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Pietro Gamba to James Kennedy, 10 February 1824

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Missolunghi, 10th Feb., 1824.
Dear Sir,

From the Honourable Colonel Stanhope you will have heard of the praiseworthy desire, and the good hope which we entertain, of introducing and spreading civilization among this people, by means of the Sacred Scriptures, if the government of liberated Greece should be confided to those hands which all good men expect, and if Lord Byron should preserve that influence which his generosity has merited for him. I hope to be able to co-operate in some measure in this excellent work, and shall certainly do it with pleasure. I am perfectly persuaded that there is no better means of eradicating the vile superstitions and the barbarity which blind this people (without precipitating them into all the evils which spring from the contrary excess, that is from atheism), than the propagation of the light of the Gospel. But before this can produce any sensible effect, there are many dangers to shun, and many obstacles to overcome, which in a great degree may be accomplished by other measures. The direction of a Journal, entrusted to persons of good intentions and good understanding, appears to me the most efficacious. A gazette has been commenced in Greek, and shortly another will follow in Italian. For the Greek, principally, there is a great
want of correct and intelligent writers. I believe that
Professor Bambas is one of the best among the Greeks, and no one seems more adapted than he is for so important a charge; but we are not able to offer him a situation equivalent to that in which he is now established, and the most ardent patriotism would be required to supply what is wanting. But, perhaps, the time is not far distant, in which we shall be able to invite him without compromising ourselves, and in the mean time, if it would not be displeasing to him to send us some article in Greek for the Gazette of Missolunghi, it would be very gratifying to the government here, as well as to Lord Byron. I beg you to present our respects to him, and communicate to us his decision.

You will have heard something about our adventures; mine particularly were somewhat romantic. I was five days a prisoner of Yusuff Pasha, with no small danger at first, since our little bark appeared to the frightened imagination of the Turks to be a brûlota; then, well treated, and at last liberated without any damage.

Present, I pray you, my respects to your lady, and believe me to be always,

Your devoted servant,
Pietro Gamba.
Dr. Kennedy, Cephalonia.