Vincenzo Gioberti (1801-1852) to Alessandro Repetti (1822-1890) April 26, 1850
Vincenzo Gioberti was an Italian politician and philosopher. He became President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 1848, and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sardinia from December 1848 to February 1849. In April of 1850, Gioberti wrote to Alessandro Ripetti, a journalist, publisher and printmaker. Repetti founded the Tipografia e Libreria Elvetica di Capolago (1830-1853) which was the clandestine press of the Italian Risorgimento patriots, established in Switzerland. Gioberti was about to send a first draft of one of his books to his publisher. In this letter he conveys his anxiety about sending his manuscript during this time of turmoil. He fears that he may lose his writings if they are sent to Switzerland via Milan.