10 September 1456, Târgoviște

Vlad Dracula, prince of Wallachia, to the officials of Brașov.

You brethren, friends, and neighbors who are truly loved. Herewith we let you know, as we did before, that a messenger from the Turks has now come to us. You should understand well and keep in mind our former agreements for brotherhood and peace; what we said at that time, now and always from the depth of our heart, we will adhere to. As we do our best and work hard on our behalf, even more so we want to work hard on your behalf. Now the time and the appointed hour about which we spoke before has arrived: the Turks intend to put great burdens, almost impossible to bear, upon our shoulders, forcing us to bow down before them. It is not for us or ours that they put such a great burden, but for you and yours; the Turks do this to humiliate us. As far as we ourselves are concerned, we could have made peace, but on account of you and yours we cannot make pace with the Turks because they wish to pass through our country to attack and plunder you; in addition, they force us to work against the Catholic faith and against you. But our strong desire is never to do anything bad against you and we will never be separated from you willingly, as we have told you, as we are sworn to be your faithful brothers and friends. This is why we have retained the Turkish messenger until you receive this news. You can judge for yourselves that when a man or a Prince is strong and powerful, he can make peace as he wants to; but when he is weak, a stronger one will come and do what wants to him. This is why, herewith, we ask all of you, with sincerity, that when you read this, immediately send, for our good and for yours, without hesitation, 200 or 100 or 50 chosen men to help us by next Sunday. When the Turks see the power of the Hungarians they will be softer and we will tell them that more men will come. And thus, we will be able to arrange our affairs and yours in a good manner, until we receive orders from his majesty, the King. As I have told you, for your and our well-being and defense, hurry as quickly as you can because, we swear before God, that we are thinking more of your welfare and security than of ours. And you should think about what we and ours deserve in fairness and in honor, as there may be some people who think badly of us and who are working against is [referring to exiles, especially Dan, brother of Vladislav II, who was plotting against Dracula]. You should be enemies of such men, as we are toward your enemies; do to them what we are now doing for you. Târgoviște, the Friday after St. Mary’s Day [10 September], in the year of our Lord 1456.

Vlad, prince of Wallachia, and ruler of Făgăraș.

Your brother and friend in all.

Source: Nicolae Iorga, Scrisori de boieri, scrisori de domni, 2nd ed. (Vălenii-de-Munte, 1925), pp. 164-165.

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