Lot 256: ALS in Italian, signed "Benedictus PP XV," three pages on two adjoining sheets, 6.75 x 9.25, December 20, 1917. Letter to the papal secret chamberlain Rudolf Gerlach in Munich, who had a leave of absence for military service from his office in the Vatican for convocation. In part (roughly translated): "I too have experienced great sorrow for his departure from Rome, and in this story I have seen evidence of the lack of freedom and independence…[Yet] she retained the title and the check, she has kept the apartment and the degree of seniority…If she had said that she had joined the Nunciature of Monaco, one would have thought that his duties to the Pope had ceased, and then could cause difficulties for his military situation in Bavaria; but, saying that it is simply conceded, it seems that his call…is impossible." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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