Cherokee Phoenix


Published March, 4, 1829

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[Extract from the memorial or R. Campbell of Savannah to the Senate of Georgia.]

'The hostile feeling which is entertained towards the Indians, is made use of as another reason for their removal over the Mississippi, it being asserted that they will not be allowed to reside upon their lands here in peace. Upon this permit your memorialist to say that if the Cherokees are to be removed from their native country, for fear of hostilities from their present neighbours, who are the inhabitants of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, three of the old thirteen States, who can pretend to entertain the opinion that they would be more secure, or would be allowed to live more peaceably, in that Arab country spoken of for their residence; a country certainly not as civilized as the States mentioned ' which in a few ages must lose most of that which she now possesses from her extent ' the spareness of population? and if the title of the Cherokees to the lands which have never been conquered from them; which they have never ceded away; which have from time immemorial occupied: which is fenced in upon all sides both by laws and treaties, with these who now claim it?--- If their title to these lands be by one of the old States deemed defective, how are they to obtain an unquestionable title to any others? May not some new reading of the constitution be brought by their new neighbors to shew that Congress had no power to bargain away the public lands, after the title had been once vested in the United States? May it not be contended, that though the Indians may relinquish, they cannot take a title, with as much force as that, because they cannot understand English, they should not be believed? May not the same argument which is now with many conclusive, again be revived on the west of the Mississippi, by their then benevolent neighbors, that they cannot permit them to live peaceably, and that therefore it will be better for them that they should be removed perhaps to the snow-clad Rocky Mountains.'