Papers relating to Lord Byron's dealings with Francis Merryweather

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The Papers relating to Lord Byron's dealings with Francis Merryweather consists of correspondence and documents. The correspondence consists of one letter written from Merryweather to the General Police Headquarters of Venice and one letter written from one of Merryweather's children to Lord Byron. Among the documents are bills and receipts addressed to Lord Byron for goods he purchased from Merryweather in 1817 and 1818. The remaining documents, written in Italian, relate to Lord Byron's legal proceedings against Merryweather.
Merryweather, Francis (Creator)
Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824 (Associated name)
Castelli, Jacopo, 1791-1849 (Author)
Merryweather, Francis (Author)
Merryweather, G (Author)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1817-1862 [1817-1819]
Library locations
Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle
Shelf locator: Pforz MS
Grocers -- Italy -- 19th century
Receipts (Acknowledgments) -- Italy -- 19th century
Biographical/historical: Francis Merryweather was an English shopkeeper in Venice from whom Lord Byron had bought a number of goods, mostly alcoholic beverages and condiments. Toward the end of 1817, Merryweather was fined by Italian authorities for voilating import laws; Byron loaned Merryweather 600 lire to pay the fine. Later, angered by some "ingratitude" of Merryweather, Byron brought legal action against him for repayment of the loan, plus interest and court fees. For more on the Byron-Merryweather controversy see Shelley and his Circle, volume VII, pages 311-315.
Physical Description
Extent: 14 items
Type of Resource
Other local Identifier: Pforz MS
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19613730
MSS Unit ID: 22148
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 23d37fe0-d501-013c-d36a-0242ac110002
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