Cherokee Phoenix


Published July, 21, 1828

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Wednesday July 23, 1828 (notice difference in the date)


As the expenses of our printing establishment are considerable, and cannot be paid, with our present list of subscribers, without requiring the customary fees of newspapers, the editor has come to the conclusion, to charge (as we believe it is common with other printers) for all pieces intended for electioneering purposes. We are not in favor of publication of such pieces in newspapers, for they are of no interest to most subscribers, and only keep out matter of more importance. If candidates think that the circulation of their principles will be favourable [sic] to their election, they had better resort to handbills. We hope their [sic] will be as little electioneering as possible.


We have heard of late, in many of the Southern papers, the degraded state of our neighbors Creeks, and their rapid decline. This may be true, but we protest against associating the Cherokees with them under the general name of 'Southern Indians,' as we have noticed in some of the northern prints. We know that in the late session of Congress, we were denounced by some of our neighbors, as miserable and degraded, as the Creeks are now, but the public have been told that all was misrepresentation, intended merely to electioneer us out of our present homes. We repeat again that the Cherokees are not on the decline in numbers and improvement, and we hope we shall for this once be believed, and that the advocates of Indian emigration will urge the necessity of our removal upon some other reason than that of our degraded condition.


In our last we published the 8th Article of the new treaty between the Unites States and the Arkansas Cherokees. We have since had access to the entire treaty which we insert in our first page. We are glad to see that the United States are anxious for the improvement of our brethren, and that provisions are made for the purchase of a printing press, and the support of Schools. The reader however will plainly see the ultimate object of the treaty, which is to effect the emigration of the Cherokees east of the Mississippi. If our emigration is to be effected, we had rather that a treaty was made with us directly, that with our Arkansas brethren, who have no connexion [sic] with us except in language and relationship.


We copied into our paper, sometime since, an account of an imposter who pretended to be a Cherokee, and a son of Daniel Ross, the writer of the letter inserted below. This imposter seems to have known that there was such a man as Daniel Ross in the Cherokee Nation, though he was mistaken in suppposing that he was a Chief. Mr. R. is not a Chief, but a respectable white citizen. We hope the public will beware of such impositions.


July 8th, 1826.

Mr. Boudinott:- In the last number of the Phoenix I noticed an extract, taken from Bunker Hill Aurora, describing a fellow, who pretends to be a son of mine. The same vagrant has had the impudence to address me two or three letters, at different times, signed 'Gen. Wm. Ross, his mark,' one, postmarked Chillicothe, stated 'he had been imprisoned at Circleville on charge of being a slave' and pretended 'he wanted money to enable him to carry on a suit at law,' and another letter dated Cincinnati, stated, 'he was released by the act of insolvency,' one other from Wheeling, which I have not opened. The fellow's design in getting these letters written for him, must have been with the view of covering his knavery. I have lately learned, the same person has been seen in New York, and while there was committed to jail. Should this imposter gain credence with the credulous, so that they become loseres by his acquaintance, I can have no sort of objection (by way of atonement) to the hanging of this 'Gen. W. Ross,' if merited. I have no knowledge who this vile wretch can be, and I believe he has no connexion [sic] whatever with the Cherokees, and certainly not with me, or family.

I am respectfully your ob't serv't.