Wednesday September 3, 1828
Volume 1 No. 27
Page 3 Col. 2b.
"The lands in question belong to Georgia, she must and she will have them." Report to State Senate Dec. 5, 1828 (? date)
Convinced that the claim advanced on behalf of this State to the country inhabited by the Cherokee Indians, has no foundation in justice- Strongly impressed with the opinion that the completion of the views of those politicians who advance it, will justly entail upon Georgia the odious charges of being Faithless- Covetous-Ungrateful- and Inhuman-
(Faithless-Because we have treaties with the Cherokees defining the present boundary; up to which boundary we have full and undisputed possession-
Covetous- Because our present territory, nearly fifty thousand square miles, is out of all proportion large for our population-so that for centuries to come it will not be properly cultivated-
Ungrateful because upon a late emergency, a number of the warriors of that Nation drew their swords in our behalf with conspicuous service.
Inhuman-I ought to say Barbarous Because in modern times-in civilized countries-there is no instance of expelling the members of a whole nation from their homes-of driving an entire population from its native country. The notoriously disgraceful partition of Poland involved no such stigma of cruelty.)
Convinced, also, that if the territory could now be received with honor, it would be impolitic to receive it- Our true policy being to hold the United States bound to us for the equivalent of its value at a distant period-
Believing likewise that the people of this State, if made properly acquainted with the subject, are too religious, too honest, too honorable to sanction claims so irreligious, so dishonest, so dishonorable- and which, if enforced will result in such deep disgrace to themselves-such enduring shame to their posterity. - Under these convictions, and in this belief, I intend to offer a Memorial to the next General Assembly; and desiring that this Memorial may illustrate and enforce these views with ability and energy, I hereby offer A PREMIUM OF ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS, for that Production, which, in respectful language, shall, in my opinion, most perfectly accomplish that purpose.
The manuscript, written is a legible hand, to be left at my counting
room, or forwarded to me here, free of expense, before the 10th day of November
Savannah, August 13, 1828.