III. “Greek Fire” The Grass Roots Response A. Expression of Public Support for the Greek Cause
A13. Kentucky General Assembly Resolution
(Robinson, p. 73) January 7, 1824
ACTS PASSED AT THE FIRST SESSION OF THE THIRTY-SECOND GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOR THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY, BEGUN AND READ IN THE TOWN OF FRANKFORT, ON MONDAY, THE THIRD DAY OF NOV. 1823.
Resolutions approbatory of the course of the President of the United States, in reaction to the struggles of the Greeks and South Americans for freedom, and in relation to the administration of the general government.
RESOLVED by the Legislature of Kentucky, That the sentiments expressed by the President of the United States, at the opening of Congress, in his message to that body, in relation to the struggle by the Greeks for the right of self government, and particularly the wish which he expresses, that the devotion of that people to the cause of freedom, may be crowned with ultimate success; that Greece, once the admiration of the world, the theme of universal eulogy-ever interesting to literature and science, to the politician and patriot, may achieve her emancipation, burst the shackles of the crescent, and emerging from the gloom of despotism, shine refulgent with the splendours [sic] of her pris-tine freedom; must be the fervent hope of each votary of liberty, and is the enthusiastic prayer of Kentucky
Source: Constantine G. Hatzidimitriou, Founded on Freedom and Virtue: Documents Illustrating the Impact in the United States of the Greek War of Independence, 1821-1829 (New Rochelle, New York: Aristide D. Caratzas, 2002).