TO THE PUBLIC
To the undersigned, not long since, apprised his readers, of his resignation, as editor of the CHEROKEE PHOENIX. It was his hope that another person would be appointed to fill his place, and that he would be permitted to retire, and follow pursuits most congenial to his health. Circumstances, however, not anticipated by him, have rendered it necessary that he should again resume the management of the paper. He therefore again respectfully commends his feeble exertions to the indulgence of the public, and begs of his patrons and readers, further forbearance and increased patronage.
The subscriber has taken occasion to state before, that the avails of the Phoenix were by no means sufficient for its support, and that, without an increase of subscribers from abroad, it could not exist. He has been hitherto unsuccessful, and but few names are now received as subscribers. Will the public refuse us aid, and permit the Phoenix to languish? We hope not. If the paper itself is not sufficient value to demand extensive support, we hope that it will, at least, be considered, by many of the friends of Indians, as a matter of charity, to assist us.
The present trying state of the Indians requires that the sympathy ' good feelings of the public should be extended towards them. If they are left to themselves to stem the torrent -- if they are deprived of the aid of the benevolent and Christian part of the community, they will undoubtedly perish. A few years hence, it may be too late to wish them well, and to extend unto them what they now need and implore. The undersigned hopes that those who may cast their eyes on this sheet will reflect on the situation and future prospects of the red people, particularly the Cherokees -- consider their former savage condition, their present improving state, their difficulties, and the inveterate prejudices of the surrounding states which are made to bear upon, and crush, their infant attempts to become an intelligent people. If the enemies of Indians are permitted to succeed, and the Cherokees are disorganized and dispersed, (which will be the inevitable consequences of such success,) the great object of the Phoenix, and other exertions made by the public authorities of this Nation, and the object of those benevolent persons who, with laudable zeal, are laboring among us, will be lost. It is the hope of every friend of Indians that a thorough and complete trial may now be made, and the question decided, whether the Indians are capable of improvement or not; ' it is sincerely wished that sufficient time may be given, and sufficient means granted to Cherokees, to evince to the world that Indians are capable of improvement. They need, however, assistance from their white friends, ' it is on account of this fact, that we beg aid.
Will not each friend who takes the Phoenix go to his neighbours and procure subscribers for us? One responsible subscriber sent by each of those who new receive our paper would greatly relieve us and encourage us. We hope we shall not be forgotten by the public.
In the Georgia Legislature, when the question of Cherokee lands was under consideration, Mr. Wofford, a member from Habersham, is said to have used the following words.
'The majority of these Indians [Cherokees] do not wish to remain where they are. But they are kept thee by cunning white men, and half breeds, for their own purposes. It is not the interest of the Indians to stay there, and if they were not restrained, they would not remain one year on the territory.'
The bare faced falsehood of the above remark will appear evident from the following extract of a letter from a respectable gentleman.
'After all the exertions and influence of the Agent, in his recruiting tour for emigrants, he has failed to effect anything. After his return he despatched the Deputy Agent and U. States Interpreter through the Nation, to take a list of those who wished to emigrate and endeavor to get as many as possible, but they returned without obtaining the first one to give his consent.'
Be it known to all whom it ma concern, that cunning white man and half breeds have had no influence in preventing the emigration of the Cherokees. Every person who wishes to emigrate has the perfect right to do so. The fact is, every citizen of this Nation is cunning.