Macchi, Vincenzo Cardinal (1770 – 1860)
Italian cardinal; distinguished papal diplomat and senior member of the Roman Curia.
LS – Letter Signed, one page, November 1830, as papal legate in Ravenna. Addressed to the Magistrate of Brisighella on municipal matters. Routine. Fine condition.
Early in his career, Macchi was assigned to the nunciature in Portugal; later he served as its apostolic delegate (1808). Elected titular archbishop (1818). Appointed papal nuncio to Switzerland. Nuncio in France the following year, presenting his credentials to Louis XVIII on January 6, 1820. Remained there for seven years.
Macchi was created a cardinal in 1826. Two years later he was appointed Apostolic Legate in the province of Ravenna (the time this letter was written). He also served as apostolic legate in Bologna. In 1840, Macchi was named Pro-prefect of the Tribunal of the Signature of Justice and, three years later, Camerlengo of the Sacred College of Cardinals. Served as secretary of the Sac. Congr. of the Roman and Universal Inquisition (later Propagation of the Faith). Around 1847 he was appointed Apostolic Legate in Velletri and, in 1854, secretary of Apostolic Briefs and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical Equestrian Orders.