polish register)
2DE VOCHT 1961 No. DE, 254, p. 170 (English register)
3Españoles part II, No. 71, p. 242-243 (excerpt in Spanish translation)
4CEID 2/2 (Letter No. 55) p. 251-258 (in extenso; English register)
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