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Mattheus Wens was a Mennonite of Antwerp, Belgium, a mason by trade and a deacon of the congregation. His wife Maeyken Wens was apprehended and put to death at Antwerp on 6 October 1573. While she was in prison Mattheus wrote her a letter, and Maeyken wrote her reply on the back of the same sheet and returned the letter. This letter, a unique martyrs' document and the only extant autographic letter of a martyr, is now in the [[Amsterdam Mennonite Library (Bibliotheek en Archief van de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente te Amsterdam)|Amsterdam Mennonite Archives]]. Maeyken's letter is found in van Braght's Martyrs Mirror; that of her husband was published by S. Cramer in Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1904): 119 f.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Mattheus Wens (d. 1573)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 30 May 2016.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Mattheus Wens (d. 1573). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 May 2016, from

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