Camillo Benso, count of Cavour (1810-1861) to anonymous Turin, November 18, 1855
Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, is recognized as a leading figure of Italian politics during the country's process of unification. In 1861, King Victor Emmanuel made him officially the first Prime Minister of the newly united Italy. Although he dedicated his career to the unification of Italy, he disagreed with the more radical factions of the Risorgimento (resurgence), the name given to the movement for Italian unification. This letter, dated 1855, reveals Cavour's interest in trade, economics, and statistics. Cavour is here sending some inquiries, through friendly connections, to obtain certain up-to-date publications that may be relevant to his studies.
Professor Carrosio has given me the documents that you had provided for Mr. Mayan. I thank you very much for this and I ask if you could be the intermediary of my gratitude to Mr. Goulburn [Henry (?), 1784-1855] […].
You would oblige me greatly if you could send the following inquiries:
- 2 copies of the second volume of Mr. Leone Levi [1821-1888] "Commercial Law of the world" edited by William Benning 
- 1 copy of [Charles M.] Willich new edition of the Income Tax tables [1843, 1853] […]