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. Sympathetic toward the Greek struggles for independence against their Turkish
overlords, Daniel Webster on 8 December had moved the sending of an American
commissioner to Greece, and his oration in support of his proposal was announced
long before it was actually delivered, on 19 January 1824 (Fuess, Webster
, 1:312). Speaker Henry Clay also
supported the proposal “in a ringing speech” (Van Deusen,
, p. 161). On the “Greek Fever” which swept
America at this time see Stephen A. Larrabee, Hellas Observed:
The American Experience of Greece, 1775–1865,
N.Y., 1957, ch. 3.