Sicily & England; Political and Social Reminiscences 1848-1870

Sicily & England; Political and Social Reminiscences 1848-1870

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...and to his great discomfiture was made the object of a popular ovation. The Scalia family, without exception, belonged to the Moderate party, called " Malva" by the more advanced Liberals and Republicans. The two brothers therefore attracted the sympathies and friendship of those who were numbered amongst the more Conservative of the patriots. I never heard any details of the revolutions of 1848 and 1860, from my father himself, as he was too modest to talk of his own exploits; and, unhappily, in the days when I could have learnt so much, I was indifferent to the subject of my country's struggles. My information, alas! has had to be gleaned from others. I may here say that my father was in principle an aristocrat but in practice a democrat, and adored by the lower classes, to whom he was ever ready to give the benefit of his wide knowledge, and to help in every way in his power. Another friend of the Scalias in London was the Marchese D'Azeglio, then representing Sardinia at the Court of St. James's, who, although he was quite cognisant of all that went on amongst the exiles, was debarred from taking any open part in their meetings by reason of his official position. In after years I had the good fortune to know this gracious old statesman, who by his tact and savoir-faire did so much to popularise the Italian cause amongst the English people during his stay in London. His mental capacity was not of the same order as that of his uncle, the great Massimo, but the esteem in which he was held by English statesmen, and the personal friendships he made, were of great service to the Italian cause. My uncle was much drawn towards D'Azeglio, their moderate political views with regard to Italy being the same. These views of my uncle prevented him from...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236678931
  • 9781236678935