Lot 311: Italian priest (1815–1888), who, in recognition of his work on behalf of disadvantaged youth, was canonized in 1934. ALS in Italian, signed "Sac. Bosco Gio," one page, 5.25 x 8.5, October 11, 1858. Untranslated letter to Joseph Cotta, in which Bosco recalls a stay in his hometown of Castelnuovo di Asti with his children, and pays homage to his correspondent, offering "a token of my gratitude, and by all my boys." In fine condition, with intersecting folds.
As John Bosco began his mission to improve the lives of orphan boys, seeking out shelter and employment, he faced widespread opposition from various quarters—the clergy, accusing him of stealing boys away from their parishes; nationalist politicians, certain that he was recruiting young men for the revolution; and average citizens, simply unhappy with the noise of hundreds of boys. Despite the controversy, Chevalier Joseph Cotta, a distinguished banker, senator, and philanthropist, became a major benefactor in his pursuits. Helping finance Bosco's purchase of the Pinardi House in 1850, he played an important role in the start of the Oratorio. A wonderful and scarce letter offering heartfelt gratitude to a generous friend.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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