System Number: 05623
Date: 2 December 
Author: Algernon Charles Swinburne
Repository: Glasgow University Library
Call Number: MS Whistler S269
Document Type: ALS
'Swinburne re. Mazzini'
Behold the British journalist! I could not resist cutting out the enclosed to send you. Has your mother heard from Mme Venturi? she was going to write, I know, but her hands are very full. Her last report of Mazzini was still good, & should there be danger (as there is now none) I have her promise to let me know before the news-papers [p. 2]. Tell Wm. Rossetti this, as I know the false reports of M.'s death or danger forged in Paris will have alarmed him if he has not heard to the contrary.
I am very well & strong, quite an anti-Sadique example of the prosperities of virtue. By the by, this day is the 54th anniversary of the death of that great & good man, the Marquis de Sade. Consacrons-lui quelques larmes. Hélas! il lui faudrait plutôt du sang!
Love to all friends
Ton fils dévoué
A C Swinburne
1. 2 December 
Year date from references to Giuseppe Mazzini's illness (see below).
Published in Lang, Cecil Y., The Swinburne Letters, 6 vols, New Haven, 1959, vol. 1, p. 314, Letter 280A.
4. 'Swinburne re. Mazzini'
Inscribed in another hand (possibly that of Beatrix Whistler (1857-1896), née Beatrice Philip, artist [more]) in top right-hand corner of sheet. 'Mazzini' was Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), Italian nationalist [more], whose politics and philosophy Swinburne greatly admired. Mazzini, on the other hand, wished that Swinburne would give up 'the absurd, immoral French "Art for Art's Sake" system, and relinking Art to Heaven through Earth - to the eternal Ideal through the transitory symbols' (Richards, E. F., (ed.), Mazzini's Letters to an English Family, 3 vols, London, 1920-22, vol. 3, p. 207). Although no correspondence between them is thought to have survived, Mazzini regularly enquired about Swinburne's health and activities in his own correspondence with other parties (as in, for example, op. cit., pp. 203, 228).
Untraced. It is possible the cutting related to Mazzini.
9. death or danger
Mazzini had been severely ill during the autumn of 1868. Such had been the anxiety about his condition that Emilie Venturi went out to Italy to attend him.
That is, one opposed to Sade's philosophy and sexual psychology.
12. Consacrons-lui ... du sang!
Fr., Let us offer him some tears. Alas! he should have blood instead!