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Pietro Gamba to James Kennedy, 24 February 1824

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Missolunghi, Feb. 24th, 1824.
Dear Sir,

My liberation was truly romantic; the greatest proof which we can have of it is, that none of you in Cephalonia will believe the story of my friend Spiro Valsamachi. But whatever may be your incredulity, it is altogether true, because the whole was narrated to me by the Dey himself. But I do not wish to yield the whole merit to Signore Spiro; but peace to these fooleries.

We have expected the articles from* Professor Bamba, but hitherto in vain; I wish, however, to ascribe this to. the want of opportunities. Make every effort to stimulate him. We shall now publish a new gazette in English and Italian—in short, in every language in which the articles shall be despatched to us. It will be entitled the “Greek Telegraph.” The object of the gazette will be to give a faithful narration of the affairs of Greece to those nations of Europe which take an interest in them. I hope you will contribute some articles. You must forward them to “Signore Meyer, Director of the Greek Chronicle.” My lord employs all his influence to inspire the Greeks with more Christian and humane sentiments even towards their enemies.

* Professor Bamba acceded to this request, and he continued to write till the Ionian government prohibited all such correspondence, whether literary, moral, or religious.

He obtained, the other day, two Turkish slaves, and set them at liberty, and he will immediately do the same to twenty-four women and children, who have been here in misery and slavery ever since the first breaking out of the revolution. A
little girl about eight years of age, and who wished not to return among the Turks, remained behind. She is of a fine form of person, and exhibits the best inclinations of mind. It would truly be a betraying of her at her age, in which the national prejudices and superstitions cannot have taken deep root, to leave her a prey to the brutal customs of the Turks. The intention of my lord is to send her to Italy, or to England, to his sister, for her education, that a brighter prospect of life may be opened for her, than could have been the case in her own barbarous and insensate country. He would wish her, however, to repose for a few months in the islands, in order that she may learn a little Italian, and also wait for the summer, before sending her onwards. If you remain in the island, he would wish to send her to you and your lady for a couple of months, it being well understood that the expense for her maintenance and education be placed to the account of my lord. I wish you to give me a speedy answer. Recommend me to the remembrance of our common friends, and believe me to be always

Your devoted servant
(Signed) Pietro Gamba.
Dr. Kennedy,