Date: 9 October 1831
Mnemon (Notary) of Akronafplia: Charalambos Papadopoulos
Rare Manuscripts Archive, National Library of Greece
Georgios Mavromichalis (1798 ή 1800 – 1831), son of Petrobey Mavromichalis, was a member of the revolutionary Friendly Society, a fighter in the Greek War of Independence, educated, multilingual and politically savvy. He was elected in 1827 to the National Assembly of Troizina. As President of the Vice-Governmental Committee he handed Ioannis Capodistrias, former Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Tsar, his appointment as the first Governor of Greece. Yet, four years later, in Nafplion (then capital of the newly-created Greek State), on 27 September 1831 (acc. to the Julian Calendar), he assassinated Capodistrias, due to political motives (both Greek and foreign). He was incarcerated in Palamidi, the castle of Nafplion, and immediately sentenced to death by a Military Court. Shortly before his execution, at midnight, the Commandant of Palamidi allowed him to pray at the Castle’s Chapel of St. Andrew and write his last will and testament. The mnemon (notary) of Akronafplia Charalambos Papadopoulos along with two witnesses co-signed the will of Georgios Mavromichalis, which is one of the most important items of the Manuscript Department of the National Library of Greece.
In his will, among other provisions, Georgios Mavromichalis declared that out of gratitude towards the Commandant of Palamidi for the latter’s “benevolence” towards him in his final hours, he gifted him his ring; furthermore he commanded his wife to pay off all his debts and not remarry, so as to spare his daughter any mistreatment at the hands of her mother’s future husband.
The will “displays clarity of spirit, sobriety of thought, accuracy of memory and unparalleled composure of soul, qualities rare and remarkable for a man sentenced to death, whose sentence would be carried out almost immediately after writing it.” (“ESTIA” Newspaper, 1932).