Saturday, May 26, 2007

To: The Duchy of Mieczyslaw from The Grand Duchy of Stollen

My Dear Duke,

Thank you for your recent correspondence with Herr von Wilkowiczeske, who has referred the matter to me for more personal attention. Please do send an ambassador to our capital city of Krankenstadt at your earliest convenience with the merchants to follow later in the summer. In turn, representatives from our own Grand Duchy will do the same.

Since our winters can arrive early, and with some ferocity, we think it wise for any settlers, if they shall come from your Duchy, to begin making plans at once. It would be most ideal for those families to set out for the easternmost reaches of Stollen on or before the end of June this year, so that they are in place before mid-August and at work on dwellings and shelter for any stock they might bring with them for the establishment of their new farms before the onset of winter.

Typically, our first snowfall in Stollen occurs by mid-October. Please use this piece of information as a gauge for advising those families who plan to leave Mieczyslaw to set up residence in eastern Stollen along the Polish-Lithuanian frontier. We envision that there is room in the area for 150-175 families to set up farms based around half a dozen church parishes with the accompanying small villages that will, undoubtedly, grow up in time.

While Stollen officially adheres to the Protestant cause, we are of course open to settlers of the Orthodox or Catholic persuasions. Indeed, our Grand Duke Irwin-Amadeus II welcomes people of any faith, and we do have small Jewish, Calvinist, and Mennonite communities in the Grand Duchy of Stollen.

With the above in mind, may the Grand Duchy of Stollen send agents to your country forthwith to encourage emigration from Mieczyslaw to Stollen? Please indicate your wishes and concerns on the matter to me directly. I remain your humble servant.

Most Sincerely,

Udo Dirkschneider von Pfeffernuβe

Foreign Minister for the Grand Duchy of Stollen

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