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GUICCIOLI Teresa - ALS 1835 Byron's last mistress praises poet Henry Driver

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Teresa Gamba GUICCIOLI (1800-1873)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Cssa.T. Guiccioli Gamba”) to “Stimo Signore” (identified from the envelope pasted to the integral blank leaf as Henry Austin Driver), thanking him for the poem which Lady Blessington had forwarded to her.
1 page 4to in Italian, 16 Maddox Street, London, 15 August 1835.        
Trans: “I receive, through the Countess of Blessington, the [volume of] beautiful poetic compositions which you have been pleased to address to me. I read it with keen interest and with that pleasure that is so rarely felt in joining a noble mind to such a distinct talent. Please therefore accept, sir, these words that show the sincere expression of the feelings of my most distinguished consideration and gratitude.
Henry Austin Driver was a great admirer of Lord Byron, and spent a great deal of time and energy attempting, unsuccessfully, to have a monument erected to him. His own poetry showed the influence of Byron, and it seems that he composed a work about Byron and referring also to Teresa Guiccioli.
Teresa Guiccioli was not yet eighteen, and had only been married to the very much older Count Guiccioli for a matter of days, when she met Lord Byron. Twelve years her senior, Byron had already acquired a reputation in England which earned him Lady Caroline Lamb’s “mad, bad and dangerous to know”. His reputation did not dissuade her, and a year later, Byron wrote to her that “I assure you that you shall be my last Passion”. 
After the death of Count Guiccioli she married the French Marquis de Boissy, and a previous collector has lightly pencilled, “Marchioness de Boissy” at the top of the letter.
As noted above, the envelope, with the name of the recipient and remnants of her broken seal are tipped onto the blank leaf.


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