and Indians' Advocate
Wednesday, March 3, 1830
Vol. II, no. 46
Page 4, col. 1a-2a
From the New York Daily Advertiser.
We cheerfully give place to the following correspondence between some of our oldest and most respectable citizens, and the Hon. Messrs. Spencer and Storrs. We observe that most of the signers of the letter of thanks to the Hon. Gentlemen, are among the surviving officers of the Revolutionary Army, and we think they, and the other respectable signers, could not have better employed the influence of their venerable names, than by vindicating the right of the citizens to petition Congress, and by manifesting their feelings at any attempt to invade or deny the exercise of that right. The sentiments contained in this letter are those entertained by thousands of our most valued citizens; but we are gratified that no measures were taken to effect a public expression of opinion in consonance with those sentiments; it is better, that a few citizens known for their age, their public services, their respectable characters, should speak, as these gentlemen have spoken, the opinions and feeling of the great body of the community. The gentlemen of the Georgia delegation may rest assured, that there is no disposition to produce unnecessary excitement on the subject of the Indian rights; but there are multitudes of men in this country, who, without any desire to promote the success of one political party, or to depress another, will, from a mere love of justice, not see these remnants of an injured race oppressed, or their rights trampled upon, simply because they are weak and defenceless (sic).
NEW YORK, January 3, 1830.
To the Hon. Ambrose Spencer, and the Hon. Henry R. Storrs.
You will please accept our sincere acknowledgements for your timely and dignified vindication of the rights and character of the Meeting in this City, which lately forwarded to Congress a Memorial praying that body not to violate the obligation of Solemn Treaties made with the Cherokee and other nations of Indians.
The opinions and sentiments expressed in that memorial, receive our decided approbation--but if it were other wise, we should reprobate any attempt to impair the right of the Citizens to petition Congress.
While as inhabitants of the City of New York, we regret, gentlemen, that the duty of repelling the attack upon the meeting referred to was suffered to devolve on you-we rejoice that there are those among the Representatives in Congress of the State of New York, who will not quietly permit the character of any portion of her citizens to be calumniated, and their rights assailed.
We have the honor to be, most respectfully, your obedient servants,
(Signed.) JNO. TRUMBULL
J. R. B. RODGERS
WASHINGTON, January 25, 1830.
Your letter of the 18th has been received. We feel highly gratified to learn, that the course we took on the presentation of the Memorial from the very respectable meeting in New York, against the violation of the treaties with the Cherokee and other nations of Indians, meets your approbation.
In vindicating the sacred right of the citizen to petition government on all and every subject; in repelling the wanton attacks made on individuals venerated and respected wherever known; and on a large and most respectable meeting of our fellow citizens, on a subject involving the faith of the nation, its honor and character; and the existence of a race of men, now the remnant of a once powerful nation; we did no more than perform a duty incumbent on us, as the representatives of a free people. We beg you to accept our thanks for the favorable consideration, of what we said on the interesting occasion to which you refer.
We are most respectfully,
Your obedient servants,
HENRY R. STORRS.
Messrs. John Trumbull, William Torrey, Richard Varick, James Fairlie, John Pintard, Peter M'Cartee, John R. B. Rodgers, Theodosius Fowler, and John Graham.