Cherokee Phoenix


Published September, 30, 1829

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We have heard that a letter lately received at Creek Path, from the Cherokee Nation west of the Mississippi, gives an account of a skirmish between a party of the Cherokees and the Pawnees. It is said that five or six of the Cherokees were killed, and a number wounded. The Pawnees did not lose as many lives. It was supposed by our informant that the Cherokees were the aggressors, who no doubt were on a horse stealing expedition when they fell in with these American Arabs. If let alone, we understand they are quite peaceable. Such affairs no doubt would be more common if the tribes east of the Mississippi were removed. If they could be induced to remain at peace with each other, yet with the other wandering tribes they would be at perpetual variance. Having a boundless outlet west, the temptations to mischief, which the indiscreet and half civilized parties of the Cherokees and others would have to contend with, would be of no ordinary kind. Let the advocates of Indian emigration reflect upon this. -- Perhaps it will be said, the strong arm of the Government will keep such persons within the bounds of good behavior. We apprehend not, the Indians are jealous of their liberties, and they would view an armed force stationed near them to watch their movements, as an infringement on those liberties. Where they are they are at peace with each other, and with the whites, and their locations render it improbably that they should be otherwise but friendly. To remove we gain nothing, but risk much, perhaps all.

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We have seen five of the Creek young men who have been in a course of education at the Choctaw Academy, Kentucky. Their appearance and behavior reflect great credit on the institution. They are now on their way home.

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We stop the press to inform our readers that on examining our ink we find we shall not be able to issue our next number until week after next. We hope to have a good supply of ink then.

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DIED, 24th September at Judge Martins' on Coosawatie, in the 28th year of his age, GEORGE W. M'GHEE, Professor of Mathematics in the University of Georgia. Mr. M'Gehee received his appointment in August, and with his family, was returning from Pulaski, Tennessee, where he formerly resided; to take up his permanent residence in Athens. He was attacked with violent fever in the Cherokee nation; to which, was subsequently added jaundice. Medical assistance was procured from Athens, on the eighth or ninth day of his sickness, but arrived too late to be effectual. He has left an amiable and interesting widow, and orphan son, to mourn his loss; and a large circle of friends, wherever he has been known to bear testimony to his many virtues. (Com.

DIED -- At Creek Path, on the 24th instant, DAVID BROWN, brother of Catharine Brown. The deceased was well known to the Christian public, before whom facts relating to his death will ere long, no doubt, be communicated. The Rev. Mr. Potter, in whose house he died, in a letter to the editor, says: 'Our dear brother left us much consolation.'

At this place on the 26th instant, Miss ANNA, an orphan girl raised by A. M'Coy, after a severe illness of eleven days with the fever, aged 14 years. [Com.