Wednesday, January 14, 1829
Volume 1 No. 44
Page 1 Col. 4b-5a
We noticed with much regret that part of the report of the Sec'y of War, which relates to the Indians, inserted in our last.- We had not time than to express our disapprobation of that document, and even now, we cannot do better service to our readers than to copy the following remarks of the Editors of the New York Observer. These remarks meet with our entire approbation. We feel rejoiced to find that such documents as the Message of the Governor of Georgia, the proceedings of the Legislature of that State, and the report in question, have a tendency to call to our aid the pens of able Editors. In this way, perhaps, we may finally be benefited by these state papers, which now appear hostile to the best interests of the Indians. We know not the designs of Providence in regard to us- it may be that the present political Indian excitement (if we may so express ourselves) is intended to bring about an excitement of an entirely different nature- the expression of public opinion on this important subject. We do not think it possible that millions of friends of humanity throughout the Union, with the character of civil and religious liberty in their hands will keep silence and see oppression progress, and the Cherokees sacrificed to the cupidity of the State of Georgia.
Gen. Porter has by no means done a popular act in casting reflections (for what can his remarks amount to) on the Missionaries and their patrons. He has utterly mistaken the character of these worthy people. With most of the Missionaries among the Cherokees we are acquainted, & we can assure the public that they have no influence in political matters, nor do they wish to possess any, their object being the moral & religious improvement of the people among whom they are sent. The cause of the failure of the General Government to remove the Cherokees from their present abode is to be ascribed to the Cherokees themselves. They are to bear the blame, if blame is to be attached to their refusal to part with their country and homes.