count of Nassau-Dillenburg-Dietz (1483-1538). DS ("Henry"). Tournehem (Pas-de-Calais). 20.02.1500. Oblong 8vo (106 x 162 mm). 1 p., address panel to verso.
In French, to the Knights of the Golden Fleece. In 1499 Henry’s uncle, count Engelbert II, invited him to the Burgundian Netherlands as his heir. On the death of his uncle in 1504, Henry inherited the Nassau possessions in the Netherlands, including the wealthy lordship of Breda in the duchy of Brabant. He was an important confidant of the young Emperor Charles V, serving as his chamberlain and as ambassador to Francis I. In this short letter Henry acknowledges receipt of a letter from the Knights of the Toison d’Or, via Maistre Laurent du Blioul ("greffier" or registrar of the order), to whom he has rendered a report and he declares himself at their service.