Thomas Platter and the Educational Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century

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CHAPTER XVI
DEBT--SICKNESS--PURCHASE OF HOUSES

THE dear old gentlemen, Conrad Rosch, now deceased, and Cratander, saw clearly that I would get myself heavily in debt, and that I was even already in debt. Mr. Conrad said: "Thomas, watch yourself, and give heed, that you shun the little creditors the most, for it is much easier to become indebted to one for a thousand guilders than for ten or twenty. For the little dogs always make such very great outcry that one can scarcely trust them. The large dogs one can much better keep silent." But Cratander gave me the advice that among them to whom I was indebted I should always consider that one to be the best who applied to me the most frequently to pay. For these would be much more useful to me, and would hold me up; for the others, who demanded nothing of me, made me negligent. "They have harmed me most, who have loaned me the more, the longer I borrowed, so that I at last have come into the greatest debt. I little know how things will go after my death." This he said to me on his deathbed, for he died soon thereafter. And if Bebelius and Frobenius had not done the best to con-

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