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Letter #641

Mark LAURIJN to Ioannes DANTISCUS
Bruges, 1531-06-12

English register:

Through Livinus, Laurijn has received Dantiscus' letter and the map he requested. Dantiscus' esteem, and his plan to visit Bruges even if the Emperor does not come, is too much honor.

Although Dantiscus reproaches him for paying too many compliments, especially for such a modest request, Laurijn thinks that a more extensive introduction would have been appropriate, were it not that outstanding people prefer brevity. He feels embarrassed by Dantiscus' generous praise for his person and his writing, and by the service rendered to him. As Dantiscus had asked, he conveyed his greetings to the wife of Cornelis De Schepper, and thanked her sister Joanna for the bouquet of flowers. Both recommend themselves to Dantiscus. Lieven [Algoet] has Dantiscus' map now and will return it to Dantiscus. Laurijn apologises that he did not express his gratitude sooner for lending him the map, and that he delayed returning it because he expected that the Emperor would come to Bruges. After that his health did not allow to come to Ghent himself.

When finishing this letter, his sister (i.e. Elisabeth Donche) asked him to answer in her name the Latin letter which she had received from Dantiscus. She offers him her services in return and invites him to visit Bruges and to stay in the house of Beveren ("Hof van Beveren"), where she lives.


            received Ghent (Gandavum), [1531]-06-14

Manuscript sources:
1fair copy in Latin, autograph, UUB, H. 154, f. 58-59
2copy in Latin, 20th-century, B. PAU-PAN, 8242 (TK 4), a.1531, f. 52-53
3register with excerpt in Latin, English, 20th-century, CBKUL, R.III, 30, No. 42

Prints:
1DE VOCHT 1961 No. DE, 137, p. 86-87, 316 (English register)
2CEID 2/2 (Appendix No. 2) p. 595-597 (in extenso; English register)
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