From the Palladium
I have inserted in this number of the Palladium, the Message of John Ross, the principal Chief, of the Cherokee Indians, to the General Council of that tribe, convened at Red Clay, the 5th of 10th mo. last. And immediately following it, I have inserted the paragraph of President, Andrew Jackson's Message, relating to the Indian tribes, showing his strong desire to force them from their rightful homes and birthplace. In this extract we see that Jackson says, in relation to this diabolical scheme, that 'It is to be hoped that those portions of two of the southern tribes, which in that event will present the only remaining difficulties, will realize the necessity of emigration, and will speedily resort to it.' Here he says as much, as that it is to hoped that they will be forced into the 'necessity' of removing; for they, (the Cherokees in particular) are determined not to remove unless forced into the 'necessity' of doing so, and this, Andrew Jackson well knows. And see how insultingly he speaks of them where he says, 'they have NEITHER THE INTELLIGENCE, the INDUSTRY, THE MORAL HABITS, NOR THE DESIRE OF IMPROVEMENT, WHICH ARE ESSENTIAL TO ANY FAVORABLE CHANGE IN THEIR CONDITION!!'
Hear him again: 'ESTABLISHED IN THE MIDST OF ANOTHER AND A SUPERIOR RACE and WITHOUT APPRECIATING THE CAUSES OF THEIR INFERIORITY OR SEEKING TO CONTROL THEM THEY MUST NECESSARILY YIELD TO THE FORCE OF CIRCUMSTANCES AND ERE LONG DISAPPEAR'!! Such unholy 'tyranny I scarcely ever saw before.'
'Superior Race' !!!!! I suppose Andrew Jackson thinks he is of that 'SUPERIOR Race' of beings, while it is well known by men of learning, possessed of unprejudiced minds, that there is no race of men, in the known world that are superior to the North American Indians, both in agility of body, and the intellectual powers of mind. And had they been born and circumstanced as favorably for their mental and scientific improvement, and surrounded with the other necessary and favorable circumstances, as we have been, it is believed that they would have been at this time the brightest and most enlightened people on the globe. I suppose Andrew Jackson thinks that the people away here towards the east, will believe what he says about this 'interesting subject;' but he need not deceive himself in this way; for he may rest assured that every line he writes against our red brethren, that comes before the world, raises the virtuous indignation of thousands of our most rational citizens, who are opposed to, ROBBERY, TYRANNY and SLAVERY. And according to the best information that I am able to obtain, Andrew jackson is robbing this oppressed people of their lands and their liberties, and by his agents tyrannizing over them contrary to law, and numerous treaties, which the Indians only ask for the fulfillment of, and thus he is forcing them into the wilderness, and into a state to them, no better than slavery; where they will no doubt be accounted intruders upon the lands of other tribes of Indians, with whom they may ere long be involved in conflicting and bloody wars. And more than this, I have never heard that A. Jackson ever claimed any title to one inch of ground west of the Mississippi, let alone being the owner of it, without which he has no more right to give to the Indians who are on the east side of this river, the land that lie at the west of it, than I have to take his beds from under him and give it to an Indians.- But so it is, a tyrant in power is disregardless (SIC) of right, except where it suits his own unhallowed purpose, and covetous cravings. And amidst the indignant feeling that voluntarily arise in my breast when reflecting on these things I am utterly astonished to think that a nation like this, boasting of its wisdom, virtue, justice, philanthropy, and freedom, to place at its head, and to hold the reigns of government, a man who possesses no more wisdom or philanthropy than Andrew Jackson does; a man who has been a military tyrant and withal a slave holder, and a man who is guided so much by and under the influence of passion as what he is, and who is in no wise qualified to preside over the affairs of the nation.- And at this time there are thousand who used to 'hurrah for Jackson,' who are now sick enough of his administration.