THOS. I. MCKENNEY, AND THE INDIANS.
We are sorry that when we have occasion to speak of this Gentleman, it is to correct him in his misrepresentations. We do not, however, wish to believe that his misrepresentations are wilful-it may be he is lead astray by his 'secret' agents. At any rate such language as the following, which has been repeated over ' over again and as often denied, ought to be accompanied with a better qualification than Mr. M'Kenney gives to it in his Address, delivered in New York on the 12 of August last, before the Indian Board.
'In regard to the disposition of great body of the Indians within our States we speak advisedly when we say that they are anxious to remove. The present excitement is occasioned in great part by the opposition of those persons whose interest is to keep the Indians where they are. Protection has actually been sought of the Government by those who wish to better their destiny, against the threats of others, in which an enrollment for emigration has been forbidden on pain of death!'
We now speak of the Cherokees, and 'we speak advisedly when we say,'the great body of this tribe are not anxious to remove. It is true a few have emigrated, and some more may emigrate, but it is not because they prefer, or are anxious to remove. Some of them, we presume, consider themselves driven by necessity, and the rest do not care where they live or how they live. With such the object of their bettering their condition is the farthest from their minds. It would have been better if Mr. McKenney had designated 'those persons whose interest it is to keep the Indians where they are, ' likewise, those who have sought protection 'against the threats of others, in which an enrollment for emigration has been forbidden on pain of death!' If in the last case the speaker had any reference to the Cherokees, we declare him guilty of a gross slander.- Why is it that this gentleman delights to assert things that are utterly unfounded? Is it his intention, together with those who are endeavouring (sic) to remove the Indians, to effect their end by deceiving the public? We hope the public will not so easily be led astray. That the truth may be known, we are perfectly willing that the 'Indian Board' should despatch a responsible agent to this nation and obtain facts from individuals; but let him not be a 'secret agent;' ' also, our columns shall be open for the reply of any who may think that we have misrepresented the views of the majority of this nation. This we believe, is as fair as we can do. If therefore, hereafter, Mr. M'Kenney should repeat his old saying again, without even attempting to prove what he says, we shall pass him by without notice.