Cherokee Phoenix


Published March, 18, 1829

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Columbian Register contains letters from two Indian young men, of the Choctaw Academy at the Blue Springs, Kentucky, addressed to a member of the United States Senate. One of them states that more than 600 have in the vicinity, recently declared themselves subjects of the King of Saints. We annex the following extract.- Philadelphian.

'But it will be more interesting to every friend of Christ, when he learns that even the tawny sons of the American forests compose a small part of this happy number: this is truly and literally fulfilling that portion of Divine Scripture where one of the ancient apostles said. 'The Lord is no respecter of persons' There are eighteen of the Choctaw, and two of the Creek students of this institution, who have united themselves to the Baptist society, and twelve of the Creek students who have joined the Methodist denomination.

We have lately received intelligence from the Choctaw Nation, stating-that there had been upwards of three hundred of the natives there who had bowed to the mild scepter of Prince Immanuel, within the space of a few months; and they have written on here to Bro. Sampson Birch to return to his native land, and preach the Gospel to them in their own language; and as a proper and necessary preparation for the business, he has been ordained a minister of the gospel at the Crossings Church, and probably will leave these parts sometime in the Spring to return and tell his people of Jesus Christ and him crucified. We have great evidence to believe that the Lord is faithful to his promises in regard to the human family and will show forth and carry on his mighty works until the day of Jesus Christ.

When I cast my eyes some half a century back, to the early period when North America began to be inhabited by the white population, and see the hostility that existed between the red and the white man, I am struck with astonishment and admiration at the great changes which have been effected by the almighty hand of Providence among mankind, in the course of a few annual revolutions of time-yes, when we reflect with how much eagerness the gun and sword were employed by these two classes of men in destroying the lives of each other, and now see them both worshipping the same one God and flocking around the standard of King Jesus, as doves to their windows, it should cheer and revive every christian heart. And now me thinks the period has bully arrived when we might emphatically say the lion and the lamb have lain down together under the same vine and fig tree. Yes, I look forward with pleasing anticipation to the time when the fierce savage yell will be calmed from the shores of the Atlantic to the Pacific, be converted into the song of Zion, echo through the healthful valleys of North America, and be heard from pole to pole.'