Friday, September 01, 2006

#1978-To Wolfgang, Prince in Anhalt

To the illustrious Prince and Lord, Herr Wolfgang, Prince in Anhalt,Graf in Ascanien and Lord in Berneburg, my gracious Lord.
Grace and peace in Christ.Illustrious Prince, gracious Lord! The parish in Kotzwig (as I hear) is suffering because of the departure by death of the previous pastor. If now E.F.G. has not yet provided and bestowed the same (with a pastor?) it is my humble petition that E.F.G. would be favorable toward them and grant them Sir Simon Haferitz, the deliverer of this letter.Since he is a very gifted man, and very eloquent, recently being persecuted by Grossen-Salze, and overwhelmed with misery. And although he well erred during the time of Muenzer, he is now well purged by battle, and I think that he has
confessed enough. I will also be able to keep track of him as he will be in the vicinity of us; who knows whether he might once again be useful as he once was. E.F.G. will graciously perceive that that would please God; and if I can serve E.F.G. I am willing and ready. Herewith be commended to God,Amen. On the Thursday after Cantate (15 Mai)1533. E.F.G. willing D. Martinus Luther.
Note: Coswig or Koswigt is only a kilometer from Wittenberg.
Most would not touch anyone associated with Muenzer with a ten foot pole.Nothing remembered more among the German Princes than the Peasants' Revolt. No mercy for them.
But who or what is Grossen-Salz? Am checking with Luther Index. My suggestions would be Matthaeus Lang of Salzburg or the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, recently dissolved by the Reformation of Albert of Brandenburg.Don't hesitate to give your suggestions,please.

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