Letter to Cervantes

5th May 1587

Dear Miguel,

    Since you profess to be Christian, let me appeal to your conscience. Now that you have taken Catalina as bride, shouldn't your demeanor be más circunspecto? Recently I have heard rumors about a peasant maid you're consorting with & fear she'll cause you nothing but grief.
    No doubt all men are fools in some way, but don't be a wayward beast. I dare say you have a bright future if you can cauteloso en tus asuntos. Alas, we cannot live as heathens or consort with anyone we please. As servants of our loving Jesus (and gracious King) we must be clean in conscience.
    The lords at court will no doubt laugh at you and those in power consider you nothing but a buffoon. However, I know at least a part of you is heroic, so be resolute and gentlemanly rather than a target of lampoons. Do not fawn upon courtiers of sensibility: your misión is ultimately not of this world. Remember your brothers in the Order, and may thy conscience guide thee well. This world for the most part is nothing but grief, but soon enough the splendors of His True Kingdom will be seen!

– Timotei