Sforza Letter Dated October 21, 1462

Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza, 1462
Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza, 1462

Letter dated October 21, 1462 sent by Duke Francesco Sforza of Milan to his resident ambassador in Florence, Nicodemo Tranchedini da Pontremoli. Original in Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, Fonds Italien, Cod. 1595, fol.291. Microfilm copy in The Ilardi Microfilm Collection: Renaissance Diplomatic Documents ca. 1450-ca. 1500, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, Reel No. 1762. Index to the Collection: www.library.yale.edu/Ilardi/il-hom,e.htm


Because there are many who request of us eyeglasses that are made there in Florence, since it is reputed that they are made more perfectly [there] than in any other place in Italy, we wish and charge you to send us three dozens of the aforesaid eyeglasses placed in cases so that they will not break; that is to say, one dozen of those apt and suitable for distant vision, that is for the young; another [dozen] that are suitable for near vision, that is for the elderly; and the third [dozen] for normal vision. We inform you that we do not want them for our use because, thank God, we do not need them, but we want them in order to please this one or that one who asks us for them. Send them by the post of our couriers directing them to our secretary Giovanni Simonetta. Inform us of their cost so that we can send you the money. Given in Milan, 21 October 1462.


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