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    Alexandre Dumas, père, Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 9" x 7.25" sight size, January 12, 1861, Naples, in French, retaining the original red wax seal. Dumas writes to "Capitane di Rohan alla Vittoria", "A thousand thanks for your offer, Sir. I accept wholeheartedly, but I don't want to be indebted to you. And I would very much like to have the honor to see you to thank you and speak a while about Caprera. [translated]." Attractively matted and framed with a Carte de Visite of Dumas, 14.5" x 18.5", overall. Folds and residue of mounting at the edges, else fine.

    Dumas's letter was written shortly after the famous meeting between Giuseppe Garibaldi and Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy, and Sardinia at Teano when Garibaldi addressed him as King of Italy and shook his hand. Garibaldi rode into Naples at the king's side on November 7, 1860, then retired to the rocky island of Caprera, refusing to accept any reward for his services. Alexandre Dumas co-authored The Memoirs of Garibaldi published in 1861. An interesting letter worthy of further research.

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