1829_The Diplomatic correspondence of the American Revolution (John Adams), p86

„… The project of setting at liberty the whole country of ancient Greece, Macedonia, and lllyricum, and erecting independent Republics in those famous seats, however splendid it may appear in speculation, is not likely to be seriously entertained by the two Empires, because it is impracticable. The Greeks of this day, although they are said to have imagination and ingenuity, are corrupted in their morals to such a degree, as to be a faithless, perfidious race, desUtute of courage, as well as of those principles of honor and virtue, without which nations can have no confidence in one another, nor be trusted by others. …“
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