Shadrach Allard papers 1845-1865 (bulk 1853-1858)
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This collection is made up of correspondence and other materials related to Luigi Palma di Cesnola. The first item is a letter of introduction for Hiram Hitchcock of New York City, who later became one of Cesnola's correspondents (October 30, 1866). Cesnola later wrote to Hitchcock about his discovery of a letter by Mehmet Arif (March 6, 1887), the end of the Spanish-American War and its implications for construction of a Nicaraguan canal (August 13, 1898), and his work at the Metropolitan Museum of New York ( Ibid .). Several letters concern Cesnola's visit to Italy during the summer of 1900; he discussed his activities, which included honorary banquets, and other aspects of his trip, such as the assassination of King Umberto I (August 15, 1900).
Additional items include a newspaper clipping regarding Cesnola's audience with King Umberto prior to the king's death, an autographed photograph of Cesnola inscribed to Hitchcock, and a catalog advertising the sale of manuscripts related to Cesnola's imprisonment at Libby Prison during the Civil War (1923).