Sunday, April 01, 2007

#2075-To the Elector Johann Friedrich of Saxony

To the illustrious, high-born Prince and Lord, Herr Johann Friedrich, Duke in Saxony, the Holy Roman Arch-marshall and Elector, Landgraf in Thuringia, Markgraf in Meissen, my most gracious Lord.
Grace and peace in Christ. Illustrious, high-born Prince, most gracious Lord! I come now with an undesirable writing to ECFG on behalf of Martin Sanger, and do not like to burden ECFG with it; however, because I see that he has woe and suffering that he should be in disfavor with ECFG and, no wonder since he has concern for his wife and little one who is also sick: thus I could not refuse such writing and go away from me troubled and unconsoled. Not asking too much I want to do him this service by writing and this is his humble request that ECFG would not be disfavorable to him so that he has to suddenly send his wife and child away and to sell his dwelling which would be very burdensome to him and so he asks that ECFG show favor to him and would give him respite and place so as to best sell his house and to properly send away his wife and child. It is my earnest,humble appeal that ECFG will take this to heart (as I do not doubt ECFG knows well what to do) since he has sufficient harm and woe without the disfavor of ECFG both for himself and friends and be honorable and he might consider him to be a capable man. ECFG will well know how to demonstrate grace and Christ-likeness. Christ, our LOrd, rule and protect ECFG forever,Amen. Monday after St. James (27 July) 1534. ECFG's Obedient Mart.Luther.
NOTES: Recent readers may want to know that E.C.F.G. is "Your Electoral Princely Grace." ML's Prince is "most gracious"; other Princes "gracious".

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