Autograph Letter Signed

O'REILLY, Patrick Thomas (1833-92)

From Main Street Fine Books & Mss, ABAA (Galena, IL, U.S.A.)

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This Irish-born prelate was name the first Roman Catholic bishop of Springfield (Massachusetts) in 1870, serving until his death; under his tutelage, the Diocese of Springfield flourished enormously. ALS, 1p, 5" X 8", Springfield, MA, 1878 February 18. Addressed to Edward B. Cook. Near fine. Interesting content to an admirer trying to obtain a signature of Pope Pius IX, who had died on February 7: "I regret that I cannot accommodate you with an autograph of the late Pope, Pius 9th," writes O'Reilly. "I think it is exceedingly difficult to find an authentic autograph of his. Almost all the documents received from Rome were signed by Secretaries in the name of the Pope; and I heard that he was much averse to multiplying autographs." Handsomely signed, below which he adds "Bp. of Springfield." A nice example -- and unusual to find a bishop commenting on the pope's signing habits. He was right, too - Pius autograph material is extremely scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 32502

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Main Street Fine Books & Manuscripts has been buying and selling quality books, autographs and ephemera since 1991. We specialize in general antiquarian, first editions, signed books and autographs and documents. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA), Midwest Antiquarian Booksellers Association (MWABA), Universal Autograph Collectors Club (UACC) and The Manuscript Society.

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