Some interesting finds were discovered by an archivist at the National Co-operative Archive who was repackaging letters in the collection of nineteenth century co-operative leader, secularist and social reformer George Jacob Holyoake.
A pressed flower and note relating to the Italian general and politician Giuseppe Garibaldi, a leader of the fight for the unification of Italy, were found. Holyoake knew Garibaldi and set up the Garibaldi Special Fund to help him. Holyoake was at the house of the inventor Antonio Meucci on Staten Island, New York (now a museum and memorial to Garibaldi) and Garibaldi was also there. The flower was taken from around where Garibaldi was sitting.
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