and Indians' Advocate
Wednesday, June 24, 1829
Vol. II, no. 12
Page 2, col. 4b
We have been much gratified, and certainly have felt much honored, to perceive that our little sheet has been now and then noticed beyond the great waters. It becomes the Cherokees, to be thankful that their interest and welfare lie near the hearts of many worthy people, not only in the United States, but in other countries where the spirit of peace and good will to all men prevail.
We sincerely hope the people of this nation will continue their friendly feelings towards their white brethren, even should the prejudice, intolerance and avarice of their neighbors prove too powerful for them. To encourage & maintain such feelings we have inserted in our columns such letters as we supposed would show & testify to our readers, that there are persons who feel for the Indians, and who deprecate the policy which has been and is still pursued. We have the same object in view in publishing the following. We received the original accompanied with the translation which has been kindly furnished us by the worthy gentleman mentioned in the letter.
Sir, it is with the greatest interest that I have been made acquainted
with the newspaper which you publish, partly in English, and partly in the language
of your nation. The rapid steps by which you nation is availing itself
of the advantages common to all civilized people, by establishing public schools,
erecting printing presses, and disseminating the means of instruction, must
attract general attention. Your newspaper, Sir, will contribute to hasten
the progress of your nations; and I take the more lively interest in this publication,
as I have for many years made a particular study of the native languages of
America. I request you place my name on the list of your Subscribers,
and to transmit my papers to Mr. Pickering, who has for a long time honoured
me with his regard, and will take charge of them. He will also take care
to have the subscription-money paid.
I earnestly desire, Sir, that you may succeed fully in your noble attempt to preserve in its integrity the language of your ancestors, and to associate it with the progressive movement of mind and knowledge; and I beg you to accept the assurance of my particular regard.
`(Signed) WILLIAM DE. HUMBOLDT
TO Mr. ELIAS BOUDINOTT,
at Echota, Cherokee Nation
Berlin, 15 November, 1828.