Latouche-Tréville was a legendary figure before arriving in Naples. Not only was he an aristocrat, but he was also a well-known Freemason. In March of 1780, his warship L'Hermione had crossed the Atlantic carrying a distinguished passenger ready to help the American patriots fight the British colonizers: the Marquis de Lafayette.
To us, those were credentials!
The salon I held in Piazza Sant'Anna di Palazzo gave my fellow revolutionaries the chance to solidify our ideas. At those gatherings, I always served Neapolitan coffee in demitasse; its scent, I felt, gave everyone a renewed capacity to face the emerging challenges. We all enjoyed Vittorio Alfieri's tragedies. His main characters were heroes of liberty, protagonists whose revolutionary ideas pushed them into fighting oppression and tyranny.
Joseph and Jefferson chat:
"Nelson didn't respect the agreement signed by the Neapolitan republicans—already defeated—and Cardinal Ruffo." Joseph said. "So he decided to place all the insurgents under the king's orders. This is why Eleonora was taken out of the transport ship where she was held. Charles James Fox, the British parliamentarian, exposed Nelson's atrocities as soon as he heard them. By then, it was already too late."