Lot 617: ALS signed "Byron," one page, 4.75 x 7.25, November 10, 1820. Letter to Signor Albaghetti. In full: "I have heard of no change of English Ministry—and should doubt it—for the present, though it will probably occur ere long. I have not received Lugano papers—nor has any one else—even at Milan. The cause is probably the freedom of its reflections after the Conferences of Troppau. The moment I am aware of anything that would interest you in my English news by letters or Gazettes—you shall have it—there will probably be something of the kind on Thursday." Byron adds the recipient's name, "Sig'r Albaghetti," and address to the reverse of the second integral page. In very good condition, moderate overall soiling (partially affecting the signature area) and professionally silked on the reverse to repair light paper loss and small tears (one just above the signature).When writing this letter Byron was living in Ravenna, Italy, and working on the fifth canto of his famous masterpiece, Don Juan, while Europe was struggling with widespread political unrest and revolution. The Congress of Troppau, which had occurred at the end of October, was a conference of the Quadruple Alliance called to discuss ways of suppressing the revolution in nearby Naples that had begun in July. Meanwhile, Great Britain was engrossed in royal scandal after the ascension of King George IV to the throne; despising his wife and hoping to dissolve their marriage to deprive her of the title of queen, the potential divorce stirred up a sensational and salacious debate in the House of Lords. The deciding vote on the subject was held on the day Byron penned these observations from afar. An interesting letter demonstrating the Romantic's keen awareness of world politics.
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