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An Excerpt from the Memorandum Sent to the Bulgarian Government by the Ilinden Uprising's Leaders

"...Being in command of our people's movement, we appeal to you on behalf of the enslaved Bulgarian to help him in the most effective way - by waging war.We believe that the response of the people in free Bulgaria will be the same.

Waiting for your patriotic intervention, we are pleased to inform you that we have in our disposition the armed forces we have spared by now."

The Head Quaters of the Ilinden Uprising

Damian (Dame) GRUEV, Boris SARAFOV, Atanas LOZANTCHEV

This memorandum was handed to Dr.Kozhuharov, the Bulgarian consul in Bitola, and transmitted by him to the government in Sofia with report N441 from 17 September 1903.

Its whole text is published on p.435 of
"Macedonia's Struggle for Liberation"(Sofia, 1933, edition of The Ilinden Veterans' Organization) by Hristo SILYANOV - one of the leaders of IMRO and one of the most eminent historians and memoirists that have ever written on the national liberation movement of Macedonia.