To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 14-Martin Luther

  TO LUTHER’ S WIFE, KATHERINE Luther’s last letter to his wife is preserved in the room in which he died in Eisleben. He preached for the last time on Matthew 11:25, exhorting the people to cleave to the Lord and Master, who calls the weak and weary to Himself; “I could say much more, […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 13-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE Luther again teases his wife as to her useless worrying over him, and the narrow escape they had made. He says that he is well, but longs to return. February 10, 1546. To the saintly, anxious lady, Katherine Luther, owner of Zulsdorf, at Wittenberg, my gracious dear wife. Grace […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 12-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE Luther jokes over his wife’s anxiety about him. February 7, 1546. To my dear wife, Katherine Luther, doctoress and self-tormentor at Wittenberg, my gracious lady. Grace and peace in the Lord! Do thou read, dear Kathie, the Gospel of St. John and the little catechism of which you once […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 11-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE On the same day Luther wrote to Melanchthon, who was left at home because of his health. About riches being called thorns. February 6, 1546. To the deeply learned lady, Katherine Luther, my gracious consort at Wittenberg, grace and peace! Dear Kathie — We sit here in martyrdom, longing […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 10-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE A jocular letter. On January 28 Luther left Halle, accompanied by Dr. Jonas. A stately cavalcade welcomed him into the Mansfeld land. He preached on Sunday, January 31, in Eisleben. February 1, 1546. To my dearly beloved housewife, Katherine Luther, owner of Zulsdorf and the Saumarket, and whatever else […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 9-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE Luther arrived in Halle on the 25th with his three sons, their tutor, and a servant. He preached there next day on St. Paul’s conversion. January 25, 1546. To my kind and dear Kathie Luther at Wittenberg. Grace and peace in the Lord, dear Kathie! We reached Halle today […]

To Jacob Probst, Pastor in Bremen letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO JACOB PROBST, PREACHER IN BREMEN On this day Luther preached for the last time in Wittenberg, warning the people against the lovely syren, the devil’s bride, Reason (Vernunft). January 17, 1546. Grace and peace! I, old, weary, lazy, worn-out, cold, chilly, and, over and above, one-eyed man, now write you. And when I […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 27-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Concerning the dispensing of unconsecrated wafers. January 11, 1546. Grace and peace in Christ! As Dr. Cruciger and Dr. Major are absent, Pommer and I must answer you. First. It is not heedlessness, but rightdown wickedness of that curate to declare that consecrated and unconsecrated wafers (Hostien ) are the same. […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 20-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Luther wishes Melanchthon to remain in Wittenberg. January 9, 1546. Grace and peace in Christ, and my poor paternoster, Most Serene Highborn Prince, most gracious Lord! I ask respectfully whether it be necessary to send M. Philip to the present vain and fruitless discussion at Regensburg. For they have […]

To Count Albrecht of Mansfeld-Martin Luther

  TO COUNT ALBRECHT OF MANSFELD Kostlin, in Luther’s Life, says that Luther and Melanchthon spent Christmas in the Castle of Mansfeld, but Luther had to hurry home on account of Melanchthon’s poor state of health. Luther preached in Halle on their way back. December 6, 1545. To the high and noble lord, Herr Albrecht, […]

To King Christian of Denmark letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO KING CHRISTIAN OF DENMARK Luther recommends a certain George Stur. November 26, 1545. Grace and peace in the Lord, and my poor paternoster, Most Serene Highborn Prince, most gracious King! Magister George Stur, a native of the principality of Schleswig, begged me to write you after receiving your Majesty’s promise of a stipendium, […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 19-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK OF SAXONY Luther returns thanks for generous presents. November 8, 1545. Grace and peace and my poor paternoster, Most Serene High-born Prince, most gracious Lord! Early this morning I received your Grace’s handsome present, viz. a half cart of Suptitzer, the same of Gornberger, four pitchers of Jena wine, […]

To the Town council of Torgau-Martin Luther

  TO THE TOWN COUNCIL OF TORGAU Luther sends a petition on behalf of their pastor, Gabriel Zwilling. August 18, 1545. To the honored and wise citizens and Council of Torgau. My gracious lords and friends, grace and peace in the Lord! Your pastor, M. Gabriel, has begged me to present this petition for him. […]

To Prince George of Anhalt -Martin Luther

  TO PRINCE GEORGE OF ANHALT Letter of consolation. August 9, 1545. Grace and peace in Christ, who is our sole consolation and Savior! Most Serene High-born Prince — I have been informed of the serious accident which has befallen your Grace’s consort, for which I am deeply grieved. May Christ cause it to conduce […]

To Someone unknown letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO SOME ONE UNKNOWN Caution against worrying over the doctrine of election. Luther ordained Prince George of Anhalt as Bishop of Merseburg on August 2, and preached there and at Halle, where his colleagues overtook him. August 8, 1545. My dear friend N. tells me that at times you are tempted to doubt the […]

To Katherine,Luther’s wife letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’S WIFE (FROM LEIPSIC) Luther writes asking his wife to sell his house, and retire to Zulsdorf. July 28, 1545. Grace and peace, dear Kathie! Hans will give you all the details of our journey; but as I am not yet sure whether I shall not keep him with me, then Dr. […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 26-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther writes about a gathering of ecclesiastics at Trent and an embassy to the Sultan. July 17, 1545. Grace and peace in the Lord! I am not at all disquieted, most honored in Christ, at what has taken place. All say no attention must be paid to dreams, and the Scriptures […]

To John Lange letter 10-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE Luther writes respecting private engagements, and the partaking of the sacrament. July 14, 1545. My best beloved Lange, grace and peace in Christ! I am very much pleased with your views on private engagements, not only because you are on our side, but because your university, which is in high repute, […]

To Anton Lauterbach letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO ANTON LAUTERBACH Luther desires him to inquire about a youth who was wooing his niece in Wittenberg. July 5, 1545. My beloved brother in the Lord, there is a certain youth here, my Anton, who calls himself Ernest Peuchter, from beyond Dresden. This individual has made up to the widow of Ambrosius Bernardi, […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 25-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther wrote this letter while in great suffering. June 15, 1545. Many thanks, my honoured father, for the present of wine. I neither slept nor rested the whole of last night, the pain caused by Satan’s executioner was so intense. Hence I am good for nothing today, and the pain has […]

To Andreas Osiander letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO ANDREAS OSIANDER, PREACHER IN NURNBERG A letter of consolation. June 3, 1545. Grace and peace in Christ, who is our consolation and our very own, even as we are His, “for whether we live or die,” as St. Paul says, “we are the Lord’s.” We have heard, my excellent Osiander, that you have […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 24-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther writes about a peculiar kind of fox, and concerning the conduct of the authorities of Nurnberg. June 3, 1545. Grace and peace in the Lord, honoured father in Christ! I have communicated your opinion of this prodigy among foxes to those conversant with the hunt, and they, to begin with, […]

To the Town coucil of Halle-Martin Luther

  TO THE TOWN COUNCIL OF HALLE Luther’s celebrated letter to the Halle Town Council, in which he admonishes them to persevere in their zeal for, and loyalty to the gospel. May 7, 1545. Grace and peace in the Lord, honored and circumspect gentlemen and good friends! I have talked over your affairs with my […]

To Herzog Albrecht of Prussia letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO THE HERZOG ALBRECHT OF PRUSSIA Luther introduces the son of an East Prussian Grand Ducal Counselor to the Herzog. Von Kunheim’s son, George, married Luther’s daughter, Margaretta, in 1555, and took her to East Prussia, where she and her children lie buried in her husband’s burying-ground of Muhlhausen, 12 miles from Konigsberg. May […]

To the elector Joachim II of Brandenburg-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOACHIM II. OF BRANDENBURG Warning against the Jews and petition for the sons of Buchholzer, Provost of Berlin. March 9, 1545. Grace and peace in the Lord, and my poor prayers, Most Serene High-born Prince, most gracious Lord! The highly esteemed Herr George Buchholzer, Provost in Berlin, gave me your gracious […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 23-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Projected visitation in Naumburg. January 9, 1545. Grace and peace in Christ! The Lord bless you out of Zion, and grant you your heart’s desire, honored father in Christ. Go on in the name of the Lord, attending thoroughly to the duties of your office, and doing the work of a […]

To Nicolas Medler-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS MEDLER Luther offers his friend a post. December 27, 1544. Grace and peace in the Lord! I do not at present, dear Medler, most honored sir, comfort you under your heavy cross, with which the Lord has crucified you. But the Lord and Savior is good and kind. You know this well, […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 22-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther promises to visit him again. December 27, 1544. Grace and peace, most worthy Bishop in Christ! I write this letter to Dr. Medler about the theological lectureship, of which you kindly reminded me, and I fancy you will find it easier to send it to him than I, as at […]

To Jacob Probst-Martin Luther

  TO JACOB PROBST Luther complains of bad times, and speaks of his daughter’s illness. December 5, 1544. Grace and peace in the Lord! I shall write you very shortly, my dear Probst, to let you hear from me in case you might fancy I had forgotten you or did not esteem you. I am […]

To Anton Lauterbach letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO ANTON LAUTERBACH Luther complains of overwork and old age. December 2, 1544. You are always urging me to write a little book upon Church Discipline, but you do not say where I am to find leisure and strength to do so, now that I am an old and worn-out man. And I am […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 18-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Luther wishes Dr. Jonas to be left at Halle. November 8, 1544. Grace and peace and my poor paternoster, Most Serene High-born Prince, most gracious Lord! My dear friend Dr. Jonas is here and has told me all, so I give him this letter, with my humble opinion of […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 21-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF A letter of thanks. August 27, 1544. Honoured Father in the Lord — In the first place make my excuses to your steward. I was most anxious for him to return when we reached Borna, and still more so when we came to Eulenburg, for then I was almost at my […]

to Prince John of Anhalt-Martin Luther

  TO PRINCE JOHN OF ANHALT Luther just home from Zeitz, weak and weary. August 27, 1544. Grace and peace in the Lord, Most Serene High-born Prince, most gracious Lord! I would gladly come to Bernburg, but have just returned from Zeitz, so tired of driving that I can neither walk nor stand, and scarcely […]

To Hieronymus Baumgartner’s wife-Martin Luther

  TO HIERONYMUS BAUMGARTNER’ S WIFE Luther comforts her under her husband’s imprisonment. July 8, 1544. Grace and peace in our dear Savior, honored and virtuous lady! God, who hears my sighs, knows how I grieve over your misfortunes. Yes, all feel deeply for the good man who has fallen into the hands of the […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 20-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Journey deferred. June 4, 1544. Grace and peace in the Lord! I was resolved to be in Leipsic today, whence I would have written regarding the escort, as I never dreamed of being sent to Dibon. I purposed travelling to Leipsic in one day. If my letter which Dr. Bruck handed […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 19-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther purposes visiting Amsdorf. May 23, 1544. Grace and peace! It is not necessary, most esteemed father in the Lord, to send an escort to meet me. I intend travelling over our Prince’s lands by Grimma and Borna. When I leave Borna (close to my villa Zulsdorf) for Zeitz I shall […]

To King Christian of Denmark-Martin Luther

  TO KING CHRISTIAN OF DENMARK Luther requests Peutinger’s removal from Sweden. April 12, 1544. To the Mighty Serene High-born Prince Christian of Denmark, Holstein, etc. Grace and peace and my poor paternoster, mighty and gracious king! The poor forsaken wife, Katherine Peutinger, has asked me to write your Majesty about this matter. There is […]

To the electress Sibylla of Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTRESS SIBYLLA OF SAXONY Luther comforts her under her husband’s absence at Speyer. March 30, 1544. To the Serene High-born Princess and Lady, etc. My most gracious lady, grace and peace! I would most humbly thank your Electoral Grace for asking so particularly after my health and about my wife and children, […]

To Friedrich Myconius letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO FRIEDRICH MYCONIUS This letter shows Luther’s opinion of the combatant at Gotha. February 23, 1544. Grace and peace! Forgive a short letter, dear Friedrich. More again when I have more leisure. Yours, telling me that you were faithfully fulfilling the duties of your office in reconciling Morlin with the Arnstadt people, gave me […]

To Widowed electress of Brandenburg-Martin Luther

  TO THE WIDOWED ELECTRESS OF BRANDENBURG Luther thanks her for sending a pastor to Brettin. February 10, 1544. To the Serene High-born Princess Frau Elizabeth of the royal line of Denmark. Grace and peace! I was delighted to see from your Grace’s letter that you are willing to appoint M. Johannes Faber to a […]

To George Spalatin letter 35-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther accounts for delay in printing a little book, etc. January 30, 1544. Grace and peace! You sometimes write in an annoyed tone, dear Spalatin, as if you did not know where your little book was. I do not take your love towards the fruit of your humor (witz ) in […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 17-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK The Wittenberg lawyers ratify Caspar Beier’s secret marriage engagement. January 22, 1544. Grace and peace and my poor paternoster! I humbly desire to inform your Grace that secret engagements are again common here. Many young people are here from many lands, so that the maidens have become very bold, […]

To Justus Jonas letter 31 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther receives a copy of the Bull condemning him in Rome twenty-five years before. December 16, 1543. Grace and peace! I received your letter, my Jonas, with the enclosed copy of the Bull in which Luther was condemned twenty-five years ago. You know what, since then, has been written, spoken, and […]

To Johann Matthesius of Joachim’s Thal-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN MATTHESIUS OF JOACHIM’ S THAL Luther’s former boarder, who wrote the first Life of Luther, given in a series of lectures to a Bible Class. December 14, 1543. Grace and peace in the Lord! M. Caspar writes me that you are much disquieted over the tyranny of this most wretched King Ferdinand, […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 16-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Concerning the Hebrew Chair in Wittenberg. December 3, 1543. Grace and peace in the Lord, and my poor paternoster, Most Serene Highborn Prince, most gracious Lord! The Hebrew Chair is now vacant through the death of Aurogallus, and as some may be applying for it, I would most humbly […]

To George Spalatin letter 34-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther promises to write a preface to a book of Spalatin’s. November 23, 1543. To the highly esteemed Herr George Spalatin, Bishop of Meissen, faithful shepherd at Altenburg, my superior in the Lord. Grace and peace! Your little book pleases me greatly, dear Spalatin, except the allusion to the conventual life […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 18-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther regrets that his health has prevented him visiting his friend. November 7, 1543. Grace and peace in the Lord! I am quite indignant at myself, my honoured Bishop, that I have so often been prevented visiting you. Yesterday everything was packed for setting off, and then something came between to […]

To Veit Dietrich -Martin Luther

  TO VEIT DIETRICH Luther requests his friend to prosecute his Biblical work. November 7, 1543. Grace and peace! Magister Rorer, who has the mastery over me, ordered me to write to you, my dear Dietrich. Perhaps I might have paid no attention to my master’s command, being rather incensed against him, had he not […]

To Christoph Froschauer,printer at Zurich-Martin Luther

  TO CHRISTOPH FROSCHAUER, PRINTER AT ZURICH August 31, 1543. Grace and peace in the Lord, honored and good friend! I have received the present of the Bible which you sent by your manager, and I thank you for it. But seeing it is the work of your preachers, with whom neither I nor the […]

To Eberhart Brisger-Martin Luther

  TO EBERHARDT BRISGER Luther pleads for one behind in his payments. August 30, 1543. Grace and peace! I can quite believe that you require your money. On the other hand, I also see that with the good Bruno, I know not how, nothing seems to succeed. He requires assistance from all quarters. The farmers […]

To Justus Jonas letter 30 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Concerning his friend’s second marriage. May 4, 1543. Grace and peace in the Lord! I have no intention, my excellent Jonas, of standing in the way of your marriage, or of anything pertaining to your prosperity, but would rather try to promote both. I only pleaded for delay in my last […]

To Friedrich Myconius letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO FRIEDRICH MYCONIUS Luther pleads for a deposed pastor. April 4, 1543. Grace and peace! The bearer, Conrad, who declares, my excellent Myconius, that you deposed him from his charge at Ersnod, insisted I should write you. He complains that after long years of work he is plunged into poverty with five children depending […]

To Herr Pancratz, Preacher at Dantzic-Martin Luther

  TO HERR PANCRATZ, PREACHER AT DANTZIC Luther rejoices at the spread of the gospel in Dantzic. March 7, 1543. I devoured your letters with the greatest delight, rejoicing to hear of the wonderful progress the Word of God is making in Dantzic. May the Lord perfect His work, which He began through you! You […]

To Justus Jonas letter 29 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Letter of sympathy. January 26, 1543. Grace and peace! I have had such severe headaches, dear Jonas, that I could neither read nor write, so I have not yet read your translation. I can easily believe that your recent loss is daily becoming harder to bear; and now that you are […]

To Wenzel letter 18-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Luther justifies himself. The Venetians complain of sacramental disputes, and Luther blames the Zwinglians. January 20, 1543. Grace and peace! You complain, dear one, that I do not answer your letters, and said you had not enclosed your annotations on Moses because we scholars looked down on such crude work. It is […]

To Chancellor Bruck letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO CHANCELLOR BRUCK About the elevation of elements in the sacrament. January 6, 1543. Grace and peace in Christ, esteemed, deeply learned dear sir! Your son brought me your letters yesterday, but my head has not been in a state to look at them. I know Dr. Stephen of Hof well, and that he […]

To his son Hans Luther-Martin Luther

  TO HIS SON HANS LUTHER Luther begs him to moderate his grief. December 25, 1542. Grace and peace, my dearest Hans! I and thy mother and all the household are well. Do endeavor manfully to conquer thy tears, that thou mayst not add to thy mother’s distress, for she is only too prone to […]

To Justus Jonas letter 28 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther tries to comfort his friend on the death of his amiable wife. December 28, 1542. Grace and peace in Christ, who is our salvation and consolation, my dear Jonas! I have been so thoroughly prostrated by this unexpected calamity that I do not know what to write. We have all […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 17-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Reply to letter of consolation on Magdalene’s death. October 29, 1542. Grace and peace! Many thanks, most excellent friend, for trying to console me on my dearest daughter’s death. I loved her not only because she was my flesh, but for her placid and gentle spirit and her dutifulness to me. […]

To Justus Jonas letter 27 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther tries to convince Jonas of the Elector Albrecht’s insincerity. September 23, 1542. Grace and peace in the Lord! I abide by my opinion, my Jonas, that the Mayence Satan will never alienate the Burgraviate of Halle, especially at such a price, and with the stipulation that the gospel should have […]

To Marcus Crodel,schoolmaster in Torgau letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO MARCUS CRODEL Luther sends for his son to see his dying sister. September 6, 1542. Grace and peace, my dear Marcus! I beg of you to conceal from my son John what I now write. My daughter Magdalene is nearing her end, and will soon depart to her true Father in heaven unless […]

To Marcus Crodel,schoolmaster in Torgau-Martin Luther

  TO MARCUS CRODEL, SCHOOLMASTER IN TORGAU Luther wishes his son educated at a public school. August 26, 1542. Grace and peace! I send you my son Hans, as we arranged, my dear Marcus, so that he may be instructed in grammar and music along with the other boys, and at the same time I […]

To Justus Jonas letter 26 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther advises that St. Moritz in Halle, which the Elector Albrecht had shut up, should be opened for Evangelical service. August 18, 1542. Grace and peace! My dear Herr Jonas, why hesitate as to opening the third church? The time has come to which we looked forward when your burghermaster and […]

To Wenzel letter 17-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL LINK AT NURNBERG About Bibles being delayed, etc. July 25, 1542. Health and blessing in the Lord! You are annoyed, dear Doctor, about the Bibles being so long of reaching you, but I told you how overwhelmed our bookbinders are with work. Thus it is that many cannot receive their copies in […]

To George Spalatin letter 33-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther still anxious to receive the Prince’s present. July 13, 1542. Although I do not trouble myself much about food, which concerns only myself, yet as a married man and a debtor to my household, who, if he provide not for those of his own household, is worse than an infidel, […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 15-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Luther thanks the Prince for a legal decision in his favour. March 26, 1542. Grace and peace in Christ, and my poor paternoster, most gracious lord! I must discharge my debt to you, for it is long since I wrote you, and thank you for the verdict in connection […]

To Anton Lauterbach letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO ANTON LAUTERBACH Letter of consolation. March 10, 1542. Grace and peace! Wait upon the Lord and act like a man, my dear Anton. Were there no such thing as temptation to try Christian faith, what would become of so many over-confident, lazy, and self- indulgent Christians? Most certainly just what has befallen the […]

To Justus Jonas letter 25 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther blames the letter-carriers for carelessness. February 6, 1542. Grace and peace! I repeat what I said to our excellent Herr Kilian, that you need expect no more letters from me unless you arrange that your messengers take the trouble to wait for an answer to yours. For they deliver them […]

To the three princes of Anhalt,Begging for game-Martin Luther

  TO THE THREE PRINCES OF ANHALT, BEGGING FOR GAME January 11, 1542. Grace and peace in Christ, Most Serene High-born Princes, gracious Lords! Although most unwilling to be burdensome to you, still I must beg that your Serene Highnesses would, if at all possible, send some game, for I have to help a young […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 16-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Medler, Superintendent in Naumburg, was created Doctor of Theology in Wittenberg, where he acted as chaplain to the fugitive consort of the Elector of Brandenburg. January 6, 1542. To the honored Herr Bishop Nicolas Amsdorf at Naumburg. Grace and peace! I am very angry at Medler’s high-handed conduct, my excellent Bishop. […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 14-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Luther begs for a post for his wife’s brother. November 17, 1541. Grace and peace, and my poor paternoster, Most Serene High-born Prince, gracious Lord! Lately I gave my dear brother-in-law a letter to you, which he lost, so I must write again, and if the other be found, […]

To Justus Jonas letter 24 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Theological doctor and first faithful missionary at Halle. November 10, 1541. Grace and peace! I have received the two fat — nay, right fat, Martinmas geese — nay, the very fattest I ever received. Accept my thanks for them. Heigho! how is it that you have such superfluity? Have you perhaps […]

To Anton Lauterbach letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO ANTON LAUTERBACH Luther wishes him to execute a commission for him, etc. September 25, 1541. Grace and peace! How often you have asked me for the measurements, my dear, and how often I have been almost sending the size of the bath? But we were always waiting for someone to urge us on, […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE Luther desires his wife to return from Zulsdorf. September 18, 1541. Grace and peace, dear Kathie! I am sending Urban to you, to prevent you being alarmed through a rumor of the Turks coming in your direction. I marvel much that you never write or send any orders, for […]

To the electoral Princes,Frederick and John William-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTORAL PRINCES, FREDERICK AND JOHN WILLIAM Luther rejoices over the Princes’ progress in learning, etc. September 6, 1541. Grace and peace, Most Gracious Serene Princes! I was delighted to receive your Highnesses’ letters, from which I saw what a good and solid foundation you are laying both in the sciences and religion; […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 13-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK By the Regensburg Interim the Emperor hoped to prevent the Protestants attacking Romish doctrines, but the Protestants rejected it, and eventually the Pope declared against tolerance. August 4, 1541. Grace and peace, Most Serene High-born Prince! I perfectly understand what your Electoral Grace has written me concerning the pamphlet […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 12-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK About the Greek chair and assistance for Melanchthon. August 3, 1541. Grace and peace in Christ, Serene High-born Prince, most gracious Lord! It is not easy to fill the vacant chair, and the gentlemen of the University say they would rather give it to M. Veit, not because M. […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 26-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON On June 9 Prince John of Anhalt, Alesius, etc., appeared before Luther by command of the Elector of Brandenburg, at the instigation of the Emperor, to induce him to permit the disputed articles to remain and an agreement to be made, but Luther was as steadfast as Melanchthon. June 25, 1541. […]

To Justus Jonas letter 23 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Respecting affairs in Halle, and the revision of the New Testament. May 22, 1541. Grace and peace! I always expect consideration from you, whether I am long in answering your letters or not. My health is not such that I can read or write for an hour without injury. I have […]

To Caspar Cruciger,Doctor of Theology-Martin Luther

  TO CASPAR CRUCIGER, DOCTOR OF THEOLOGY On April 28 the so-called Regensburg Interim was at length placed before the Evangelicals, but not accepted. The Elector urged no half-measures in religious matters, and said even if Dr. Martin would give in, “which, God forbid, we shall not.” May 1, 1541. Grace and peace! I see […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 25-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther warns his friend against poison. April 21, 1541. Grace and peace! Today, April 21, I received your letters, dearest Philip — fourteen in all — with the joyful tidings of the Emperor’s friendly sentiments. May God perfect what He has begun. I have always forgotten to remind you to be […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 24-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Philip Melanchthon met with an accident on his way to Regensburg, and wrote very dejectedly to Luther. April 12, 1541. Grace and peace! My dear Philip — We received your letter, and although very sorry to hear of your right arm being broken, we shall not believe it to be an […]

To Prince Wolfgang of Anhalt-Martin Luther

  TO PRINCE WOLFGANG OF ANHALT Luther wishes him joy on representing the Elector at Regensburg. March 12, 1541. To his Serene Highness Prince Wolfgang of Anhalt. Grace and peace in Christ our Lord! I was delighted to hear that your Grace requested our prayers on your journey, and doubt not that He who put […]

To Friedrich Myconius,Preacher in Gotha letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO FRIEDRICH MYCONIUS Myconius had just returned from Leipsic. He had been overworked, and wrote to Luther, his dearest friend on earth, in his weakness. This is Luther’s answer. Long after, Myconius wrote that the effect of this letter was magical. Myconius survived Luther and was a comfort to many. January 9, 1541. To […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 23-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther had little hope of a happy termination to the Worms Conference. He was busy revising the Bible, but was often interrupted by illness, from which he suffered during this winter. December 7, 1540. Grace and peace! I was sorry, my Philip, to hear you had not received my letters. But […]

To Anton Lauterbach letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO ANTON LAUTERBACH The conference of Roman Catholic and Protestant delegates which discussed Church union at Worms was as barren of results as that of Hagenau had been. Calvin was present there also. November 27, 1540. Grace and peace! My wife had left for her new possession before your letter came, so I must […]

To George Spalatin letter 32-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther’s wife wishes Spalatin’s mediation regarding a present of wood. November 10, 1540. Grace and peace! That which my wife talked to you about when you were here lately, she is most anxious should be granted. She begs you to hand the addressed letter to your Prince’s functionary, and arrange that […]

To Caspar Gutel-Martin Luther

  TO CASPAR GUTEL Epidemic in Wittenberg. Agricola invited to Berlin by the Elector Joachim. He became Court preacher there. September 3, 1540. Grace and peace, honored Herr Doctor and Pastor! Although I am overwhelmed with work, being a frail old man, still I am doing duty for Pastor Johann Pommer, who is ill. Nearly […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE Jul.y 26, 1540. To the wealthy lady of Zulsdorf, Frau Doctoress Katherine. Luther, wandering in spirit in Zulsdorf! God willing, we shall start for Wittenberg tomorrow. The Hagenau conference has turned out a farce, all the worry, trouble, and expense being in vain; still, if we have done nothing […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE Luther in Eisenach. The Elector would not allow him to go to Hagenau, but sent Cruciger and Myconius. Calvin was also present. July 16, 1540. Grace and peace, dear Kathie! Your Grace must know that, God be praised, we are here fresh and well, eat like the Bohemians, drink […]

To Katherine,Luther’s wife letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE Written on the way to Eisenach to meet the Elector and Landgrave Philip to discuss the latter’s double marriage. July 2, 1540. Grace and peace, my dear Kathie! I wish you to know that I am well. I eat like a Bohemian and drink like a German, for which […]

To John Lange letter 9-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE Luther promises to bring Melanchthon on a visit. Melanchthon nearly died at Weimar on the way to Hagenau, and was restored mainly through Luther’s presence and prayers. July 2, 1540. Grace and peace! Now then look for us, dear Lange, either on Sunday or Monday. For it has been arranged that […]

To Anton Lauterbach letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO ANTON LAUTERBACH Luther asks help for a preacher with a bad wife. June 15, 1540. Grace and peace! George Schaumer, for whom you have got a church, asks a letter of introduction to you. But he has a very bad wife. If she remains here, and does not follow her husband, as she […]

To Graf Albrecht or Albert von Mansfeld-Martin Luther

  TO GRAF ALBRECHT OR ALBERT VON MANSFELD Luther intercedes for his brother-in-law. May 24, 1540. Grace and peace in Christ, most gracious lord! It is long since I asked for anything, but in case the highway of intercession should become overgrown with grass, I now approach you, humbly begging your Grace to listen to […]

To Someone unknown letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO ONE UNKNOWN In Social Germany in Luther’s Time we learn that the recipient of this letter was Nicolas Sastrow, who, because of the Bruser- Leveling lawsuit, had for many years absented himself from the communion table. April 14, 1540. Your dear son, Magister Johannes, after expressing his sorrow at your having kept away […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 22-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther excuses the Emperor’s indecision. April 8, 1540. Grace and peace! You write, dear Philip, that the Emperor has promised a private conference, and I wonder much what it signifies. I believe he does not know himself what to undertake. His heart must have many secret recesses, being placed among so […]

To Anton Lauterbach, Superintendent in Pirna-Martin Luther

  TO ANTON LAUTERBACH, SUPERINTENDENT IN PIRNA The great indifference to the good cause at Dresden. March 3, 1540. Grace and peace in Christ! I see clearly, my Anton, the astounding indifference which prevails at the Court of Dresden to the cause of God and man. Pride and greed seem to reign there. The old […]

To the learned Justus Jonas , Pommer , and Philip-Martin Luther

  TO THE LEARNED JUSTUS JONAS, POMMER, AND PHILIP February 26, 1540. This is the second letter I have written you, and did I not hope that your answer was on its way hither, I would be very angry at your long silence, for it seems as if you had been long enough away to […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 11-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK OF SAXONY Topics to be discussed at Schmalkalden sent to the Elector. January 18, 1540. Grace and peace in Christ, and my poor paternoster! We herewith send your Electoral Grace our opinions, by which we shall abide. For things have come to a desperate pass with the Papists, even […]

To Joachim II of Brandenburg-Martin Luther

  TO JOACHIM II. OF BRANDENBURG Petition to permit export of purchased corn. January 7, 1540. To the Most Serene High-born Prince Joachim, Elector of Brandenburg. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, most gracious Elector and lord! We humbly desire to let your Grace know that the church here did its […]

To Chancellor Bruck letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO CHANCELLOR BRUCK Luther wishes the Prince to remedy a crying scandal. January 3, 1540. Grace and peace! I hoped, dear sir, to have had you with us at the feast, so instead must send you a petition, begging you to plead with my gracious lord that he would forbid the nobility acting as […]

To George Buchholzer,Provost in Berlin-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE BUCHHOLZER, PROVOST IN BERLIN On the same subject. To this day the white surplice is often worn in the Nicolai and Marien churches, the oldest in Berlin. December 4, 1539. To the esteemed Herr Georgio Buchholzer, my dear brother in Christ, grace and peace through Christ! Dear Herr Provost — I cannot […]

To the elector Joachim of Brandenburg-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOACHIM OF BRANDENBURG Luther gives his opinion of the Church Constitution compiled by Buchholzer on the introduction of the Reformation into Brandenburg in 1539. December 4, 1539. Grace and peace in Christ, and my poor paternoster, Most Serene and High-born Prince, most gracious Lord! I have received your Electoral Highness’s embassy […]

To his sister Dorothea-Martin Luther

  TO HIS SISTER DOROTHEA Luther announces he will preach at Rossla. December 2, 1539. To Frau Dorothea, Herr Balthaser Mackenrothen’s beloved wife, at Rossla. Dear Sister — I see from your letter how earnestly your burdened conscience longs for a gospel sermon of consolation, and that you wish to hear for once such a […]

To Anton Lauterbach letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO ANTON LAUTERBACH Concerning private communion. November 26, 1539. To Anton Lauterbach, Bishop at Pirna. Grace and peace! As to administering the sacrament to the sick, dear Anton, you can read that for yourself in our Church Service, which you know so well. For my part I wish private communion were completely done away […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 10-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK After Herzog George’s death his brother, Herzog Henry, invited Luther, Melanchthon, Jonas, Cruciger, and Myconius to come and further the work in Leipsic. They did so, the two latter remaining for a time. Eventually Cruciger’s daughter married Luther’s son Johannes. November 4, 1539. Grace and peace in Christ, Most […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 9-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Luther complains of his German Bible being pirated in Leipsic. July 8, 1539. Grace and peace in Christ, and my poor paternoster, Most Serene Highborn Prince, most gracious Lord! That wicked rascal Wolrab at Leipsic (a most unscrupulous man, who ruined a splendid business as well as himself and […]

To Herzog Albrecht of Prussia-Martin Luther

  TO HERZOG ALBRECHT OF PRUSSIA Another allusion to Herzog George’s death. June 23, 1539. Grace and peace in Christ, Serene High-born Prince, most gracious Lord! Although I have nothing particular to write about, I must thank your Electoral Grace for so kindly inquiring about my health through your ambassador, and thank you for your […]

To Wenzel letter 16-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL LINK AT NURNBERG About presents, and Herzog George, who died April 17, having outlived all his family. June 23, 1539. Grace and peace! Knowing how plentiful the gold guldens are with you, I am all the more delighted that the little gift I sent your wife through Herr Stromer should have accomplished […]

To Ursula Schneiderwein-Martin Luther

  TO URSULA SCHNEIDERWEIN Luther begs her to consent to her son marrying a Wittenbergerin. June 4, 1539. To the honored and virtuous Frau Ursula Schneiderwein, citizen of Stolberg. Grace and peace in Christ, my gracious good friend! I have already written you concerning your son John, who has fallen in love with an excellent […]

To King Gustavus I of Sweden-Martin Luther

  TO KING GUSTAVUS I. OF SWEDEN The King asks Luther for a tutor for his son, whom he afterwards made his confidant, and raised to a high post. April 18, 1539. Grace and peace, Most Serene Lord and King! Herr Nicolas, your Majesty’s excellent ambassador, tells me he received orders to provide a good […]

To Martin Bucer,Superintendent of Strassburg churchs-Martin Luther

  TO MARTIN BUCER, SUPERINTENDENT OF STRASSBURG CHURCHES Luther wishes to be kept informed of the spread of the gospel. April 16, 1539. Grace and peace in the Lord! I think, dear Bucer, that you must see you cannot expect so many letters from me. For you have more leisure and fewer years, not to […]

To the elector John Frederick of Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK OF SAXONY Luther asks the Elector’s aid in the unexpected famine. A “corner” had been created in grain. April 9, 1539. Grace and peace in Christ, and my poor paternoster, Most Serene Highborn Prince, most gracious Lord! This land has been visited by a sudden famine, so that we […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 21-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Melanchthon at the Conference at Frankfort with the Elector and Myconius, met the delegates of the Emperor and Ferdinand. On April 19 an agreement was signed. Luther thanked God in the church in Wittenberg on Sabbath for again granting peace. March 26, 1539. Grace and peace in Christ! I am afraid […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 15-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther sends some new exegetical writings. January 11, 1539. Grace and peace! I have really nothing to say, dear Amsdorf, but could not let the messenger depart without a letter. Much is being said about the Emperor’s arrival. It is amusing to hear the Papacy, that great martyr, boasting in her […]

To Nicolas Specht,Rector of the School at Bautzen-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS SPECHT, RECTOR OF THE SCHOOL AT BAUTZEN Luther wishes him joy on his marriage. December 12, 1538. Grace and peace in Christ! I wish you and your bride all that is good, my Herr Nicolas, and pray the Lord that He may be with you with His grace, and preserve you to […]

To Jacob Probst, Pastor in Bremen-Martin Luther

  TO JACOB PROBST, PASTOR IN BREMEN Luther recommends a poor preacher. September 15, 1538. Grace and peace in Christ! I seldom write to you, dear Jacob, and do not answer your letters as you perhaps wish, but I know you do not take it ill, for you are aware how I am borne down […]

To the Herzogin Elizabeth of Brunswick-Martin Luther

  TO THE HERZOGIN ELIZABETH OF BRUNSWICK Elizabeth was the daughter of Joachim I. of Brandenburg. She visited Luther with her mother, who had fled from her husband. September 4, 1538. Grace and peace in Christ, Most Serene High-born Princess, most gracious Lady! I and my dear Kathie thank your Grace for the cheese. The […]

To Anton Unruhe, Lawyer in Torgau-Martin Luther

  TO ANTON UNRUHE, LAWYER IN TORGAU Luther thanks him for procuring justice for a poor woman. June 15, 1538. Grace and peace in Christ, dear wise sir and friend! Timete Dominum, erudimini, judices terrae. This should be the daily motto of the judge, and I believe it is yours, for all who know you […]

To Justus Jonas letter 22 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS In reference to a letter of May 12. May 21, 1538. Grace and peace in Christ! I am amazed that my letter was so long in reaching you, or that you were so dilatory in answering it. I am willing to do whatever is most convenient for the Princes. I hope […]

To Edward, Bishop of Hereford,in England-Martin Luther

  TO EDWARD, BISHOP OF HEREFORD, IN ENGLAND Peace being in prospect between Charles V. and Francis, Henry VIII. wished to unite with the German Protestants, so, at his request, the Elector sent Burkhardt and Myconius of Gotha to London, where they were warmly welcomed by the King. May 12, 1538. Grace and peace in […]

To Justus Jonas letter 21 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS The Princes of Anhalt had offered to send a carriage to Wittenberg to take Luther to the country for a rest. May 12, 1538. Grace and peace in Christ! The Serene Princes of Anhalt asked me to fix a day on which I might be conveyed to Coswick or Worlitz. Having […]

To Justus Jonas letter 20 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Dr. Jonas represented Luther at Brunswick. April 8, 1538. Grace and peace in Christ! I shall not try to emulate you, dear Jonas, in letter-writing, for you far surpass me in genius and rhetoric, as well as in inherited gifts; and you have more to write about, for you are in […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 32-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther speaks of his health and politics. March 27, 1538. Grace and peace in Christ! I herewith send the two pamphlets against the Jews, and the Cardinals’ proposals for the reformation of the Church. Dr. Jonas has gone instead of me to Brunswick, as I could not risk the journey on […]

To Justus Jonas letter 19 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther defends himself for not writing. February 6, 1538. You do well, my Jonas, in writing so often to me. But it would be even better if you showed consideration for my negligence. It does not proceed from laziness, but because, as you are aware, letter-writing, like the composition of poetry, […]

To Franz Burkhardt-Martin Luther

  TO FRANZ BURKHARDT Disputations with the Antinomians. January 7, 1538. To the well-born Herr Franz Burkhardt, Saxon Chancellor. Grace and peace in Christ! As you write that no one has sent you my thesis contained in the third and fourth disputation against the Antinomians, I forward them to you, for you say you have […]

To Magister John Agricola in Eisleben -Martin Luther

  TO MAGISTER JOHN AGRICOLA IN EISLEBEN Agricola abused Luther’s permission to lecture by disseminating his Antinomian errors; Luther withdrew the permission. January 6, 1538. My greeting! I announced to the school rector, my Agricola, that you should discontinue the theological lectures which, at your request, I permitted you to deliver, and that henceforth you […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK John Karg, who was later convicted of heresy, arrested on suspicion of false doctrine. January 4, 1538. To the Serene High-born Prince John Frederick, Elector of Saxony. Grace and peace in Christ, Most Serene Prince! By your Grace’s orders I at once sought an interview with Magister George Karg […]

To Martin Bucer-Martin Luther

  TO MARTIN BUCER Luther encloses this letter to the Swiss, and tells of Bugenhagen’s work in Copenhagen, where he acquired a warm friend in Herzog Albrecht of Prussia. December 6, 1537. Grace and peace in Christ! At last, dear Bucer, I have answered the letter of the Swiss which you gave me at Schmalkalden. […]

To the Burghermaster and council of the reformed swiss towns-Martin Luther

  TO THE BURGHERMASTER AND COUNCIL OF THE REFORMED SWISS TOWNS Luther expresses his joy at the Swiss joining the Wittenberger Concord. December 1, 1537. Grace and peace in Christ, our Lord and Savior, honored and dear sirs and friends! I have delayed far too long in answering your letter, which I received at Schmalkalden. […]

To Ambrosius Berndt-Martin Luther

  TO AMBROSIUS BERNDT Berndt, an M.A. of Wittenberg, a widower, who afterwards married Luther’s orphan niece. November 1537. You are aware, dear magister, that God’s mercy is much greater than our misfortunes. Although, as you observe, you have good cause to mourn, yet it is only a little vinegar mixed with your good sugar. […]

To the Council at Torgau-Martin Luther

  TO THE COUNCIL AT TORGAU Request for ground for a house for their pastor. August 21, 1537. Grace and peace in Christ! Honored and prudent gentlemen and friends, I have often spoken with your pastor as to his way of living, and what he can leave to his wife and children. He said he […]

To Friedrich Myconius,Preacher in Gotha-Martin Luther

  TO FRIEDRICH MYCONIUS, PREACHER IN GOTHA Congratulations. Luther makes jocular allusion to Myconius refusing him burial in Gotha, where he took so ill on his journey from Schmalkalden to Wittenberg. July 27, 1537. Grace and peace in Christ! I rejoice with you, dear Friedrich, that God has at length given you a Fritz. Having […]

To Coban Hesse letter 2 -Martin Luther

  TO COBAN HESSE Luther thanks him for Latin translation of Psalter. August 1, 1537. To the celebrated poet of our day, the honored Coban Hesse, my beloved brother in the Lord. Grace and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ, dear Coban! I have received your Psalter, cherished brother in the Lord, and have read […]

To Johann Screiner,Pastor at Grimma-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN SCHREINER, PASTOR AT GRIMMA Luther was angry at the nobles expecting too much from the clergy. July 9, 1537. To the worthy Herr Magister Johann Schreiner, pastor and superintendent at Grimma, my gracious friend. Grace and peace in Christ, dear magister and pastor! Say to the nobility, which Spalatin refuses to do, […]

To Conrad Cordatus letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO CONRAD CORDATUS About Cordatus’s call to Eisleben. May 12, 1537. Grace and peace in Christ! I am very pleased at your call to my fatherland, my Cordatus, for there you will be an ever-present combatant against W., whom you abhor with a just and righteous hatred. If it please you, and you can […]

To George Spalatin letter 31-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther writes from Wittenberg on his recovery. March 21, 1537. To the highly esteemed Herr George Spalatin, Archbishop of Meissen. Grace and peace in Christ! At last I write you, dear Spalatin, having for many days observed Sabbatical repose with my pen. I now begin to eat and drink, although my […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 20-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther calls Tambach his Peniel, for there the Lord delivered him from his sore distress, for the time at least. February 27, 1537. Blessed be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercy and all consolation, who saw your prayers and tears, and in the second watch […]

To Katherine,Luther’s Wife-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE Luther was seriously ill. Myconius, the Elector, Melanchthon, and Spalatin prayed earnestly at his bedside, and he was taken in a royal carriage to Tambach with Bugenhagen. February 27, 1537. Grace and peace in Christ! Meantime you must hire horses, dear Kathie, for what you require, for my gracious […]

To Justus Jonas letter 18 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther was very ill. The Prince sent for the Erfurt physician, George Sturtz. February 14, 1537. Grace and peace in Christ! Yesterday I wrote you, Valentine’s Eve, and today I again write on St. Valentine’s Day itself. St. Valentine has turned the invalid into a convalescent. But not the St. Valentine, […]

To Justus Jonas letter 17 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther preached before the Princes when he arrived in Schmalkalden. February 9, 1537. Grace and peace in Christ! I write while I have leisure, for soon we shall have enough to do, and there is no chance of our separating before Sabbath Latare, so sorely are we pressed by people and […]

To Justus Jonas letter 16 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Written on the way to Schmalkalden. Luther left Wittenberg January 31, staying in Torgau, Grimma, Altenburg, Weimar (where he preached February 4), Arnstadt, and Waltershausen. February 1, 1537. Grace and peace! Although I fear this letter may be late, still I shall write to say I firmly hope you have been […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Luther sends the articles to the Prince. January 3, 1537. Grace and peace in Christ, and my poor paternoster, Most Serene Highborn Prince, most gracious Lord! By command of your Grace I arranged with Herr Nicolas Amsdorf, M. Eisleben, and M. Spalatin (for Menius and Myconius were too far […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 19-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther, Amsdorf, Agricola, and Spalatin had now finished the articles for the future Diet by the Elector’s command. (No date. ) Grace and peace in the Lord! As Dr. Anton himself is coming to you, I have nothing special to relate of our life and doings. See that you prove a […]

To Wolfgang Brauer,Pastor at Jessen-Martin Luther

  TO WOLFGANG BRAUER, PASTOR AT JESSEN On private communion. December 30, 1536. Grace and peace in Christ, worthy Herr Pastor! Regarding the question which your good friend at Lintz, Sigmund Haugreuter, wished to be laid before me, this is my answer, that it is not the duty of himself and household to communicate thus, […]

To Anton Lauterbach-Martin Luther

  TO ANTON LAUTERBACH Lauterbach worried in his pastoral office. December 27, 1536. Grace and peace in Christ! Act thus, my dear Anton; be strong in silence and in hope, and so you will overcome in Christ this sophistical grammarian. Through silence one can do much in self-defense in such cases, till we can set […]

To Chancellor Bruck letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO CHANCELLOR BRUCK The Archbishop’s complaints of Luther. December 9, 1536. To the learned Dr. Bruck, Chancellor to the Elector of Saxony. Grace and peace in Christ! After you told me that you had been ordered by my most gracious lord, at the instigation of the Elector of Brandenburg and his cousins, to ask […]

To the King of Denmark letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO THE KING OF DENMARK Luther approves of Bishops being driven away. December 2, 1536. Grace and peace in Christ our Lord, and my poor paternoster, Most Serene High-born Prince, most gracious King! I have received your Majesty’s letter, and am much pleased that you have extirpated the Bishops (who are always persecuting God’s […]

To George Spalatin letter 30-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther complains of want of benevolence. September 24, 1536. To the highly esteemed George Spalatin, shepherd and Bishop of the Church at Altenburg, my beloved in the Lord. Grace and peace in Christ! I beg of you, dearest Spalatin, that as soon as Brisger returns, you will arrange with him to […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 31-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther wishes him to leave Dessau. September 20, 1536. To the learned Doctor Nicolas Hausmann, servant of Christ at Dessau. Grace and peace, dearest brother in Christ! Only a few words, for you always know what is going on here, as news reaches your court sooner than we get them. The […]

To George Spalatin letter 29-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN June 10, 1536. Grace and peace in Christ! This K. Zimmermann, who has either been banished or fled, begs us to find a situation for him. But as poor people come here from all quarters, there is no vacant post, so he has begged for an introduction to you. I hereby […]

To the Margrave George of Brandenburg-Martin Luther

  TO THE MARGRAVE GEORGE OF BRANDENBURG As Luther was too weak to go to Eisenach, Capito, Bucer, and Myconius went to Wittenberg, May 21. Myconius relates that Luther preached on Ascension Day, “Go ye into all the world and preach,” etc. — a glorious sermon. On the 25th the form of the Concord was […]

To Vice Chancellor Burkhardt -Martin Luther

  TO VICE CHANCELLOR BURKHARDT About agreement with the English. April 20, 1536. My opinion is, dear Herr Chancellor, that as my lord wishes to know how far we may give way to the English King regarding those articles, that we cannot concede more. If they wish to have the articles expressed in other language […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Luther was tired of the discussions with the English. In March, Henry VIII. replied to the Schmalkalden document, saying he could only agree to it if the Augsburg Confession and the Apologia were toned down. John Frederick replied that if he would not admit pure doctrine into his kingdom, […]

To Wenzel letter 15-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Luther asks for German songs. Jocular letter. March 20, 1536. Grace and peace in Christ, dear Wenzel! As it is some hundreds of years since I either spoke or wrote Latin, I almost fear I have forgotten what I knew, and probably you are in the same condition; so I hope such […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 30-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther writes of Herzog Philip of Pomerania’s marriage at Torgau to the Elector’s sister. March 11, 1536. Grace and peace in Christ, beloved brother! I highly commend to you the bearer of this letter, who hopes to get a school with you, and wished me to recommend him. I am the […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Luther thanks him for his present. Discussion with English envoys. January 25, 1536. To the Serene High-born Prince, John Frederick, Elector of Saxony. Grace and peace in Christ and my poor paternoster! The castellan at Schwenitz has told me of your Electoral Highness’s present of six eimers of wine, […]

To Justus Jonas letter 15 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther’s interview with the Papal legate Vergerius. November 10, 1535. Grace and peace! I thank you for the hare and the birds, my dearest Jonas. I had much to write about, but I am very tired, and the topics are too numerous even to touch upon with my arrears of work. […]

To Justus Jonas various topics-Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Various topics. October 28, 1535. Grace and peace in Christ! Eight days ago Dr. Christian Baume departed this life. M. Philip writes that he caught fever on a journey, and the phlegm descended from the head to the chest. I enclose M. Philip’s letter. Bruck is not in Prague, Philip declares. […]

To Gergeon Seiler, Doctor of medicine in Augsburg-Martin Luther

  TO GEREON SEILER, DOCTOR OF MEDICINE IN AUGSBURG Luther wrote seven letters on this day, although very weak at this time. October 5, 1535. Grace and peace in Christ! Your letter, my excellent Herr Doctor, was a great joy to me, not only for itself, but because so many dear travelers accompanied it, whom […]

To Frau Jorger letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO FRAU JORGER Concerning an Evangelical service in her house. September 12, 1535. Grace and peace in Christ with my poor paternoster, honored and dear lady! I have seen Herr Andres, and received your letter, and thank you for your present, especially the small groschen, which I would like to know if it were […]

To the elector John Frederick , in Conjuction with other-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK, IN CONJUNCTION WITH OTHERS Request for a private audience for the Englishman Barnes, etc. September 12, 1535. Grace and peace with our poor paternoster, Most Serene High-born Prince, most gracious Lord! His Majesty the King of England’s messenger, Dr. Antonius, has begged me to request your Grace to grant […]

To Justus Jonas letter 14 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS On September 14, Hieronymus Weller, who had been called to Freiberg, and Nicolas Medlar, chaplain to the Electress of Brandenburg, then living in Wittenberg, were made doctors of divinity. Jocular invitation to banquet. September 4, 1535. Grace and peace! I hope you have received the letters and disputations, with the directions, […]

To Justus Jonas letter 13 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther contradicts the report of epidemic in Wittenberg. August 19, 1535. Grace and peace! I wish you joy on your recovery, my excellent Jonas. The report of an infectious disease here is most unfounded. But Heaven seems to will it that the devil should succeed in separating us at least bodily, […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Luther begs the Elector to allow Melanchthon to go to France, whither the King invited him, and other matters regarding his absence. August 17, 1535. Grace and peace with my paternoster, Most Serene High-born Prince, most gracious Lord! I most respectfully beg of you, in God’s name, to allow […]

To the elector Albrecht, Archbishop of Mayence-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR ALBRECHT, ARCHBISHOP OF MAYENCE The Elector threatened Ludwig Rabe for having spoken at Luther’s table of the unjust fate of Hans Schanz. July 31, 1535. Repentance and forgiveness of sins, Most High-born Prince and gracious Lord! I address this letter to you, not in the hope that anything advantageous will come […]

To the Clergy in Augsburg-Martin Luther

  TO THE CLERGY IN AUGSBURG The Augsburg people sent an embassy to Wittenberg to prove their desire for unanimity in the matter of the sacrament. July 20, 1535. Grace and peace in Christ! I would like you to learn with what pleasure I received your letter, dear brethren, from the living letters, viz. your […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Fear of the plague drove the University staff to Jena. July 9, 1535. Grace and peace in Christ, with my poor paternoster, Most Serene Highborn Prince, most gracious Lord! Dr. Bruck has shown me your Electoral Highness’s gracious request, occasioned by the flight of so many here, who are […]

To Wenzel letter 14-Martin Luther

  TO WENTZEL Luther tries to dissuade his friend from coming to Wittenberg. April 25, 1535. Grace and peace in Christ! Your letter, dearest, did not depress me so much as you expected, especially as I saw from it that, although Christ was letting you be led into temptation, He had not forsaken you. I […]

To Augustine Himmel-Martin Luther

  TO AUGUSTINE HIMMEL Luther begs for a small house for his servant. April 5, 1535. Grace and peace! You may have heard, my good Himmel, that our Serene Prince, who hitherto divided the allowance between Dr. Andreas and my Wolf, has, of his own free will, bestowed it solely on the latter. I hope […]

To Hieronymus Weller’s sister-Martin Luther

  TO HIERONYMUS WELLER’ S SISTER Concerning the Sacrament. March 7, 1535. The grace of God and peace of Christ, honoured and virtuous lady! Your brother has told me how earnestly you desire to enjoy the much-prized sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in both kinds, and wish to know if it may be privately partaken […]

To George Spalatin letter 28-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther begs him to find another place for a certain Strobel. February 24, 1535. Grace and peace in Christ, dear Spalatin! You are a good, kind man; therefore I beseech you to find a good post for Christopher Strobel when you can. He is an excellent man, as you know, and […]

To Johann Lonicer,Diligent servant of the Lord in Marburg-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN LONICER, DILIGENT SERVANT OF THE LORD IN MARBURG Luther begs him not to be impatient to have a change of abode. February 8, 1535. Grace and peace! I see all your motives, my Lonicer, but I cannot approve of your being overcome of the first or even second onslaught of Satan, making […]

To a Composer-Martin Luther

  TO A COMPOSER January 18, 1535. Grace and peace in Christ! Certainly, my dear, good friend, I have been slow in thanking you for the song you sent and the Vorsdorf apples. But Hieronymus is my witness how often I intended writing, but could get no one to take a letter. Therefore I beg […]

To George Spalatin letter 27-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN The Torgau people wished to have their excellent preachers dismissed, under the pretext that they were not heard in church. December 1534. Grace and peace! We learn from your letter to Jonas, my excellent Spalatin, that they are pressing you and the other superintendents to remove the pastors in Torgau because […]

To Eberhardt Brisger letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO EBERHARDT BRISGER A house was offered to Luther for purchase. December 20, 1534. What shall I write to you about the selling of your house, my Eberhardt? For you know that in such transactions I am a very novice, and you have many around you who can advise you much better than I, […]

To Prince Joachim of Anhalt letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO PRINCE JOACHIM OF ANHALT Luther retains his Roman Catholic views on baptism. December 17, 1534. Grace and peace, Most Serene High-born Prince, most gracious Lord! The Almighty God has just bestowed a daughter on me through my dear Kathie. Now, as your Grace promised to stand sponsor on this occasion, I plead that […]

To Justus Jonas letter 12 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther announces the birth of a daughter. December 17, 1534. I wish you happiness, my Jonas, on your ailment having left you, and I hope it may never return. Amen. I must inform you that at twelve o’clock today my third daughter was born. Prince Joachim of Anhalt was to be […]

To Justus Jonas letter 11 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther wishes to discuss peace proposals with the Zwinglians. December 16, 1534. Grace and peace to you, dear Jonas, but death to your stone, through the power of Christ. I am most anxious to have a talk with you and others before Herr Philip sets out, only you cannot come to […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 29-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Letter of congratulation. November 17, 1534. To my brother, Herr N. Hausmann, grace and peace! We are almost beside ourselves with joy at God’s goodness in bestowing a son and heir upon the best of princes. Pray give him our warmest congratu- lations, and assure him that we pray that God, […]

To Landgrave Philip of Hesse-Martin Luther

  TO LANDGRAVE PHILIP OF HESSE Luther expresses himself willing to yield in relation to the doctrine of sacrament. October 17, 1534. Grace and peace, Most Serene Prince! I have received your letter, begging that I should take the doctrine of the sacrament into Christian consideration, so that an enduring concord might ensue between us […]

To Wolfgang Sieberger,Luther’s weak-minded servant-Martin Luther

  TO WOLFGANG SIEBERGER, LUTHER’S WEAK-MINDED SERVANT Complaint of the birds in the Wittenberg wood to Luther. (No date. ) To our good and kind Dr. Martin Luther, preacher in Wittenberg. We thrushes, blackbirds, linnets, goldfinches, along with other well- disposed birds who are spending the summer at Wittenberg, desire to let you know that […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE LUTHER Luther visited the Elector, from whom he got a warm welcome at Torgau. They talked of many lands and times, till they should reach the better land. July 29, 1534. Grace and peace, dear Kathie! I do not know what to write you, for Herr Philip and the others are returning […]

To Joachim,prince of Anhalt-Martin Luther

  TO JOACHIM, PRINCE OF ANHALT Luther wishes the Prince a speedy recovery from his depression. June 18, 1534. Grace and peace in the Lord, in addition to consolation and strength of body from Christ Jesus our Savior, most gracious lord! As Magister Hausmann is again returning to your Grace, I send a line with […]

To Frau Dorothea Jorger-Martin Luther

  TO FRAU DOROTHEA JORGER April 27, 1534. Grace and peace, honored, virtuous lady! I wish to tell you that your money has been well expended, and many poor have been assisted, so that I cannot doubt that God, who prompted you to do this, is openly showing His pleasure in your thank-offering. I could […]

To the elector John Frederick letter 2

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN FREDERICK Petition for a house for a preacher. March 11, 1534. Grace and peace in Christ, Most Serene High-born Prince! Magister Leonhardt (Beier), pastor at Zwickau, has just been here, begging me to intercede with your Grace to let him have one of the priests’ houses in Zwickau, which is […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 28-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Hausmann invited by the Prince of Anhalt to preach before him. February 8, 1534. Grace and peace! Magister George Held asked me, in your name, to let you know how you should preach on baptism, as the Archbishop of Mayence and his brother are to be present. First of all, handle […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 14-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther dissuades him from going to Nurnberg. January 3, 1534. Grace and peace! Why complain so vehemently, my Amsdorf, about my not answering your letters, and fear you have offended me? You should rather have argued thus: “Had I erred, he would certainly have written, pointing out my mistake. His not […]

Concerning Desiderius Erasmus-Martin Luther

  CONCERNING DESIDERIUS ERASMUS In Luther’s course of instruction to his children and to all Evangelical Christians for 1533. (No date.) Erasmus An enemy of all religions and a special opponent of Christ, a perfect example and copy of Epicureus and Lucian. I, Martin Luther, write this with my own hand to my dearest son, […]

To Someone unknown letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO SOMEONE UNKNOWN Luther directs a pastor how to treat despisers of the sacrament. May 13. We threaten those who despise the services of the sanctuary and neglect to partake of the Lord’s Supper, with our Prince’s wrath, and with being denounced as blasphemers of God. Then, if they do not improve, the pastors […]

To Wenzel letter 13-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL LINK Upon the same subject. October 8, 1533. Grace and peace in Christ! We shall write to your magistrate concerning the dispute about public absolution, my Wenzel, and I have also written to Osiander. Now I beseech you and your colleagues not to shut the eyes of your brotherly compassion upon those […]

To Andreas Osiander-Martin Luther

  TO ANDREAS OSIANDER Dissensions still continue among the Nurnberg clergy, especially between Osiander and Link. October 8, 1533. Grace and peace in Christ! I read your former epistle, and also that to the Nurnberg magistrate, my excellent brother in Christ, as well as the letters and pamphlets of the other party, and Christ knows […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 27-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN About Hausmann’s health and a pamphlet. September 24, 1533. Your illness, dear brother, is a great grief to me. May Christ stand by you, and not only restore you to health, but enable you to bear your illness patiently. For He loves you because you are suffering for Him and proclaim […]

To George Spalatin letter 26-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN July 23, 1533. Grace and peace! Your M. Brisger again returns to you. Would to God that we had been able to entertain him as he deserved in Wittenberg, but as he is poor, he will have sympathy with us. There is nothing new here, for you must have seen my […]

To Frau Jorger-Martin Luther

  TO FRAU JORGER Frau Jorger was the first lady who gave 500 gulden to Luther for bursaries for poor students. May 6, 1533. Honoured, virtuous lady! Your letter concerning the 500 gulden, which should have reached Leipsic at Easter, came too late. But I have sent your petition to Martin Seldener to Nurnberg through […]

To Wolf Wiedeman-Martin Luther

  TO WOLF WIEDEMAN Herzog George of Saxony was incensed at a letter of Luther’s to his Leipsic adherents, and he asked the Burghermaster to inquire if he acknowledged it. April 27, 1533. To the highly respected Burghermaster of Leipsic, my good friend. I am ready to oblige you in any way, dear sir. I […]

To Joachim, Prince of Anhalt-Martin Luther

  TO JOACHIM, PRINCE OF ANHALT Luther exhorts the Prince to cleave to the gospel, despite the efforts of great Princes to detach him from it. March 28, 1533. Grace and peace in Christ, Most Serene High-born Prince! Your Court preacher, Herr Nicolas Hausmann, has told me of your heartfelt leanings towards the gospel, and […]

To Hans von Loser-Martin Luther

  TO HANS VON LOSER Luther asks him to be sponsor for his son. January 29, 1533. Most excellent honored sir and co-sponsor — I entreat you for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ that you would humble yourself for God’s sake and for that of my young son, whom God has bestowed upon […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 26-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther, Melanchthon, and Cruciger had visited the Anhalt Princes in November at Worlitz. Luther found them well versed in the Scriptures, and in his own writings, as well as in those of Zwingli and OEcolampadius. At table they conversed on the Bible. January 2, 1533. Grace and peace! Three times, most […]

To Johann Bugenhagen,Visitor in Lubeck letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN BUGENHAGEN Luther approves of his intention to republish some of Athanasius’s writings, especially that upon the Trinity. (No date.) Grace and peace in Christ! Your intention, most excellent of men, to reissue some of Athanasius’s writings upon the Trinity has my warm approval. Among these I enjoyed immensely that which was held […]

To Frau von Stockhausen-Martin Luther

  TO FRAU VON STOCKHAUSEN Luther writes regarding her husband’s depression of spirits. November 27, 1532. Grace and peace in Christ, honored, virtuous lady! I have written a hurried letter of consolation to your husband. The devil is your enemy, and that of your husband, because you love his enemy Christ. This is how he […]

To Jonas von Stockhausen-Martin Luther

  TO JONAS VON STOCKHAUSEN Luther counsels him how to combat his satiety of life. November 27, 1532. Grace and peace in Christ! Dear sir and friend — Good friends have informed me that you are afflicted with weariness of life, and longing for death. Oh, dear friend, it is high time for you to […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 25-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther congratulates him on his settlement in Dessau. November 6, 1532. Grace and peace! I have allowed this letter to lie so long, dearest Hausmann, hoping to get it sent away any hour, but Aurelius always said he had no reliable messenger, till in my absence the ink- bottle was spilt […]

To the Leipsic people,who were banished for the Gospel-Martin Luther

  TO THE LEIPSIC PEOPLE, WHO WERE BANISHED FOR THE GOSPEL October 4, 1532. Grace and peace in Christ! Nowhere else is peace to be found till the Lord comes and overthrows the archenemy of peace. Wolf Breunlein has shown me your petition to Herzog George, with which I am much pleased; also, that you […]

To King Frederick of Denmark-Martin Luther

  TO KING FREDERICK OF DENMARK Luther pleads for the captive King Christian of Denmark. September 28, 1532. Grace and peace in Christ our Lord, who died for our sins, and rose again for our life! Your Majesty must perceive how God is the true and gracious Judge, seeing you always wished to be at […]

To Someone unknown-Martin Luther

  TO SOMEONE UNKNOWN On July 25 the Emperor and Ferdinand most unwillingly signed a religious truce, knowing it would strengthen heresy, so the Elector succeeded in having the Protestant Church recognized for the first time. August 19, 1532. Grace and peace, honored friend! Herr Christoph Stroebel and Herr Nicolas Hausmann have told me how […]

To the Princes Jahann and Joachim of Anhalt-Martin Luther

  TO THE PRINCES JOHANN AND JOACHIM OF ANHALT Luther rejoiced in the accession of the Anhalt Princes to the Evangelical faith in 1532. He sent them Hausmann as Court preacher. May or June 1532. Grace and peace in the Lord, Most Serene High-born Princes and Gracious Lords. That pious man, Nicolas Hausmann, comes to […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 13-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF June 23, 1532. Grace and peace! My not writing you, dear Amsdorf, was caused by the state of my head, but in answer to your prayers it is now getting better. I am sorry to hear that you have been ill. May Christ restore and preserve you to us for long. […]

To N.Zink-Martin Luther

  TO N. ZINK Luther comforts him on his son’s death. April 22, 1532. Grace and peace! Dear friend, you will now have heard of your son’s death — who was studying here. He was seized with serious illness, and although everything was done for him, the disease got the upper hand and bore him […]

To the Elector John of Saxony letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO ELECTOR JOHN OF SAXONY Luther wishes him joy on his partial recovery. March 28, 1532. Grace and peace, Most Serene Prince, etc. I have received your Electoral Highness’s joyful letter with great delight, and thank God who has not despised our prayers, and has so graciously restored your Grace’s health. We can well […]

To His Wife-Martin Luther

  TO HIS WIFE From Torgau, where Luther is detained by the Elector’s illness. February 27, 1532. To my beloved wife Katherine. God greets you in Christ. I hope if Dr. Bruck gets leave for me that I shall accompany him home tomorrow or the day after. Pray God to bring us back fresh and […]

To the Elector John letter 9-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN The Elector John made over the cloister buildings and garden in Wittenberg to Luther in his last illness. February 12, 1532. Grace and peace, High-born Prince and Gracious Lord! Dr. Bruck has shown me the articles which are to be arranged by the Electors of Mayence and Pfalz — in […]

To Wenzel letter 12-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Luther had heard with much concern of a misunderstanding among the preachers in Nurnberg. January 3, 1532. Grace and peace in the Lord Jesus! I have not written to you for long, my Wenzel, and, considering how much I have to do, my letters are not necessary to you. Still it was […]

To Martin Gorlitz, Superintendent in Brunswick-Martin Luther

  TO MARTIN GORLITZ, SUPERINTENDENT IN BRUNSWICK. January 3, 1352. Grace and peace! I have already written to you, my Martin, that I thought of calling you elsewhere. I now do so in the name of the Lord. So set yourself free as soon as you can. You are expected at the living of Kalen […]

To Nicolas Gerbel , Doctor of Laws in Strassburg-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS GERBEL, DOCTOR OF LAWS IN STRASSBURG No date. I can only write a few lines, my Gerbel, because Satan’s onslaughts are daily becoming worse. I shall gladly help the Count Hohenlohe with letters to Court. We are firmly convinced that Ferdinand will not make war on Hesse this year, for he is […]

To Hans Loeser,Hereditary Marshal pf Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO HANS LOESER, HEREDITARY MARSHAL OF SAXONY Luther sends him an exposition of the 147th Psalm. December 16, 1531. Grace and peace, honored dear sir and friend! When I was with you lately you did me the great honor to take me with you to the hunt to try if the dizziness and weakness […]

To Johann Bugenhagen,Visitor in Lubeck-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN BUGENHAGEN, VISITOR IN LUBECK November 24, 1531. Grace and peace! We expect your return as soon as your wife’s health will permit. We have served the Lubeck people sufficiently, especially through you, whose absence is now becoming unbearable to us. For I am oppressed with work and often sick, and the Church’s […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 24-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN November 20, 1531. Grace and peace, dearest friend! The other day I again wrote begging you to come to me, but as you have not replied I fear you have not got the letter. Therefore I once more plead with you to come at once. An empty room is waiting for […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 23-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther invites his afflicted friend to visit him. October 31, 1531. Grace and peace in Christ, who dwells above all the Zwickau disturbances! Yes, my excellent friend, the reason I have not written sooner to comfort you is as much due to the difficulty of sending letters as to the multiplicity […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 12-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther introduces Barnes to Amsdorf. September 4, 1531. Grace and peace! I commend to you this Englishman, Herr Dr. Anton, my Amsdorf, for he passes your way on his journey to Lubeck. You can hear of us from him. Simon Hafritz is here, and I do not know in what nest […]

To the Elector John of Saxony letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN OF SAXONY The Turks threatened war. The Emperor consented to peace negotiations being opened in Frankfort in June, but the Elector was emphatic as to purity of doctrine being maintained, which was secured by the Schmalkald league to the Protestants. August 14, 1531. Grace and peace, Most Serene High-born Prince, […]

To Bernard von Dolen-Martin Luther

  TO BERNARD VON DOLEN Concerning the marriage of this preacher. July 13, 1531. Grace and peace! My Kathie greets you, dear Bernard. She orders me to write you. What you write of the carelessness of the preachers and the contempt of the peasants is only too true. Here patience is not only salutary but […]

To Michael Stiefel letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO MICHAEL STIEFEL Luther announces a visit at the cherry season. June or July. Grace and peace! Many greetings, dear Michael. I know of nothing to write about, so, in case of burdening you, do not write, but wished to send you this greeting as a letter, and to announce that, if God will, […]

To the Christians in Zwickau -Martin Luther

  TO THE CHRISTIANS IN ZWICKAU Letter of consolation. June 21, 1531. Grace and peace in Christ! I know well, God be praised, that many among you are deeply grieved that your two preachers are being so badly treated. Truly they have learned the gospel wrong when they act thus towards their pastors. But it […]

To Conrad Cordatus-Martin Luther

  TO CONRAD CORDATUS Luther wishes Cordatus to visit the Eisleben living. May 29, 1531. Grace and peace! I am delighted with your call to Eisleben, my native town, for then you will be an antagonist of Wicelius, towards whom you have a righteous hatred. But you should first go and inquire into everything, and […]

To His Mother-Martin Luther

  TO HIS MOTHER Letter of consolation in her last illness. May 20, 1531. Grace and peace in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! Amen. My dearly loved mother, I have heard of your illness from my brother Jacob, and am much grieved that I cannot be with you in person, but am with you […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 22-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther mourns over the ingratitude of the Zwickau people. May 14, 1531. Grace and peace! I write a few lines in the greatest haste, to beg you to come here as soon as you can. You would be the most welcome of guests. Do not distress yourself over your people’s ingratitude. […]

To the Town council of Gottingen letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO THE TOWN COUNCIL OF GOTTINGEN March 28, 1531. Grace and peace, honored sirs! The licentiate of whom you wrote is now beyond your reach, having been called to Goslar. As I told you, such people are scarce and precious, and will become more so, and I know of no one sufficiently versed in […]

To John Gutel,Preacher in Gottingen letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN GUTEL, PREACHER IN GOTTINGEN Luther complains of the people’s meanness. March 1, 1531. Grace and peace! I have had your Church Service printed, dear Gutel, and wrote a preface for it, and dedicated it to the heads of your congregation. See that it bears fruit. It will fare badly with your people […]

To the Town council of Gottingen letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO THE TOWN COUNCIL OF GOTTINGEN Luther announces that the two preachers refuse to come. March 1, 1531. To the wise Mayor and Council in Gottingen. Gracious sirs and good friends, grace and peace in Christ! I have had your form of church service printed, as you see. The reason for the Licentiate Basilius […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 21-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN About the Strassburg people. February 2, 1531. There is nothing new, dear Nicolas, to tell you. The Strassburgers have gone over to the Swiss, and will oppose the Emperor Karl. I have been a true prophet, for I always said that the Sacramentarians were filled with a spirit of secret sedition. […]

To Katherine Zell,Matthew Zell’s Wife-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE ZELL, MATTHEW ZELL’ S WIFE This letter shows Luther’s relation to the Strassburg people. January 24, 1531. To the virtuous lady, the wife of Matthew Zell, in Strassburg. I have not yet answered your letter, my good friend, which I received some time ago, thinking it premature to discuss matters, but seeing […]

Wittenberg.To Martin Bucer,Preacher in Strassburg-Martin Luther

  WITTENBERG. TO MARTIN BUCER, PREACHER IN STRASSBURG Concerning the Lord’s Supper. January 22, 1531. Grace and peace in Christ! We read your confession of faith, and highly approve of it, and thank God that we are so far at least agreed that the body and blood are really in the Lord’s Supper, and given […]

To John Gutel,Preacher in Gottingen-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN GUTEL, PREACHER IN GOTTINGEN Luther introduces the bearer of this letter to his future colleagues. January 22, 1531. Here, excellent brother, is one of the promised preachers, Hans Birnstiel; the second will follow when he has sold his farm and belongings. I beseech you, further Christ’s cause, and introduce no innovations into […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 20-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN About the Sacramentarians (Zwinglians). January 21, 1531. Honored in the Lord, grace and peace! It is hardly necessary for me to write, as Jonas, a living epistle, is starting for you. From him you can hear what is taking place here and elsewhere. The Sacramentarians are most anxious to communicate with […]

To the Town council of Gottingen-Martin Luther

  TO THE TOWN COUNCIL OF GOTTINGEN Luther sends them a preacher. January 11, 1531. To the honored Mayor and Council of Gottingen. Grace and peace in Christ! I herewith send the preacher of whom I wrote lately, Herr Birnstiel, and although he may not be master of the Saxon tongue, still I trust he […]

To the Elector John letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN Luther advises the Elector to vote for Ferdinand as Roman Emperor. December 12, 1530. Grace and peace, Most Serene High-born Prince, Most Gracious Lord! My dear friend Dr. Bruck has, at your Grace’s request, secretly asked my opinion as to the election of a Roman Emperor, as His Majesty wished […]

To Wenzel letter 11-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Charles V. tried to get his brother Ferdinand chosen as Roman king, having bribed five Electors with large sums which he procured from the Fuggers. The Elector John summoned the Princes to a conference at Schmalkalden. December 1, 1530. To the esteemed Wenzel Link, preacher in Nurnberg. There are no news here, […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 11-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Account of the Emperor’s coronation at Bologna. November 2, 1530. Grace and peace! Our people will have told you about our Emperor, for it is a long story. But this is certain. He intends coming to Germany soon, and it is expected he will be very indignant against us if the […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 10-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther was now in Wittenberg. He preached before the Elector in Torgau on the first Sunday after his return. October 31, 1530. Your accusing me of not writing, most excellent Amsdorf, justifies me in retaliating upon you for your continuous silence. For although knowing how solitary I was, you did not […]

To the Elector John letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN On bidding the Elector adieu at Augsburg the Emperor said: “Ohm, Ohm, I did not expect this of you!” And it was most courageous to oppose Charles V., whom twenty kingdoms obeyed. October 3, 1530. To the High-born Elector John. Grace and peace, most gracious Lord! I am delighted that […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE September 24, 1530. Grace and peace in Christ, my dear Kathie! I hope, by God’s grace, we shall be with you in fourteen days, although I fear our cause will not remain uncondemned. Efforts are being made towards this end. They will have difficulty in forcing the monks and […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 19-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther relates the course of negotiations since the Prince left. September 23, 1530. Grace and peace! As you wish to hear all that has taken place in Augsburg since the Prince’s departure, dear Nicolas, I shall briefly relate everything. You know that certain umpires have been chosen to deliberate over unity […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 18-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON September 20, 1530. To the learned Philip Melanchthon, servant of the Lord. Grace and peace in Christ! You could not credit, my Philip, what a swarm of verbal and written complaints I received after I got your letter, and very specially concerning yourself. I tell you this most unwillingly, for I […]

To Wenzel letter 10-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Luther defends Melanchthon against Baumgartner and Osiander, who complained he was too yielding in the union negotiations. The Elector’s lawyers would have given way for the sake of brotherly love, but the Elector was firm, saying it was not a case for Christian love. September 20, 1530. Grace and peace! Be angry […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 17-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON On September 14, Prince John Frederick visited Luther in Coburg Castle. September 14, 1530. Grace and peace! Yesterday the Electoral Prince and Graf Albrecht appeared unexpectedly on their way home. I was glad they had escaped from the turmoil, and hope that you, too, may soon be free. You have done […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE September 15, 1530. To my beloved housewife, Katherine Luther, at Wittenberg. Grace and peace in Christ, my dear Kathie! The messenger is so hurried that I can only write a note, but I hope to come soon myself, for we have letters from Augsburg saying matters have been discussed, […]

To Hans von Sternberg-Martin Luther

  TO HANS VON STERNBERG Luther dedicates the new edition of the 117th Psalm to the caretaker at Coburg Castle. August 27, 1530. Grace and peace in Christ our Lord! Most excellent and honorable sir and friend — I lately brought out a little book on the 117th Psalm, but did it hastily and issued […]

To Justus Jonas letter 10 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS The Emperor uses artifice to unite the two parties. August 26 or 27, 1530. I got a sight of our people’s opinion concerning our affairs, but what I wrote Philip I write to you, that for Christ’s honor and to please me you would believe that Campegius is a perfect devil. […]

To Coban Hesse-Martin Luther

  TO COBAN HESSE Luther sends translation of the 118th Psalm. August Grace and peace! I send my promised psalm, excellent Hesse, in the form into which my pen has transformed it, or deformed it. I received yours along with the letter, which I read daily. I do not expect you to be as much […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 16-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Reports from Augsburg reach Luther. August 24, 1530. Grace and peace! I fancy you know ere this, dear Philip, of the new commission of fourteen men at Augsburg, you and Eck being the principal, and Spalatin, the scribe, which I almost wonder at. And what is more, the Pope, after the […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE August 15, 1530. To my dearest Kathie Luther at Wittenberg. Grace and peace in Christ, my dear Kathie! After closing your letter, I received letters from Augsburg, so I detained the messenger to let him take them with him. You will see things remain much the same in Augsburg […]

To Katherine, Luther’s wife-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE, LUTHER’ S WIFE August 14, 1530. Grace and peace in Christ, my dear Kathie! The messenger has scarcely a second to wait, but I must send you a line. Tell Pommer and the others that I shall soon write. No news from Augsburg, but expect letters hourly. It is reported that our […]

To Hieronymus Weller letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO HIERONYMUS WELLER Refutation of Augsburg Confession, read August 3. Charles insisted on the Princes agreeing with every word, for he would have no schism. Philip of Hesse responded by secretly quitting Augsburg. August 10, 1530. If in my forgetfulness I should repeat myself about melancholy, you will forgive me, for our temptations are […]

To George Bruck, Chancellor to the elector of Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE BRUCK, CHANCELLOR TO THE ELECTOR OF SAXONY Myconius said that Bruck was more learned in the Scriptures than all the theological doctors, although only a lawyer. August 5, 1530. Grace and peace in Christ! Highly esteemed lord and sir — I have written several times to you and others, as if I […]

To Justus Jonas letter 9 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther admonishes his friend to industry at Augsburg. August 3, 1530. I send my nephew Cyriac to you, my excellent Jonas, to seek Hans yon Irene in Augsburg. Help him to find him. I could not permit the young man to return, when so near, without getting a glimpse of the […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 15-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther’s ill-health and Satan’s assaults enabled him to sympathize with others in their dark hours. July 31, 1530. My dear brother, grace and peace in our Lord! Although I have nothing to say, I did not wish the man who brought the game to return without letters. I believe you have […]

To John Agricola, Eisleben-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN AGRICOLA, EISLEBEN The Emperor was indignant at the Elector’s steadfastness, and refused to confirm him in his Electorate and ratify his son’s engagement to Sybylla of Cleves. July 27, 1530. Grace and peace! That our opponents load us with terms of reproach and are trying to get the Emperor to buckle on […]

To George Spalatin letter 25-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther expects no good from the Emperor. July 13, 1530. Grace and peace! I also believe, dear Spalatin, that the Emperor is a good, pious man, which you always said he was. But I have no hope of him favoring our cause, even if he would like to. For what can […]

To Justus Jonas letter 8 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther admonishes him to steadfastness. July 13, 1530. Grace and peace! Dear Dr. Jonas — I sit here planning and sighing for you, now that things are coming to a climax, but hope for the best. Only let us not be timid, for that would only make them prouder. I am […]

To Lazarus Spengler-Martin Luther

  TO LAZARUS SPENGLER Luther explains the device on his seal. July 1530. Grace and peace! Honoured dear sir and friend — As you wished to know the real meaning of my seal, I shall write my thoughts on my coat-of-arms as indicative of my theology. The first thing is a cross, black on a […]

To Justus Jonas letter 7 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther thinks peace will ensue through the Diet. July 9, 1530. Grace and peace in Christ! We have received many letters from you, dear Jonas, and this is our sixth after our long silence. Your letters are a great pleasure to us. Things are now being put on a proper basis, […]

To Conrad Cordatus , Preacher at Zwickau-Martin Luther

  TO CONRAD CORDATUS, PREACHER AT ZWICKAU The reading of the Confession. July 6, l530. Grace and peace! You have here, my dear Cordatus, a living and a dead letter, viz. Horning’s and my letter to your Bishop, FA17 from which you will learn all I know about the Diet. Jonas was present during the […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 18-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN On June 25 the Augsburg Confession was publicly read by Chancellor Bruck in Latin, and by Christian Beyer in German, before the Emperor, Elector John Ernest of Luneburg, Philip of Hesse, etc. The Latin copy was handed to the Emperor with these words, “This Confession can withstand the very gates of […]

To the Abbot Friedrich of Nurnberg-Martin Luther

  TO THE ABBOT FRIEDRICH OF NURNBERG In 1525 Friedrich made over his cloister possessions to the poor. Learned men often dedicated their books to him, as Luther did his commentary of the 118th Psalm. July 1, 1530. To the esteemed Herr Friedrich, Abbot at St. Ilgen, Nurnberg. Grace and peace in Christ our Lord […]

To the electoral prince john Frederick-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTORAL PRINCE JOHN FREDERICK Luther inspires him with courage. June 30, 1530. To the Serene High-born Prince, Herr Johannes Friedrich, Duke of Saxony. Grace and peace in Christ, most gracious Lord! Your Grace sees with his own eyes what kind of lord the devil is, who leads captive through his wily ways […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 14-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther tries to cheer his friend after hearing the joyful news of the public reading of Melanchthon’s Apology. June 29, 1530. Grace and peace, dear Herr Philip! I have read the beautiful speech in which you apologize for your silence, and meanwhile I have sent two letters satisfactorily explaining my not […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 13-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON One of those remarkable letters by which Luther tried to cheer his friend. June 27, 1530. Grace and peace in Christ! In Christ, I say, and not in the world. Amen! As to the Apologia being the cause of your silence, of that I shall speak again, dear Philip. From the […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 12-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON One of those remarkable letters by which Luther tried to cheer his friend. June 27, 1530. Grace and peace in Christ! In Christ, I say, and not in the world. Amen! As to the Apologia being the cause of your silence, of that I shall speak again, dear Philip. From the […]

To Wenzel letter 9-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Luther sends letters to his friend. June 27, 1530. Grace and peace! The messenger who appeared scarcely gave me time to write to our people in Augsburg. But he begged so for letters that we send you those received from Wittenberg. Please see that our Augsburg friends get them. I fancy you […]

To Peter Weller-Martin Luther

  TO PETER WELLER June 19, 1530. As the messenger has delayed his departure for an hour, I shall greet you by letter, although we have no reliable news of the Augsburg proceedings. First of all, accept my best thanks for you and your brother staying in my country house to protect my family, who […]

To his Son Hans-Martin Luther

  TO HIS SON HANS June 19, 1530. Grace and peace in Christ be with thee, my dear little son! I am very pleased to see you so diligent, and also praying. Continue to do so, my child, and when I return I shall bring you something from the great Fair (Messe ). I know […]

To Hieronymus Weller-Martin Luther

  TO HIERONYMUS WELLER Luther thanks him for looking after his son. June 19, 1530. Grace and peace! I have received two letters from you, my beloved Hieronymus, two charming letters, the second of which was the most delightful, in which you speak of my son Hans as his pedagogue, and he your diligent pupil. […]

To Conrad Cordatus letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO CONRAD CORDATUS On June 15 Charles entered Augsburg, the Elector of Saxony bearing the sword before him. June 19, 1530. Grace and peace! I write, dear Conrad, to show you I have not forgotten my promise. For I sit here, and there is little hope of my being called to the Reichstag; but, […]

To Caspar von Teutleben-Martin Luther

  TO CASPAR VON TEUTLEBEN Von Teutleben was a brother-in-law of Amsdoff, and managed the Elector’s business in Rome. June 19, 1530. Grace and peace! Esteemed and deeply learned Doctor and good Friend — I was delighted to hear that your Sophie and you are well. I have nothing new to write, for our silent […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 11-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther again blames his friends for not writing. June 11, 1530. Grace and peace! I now see that you have all entered into a compact to torture us by your silence. But I herewith announce that we shall now vie with you in your silence, although possibly that will not disturb […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 10-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther speaks of his father’s death. June 5, 1530. Grace and peace in Christ! In my last I complained, my Philip, of you returning a messenger empty handed to me, and two have come since — Appel, and now the driver with the Coburg game. And so many of you there […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 9-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther speaks of the pilgrimage to Coburg. June 2, 1530. Yesterday Hans Reinecke from Mansfeld and George Romer were with me, and today Argula von Staufen. Now that so many are finding their way here, I intend either not to let it be known I am at home or go out […]

To the Elector John of Saxony letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN OF SAXONY The Elector would not permit the preaching to be stopped. May 20, 1530. Grace and peace! Most Serene Prince! I have delayed answering your most gracious letter from Augsburg, with all its news and admonitions not to let the time hang on my hands. It is most kind […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther begs him to tell Justus Jonas of his child’s death. May 15, 1530. Grace and peace! I ordered this letter to be given to you, for I knew of no other way of letting Justus Jonas hear of his son’s death. Communicate it to him very gently. His wife and […]

To elector John the steadfast of Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN THE STEADFAST OF SAXONY Concerning Evangelical preaching in Augsburg. It was here the Elector won the name of “Steadfast” through refusing to allow Evangelical preaching to be suppressed. May 15, 1530. Most Serene High-born Prince! I have read Philip’s Apology, with which I am delighted, and do not think it […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther complains of headache, probably from overwork. May 12, 1530. Grace and peace! Dear Herr Philip — On May 8 I began to answer your letter from Nurnberg, but was prevented finishing it. I have sent my admonition to the clergy to Wittenberg. Besides, I have translated the two chapters in […]

To Wenzel letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Luther writes about his work. May 8, 1530. Grace and peace! You accuse me, dear Wenzel, of silence, even of indifference, and blame me, although you have had four living epistles from me, besides the letter about John Ernest. So I have good cause for putting you in the wrong, for volumes […]

To Wife and Household-Martin Luther

  TO HIS WIFE AND HOUSEHOLD April 28, 1530. Grace and peace, my dear Kathie, sirs, and friends! I have received all your letters telling me how you get along. I must now inform you that I, Magister Veit, and Cyriac are not to be at the Diet, although we have one here. For there […]

To Justus Jonas letter 6 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther writes about the birds which enliven his solitude, although Veit Dietrich and his nephew were with him. April 22, 1530. Grace and peace! At last we are sitting here up amongst the clouds, in the kingdom of the birds, whose harsh tones, all screaming together, produce a very Babel, the […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON April 22, 1530. Grace and peace in Christi We have at last reached our Sinai, my dear Herr Philip, but out of this Sinai we shall make a Zion and build three tabernacles: one to the Psalter, one to the Prophets, and one to AEsop. But time is needed for this. […]

Fragment of letter to Wenzel-Martin Luther

  FRAGMENT OF LETTER TO WENZEL April 22, 1530. So far we are sitting quietly in Coburg, knowing nothing certain about the Reichstag or the Emperor’s arrival. You will perhaps have more reliable news than we have. Although my good friends may follow the Elector to Augsburg, he is determined that I shall remain. You […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 17-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN April 18, 1530. Grace and peace! Cordatus will have told you that we are still in Coburg, and do not know when we may go further. For we heard yesterday that the Emperor keeps Easter at Mantua, and that the Papists are trying to prevent the Reichstag, fearing what might be […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 16-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN The theologians tried to prevent the Elector going to Augsburg, but he said, “I too shall confess my Lord Christ along with you.” April 2, 1530. Leonhardt has brought me the book you have written. I shall discuss it with my friends, for I admit that were Christ’s history and deeds […]

To Justus Jonas letter 5 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Regarding the coming Diet. March 14, 1530. All hail! The Elector has written to you, Pomeranus, Philip, and me, to leave everything and arrange by next Sunday all that is needful for the Imperial Diet. For the Emperor Charles will, according to his proclamation, be at Augsburg himself to try to […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 9-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF This letter accompanied Amsdorfs defense of Luther against Erasmus. March 12, 1530. Grace and peace! I return your notes on Erasmus, as you request. I was struck by your remark that Erasmus had long ago declared before Luther that faith without good works justified a man, but that he said later, […]

To the Honorable Adam Adamus-Martin Luther

  TO THE HONORABLE ADAM ADAMUS March 5, 1530. Grace and peace in the Lord! I am delighted with your zeal as to the true teaching of the sacrament, and read your treatise. Perhaps your ideas on…are a little sharp, but what of that when nothing will convince them? When I have time I shall […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 15-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther speaks of his Biblical work, etc. February 25, 1530. Grace and peace in Christ! Your last letter, dear Hausmann, was a great pleasure to me because of that noble simplicity of spirit which characterises all you write, as well as being an expression of your hearty goodwill towards myself. Please […]

To his sick father, Hans Luther-Martin Luther

  TO HIS SICK FATHER, HANS LUTHER February 16, 1530. To my dear father, Hans Luther, burgher of Mansfeld. Grace and peace! My brother Jacob has written saying how ill you are. I am very anxious about you, as things seem so black everywhere just now. For although God has hitherto blessed you with good […]

To Friedrich,Abbot in Nurnberg-Martin Luther

  TO FRIEDRICH, ABBOT IN NURNBERG December 29, 1529. To the much honoured in Christ, Herr Friedrich, superintendent in St. OEgidius, Nurnberg, my superior in the Lord. Grace and peace in Christ! I have nothing, and yet a very great deal to write to you, my honored friend in Christ. Concerning myself I have nothing, […]

To Dorothea Mackenrod-Martin Luther

  TO DOROTHEA MACKENROD, LUTHER’ S SISTER Luther promises a gospel sermon. December 2, 1529. Dear Sister — I see from your letter to me how earnestly your heavily laden conscience longs for an Evangelical sermon of consolation, and, if possible, in your own church in Rossla. I am delighted to hear this, and have […]

To the Elector John letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN Request to have Emser’s New Testament suppressed. Rostock became Evangelical in 1527 through the earnest preaching of Sluter, the Rostock reformer, who was poisoned in 1532. November 23, 1529. To the Serene High-born Prince, the Elector John of Saxony. Grace and peace in Christ! Some prominent citizens of Lubeck have […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 14-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN About the Turkish war, etc. November 10, 1529. Grace and peace! Be strong in the Lord, my dear Nicolas, and do not be afraid of the Turks. Christ lives, and the Prophet Daniel (which Philip and Jonas are at present publishing), so we hope he will not be able to subdue […]

To Frederick Myconius,at Gotha-Martin Luther

  TO FREDERICK MYCONIUS, AT GOTHA Luther wishes to hear of John Hilten in Eisenach. November 7, 1529. Grace and peace! Your letters, my Frederick, were most welcome, being full of brotherly love, and also a proof of your kindness in finding out what I wished. I expect your promised letter shortly. You will already […]

To John Lange letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE October 28, 1529. Grace in Christ! I commend Magister Wolfgang to your love, my Lange, so that if possible you may help him to a situation. He is a good man, and well up in the sciences, and thoroughly grounded in our faith, so is well fitted to be pastor, secretary, […]

Katie-Martin Luther

  Dear Kathie — Our friendly conference at Marburg is almost ended, and we have agreed upon nearly all points, except that our opponents maintain that only the bread and wine are present in the sacrament, although admitting Christ’s spiritual presence in the elements. Today the Landgrave is making every effort to unite us, or […]

To John Brenz, in Schwabian Halle-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN BRENZ, IN SCHWABIAN HALLE Luther praises his exposition of Amos, etc. August 29, 1529. Grace and peace in Christ! I perused your Amos, my esteemed and learned Brentius. Far be it from me to suggest any alterations, for I cannot set up as a master in the divine writings. I only wish […]

To the Elector John of Saxony letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN OF SAXONY Luther sends thanks for present of garments. August 17, 1529. Grace and peace in Christ! Most Serene High-born Prince, Most Gracious Lord! I have delayed long in returning thanks for the garments your Grace has so kindly sent me. But I humbly beg you not to believe people […]

To Justus Jonas letter 4 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Grace and peace in Christ ! Dear Jonas — Last Sabbath God the Lord took away from our Philip one of his children, called George; so you can imagine how much we have to do in trying to comfort this tenderhearted and emotional man. He is grieving too much over the […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Luther hears that Amsdoff is not satisfied with his post. August 1, 1529. Grace and peace! Although you have not complained to me, my Amsdorf, I hear how little you have benefited from the promotion you have received from the Prince. But be steadfast. The Lord will make an end of […]

To Conrad Cordatus letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO CONRAD CORDATUS Luther says the gospel messenger must suffer persecution. July 14, 1529. Grace and peace! Be strong in Christ, my Cordatus, in order to put up with those ungrateful people in Zwickau. Do not think of changing your post. This is a more testing temptation than any you have had. The world […]

To Landgrave Phillip of Hesse-Martin Luther

  TO LANDGRAVE PHILIP OF HESSE Luther agrees to a Conference with OEcolampadius and Zwingli. June 23, 1529. Grace and peace! Serene Prince, Most Gracious Lord! I have received your Grace’s invitation to Marburg to the disputation with OEcolampadius and the other Swiss divines, to see if we cannot see eye to eye regarding the […]

To Jacob Montanus , Preacher in Herford-Martin Luther

  TO JACOB MONTANUS, PREACHER IN HERFORD About Erasmus of Rotterdam. May 28, 1529. Grace and peace! I am well aware, my Jacob, of all you tell me of Erasmus, who rages against us. I gathered as much from his writings, for in them he displays the soreness of the wound he has received. But […]

To Wenzel letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL May 25, 1529. I commend to you this Scotchman, my Wenzel, who has been banished from his fatherland because of the gospel. He begged me to write you, hoping he might get some assistance. He seems of good family, and well grounded in scholastic theology. Could he speak German we could find […]

To the Elector John letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN Luther begs the Elector to recall Bugenhagen from Hamburg. May 12, 1529. Grace and peace! Serene High-born Prince. Herr John Pommer has written from Hamburg that he has arranged to return, but the people are holding him so fast that he cannot get away, and he says they intend writing […]

To Wenzel letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Thanks for a gift, etc. May 6, 1529. Grace in Christ! The watch, dear Wenzel, has arrived all right. But it is either weary with its journey or not accustomed to its new owner, for it has stopped. However, with time, it appears inclined to run. I thank you warmly for it, […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS VON AMSDORF A marriage case. May 4, 1529. This is what I should recommend. Do not believe this faithless bridegroom. I agree with you to send him back, either to prove that he has never promised (which he is trying to do), or to take the bride, or remain unmarried. I have […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 13-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Cordatus, Hausmann’s assistant, brought this letter. March 31, 1529. Herewith, behold the sharer in your ministerial cares and helper in your work, Herr Licentiate Cordatus, an estimable man. I hope he will help you, and do much good in your parish. Although ignorant people may not be satisfied at first they […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS VON AMSDORF At Diet of Speyer the Elector and Princes protested against the Edict against the Lutherans, hence the word Protestant. March 29, 1529. Grace and peace! I am pleased that you proved Stein thus, and have found neither him nor others wanting. Now that I have a pretext I shall write, […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS VON AMSDORF Luther sends a letter inviting him to Holstein. March 21, 1529. Grace and peace! From this letter you will see what the Herzog wishes regarding you. But as I do not think it would be Christian-like to tear you away from Magdeburg so soon, it would be better to serve […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 12-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther complains of temptations. March 3, Grace and peace! The Catechism is not ready, but it will soon be, my Hausmann, also the sermon against the Turks. But in spite of my soul being well, I am always ill, so dreadfully does Satan plague me by preventing me studying, for I […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 11-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN February 15, 1529. I am delighted that the church visitation has come to such a happy end among you. May other church matters soon be arranged. We sing the Litany both in Latin and German here. Perhaps a printed form may soon be issued. Then the days of humiliation, the ban, […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS VON AMSDORF February 12, 1529. That you are pleased with my little book against Herzog George is a great pleasure to me. For all are down upon me, forgetting how he has treated me, and act towards him as if he were innocent. I shall not show them your letter, or they […]

To Margarettan-Martin Luther

  TO MARGARETTA N. Consolation on the death of her husband. December 5, 1528. Grace and peace in Christ Jesus! Honoured and virtuous lady ! Having heard from your son of the great trial with which you have been visited, viz. the death of your husband, I am moved out of Christian love to write […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther sends letters to his friend, who is on the visitation. November 30, 1528. Grace and peace! I send you, as well as Lukas Cranach, letters which have lain long here. The Chancellor will tell you the rest. Say to Lukas that gloves and a black cap were sent with the […]

To Michael Stiefel letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO MICHAEL STIEFEL Luther rejoices in his friend’s happiness. November 1528. Grace and peace! I am delighted, dear Michael, that you are so pleased with your wife and her children, and that she loves you. May God maintain this unity! Will you say to the overseer that it is impossible for me to come […]

To Chancellor Bruck -Martin Luther

  TO CHANCELLOR BRUCK Petition for longer leave for Bugenhagen. November 11, 1528. Grace and peace! Honored and learned Herr Doctor! A messenger has just arrived from the Town Council of Hamburg to ask permission from my gracious lord that Herr Johann Pommer may be allowed to remain longer there, as the enclosed documents testify. […]

To George Spalatin letter 24-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther comforts him over calumnies caused by his marriage. October 29, 1528. You must not vex yourself over the outcry your marriage has caused, but rather rejoice; for it is a condition which has God’s approval, and is lauded by the angels, and held in honor of all saints. In addition […]

To Johann Agricola letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN AGRICOLA Melanchthon in Thuringia on the visitation. October 25, 1528. Grace and peace! Philip is absent on the visitation, so we are deprived of his counsel in seeking a schoolmaster. But I shall consult Milich and George Major to see if one can be sent at once, although I am told that […]

To the Elector John letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN Request to appoint M. Stiefel as pastor in Lochau. September 3, To the Most Serene High-born Prince, Elector John. Grace and peace! Most gracious lord! M. Franciscus, the pastor in Lochau, has fallen asleep in God, and the people have asked — to be appointed. But I have referred them […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 10-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther thanks him in his boy’s name for toys. August 5, 1528. Grace and peace! My Hanschen thanks you, dear Nicolas, for the beautiful toys, which he is very proud of. I purpose writing about the Turkish war. My little daughter Elizabeth has been taken away from me, leaving me almost […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Invitation to Mary Mochim’s marriage. July 31, 1528. Grace and peace! We have betrothed Mary Mochim to Herr ,Georgio, and the marriage takes place on St. Lawrence Day. As we think this is a good opportunity for you to visit us, we plead with you to come, when, if God will, […]

To a Stranger-Martin Luther

  TO A STRANGER Consolation to one doubting his election to eternal life. July 20, 1528. Dear sir and friend — I wish you above all the grace and mercy of God through his Son Jesus, our sole Savior. Some days ago, my brother, Caspar Cruciger, doctor of the Holy Scriptures, informed me that you […]

To Wenzel letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Luther sends books, and tells of the Electress of Brandenburg’s flight. March 28, 1528. Grace and peace! I have given Johann Hoffmann copies to distribute among you, against the Sacramentarians. God grant that they bring, forth much fruit, for I have resolved to stop writing against them, for they do not understand […]

To George Spalatin letter 23-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther announces his arrival in Borna. March 18, Grace and peace! I have this moment arrived in Borna, dear Spalatin, almost frozen, and starving of hunger. What a dreadful journey we have had, but we have done it in two days, having crawled rather than traveled, for we were determined to […]

To Leonhardt Beier letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO LEONHARDT BEIER Luther invites him to Wittenberg. March 7, 1528. Grace and peace! When Satan rages, my Leonhardt, he is only acting in accordance with his office and name. For, as the Scriptures say, nothing else is to be expected from him. But be steadfast, and struggle and pray against him in spirit […]

To Conrad Cordatus letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO CONRAD CORDATUS Luther invites his friend to Wittenberg, as he thinks he cannot be happy in King Ferdinand’s land. March 6, 1528. Grace and peace in the Lord! Dearest Cordatus — I have known for long that you had left Austria, and were living on the estate of Gluck in Silesia, waiting to […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 9-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN The little book on the Visitation. March 2, 1528. Grace and peace! The book on the Visitation is not finished, for the printers ran short of paper, but it will soon be ready. I am delighted to hear your good opinion of Herr Paul, Abbot of Sagan, and that he sent […]

To Gerhardt Xantis letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO GERHARDT XANTIS The second visitation of the churches began in October — Spalatin, Melanchthon, Luther, Jonas, Myconius, taking part. The following year the Elector ordered Luther to remain at home, as Wittenberg lost one hundred students through his and Melanchthon’s absence. January 1, 1528. Grace and peace! I received your last letter of […]

To Justus Jonas letter 3 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther expects the return of the University from Jena. December 29, 1527. Grace and peace! I marvel much, my Jonas, that you have not yet returned, seeing the plague is gone. You might at least have paid us one visit in our affliction — of course, at our expense. The people […]

To Johann Walther , in Torgau-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN WALTHER, IN TORGAU Walther was three weeks in Luther’s house helping to arrange the Church music, the Reformer himself composing the melodies for the German hymns, to Walther’s amazement. Luther said Virgil had taught him this. December 21, Grace and peace! From this letter you will see, my Walther, that I answered […]

To Justus Jonas letter 2 -Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS Luther longs for his friend’s return. November 29, 1527. Grace and peace! That you are so earnest in your prayers for me, dear Jonas, is a very great boon to me, poor tortured creature. I also pray much for you that Christ may take pity on you, for I hear you […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther thanks him for comfort received. November 17, 1527. Grace and peace in Christ! May our Lord Christ one day, dear Nicolas, comfort you with the comfort you have given me. But I, poor sinner, thank my Lord that up till now He has not permitted Satan to do as he […]

To Justus Jonas-Martin Luther

  TO JUSTUS JONAS A sad letter. Jonas in Nordhausen during the plague. November 10, 1527. Grace and peace in God our Savior! Thanks, dear Jonas, that you pray for us, and sometimes write. I hope you got yesterday’s letter. I have not read Erasmus’s writings nor those of the Sacramentarians, except something by Zwingli. […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF A letter full of complaints. November 1, 1527. Grace and peace! Dear Amsdorf. — It seems to be God’s will that I who up till now was wont to comfort you all, now need it greatly myself. Meantime my sole petition is that you will help me to pray that Christ […]

To Michael Stiefel-Martin Luther

  TO MICHAEL STIEFEL About Leonhardt Kaiser’s death. October 22, 1527. Grace and peace! I have received the history of Leonhardt Kaiser, but meantime his cousin has sent me all his writings in his own hand. I shall have them printed at once. Pray earnestly that Christ may not forsake me, for I am driven […]

To the Christians in Halle-Martin Luther

  TO THE CHRISTIANS IN HALLE Halle long shut to the Reformation, because of Herzog George, although in 1527 their Evangelical preacher, George Winkler, was murdered by order of the Archbishop of Mayence. September 1527. To the dear friends of Christ in Halle. Grace and peace in Christ our Savior! Amen. Dear sirs and friends […]

To Herhardt Xantis-Martin Luther

  TO GERHARDT XANTIS Luther expresses joy over his friends’ intercession for him, on account of the absence of his helpers in Jena. September 2, I527. To my honored brother in Christ, Gerhardt Xantis. Grace and peace! The other day I wrote to Montanus, and not to you. Now I write to you, and not […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Luther rejoices over his friend’s recovery. September 2, 1527. Accept my greeting, for I have really nothing to write. But I would thank my Lord Jesus, my excellent Hausmann, that He has restored you to us. Praised be His name to all eternity for doing this! Amen. I hope that the […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN August 19, 1527. The visitation will not be allowed to drop, dear Nicolas, so let us be of good cheer. We hope the plague may soon be over. It plagues us in manifold ways, especially me, weakening my faith and loading me with care. The pest has been three times in […]

To George Spalatin letter 22-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN In this visitation the Elector legally established the office of superintendent, to keep an eye on the efficiency of the clergy. August 15, I527. I am glad to hear you are again well, and thank God for this. Pray that I may be kept in health, if it be the will […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN In July, Melanchthon, Myconius, and Menius of Erfurt, with three lawyers, began church visitation in Thuringia. July 13, To the esteemed Nicolas Hausmann of Zwickau. Grace and peace! The church visitation has begun in earnest. Eight days ago Herr Hieronymus and Magister Philip set off. May the Lord guide them. Amen. […]

To Leonhardt Kaiser-Martin Luther

  TO LEONHARDT KAISER Who was imprisoned and finally burned for his religion. May 20, 1527. To the esteemed dear brother in Christ, the faithful servant and prisoner of Christ, Leonhardt Kaiser. Grace and peace! That your old man should be a prisoner, dear Herr Leonhardt, is the will of Christ your Savior, who gave […]

To Elsie von Kanitz-Martin Luther

  TO ELSIE VON KANITZ The visitation of the churches and schools began in February. Melanchthon Schurf, and two nobles were sent to the Wittenberg district. May 2, 1527. To the honourable and virtuous maiden, Elsie von Kanitz. My dearest friend in Christ! Grace and peace in Christ! I have written your dear aunt, Hanna […]

To Eberhardt Brisger-Martin Luther

  TO EBERHARDT BRISGER. February 1, 1527. Grace and peace! You ask me, my worthy Eberhard, to send you eight gulden; but where am I to get them? You know the state of my finances, and this year alone I have contracted 100 gulden of debt through my wretched management. I have pledged in one […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN The Elector accedes to church visitation. January 10, 1527. Grace and peace in Christ, dear Nicolas! I have no news, except that the Elector wishes the church visitation begun at once. And after the churches are put on a good footing we can settle the question of excommunication (Bann ). It […]

To Johann Agricola letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN AGRICOLA January 1, Grace and peace! Kathie, my wife and commander, ordered me to thank you for the cloth you sent, but such a costly gift is not seemly for poor people like us. It is just as it should be, that Elizabeth should enter your Elizabeth’s service. God grant that she […]

To Conrad Cordatus,Pastor in Austria-Martin Luther

  TO CONRAD CORDATUS, PASTOR IN AUSTRIA Cordatus now entered into the circle of Luther’s most intimate friends. November 28, 1526. Grace and peace! You write me truly wondrous things of your Liegnitz friends — of the power of the spirit and of the flesh in that place, where the one part of the people […]

To the Elector John of Saxony letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN OF SAXONY The church visitation. November 22, 1526. Grace and peace! Most Serene High-born Prince. For long I have asked nothing of your Grace, so the requests have accumulated, therefore your Grace must have patience with those I proffer. The complaints of the clergy everywhere have reached a climax. The […]

To Maria, Queen of Hungary-Martin Luther

  TO MARIA, QUEEN OF HUNGARY Sister of Charles V. Her husband fell fighting against the Turks in August. Luther dedicated Psalms 37,62, 94, and 109 to her. November 1, 1526. To Her Serene Highness Frau Maria, born Queen of Spain, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia. My most gracious lady! Grace and comfort from God […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN About his literary work. October 14, 1526. Grace and peace! I have nothing new, dear Nicolas, to send you, for the little book about war is not through the press yet. I intend beginning Zechariah after Habbakuk and Jonah are finished. Ecclesiastes gives us an immense deal of trouble, just as […]

To Johann Agriola-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN AGRIOLA The Diet of Speyer closed 27th August, where the foundations of the German Evangelical Church were laid. September 20, 1526. Grace and peace! I write you, my excellent Johannes, merely to say I have nothing special to write about, as Philip, a living epistle, is with you. I was glad he […]

To Johann Ruhel-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN RUHEL Luther announces the birth of his son. June 8, 1526. Grace and peace! I herewith send you the Psalter, dear Herr Doctor and Brother-in-law, and shall proceed with the Psalms with all my might. Will you say to M. Eisleben (Agricola) from me that my dear Kathie presented me with a […]

To Nicolas Hausmann letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN About a teacher. Luther busy with Habbakuk. June 2, 1526. Grace and peace in the Lord! The maiden, Hanna, who was here has returned to her people, so the school is vacant. Perhaps she did not feel equal to the duties, so left. But at present we know of no one […]

To Herzog John Frederick of Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO HERZOG JOHN FREDERICK OF SAXONY Petition for retired pastor. May 14, 1526. Grace and peace! Serene High-born Prince, Most Gracious Lord. The bearer of this letter, Herr Bigand, gave up the living of Waltershausen to the Council, as the result of an arrangement with your Grace that he should receive thirty florins yearly […]

To Johann Agricola letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN AGRICOLA May 11, 1526. To my brother in the Lord, John Grickel, in Eisleben. Grace and peace! I send you this crystal goblet mounted with tin before it gets another owner, for my Kathie has a great fancy for it. I am pleased with your estimate of Erasmus, and still more with […]

To Frederick Myconius in Gotha letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO FREDERICK MYCONIUS OF GOTHA In June of this year an Evangelical alliance was signed in Torgau, the Elector John and his heir being present. March or April 1526. Grace and peace! As Oswald your vice-burgher-master is always travelling back and forward to you, dear Frederick, I wished to send you my love. For […]

To Johann Agricola-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN AGRICOLA Teacher in Eisleben, died as Court preacher in Berlin 1556. Oecolampadius and Zwingli refuted. Queen of Denmark’s death. February 18, 1526. Grace and peace! Although I have really nothing to write about, still I wish to greet you and your wife, dear Agricola; for you must now know what you asked […]

To the Elector John of Saxony letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN OF SAXONY About Melanchthon’s salary. February 9, 1526. Grace and peace in Christ! Serene High-born Prince, Most Gracious Lord. In the re-organization of the University your Grace ordered that Melanchthon should have 200 gulden a year as salary. Now the man (Mensch ) objects to accept so much when he […]

To Leonhardt Beier letter 2- Martin Luther

  TO LEONHARDT BEIER Concerning Gertrude von Mylen. January 9, 1526. Grace and peace in Christ! I am delighted and approve highly of your intention to marry Gertrude von Mylen, if God gives her to you. You have my best wishes for your success. I prefer her in many ways to her companions. Therefore I […]

To the Elector John-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN Luther, at the Elector’s request, gives his opinion as to how the Church livings should be visited and maintained. November 30, 1525. God’s grace and peace in Christ! Most Serene Highborn Prince. Your Electoral Grace has replied to my letter as to a general visitation of the Church livings. Now, […]

To George Spalatin letter 21-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Four young noblemen, who blamed Luther for their sister’s escape from their convent, were lying in wait to murder him. November 11, Dear Spalatin — Gladly would I be present at your wedding to rejoice with you, but a hindrance has come in the way, which I cannot overcome, viz. the […]

To Leonhardt Beier-Martin Luther

  TO LEONHARDT BEIER Luther asks Beier’s intercession for a daughter. October 8, 1525. Grace and peace in Christ ! Among the other maidens who lately escaped from the cloister, and who are staying with me, is a certain Gertrude von Mylen, whose mother or grandmother lives beside you in Guben, to whom she writes […]

An Admonition to the Printers in Nurnberg-Martin Luther

  AN ADMONITION TO THE PRINTERS IN NURNBERG September 26, 1525. Grace and peace! What is all this, dear sirs, that one should openly rob and steal what belongs to the other, thus ruining one another? Have you now become street robbers and thieves? Or do you really imagine that God will bless and cause […]

To the Elector John of Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN OF SAXONY Luther begs the Elector to espouse the cause of the University. September 15, 1525’ To my most gracious lord, etc. Grace and peace in Christ! Although I with others have entire confidence in your Electoral Grace’s gracious promise regarding our University, yet we cannot but see how its […]

To King Henry VIII. of England-Martin Luther

  TO KING HENRY VIII. OF ENGLAND This letter was written by request of the fugitive King Christian of Denmark. September 1, 1525. Grace and peace in Christ our Lord! Most Serene King. Although I might well fear to write your Majesty, having deeply offended you through my little book hurriedly written at the instigation […]

To Johann von Doltzig, Electoral Chancellor-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN VON DOLTZIG, ELECTORAL CHANCELLOR. Invitation to feast and request for game which the Elector sent through Spalatin. June 21, 1525. To the excellent Johann Doltzig. My gracious lord and good friend! Doubtless the outcry has reached your ears that I have actually ventured to enter the married state. Although my change of […]

To Leonhardt Koppe of Torgau-Martin Luther

  TO LEONHARDT KOPPE OF TORGAU It was Koppe who rescued the nine nuns from the cloister near Grimma, among whom was Katherine von Bora. June 17, 1525. Grace and peace in Christ! I wish you to read this very depressing letter, honoured sir, to see if you know of no one who could help […]

To George Spalatin letter 20-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther’s marriage had really taken place on 13th June. He now invites Spalatin to the wedding feast. June 16. Grace and peace! Do not forget, dear Spalatin, that my marriage will be on Wednesday, and the great banquet at mid-day. Therefore see that the game does not arrive too late, but […]

To John Ruhel-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN RUHEL Luther’s brother-in-law, a lawyer in Mansfield. The peasant insurrection endangered the Reformation more than anything else had ever done. About the Elector’s death. May 15, 1525. To the learned John Ruhel, my good, kind brother-in-law. God’s grace and peace! I thank you, dear sir, for your last news, which I was […]

To the elector John of Saxony , surnamed the Steadfast-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR JOHN OF SAXONY, SURNAMED THE STEADFAST The first German Prince who died in the Evangelical faith. May 15, Grace and peace in Christ! Serene Prince. If able to write at all I have good cause to do so, seeing the Almighty’ has taken our gracious lord, your Grace’s brother, from us […]

To Frederick of Sazony , called the Magnanimous-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN FREDERICK OF SAXONY, CALLED THE MAGNANIMOUS Letter of consolation on the death of his uncle, Frederick the Wise. May 15, 1525. Grace and peace in Christ! I must try to console your Grace when the Almighty has so tried us; for we have not only lost peace in the land, but also […]

To the Magistrates of Dantzic-Martin Luther

  TO THE MAGISTRATES OF DANTZIC So early as 1518 the new teaching was proclaimed in Dantzic, and Johannes Knade, preacher in the Marien Church, married that year. Luther wrote of the “wonderous” things Christ had done in Dantzic” in 1521. May 5, Grace and peace through Christ our Savior! Honored dear sirs and friends. […]

To Frederick Myconius in Gotha-Martin Luther

  TO FREDERICK MYCONIUS IN GOTHA This letter acted like the dew of the morning on his friend. May 3, 1525. Grace and peace in Christ, who has said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation; but in me ye shall have peace. Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” I write this […]

To the Abbot Friedrich of Nurberg-Martin Luther

  TO THE ABBOT FRIEDRICH OF NURNBERG Luther congratulates him on his marriage. January 17, 1525· Grace and peace! I have delayed wishing you happiness on your marriage, esteemed sir, and am sure you believed I had cause for this, and I had. I have been ill, and had books to publish, letters to write, […]

To John Brismann,Knigsberg-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN BRISMANN, KONIGSBERG Luther sent Brismann to Konigsberg to promote the Reformation in Prussia, which he did. January 11, 1525. Grace and peace in the Lord! It is the letter-carrier’s fault, my Brismann, that you have not heard from me, and I almost lost this chance also. Carlstadt, who is quite given over […]

To George Spalatin letter 19-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther sends specimen of new edition of the New Testament, and begs for an income for Bugenhagen. 1524 . Grace and peace! Here you have the whole of the New Testament for yourself and the Elector, except the preface to the Romans, which will be ready tomorrow. I also send a […]

To George Spalatin letter 18-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther again begs him to help him with Church hymns. Grace and peace! I wish to follow the example of the prophets and Church fathers, and compose German Psalms for the people; that is, spiritual songs, so that the Word of God may dwell among them through the hymn. Therefore, we […]

To Katherine Schutzin-Martin Luther

  TO KATHERINE SCHUTZIN Luther congratulates this excellent lady on her marriage to the famous preacher, Matthew Zell, in Strassburg. December 17, 1524. To the virtuous Katherine Schutzin, my dear sister in Christ, Strassburg. Grace and peace! My dear friend. I wish you joy in having so richly received the grace of God, so that […]

To George Spalatin letter 17-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther dissuades Spalatin from leaving the Court, and resigning his post, unless he wishes to marry. November 30, 1524. Grace and peace! As you ask my advice as to leaving Court, dear Spalatin, I would say: You have perhaps cause to do so, but unless you have some other reason for […]

To Hieronymus Baumgartner , Nurberg-Martin Luther

  TO HIERONYMUS BAUMGARTNER, NURNBERG A young patrician, who studied at Wittenberg. October 12, 1524. Grace and peace in the Lord! I must ask your services, dear Hieronymus, on behalf of this poor young man, Gregorius Keser. He wishes to settle, and asked me to introduce him to some one in Nurnberg. Although I could […]

To Johann Oecolampadius letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN OECOLAMPADIUS Luther praises him for having quitted the monkish life. June 20, 1524. Grace and peace in Christ! I beg you, dearest OEcolampadius, not to ascribe my not writing to you to ingratitude or sloth; for I have not heard from you since you quitted your order, and fancied that since Christ […]

To Wolfgang Capito-Martin Luther

  TO WOLFGANG CAPITO Luther denies that Bucer and he are not friendly, etc. Capito was Praepositus in St. Thomas’s Church, Strassburg. May 25, 1524. Grace and peace in the Lord! If you and Bucer did not so persistently declare that some people said your actions were condemned by us, and that we differed entirely […]

To Nicolas Gerbel letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS GERBEL Luther rejoices that the gospel is dominant in Strassburg. May 6, 1524. Grace and peace in the Lord! Although I have nothing to say, dear Gerbel, I could not let the messenger leave without sending love to the brethren in the Lord, and commending myself to your prayers. For I hear […]

To Jacob Strauss , Preacher i Eisenach-Martin Luther

  TO JACOB STRAUSS, PREACHER IN EISENACH Luther now begins to interest himself in education. April 25, 1524. Grace and peace! You must not imagine, best of men, that I have not the highest opinion of you; for, I know, through the glorious power of the gospel, that we have been raised above everything else […]

Jo Johann Oecolampadius-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN OECOLAMPADIUS Luther expresses satisfaction at the decision of the Council at Basle against the Bishop’s vicar. April 1524. Grace and peace! I have nothing to write, dear brother, except to greet you, and commend myself to your prayers. Joachim, our trusted friend, will tell you everything. I do not know whether Philip […]

To Erasmus of Rotterdam-Martin Luther

  TO ERASMUS OF ROTTERDAM Luther turns lovingly to Erasmus, and forgives him for his want of courage in espousing his cause. April 1524. Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ! I have remained silent long enough, dear Herr Erasmus, waiting till you, as the greater and elder, should break the silence, but having […]

To the elector Frederick of Saxony letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR `FREDERICK OF SAXONY Luther wishes Melanchthon to be set apart to expound the Holy Scriptures. March 23, 1524. Grace and peace in Christ! Most Serene High-born Prince, etc. Doubtless your Grace knows that by the grace of God we have many promising youths among us, from distant lands, all thirsting for […]

To George Spalatin letter 16-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN The first evangelical hymn-book appeared this spring in Wittenberg, containing eight hymns — four by Luther. “Aus tiefer Noth schrei ich zu Dir” (Psalm 130) was in this collection. February 23, 1521. Grace and peace! I write, dear Spalatin, only because I wished to write you. For you are sitting at […]

To George Bruck, Chancellor of Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE BRUCK, CHANCELLOR OF SAXONY A marriage case. Luther complains of the unruly Carlstadt. January 30, 1524. Grace and peace! Most excellent Herr Chancellor. M. Wolfgang has told me of the sad separation case. The man accuses his wife of wicked desertion, declaring he can prove he is blameless. But he has not […]

To Lambert Thorn-Martin Luther

  TO LAMBERT THORN The Augustinian monk, Thorn, suffered a martyr’s death in the Netherlands. January 19, 1524. Grace and peace! Christ, who is with you, my dear brother, bears witness within me that you need no comfort from me. For He suffers, and is glorified; He is captive and reigns; He suffers violence, and […]

To John Hesse-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN HESSE Luther approves of Hesse’s Latin paraphrasing of Ecclesiastes. This, the real birth-year of Church hymnary, mostly founded on the Psalms. [No date.] Grace and peace! Accept my greeting, thou preacher of Ecclesiastes, but see that you and he preach the same thing. For I too will hear his voice in you, […]

To George Spalatin letter 15-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther expresses dislike of the famous or infamous Thomas Munzer. December 26, 1523. I begged the official of Alt-Stadt to beware of Munzer’s spirit of prophecy. What has happened meantime I do not know, but I cannot endure such a spirit, whoever the man may be. He lauds my doctrine, and […]

To Nicolas Gerbel letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS GERBEL Luther asks if Francis Lambert would be likely to find a living in Strassburg. December 4, 1523. Grace and peace! Although this letter may be useless, my beloved Gerbel, I must write, as I heard you were in Strassburg at present. We have a Frenchman with us just now, Francis Lambert, […]

To Bartime von Sternberg-Martin Luther

  TO BARTIME VON STERNBERG A peculiarly beautiful letter. September 1, 1523. Grace and peace in Christ! Most gracious sir. Vincent Wernsdorfer has persuaded me, a stranger, to write expressing my Christian sympathy with you in your trial. Therefore I trust your Excellency will graciously appreciate the motives which prompt me. He tells me how, […]

To the Christians in Holland , Brabant ,and Flanders-Martin Luther

  TO THE CHRISTIANS IN HOLLAND, BRABANT, AND FLANDERS Luther’s first poetical effusion was in honour of the two martyrs Heinrich Voes and Johann Esch, Augustine monks. July 1523. Praise to the Father of mercies for permitting us anew to see His marvellous light, which has been hidden from us because of our sins. But […]

To three banished young ladies-Martin Luther

  TO THREE BANISHED YOUNG LADIES Luther comforts the three Freiberg young ladies who had been banished from Court for reading his books. June 18, 1523. To the honored and virtuous Hanna von Draschwitz, Milia von Olsnitz, and Ursula von Feilitzin, my special friends in Christ. Grace and peace! Honored ladies. Herr Nicolas vou Amsdorf […]

To Nicolas Hausmann-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS HAUSMANN Hausmann, like Bugenhagen, had the gift of Church organization, and insisted on the inseparable connection between doctrine and life. He died when preaching his first sermon in Freiberg in 1538. Deeply mourned by Luther. May 24, 1523. Grace and peace! This man returns to you, and brings as much as I […]

To Wenzel letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Luther promises to come to his wedding. April 8, 1523. Grace and peace! I, Philip, the Provost, Dr. Hieronymus, Pommer, our Prior, and Jacob, and also James, will certainly come to your wedding, if the Lord will. Carlstadt is from home, but Hieronymus, Trappe, and Meister Lukas will also come. Whether the […]

To Herzog George of Saxony letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO HERZOG GEORGE OF SAXONY Herzog George asked Luther if he really wrote to von Kronberg. Luther admitted he did. January 3, 1523. Cease fuming against God and His Christ, on account of what I have done, most ungracious Prince! I have received your ungracious document, along with my letter to you Kronberg, and […]

To George Spalatin letter 14-Martin Luther

  To George Spalatin Luther announces that he preached publicly in Weimar and Erfurt, and will publish an exposition of Hosea 2.F4 November 3, 1522. I have no notes of what I preached in Weimar and Erfurt, and do not require to write them, for you know all already, because I have taught nothing but […]

To George Spalatin letter 13-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther recommends a poor man. October 4, 1522. Grace and peace! I found your letter when I returned, dear Spalatin, but the dog had bitten a piece out of it upon the table, so that I could not make out the words about the Lord’s inheritance. But the other part about […]

To George Spalatin letter 12-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther sends a book for his host in the Wartburg. September 25, 1522. Grace and peace! I beg of you to send this copy of my book to the John in the region of the birds, viz. to my host, as I wished him to have it before more came. For […]

To George Spalatin letter 11-Martin Luther

  To George Spalatin Luther is busy translating the New Testament. July 4, 1522. Grace and peace in Christ! I hope, dear Spalatin, that you have received the Gospel of St. Mark and the Epistle to the Romans, with letters from good friends. The Gospel of St. Luke and the two Epistles to the Corinthians […]

To Wenzel letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Luther presses Link to take up his abode in Wittenberg. July 4, 1522. Grace and peace! You must either, dearest father, be able to give a good reason for keeping away from us, or you must hate our society. For why sit there? Both north and south are shut up to you, […]

To George Spalatin letter 10-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther sends him a specimen of his translation of the Bible. May 10, 1522. All hail! I send you the beginning of our Bible, but on no account let it be printed. I am expecting the precious stones, which we shall take the greatest care of and faithfully return. Also pray […]

To Gabriel Zwilling-Martin Luther

  TO GABRIEL ZWILLING Luther advises him to accept the call to Altenburg. April 17, 1522. Grace and mercy from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ! The Town Council of Altenburg asked me to recommend an Evangelical pastor to them; so if you are chosen, accept the call, looking upon it as a […]

To the Burghermaster and town council of Altenburg-Martin Luther

  TO THE BURGHERMASTER AND TOWN COUNCIL OF ALTENBURG Luther recommends Gabriel Zwilling (Didymus), formerly Augustinian monk in Wittenberg, as preacher in Altenburg. April 17, 1522. Most excellent Gentlemen and Friends. The grace and peace of God and my most willing service be with you! Honored sirs. I was glad to receive your letters about […]

To George Spalatin letter 9-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther sends letters from the Low Countries about good works. April 14, 1522. Grace and peace in the Lord! I herewith send you what Jacob, the Prior of Antwerp, who was delivered by a miracle, and is now with us, brought me from the Netherlands. I have received the New Testament […]

Wittenberg.To George Spalatin-Martin Luther

  WITTENBERG. TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther wishes names of precious stones. March 30, 1522. All hail! I send you the letter you were expecting, my Spalatin. I cannot remember what I wrote to Herzog John Frederick, except that I advised him not to introduce innovations unless it could be done without giving offense to the […]

To John Lange letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE March 28, 1522. Greeting! Without doubt you did not leave the cloister without good reasons for doing so, although I wish you had risen above all reasons. Not that I dispute your right to do so, but because I do not wish to give our opponents occasion for slandering us, even […]

To Nicolas Gerbel-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS GERBEL Luther’s touching letter to the pious lawyer in Strassburg, March 18, 1522. I take it for granted, my beloved Gerbel, that you got my letter from the desert through Philip, but although you have not answered it, I cannot let your good clerk return without a few lines from me, to […]

To the elector Frederick of Saxony letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR FREDERICK OF SAXONY Written in Borna on the way to Wittenberg, in answer to a letter from the Elector, trying to dissuade Luther from coming. His courage is displayed. March 5, 1522. To the Serene High-born Prince Frederick, Elector of Saxony, etc. Grace and peace! Most gracious lord. Your Electoral Grace’s […]

To the elector Frederick-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR FREDERICK Luther admonishes the Elector to steadfastness and patience. End of February or March. To my Most Gracious Lord Frederick, in my own hand. Grace and prosperity from God the Father to the new relic! Such is my greeting to you, most gracious lord, instead of sending you my sympathy. Your […]

To George Spalatin letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther informs him why he was about to leave his Patmos. January 17, 1522. Health! I have received all, my Spalatin, even the packet, although rather late. It is not because of the Zwickau prophets I have come, nor will they influence me in the least. But I do not wish […]

To Wenzel letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL, NURNBERG Concerning monastic vows. December 20, 1521. Grace and peace! Most excellent Wenzel, I am delighted that my answer to the Catherinas pleased you, for I value the verdict of an upright man. But remember, whoever starts with good premises cannot repudiate the conclusions to which they lead, and the results you […]

To John Lange letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE, AUGUSTINIAN The first intimation Luther gives of putting the New Testament into German. December 18, 1521. I do not approve of the stormy breaking up, for you might all have parted in peace and friendship. You who propose attending the Imperial Diet, see that you defend the gospel. I shall remain […]

To the Wittenbergers-Martin Luther

  TO THE WITTENBERGERS A fragment. Probably written after Luther had been in Wittenberg. He disapproves of their way of reforming abuses. Perhaps December 1521. I cannot always be with you. Every one must die for himself, and look forward to the pangs of departure alone, for no one can counsel or help. I shall […]

To Archbishop Albrecht of Mayence-Martin Luther

  TO ARCHBISHOP ALBRECHT OF MAYENCE Out of deference to Spalatin and the Court, Luther had kept back his book against the idol at Halle, but now tries to stop the scandal. December 1, 1521. My services are ever at your disposal, esteemed lord! Doubtless your Electoral Grace remembers that I wrote you twice in […]

To Hans Luther-Martin Luther

  TO HANS LUTHER Luther tells his father that he is now free from his monkish vows, and sends him his book on the Vow. November 21, 1521. To his dear father, Hans Luther, from Martin Luther, his son. My reason for dedicating this book to you was not to honor your name before the […]

To the learned and saintly Nicolas Gerbel-Martin Luther

  TO THE LEARNED AND SAINTLY NICOLAS GERBEL Luther congratulates him on his marriage. November 1, 1521. Grace in Christ! Your letter, dearest Gerbel, written before Ascension, only reached me at Michaelmas, and this is All Saints’ Day. When will it reach you? Perhaps before next Ascension Day, or the Greek Kalends — never. You […]

To the Christians in Wittenberg-Martin Luther

  TO THE CHRISTIANS IN WITTENBERG With this letter Luther sends an exposition of the 37th Psalm. Possibly in August. To the poor little company of Christians at Wittenberg, Dr. Martin Luther sends grace and peace from God the Father and Jesus Christ. St. Paul, who preached in many places, and now sat as a […]

To George Spalatin letter 8-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther relates his experiences at a hunt. August 15, 1521. I have received the third sheet of Confession, dear Spalatin, Philip sending it along with the first; but the printing is execrable. Would that I had sent nothing German. See he does not print my German postils, but rather returns what […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther blames his friend for missing him so much. July 13, 1521. I am displeased with your letter for two reasons: (1) Because you do not bear the cross patiently, yielding to your emotions, as is your wont; (2) That you ascribe so much to me, as if I alone could […]

To George Spalatin letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther sends Spalatin some writings to be printed. June 10, 1521. All hail! I have not only received your long epistle, dear Spalatin, but that of OEcolampadius, and now send you the “Magnificat” complete, with the pamphlet on Confession dedicated to Franz von Sickingen, which I should like printed first. The […]

To Franz von Sickingen-Martin Luther

  TO FRANZ VON SICKINGEN Luther dedicates his treatise on Confession to this knight. June 1, 1521. The grace of God and peace in Christ be with you! We read, worshipful sir, in Joshua, how God led the children of Israel into the promised land of Canaan, overthrowing thirty-one kings with their towns, and no […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON A comprehensive letter. May 26, 1521. Dear Philip — I forget what I wrote in my sealed letter, so will just answer yours. I am unwilling to answer Jacob Latomo, for I prefer peaceful studies, and it is most annoying to have to reply to such a prolix and illwritten document. […]

To Jahann Agricola, Eisleben-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN AGRICOLA, EISLEBEN Luther asks his friend who lived with him in Wittenberg how the gospel was progressing there. May 12, 1521. Health! Although I believe that all I have written to Philip and the others has fallen into your hands, still I seem to feel that since my departure my friends have […]

To Nicolas Amsdorf letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS AMSDORF Amsdorf accompanied Luther to Schloss Altenstein, near Waltershausen, where an armed force captured him. May 12, 1521. Health! Grace be with you! I wrote you all a few days ago, dear Amsdorf, but I listened to counsel, and tore up what I had written, as it was not considered safe to […]

To Philip Melanchthon letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther writes from the Wartburg. May 12, 1521. All hail! And you, my Philip, what are you about meantime? Are you praying that my enforced seclusion may draw down some great thing to the glory of God, and therefore I wish to know if you approve of it. I feared it […]

To Graf Albrecht of Mansdeld-Martin Luther

  TO GRAF ALBRECHT OF MANSFELD Luther relates proceedings at Worms. May 3, 1521. Most Gracious Lord. Herr Rudolph von Watzdorf (the Count’s steward) begged me to send a private account, of what happened to me at Worms. To begin with, they did not expect me to appear, for although I had a safe conduct […]

Frankfort. To Lukas Cranach-Martin Luther

  FRANKFORT. TO LUKAS CRANACH The celebrated painter, and warm friend of the Reformation, who accompanied his Elector, John Frederick, into banishment, and died at Weimar, in 1553. April 28, 1521. To the excellent Meister Lukas Cranach, painter in Wittenberg. My dear co-sponsor and friend, I commend you to God. I shall submit to being […]

To George Spalatin letter 7-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Spalatin was so alarmed at Luther’s temerity, that when near Worms he sent a messenger to him to remind him of Huss’s fate. Luther sent him back to say that he would come to Worms if there were as many devils there as tiles on the house-tops. April 14, 1521. Health! […]

To John Lange letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE Luther promises to visit him at Erfurt. March 29, 1521. My greeting! Next Wednesday or Thursday I shall visit you, most honoured father, on my way to Worms, with my spiritual escort Ehrenbold — if nothing prevents my coming to Erfurt. Be sure to meet me on my way from Eisenach. […]

To Herzog John Frederick , Afterwards Elector -Martin Luther

  TO HERZOG JOHN FREDERICK, AFTERWARDS ELECTOR March 10, 1521. To the Serene High-born Prince, John Frederick of Saxony, Gracious Lord. I have received your Serene Highness’s gracious letter, with its comforting contents, with great pleasure. As I have been so long hindered through my opponents’ attacks in expounding the “Magnificat,” I now take the […]

To John Staupitz-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN STAUPITZ The Pope accused Staupitz to the Archbishop of Salzburg of being an adherent of Luther, and Staupitz agreed to submit to the Archbishop’s verdict. February 9, 1521. I rejoice that you have been assailed by Pope Leo X., and can now let the world see how the cross which you have […]

To the elector Frederick of Saxony letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR FREDERICK OF SAXONY January 25, 1521. Most Gracious Lord and Patron, Most Serene Prince! My poor prayers and most humble service are ever at your Grace’s disposal. Having been informed, through your Highness, of the opinions and intentions of His Roman, Imperial, and Spanish Majesty regarding my affairs, I offer His […]

To George Spalatin letter 6-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN The Emperor wrote to the Elector, asking him to bring Luther with him to Worms, to be judged by learned men. On 10th December Luther burned the Pope’s Bull at the Elster gate, Wittenberg, in presence of hundreds of students, who flung Eck and Emser’s works into the flames, and then […]

To John Lange letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE Luther determined to stand by his appeal from an ill-informed to a better-instructed Pope, in spite of Herzog George. November 28, 1520. To the honored John Lange, Doctor of the Holy Scriptures in Erfurt, my friend in the Lord. My greeting! We rejoice over our Prince’s return, and I beseech you, […]

To George Spalatin letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther rejoices that Spalatin at length sees one cannot rely on man. The Pope’s Bull reached Wittenberg on October 11. November 4, Salvation! I wonder how it is, my dear Spalatin, that you do not get my letters, for I have written twice and got no answer. I am glad you […]

To Pope Leo X letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO POPE LEO X Luther had seen the Papal bull condemning him. He sent the book on the Freedom of a Christian Man to the Pope. October 13, 1520. To the Most Holy Father in God, Leo X., Pope in Rome, all blessedness in Christ Jesus our Lord! In consequence of the disputes in […]

Wittenberg. To Hermann Tulich , Professor in Wittenberg-Martin Luther

  WITTENBERG. TO HERMANN TULICH, PROFESSOR IN WITTENBERG Luther dedicates his treatise on the Babylonian Captivity to Tulich. October 6, 1520. Whether I will or not I am becoming more learned daily, as the esteemed doctors, time about, insist upon my taking up the cudgels. Two years ago I wrote on the Indulgences, and now […]

To John Lange letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE Staupitz, Lange, and Link all begged Luther to suppress his dangerous book, To the German Nobility, but it was already in the press. August 18, 1520. If my little book, that you, my father, name a trumpet (Posaune), is really so fierce, I leave you and others to judge. No doubt […]

To Herr Wittiger, Canon in Breslau-Martin Luther

  TO HERR WITTIGER, CANON IN BRESLAU July 30, 1520. At first I had no intention of writing you, most excellent sir, as Herr Schleupper, our common friend, could tell you everything better than I. For he knows all that is going on, only he insisted I should send a line, so I obey. A […]

To George Spalatin letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Luther heard from von Schaumburg that one hundred Franconian knights were ready to defend him. July 10, 1520. I herewith send the letter of the Franconian knight, Sylvester von Schaumburg, and should like it alluded to in the Prince’s letter to Cardinal St. Georgio, so that they may know, that although […]

To Nicolas von Amsdorf-Martin Luther

  TO NICOLAS VON AMSDORF Luther’s friend Amsdorf was Professor in Wittenberg, and later Bishop of Naumburg. June 23, 1520. The grace and peace of God! Honored dear sir. The time to be silent is past, and the time to speak has come, as we read in Ecclesiastes. I have put together some observations, as […]

To Hertzog John of Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO HERZOG JOHN OF SAXONY Encouraged by the Elector’s gracious acceptance of his little book, Luther dedicated his large German treatise, Sermon on Good Works, to his brother Prince John. March 29, 1520. Most Serene High-born Prince, Gracious Sir. My humble service and poor prayers are ever at your Grace’s disposal. For long I […]

To the elector Frederick of Saxony letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR FREDERICK OF SAXONY Luther dedicates a little book of consolation to the Elector, for the comfort of believers under disappointment. February 1520. Most Serene Lord. Our beloved Savior has commanded us to visit the sick, liberate the prisoner, and perform works of mercy towards our neighbor, even as our Lord Himself […]

To the Emperor Charles V-Martin Luther

  TO THE EMPEROR CHARLES V. Luther places himself under Charles’s protection as being the defender of truth and righteousness. January 15, 1520. Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ! Doubtless every one marvels, most gracious Emperor, that I presume to write your Imperial Majesty. For what is so unusual as that the King […]

To Thomas Fischer , Preacher in Milau-Martin Luther

  TO THOMAS FISCHER, PREACHER IN MILAU Luther says how despisers of the gospel should be treated. August 26, Grace and peace to my beloved brother in the Lord! Regarding what you have written to me, my dear man of God, about these godless scorners — this is my opinion. Even as no one can […]

To Martin Glaser , Priop in Augustinian in Ranzau-Martin Luther

  TO MARTIN GLASER, PRIOR IN AUGUSTINIAN CLOISTER IN RANZAU Luther tells his friend of his proposed disputation with Eck over the Pope’s supremacy, which lasted from June 25 till July 15. In June Charles V. was elected Emperor of Germany. May 30, 1519. To my beloved friend in the Lord. You, above all, have […]

TO The Elector Frederick the wise-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR FREDERICK THE WISE Luther begs to be allowed to build an addition to the cloister, and pleads for two cowls. May 1519. Most Gracious Lord. We are compelled to build an addition to our cloister. We humbly begged the councillors to do this, but have received no answer. Therefore we pray […]

To the elector Frederick of Saxony letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR FREDERICK OF SAXONY Luther excuses himself for his discussion with Eck. March 13, 1519. My poor prayers are always at the service of your Grace, Most Serene High-born Prince, Most Gracious Lord. God knows that I was most anxious that the game should be at an end. So eager was I […]

To Pope Leo X letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO POPE LEO X. Luther’s conciliatory letter to the Pope. March 3, 1519. Most Holy Father. Necessity once more compels me, the most unworthy and despicable creature upon earth, to address your Holiness. Therefore, would you, in Christ’s stead, graciously bend your fatherly ear to the petition of me, your poor sheep. The esteemed […]

To Christoph Scheurl letter 5-Martin Luther

  TO CHRISTOPH SCHEURL February 20, 1519. My greeting! I often reproach myself, my excellent Herr Doctor, for writing so seldom, having received so many kind messages from you. But my excuse must again be the mass of work which weighs me down. Up till now our Eck has been able to restrain his wrath […]

To Herzog George of Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO HERZOG GEORGE OF SAXONY The vehement enemy of Luther and the Reformation, which seemed to him like revolution. February 19, 1519. My poor prayers are ever at the service of your Royal Highness, Most Serene High-born Prince, Most Gracious Lord! The worthy Dr. John Eck writes that he has besought your Grace, graciously […]

To the elector Frederick of Saxony letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR FREDERICK Luther narrates negotiations with you Miltitz, whom the Pope had sent to convert this son of Satan. January 1519. Most Serene High-born Prince, Most Gracious Lord. It is really too bad that your Electoral Highness should have so much annoyance through being involved with my affairs; but seeing necessity and […]

To John Reuchlin-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN REUCHLIN The great German humanist, who was the first to spread the knowledge of Hebrew in Germany. December 14, 1518. The Lord be with you, my valiant hero! I praise the mercy of God, which dwells in you, my learned and esteemed sir, through which you have at length stopped the mouths […]

To the elector Frederick of Saxony letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR FREDERICK Luther left Augsburg October 20, and on November 28 appealed from the Pontiff to a General Council. Even Luther’s opponents admit this letter to be a masterpiece of eloquence. November 29, 1518. Most Serene and Gracious Lord! I have received with great joy a pamphlet from my dear friend, George […]

To Cardinal Thomas Cajetan-Martin Luther

  TO CARDINAL THOMAS CAJETAN Staupitz and Link tried to allay the strife by getting Luther to yield, so Luther wrote this letter to see what abject humility would accomplish. October 17, 1518. Highly esteemed in God the Father! I approach you once more, not in person, but in writing. And you will graciously lend […]

To Anfreas von Carlstadt-Martin Luther

  TO ANDREAS VON CARLSTADT Carlstadt had never seen a Bible when he became Doctor of Theology in Wittenberg in 1510. Later he destroyed the images in churches. October 14, 1518. May you have all good for time and blessedness hereafter, esteemed Herr Doctor! I am pressed for time, but shall write more again. My […]

To Philip Melanchthon-Martin Luther

  TO PHILIP MELANCHTHON Luther at the Diet of Augsburg. Preached in Weimar before the Elector on the way thither. October 11, 1518. Salvation! There is nothing new here, only every one is talking of Dr.Luther who has lighted such a great fire. Show yourself a man, and teach the young people what is right, […]

To George Spalatin letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN Melanchthon was only twenty-one when sent by Reuchlin to teach Greek at the Elector’s request. August 31, 1518. To the learned George Spalatin, my faithful friend in Christ, salvation! What you wrote of our Philip has all come to pass, and will also be verified in the future, as you know. […]

To Wenzel-Martin Luther

  TO WENZEL Wenzelaus Link studied in Wittenberg, and was afterwards pastor in Nurnberg. July 10, 1518. Our vicar, John Lange, says that Count Albrecht of Mansfeld has warned him not to let me leave here, as some great people have given orders that I should be suffocated or drowned. I am like Jeremiah, the […]

To Pope Leo X-Martin Luther

  TO POPE LEO X. Luther writes submissively to the Pope, in whose justice and love of truth he seems to have implicit confidence. May 30, 1518. Martin Luther, Augustinian monk, desires everlasting salvation to the Most Holy Father, Leo X. I know, most holy father, that evil reports are being spread about me, some […]

To Johann von Staupitz-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN VON STAUPITZ Luther begs his Vicar-General, who hated theological strife, to send his “Resolutiones” to Pope Leo X. May 30, 1518. I remember, reverend father, that among the many comforting words with which you consoled me, was that of Repentance — that word with which the Lord Jesus in such a marvellous […]

To Johann von Staupitz-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN VON STAUPITZ To Staupitz, his Superior and Father in Christ Jesus. March 31, 1518. My greeting! Although overwhelmed by business, I feel constrained briefly to address my father in the Lord. To begin with, I am quite willing to admit that my name is in bad odor with very many. For these […]

To John Lange letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE Luther complains of his opponents raging against him. March 21, 1518. The vendors of Indulgences are thundering at me from the pulpit, so that their stock of insulting epithets is exhausted. They tell the people that I shall be burned in fourteen days — another makes it a month. They are […]

To Christoph Scheurl letter 4-Martin Luther

  TO CHRISTOPH SCHEURL Luther laments the spread of his theses. March 5, 1518. To the learned Herr Christoph Scheurl, my esteemed friend in Christ, my greeting! I have received two letters from you, a Latin and a German one, nay good Christoph, along with a present from that superior man, Albrecht Durer, and my […]

To George Spalatin letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN February 15, 1518. About the motives which should accompany good works. Salvation! What you write, or rather prescribe to me to do, that I am doing, most excellent Spalatin. And I thank the most Serene Prince, through you, for the princely piece of venison that he sent our new magister, and […]

To the elector Frederick of Saxony-Martin Luther

  TO THE ELECTOR FREDERICK OF SAXONY The founder of Wittenberg University, who did so much to protect the pure gospel, — upon a tax levied. November or December 1517. Most gracious and dear lord, Elector Frederick of Saxony. Some time ago I was promised, through Dr. Hersfelder, a new robe, so I now wish […]

To George Spalatin-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN November 1517. My greetings! I had decided, dear Spalatin, to tell no one of the dialogue with Erasmus, my sole reason being that it was so delightful, so full of humor, so clever, and, I would almost say, woven together in such an Erasmus-like manner, that the reader is tempted to […]

To Albrecht of Mayence-Martin Luther

  TO ALBRECHT OF MAYENCE On this day Luther nailed the ninety-five theses on the door of the Schloss Kirche in Wittenberg, being the first time he opposed the Church authorities. October 31, 1517. To the Right Reverend Father in Christ, Lord Albrecht, Archbishop of Magdeburg and Mayence, Mark- grave of Brandenburg, his esteemed lord […]

To Christoph Scheurl letter 3-Martin Luther

  TO CHRISTOPH SCHEURL September 11, 1517. To my highly esteemed Herr Christoph Scheurl, my greeting. Although I have no pretext for writing to such an excellent man as you, still I think the fact of having recently acquired such a warm, upright friend is reason enough for doing so. And even should one, once […]

To John Lange-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE Luther boasts that true theology is flourishing in Wittenberg. May 18, 1517. Our theology and that of St. Augustine, by the grace of God, is making rapid progress in our university. Aristotle is continuing to fall from his throne, and his end is only a matter of time; and all object […]

To Christoph Scheurl letter 2-Martin Luther

  TO CHRISTOPH SCHEURL Luther’s modesty as to his own classical attainments. May 6, 1517. My greeting! To begin with, best of friends, I must thank you for Staupitz’s pamphlet, but I am quite ashamed that the honored father should circulate my insignificant writings among you. Truly I did not write them for the cultured […]

To John Lange about Erasmus-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE About Erasmus. March 1, 1517. I am at present reading our Erasmus, but my heart recoils more and more from him. But one thing I admire is, that he constantly and learnedly accuses not only the monks, but the priests, of a lazy, deep-rooted ignorance. Only, I fear he does not […]

To Christoph Scheurl-Martin Luther

  TO CHRISTOPH SCHEURL This letter shows Luther’s modesty, Scheurl espoused Luther’s cause, though later he became estranged from it, when practicing law in Nurnberg. January 17, 1517. I have received your letter, my excellent Christoph, which was most agreeable, and yet displeasing to me. Why knit your brows over this? What could please me […]

To John Lange , Priop at Erfurt-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN LANGE, PRIOR AT ERFURT It was in Lange’s church in Erfurt, still standing, where the first evangelical sermon was preached. Luther begins lecturing on Galatians. October 26, 1516. I would require two secretaries, for I do nothing almost all day but write letters, therefore if I repeat myself you will understand why […]

To michael Dressel-Martin Luther

  TO MICHAEL DRESSEL Augustinian Prior in Neustadt, whom Luther deposed because he could not keep the peace with the brethren. June 22, 1516. Salvation and peace! But not such peace as is manifest to the natural man, but that which lies beneath the cross, viz. the peace which passeth all understanding. Thou art longing […]

To George Spalatin June 8,1516-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPALATIN June 8, 1516. Thanks for your good wishes, dear Spalatin. Through the grace of God I reached home in good health, at least bodily. God knows if also spiritually. All this I owe to your love. I got your letter from the brothers. You write that our Serene Prince wishes to […]

To Johann Bercken,Aug.Priop in Maine-Martin Luther

  TO JOHANN BERCKEN, AUG. PRIOR IN MAINE Luther thanks him for his kindness to a fugitive monk. May 1, 1516. Honored and beloved Prior. I was sorry to hear that Baumgaertner, from our cloister in Dresden, who had fled in a hurried manner, and for good reason, had found refuge with you. I must […]

To George Leiffer-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE LEIFFER Luther comforts a brother in Erfurt. April 15, 1516, Salvation in the Lord, most cherished Brother. I hear that your brotherly love is deeply tried by manifold waves of temptation. But God, the Father of mercies and all consolation, has placed over you the best of comforters and advisers, Father Bartholomew. […]

To George Spenlein , Augustinian in Memmingen-Martin Luther

  TO GEORGE SPENLEIN, AUGUSTINIAN IN MEMMINGEN In this year began Luther’s acquaintance with Tauler’s works. This letter contains an exquisite passage on true righteousness. April 7, 1516. Grace and peace in God and the Lord Jesus Christ! Dearest Brother George! I write to let you know that I have realized two gulden and a […]

To the order of Augustinians in Erfurt-Martin Luther

  TO THE ORDER OF AUGUSTINIANS IN ERFURT Luther attains the height of his ambition, having been invited to accept the dignity of Doctor of Theology, which enabled him to expound the Holy Scriptures. September 22, 1512. Grace and peace, honored and beloved fathers! St. Luke’s day is approaching, when I, in obedience to my […]

To John Braun-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN BRAUN Luther had been hurriedly summoned by Frederick the Wise, on the recommendation of Staupitz, to be Professor in Wittenberg in 1508; he apologizes for not bidding adieu. March 17, 1509. To the saintly and Right Reverend Father in God, Herr John Braun, priest in Eisenach, my beloved lord and father. Greeting […]

To John Braun , Vicar in Eisenach-Martin Luther

  TO JOHN BRAUN, VICAR IN EISENACH The first extant letter of Luther. He invites Braun to come to his ordination as priest in Erfurt. April 22, 1507. To the saintly and Right Reverend Priest in Christ, John Braun, vicar in Eisenach, my beloved friend in Christ, grace and peace in Christ Jesus our Lord. […]