(Tomai, Photini. Athens: Papazissis Publishers, 2010)
President James Monroe’s Declaration Concerning Greece’s Noble Struggle
The mention of Greece fills the mind with the most exalted sentiments, and arouses in our bosoms the best feelings of which our nature is susceptible. Superior skill and refinement in the arts, heroic gallantry in action, disinterested patriotism, enthusiastic zeal and devotion in favor of public liberty, are associated with our recollections of ancient Greece. That such a country should have been overwhelmed, and so long hidden, as it were, from the world, under a gloomy despotism, has been a cause of unceasing and deep regret to generous minds of ages past. It was natural, therefore, that the reappearance of these people in their original character, contending in favor of their liberties, should produce the great excitement and sympathy in their favor, which have been signally displayed throughout the United States. A strong hope is entertained that these people will recover their independence and resume their equal station among the nations of the earth.