My most illustrious lord,
I send to your Excellency an iron (fero) that I have reproduced from yours, which, not so much in beauty, but in its fineness is so hard that I think it will greatly please, as I have annealed it very hard and with care. I have finished [or sharpened] it at the point in such a way that nothing further will be needed so that it may attach [attaccare can also mean attack]. But good or ill that it [the iron] may be, I present it willingly and pray that your lordship will deign to accept it with good will and [that your lordship] will be certain that if I knew how I could do anything that would please you, I would never tire [of doing it], because being your subject I regard you as my lord and master etcetera.
Authorization to reproduce number 37-2011.