Thursday April 10 1828
Vol. 1 No.8
Page 3 Col 2b-Col 3a
By politeness of a friend, we are permitted to insert the following extract of a letter from Mr. Proctor, Missionary at Carmel.
We had a very solemn & interesting meeting on the Sabbath. The congregation was large. Three full Cherokees were baptized. They live about 25 miles from us in a small town very much secluded. Some of our Cherokee members and Mr. Butrick have visited them. These men appeared better than any candidates I have ever seen , all things considered. They say there are many more in that place, who are serious. They are very anxious to have some parts of scripture in Cherokee, or any Cherokee tracts, I understand, the other day, that you were about to get the Gospel of Matthew printed. Do let me know by next mail how soon we can obtain it. Many copies are wanted in this place, and I have been requested to write for them. It is a pleasing, but a singular fact, that here the Bible is preferred to the newspaper.
The Cherokee members of this church, and those of the church at Hightower, have formed societies to hire a Cherokee brother to go as their missionary into those dark towns north of us, to carry bibles, tracts, and hymnbooks. We therefore want to know when we can obtain all these, and what will be the prices.
Similar applications with equal earnestness have been made from other parts of the Nation, and we are sorry not to be in a condition to meet the demands upon our press. The publication of Scripture, Tracts and Hymn books, must depend entirely on the limited force now connected with the establishment; and as yet the paper has occupied the full attention of our printers. Exertions will, however, be made to supply these demands. At present our Cherokee readers will obtain Hymns, and the Gospel of Matthew, thro' the medium of the Phoenix.