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Bottini, Lorenzo Prospero Cardinal (1737 – 1818)

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Italian cardinal and curial official.

A.L.S. – Autograph Letter Signed, one page, 8 February 1818 just a few months before his death. Bottini describes himself as a “decrepit old Cathedral” but says he still wishes to live as long as possible.  He makes reference to a revolution in Lucca which seemed to bring him great pleasure. We are uncertain to which revolution he referred. In 1915, after his death, the Congress of Vienna changed the political climate in Lucca and the ducate was given to Maria Luisa di Borbone.  Bottini may have been referring to the coming revolution in the church. He goes on to talk about restorations in the Cathedral chapter and of the competition for two vacant stipends in his own office in Rome. Written to the canon of the cathedral in Poggia/Lucca. Seldom did cardinals fully write and sign letters; often these were of a highly confidential or intimate/personal nature. This letter merits further research.

Coadjutor of a consistorial lawyer, 1764; titular, December 1769. Referendary of the Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, February 1771. Abbot commendatario of a monastery in Lucca, December 1771. Member of a congregation, annexed to the Sacred Congregation of the Council, for the revision of the State of the Church, shortly after the accession of Pope Pius VI, September 1775. Rector of the Archiginnasio of La Sapienza, July 1781. Relator of the Sacred Consulta, January 1784. Representative of the Republic of Lucca in Rome, 1784?-1799. Pro-prefect of the Annona. Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, 1808. Secretary of the Sacred Congregation of the Sacred Consulta.

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