Jun 17, 2021 - Sale 2573

Sale 2573 - Lot 53

Price Realized: $ 1,062
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
HELPING DICKENS TO GET "ACQUAINTED WITH SOME OF OUR 'SLAUGHTERED SAINTS'" (REVOLUTIONARIES.) MAZZINI, GIUSEPPE. Autograph Letter Signed, "Jos[eph] Mazzini," to author Charles Dickens, in English, thanking him and his wife's sister for their hospitality, giving a Swiss address, and sending a book about the Italian nationalists Attilio and Emilio Bandiera [not present]. 1 1/2 pages, 8vo, with integral blank; collector's ink stamp at upper right of first page ("Dr. Max Thorek"), faint scattered soiling, tissue repair to separation at fold in blank. [London], "Friday" [1846]

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"Now that the battle is 'lost and won'--there is always loss in such battles as these--allow me to express once more my thankfulness to you and to Miss [Georgina] Hogarth for all the trouble you have so kindly taken to redeem the honour of a man who was a perfect stranger to you and had not the least claim to your help. . . . I would have gladly given up--when I watched Miss Hogarth's feelings in the witness box--all my individual concerns. . . .
". . . I send along with this an address of ours to the Swiss Central Government and a little Italian book on the two brothers Bandiera and their fellow martyrs at Cosenza. Writing as you are on Italy, you will, perhaps, like to get more acquainted with some of our 'slaughtered saints'."
Toward the end of 1845, a man impersonating Giuseppe Mazzini solicited and received money from Charles Dickens, who was supportive of various laudable causes for which Mazzini had become known among the British public. In 1846, the man was caught, whereupon Dickens invited Mazzini to dine with him. Later, Mazzini gave Dickens a tour of the school for Italian boys he founded at Clerkenwell in London.