Return to Cherokee Phoenix homepage Return to Hunter Library homepage Return to WCU homepage
Cherokee Phoenix logo

The Cherokee Phoenix website has been relaunched, and the transcription files have new names. This file is from the old site and will be removed in the future. To find this transcription at its new location, please see the transcription index for this issue.

Wednesday July 21, 1828
Volume 1 No. 21
Page 2 Col. 3b.

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 whote 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.