. 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, Clay
, 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.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.