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CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Wednesday June 4, 1828
Vol. I, No. 15
Page 3, col. 2a-3b

  NEW ECHOTA:
 Wednesday, June 4, 1828

Our readers will see on the second page, a communication of "One of the mass."- Sometime since we published another of a similar character, written by a different correspondent.  It may be necessary, as an apology for admitting these pieces into our columns, to state, that we have, in the course of our observation, noticed with much regret, misrepresentations of the character, habits, and situation of Indians.  Frequently these misrepresentations are made through false information, and as often they are studied. We are opposed to every species of exaggeration, and as one of the objects of our paper is to correct misstatements, in regard to the Cherokees, we feel ourselves bound to give room to such correspondents as we think deserve a place in our columns, by their temperance, and regard to truth.  We do not wish to encourage unnecessary  attack upon any individual of our neighboring states, particularly upon a person possessing a seat in the national Legislature of the Union, to which frequently we are forced to look for protection.  The individual who is the subject of the 2 communications above alluded to, has nevertheless, by his course in regard to us in the house of representatives, given us sufficient cause of animadversion.   When we saw his speeches, we thought that truth was perverted, and when we considered the opportunities he possessed to acquire a correct knowledge of our condition, (he being "unfortunately our neighbour [sic]") we could not keep ourselves from the belief that this perversion of truth was studied and intended to create false impressions in the minds of the Representatives of the Union.  So thought, we presume, our correspondents; and how far they have reason to complain, our readers would easily discover by considering the expressions of Mr. M.  which we believe are correctly quoted by our correspondents.  Those expressions are indefensible; and we fearlessly challenge every liberal man to come and see whether such things are correct.  Instead of finding the Cherokees on the point of starvation, and "subsisting upon roots" (as a grave Senator lately expressed himself,) they would be cheered with the sight of an Indian nation, (to be sure, not a civilized people, in every sense of the word,) progressing in every department of improvement, with a speed which ought to secure a better treatment from Mr. M. and others.