By the Late Mails.
We copy the following document from the Daily Advertiser. It is unquestionably
authentic. It was recently sent to a gentleman in this town, in the original
modern Greek, and in a French translation, and was covered by a letter from
P. Epites, "Deputy of the Grecian Generals" (to Paris) and by A. Koray,
A. Bogo?? and N. Pikkolo, all respectable Greeks residing in Paris.
PROCLAMATION OF THE MESSENIAE SENATE.
Citizens of the United States.
In taking the Resolution to live and die for liberty, we feel ourselves drawn
toward you by a natural sympathy. It is among you, that liberty has
found her abode, and she is worshipped by you as by our fathers. In invoking
her name we invoke yours; feeling that in imitating you we imitate our own ancestors,
and that we shall show ourselves worthy of them in proportion as we resemble
Though separated from you, Americans, by mighty oceans, we are drawn near to
you by your virtues. We feel you to be nearer to us than the nations on our
fronties, and we regard you as friends, fellow-citizens, and brethren, because
you are just, benevolent and generous. Just, for you are free: Benevolent and
generous, for your laws are the laws of the gospel. Your freedom does not rest
on the slavery of other nations, nor your happiness on their oppression and
woes. On the contrary, free and prosperous yourselves, you wish that all men
should partake these blessings, and enjoy the rights which nature intended for
all.- It is you, who first asserted these rights, and you who have first again
recognized them, in restoring to the oppressed Africans the character of Men.
It is your example which has led Europe to abolish that shameful and cruel traffic
in human flesh; from you, that she learns the lessons of justice and the duty
of reforming her absurd and sanguinary customs. This glory, Americans, is exclusively
yours, and exalts you above all the nations renowned for good government and
It is now for you to perfect your glory, in aiding us to purge
Greece from the barbarians, who for four centuries have polluted it. Surely
it is worthy of you to discharge the duty of all civilized nations, in expelling
ignorance and barbarity from the native soil of the arts and of freedom. You
will not imitate the culpable indifference, or rather the long continued ingratitude
of some European nations .- No, the country of Penn, of Franklin, and of Washington,
cannot refuse her aid to the descendants of Phoeion, Thrasybulus, Aratus, and
Philopoemen. You have already evinced your confidence in them, by sending your
children to their schools. You know with what joy they have been received, and
the steady kindness and attention of which they have been the objects. If they
have done this in bondage, what will not be their friendship and attachment
to you, when by your aid they shall have burst their fetters! Greece will then
offer you the advantages, which you would seek in vain from her ignorant and
ferocious oppressors. The ties of fraternity and kindness will forever unite
the Grecians and the Americans; and our mutual interests are such, as to strengthen
forever an alliance founded on liberty and virtue. (Signed)
Commander in Chief of the Messenian Senate of Kalamata.
Kalamata, May 25, (June 6) 1821.
A small town in the Morea, at the head of the ancient Messenian gulf, and
not far from the ruins of Messene. We have met with an account of this Senate
in our foreign papers.