KOSSUTH, Lajos (1802-1894). Thirteen autograph letters signed and one autograph letter (incomplete) addressed to a friend ('Kedves Baratom', an unidentified sympathiser in London), Turin, 3 January 1863 - 2 October 1871, in Hungarian, writing in exile mainly on personal matters, the illness of his wife, his difficulties, sometimes referring to events in Hungary, on mourning paper, 67 pages, 8vo.
Kossuth had moved to Italy from England in 1859 during the war between Austria and Sardinia, and began the organisation of a Hungarian legion there. Personal tragedy followed. His daughter died in 1861, and his wife three years later. After the conclusion of the Austro-Hungarian compromise agreement in December 1867, signalling the end of his hopes of provoking a Hungarian uprising and achieving full Hungarian independence, he continued to use mourning paper for all his correspondence up to his death. The letters include many revealing details of his life at this period, when his correspondent evidently acted as his agent in London and carried out innumerable commissions for him - the forwarding of cases, the search for particular products, for linen underwear, for medicines. Deprived of Hungarian citizenship in 1879, Kossuth died at Turin, but was buried in Pest. (14)