Wednesday, May 27, 1829
We have been obliged to suspend our paper longer than we anticipated. We have finally with difficulty procured some ink.
It was mentioned in our last, that Mr. DAVID BROWN would act as Agent in collecting subscribers for the Phoenix. On account of his ill health we have been deprived of his services.
Many of our subscribers still complain of the irregularity of our papers. We are sorry to hear of these complaints after we have been using our endeavors to perform our duty faithfully. The negligence must rest on some of the Post Masters. We shall do all in our power to serve our subscribers.
Our readers will recollect an order we published some time since, issued by Col. Montgomery to Mr. Stidman, requesting his removal out of the limits of the nation. We pronounced the proceeding to be cruel, and highly tyrannical. It appears from very good authority, that the order from the War Department had reference only to straggling white men, and that it was not intended to apply to white citizens of this nation, among whom is Mr. Stidman.
Our neighbors who regard no law, or pay no respect to the laws of humanity, are now reaping a plentiful harvest by the law of Georgia, which declares that no Indian shall be a party in any court created by the laws or constitution of that state. These neighbors come over the line, and take the cattle belonging to the Cherokees. The Cherokees go in pursuit of their property, but all that they can effect is, to see their cattle snugly kept in the lots of these robbers. We are an abused people. If we can receive no redress, we can feel deeply the injustice done to our rights.
We understand that a party from Georgia, who say they are acting under the authority of Governor Forsyth, are now busy in running the line from Suawana Old Town to the Six's, 'c. The pretext is the very frivolous claim which has lately been brought to light. We are told the Agent met the surveyors and requested them to desist, but they only laughed at him.
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If the statement copied from the Alabama Journal, in regard to the Creeks is true, our readers will easily infer what course of conduct which the present administration intends to pursue relative to Indian affairs. We hope such a talk has not been sent by General Jackson. We pity the Creek- they afford an example of the effects of the emigrating scheme.
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We rejoice sincerely to notice the progress of improvement so plainly exhibited by our brethren the Choctaws. From the interesting communication of the Rev. Mr. Kingsbury, copied in our first page from the Missionary Herald, our readers will perceive that they are rapidly following the Cherokees. We earnestly with that their progress may be uninterrupted- that they may not have to encounter the difficulties under which we have been labouring (sic). Perhaps Mississippi will be more generous benevolent and just to the Choctaws and Chickasaws, than Georgia has been to us. If that should be the case, we may rest assured that the Choctaws will become a civilized people. When the prospects are so bright among so many of the Indian tribes, when we hear of the astonishing progress of improvement in morals and religion, not only among the Southern, but also among the Northern Indians, is it not mortifying to common sense, that their removal should be so repeatedly urged on the ground of their civilization?