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    Aldo Antonicelli
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      Please, I would like to know if any member may have an access to the Livingston Library of the William Webb Institute at New York.
      I am researching into the relations between the american shipbuilder William Webb and the prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sardinian, then Kingdom of Italy, count Camillo Benso di Cavour, relation that resulted in the Italian government ordering two ironclad frigates (the Re d’Italia and the Re di Portogallo) at Webb’s shipyard in 1860-61.
      “Tradition” has it that it was count Cavour that contacted Webb inviting him to Italy in order to firm up the details of the contract, but no evidence has been produced by the historians. Moreover, I was no able to find any mention of Webb in the extensively published public or private correspondence of Cavour or in his personal documents held in the italian Archives.
      I wonder if in the Webb’s documents which I presume are held by the Livingston Library may be found a trace of his correspondence with the count Cavour or the Italian government about the two ships.

      P.S. I have already contacted the Library by e.mail without receiving any answer.
      Best regards,
      Aldo Antonicelli

      #14675
      Anonymous

        Hi Aldo,

        When we posted this on Twitter yesterday the Webb Institute responded pretty rapidly asking if you would try emailing library@webb.edu again. It might be worth doing this, then following up on one of their social media platforms to check that it has arrived and is not accidentally in someone’s spam box? They appear to be pretty responsive from that perspective.

        Best regards,
        Phil Weir.

        #14711
        Aldo Antonicelli
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          Hi Phil,

          I saw only today your kind answer to my post. Thank you a lot! I will do as you suggest.
          Best regards, Aldo Antonicelli.

          #14712
          Anonymous

            Hi Aldo,

            My pleasure entirely! I hope all went well this time!

            Best regards,
            Phil.

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