"From the middle of February (1826), many families began to run out of bread. A woman from Missolonghi, named Varvarina, who took care of an ill woman and of my brother Mitros, had run out of food and secretly, with two other families form Missolonghi, slaughtered a donkey, a foal, and ate it.
I found them eating; I asked where they had found the meat and was horrified to hear that it was a donkey.
A company of soldiers from Kravara had a dog, and, they too, secretly, slaughtered and ate it. This was also spread about.
As the hunger grew day by day, the superstition about eating impure animals waned and people started openly now slaughtering horses, mules and donkeys and even selling them a pound per oka (1280 grams) with great demand. Three days later there were no more animals.
About the end of February, some soldiers had 2-3 okas of flour (each) and others nothing.
A committee was appointed to search all the houses, even in the trunks of the families and whatever flour was found to collect it so that it could be shared to everyone, soldiers and citizens, children and adults, in such a way that the food could be given out equally.
Having searched all the houses one by one, I found only 600 okas and upto 600 okas in sacks, that is 1200. This flour was given out with a tea cup as a measure. In addition, a cup of broad beans were shared out. So, they began mixing these few broad beans and flour in the pot and added crushed crabs.
The partner of the typographer Mr G. Mestheneas, who stayed at our place, slaughtered and ate a cat and made his errand boy Stornari kill another.
He was the one that told the others to do the same thing and in a few days there were no cats at all. The doctor from Lefkas (P. Stephanitsis) cooked his dog with oil, of which there was plenty, and praised it as the most tasty food.
The soldiers had become insolent and grabbed dogs or cats they found in their way. [...]
Around 15 March we began eating sea weed. We boiled it five times until the bitter taste was gone and ate it with vinegar and oil like a salad, but also mixed with crab broth.
Some people began eating mice, and whoever could catch one was satisfied.
Unfortunately, there were no frogs.
The lack of food caused the increase of diseases, tooth-ache and arthritis. This was our condition when the letter of our envoys at Nauplion arrived, suggesting us to hold on for 12 days and if necessary to eat each other. [...]
That day a man from Kravara cut meat from the thigh of a murdered man and ate it".
N. Kasomouli,Enthymimata stratiotika tis epanastaseos ton Ellinon.
Apo ta 1821 mechri ton 1833, vol. 2, ed. G. Vlachogiannis, Athens, 1940, p. 241-242, 242-243 and 256 respectively.