University Archives

Lot 132

Previous image preload Next image preload


Giuseppe Garibaldi 2 Fatherly ALSs to General William Bartlett & His Wife

Two complete autograph letters signed on one sheet, measuring 8.25" x 10.5", Caprera, Italy, both dated April 2, 1866. the letters can easily be separated at the mid-horizontal fold to measure 8.25" x 5.25" each. Both are written in Italian and are signed "G. Garibaldi." The first letter is addressed to General William Francis Bartlett, a translation reading: "I love you like a son - so wherever I am I will always be happy to hear from you. Give from me an affectionate kiss to your wife. Remember me dearly to the entire Boston family - and keep me for life, G. Garibaldi." The second is addressed to Mrs. Bartlett and is translated to read: "I instruct the General to give you - from me - an affectionate kiss. Therefore, turn your beautiful cheek with good grace - and always remember me to be, G. Garibaldi." With original envelope addressed by Garibaldi to "General / W.F. Bartlett / Baring & Bros / London." Postmarked La Maddalena, April 3, 1866.

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807–1882) was an Italian military leader who spearheaded the movement to unite Italy in the mid-1800s. He condemned the oppression of the Italian people, and his revolutionary instincts inspired people on both sides of the Atlantic. He lived an adventurous life, which included stints as a fisherman, sailor, and soldier. His activities led to his exile in 1836, and he spent the majority of his time in South America but also Boston and New York. His exile ended in 1854.

William Francis Bartlett (1840-1876) was a Union general who served with and commanded several regiments from Massachusetts. Over the course of the war, he was wounded four separate times and fought at such battles as Yorktown, Port Hudson, the Wilderness, and the Crater. He also spend two months in Libby Prison in the fall of 1864. After the war, he married Mary Agnes Pomeroy and the couple spent 8 months touring Europe. During this trip, Bartlett spent a night at Garibaldi's home, who he'd made the acquaintance of years earlier when the Italian general had visited Bartlett's father. He later settled in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and died of tuberculosis at the age of 36.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


Accepts online payments

Accepted Forms of Payment

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Money Order / Cashiers Check, Paypal, Personal Check, Visa, Wire Transfer


We do our own in-house worldwide shipping!

Applicable shipping and handling charges will be added to the invoice. We offer several shipping options, and remain one of the few auction houses who proudly provides professional in-house shipping as an option to our clients. All items will ship with signature required, and full insurance. Most items are sent via Federal Express, with P. O. Box addresses being sent through USPS. We insure through Berkley Asset Protection with rates of $.70 per $100 of value, among the lowest insurance rates in the industry. Our shipping department cameras document every package, both outgoing and incoming, for maximum security. In addition, we compare our shipping and handling rates against those of other auction houses, to ensure that our charges are among the lowest in the trade.

Upon winning your item(s), you will receive an invoice with our in-house shipping and handling fees included. ***We will ship to the address as it appears on your invoice, unless you inform us otherwise, immediately upon your receipt of invoice***

International shipments: In order to comply with our insurance provider, all international shipments will be sent via Fed Ex and customs paperwork will show a value of $1.00. International buyers should contact our office directly with any questions regarding this policy.

Third Party Shipping Option: If a third party shipper is preferred, the buyer is responsible for contacting them directly to make shipping arrangements. For your convenience, we have provided some recommended shippers. For your protection, we will require a signed release from you, confirming your authorization for us to release your lots to your specified third party Please copy and paste this following link into your browser: http://universityarchives.com/UserFiles/ShippingInfo.pdf. At that point, our responsibility and insurance coverage for your item(s) ceases. Items picked up by third party shippers are required to pay Connecticut sales tax. Items requiring third party shipping due to being oversized, fragile or bulky will be denoted in the item description.

Please see our full terms and conditions for names of suggested third party shippers.

After payment has been made in full, University Archives will ship your purchase within 5 business days following receipt of full payment for item.

Please remember that the buyer is responsible for all shipping costs from University Archives' offices in Wilton, CT to the buyer's door. Please see full Terms and Conditions of Sale.

April 14, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

Wilton, CT, US

You agree to pay a buyer's premium of up to 25.0% and any applicable taxes and shipping.

View full terms and conditions

Bid Increments
From: To: Increments:
$0 $99 $10
$100 $299 $20
$300 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $2,999 $200
$3,000 $4,999 $250
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,500
$50,000 + $5,000