So it was already decided that Frederick Trenk should go to jail for a year. Only the reason had yet to be found.
There were two reasons for this: one was Amalia and the other was Miranda. But the European Court of Justice for the Amalias and the Mirands will not judge anyone. We are not in Turkey. The sultan, the shah, can tie and tie up for this kind of evil, but a European (a German) ruler has to come up with some other excuse to punish the object of his anger.
We recall that Frigyes Trenk once received a letter from his mother referring to the attached letter from Ferencz Trenk. In this, he designates his uncle’s nephew as the heir of his estates in Hungary.
This is so far.
How did Ferencz Trenk decide this? We’ll find out the reason for that later. It was Dæmoni malicia from him, not kinship love.
Frigyes Trenk showed this letter to Jasinszky. Encouraged by this, he set out to respond to his uncle. The meaning of the answer was that Frigyes Trenk gratefully rejects the Hungarian heritage,-161- as for which he does not wish to replace his homeland with another: if, on the other hand, his brother sends him a couple of good Hungarian horses, he will take it with thanks.
He encouraged Jasinszky to send this letter to Ferenc Trenk.
In these two Trenk cases, the true is so deliberately confused with the false, the probable with the unbelievable, that we must realize at the last that what is unbelievable in it is true and what is probable is false.
In Ferencz Trenk’s tragedy, Todbitter referred to the letter the pandur leader wrote to his nephew when he sent his captured horses back to him. That letter was short, a few lines long. This is true.
When King Frederick returned to his camp after the triumphant battle, he found it completely robbed. Frederick Trenk sighed that his two good paripas had been taken away: for this the king had given him one of the horses of his own line. It was a great grace and an honor. By evening, his captured horseman with his two paripas and Ferencz Trenk’s letter was already there. The king didn’t like it. He told Frederick Trenk, “well, if you have got your horses back, you don’t need my horse.” And he took back the royal present from him.
However, the letter the liberated groom handed to Frederick Trenk did not contain what Todbitter had brought up; but he said:
«My dear brother! From your letter from Berlin, I understood that you would like to receive Hungarian horses from me to train them in the fight against my hussars and pandurs. During the war, I gained experience that Burkus Trenk was also a waist soldier. Behold, I will send back unto you my own horses, which my men have brought, that I may give a sign of my esteem. However, if you want to sit on a Hungarian paripa, come here next door for the glide and take mine from me if you know. However, if you better want to come that way-162-to me as your brother, you will find hugging arms with me. Your uncle is most willing to receive his brother, in whom he believes to invent his son, heir and friend. ”
Frederick Trenk, as he read this letter, immediately handed it to his superior, Yasinsky, who kept it with him. They laughed at it.
It is also possible that Ferencz Trenk wrote this letter. This deception fits quite into his character. If it did someone seemingly good, he set it up just to put something in danger and then laugh a lot at him. But it is also plausible that Jasinszky himself fabricated this letter. In vague cases, the jurist asks, “Cui prodest?” («Who do you use it for?”) Jasinszky owed four hundred gold to Frigyes Trenk and had to pay this debt of honor when he arrived in Berlin. He used this case!
Frederick Trenk was captured that night and taken captive to Glatz Castle under the cover of fifty hussars: without any investigation, trial or conviction. That’s what Jasinszky told him when he accepted that he was accused of treason and complicity with the enemy: the accusation was based on a letter from Ferenc Trenk.
And Frederick Trenk believed that.
He had a day, he had a moon; he hasn’t seen it yet.
It was a sin to be loved so much by the women.
Jasinszky was a low-minded, malevolent man, a secret spy and an insider to the king. He later fell a great deal, was caught in disgrace.