Letters of John Huss Written During His Exile and Imprisonment/Letter 52, To John of Chlum

For other English-language translations of this work, see Letter of Jan Hus to Wenzel de Duba.



I am greatly rejoiced that the Seignior Wenceslaus desires to take to himself a wife, and to flee from the vanities of the world. It is time he should retrace his steps. He has for a long time travelled kingdoms, played at the lance, wearied his body, spent his fortune, and offended his soul. Let him then renounce such a life, and dwell at home in peace with his wife and servants, there to serve God. It is better, indeed, to serve God without sin, in peace and tranquillity of mind, than to serve any other master amidst great anxieties, and to the peril of our souls. Give these lines to my excellent friend to read.

The Lord still preserves the life of John Huss, and will continue to do so, as long as it is his good-will, against the efforts of avaricious, proud, and impious men of this Council, where there are but few (God knows if I exaggerate) who obey his precept.

Written on the Festival of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.

John Huss, in hope, servant of Jesus Christ.

  1. Hist. et Monum. Johann. Huss, Epist. xxiii.