Wednesday July 9, 1828
Volume I, No. 20
Page 2, col. 1b-2a
We would take the liberty to repeat what we stated in our first number, that the existence of this paper must depend on the measure of support received from abroad. We never supposed that it could be supported at home, and though our little tribe has afforded as many subscribers as we could have reasonably expected, yet our subscription list must be greatly augmented in order to continue our labors without embarrassment. We commenced our work with but few subscribers (little rising of one hundred,) under the expectation that ample support would be freely given by the friends of Indians, at least for the sake of charity, if for no other reason. Our expectation bade fair to be fully realized for a while, but now we feel apprehensive that we were mistaken in our calculations.- The last mail brought us but one solitary subscriber, and for a few weeks past the number has been rapidly diminishing, and as yet we have but a trifling list, by no means adequate to keep our Phoenix alive. Must it droop and die for want of sustenance? We hope not. We hope our distant friends to whom we would now particularly make our appeal, will remember us. Let them remember, that though by subscribing, they may not receive any benefit, yet they may be the means of affording incalculable blessings to the Cherokees.
We take pleasure in tendering our thanks to those who have exerted themselves in procuring us subscribers. Their success makes it evident to our mind, that with proper exertions of our friends, our paper can be supported. We will give two instances, in order that the example may be followed in other places. In Mobile (Ala.) by means of an individual friend who, with commendable zeal, has taken an interest in the prosperity of the Phoenix, we have been enabled to receive between thirty and forty subscribers. In Troy, (N. Y.) by the recommendation of a number of friends to Indians, our subscription list has been augmented with an equal number of names, while in other places, where we had supposed success most probable, we have not even a solitary subscriber. If our labour [sic] is deserving of patronage, we hope it will be freely given.