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Cherokee Phoenix and Indians' Advocate
Saturday, September 4, 1830
Vol. III, no. 17
Page 3, col. 1b

A correspondent has forwarded us the following letter which he informs us was in reply to one signed by some of the Cherokees, very civilly requesting these "Citizens of the State of Georgia" to desist from digging gold.

Lower Gold Works. near Sixes 10 August, 1830

Gentlemen: We received your Notice making known to us your wish for us to stop Digging. Now be it known to you, as Citizens of the Cherokee Nation That We are Citizens of the state of Georgia, and consider ourselves at home and under the Protection of its sovereign Laws, in any part of its Charter. As to your SUFFERING us to dig for Gold We do not consider that matter comes before you at all, Because the Governor Has by proclamation ordered us ALL to cease digging, and if we act peaceably and SUFFER you to dig for Gold you may afford to let us alone in peace for if we are driven by force from here you may Rest assured, that you Go from here in Short order, for there are men here Who Would Spare no pains To have it done and if The number here cannot stand their their [sic] hand, Ten Thousand men can. We therefore Wish to receive no more notices from you on this subject, The Place We are digging has been left by you, and We have come in peace and have not molested any of your People Where you are digging. Therefore, We recommend you to be friendly. We are Gentlemen your Friends &c.
MICAJAH GOODWIN
WM. FORTNER
JOHN JENNIGS
DAVID COTTON
NEALY GOODWIN
JAMES GOODWIN
WARNER CUPP
FARDINAND SETTS
WILLIAM CONN