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Copernicus to Bishop Ferber


Frombork, 29 lutego 1524 r.

Original: Uppsala Universitetsbibliotek, H 157

Nicholas Copernicus (Nic. Coppernic) informs Maurice Ferber, Bishop of Varmia, that in the period of the war 1520-1521 Henry Snellenberg, Canon of Varmia, had received from Reinhold Feldstete (Velstete), Councillor of Gdańsk, out of 100 marcae (Mark) belonging to Copernicus, the former gave him only 90. Despite numerous reprimands, he was not given back the remaining 10 marcae up to now. Copernicus agreed with the present Administrator of the Chapter, Tiedeman Giese, that he could transmit to him a certain part of the money; however, Snellenberg did not want to agree to pay them to Copernicus. Now for a second time he approached Coppernicus and forced him, first, to take his promissory note from Feldstete. Yesterday, when the Administrator divided the profits from the benefices, Copernicus stipulated the return of the amount from Snellenberg; however, the latter did not want to give back the sum, and proposed to go to court and to have a legal investigation. Thus, Copernicus is forced to approach Bishop Ferber and to ask persistently that he permit a stop to the profits from Snellenberg's benefice, or he consider other ways for obtaining the money.


 

Further reading

  1. Further reading: Biskup M., Regesta Copernicana (Wrocław, 1973).
  2. Nicholas Copernicus Minor Works (Warsaw-Cracow, 1985).
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