Cherokee Phoenix


Published February, 28, 1828

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From a letter lately addressed to us by Col. David Folsom one of the Principal Chiefs of our Choctaw brethren, we make the following extract.

'The Choctaw people are determined to hold on to their land. They have no disposition whatever to sell their Country and make off to the west of the Mississippi.-- Civilization is rapidly taken place among them, and they are visibly improving in their habits. Much industry is displayed among them, and considerable exertions are used to educate their sons and daughters. Some of the leading men feel much interested in the education of their people. But notwithstanding all this, there is a great deal of opposition among us.'


Creek Indians.--- The controversy between Georgia and the Creek Indians is at length amicably and finally terminated. The Georgia Telagraph [sic] informs us that a full Council of the Creek Nation of Indians assembled at their Council Ground on Monday, the 31st ult. and continued for several days. At this council, the Treaty made by Col. McKenney, with the Chiefs, for the purchase of their remaining strip of lands in the boundaries of Georgia was laid before them by the Agent, and received their full assent. The Government is to pay them $47,491 -- being $5,000 more than mentioned by Colonel M'Kenney, in his letter to the Secretary of War.

Nat. Int.

The above is confirmed by a letter which we have lately received from one of our correspondents.




In the year 1762, Oganastota, a distinguished chief and warrior of the Cherokee Nation, whose memory is still held in great veneration amongst us, made a visit to Great Britain, a notice of which is to be seen in Smollet's continuation of Hume's History of England. It appears that the then reigning king was so well pleased with the visit, as to furnish him with a certificate, which we transcribe from the original parchment.


This is to certify that Skiagusta Oconesta, a Cherokee Chief and Warrior, having confirmed as Williamsburgh in Virginia the Peace lately concluded at Charles Town in South Carolina between His Majesty's subjects and the Cherokee Indians, and being desirous of paying his Respects to His Majesty, and seeing this Country, did, in the Month of June last, arrive here with ten of his Followers, and was admitted to His Majesty's Royal Presence, and that his Majesty was graciously pleased to receive kindly the Assurances of Attachment which the said Skiagusta Oconesta gave, and that His Majesty was further pleased to express much Satisfaction upon this Occasion, and to declare to Skiagusta Oconesta his Regard for him, and for the whole Cherokee Nation, and his Majesty having ordered proper Attention to be shown to the said Skiagusta Oconesta during his stay in England, and having given him other Marks of his Royal Favor, directed one of his ships of War to receive and carry him back to his own Country. Whitehall, August the Sixteenth, 1762.