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Letter from Venusinus to the bishop Mogens Madsen, 15.10.1600: recommendation of the student Niels from Malmö.

Lectori salutem!

Nicolaus hic Malmogiensis, quum in animum induxisset coram senatu Academico de quodam Iohanne Adriani filio conqueri, quem sibi aliquantam pecuniæ summam debere ait, eiusque rei argumentum attulisset, debitoris nempe chirographium, rogatus, suam apud magnificum rectorem et reliquos collegas meos in hoc negotio causam agerem. Ego quanquam homini amico et clienti id, quicquid erat officii, denegare noluerim, suasi tamen et persuasi, ut debitorem illum suum etiamnum adiret, animumque eius tentaret, siforte an fieri posset, ut quod facere iure meritissimum tenetur, sponte etiam velit. Quod si vero tergiversetur, tum demum meam ipsi operam lubenter commodatum iri, futurumque ut Iohannes ille Adriani filius in ius vocetur, seque ære hoc exolvere cogatur, et Nicolaum hunc, quod in hoc debito exigendo impensus attinet, indemnem præstare. Cuius rei ergo iam iter Lundam capesset, quem, ut debui, meo hoc testimonio munitum volui, rogans venerandum collegium Lundense et inprimis reverendum clarissimum et amplissimum virum dominum magistrum Magnum Matthiæ episcopum Lundensem, velint Adrianum illum sui commonefacere officii et Nicolaum hunc qua consilio, qua auxilio iuvare. Bene vale, benevole lector. Hafniæ 15 Octobris anno 1600.

Ionas Iacobus Venusinus

Greetings to the reader!

This Niels from Malmö has decided to complain about a certain Hans Adriansen in front of the academic council. He says that this man owes him some money. He has presented a manuscript paper from the debtor as evidence for his assertion and asked me to defend his cause in this affair in front of the magnificent rector and my other colleagues. Although I did not want to refuse my help to this man, my friend and personal pupil, I tried repeatedly to persuade him to return to his debtor once again and to convince him to change his mind. I asked him also to find out on his own whether this was possible, because this case seems absolutely to be worth a trial. Even if he tergiversated, he finally agreed to do my way so that Hans Adriansen would be sued at law, forced to pay his debt and indemnify this Niels for his claim. For this reason, he is already crossing to Lund. As I ought to, I wanted him to be provided with this testimony from my hand in which I ask the venerable college of Lund and especially the reverend man, the very famous et high magister Mogens Madsen, the bishop of Lund, to be so kind as to remind this Adrian of his duty and to assist this Niels with council and help. I wish you, benevolent reader, good health. Copenhagen, the 15th of October in the year 1600.

Jon Jakobsen Venusinus

Mogens Madsen was bishop in Lund from 1589 till his death in 1611. During the year 1600-1601, the rector of the University was the professor of medicine Anders Christensen. Nothing is known about the student Niels and his debtor Hans Adriansen.

Copy Hansen's book (48v/16), mentioned in 1874-1877 (Rørdam, p. 276).

© Vinilandicus 2010

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