Wednesday December 3, 1828
Volume 1 No. 40
Page 2 Col. 3a
Patrons of the Cherokee Phoenix are informed by the Editor, that he has resigned, and expects soon, to take a final leave of his readers. He tenders his thanks to those of his Countrymen, and friends of Indians abroad, who have interested themselves in the prosperity of the paper, which he has had the honor of conducting. The task has been an arduous, nevertheless and interesting, one, because the good of the Cherokees, and other Indians was its object; and nothing but imperious duty would now induce him to leave the field of his labours (sic). For years, his health has been precarious, and since the commencement of the Phoenix, it has been on a gradual decline, owing to the excessive confinement, which he has been obliged to endure. It was his hope that he would be relieved by the appointment of an assistant in the Cherokee department, by the late General Council, which however adjourned without relieving him in any way. An alternative was then left, whether to continue as formerly, with increased duties, and with his present state of health, or to resign, and make way for another person, perhaps better calculated to fill the office of Editor of the Cherokee Phoenix? He has chosen the latter.- In leaving the paper, which has, since its commencement lain near his heart, he does, by no means, forsake the interest of his Countrymen. That will still be his favorite object. Though not acting publicly, and under less responsibilities, he expects to be engaged for the moral improvement of his kindred according to the flesh.
There never was perhaps, in the history of Indians, a time, when instruction
may be inculcated to better advantage, than at present. The introduction
of letters among the Cherokees, which has progressed with unparalleled rapidity,
and the printing press may do wonders here as it has done in other nations.
The power of the press has been justly acknowledged. It is the safe guard
of liberty, civil and religious-the medium of intelligence, and when under suitable
regulations it is the scourge of vice, and the protector of virtue. An
experiment is now making among us, whether the press established in this place
will have its ordinary effects. Let a fair trial be made-let the Phoenix be
fostered with care by the inhabitants of this Nation, and encouraged and
patronized by friends of Indians abroad. Its past patronage has been too
limited-we sincerely hope it will be increased, and that the new Editor, whoever
he may be,(if worthy of encouragement) will receive better support from the
public and the citizens of the Cherokee Nation, than that with which the subscriber
has been favoured (sic).