"Per la soppressione della Compagnia di Gesù". Manuscript copy of a sonnet.
8vo. Italian manuscript on paper. ½ p.
Unpublished sonnet attributed to a Count Marescalchi of Ferrara. The poem describes the Society of Jesus as a crumbling "bulwark of two centuries", likening it to the Tower of Babel and lamenting their vanity. It concludes with the assertion that the Jesuits are guilty of their own ruin: "Te stessa incolpa della tua ruina".
The sonnet is dated to 16 August 1773, less than a month after the suppression of the Jesuits by Pope Clement XIV through the papal brief "Dominus ac Redemptor Noster". This controversial political act led to a surge in propaganda for and against the Jesuits and the Pope.
The word "Emine[n]za" written on the verso, potentially indicating a dedication. Minor brownstaining.