Wednesday, June 3, 1829
Amidst the many trials and difficulties which have attended us, we have with much pleasure received many individual assurances that our labors have been acceptable. For this we are greatly thankful. If we have been instrumental in furthering the good cause of Indian improvement- if we have added a little to the light which is springing up among the Cherokees,- if we have succeeded in checking the vice of intemperance- and if we have gained the sympathies and good wishes of some of our white readers, for the Aborigines of this Country, our labors have not been altogether in vain, and we should feel well compensated, even if we were deprived of assurances from any of our patrons, that our paper has met with their approbation. For the encouragement of our home readers, we have occasionally inserted in the Phoenix extracts from our private correspondence. Similar reasons will justify us in making public the following short extract of a letter addressed to us from an unknown friend in Alabama.
'I have derived from the Phoenix, both pleasure and instruction: yet I have been pained, and disgusted by a disclosure of the nefarious plans of some of the whites, to deprive you of your country. I presume, there is no heart that is touched with feelings of philanthropy and benevolence, that does not rejoice to see your rapid advancement in civilization and Christianity. We can say with joy, that we have lived to see 'the wilderness and the solitary place become glad, and the desert blossom as the rose.' For my own part, I would not deprive you of your present enjoyments, and future prospects, even if your nation were filled with gold of Ophir or with the shining gems of Golconda. I still look to the magnanimity of the General Government, for redress of all your wrongs.'
Locusts.- We are now visited by innumerable swarms of American locusts. It is about fourteen years since they last appeared.