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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.

Boston Centinel.

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 you.

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 freedom.

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.

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The Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire began in March 1821. The city of Kalamata was liberated on March 23, and the Messenian Senate was founded. A declaration was signed by the head of the Greek army in Kalamata, Petrobeys (Peter) Mavromichalis (1765-1848) and sent to the rulers in Europe declaring that they would fight for their freedom. This proclamation, also signed by Mavromichalis, asks the United States for support with their revolutionary cause. Interestingly, he states that America has restored "to the oppressed Africans the character of Men," implying that slavery no longer exists in the country. In 1821 that was far from truth. The Franklin Herald was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from January 7, 1812 to August 27, 1822. It changed its name to the Franklin Herald and Public Advertiser.


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"Grecian Proclamation" article from the Franklin Herald newspaper

publisher   Franklin Herald
date   Nov 6, 1821
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   19.0"
width   3.0"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.057

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