Cherokee Phoenix


Published February, 4, 1829

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Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1829

Our subscribers who receive their papers by mail may wish to know the reason of the failure of our last. We can tell them that is it not our fault. We had papers deposited as usual in the Post Office, but somehow or other, not well known to us, they were not taken in the mail. After being obliged to stop our paper several times we extremely regret to have our subscribers disappointed.


WHEREAS my wife ELIZABETH has, without any cause whatever, absented herself from my lodgings, all persons are hereby cautioned against harboring and protecting her, or forming any bargains or contracts with her, as the subscriber, is determined not to be responsible for them.


Conasauga, C.N. Jan. 7

(N.B. This notice first appeared in the Jan. 14. edition under 'classified' ads)


Mr. Elias Boudinott,

Dear Sir:- In your last number, I find where my husband James Petit advertises me for being absenting myself from his lodgings without any cause and cautions all persons from harboring or protecting me or forming any contracts with me, as he is determined not to pay any of my contracts. Sir, I must let a generous public know my reasons for leaving his lodging. I did it when I was ordered. I did not carry away any of his keys. I was compelled to do what I have done- he has killed nearly all of my stock, for which I shall want pay. You will please give this an insertion in your paper, and oblige an injured woman.


Be it known to all whom it may concern, that, from and after this present date, no advertisement similar to the one complained of above will be inserted in the Phoenix, except when the advertising person produces good reason to the editor to show that he or she has just cause of complaint.



Weather.- We have had some cold and wet days of late. The river has risen considerably, and we see now and then a boat, if it is proper so to stile a half-way canoe, loaded with- Whiskey.


A man by the name of James White was on the 26th ult. committed to prison in Jasper, Tennessee, for the crime of murdering one George Brown. Mrs. Brown, wife of the deceased is supposed to have been accessary to the horrid act of taking the life of her husband. She has likewise been committed. White and this woman, while Brown was living, were known to live too intimate.


In Rhea County, Tenn. A woman ' an infant were burnt to death by falling together into a fire. The woman was probably subject to fits. What is more surprising is, the husband of the deceased mourned and remained a widower- ONE WEEK, and then married a sister of his former wife.


We understand upon good authority that our frontier neighbours [sic] in Georgia are moving in fast and settling on the lands belonging to the Cherokees. Right or wrong they are determined to take the country.

Attempts of this kind have been made heretofore, but without any success, for the intercourse law of the United States has been invariably executed. Whether the President will again use the military force to oust these intruders as the law provides, we are not able to say. The law is explicit, and we hope, for the honor of the General Government, it will be faithfully executed.- it is as follows:

Sec. 5. And be it further enacted, That if any such citizen or other person, shall make a settlement on any lands belonging, or secured, or granted, by treaty with the United States, to any Indian tribe, or shall survey, or attempt to survey, such lands, or designate any of the boundaries, by marking trees or otherwise, such offender shall forfeit a sum not exceeding one thousand dollars, and suffer imprisonment, not exceeding twelve months. And it shall, moreover, be lawful for the President of the United States to take such measures, and to employ such military force, as he may judge necessary, to remove from lands, belonging, or secured by treaty as aforesaid, to any Indian tribe, any such citizen, or other person, who has made or shall hereafter make, or attempt to make, a settlement thereon.

There is one fact connected with this affair, which we think proper to mention. When known, in the view of every honest and liberal man, it ought to redound to the credit of the Cherokees. It is this. In all cases of intrusions, when whitemen [sic] have behaved in a provoking manner, and with the greatest degree of impudence, the Cherokees have never, to our knowledge, resorted to forcible measures, but have peaceably retired, and have patiently waited for the interference of the United States, and the execution of the above section. Does not this show that they are faithful to the treaty contracts, and that they expect the like faithfulness from the United States. We hope that they will not now be disappointed.


The following is extracted from a letter, addressed to the Editor by a particular friend. We insert it as conveying the prevailing sentiment of the Nation.

'I have read with considerable interest, that part of the Message of the President of the United States to Congress which relates to Indian affairs, also the report of the Secretary of War on the same subject. You perceive that these executive documents, as usual, are prolific with new plans and sentiment, in regard to the Indians. I confess that I was surprised to observe such language from the executive of the United States- in this enlightened age. The General Government has been very friendly to us, until within a few years past, when it is gradually assuming another character. Instead of protecting us in all our rights as secured to us by solemn treaties, every ingenuity is set at work to obtain our small tract of country. This state of things commenced at the moment we refused to cede any more of our lands. The professions of the General Government of her wish for our prosperity were then contrary to her real intentions. In other words, so long as land was to be had from us in exchange for a few blankets, tobacco 'c. the Govt. lavished its fair professions. But now when we have no more to spare, we become the objects of censure. Our Missionary friends also, who are teaching us the way to heaven, have incurred the displeasure of those who want our land.'