Origin of the work:
1878 Prague, Beseda učitelská 10, nos.18, 19, 21
1912 Brno, Veškeré spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. XVII
1972 Prague, Vybrané spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. VI
When in 1631 the Saxons occupied Prague, it awoke in the Brethren the hope of a return to their homeland, and they could also hope that they would in future be able to freely confess their religion. At the same time, they felt it necessary to consider their standpoints on a number of fundamental questions. Comenius therefore drew up this treatise, submitted to the select council of the Brethren. It resolved four questions:
1. What is the Unitas Fratrum, and what are its essential characteristics?
2. Is it necessary to preserve unity, how and in what?
3. Is it necessary to think of the expansion of the church? If the Unity of Brethren does not spread, it will die...
4. By what means may the Unity of Brethren be preserved and expand:
a) will it merge with other evangelical churches, which would bring certain advantages?
b) or will the religious and moral particulars of the church be preserved and elevated?
The manuscript is now held by the National Museum, Prague.
For further study, see also:
Vybrané spisy J. A. Komenského, vol.VI. Prague 1972, pp63-64
Veškeré spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. XVII. Brno 1912, pp263-265
J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp201-103
Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, pp279-280