Wednesday May 28, 1828
We publish to day, the closing part of the correspondence with the late United States' Commissioners. We appeal now to every intelligent reader whether there is anything in the conduct of the Cherokees, which may be construed as offering contempt to the United States. The letter from the Council, which closes the correspondence, is dignified, yet respectful, and affords a specimen of the feelings of our Citizens at large as regards their country. It will be seen that the propositions of the honorable Commissioners were unanimously rejected, and this is what they might have expected.
We are rather at a loss to know why these Gentlemen in their circulars, thought proper to address themselves to 'Warriors,' when they might have known that we have no more such characters amongst us, and if there are a few such men who may consider such an appellation applicable to them, they have no voice in our Councils, and are therefore not the proper persons to treat with. We hope the Savage appellation which we have determined to cast behind us, will no more be thrown upon us.
We mention some time since that Bear's Paw, who committed murder at Sumach, was permitted to run at large.- We understand that he has lately given himself up to the Marshal of Chickamauga District and was to be tried on last Saturday. The pernicious effect of intemperance, which prevails to an alarming extent in the Country and elsewhere, stand in their naked order, divested of all palliating circumstances, when instances similar to the case of the above person, are considered. We announced not long since,- the execution of one, who publicly declared that intemperance was his ruin. Ere this probably, another has been condemned to suffer the demands of justice. Can the people of this country look at the prevalence of such an evil with indifference? Will the Patriots of the Cherokee Nation see one victim after another falling before that pernicious vice and not exert themselves to avert its progress? It is high time that every individual well wisher to his country should employ his influence to discountenance the use of intoxicating liquors. Let the intemperate beware, ' the dealer in spirits reflect and see whether they have not been fostering an evil of no ordinary magnitude.