Delfico, Melchiorre, Italian economist (1744-1835). Autograph letter signed.

Milan, 25. VII. 1804.

4to. 1¾ pp.


Probably to his elder brother Giamberardino Delfico, announcing his departure from Milan, a stay in the Republic of San Marino, a subsequent visit to the recipient in Ascoli Piceno, and answering questions concerning the educational institutions of San Marino: "Io partirò di qui senza fatto nella ventura settimana. Mi tratteno in S. Marino fine ai principi di Settembre; e poi passerò in Ascoli, doce ricevei il dono della vostra amcizia. Che posso dirvi di stabilimenti letterari di questa Republica? Buono, mediocre, cattivo, sono qualità che si combinano in tutti i stabilimenti umani [...]". In a short postcript, Delfico supposes that the recipient must have received "the book", possibly his 1804 "Memorie storiche della Repubblica di San Marino", also mentioning his friend, the archaeologist Giuseppe Micali.

Fearing retributions for his participation in the provisorial government of the short-lived Parthenopean Republic or Republic of Naples in 1799, Melchiorre Delfico went into exile in San Marino for seven years and was awarded citizenship of the small republic in 1802. From 1806 to 1815 he served as counsellor to the Bonapartist Kings of Naples, Joseph Bonaparte and Joachim Murat. During the Bourbon restoration of Ferdinand IV he was appointed president of the commission of archives, from which office he retired in 1825.

With recipient's note in ink. Traces of folds. Minimal browning.

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