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Letter #5748

Alfonso de VALDÉS to Ioannes DANTISCUS
Palencia, [1527]-10-01

English register:

Valdés had dispatched his last letter to Dantiscus through a certain Aragonese before Dantiscus’s Breton arrived with his letter. He quotes the contents of the letter sent earlier (IDL 5747) and sends again the list of towns through which the chancellor [Mercurino Gattinara] is likely to travel. He cannot leave today because he is delayed by the slow pace at which Germans deal with matters at hand. If it weren’t for this, he would be with Dantiscus by evening. He will set off the next morning. He hopes that if he fails to meet with Dantiscus on the way, they will surely meet on Saturday. He sends his regards to him and his wells (most likely a pun on the similarity between the Latin puteum – well and puta – prostitute. It could be a reference to the women accompanying Dantiscus and the place where he was staying, as “Dueñas” means “Ladies” in Spanish).


            received Dueñas, [1527]-10-01

Manuscript sources:
1copy in Latin, 18th-century, BK, 222, No. 56, p. 204 (c.p.)
2copy in Latin, 18th-century, BCz, 40 (TN), No. 254, p. 989 (c.p.)
3register with excerpt in Latin, English, 20th-century, CBKUL, R.III, 31, No. 302.22
4lost fair copy in Latin, AAWO, AB, D.130, No. 22

Auxiliary sources:
1register in Polish, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8245 (TK 7), f. 471

Prints:
1BOEHMER 1899 p. 394 (in extenso)
2DE VOCHT 1961 No. DE, 43, p. 32 (reference)
3VALDÉS 1996 Cartas y documentos, No. 33, p. 97 (in extenso)
4CEID 2/3 (Letter No. 11) p. 155-156 (in extenso; English register; Polish register)
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