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Cherokee Phoenix and Indians' Advocate
Wednesday, June 24, 1829
Vol. 2, no. 12
Page 2, col. 1b

       ATHENS, June 2.
 Creek and Cherokee Boundary Line.  Col. Samuel A. Wales, and EDWARD THOMAS LLOYD, Esq. arrived at the residence of the latter gentleman on Thursday the 28th ult. on their return from running the true boundary line between the Creek and the Cherokee lands.  The party were out twenty five days, and during that time the whole line was run, according to the direction of his Excellency the Governor.  The surveyors commenced at Sawanna Old Town on the Chatahooche, and preceded to Sixas on the Etowa, a distance of thirty eight and a half miles; thence down the Etowa to its mouth, forty miles; thence along the Creek path to the Alabama line, seventeen and three fourth miles; making the whole line run ninety six and a quarter miles.  The general course of the line varies but little from east to west.  The body of land thus run off between this line and our present boundary and the Alabama line, averages about sixty five miles in length and thirty six in width, or about one million five hundred thousand acres.  The scope of land on the other side of the Coosa, taken in by the line running along the Creek path, contains 363,520 acres, and is said to be some of the best land in the up-country.
 
 While the surveyors were out, many reports were in circulation in relation to the party.  At one time it was said they were all arrested, and at another that the Indians had driven them off.  We are authorized to state that nothing of the kind took place.  Col. Montgomery, the U.S. agent for the Cherokees, visited our Commissioner, Col. Wales, and entered a formal protest against the survey; but after he had thus discharged it, he conceived to be his duty to the general government, no other interruption was given to the party, & Mr. Thomas continued to run the line without molestation.  The line along the Creek path from the mouth of the Etowa to the Alabama line, runs through the plantation of the principle chief, Mr. John Ross, and had he been at home there might have ben some difficulty, but as he was absent, on a visit to the north, the surveyors were not interrupted.

 Much praise is due to Col. Wales and Mr. Thomas for the promptitude, spirit and energy which they displayed in the discharge of their respective duties, and the able manner in which they executed the trust confided to them.  Athenian.