Wednesday Dec. 3, 1828
Patrons of the Cherokee Phoenix are informed by the Editor, that he has resigned, and expects soon, to take a final leave of his readers. He tenders his thanks to those of his Countrymen, and friends of Indians abroad, who have interested themselves in the prosperity of the paper, which he has had the honor of conducting. The task has been an arduous, nevertheless and interesting, one, because the good of the Cherokees, and other Indians was its object; and nothing but imperious duty would now induce him to leave the field of his labours [sic]. For years, his health has been precarious, and since the commencement of the Phoenix, it has been on a gradual decline, owing to the excessive confinement, which he has been obliged to endure. It was his hope that he would be relieved by the appointment of an assistant in the Cherokee department, by the late General Council, which however adjourned without relieving him in any way. An alternative was then left, whether to continue as formerly, with increased duties, and with his present state of health, or to resign, and make way for another person, perhaps better calculated to fill the office of Editor of the Cherokee Phoenix? He has chosen the latter.- In leaving the paper, which has, since its commencement lain near his heart, he does, by no means, forsake the interest of his Countrymen. That will still be his favorite object. Though not acting publicly, and under less responsibilities, he expects to be engaged for the moral improvement of his kindred according to the flesh.
There never was perhaps, in the history of Indians, a time, when instruction may be inculcated to better advantage, than at present. The introduction of letters among the Cherokees, which has progressed with unparalleled rapidity, and the printing press may do wonders here as it has done in other nations. The power of the press has been justly acknowledged. It is the safe guard of liberty, civil and religious-the medium of intelligence, and when under suitable regulations it is the scourge of vice, and the protector of virtue. An experiment is now making among us, whether the press established in this place will have its ordinary effects. Let a fair trial be made-let the Phoenix be fostered with care by the inhabitants of this Nation, and encouraged and patronized by friends of Indians abroad. Its past patronage has been too limited-we sincerely hope it will be increased, and that the new Editor, whoever he may be,(if worthy of encouragement) will receive better support from the public and the citizens of the Cherokee Nation, than that with which the subscriber has been favoured [sic].
GEORGIA AND THE CHEROKEES.
From the extract of the Message of the Governor of Geo. published in our last, our readers will discover that the views of the leading men of that state in regard to Cherokee lands have not undergone any change; though the language and recommendations of the present Chief Magistrate are more temperate and becoming than we have been accustomed to hear. The members of the Legislature are now in session-what they will do in regard to the recommendation of Gov. Forsyth, we are unable to say; we mean the extension of the civil jurisdiction of the state of Georgia, over that part of the Cherokee Nation lying within its chartered limits. The Governor thinks that it would be cruel to expel the Cherokees, yet recommends the extension of all the laws of Georgia over them, which would in effect be expulsion, though perhaps of a more decent nature. All laws, including of course the act inserted in another part of our paper. What rights will the Cherokees enjoy?
The long contest is over, and we shall soon ascertain, who is to be the next President of the United States. From returns of the elections received thus far, it is highly probable that Gen. Andrew Jackson will be the Chief Magistrate of the Union.