This is the first letter written from Hans Landis, to his family from Oettenbach in 1637.(note: this is the son of Hans Landis the Martyr).
I wish you my friendly greetings, my dear wife, and also all of you, above all through Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour, amen.
I am, furthermore, letting you know what my circumstances are, that I am well and healthy, and completely consoled by God's grace, may the almighty God watch over me and preserve everyone in His truth until then, amen. I want to let you know that the men have come to us twice since I have been imprisoned here, and they will return to us some more; therefore, pray to God earnestly for us that He may give us the will to speak and to be silent when it is necessary.
Furthermore, I ask you, my dear house-mother that you diligently watch over the children, and admonish them to pray and to sleep and to be God-fearing, as you well know what I spoke with you about when I was still with you. And you children, I exhort you to be very obedient; if the Lord makes me free again I will be able to show you further how to be a true steward of His commands throughout the land, with you whole will, and with Christ's will; nothing else should be heeded than God and the word of His blessed commands, and this should be truly praised by all of us, and pray to God earnestly for us that we are also of a mind to do this for you all, amen.
Heinrich, when you are out herding, take very good care of the cattle and let them graze on straw, but with Hirzi and Brandi and Bruni it does not matter, and have them butchered into mixed wieners, if their bellies are thick in weight I will be well satisfied, and also send us sausage and meat; you should make the meat well-cooked so that it is good to eat cold, and do it as I discussed with you, as I did it when I was butchering.
[Back of page:] written by me, Hans Landis, imprisoned in Oettenbach, to my married sister in the Siten, residing in the lower house.
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