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Letter #406

Cornelis DE SCHEPPER to Ioannes DANTISCUS
Mechelen, 1528-05-21

English register:

De Schepper's embassy to Poland was postponed, because at the Mechelen court they considered sending him on a mission to Scotland. Now that the English declaration of war has been mitigated, he has received the order to leave for Poland.

Because the overland route (from Brabant) through Germany is too dangerous, he will sail via Holland to the Weser estuary, and continue his route overland via Bremen, Braunschweig, Magdeburg, Leipzig and Wrocław. He should avoid both Hesse, where troops are raised against the Prince-Elector of Brandenburg [Joachim I Nestor] and the Archbishop of Mayence [Albrecht von Hohenzollern], and Erfurt. De Schepper considers his own mission to be nothing special. A former cook of the Polish Queen, who is on his way to England, told De Schepper that the Polish sovereigns [King Sigismund I and Queen Bona Sforza] have left for Vilnius. So he faces a long journey. From Bremen to Leipzig he will travel by carriage, and then he will continue on horseback. Melchior Colditz will accompany him to Leipzig.

(The following is partly ciphered:)

He asks Dantiscus to recommend him to the Chancellor [Mercurino Gattinara], and to intervene for his further employment at the chancery. He alludes to his proposed marriage, an imminent uprising in the Netherlands, his own return to Spain, and Dantiscus' return to Poland.

The rumours that the Turks have invaded Hungary with a huge army, and that the whole of Germany is under threat, lead him to some gloomy reflections on the future.

He wants to be recommended to Johann Albrecht of Brandenburg, the Count Palatine, Juan Antonio Marliano, Dantiscus' brother and Dantiscus’ paramour [Isabel Delgada]. He asks for news about [Alfonso de] Valdés.


            received Zaragoza, [1528]-07-20

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, AAWO, AB, D. 3, f. 20 + f. [1] missed in numbering after f. 20
2copy in Latin, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8241 (TK 3), a.1528, f. 14-15

Auxiliary sources:
1register in English, 20th-century, CBKUL, R.III, 31, No. 216

Prints:
1DE VOCHT 1961 No. DE, 53, p. 34 (English register)
2CEID 2/2 (Letter No. 16) p. 105-108 (in extenso; English register)
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