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Cherokee Phoenix and Indians' Advocate
Wednesday, August 12, 1829
Vol. II, no. 19
Page 2, col. 4b
 

INDIAN AFFAIRS.

 Much alarm has been excited in this place by some recent movements of a hostile character among the Indians.  Several secret Councils have been held in the Creek Nation, with a view, it is believed, of concerting warlike operations against the Frontier Settlements.  In consequence of the general apprehension of danger, some of our citizens on Wednesday last visited the Creek Agent at Fort Mitchell, for the purpose of obtaining whatever information he might possess in relation to the anticipated difficulties.  The following is furnished us by one of the gentlemen who held the conversation with him.

 "The agent stated that there had been several secret councils held by the Chiefs; that he had been informed by several Indians, that they, the Indians, in these councils, had resolved to stay and die upon their soil; that they had also resolved to kill him, the agent, and wage a war of extermination upon the frontiers, and assassinate every white west of the Flint river, and when troops should be sent to fight them they would retire to the swamps and die to a man fighting for the soil of their fathers.  The agent, not putting sufficient confidence in these reports, felt no alarm, until an old, respectable chief, in which he had always put the utmost confidence, and who had always manifested for them the greatest friendship, came to him and told him in confidence that the report was true, and that he himself was a member of the secret council which passed the aforesaid resolution, and that he voted for it, but that he had so great friendship for him, the agent, that he could not reconcile it to his conscience so far to violate his faith as to see him sacrificed without apprising him of his danger.

 Thus much having heretofore become public, no injury can accrue from the repetition of it; but some other communication which the chief made to the agent, for prudential reasons perhaps had best not be made too public, as they appertain to the safety of the agent.  The chief also stated that deputations had been sent to the Cherokees, the Choctaws and Seminoles, to solicit their concurrence in sentiment and action with them, the Creeks, but that none but the Cherokees had been heard from , and they concurred; that Ross, the President, was preparing a talk for his nation, advising them never to give up their land, but to kill every white man who crossed the line."