AND INDIANS' ADVOCATE
Wednesday, July 15, 1829
Vol. II, no. 15
Page 1, col. 4a.-
Page 2, col. 1a
One of the motives of the Government in removing the Indians over the Mississippi is to avoid the evil consequences of their being too near neighbors to the whites. But from the following article, we should suppose the Cherokees would have, in case of removal, neighbors not a whit more conducive to their interests. In case of an irruption from the hostile Indians, the friendly Indians who will form the vanguard of the whites, must either strike hands with the savages, or their scalps must fall a prey to the Comanches, Pawnees and Wacoes.
Unprotected state of our Southwestern frontier.- The following letter
to the Editor, from a respectable citizen of Miller county, we doubt not speaks
the sentiments of every inhabitant of that section of our territory; and we
do not know that we can better subserve the interests of those interested, then
by laying it before the public.
MILLER C. H. June 1st. 1829
"DEAR SIR.-- The troops stationed at Cantonment Towson will doubtless
leave there for Cantonment Jesup, by the 15th inst. at farthest, which will
leave this frontier in a deplorably helpless condition-exposed on two sides
for a distance of upwards of 300 miles, to numerous hostile Indians."
"It is impossible to ascertain with any degree of precision the number of warriors that the unfriendly tribes of Comanche, Pawnee, and Wacoe Indians can bring into the field-but it is generally estimated at not less than 30,000. When the present frontier settlers remove, which they are preparing to do immediately, it will still leave and exposed frontier which will require the strong arm of government to protect them. I am astonished at the removal of the troops, and am at a loss to account for the cause- but suspect it has grown out of some false representations, the result of private prejudice. Though I am preparing to remove immediately, yet the same strong reason exists for keeping up an efficient armed force in this quarter; and I would suggest the propriety of the dignitaries of our land using their influence with the government, for the purpose of procuring relief for the unfortunate and unprotected inhabitants of this exposed frontier. I have spoken to Col. Sevier on the subject, who is decidedly opposed to the removal of the troops, and offers to render us all the assistance in his power."
"All is hurry and confusion here, to get off from this neglected region, & out of the reach of the devastation & ruin which is anticipated from the hostile Indians on the withdrawal of the troops."
"Some of the unfriendly Indians have recently stolen a number of horses, and it is believed that two of the friendly Indians have fallen victims to their tomahawks. This creates considerable excitement among our citizens who look upon it as only a prelude to what will follow the abandonment of the post at Cantonment Towson, unless they also remove, and seek new homes elsewhere. The giving up of the fairest portion of this section of the Territory to the Choctaw Indians, certainly cannot justify the government in sacrificing the lives and property of those of her citizens who are still left on the frontier. They are entitled to the paternal care of their rulers, and I ardently hope they will not always be neglected."