Thursday, April 10, 1828
It is said that the principal and assistant principal Chiefs are to meet the United States Agent for this Nation at his residence, on the 15th of this month, to consider the exceptions made by the General Government to some portions of the Cherokee Constitution. If they deem it necessary, they will call a Council.
We have frequently heard of a proclamation issued by Governor Forsyth, in relation to the extension of the criminal jurisdiction of the state of Georgia over that part of the Cherokee Nation which lies within the Chartered limits of that state.--We should suppose that as the Cherokees would necessarily be interested in such a proclamation, every exertion would be used to have it extensively known in this Country. But as yet we have merely heard of it, and we doubt whether any of our Citizens have seen it. We would suggest to his Excellency the propriety of publishing his proclamation in this Nation.
CHURCH AT CARMEL
By politeness of a friend, we are permitted to insert the following extract of a letter from Mr. Proctor, Missionary at Carmel.
We had a very solemn ' interesting meeting on the Sabbath. The congregation was large. Three full Cherokees were baptized. They live about 25 miles from us in a small town very much secluded. Some of our Cherokee members and Mr. Butrick have visited them. These men appeared better than any candidates I have ever seen , all things considered. They say there are many more in that place, who are serious. They are very anxious to have some parts of scripture in Cherokee, or any Cherokee tracts, I understand, the other day, that you were about to get the Gospel of Matthew printed. Do let me know by next mail how soon we can obtain it. Many copies are wanted in this place, and I have been requested to write for them. It is a pleasing, but a singular fact, that here the Bible is preferred to the newspaper.
The Cherokee members of this church, and those of the church at Hightower, have formed societies to hire a Cherokee brother to go as their missionary into those dark towns north of us, to carry bibles, tracts, and hymnbooks. We therefore want to know when we can obtain all these, and what will be the prices.
Similar applications with equal earnestness have been made from other parts of the Nation, and we are sorry not to be in a condition to meet the demands upon our press. The publication of Scripture, Tracts and Hymn books, must depend entirely on the limited force now connected with the establishment; and as yet the paper has occupied the full attention of our printers. Exertions will, however, be made to supply these demands. At present our Cherokee readers will obtain Hymns, and the Gospel of Matthew, thro' the medium of the Phoenix.