MISSIONARY CONVICTS. No. 2
St. Louis, Dec. 6 1831
To the Editor of the Philadelphian.
Dear Sir,- The state governments are in my opinion as virtually subordinate in these United States as the military and the executive of a state. The Legislature of a state has not more the right to exercise arbitrary power than the petty officer of a military guard.--It has been wrongly state, 'that our government is not responsible for the treatment of the missionaries' by Georgia; and that, in consequence of this treatment few individuals only are to be sent down the current of oblivion. It is as much the duty of the President of the United States to protect the Cherokee people as it is his duty to see the laws executed, and the Constitution faithfully adhered to. Now, Sir, our appeal must be to the President, and if he will not extend protection, we must find it for them some where else. If the Post Master General removed Mr. Worcester from office to throw him in to the hands of Gov. Gilmer, it must have been with the advice and consent of the President, for he most assuredly is responsible to the later for all such acts. Now it rests with Gen. Jackson, (we have nothing to do with Georgia,) to say whether our country shall continue to bleed at every pore for the sacred rights of man; whether Americans in Europe shall be permitted to hold up their heads when their country is the theme of conversation, and whether the oppressed and brave of all nations shall yet be stimulated on to victory by the unextinguished flame of American Liberty.
If Gen. Jackson has done his country a service at New Orleans in 1815, it is in his power in 1832 to do to a greater, and to raise his name nearer to the pinnacle of fame that it ever has been. But should he refuse to pursue the right course now as the father of a great people, there is still moral power with that people sufficient to set him down carefully at the Hermitage. I have ever been a friend to General Jackson and on both occasions when the people of the United States elected him their President, I exerted all my little influence in his favor; but if I have revered the character of General Jackson, I revere and love my country more; and this must be my decision.