--The best of the Neapolitan Bourbons
The last foreign news announces the sudden death, by apoplexy, of the Count
This was an uncle of the young ex-King of Naples
, Francis II., and a brother of the late king
.--His name was Leopold Benjamin Joseph
, and he was the third son of King Francis I. He was born May 22d, 1813, and married in 1837 to the Princess Marie, of Savoie-Carignan
, who survives him, without heirs.
has always been liberal in his political views, and if his counsels had been listened to by Ferdinand II.
and Francis II., the Bourbon throne would probably not have fallen.
Besides being liberal in politics, the deceased prince was a generous patron of the fine arts and literature, and a zealous antiquary.
For years he had devoted much time and money to excavations and explorations in Southern Italy
, with the most successful results.