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Handwritten letter from Empress Teresa Cristina (1848)

Handwritten letter from Empress Teresa Cristina (1848)

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Pregnant with Dom Pedro II's fourth and last child, the devout Empress Teresa Cristina thanks a Cardinal for his Christmas wishes.

  • Handwritten letter from Empress Teresa Cristina to Cardinal Oppissoni.
  • One page.
  • In Portuguese.
  • 20.5 cm x 15 cm.
  • Rio de Janeiro, February 19, 1848.
  • Good state.
  • Unique piece.

Most Illustrious Most Reverend in Christ Father Cardinal Oppizzoni, my
as a very dear Brother. I, Dona Theresa Christina Maria, Empress of
Brazil, I send you a warm greeting with great satisfaction, I received your letter,
Finally, on the occasion of the Solemnity of the Blessed Christmas, I could witness
your interest in my prosperity. This way of feeling is more
a reason for me to show the esteem I have for you
merit. Most Illustrious Reverend in Christ Father Cardinal
Oppissoni, my dear Brother, may Our Lord have
your person in his holy guard. Writing in the Rio Palace
de Janeiro on February 19, 1848.

Empress x.

The life of Teresa Cristina (1822 - 1889), wife of Dom Pedro II since 1843, when she arrived from Italy, was characterized by discretion. The Empress was not beautiful, but she had other qualities, such as joy and a broad culture, which won over the emperor, both of whom lived together for forty-six years. Religiosity was also part of his personality, being prestigious in the Vatican, as witnessed by this letter addressed to a cardinal, whom he thanked, on February 19, 1848, for the congratulations received at Christmas the previous year. In 1847, Leopoldina was born and, writing this letter, Teresa Cristina was already pregnant with the couple's fourth and last child, Pedro Afonso.

Letters from Dom Pedro II's wife are rare, even more so when signed "Empress".

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